In Starfield, contraband and stolen items can be found everywhere when looting ships and outposts. But what to do with your hot dishes? Don’t worry, here we’ll explain how to smuggle your contraband and sell all your stolen goods!
If you’re the kind of gamer who likes to do things… less than legal in games, let’s say, then you’re probably pretty excited about being able to steal and smuggle as you please in Starfield. .
Obviously, you have to avoid getting caught in the act, but the problem is that you also have to avoid getting caught with your stolen goods, if you want to avoid a run-in with the police.
If you want to know what the difference is between contraband and stolen items and where to sell these items, then you’ve come to the right place!
Starfield Contraband Explained
It’s pretty easy to tell which items in your possession are smuggled or stolen. If you don’t already know, contraband items can be found either in large contraband chests or in ships.
The key to being able to identify contraband items, once they are in your inventory, is small yellow icon next to the item name.
On the other hand, stolen goods will have a small red icon next to the item name.
The reason you want to know which items are smuggled or stolen is because of analytics. You and your ship can and will be subject to contraband analysis once you enter orbit on a planet under the control of the United Colonies or the Freestar Collective.
These scans will only detect contraband, not stolen items. If you only have stolen items you should be good to go, but if you have contraband items in your possession as well as stolen items and scans detect your contraband you will be forced to drop both types of objects.
Be careful that your contraband items are detected, because even if these items were not very important to you, once detected, a bounty can be placed on you.
Moreover, you will have to pay a rather high fine and could even be taken to a holding cell. If you are caught by Freestar officers with a bounty on the head for smuggling, they will apprehend you immediately.
Don’t worry, there are different ways to bring contraband onto your ship and sell it later.
Starfield: How to Avoid Contraband Detection on Your Ship
If you want to experience an adrenaline rush when trying to circumvent the laws, you’ll be happy to know that there are several ways to avoid contraband scans.
One way to avoid contraband scans is to use the skill of deception. You can unlock the deception skill in the second level of the social skill tree. This skill reduces the chance of your ship’s contraband being detected by up to 50% at the highest skill level.
Or, if you don’t want to use skill points just to avoid contraband scans, you can also purchase a scan jammerwhich will help increase your chances of avoiding freighter scans.
You can also choose to upgrade your ship to avoid scans. This will only work if you keep your contraband in your holdnot your inventory.
Some ship upgrades will give you a protected cargo space, which will help you bypass detection.
One way to upgrade your ship is to join the crimson fleet and buy the “Shielded Cargo Hold” from Jasmine aboard The Key (a space station in the Kryx system).
If you don’t want to join the Crimson Fleet, just so you can get an Armored Bunker, don’t worry. Another option to get protected cargo is to find Lon Anderssen in the Red Mile on Porrima III. He is one of the few people to sell you a ship with an armored cargo bay or upgrades for your current ship.
Technically, you don’t even need to upgrade your ship. Instead, you might come across and take back some mercenary shipswhich might already have protected holds.
Either way, a good rule of thumb is: the less contraband you have on you, the less likely your contraband is to be detected, since your detection percentage increases with the amount of contraband you have. It might sound pretty simple, but it’s something worth keeping in mind when playing!
Starfield: Where to Sell Contraband and Stolen Items
Even though you can’t sell your contraband and stolen items everywhere without getting into trouble, you will still have the option to sell your goods in different areas.
You can sell your contraband to Trade Authority. The most common way to sell your stolen items to them is at Trade Authority buildings or offices. Going to their stores will allow you to sell your illegal items to them, but remember that just like in any other store, one seller may offer you less money than the other.
Another thing to note is that you don’t need to carry your contraband with you in your inventory. When you speak to a trade authority vendor, you will have the option to sell items directly from your ship’s hold.
Sometimes you can even encounter Trade Authority ships while traveling in space. If you are not in a smuggling-free zone, you can sell the items directly by docking your ship at theirs.
Take your time to explore all the different options, and maybe you will even find other ways to get rid of your illegal products!