So, you wanted to venture into the darker side of Starfield and have a stash of contraband burning a hole in your spaceship’s cargo hold. In Starfield, the trade of contraband items presents both opportunities and challenges. These illicit goods, from substances like Aurora to unauthorized ship modifications, are prohibited by major factions such as the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective.
Starfield – an action RPG game with over 200K concurrent players at its peak from Steam users alone has taken space exploration gamers by storm. With the game given players free will to sell and contraband items this guide will definitely help you with that.
Engaging in this trade requires a deep understanding of the market, and of course like in real life there are risks involved, and the potential rewards. This guide provides a detailed look into the complexities of selling contraband in Starfield, highlighting the identification, sale processes, and the potential repercussions of dealing in such items.
While you are here you might want to learn how to play Starfield in Mac or Linux. It is also important to learn that while selling contraband items put your character at risk in the game if you get caught with it but by building an outpost will help you store your items safely.
What Are the Contrabands in Starfield
Contraband items are those considered illegal by two Interstellar governments, notably the United Colonies and Freestar Collective. These items range from drugs to illegal ship modifications. A prime example is Aurora, a substance legal on Neon but prohibited in UC and Freestar territories. Identifying contraband is straightforward; look for the yellow Contraband icon. Here are some items that are considered a contraband.
- Harvested organs
- Illegal weapons
- Stolen goods
- Forbidden technology
- Rare artifacts
- Smuggled goods
How and Where to Sell Your Contrabands
Your best bet for selling contraband is the Trade Authority and visit kiosks or vendor, a ubiquitous trade and commerce corporation known for its flexible morals. While most vendors in Starfield’s universe are law-abiding citizens, the Trade Authority has traders who specialize in shady deals.
- Land on a planet where you can find a Trade Authority kiosk
- These kiosks are usually yellow and can be found in the landing areas of major settlements
Tip: Don’t sell your contraband in patrolled areas. This will attract authorities attention.
Here are the known Trade Authority shop locations where you can sell contraband:
- The Well in New Atlantis, located on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system.
- The Den on Chthonia, within the Wolf system.
- Cydonia on Mars, also in the Alpha Centauri system.
- Akila City on Akila, in the Cheyenne system.
- Neon on Volii Alpha, in the Volii system.
While the locations in Jemison and Neon are easily identifiable by their yellow signs, the Trade Authority on Cydonia is a bit more discreet. Look for signs directing you down a series of ramps in the central hub area.
Things to Do If You Caught With A Contraband
When you’re in UC or Freestar space, be prepared for contraband scans. If you’re caught, you have a few options:
- Pay the Fine: Surrender the contraband, pay the fine, and you’ll be teleported to the nearest jail. No jail time, but you might be able to retrieve your goods, depending on your stealth skills. However, the fine is non-refundable.
- Serve Time: Hand over the contraband and go to jail. No credits lost, but you’ll lose several in-game days and experience.
- Fight: Engage in space combat and earn a bounty with the local faction.
- Losing XP: You will lose experience points that you have earned in the game.
If you choose to pay the fine, you will be transported to the city jail. If you refuse to be taken alive, you may be hunted down.
Now that you know where and how to sell your contrabands in Starfield and knowing this can be risky but highly rewarding. With the right knowledge and a bit of daring, you can make a fortune from your illicit endeavors. Always be on the lookout, trust in the Trade Authority, and may the stars guide your path! Safe travels, and happy trading!