Should You Join the Freestar Rangers in Starfield?

"Some people call me Maurice"

by J.R. Waugh
Starfield Should You Join the Freestar Rangers
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Sometimes you just want to be the space cowboy, and in Starfield, this dream can come true. Found on Akila, in the aptly-named Akila City, the Freestar Rangers represent the Freestar Collective, an alternative interstellar government different from the expansionist United Colonies. Your first encounter with their local enforcement probably came in the form of stopping a hostage situation from brewing at the city’s Galbank, but after this, you’re given an offer. Should you join the Freestar Rangers in Starfield?

Should You Join the Freestar Rangers Faction in Starfield?

Yes, you definitely should join the Freestar Rangers, and you can join any faction in Starfield easily. Simply complete the “Job Gone Wrong” mission upon entering Akila, and Marshal Daniel Blake will send you to meet Emma Wilcox at The Rock in the center of town. Speak to her and express your interest in joining the Rangers to start the “Deputized” mission.

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What Do You Do With the Freestar Rangers in Starfield?

Your primary mission with the Freestar Rangers in Starfield is to collect bounties. That’s right, you become an interstellar bounty hunter, and your mission board is just inside the same tavern where you meet Emma. It also opens up an incredibly fun questline featuring Bethesda mainstay Wes Johnson as Ron Hope, and an interplanetary conspiracy involving attempted mercenary seizures of farmland.

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The missions you get range from taking down outlaws to rescuing hostages, and action aplenty. It’s one of the clearest, most obviously fun ways to enjoy varied combat encounters as part of Starfield’s wonderfully complex gameplay loop. Rewards are clearly marked, in terms of money and loot.

Does Joining the Freestar Rangers Lock You Out of Joining Other Factions?

No, you can join any and all available factions in Starfield, Freestar included. Many groups present you with the open-ended opportunity to approach them whenever you’re ready. Take it from me, even if you’re unhappy you joined a certain faction, or wish you’d joined but are nearing the endgame: the New Game+ mechanic is a satisfying and enlightening way to take a mulligan.

- This article was updated on September 9th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a content creator with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. also manages his local movie theater.