How to Recruit New Crew Members in Starfield

Here's how to recruit new crew members in Starfield, so you can build your perfect crew!

by Matthew Kevin Mitchell
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After gaining control of the Frontier and starting the main story quest in Starfield, you can assemble a crew to accompany you on your journey. However, it’s important to note that not all companions are equally beneficial. So, recruiting diverse crew members to assist you in your travels is a good idea. Although it may not be immediately apparent, you can recruit new crew members once you reach New Atlantis. Here’s how to recruit crew members in Starfield so you can build your perfect crew!

How to Get Crew Members in Starfield

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The easiest way to recruit new crew members in Starfield is by visiting the Viewport Tavern in the Spaceport of New Atlantis. There is a wide range of crew members for you to recruit based on the needs of your character and existing crew.

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The NPCs inside the Viewport Tavern look like every other NPCs going about their day, enjoying a nice drink, but they are recruitable. All you have to do is approach them and start a conversation to start the recruiting process.

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Each recruitable crew member will offer different stats and cost different amounts based on how many levels they possess in their skills. For instance, Gideon Aker is a weapon specialist and will offer two stars in Ballistic Weapon Systems and Missile Weapon Systems.

Related: How Many Crew Members Can You Have in Starfield?

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If you are interested in a specific crew member you can pay the rate that they are asking or you can attempt to persuade them to a lower price. If you fail the persuade check you can still recruit them later so don’t worry.

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After you pay the crew member you will then need to assign them to your ship using the crew assignment window. In my case I had too many crew members so had to unassign someone so I could assign Gideon to the Frontier. Note: If needed, you can access this crew management screen from inside your character menu.

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You can also have these newly hired crew members set as your active companion if you don’t like any of the ones you have currently. Talk to them and pick the “I’d like you to follow me for a while” dialogue option. If you already have an active companion, the game will automatically remove them and add a new one for you.

Author’s Note: I wrote this guide while playing Starfield on PC and Xbox Series S.

- This article was updated on September 1st, 2023

About The Author

Matthew Kevin Mitchell has been a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion since 2022. Matthew primarily covers Manga like One Piece, horror movies like Scream, and survival horror games like Dead by Daylight. His favorite moment came during his first press event covering Scream 6 for AotF. He hails from Denver, Colorado, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Regis University. When he isn’t scaring himself silly or writing, he loves to play ice hockey, spoil his dog, and drink an unhealthy amount of coffee.