What Happened To Earth In Starfield? [Answered]

Learn everything there is about what happened to Earth in Starfield, along with how to get to it and what you may find there.

No matter how many new and exciting planets and Star Systems Starfield may have for you to explore, one can’t help but think of home. It does raise the question of what happened to Earth in Starfield. While it’s not the prettiest of scenes you may want your home to look like, it does still exist in that universe.

Key Takeaways
  • The Earth in Starfield is currently a barren wasteland, unsuitable for any life.
  • Apart from being a cold shell of a planet, it has no atmosphere other than a thin layer of CO2.
  • It was abandoned once its atmosphere started to erode.
  • It lies in Starfield’s Sol Star system with the rest of the solar system.
  • You can travel to Earth after completing the Old Neighborhood quest.
  • You can find materials like Lead, Chlorine, and Mercury on Earth.
  • Additionally, you can come across humanity’s old landmarks like the Empire State Building.

The Current Condition Of The Earth In Starfield

Starfield Earth
Earth: Sol Star System (Image Credits: eXputer)
Important: Earth in Starfield is an abandoned wasteland covered in a thin layer of CO2.

In your gameplay, you may have already noticed that the Human race is scattered across the universe instead of populating the Earth. That is because the humans successfully transformed the bright blue marble into a pale grey rock unsuitable for any life.

Some more key characteristics of the Earth in Starfield are mentioned as follows:

  1. Unlike the Earth you know now, the Earth in Starfield is a cold planet.
  2. Its atmosphere is just a thin layer of Carbon dioxide (CO2).
  3. The Earth was labeled uninhabitable by the year 2203.

Can You Still Visit Earth?

Starfield Sol Star System
Sol Star System (Image Captured by eXputer)
Important: Yes, you can still visit Earth in Starfield. It is located in the Sol Star system.

You can land at the London landmark from your Map (or any other landmark you prefer) and find nothing but a barren wasteland and a bleak image of what humanity’s last days were like.

In one of the main story missions, Sarah Morgan states what happened to Earth in Starfield. In fact, it is the origin story of the United Colonies in Starfield. According to Sarah, humans only had about 50 years to move to other planets in the galaxy or face extinction.

How To Travel To Earth?

You must comply with specific requirements before you can embark on the journey back home. The first and most important one is that you need to have enough fuel. Secondly, you may get a message indicating you can’t fast travel, in which case you need to complete the Old Neighborhood quest before visiting Earth. Lastly, check your ship’s inventory has enough space to carry items and isn’t over-encumbered.

The steps to get to Earth are listed as follows:

  1. Open your Starmap and locate the Sol Star System.
  2. Set a course to this Star System and perform a Grav Jump.
  3. You can Grav Jump by holding X once the course is set.
  4. Once in the Sol system, find Earth and land at any landmark you like.

What Can You Find On Earth In Starfield?

Starfield Earth Landmarks
Empire State Buiding Landmark (Image Credits: eXputer)

The only thing left for you to explore is what you can find on this dry rock. You can find some resources here and there, but they aren’t huge in quantity nor exclusive to Earth. Other, easier, and more efficient ways exist to obtain the same resources.

Nevertheless, some materials and resources you may encounter on Earth are listed as follows:

  • Water
  • Chlorine
  • Lead
  • Cholorosilanes
  • Mercury

Another fun thing on Earth is simply roaming around and taking in the views. You can embark on a journey, explore, or visit the former major cities of Earth. You can stumble across the ruins of many present-day structures like the Empire State Building or the Pyramids of Giza.

That concludes my walkthrough of What Happened to Earth in Starfield. While it is a captivating topic, you should also check out another guide, How to Set Up a Transfer Container in Starfield. If that isn’t to your liking, you can always learn more about the Major Factions in Starfield

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Sulaymaan Ahmad

Sulaymaan Ahmad is a Senior Writer on eXputer who covers all the latest and greatest games. He has an engineering background and a knack for decimating players in First-Person Shooter games. He also enjoys narrative-driven games with characters he can emotionally invest in. His love for gaming has been going strong for several years. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering || Written 150+ Guides || Mainly Covers Strategy Guides on eXputer

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