You will come across a huge variety of space vehicles when exploring the galaxy, but it can be a little confusing to know which of them are the best ships in Starfield.

After flying around for a while in the game’s first ship, The Frontier, you may find yourself getting tired of its middling cargo capacity and lackluster combat capabilities. It served you well, but now it’s time to move on to something better.

Thankfully, Starfield has a tantalizing assortment of amazing starships to choose from. We’re going to go over Stafield’s best ships and how to get your hands on them below.

Starfield player ship next to destroyed enemy ship in space

What Are the Best Ships in Starfield?

At a glance, the best ships in Starfield are:

The above list includes a good mix of ships that focus on combat proficiency, maneuverability, and cargo hauling.

Tracking these ships down is easier said than done, however. Below, we go over in detail each of the above ship’s stats, their price (if available to purchase), and where to find them in Starfield.

Best Early Game Ship

The best early game ship in Starfield is the Razorleaf. Here are the stats:

  • Class A Reactor: 18 max ship energy
  • Fuel: 148
  • Hull: 469
  • Cargo Capacity: 420
  • Crew Capacity: 2
  • Jump: 16 LY
  • Shield: 390
  • LAS: 6
  • PAR: 16
  • MSL: 36
Razorleaf ship stats in Starfield

The Razorleaf is a fantastic early-game upgrade to the Frontier. It has much better weapons than the starting ship and its improved maneuverability is welcome during tense space battles.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the Razorleaf is its Shielded Cargo Capacity of 160. This will give you the chance to smuggle contraband without getting caught.

Where to Get the Razorleaf in Starfield

To get the Razorleaf in Starfield, you need to complete the Mantis quest. The quest can only be initiated by picking up the “Secret Outpost” data from a defeated Spacer enemy as a random drop. It can be completed as early as level 10.

Once you pick up the data, the Mantis quest will be initiated. You are guided to the Secret Outpost on the Denobola 1-B planet in the Denobola system. Here’s the plotted course from the Alpha Centauri system to the Denobola system on the star map:

Course from Alpha Centauri to Denebola system in the Starmap in Starfield

You can actually acquire the Razorleaf without having to pay a single credit! You’ll receive the ship for free at the end of the quest:

Razorleaf Legendary Spaceship

Be sure to follow our extensive guide on how to solve the Mantis puzzle, so you can complete the quest!

Best Ship With Biggest Cargo Capacity

The best ship with the biggest Cargo Capacity in Starfield is the Silent Runner. Here are the stats:

  • Class C Reactor: 34 max ship energy
  • Fuel: 300
  • Hull: 1164
  • Cargo Capacity: 6060
  • Crew Capacity: 5
  • Jump: 29 LY
  • Shield: 975
  • PAR: 38
  • MSL: 96
Silent Runner ship stats in Starfield

If you’re the sort of player who hoards resources and scoops up as much space junk as you possibly can, the Silent Runner was made for you. With an astoundingly large Cargo Capacity of 6060, you’ll be able to comfortably dump anything you want into your ship’s cargo hold, with room to spare.

In addition to having the largest Cargo Capacity in the game, the Silent Runner also has lots of ship energy to play around with, as well as decent Grav Jump distance.

Where to Get the Silent Runner in Starfield

To get the Silent Runner, you must purchase it in the Hopetech HQ building in the Valo system. It costs roughly 390,000 credits.

It is located in Hopetown on the Polvo planet in the Valo system in Starfield. Here’s the plotted course from the Alpha Centauri system to the Valo system on the star map:

Course from Alpha Centauri to Valo system in the Starmap in Starfield

After landing in Hopetown, head to the Hopetown HQ building. Talk to Inaya Rehman at the sales counter to purchase the Silent Runner:

Inaya Rehman at the Sales counter in the Hopetech HQ building in Starfield

Best Combat Ship

The best combat ship in Starfield is the Abyss Trekker. Here are the stats:

  • Class C Reactor: 27 max ship energy
  • Fuel: 950
  • Hull: 1031
  • Cargo Capacity: 340
  • Crew Capacity: 6
  • Jump: 28 LY
  • Shield: 850
  • BAL: 162
  • PAR: 38
  • MSL: 96
Abyss Trekker Ship stats in Ship Services Technician menu in Starfield

If you want to decimate your enemies in a devastating fashion, the Abyss Tracker is for you. Its Particle Beams, Missiles, and Ballistics weaponry pack a mighty punch and will absolutely melt any enemy ship that dares to cross you.

It is widely considered to be the best combat ship you can buy in the game.

Where to Get the Abyss Trekker in Starfield

To get the Abyss Trekker, you need to head to Paradiso in the Porrima system in Starfield. It costs roughly 340,000 credits to purchase.

It is located in Paradiso on the Porrima II planet in the Porrima system. Here’s the plotted course from the Alpha Centauri system to the Porrima system on the star map:

Plotted course from Alpha Centauri to the Porrima system in Starfield's Starmap

After landing in Paradsio, turn just to the right of the landing area and talk to the Ship Services Technician to purchase the Abyss Trekker:

Speaking to the Ship Services Technician on Paradiso in Starfield

Best A Class Ship

The best Class A ship in Starfield is the Star Eagle. Here are the stats:

  • Class A Reactor: 29 max ship energy
  • Fuel: 140
  • Hull: 948
  • Cargo Capacity: 2280
  • Crew Capacity: 5
  • Jump: 21 LY
  • Shield: 912
  • EM: 2
  • MSL: 143
  • LAS: 12
Star Eagle ship stats in Starfield

The Star Eagle is one of the most balanced ships in Starfield, with a nice chunk of cargo capacity, and decent health and firepower to hold its own in a firefight.

It’s a brilliant option that is perfect for the mid-game experience of Starfield.

Where to Get the Star Eagle in Starfield

To get the Star Eagle, you must complete the Freestar Rangers questline to receive it as a free reward.

To start the Freestar Rangers questline, head to Akila City on the Akila planet in the Cheyenne system. Here’s the plotted course from the Alpha Centauri system to the Cheyenne system on the star map:

Course from Alpha Centauri to Cheyenne system in the Starmap in Starfield

After landing in Akila City, head to the Galbank building and help deal with the robbers to initiate the Freestar Rangers questline. You’ll receive the Star Eagle after completing all 8 quests associated with the Freestar Collective faction.

Bank robbers outside the Galbank in Akila city in Starfield

Best B Class Ship

The best Class B ship in Starfield is the Shieldbreaker. Here are the stats:

  • Class B Reactor: 27 max ship energy
  • Fuel: 550
  • Hull: 940
  • Cargo Capacity: 2280
  • Crew Capacity: 5
  • Jump: 25 LY
  • Shield: 610
  • LAS: 24
  • BAL: 28
  • MSL: 58
Shieldbreaker ship stats in Starfield

The Shieldbreaker is an extremely powerful combat-oriented starship, capable of living up to its name by melting enemy shields in the blink of an eye. It has excellent firepower and fantastic maneuverability, allowing you to weave in and out of enemy fire with ease as you dole out punishment.

It’s a great upgrade for those wanting a similar feel to the Razorleaf, with more power and Cargo Capacity.

Where to Get the Shieldbreaker in Starfield

To get the Shieldbreaker, you can purchase it from the Ship Services Technician in New Atlantis. It costs roughly 250,000 credits.

It is located on the Jemison planet in the Alpha Centauri system in Starfield. Here’s the Alpha Centauri system on the star map:

Alpha Centauri system in the Starmap in Starfield

After landing on New Atlantis, talk with the Ship Services Technician directly in front of your ship to purchase the Shieldbreaker:

Starfield Ship Services Technician

Best C Class Ship

The best Class C ship in Starfield is the Narwhal. Here are the stats:

  • Class C Reactor: 36 max ship energy
  • Fuel: 560
  • Hull: 2118
  • Cargo Capacity: 1760
  • Crew Capacity: 7
  • Jump: 30 LY
  • Shield: 995
  • LAS: 24
  • BAL: 114
  • MSL: 86
Narwhal ship stats in Starfield

One of the best aspects of the Narwhal is its huge Hull and Shield health, allowing you to take a serious beating and survive pretty much any battle you come across. It also has lots of firepower and packs a mighty punch, with a whopping 36 ship energy to play around with.

It also allows you to take seven crew members with you on your journey across the galaxy. You can bring your favorite companions along for the ride and boost your ship stats even further with their additional perks.

Where to Get the Narwhal in Starfield

To get the Narwhal, you must purchase it from Taiyo Astroneering in the Ryujin Industries building on Neon. It costs roughly 450,000 credits.

It is located on the Volii Alpha planet in the Volli system in Starfield. Here’s the plotted course from the Alpha Centauri system to the Volli system on the star map:

Starfield starmap plotted Course from Alpha Centauri to Volii system

After landing in the Neon area on Volii Alpha, head to the Taiyo Astroneering in the Ryujin Industries building. Talk to Veronica Young in the show room to purchase the Narwhal:

Taiyo Astroneering ship show room in Starfield
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