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Research Projects - List & How To Unlock

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The guide on how the Research Lab on your ship works in Starfield. Includes list of crafting recipes, how to craft, required materials, and recommended skill for research.

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Research Projects List


Project NameRequired SkillsRequired Materials
Performance Enhancement 1NoneArgon x2
Tetrafluorides x2
Metabolic Agent x3
Medical TreatmentNoneAntimicrobial x3
Amino Acids x2
Aluminum x2

Food and Drink

Project NameRequired SkillsRequired Materials
Old Earch Cuisinet 1NoneBread x3
Red Meat x2
Cheese x2
Beverage Development 1NoneSpice x3
Fiber x3
Water x3
Mixology 1NoneAromatic x2
Alkanes x2
Spice x3

Outpost Development

Project NameRequired SkillsRequired Materials
Manufacturing 1NoneZero Wire x2
Adaptive Frame x3
Iron x3
Sealant x3
Resource Extraction 1Outpost Engineering Rank 1Drilling Rig x5
Mag Pressure Tank x8
Adaptive Frame x10
Aluminum x30
Copper x20
Chlorosilanes x10
Decoration 1NoneStructural x3
Fiber x3
Ornamental x2
Horticulture 1Outpost Engineering Rank1
Botany Rank1
Mag Pressure Tank x8
Adaptive Frame x10
Tungsten x10
Nutrient x10
Metabolic Agent x10
Domestication 1Outpost Engineering Rank1
Zoology Rank 1
Molecular Sieve x5
Adaptive Frame x10
Aluminum x30
Sealant x10
Adhesive x10
Power Generation 1Outpost Engineering Rank1Zero Wire x10
Isocentered Magnet x8
Adaptive Frame x10
Silver x30
Copper x20
Cobalt x10
Robots 1NoneZeroWire x2
Aluminum x3
Beryllium x3
Outpost Defense 1Outpost Engineering Rank 2Zero Wire x8
Positron Battery x3
Aluminum x30
Titanimu x 10
Copper x5
Fluorine x5


Project NameRequired SkillsRequired Materials
Helmet Mods 1NoneTungsten x3
Cosmetic x2
Polymer x3
Spacesuit Mods 1Spacesuit Design Rank 1Polytextile x8
Copper x5
Cosmetic x5
Pack Mods 1Spacesuit Design Rank 1Monopropellant x5
Mag Pressure Tank x8
Aluminum x10
Beryllium x10


Project NameRequired SkillsRequired Materials
Barrel Mods 1NoneIron x3
Nickel x3
Sealant x2
Grip and Stock Mods 1NoneAluminum x3
Nickel x3
Sealant x3
Optic and Laser Mods 1NoneAluminum x3
Chlorosilanes x2
Sealant x3
Muzzle Mods 1Weapon Engineering Rank 1Titanium x5
Tungsten x10
Sealant x5
Magazine and Battery Mods 1Weapon Engineering Rank 2Titanium x5
Lead x8
Adhesive x5
Internal Mods 1Weapon Engineering Rank 2Zero Wire x5
Irioium x8
Tungsten x10
Sealant x10
Receiver Mods 1Weapon Engineering Rank 3Isotopic Coolant x5
Microsecond Regulator x3
Ytterbium x10
Titanium x30
Lubricant x10

Why Do You Need Research?

Essential For Creating & Upgrading Equipment

Weapon Workbench

To craft equipment and weapons, you need the recipe from research. Without it, even if you have the materials, you can't craft a weapon with specific features, such as an optical laser.

Crafting - How To Craft Weapons & Armor?

Weaponry Takes Priority Over Equipment

Weaponfy mods

Researching Equipment allows for improving the helmet's oxygen or the pack's capability, while researching Weaponry unlocks weapon mods to gain more advantages in early-game combat.

How To Progress Research Projects?

Access Research Station On Your Ship Or Outposts

Research station on your ship

During your journey, you will find several Research Stations. The first is located on your ship, the Frontier. Additionally, you can construct a Research Station when building an Outpost.

Select The Project You Want To Research

Research station select

From the Research Projects of 5 categories, choose the one that allows you to craft the items you want or enhance crafting abilities.

Materials And Skills Are Required

Materials Available

The projects that have available materials are highlighted with a yellow banner on the left side, and the available materials flash. If you don't have enough materials, you can use Track Project to help you search for them. Additionally, some projects require certain Skills to unlock.

Sudden Development May Happen

Sudden Development

Inputting the required amount of material may lead to a Sudden Development, which will distribute research progress overflow to other aspects of the project.

The "Research Methods" Skill Enhances Efficiency

Research Methods Rank4 Icon
1Resources required to craft items and complete research projects is reduced by 10%.
2Resources required to craft items and complete research projects is reduced by 20%.
3Resources required to craft items and complete research projects is reduced by 40%.
4Sudden developments during research are twice as common. Resources required to craft items and complete research projects is reduced by 60%.

With the "Research Methods" science skill, research efficiency greatly increases by reducing required items and time needed. As rank increases, efficiency improves further.

What Does Research Lab Do?

Unlocks Recipes To Craft Items

Research Lab

The Research Lab allows you to unlock new crafting recipes by completing research projects, which require specific materials to make progress.

Collect Materials By Extracting Or Manufacturing

The materials needed can range from raw minerals from planets and organic substances from creatures to manufactured components at Industrial Workbench.

5 Types Of Recipes Can Be Unlocked

There are five categories of research:

  • Pharmacology:
  • Craft healing items and enhances the potency.
  • Food and Drink:
  • Create edible items with boosting effects.
  • Outpost Development:
  • Construct development modules at outposts.
  • Equipment:
  • Craft armor mods.
  • Weaponry:
  • Craft weapon mods.

It is important to prioritize the categories you want to research. While all categories are important, It is best to focus on one first.

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