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How to Rotate Ship Pieces in Starfield


Crafting a ship from scratch in Starfield is a meticulous process, with every piece of the ship needing to meet many requirements before it can be considered able to fly. Not only do many different parts need to be installed, but they also need to be implemented correctly and tweaked to fit the ship’s requirements. Sometimes, you’ll also want to change the orientation of parts to fit the aesthetic better. Here’s how to rotate ship pieces in Starfield.

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How to Change the Direction of Ship Parts in Starfield

Starfield Flip Part
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To change the rotation of ship pieces in Starfield’s ship builder, you’ll want to take a ship piece that is capable of being rotated, hold onto it either by holding left-click on PC or pressing A on controller, then press either Z on your keyboard or Y on controller to flip it, changing its orientation. This can also be done when hovering over a ship piece before you buy it.

Related: How to Get a Shielded Cargo Hold in Starfield

However, not all ship pieces can be rotated one way or another. Most pieces, such as most weapons, engines, cockpits, and more, are incapable of being rotated or flipped. The best way to know if a ship piece can be flipped is by hovering over it when selecting which piece you want to buy. If the Flip option is present below the list of part options, then that part is capable of being flipped.

Is There a Way to Precisely Rotate Ship Parts in Starfield?

Starfield Rotated Ship
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Sadly, there is no way to make ship parts a specific angle or degree in rotation. The reason for this likely has to do with the way ship length is calculated and how different rotations would throw that system off. However, I wouldn’t count out the possibility of mods adding this feature. Just don’t expect it to be perfectly polished.

If you’re doing more with your ship in the ship builder, check out our guide on how to increase your ship’s Cargo Hold space in Starfield.

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Shawn is a freelance gaming journalist who's been with Prima Games for a year and a half, writing mainly about FPS games and RPGs. He even brings several years of experience at other sites like The Nerd Stash to the table. While he doesn't bring a fancy degree to the table, he brings immense attention to detail with his guides, reviews, and news, leveraging his decade and a half of gaming knowledge. If he isn't writing about games, he's likely getting zero kills in his favorite FPS or yelling at the game when it was 100% his fault that he died.