Once you start your journey in Starfield, you will come across a lot of factions that you join. This will make you which ones to join and which ones to avoid. We have some good news for you in this regard. You can join all the factions in a single playthrough in the game. However, this all refers to 5 major factions. The rest of the factions can’t be joined. For your ease of mind, we have ranked these factions in the order of their awesomeness in Starfield.
Like the rest of Bethesda games, Starfield offers a multitude of factions with each having their own agendas and rules. Some factions believe in upholding the laws while others are notorious space pirates. Each faction offers its unique quest line that you must complete to enlist. Successfully joining a faction unlocks a multitude of rewards and possibilities to recruit new members.
In this guide, we will rank all the factions, so you have a much simpler time deciding what to choose first.
Constellation is the biggest faction in Starfield and the first one in our ranked list. After completing One Small Step and reaching The Lodge, talk to Sarah and start “The Old Neighborhood” quest. Once you complete this quest, you can recruit Sarah as a companion and officially join the Constellation faction.
Joining Constellation doesn’t offer any unique rewards. However, all romanceable characters in Starfield belong to the Constellation faction. It also allows you to solve the mystery of artifacts and complete the main quest of the game. The best reward in our opinion is the unveiling of the secrets of the universe and access to New Game+.
2. United Colonies
One of the most powerful factions in the universe and highly ranked on our tier list, United Colonies control all the military power in the universe. They control most of the tactical points in the form of planets including the complete Sol system. To join the United Colonies faction in the game, you need to travel to MAST and talk to Tuala. They will offer you a Vanguard piloting exam that you must complete successfully.
Once you become a United Colonies Vanguard, you will automatically join their faction. Joining United Colonies in Starfield results in a lot of rewards. You get 250,000 credits in addition to the Vanguard armor set from the United Colonies. You also gain approvals from your romance companions and open Vigilance in the skill tree.
3. Crimson Fleet
The antithesis of the United Colonies and the known space pirates, Crimson Fleet is known for their crimson helmets and spaceships. The only way to join Crimson Fleet is by accepting their offer during “Deep Cover” main quest. To initiate this quest, simply get caught while doing any illegal activities in New Atlantis orbit.
Once you join Crimson Fleet, a plethora of rewards become available to you. These rewards include The Revenant gun, Keelhauler pistol, access to visit the capital of Crimson Fleet known as the Key and 250,000 credits.
4. Ryujin Industries
The number 4 faction on our ranked list in Starfield is Ryujin Industries. Once you reach “Back to the Grind” quest, you will get a chance to join the Ryujin Industries faction. This faction doesn’t hold back when it comes to questionable practices and their headquarters is on Neon City on Volii Alpha planet.
Joining Ryujin Industries has its own unique rewards. These include 57,000 credits and access to Manipulate tool which allows you to control NPCs and even change their perception of reality.
5. Freestar Collective
Freestar Collective are the upholders of law and go hard on criminal elements. They become available once you start “The Empty Nest” quest to recruit Sam Coe. Once you reach Akila City, a new quest “Job Gone Wrong” starts which makes you clear a bank full of robbers. Once you kill all the robbers, the Marshall will urge you to consider joining the Freestar Rangers. You can take him up on his offer and become a space cowboy after joining the Freestar Collective.
Joining the lowest-ranked faction on our list in Starfield still yields some great rewards. These include Ranger Justifier Pistol, Ranger Armor and 70,000 credits.
These are all the factions in the ranked order that you can join in Starfield. Since you have the freedom to join every faction at once, we recommend you don’t hesitate. This way you will get the bonuses and quests from every faction.