All Starfield companions – skills and how to recruit

You’re in good company with Starfield companions, so we’re diving into who they are, what skills they offer, and why our favorite friend is already VASCO.

Sam Coe, one of the Starfield companions, is standing in front of a research facility in Freespace. He is wearing a cowboy hat and leather jacket.

Who are the Starfield companions? It’s easy to get lonely in the vast reaches of space, but it wouldn’t be a Bethesda RPG without a companion to tag along with you on your adventure. Beyond running through a full list of confirmed companions and crew members, we’ll also explain some of the ways you can recruit them and include info on their abilities.

You don’t have to find a Starfield companion, but there are Starfield traits that offer additional bonuses for having a companion and staying in their good books, as well as being a vital part of your Starfield crew. Companions often provide an alternate point of view during Starfield missions, and they aren’t shy about commenting on the decisions you’ve chosen – so prepare to be judged for any morally questionable actions. It also goes without saying that they’re also a prerequisite for a Starfield romance. Here’s the scoop on companions in Starfield, along with their character Starfield backgrounds and skills.

Starfield companions list

There are at least 20 Starfield companions available to recruit, and they differ depending on your own playthrough. The four main companions are Sarah Morgan, Sam Coe, Barrett, and Andreja. Here are the companions and crew members we have met so far:

  • Andreja – Constellation companion
  • Barrett – Constellation companion
  • Sam Coe – Constellation companion, Freestar Collective
  • Sarah Morgan – Constellation companion
  • Adoring Fan – Requires the Hero Worshipped trait to recruit
  • Gideon Aker – Hangs around The Viewport in New Atlantis and costs 18,000 credits to recruit
  • Hassan – Hangs around The Hitching Post on Akila, and costs 13,500 credits to recruit
  • Heller – An Argos Extractors team mate you meet at the start of your adventure
  • Lin – Your boss as you are recruited into Argos Extractors in the Back to Vectera mission
  • Marika Boros – Crew member, no faction allegiance. 13,500 credits to hire
  • Mickey Caviar – What a name. Located in the Astral Lounge on Neon and costs 13,500 credits to recruit
  • Moara Otero
  • Rosie Tannehill – Found at The Hitching Post on Akila, and costs 18,000 credits to recruit
  • Simeon Bankoski  Hangs around The Viewport in New Atlantis and costs 15,000 credits to recruit
  • VASCO – Crew member, no faction allegiance, met in the One Small Step mission

Barrett is one of the Starfield companions and his four skills are shown on the left side of the screen.


While many of the people you meet in Starfield are undoubtedly foes, Starfield Barrett is a reassuringly friendly face. His skills in Starship Engineering and Particle Beam Weapon Systems (alright, show off) will no doubt come in handy on your expeditions. The New Atlantis resident also appears on the official Starfield story and timeline as the one to discover the Artifact in the Constellation’s archives, as well as the mastermind behind The Eye.


While we see him in trailers, it’s not clear when we’ll be able to recruit Barrett as a companion, though we know he’s a part of Constellation.


  • Starship Engineering (Rank 4)
  • Particle Beam Weapon Systems (Rank 3)
  • Robotics (Rank 2)
  • Gastronomy (Rank 1)

Sam Coe is another one of the Starfield companions and he's wearing a cowboy hat. His four skills are shown on the left side of the screen.

Sam Coe

As your resident space cowboy, Sam Coe’s traded in a horse for a Starfield ship. He’s a confident pilot, which bodes well for Starfield space combat situations – especially if you fall afoul of the piratical Crimson Fleet. Sam is a descent from the late Solomon Coe, the founder of the Freestar Collective and Akila City, and we expect that legacy weighs heavy on Sam’s shoulders. We also know he has a daughter, Cora, though whether Sam will be quick to divulge this information is another story.


While we know that Sam is indeed a member of Constellation, we don’t know for sure if it’s through them or the Freestar Collective that we can recruit him as a Starfield companion.


  • Piloting (Rank 4)
  • Rifle Certification (Rank 3)
  • Payloads (Rank 2)
  • Geology (Rank 1)

Sarah Morgan is wearing a red jacket and blue t-shirt. She is one of the Starfield companions and has all four skills on her screen.

Sarah Morgan

Starfield Sarah Morgan serves as the acting Chair of the Constellation, making her the de facto leader of one of the best exploration teams in the Settled Systems. Before assuming a leadership position, Sarah was a soldier and adventurer, so you can be certain that she’ll serve you well as a companion out in the field. You can also pursue this capable commander and strike up a romantic relationship – but don’t expect her to fall for you just like that.


We don’t currently know when you’ll be able to recruit the leader of Constellation as a companion.


  • Astrodynamics (Rank 4)
  • Lasers (Rank 3)
  • Leadership (Rank 2)
  • Botany (Rank 1)

The Adoring Fan is one of the Starfield companions you can recruit, and he has three skills shown on the left.

Adoring Fan

The Adoring Fan reprises his role from Oblivion to bring us his trademark nagging sycophancy – in space. His primary goal in life is to follow you around and shower you with relentless praise, though he can also be of use out in the wilderness of distant Starfield planets thanks to his skills in scavenging and carrying heavy burdens. The Adoring Fan is also the first confirmed crew member that can be unlocked by choosing a specific Starfield trait, ensuring that your fate to meet him is written in the stars.


If you pick the ‘Adoring Fan’ trait, this companion will find you eventually.


  • Scavenging (Rank 1)
  • Concealment (Rank 1)
  • Weight Lifting (Rank 2)

Heller is one of the Starfield companions that you can recruit, and he's wearing a mining spacesuit. His three skills are on the left side of the screen.


As an Argos Extractors employee, Starfield Heller certainly knows his way around Starfield materials – which makes him the perfect crew member to maintain a Starfield outpost while you go shooting off across the Settled Systems. It appears that we can find him stranded on a distant planet, and he’s looking to hitch a ride off this rock. It might seem a bit unfair to immediately put him to work after you rescue him, but judging by his skills, he’ll be more than happy under your employ.


We see Heller injured on a moon somewhere in deep space during a Starfield Direct stream, but it’s not mentioned which moon you find him on.


  • Geology (Rank 1)
  • Outpost Engineering (Rank 3)

Marika Boros is one of the Starfield companions and she is wearing a hooded top. Her three skills are on the left side.

Marika Boros

If you’re on the hunt for the best Starfield weapons specialist to join your crew, look no further than Marika Boros. This no-nonsense crew member can be found in The Viewport of New Atlantis, and is excellent to have with you in combat, especially if you’re in the habit of making enemies out of Starfield factions. With Marika by your side, you should have no trouble fighting your way out of most situations – even if that’s resisting arrest to avoid Starfield jail.


We see Marika as a recruitable crew member in Madame Sauvage’s Place in The Viewport space port during one of the Starfield Direct streams, but it’s unclear which planet or star system this is in.


  • Ballistics (Rank 2)
  • Shotgun Certification (Rank 1)
  • Particle Beam Weapon Systems (Rank 1)

VASCO is one of the Starfield companions, and is a robot that is here standing in front of the ship. There are no known skills as of yet, so they're not on the left side of the screen.


Starfield VASCO is described as an “expeditionary robot”, an early model originally built by the Lunar Robotics Corporation before being refurbished to meet the needs of the Constellation. While he does have defensive capabilities, his primary role is that of a support crew member, so he may prove particularly useful during long expeditions on material-rich planets.


While VASCO is a known crew member, Bethesda didn’t reveal any recruitment information.


At this time, we don’t know what skills VASCO brings to the table as a crew member.

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What are Starfield companions?

Starfield companions are unique NPCs that you can recruit and take with you on your journey across the Settled Systems. They can remain on your ship or stick close to your side. You can socialize with them to become platonic friends and, in some limited cases, even romantic partners.

Starfield Companions that join you on your adventure can be set to follow you around, look after your outposts, or man your ship. Each one has a predetermined set of Starfield skills, so you can easily differentiate their strengths and decide who to bring along with you in your ‘away team’. Companions also have their own unique storylines and, according to Todd Howard when speaking to the Kinda Funny Games podcast, are limited to just the Constellation members.

Each of the companions and crew members have predetermined skills. These can’t be leveled up any further than their current rank, but any that you share with them will stack with your own. While the bonuses for these are decent, you can instead opt not to take anyone and there are both skills and traits you can spec into to assist with solo play.

Starfield crew members

You can also hire other NPCs to act as crew members on board your ship or working at outposts. These crew members must be paid, but you only need to pay them one upfront cost, then leave them to do your work for you. You can’t take crew members with you, and you won’t be able to romance them. Recruiting crew members is possible at various spaceports, during encounters in certain quests, or even while exploring planets or deep space.

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Now that you know all the Starfield companions just waiting to meet you, check out some of the Starfield cities they’re likely to reside in, as well as the Starfield houses on offer if you’re looking to settle down with them. We’ve also got a list of the Starfield religions that they might prescribe to, so you can ensure that their beliefs don’t clash with your own.

Still looking for more? While a good Starfield wiki can be a handy source of information, our new Starfield Database goes further, offering you daily news, searchable databanks, and even interactive tools.