The Starfield New Game Plus feature certainly has a lot of quirks. One of the coolest options also drastically changes how you approach the campaign. Our guide discusses if you how to--and whether you should--skip the main quest in Starfield during your New Game Plus run. Likewise, please be reminded that this article contains spoilers.Table of Contents [hide]
If you want to skip the main quest in Starfield, then make sure you're already in your New Game Plus playthrough. We've got all the details on how to reach that part in our NG+ guide, including the stuff that gets carried over, and the cool toys that you'll get.
Head to the Lodge to see that everyone's just as surprised as you are. They know you as the miner from Vectera, but that person already died; Vasco was the one who retrieved the artifact instead. You're then given a choice when you talk to Sarah:
There are, of course, pros and cons. For instance, if you decide to repeat the main quest, then that somehow defeats the purpose of an NG+ run, since you'll redo every mission. However, there are some cool changes this time around:
Conversely, if you skip the main quest, the campaign will be drastically altered (as explained below). Your character will blurt out every detail, including info about the dead companion (that certainly surprised Sarah since she died in our campaign). Perhaps the biggest downside is related to companion romance. All main quests offer dialogue opportunities that boost a companion's affinity. Without those, you'll have to make do with side quests, faction quests, and other interactions. Still, skipping does keep your playthrough refreshing.
One more issue of note is that skipping the main quest could affect certain side quests. For example, we did not receive the Overdesigned mission from Walter later in our run. That meant we were unable to acquire the free Class-C Kepler R ship.
If you skip the main quest in Starfield, you'll notice a different means of acquiring artifacts: Vladimir simply gives you all the locations. That's it. You'll see all of the planets that you need to go to in your quest log as part of a mission called Among the Stars.
As for unlockable powers, you keep those that you've already acquired in your initial campaign. However, Vladimir will sometimes tell you of temple locations (i.e. Power From Beyond quests), and you could still receive notifications when you visit new star systems. The difference here is that you might obtain upgraded versions, such as Parallel Self II or Elemental Pull II.Gallery Vladimir (left) just gives you a list of all artifact locations, which you'll see in your quest log (right).
There's also a clear difference in how you recruit companions if you skip the main quest in Starfield. Here's a quick summary:
Lastly, there are some key interactions with Starborn in NG+. Here are some examples:
In any case, that's everything you need to know about whether or not you should skip the main quest in Starfield. It's really up to you if you want to repeat the campaign once more, or if you want to try something different and refreshing. Lastly, now that you're Starborn, you might end up meeting the Starborn Trader as you explore the stars.
Starfield is a massive game with numerous planets to explore. For other tips and tactics, you can visit our guides hub.