The Bounty Hunter Build is the ultimate way to play Starfield if you enjoy bringing your own brand of justice to the Galaxy. Combining powerful weapons and abilities with custom ships and crafting, the Bounty Hunter is the perfect way to build your own destiny in Starfield!
How To Play A Bounty Hunter In Starfield
The core of any Bounty Hunter build in Starfield is taking on bounty missions and completing them. Bounty Hunter missions can be started at any mission board in Starfield’s major cities including New Atlantis, Akila City, Cydonia, Neon, and The Red Mile among others. Many NPCs throughout the game such as the Gal Bank Manager in New Atlantis can also give you specific Bounty side missions to complete which will earn you additional experience and credits.
Bounty Hunter Starting Background
Starfield has a Bounty Hunter starting background option, which is a great start for this build! The Bounty Hunter starting background includes Piloting, Targeting Control Systems, and Boost Pack Training as your three starting skills. Each of these will be extremely useful for a Bounty Hunter playthrough, so nothing here is wasted!
- Piloting: Rank 1 gives your ship access to thrusters, letting you move faster in ship-to-ship combat
- Targeting Control Systems: Rank 1 of this skill allows you to target a ship’s specific parts such as its Engine or Shields to disable that system, making it much easier to defeat or eventually board the ship if you choose to.
- Boost Pack Training: Rank 1 of Boost Pack Training enables your character to use any Boost Pack in the game, giving you access to better mobility and evasion in combat.
Best Traits For A Bounty Hunter Build
Traits in Starfield are optional Perks that have both positive and negative consequences. Traits are completely optional, but they can make your Starfield playthrough more interesting!
For the Bounty Hunter build our three favorite traits are:
- Wanted: Occasionally armed mercenaries will show up and try to kill you, but when your health is low you do extra damage. This trait takes the Bounty Hunter playstyle to the next level! Now it feels like you have some competitors out in the galaxy, trying to hunt you down before your next big score!
- Introvert: Being a Bounty Hunter won’t make you a lot of friends. You may need to do a few things that Starfield’s primary companions, especially those in Constellation, may not appreciate. With this trait, you will use less Oxygen when you don’t have any companions with you.
- Hero Worshipped: You’ve earned the attention of an annoying “Adoring Fan.” On the plus side, he will join your crew and give you gifts. This is just a fun trait to have and it really does not have a big downside as you can simply ask your fan to wait on your ship. Talk to him whenever you need to inflate your ego a bit.
Best Weapons For A Bounty Hunter in Starfield
The key to being a good Bounty Hunter in the world of Starfield is flexibility. Being able to use more than one weapon type effectively is useful and is important during the early game when ammo is less available. For that reason, we recommend using as many different weapons as possible, but especially Ballistic Weapons as these are extremely easy to improve with Starfield’s Ballistic Skill. Some examples of recommended Ballistic Weapons include the Grendel and Razorback.
Weapons with higher rarity (blue and above) will also come with pre-selected weapon effects which can be extremely powerful. For a Bounty Hunter style build be on the lookout for traits such as:
- Anti-Personnel: bonus damage against humans.
- Furious: Each consecutive hit deals more damage.
- Hitman: bonus damage while aiming.
- Instigating: Deals double damage to targets with full health.
Bounty Hunter Space Suit and Helmet Options
There are many great options for Space Suits and Helmets for a Bounty Hunter-style build. One great set that is available is the Mantis Set. This set boosts your Carry Capacity while also making weapons weigh 50% less and has some nice defensive options like Anti-Ballistic which reduces physical damage from ranged weapons.
Recommended Boost Pack
While there are many types of Boost Packs in Starfield, the best overall seems to be the Balanced Boost Pack. This pack seems the best for traversal and combat, giving you plenty of hang time and mobility.
Best Skills For A Bounty Hunter Build
Many skills in Starfield will be helpful in building the perfect Bounty Hunter playthrough. The most important skills are listed below with a recommended Skill Progression list.
Boost Pack Training
Boost Pack Training is an essential skill for all builds in Starfield, including the Bounty Hunter. This makes your boosts more efficient, helping you to glide for longer and reach greater heights. The Boost Pack Training skill is located in the Tech Tree.
The Ballistics skill is recommended for this build because it improves the damage of most basic ranged weapons in Starfield, including Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns, and more. The Ballistics skill is located in the Combat Tree.
The Demolitions skill in Starfield makes your explosives more effective, including a visible arc on thrown grenades which is very helpful. The Demolitions skill is located in the Combat Tree.
The Rapid Reloading skill in Starfield quite simply lets you reload your weapons faster. Always be ready for battle with this skill unlocked for your Bounty Hunter! The Rapid Reloading skill is located in the Combat Tree.
Gymnastics is an interesting skill in Starfield, giving you more control over your body in combat. This skill makes perfect sense for a well-trained fighter like a Bounty Hunter. Rank 1 of this skill also unlocks the Combat Slide ability which gives you a solid defensive and mobility tool. The Gymnastics skill is located in the Physical Tree.
The Wellness skill in Starfield offers a nice passive bonus to your maximum Health. More Health is always a good thing so make sure to grab a few ranks of this skill when you can! The Wellness skill is located in the Physical Tree.
The Weight Lifting skill in Starfield boosts your Carry Weight, which is important for a Bounty Hunter who needs to carry plenty of equipment, weapons, and supplies. The Weight Lifting skill is located in the Physical Tree.
The Medicine skill in Starfield is extremely useful as this makes your Med Packs, Trauma Kits, and Emergency Kits heal for more and heal faster! The Medicine skill is located in the Science Tree.
The Piloting skill is important for a Bounty Hunter build as you will many times be forced to engage in space combat while in pursuit of your bounties. The Piloting skill provides greater control of your ship. The Piloting skill is located in the Tech Tree.
Targeting Control Systems
The Targeting Control Systems skill in Starfield allows you to target specific parts of an enemy ship such as it’s engines or shield, allowing you to disable the ship and even board it if you wish. Targeting a ship also makes it much easier to damage and ultimately destroy.
Bounty Hunter Skill Progression
While the exact order you select skills on this build is not incredibly important, this outline will help give you a general direction of how to get started.
- Ballistics (Rank 1)
- Medicine (Rank 1)
- Security (Rank 1)
- Boost Pack Training (Rank 2)
- Weight Lifting (Rank 1)
- Piloting (Rank 2)
- Ballistics (Rank 2)
- Medicine (Rank 2)
- Security (Rank 2)
- Boost Pack Training (Rank 3)
- Weight Lifting (Rank 2)
- Wellness (Rank 1)
- Targeting Control Systems (Rank 2)
- Ballistics (Rank 3)
- Medicine (Rank 3)
- Security (Rank 3)
- Boost Pack Training (Rank 4)
- Weight Lifting (Rank 3)
- Gymnastics (Rank 1)
- Ballistics (Rank 4)
- Demolitions (Rank 1)
- Security (Rank 4)
- Wellness (Rank 2)
- Demolitions (Rank 2)
- Any Combat Skill for your favorite Ballistics Weapon (Rank 1)
- Any Combat Skill for your favorite Ballistics Weapon (Rank 2)
- Rapid Reloading (Rank 1)
- Weight Lifting (Rank 4)
- Medicine (Rank 4)
- Wellness (Rank 3)
- Piloting (Rank 3)
- Targeting Control Systems (Rank 3)
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