Starfield: List of companions, followers, and romance options

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What is a captain without his crew? If you think of Picard, you have to think of Worf, Data, Riker, and the rest of the cast in Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the Mass Effect games, there's no Shepard without Garrus Vakarian. 

That tradition is continuing. In Bethesda Game Studios' Starfield, you've got a long list of companions to roam the Settled Systems with, exploring densely populated cities like Neon and New Atlantis, or going to the very edge of known space and barren worlds together. 

Past Bethesda titles such as Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim also included companions, but the systems are being taken even further now, with new options for what you want them to do. Here's a list of all the companions in Starfield we know about so far.

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List of Starfield companions

There are a number of companions to recruit in Starfield, bringing you friends and allies that can lend covering fire when you engage vicious wildlife or space pirates in combat. You can also go with them just so you aren't as lonely in your travels. 

Starfield further improves past companion systems by allowing you to give your travelling buddies different jobs and positions. You can assign your companions to your spaceship or to your different outposts that you've built, allowing them to manage things when you're not around and providing special bonuses.

Companions in Starfield bring their own unique skillset, meaning they have different advantages and disadvantages depending on where they're assigned. Each skill a companion has is rated from 1 star to 4 stars, with more stars indicating a higher level for that particular skill.

In the 2023 Starfield Direct, Bethesda Game Studios noted that there are both companions and crew members. Your "core" companions are the five members of Constellation that you can take out with you on your adventures, but there's many others to find out in the world as well, and even one that's exclusive to a particular Trait. Meanwhile, there are others like robots you build, who can be assigned to your ship and your outposts, which fall under the "crew" designation.

Starfield companions: Adoring Fan

He's back. (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

Returning from the realm of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the Adoring Fan is a companion that can only be unlocked if you choose the Hero Worshiped trait during character customization. He does not shut up, but if you can tolerate his stalker-ish rambling, he'll give you gifts and provide some muscle for your crew.

Skills:

  • Weight Lifting - 2 stars
  • Concealment - 1 star
  • Scavenging - 1 star

Starfield companions: Andreja

More than meets the eye. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Andreja is the most mysterious member of Constellation. She can seem standoff-ish at times, but if you take the time to get to know her, her unique background and perspective on life will make for a major change of pace compared to many other companions. 

Skills:

  • Stealth - 4 stars
  • Particle Beams - 3 stars
  • Energy Weapon Systems - 2 stars
  • Theft - 1 star

Starfield companions: Barrett

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Another companion that it seems like you can unlock fairly early on, Barrett is a member of Constellation, a faction focused on space exploration and trying to discover the answer to the ultimate mystery: Is there intelligent alien life out there? Barrett is extremely skilled with starships and beam weapons.

Skills:

  • Starship Engineering - 4 stars
  • Particle Beam Weapon Systems - 3 stars
  • Robotics - 2 stars
  • Gastronomy - 1 star

Starfield companions: Heller

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A companion that you seemingly are able to recruit after finding him stranded on a remote moon, Heller is a geologist who is perfect for maintaining outpost in the frontier of space.

Skills:

  • Outpost Engineering - 3 stars
  • Geology - 1 star

Starfield companions: Marika Boros

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A hired gun that can be picked up from a space tavern called The Viewport. She seems tough and handy with a variety of weapons. 

Skills:

  • Ballistics - 2 stars
  • Shotgun Certification - 1 star
  • Particle Beam Weapon Systems - 1 star

Starfield companions: Sam Coe

Yeehaw. (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

The space cowboy of your motley crew, Sam appears to be an exceptionally skilled pilot and rifleman, meaning he's handy in a firefight and when you need to make a getaway. 

Skills:

  • Piloting - 4 stars
  • Rifle Certification - 3 stars
  • Payloads - 2 stars
  • Geology - 1 star

Starfield companions: Sarah Morgan

In this together. (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

Another early companion, Sarah Morgan is a member of Constellation, aiding you in your quests after uncovering a mysterious artifact. She has a fantastic understanding of space exploration, and is also something of a leader.

Skills:

  • Astrodynamics - 4 stars
  • Lasers - 3 stars
  • Leadership - 2 stars
  • Botany - 1 star

Starfield companions: Vasco

Lethal mode engaged. (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

The very first companion you start the game with, Vasco is a robot buddy. Explicitly designed to resemble an evolution of NASA's existing robotics, Vasco is helpful everywhere, but especially in a firefight. He's a bit blunt, but has a vast archive of human knowledge. Plus, he can say your name!

Skills: 

  • Shield Systems - 2 stars
  • Aneutronic Fusion - 1 star
  • EM Weapon Systems - 1 star

List of romanceable characters

Starfield will allow players to engage in romance with a handful of characters after you've really gotten to know them. This process takes a long while, and you really have to put in the effort. Traveling with someone and them approving of a couple of decisions won't be enough, you've got to really take your time with this.

There are four romanceable characters in Starfield: Andreja, Barrett, Sam Coe, and Sarah Morgan. This means that any romantic inclinations of yours are kept to the four main members of Constellation.


Build your team

Ultimately, these companions are there to aid you because this is your story. I'm expecting Vasco to end up as a favorite, but it'll be interesting to see who players choose to take with them on their adventures.

Starfield is currently scheduled to launch on Sep. 6, 2023 exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC. If you preorder the Premium Edition, you can start playing on September 1. Like all Xbox first-party games, it's also available in Xbox Game Pass. With widely positive reviews, Starfield is shaping up to be one of the best Xbox games of the year.

Samuel Tolbert
Freelance Writer

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.