Starfield Contains A Magic Mud Puddle That Will Make You Rich

A screenshot shows the magic puddle and all its items as seen in Starfield.
A screenshot shows the magic puddle and all its items as seen in Starfield.

Do you need more money in Starfield? Well, you have plenty of options. You could go out and complete quests, sell expensive items, or use the game’s impressive physics to steal a bucket full of credits without getting in trouble. But an even easier option exists: Just stick your digital hands into one specific mud puddle and pull out hundreds of items worth thousands of credits.

Starfield might be Bethesda’s latest and biggest adventure, featuring thousands of quests and planets and aliens, but it is also built upon decades of technology and design ideas. That’s why it plays and feels so similar to past titles, like Skyrim or Fallout 3. In these past Bethesda RPGs, the inventory for merchants was kept secretly locked away in hidden chests. But sometimes these chests could be accessed by crafty players. And yup, that’s the case in Starfield, too.

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So what’s going on here? Experienced Bethesda RPG players will already know what’s up—underneath this magic mud puddle is a hidden chest containing all the items that you can buy at Shepard’s, a local store that sells a bit of everything. Instead of the game storing all these items on the store owner, who can be pickpocketed, it places the goods in a chest that is normally out of bounds and inaccessible to the player.

This is how merchants functioned in Skyrim and while most vendor chests couldn’t be looted, there were some famous exceptions.

What likely happened in Starfield is someone either placed the chest too close to the surface and didn’t realize it, or the map changed at some point after it had already been placed, making it possible for players to access it. Whatever the case, it’s a useful way to stock up on some ammo, weapons, and credits…if you don’t mind cheating.

And for those worried that Bethesda might patch this out, well, it might in the future. But after the game’s latest update, released on September 13, this exploit still remains. So for now, feel free to head to Akila and rob Shepard’s blind.

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