All Starfield companions and how to recruit them

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 over 20 Starfield companions available to recruit, and each of them have different recruitment requirements. However, all of them have specific skills that can help you as you explore.

Here are all the Starfield companions, their skills, and how to recruit them:

Companion Recruitment Requirement Skills
Adoring Fan Select the ‘Hero Worshipped’ Starfield trait Weight Lifting (Rank 2)
Concealment (Rank 1)
Scavenging (Rank 1)
Amelia Earhart Complete ‘Operation Starseed’ mission Piloting (Rank 2)
Rifle Certification (Rank 2)
Andreja Complete ‘Into the Unknown’ mission Stealth (Rank 4)
Particle Beams (Rank 3)
Energy Weapon Systems (Rank 2)
Theft (Rank 1)
Andromeda Kepler Hire at the Broken Spear in Cydonia for 15,000 Credits Outpost Engineering (Rank 2)
Aneutronic Fusion (Rank 1)
Piloting (Rank 1)
Autumn MacMillan Complete the Freestar Collective faction questline and hire at the Red Mile in Akila at no cost. Pistol Certification (Rank 2)
Sharpshooting (Rank 1)
Botany (Rank 1)
Barrett Complete ‘Back to Vectera’ mission Starship Engineering: (Rank 4)
Particle Beam Weapon Systems (Rank 3)
Robotics: (Rank 2)
Gastronomy: (Rank 1)
Dani Garcia Hire at Euphorika in Neon City for 13,500 Credits Robotics (Rank 2)
Chemistry (Rank 1)
Energy Weapon Systems (Rank 1)
Ezekiel Hire at Aggie’s Bar in Akila at no cost Energy Weapon Dissipation (Rank 2)
Scavenging (Rank 1)
Shield Systems (Rank 1)
Gideon Aker Hire at The Viewport in New Atlantis for 18,000 Credits Ballistic Weapon Systems (Rank 2)
Missile Weapon Systems (Rank 2)
Hadrian Sanon Complete the UC Vanguard faction questline and speak to Percival at TMD Headquarters on Mars to hire at no cost Pain Tolerance (Rank 2)
Energy Weapon Dissipation (Rank 1)
Xenosociology (Rank 1)
Hassan Hire at The Hitching Post in Akila Shield Systems (Rank 2)
Starship Engineering (Rank 1)
Heller Complete ‘Back to Vectera’ mission Outpost Engineering (Rank 3)
Geology (Rank 1)
Jessamine Griffin Hire at Last Nova in The Key for 18,000 Credits Ballistics Weapon Systems (Rank 2)
Concealment (Rank 1)
Theft (Rank 1)
Lin Complete ‘Back to Vectera’ mission Outpost Management (Rank 3)
Demolitions (Rank 1)
Lyle Brewer Hire at Aggie’s Bar in Akila for 12,000 Credits Shotgun Certification (Rank 2)
Xenosociology (Rank 1)
Particle Beams (Rank 1)
Marika Boros Hire at The Viewport in New Atlantis for 13,500 Credits Ballistics (Rank 2)
Shotgun Certification (Rank 1)
Particle Beam Weapon Systems (Rank 1)
Mathis Castillo Complete ‘Legacy’s End’ mission after aligning with Mathis during the Crimson Fleet faction questline to hire at no cost. Incapacitation (Rank 2)
Ballistics (Rank 1)
Weight Lifting (Rank 1)
Mickey Caviar Hire at the Astral Lounge in Neon City for 13,500 Credits Wellness (Rank 2)
Gastronomy (Rank 1)
Incapacitation (Rank 1)
Moara Otero Complete ‘The Old Neighborhood’ mission and hire at the Broken Spear in Cydonia at no cost EM Weapon Systems (Rank 2)
Marksmanship (Rank 2)
Omari Hassan Hire at the Hitching Post in Akila for 13,500 Credits Shield Systems (Rank 3)
Starship Engineering (Rank 1)
Rafael Aguerro Complete ‘Entangled’ mission without sacrificing him and hire at The Viewport in New Atlantis at no cost. Starpost Engineering (Rank 2)
Outpost Engineering (Rank 1)
Outpost Management (Rank 1)
Rosie Tannehill Hire at The Hitching Post in Akila for 18,000 Credits Wellness (Rank 3)
Medicine (Rank 1)
Sam Coe Complete ‘The Empty Nest’ mission Piloting (Rank 4)
Rifle Certification (Rank 3)
Payloads (Rank 2)
Geology (Rank 1)
Sarah Morgan Complete ‘The Old Neighborhood’ mission Astrodynamics (Rank 4)
Lasers (Rank 3)
Leadership (Rank 2)
Botany (Rank 1)
Simeon Bankowski Hire at The Viewport in New Atlantis for 15,000 Credits Sniper Certification (Rank 2)
Sharpshooting (Rank 1)
Marksmanship (Rank 1)
Sophia Grace Hire at Madame Sauvage’s Place in Neon Ebbsibe for 15,000 Credits Stealth (Rank 3)
Lasers (Rank 1)
Vasco Complete ‘One Small Step’ mission Aneutronic Fusion (Rank 1)
Shield Systems (Rank 1)
EM Weapon Systems (Rank 1)

Starfield companions huddle around a table in The Lodge.

Best Starfield companions

Choosing the best Starfield companion is a tall order. A companion doesn’t just remain on the ship with the rest of your crew – they’re also traveling alongside you, carrying your excess items and offering their input when required. Thankfully, we’re here to narrow this list down and present the very best options available.

The best Starfield companions are:

  • Barrett
  • Sam Coe
  • Sarah Morgan
  • Adoring Fan
  • Heller
  • Vasco

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.

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, so be prepared to have her tag along with you.

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 Starfield romance – but don’t expect her to fall for you just like that.

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.

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. We 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.

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 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 proves particularly useful during long expeditions on material-rich planets.

Starfield companions from the Constellation faction converse in The Lodge as they observe the strange artifacts that drive the space game's plot.

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 as part of your crew, or stick close to your side. You can socialize with them to become platonic friends and, in some 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’. These skills can’t be leveled up any further than their current rank, but any that you share with them will stack with your own.

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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.