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Demarcus Manipulation Starfield

How to Use Manipulation on Demarcus to Open the Door in Starfield

Like a puppet on a string...

The quest Sabotage begins with Ryujin Industries discovering that Ularu is the mole who has been leaking classified information. This task can be a bit tricky, but with a bit of Manipulation on Demarcus, you can complete it easily.

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Starfield: How to Use Manipulation on Demarcus (Sabotage Mission)

To use Manipulation on Demarcus, you’ll need to activate your scanner, hit E while focused on Demarcus, and then select the Manipulation action. This will give you full control over Demarcus’ next actions.

From here, you’ll need to move your cursor over to the keys on the desk nearby and interact with them. This will make Demarcus pick up the keys.

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Demarcus Opening the Door (Image via Prima Games)

After Demarcus picks up the keys, you’ll need to manipulate him again by opening up the Scanner and selecting Manipulation once more. Now you can move your cursor over to the nearby door (shown above) and interact with it.

If you guide Demarcus to pick up the keys successfully, he will be able to walk over to the door and open it, prompting the next part of the Sabotage mission.

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Starfield: What is Manipulation and How to Use it

Manipulation is an interesting ability in Starfield, because it lets you control the minds of most NPCs. You are able to influence NPCs to do your bidding. To use Manipulation, you’ll need to aim your Scanner at an NPC and push the “A” button on controller or “E” on keyboard.

You’ll need to invest 10 points into the Social skill tree to unlock Manipulation. You’ll also get the skill for free after beating the entire Ryujin faction quest line. There are 4 ranks on Manipulation, all described down below.

  • Rank 1: “You can force a target NPC at or below your level to obey commands for a limited time.”
  • Rank 2: “You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time.”
  • Rank 3: “You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time.”
  • Rank 4: “Manipulated targets now obey commands for a substantial amount of time.”

Now that you know how to use Manipulation on Demarcus to open the door, it’s time to get out there and finally complete the Sabotage mission in Starfield!


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