Should You Attack or Persuade Shaw in Starfield? – Answered

Outlaws for a reason

Shaw holding a rifle in Starfield
Screenshot by Prima Games.

So you decided to help Sam Coe reach The Empty Nest in Starfield and you looted the Artifact that was inside the cave, but that also means that Shaw won’t be happy with how you treated her outlaws. You have three options to deal with the outlaw leader, and we’ll cover whether you should attack or persuade her in Starfield in this guide.

Getting to Shaw in Starfield

Shaw will become an obstacle for you in The Empty Nest mission, which is one of the missions alongside Back to Vectera and Into the Unknown that Sarah Morgan gives to you after finishing the second main story mission, The Old Neighborhood. Sarah wants you to join an expedition headed up by Sam Coe because Sam has a lead on an Artifact.

Along the mission, you’ll eventually go to Sam’s parents’s house and gather Solomon’s maps, which point you to a cave in Shaw Gang territory on the frontier of Akila. After collecting the Artifact from this cave, upon leaving, you’ll be greeted by Shaw herself, and she’s none too pleased.

Should You Bribe, Attack, or Persuade Shaw in Starfield

You should definitely attack Shaw when she confronts you at The Empty Nest on Akila. We already know the Shaw Outlaws cause plenty of trouble for the city, and having her bully you even further isn’t helpful.

Attacking Shaw in Starfield

If you attack the outlaws and successfully beat them, there is a lot more loot in it for you without any consequences. The only downside to attacking Shaw is the fight itself.

Screenshot of player character choosing to attack Shaw in Starfield
Attack Shaw right away (Screenshot by Prima Games).

Not only will you have to deal with the gang that just rolled up, but there is also a pack of Ashta that follows up. Siding with Shaw will help you in the optional Ashta fight, which makes it easier. However, the fight isn’t too challenging, and we don’t recommend basing your choice on the challenge.

Bribing Shaw in Starfield

Your other options are to persuade or bribe Shaw. Bribing Shaw is the worst option in Starfield but also the “easiest” in this case. You can walk away without any attacks and you don’t have to pass a dialogue check. With that said, you lose 4,000 credits and she still treats you like trash. It seems like a scam to us.

Screenshot of player character with a rifle shooting an Ashta in Starfield
Screenshot by Prima Games.

Persuading Shaw in Starfield

Persuasion is the last option, and if you manage to fill all six persuasion bars, it’s not the worst option. If you bribe or persuade the outlaws and help them kill the Ashta, they will even give you a Razorback weapon as a reward. But who cares about one weapon when you can have them all by attacking?

After dealing with the Shaw Outlaws, make sure to sell all their loot and buy some new weapons in Starfield.

About the Author

Daniel Wenerowicz

Dan has been writing gaming guides and news as a staff writer and freelancer since he graduated from Westfield State University in 2020. You can find him covering the FPS and Battle Royale space at Prima Games.