How to Farm Tungsten in Starfield


Mining Tungsten in Starfield Screenshot

In the expansive universe of Starfield, resources are plentiful, each serving a unique purpose in your gameplay. Tungsten is a crucial resource required for various tasks, including crafting weapon and armor mods. However, it can be challenging to find if you don’t know where to start!

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the best methods for farming Tungsten (W) in Starfield so you can stock up on this rare metal resource without spending hours searching for it.

How to Obtain Tungsten (W) in Starfield

Much like other metal resources in the game, there are three primary and efficient ways to farm Tungsten:

1. Mining Tungsten from Deposits

Using Laser Cutter to Mine Tungsten in Starfield

When you need a smaller amount of Tungsten quickly and know where to find it, manual mining is the way to go:

  • Use the “Scan” feature in the Starmap to locate planets or moons rich in Tungsten.
  • Land on the surface of your selected celestial body and use your hand scanner to identify Tungsten ores as you explore.
  • When you find a Tungsten ore node, approach it and use your Laser Cutter to extract the metal.

While this method provides a quick way to acquire Tungsten, it involves active exploration and mining – which can be time-consuming. However, there’s a more passive approach that allows you to accumulate Tungsten while focusing on other activities:

2. Building an Extractor for Automated Tungsten Farming

Using Tungsten Extractor to Automatically Mine Tungsten in Starfield

For a more relaxed Tungsten mining experience in Starfield, set up an Extractor to do the work for you. Here’s how:

  • Use your Starmap to “Scan” and identify Tungsten-rich planets or moons (or check our list below for top locations).
  • Land on your chosen celestial body and, using your scanner, locate areas with a high concentration of Tungsten deposits.
  • Once you’ve found a suitable site, place an Outpost beacon covering as many Tungsten deposits as possible.
    • Note: Most planets with abundant Tungsten also have extreme weather conditions (Deep Freeze and Inferno). You’ll need to unlock the Planetary Habitation Skill under the “Science” tab for your character to build an Outpost.
  • Install a Tungsten Extractor on the deposits, along with a power source like a Fueled Generator, Wind Turbine, or Solar Array.

Once powered, the Extractor will autonomously mine Tungsten from the deposits and store it. Remember to check in occasionally to empty it, or you can connect the Extractor to a Transfer Container, Liquid Storage, or Cargo Link for even more efficient Tungsten farming.

3. Purchasing Tungsten from Vendors

Screenshot of Buying Tungsten from Vendors in Starfield

For a hassle-free way to stock up on Tungsten, if you have the credits to spare, consider buying the resource directly from merchants in major cities:

Vendor Location Planet
Jemison Mercantile New Atlantis Jemison
Mining League Neon Volii Alpha
Midtown Minerals Akila City Akila
UC Distribution Center New Atlantis Jemison
Denis Averin Cydonia Mars

#ProTip: Most merchants offer around 15-20 Tungsten at a time. If you purchase all their stock, there’s no need to visit a new vendor. Simply wait in a chair for 24 hours to reset their stock so you can buy more from the same vendor.

Best Planets for Tungsten Farming in Starfield

Location of Voss Moon - One of the Best Tungsten Planets in Starfield

In Starfield’s expansive universe, which boasts over 1,000 planets and moons, discovering abundant Tungsten deposits can be quite the challenge! However, we’ve identified the top planets and moons where you’ll consistently find substantial quantities of Tungsten:

System Planet/Moon
Alpha Centauri Voss
Alpha Centauri Bondar
Sol Titan
Jaffa (lvl 35) Jaffa I
Jaffa (lvl 35) Jaffa VII-b

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And there you have it, folks! These are the best methods for Tungsten farming in the vast universe of Starfield.

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