Whether you’re boarding a space station to speak with important NPCs there or connecting to an enemy ship you’d like to steal for yourself, docking with other craft is something you’ll need to do pretty often in Starfield. However, since the game never makes it directly clear how to do this, many players are a little confused about how docking and boarding works.
In the guide below, we go over everything you need to know about how to dock. This includes the full process of boarding both space stations and other ships, as well as some important details on conditions you have to meet before docking with a vessel is possible.
Starfield: How to dock with space stations
Of the two types of craft that you can dock with in Starfield, space stations like The Den are by far the easiest to board. To do so, you’ll first need to use your target input to lock onto the station from afar. Then, you’ll be presented with an option to hail it, which you’ll sometimes need to do to get clearance from the station. You don’t always have to hail a station before docking, but we recommend doing it anyway in the event that you do.
Once you’ve been acknowledged and have been told you’re okay to dock, keep the station targeted and fly closer to it. As you approach, you’ll be presented with a docking prompt. Press the input shown on-screen and a short docking cutscene will begin, signaling that you’ve now docked with the station. From there, you have the option to board the station, walk around your own ship, or undock.
Starfield: How to dock with ships
By docking with a hostile vessel and then boarding it to kill the crew, you can claim the ship for yourself and add it to your fleet. However, to do this, you’ll first need to engage in …
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