How to Use Transfer Containers in Starfield

Transfer container is a weird name for a buildable.

Starfield Transfer Container
Image via Prima Games.

When you’re building up your Outpost in Starfield, you’ll be snagging yourself a lot of resources through your various extractors. That’s a lot of carry weight to bring to and from your ship on foot, especially if you haven’t leveled your Fitness skill much. It’s also grossly inefficient, especially if you have to take multiple trips. Thankfully, there’s an easier way to do this. Here’s how to build and use Transfer Containers in Starfield.

How Does a Transfer Container Work in Starfield?

A Transfer Container is designed to store the resources from your various extractors to be taken by your ship, unlike regular storage containers which can only be taken from when walking up to them. Once the contents of your extractors are in the Transfer Container, you can take them directly from your ship without all the (literal) extra steps.

How to Set a Transfer Container Up

If you want to build one in your base, head into Build Mode from the Outpost Beacon and switch over to the Storage section. Once there, you can build the Transfer Container using the following materials:

  • 5x Tungsten
  • 4x Lubricant
  • 8x Iron
Starfield Transfer Container Setup
Screenshot by Prima Games

Once you have that built, you’ll need an Extractor and something to power it. The Extractor is found in the Extractors section of the Build Menu, with the resource cost varying based on what material you’re extracting. As for the Power, something like a Solary Array can power the Extractor just fine. You’ll need the following materials to build one:

  • 4x Aluminum
  • 3x Copper
  • 2x Beryllium
Starfield Output Link
Screenshot by Prima Games

Once that’s all setup and your Extractor is doing its thing, walk up to it in Build Mode and press either right-click on PC or RT on your controller to create an Output Link. Take the line from the Extractor and connect it to your Transfer Container, and the resources will begin funneling into it.

How to Get the Resources From Your Transfer Container to Your Ship

If your ship has landed near the Outpost, head into your ship and access the Cargo Hold. The screen for the Cargo Hold can be found on the inside of any cockpit if you weren’t already aware. Once in the menu, press either Q on your keyboard or LB on your controller until you see the Outpost inventory. From there, simply put whatever you want into the Cargo Hold.

Starfield Landing Pad
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If the Cargo Hold doesn’t list your Outpost as a possible storage, then your ship is too far away from the outpost. To fix this problem, you’ll need to build a Landing Pad at your outpost. If your ship is less than 40 meters long and 40 meters wide (you can find these stats on the floor of the Ship Builder interface), then you can build a Landing Pad – Small. Otherwise, most of you must build the Landing Pad with the Ship Builder. The small Landing Pad only requires some Iron and Aluminum, while the Landing Pad with a Shipbuilder requires the following:

  • 18x Adaptive Frame
  • 30x Iron
  • 2x Zero Wire
  • 2x Beryllium

With the ship landed at either Landing Pad, you should be able to access your Outpost inventory through your Cargo Hold. I hope this helps reduce your travel time.

If you’re looking into more about your outpost, check out our guide on how to get more Crew slots in Starfield.

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Shawn Robinson

Shawn's been playing games for a decade and a half now, dabbling in many genres though finding his niche in FPS games and RPGs. If he's not being one of the five people that still plays Heroes of the Storm, he's probably sinking his teeth into a new singleplayer experience.