Bethesda's space RPG Starfield is now available globally, with players everywhere making their way through the main story, joining several factions and taking part in the many, many side quests.


Since Starfield has been in development since 2015 (and was in some form of conception since the '90s), there's plenty to do. A whole universe, in fact, to explore!

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Naturally, it's quite easy to get distracted or simply forget how far into the main story you are. It's also useful to know just how long Starfield is so you can keep track.

That's why we've rounded up every Starfield main story mission in one place, so you know exactly how close you are to the credits.

It doesn't matter where you're playing on Xbox Series X/S or Microsoft Windows, this handy guide applies to all. We'll be updating it regularly, too, with new side missions constantly being discovered - something that will likely last for the next couple of months.

To find out more, head below, but be warned: Spoilers follow, so tread carefully if you want to experience Starfield as fresh as possible.

How many main story missions are in Starfield?

A female Starfield character in a burgundy padded jacket
Starfield's Sarah Morgan. Bethesda Game Studios

As far as we can make out, there are 19 main missions in Starfield. These can be completed in around 30-40 hours if you just want to blitz through the main campaign - but as we know, much of what makes Bethesda games great is what lies off the beaten track.

The main quest sees you coming into contact with an artifact on your first day on the job as a miner, and then making contact with Constellation and trying to figure out the mystery behind them.

We won’t spoil anything, but the quest ends with a very clever take on the new game mode that fits very well into the story.

Full list of main story missions in Starfield

A general overview of New Atlantis.
New Atlantis.

Below are all the main story missions in Starfield to get through.

  1. One Small Step
  2. The Old Neighbourhood
  3. The Empty Nest
  4. Back to Vectera
  5. Into the Unknown
  6. All That Money Can Buy
  7. Starborn
  8. Further into the Unknown
  9. Short Sighted
  10. No Sudden Moves
  11. High Price to Pay
  12. Unity
  13. In Their Footsteps
  14. Unearthed
  15. Final Glimpses
  16. Missed Beyond Measure
  17. Entangled
  18. Revelation
  19. One Giant Leap

This seemingly small list is quite deceptive, though, as many of these missions require you to fly to different planets and have many different objectives within them - but it should give you a broad sense of where you are in the story.

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Full list of faction missions in Starfield

Here are all the faction quests in Starfield that we know of so far. We’ve separated them into their respective factions, so you can see where you are with a quick glance.

There are five main factions in Starfield: Constellation, United Colonies Vanguard, the Crimson Fleet, the Freestar Rangers and Ryujin Industries. Constellation is the main quest, so you can see those missions in the previous section.

This list may continue to expand if there are branching options for quests so be sure to check in for any updates.

United Colonies Vanguard

Starfield United Colonies Vanguard logo
Starfield: United Colonies. Bethesda
  • Supra Et Ultra
  • Grunt Work
  • Delivering Devils
  • Eyewitness
  • Friends Like These
  • The Devils You Know
  • War Relics
  • Hostile Intelligence
  • A Legacy Forged

Crimson Fleet

Reckoner's Core in Starfield
Reckoner's Core in Starfield. Bethesda
  • Deep Cover
  • Rook Meets King
  • Burden of Proof
  • Echoes of the Past
  • Breaking the Bank
  • The Best There Is
  • Absolute Power
  • Eye of the Storm
  • Legacy’s End

Freestar Rangers

A general overview of the Freestar Collective's HQ
Freestar Collective. Bethesda
  • Job Gone Wrong
  • Deputized
  • Where Hope is Built
  • Shadows In Neon
  • Surgical Strike
  • On the Run
  • First to Fight, First to Die
  • The Hammer Falls

Ryujin Industries

Starfield Ryujin Neon City sign saying Welcome to Neon.
Welcome to Neon. Bethesda
  • Back to the Grind
  • One Step Ahead
  • A New Narrative
  • Access is Key
  • Sowing Discord
  • Accidents Happen
  • Maintaining the Edge
  • Top Secrets
  • Background Checks
  • Guilty Parties
  • The Key Ingredient
  • Sabotage
  • Executive Level

In addition to these factions, there are also seven more minor ones: Ecliptic Mercenaries, House of the Enlightened, House of Va'Ruun Zealots, Spacers, The Trade Authority and Trackers. From our time spent in Starfield so far, it doesn't appear that any of these factions can be joined.

Full list of side quests in Starfield

A Starfield character in a ravine, with a moon in the background
Starfield. Bethesa Game Studios

Predictably, there are innumerable side quests, so this list isn’t complete quite yet as we are still unearthing the game's many secrets and locales. Be sure to check back in with us to keep up to date with all things Starfield.

  • A Light in the Darkness
  • A Tree Grows in New Atlantis
  • All For One
  • Alternating Currents
  • Bare Metal
  • Beautiful Secrets
  • Blast Zone
  • Burden of Proof
  • Captain’s Bounty
  • Charity of the Wolf
  • Defensive Measures
  • Distilling Confidence
  • Due in Full
  • Echoes of the Past
  • Failure to Communicate
  • First Contact
  • Fishy Business
  • Freight Fright
  • Friends Like These
  • Gem Jealousy
  • Groundpounder
  • Heart of Mars
  • Keeping the Peace
  • Last Will and Testament
  • Late Bloomer
  • Loose Ends
  • Mantis
  • Media Sponge
  • Mob Mentality
  • Out on a Limb
  • Overdesigned
  • Power From Beyond
  • Primary Sources
  • Psyched
  • Red Tape Blues
  • Red Tape Runaround
  • Red Tape Reclamation
  • Run the Red Mile
  • Runaway
  • Saburo’s Solution
  • Space Frog from Outer Space
  • Superfan
  • Supply Line
  • Suspicious Activities
  • Tapping the Grid
  • Taste of Home
  • The Akila Run
  • The Art Dealer
  • The Audition
  • The Best There Is
  • The Great Laredo Caper
  • The Kindness of Strangers

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