Crew members in Starfield can help you with many skills you may not have unlocked, and here is a list of the best ones to have by your side.

Assigning a crew member to an area such as your ship or Outpost can be very beneficial as they offer a bonus based on their expertise.

You can even have a member join you on a mission if their skills can help you defeat enemies. Let’s dive into the best crew members in Starfield!

Best Crew Members in Starfield

Starfield has no definitive “best” crew member, as it will come down to what you require them for. However, there is a vast selection of members who are the best in their fields:

Additionally, unnamed hireable crew members can be found across the universe in different bars and clubs.

Their primary skill can be found above their head instead of a name, and hiring them will cost a bunch of credits. However, you won’t know their skill level until you meet them.

Starfield list of available crew members

Lin – Best Crew Member for Outpost Management

Where to RecruitSkillsCost
Recruitable during “Back to Vectera” questDemolitions Rank 1
Outpost Management Rank 3
Free

Assigning Lin can be very beneficial if you are setting up an Outpost. She comes with Outpost Management Rank 3, which means you do not have to use your skill points to access these bonuses.

With Lin assigned to your Outpost, you will receive the following benefits:

  • More cargo links can be placed at your Outpost.
  • More robots can be constructed at your Outpost.
  • You can assign more crew members to this Outpost.

Overall, Lin is an excellent candidate and by far the best crew member for Outpost Management in Starfield.

Lin - Crew member in Starfield

Heller – Best for Outpost Engineering

Where to RecruitSkillsCost
Recruitable during “Back to Vectera” quest.Geology Rank 1
Outpost Engineering Rank 3
Free

Additionally, if you want to further improve your Outposts in Starfield, you can add Heller to grant benefits for Engineering.

With Heller at your Outpost, he will provide you with the following bonuses due to his Outpost Engineering Rank 3. The best part is you won’t need to use your skill points to access these:

  • Ability to construct improved outpost modules and research additional modules at a Research Lab.
  • Ability to research and construct superior outpost modules.
  • You can research and construct cutting-edge outpost modules.

These bonuses make Heller one of the best crew members to assign to an Outpost in Starfield.

Heller - Crew member in Starfield

Andreja – Best for Stealth

Where to RecruitSkillsCost
Recruitable after “Into the Unknown” questStealth Rank 4
Particle Beams Rank 3
Energy Weapon Systems Rank 2
Theft Rank 1
Free

If you want to be stealthy, Andreja is the best companion to bring alongside you. Unlike Lin and Heller, you won’t gain access to her skills; however, she will undoubtedly be a capable ally on stealth operations.

She has Stealth Rank 4, which means:

  • She is 100% more difficult to detect when sneaking. Suppressed weapons do an additional 20% sneak attack damage. Doors she interacts with while in stealth no longer alert enemies.
Andreja in Starfield

Sarah Morgan – Best for Exploring

Where to RecruitSkillsCost
Complete “The Old Neighborhood” questAstrodynamics Rank 4
Lasers Rank 3
Leadership Rank 2
Botany Rank 1
Free

Sarah Morgan is one of the best companions and crew members to station your ship in Starfield. By using Astrodynamics Rank 4, you will receive a significant boost in your grav drive.

Sarah will offer the following boosts when stationed on your ship:

  • Increase the jump range of grav drives by 30%.
  • Reduced fuel cost of jump drives by 50%.

Assigning Sarah to your ship is beneficial, especially for those long journeys across the galaxy!

Sarah Morgan in Starfield

Barrett – Best for Ship Repairs

Where to RecruitSkillsCost
Finish “Back to Vectera” questStarship Engineering Rank 4
Particle Beam Weapon Systems Rank 3
Robotics Rank 2
Gastronomy Rank 1
Free

Having Barrett assigned to your ship is a great way to always have quick repairs. With his Starship Engineering Rank 4, your ship will be as good as new in no time.

Barrett will offer the following bonuses when assigned to your ship:

  • Ship systems have a 25% increased damage mitigation.
  • All ship systems repair 25% faster.
  • Occasionally, repairing one block of a system will repair the entire system.

If you are prone to engaging in ship combat against spacers, pirates, or another group, having Barrett on board is necessary!

Starfield Best Crew Members - Barrett

Marika Boros – Best for Combat

Where to RecruitSkillsCost
Recruitable by visiting The Viewport in New Atlantis’ spaceport areaShotgun Certification Rank 1
Ballistics Rank 2
Particle Beam Weapon Systems Rank 1
18,000 Credits or 9,000 if successfully persuaded

If you are looking for someone to watch your back and help remove enemies, hiring Marika Boros is the way to go.

While she has no Rank 3 or higher skills, she has helpful combat bonuses for grounded and air battles. When she is by your side, she will:

  • Deal 10% more damage when using a shotgun.
  • Deal 20% more damage when using Ballistic weapons.

While the previous benefits will only apply to her, if you assign her to your ship, you will receive:

  • A 10% damage increase to particle beam weapons.
  • 10% reduction in Targeting mode costs.
Marika Boros in Starfield