Travelling Starbound's galaxy can be extremely dangerous. If you aren't properly equipped, it could mean certain death. Just ask Commander Shepard -- oh wait.
But that doesn't mean you have to stick to the standard weapon formula of shoot, slash, or blast. There are more creative weapons out there to help spice things up -- if you're willing to mod your game, of course.
In the next few slides, we're rounding up some of the most fun (and most interesting) weapon mods that you can use to spruce up your combat game in Starbound.
For The Numbers Guy
I don't know about you, but I like numbers. Numbers that help me calculate all the damages -- damage dealt, the DPS, and item level. Tripod's mod, called Weapon Stats, makes this information available to you.
The stats are only based on raw damage, which means abilities and combos aren't factored into the numbers you see. However, this mod helps immensely when you're planning offensive tactics.
Dark Souls Armor & Weapons
For the Dark Knights
In case you want to add some dark fantasy to your sci-fi galaxy quest, you can install a mod that includes Dark Souls’ armor, weapons, and items – such as the Mask of the Child special armor or the Dragonslayer Greatbow.
I know what you’re thinking, "Why merge fantasy and sci-fi?" To which I answer, “Why not?”
Star Wars Weapons Mods
For Those in a Galaxy Far Away
For the aspiring Jedi or Sith Lord, blade2xs’ Star Wars Weapons mod is for you. This mod brings some of the Star Wars galaxy to your own star ship or base. It includes 1 crafting table where you will build all your Star Wars goodies: like blasters and padawan lightsabers.
You can even customize the color of your lightsaber to show off your light or dark side.
Michael Bay Mod
For The Action Star
Ever think to yourself throughout your space journey that the world needs more explosions? The Michael Bay Mod by surn-thing is a great way to get your explosion and senseless destruction fix.
After you run this mod, everything you attack will explode in over-the-top Michael Bay fashion.
XS Corporation Mechs
For Giant Robot Lovers
I know this technically counts as a vehicle in-game, but still these mechs have weapons. So this is a loophole.
Starbound has already introduced mechs in its 1.3 update. But this mod which has been around since 2014 and has now been updated to work on 1.3. In comparison to the 1.3 mechs, some of these mechs are massive and include powerful weapons like rail guns or rocket launchers.
For more on mechs, check out our complete guide to building and using mechs in Starbound.
We blasted through a lot of different genres for weapons in Starbound -- from traditional sci-fi to action and to dark fantasy.
But whatever your fancy is, be sure to create a separate file before you mod a game in case things get a bit wonky. Either way, the destruction of your enemies is up to you, and you can make it look even cooler with some of these mods.
What is your favorite weapon in Starbound -- either in the vanilla game or a weapons mod? Have you tried any of these mods before? Let us know in the comments below. And be sure to check out the rest of our Starbound mod roundups as well: