How To Target Engines In Starfield [Explained]

Target and destroy engines of enemy spaceships once you unlock the targeting mode which is locked behind a skill in Starfield.

You can actually target engines in Starfield using the unlockable targeting mode, which allows you to tackle battles in the night of space with ease. Players might even miss using the targeting mode if they don’t pay enough attention to the skills in Starfield.

Key Takeaways
  • There is a specific skill that you need to purchase to target engines.
  • Targeting Control Systems is the skill that you need to unlock in Starfield.
  • This skill is located in the Tech Skills tab and will cost you 1 skill point to unlock.
  • Once unlocked, you can then target various parts of enemy spaceships, including the engines.
  • If you destroy the engines of the enemy ship, then the spaceship becomes immobile in Starfield space battles.
  • You can then board or dock the immobile enemy ship and loot it additionally.
Important: You can only target engines as well as other spaceship parts once you have unlocked a specific skill.

How To Target Engines

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Unlocking Targeting Mode (Image Captured by Us)

Targeting is locked behind a skill under the tech skills tab. You’ll need 1 skill point to purchase the skill. Most players will end up overlooking this skill, not realizing its actual importance during space battles.

I believe it is probably one of the most important skills that is utilized in spaceship combat.

  • Once you unlock the Targeting Control Systems skill, you can target spaceship engines.
  • Before unlocking the skill, you could only lock on to the enemy ships during combat.
  • Now, after the initial lock-on, you can enter the targeting mode, which allows you to target various parts of the spaceship.
  • If you want to immobilize a spaceship, then simply target its engines and only shoot at them.
  • A slow-motion effect also occurs while shooting specific parts in targeting mode, which allows you to shoot precisely.

Destroying Engines

  • Once you have destroyed an enemy ship’s engines, it will become immobile.
  • You can then dock onto the enemy ship using your spaceship and loot the enemy ship additionally.
  • The loot that you get through this method is much larger than what you get by destroying a ship.

Board the immobile ship by avoiding enemy weapons. Destroy engines and enemies, but be cautious not to damage the spaceship excessively, as it may result in the ship’s destruction. Utilize the Targeting Control Systems skill for effective spaceship looting and join the Crimson Fleet faction to become a space pirate in Starfield.

Starfield, an expansive RPG, spans hundreds of planets. Use the boost pack as a jetpack for planetary exploration. Join factions, explore star systems, and unlock new powers in the main campaign.

In Starfield battles, target engines use the specified skill. Learn how to board enemy ships after destroying engines. Share your thoughts on Starfield in the comments below!


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