Starfield Back To The Grind Walkthrough

Passing the Ryujin Interview is not an easy task as your questions during the Back To The Grind mission will help you net a job under Imogene Salzo.

Back to the Grind (Question ID: 002C9C97) in Starfield is an entry-level faction mission to start your journey at Ryujin Industries. Back to the Grind is available after visiting Neon for the first time on Volii Alpha in the Volii System in Starfield.

To get to Neon, you can Grav Jump to the nearby Arnae or Olympus Star System, from where you can access Volii System through the star map. You will also come across it during the All That Money Can Buy mission as part of the main quest line.

Starfield Back To The Grind Walkthrough (Ryujin Interview)

Once you land in Neon on Alpha Volii in Starfield, you will find Ryujin Industries kiosks around the city. The closest one will be at your Neon fast travel point, next to the Ryujin Advertisement Board on the Spaceport Terminal.

Meet Imogene Salzo at Ryujin Tower

Submit your job application by answering the questions at the kiosk. The answers will not affect the outcome, so choose whatever you want. However, the answers you provide during your interview with Imogene matter.

They would directly impact your position for the job. So, be careful during the last stages of the interview. Ultimately, it will ask you to report to Imogene Salzo at Ryujin Tower for your interview. She is an Operations Specialist at Ryujin Industries and can be found on the Operations Floor of Ryujin Tower. Take the elevator up and follow the marker to her office, where the interview will be conducted.

Check-in with Lane Garza (optional)

Despite heading straight to the Interview, you can take some time to complete the Check-in with Lane Garza objective. Head to the reception desk and ask Lane Garza to walk you to the interview room. Note that this will not impact the Back To The Grind mission in Starfield.

Deal with Tomo at Terrabrew Coffee Shop

While picking up Imogene’s order, you will encounter the ex-employee Tomo, whose position you replaced. Frustrated, Tomo pulls out a gun. You can either kill Tomo in Starfield or defuse the incident through Persuasion.

The choice will not affect your mission, so deal with how you wish. If you kill him in the presence of a companion, it can impact their opinion about you.

If you want to use your Persuade skills towards a peace offering, start with the simplest available option, and then you can choose either simple or medium-difficulty ones to speed things up. It is possible for you to fail at persuading him so play your cards right if you don’t want to fight.

Find a way to deal with Tomo in Starfield.

Report back to Imogene

Return the coffee to Imogene, who will ask you about the delay. Whether you mention it to her or not, she will know about the incident, which works out positively for you. Considering that, she will promote you to a Junior Operative and direct you towards the conference room.

Deliver coffee and get introduced to Ryujin Industries Executives to learn how your job impacts them. Here, you’ll be tasked to talk to four employees. Report back to Imogene to complete the Back to the Grind Mission in Starfield.

Starfield Back to the Grind mission rewards

Completing Back to the Grind will reward you with:  

  • 4000 Credits  
  • 250 XP  
  • 3x Digipicks   
  • One Step Ahead faction mission  
  • Back to the Grind achievement  

Starfield Back to The Grind bug

During the Back to the Grind mission in Starfield, you may come across a bug that prevents you from progressing further into the quest. This glitch occurs towards the quest’s end, after your run-in with Tomo at Terrabrew Coffee Shop. When you’re tasked with talking to the four Ryujin Employees, in some cases, the prompt to talk to Camden may not show up. To fix this glitch, you can try a few things

  • Try hovering near Camden until the prompt pops up
  • There is a table right next to him. Jumping on it has proven fruitful in solving this bug
  • Exit the room and enter it again
  • Reload a previously saved file
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