Starfield: How to Find and Kill Terrormorphs

Starfield has some great battles in store, but the scariest creatures you'll find are the Terrormorphs. Here's how to kill them.

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Starfield has tons of creatures to find throughout the thousands of planets you’ll be exploring. There are various forms of wildlife, both friendly and hostile. When it comes to the scariest creatures you’ll find in the game, though, the Terrormorphs take the cake. These monstrosities are some of the most intimidating encounters in the entire game. But if you’re up to the task, here’s how to find and kill Terrormorphs in Starfield.

How to Find and Kill Terrormorphs in Starfield

We provide the nitty-gritty details below, but here are the steps to find and kill Terrormorphs in Starfield:

Terrormorph Location 1: Explore Your First Planet

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In the very first mission after leaving the mining facility, you’ll be tasked with taking down a group of pirates holed up in an abandoned lab. The mission can be quite lengthy, but you’ll learn about the horrors of the Terrormorph in the process.

As you continue through the lab, you’ll see that several tanks are mysteriously broken. The roars of a monster can be heard echoing in the background. You’ll also find audio logs left by scientists who tell you of the threat that lies somewhere on the planet.

The mission doesn’t require you to fight the Terrormorph. But if you’re morbidly curious and feel like being humbled early on in Starfield, you can find and fight one.

The path to finding it is random. However, if you follow the sounds of guns blasting, you’ll come upon Va’ruun Zealots who seem to be having trouble with some enemy. Venture to this combat zone, and you’ll see them taking on a Terrormorph. It will badly out-level you at this point in the game. But hey, you miss every shot you don’t take, right?

Terrormorph Location 2: Follow the UC Vanguard Questline

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If you’re dying to take on some Terrormorphs and don’t feel like randomly happening upon them, the UC Vanguard questline has exactly what you’re looking for. This is an extremely long and well-crafted story. It sees you and an ex-Vanguard named Hadrian trying to figure out the source of the beasts. In the process, you’ll fight countless varieties of them.

The first Terrormorph you’ll find is in the first mission. There’s a sizable build-up to fighting the monster, and it marks one of the most intimidating and terrifying missions in Starfield. Throughout the questline, you’ll find different areas of the universe overrun with Terrormorphs. You’ll even find out the source of and how they were created. It all culminates with you deciding how to be rid of the threat for good, with major consequences on each side.

Bonus Location: Visit Tolman 2

Tolman 2 is part of the UC Vanguard questline, but if you don’t feel like waiting for it, you can explore the planet on your own. This will lead to you being hounded by all sorts of Terrormorphs. If it’s early in the game, you’ll be outmatched. But if you’re curious just how bad the situation is, landing here is a fun way to find out. If you’re wondering what you need to take out these creatures born from the unknown, keep reading.

How to Kill Terrormorphs in Starfield

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When it’s time to take down the Terrormorphs, make sure you’re kitted up in both armor and weapons. While the UC Vanguard questline will lead you to some great weapons to get the job done, such as the minigun, it doesn’t exactly help you a ton on the armor front.

Armor Up

There are perks on spacesuits, such as -15% damage from alien life forms, that go a long way in keeping you alive while fighting Terrormorphs. I highly recommend them for these encounters. In terms of armor defense rating, don’t walk into battle against these monsters with anything less than a 90.

Get That Gun a Scope

While miniguns are effective up close, they’re tough to shoot accurately from afar. A decent rifle with a scope is crucial to lay some damage on Terrormorphs before they get up close. When that happens, miniguns plus shotguns — and a whole lot of jumping — will help you stay away from the monsters’ incredibly powerful melee attacks.

The most difficult aspect of fighting Terrormorphs in Starfield is their long-range attack. It’s almost undodgeable. The attack not only hits you for big damage but implants voices into your head that will confuse and disturb you throughout the remainder of the fight. Avoid this by letting the Terrormorph come up to you. Then hop around it while blasting to keep it from ever using this attack.

Related: Best Weapons in Starfield

Bullets and Explosives and Powers

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Depending on the difficulty you face them, you’ll empty countless amounts of ammo against the Terrormorphs. Make sure you come ready with as much firepower as you can afford. If ammo gets low, incendiary mines and grenades will have a sizable impact on them, as well.

If you’ve progressed through the main campaign a bit, you’ll gain access to some powers. The best one to use against the Terrormorphs is Anti-Gravity Field, the first one that causes a gravity well to form. This will effectively render one of these helpless in the air and open them up to any number of attacks. They’ll get up after a few seconds, but you can dish out a ton of damage in the time it’ll take to recover.

That’s how to find and kill Terrormorphs in Starfield. They’re up there with the creepiest encounters that any sci-fi game has to offer, and their origin mystery, plus their nightmarish appearance, certainly don’t help matters much. Following the above strategies will help you find and hopefully kill these horrors of the cosmos. If you’re looking for more ways to take down the various enemies of Bethesda’s spacefaring RPG, check out our other Starfield guides.

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Adam Braunstein

Adam Braunstein is a video game writer for Gameskinny a VR expert, actor, and all-around gaming enthusiast. His work has appeared on Attack of the Fanboy, Daily Gamer, VR Fitness Insider and The Nerd Stash. He loves games of all genres and exploring the amazing worlds that video games have to offer.