How to Smuggle Contraband in Starfield

For those of you who aren't too interested in being a legal space cowboy.

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Living by the law in Starfield can be fun enough and score you more money than you know what to do with, but this is a game. Committing crime is not just part of the experience, but is arguably far more fun. One way you can engage in the illegal side of the game is to smuggle contraband and sell it for a nice profit. Here’s how to smuggle contraband in Starfield.

How to Get Contraband Past Security in Starfield

Starfield Cargo Holds
Screenshot by Prima Games

If you’re planning to smuggle contraband on a consistent basis, then the Shielded Cargo Hold is going to be your best friend. This storage holds a lot less space than other Cargo Holds of similar price and style but offers the added benefit of making cargo undetectable by scanners. If you want one for yourself, you’ll want to either get a specific ship with a Shielded Cargo Hold pre-installed or buy one from Lon Anderssen at Red Mile, located on the planet Porrima III.

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Another good way to smuggle contraband is to head to The Den in the Wolf system. This is a UC Vanguard-controlled space station, which sounds counterintuitive but doesn’t have a scanner for contraband. The Trade Authority shopkeeper there is also willing to purchase less-than-legal goods.

Who Should You Sell Contraband to in Starfield?

Starfield Trade Authority Kiosk
Screenshot by Prima Games

If you’re looking to sell your smuggled goods in Starfield, your best bet is to sell them to either a Trade Authority kiosk or a member of the company. They’re willing to buy just about anything off of you, and illegal goods are no exception. The power of corporate greed never ends, especially when that dollar symbol is next to a particularly high number.

If you’re looking to spend some of that hard-earned cash on something useful, check out our guide on where to buy ammo in Starfield.

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Shawn Robinson

Shawn is a freelance gaming journalist who's been with Prima Games for a year, 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.