Starfield: How to Increase Cargo Capacity

Want to haul more loot in Starfield? Here's how to increase your ship's cargo capacity so you can do just that.

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In Starfield, your ship’s hold limit is one of its most important stats if you want to always have room for more loot. Increasing it is an easy task and one you’ll want to do often, depending on what you want to use your vessel for. Adjusting it down is a little more involved, but only in regards to the design of your craft and, again, its purpose. Hauling boats will need more, fighters less, and so on. Here’s how to increase cargo capacity in Starfield.

How to Increase Cargo Capacity in Starfield

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There are two main ways to increase cargo capacity in Starfield. You can add cargo bays in the ship builder or get a new ship altogether. I’d contend that the former is the better option if you have the money and want to take the time to adjust your ship layout. The latter is best if you want a quick upgrade that can come with free loot.

Related: How to Check Your Ship’s Inventory

How to Add Cargo Holds

To add a cargo hold to your ship, follow these steps:

  • Visit any Ship Services vendor at any of the main ports.
  • Ask to view and modify your ships.
  • Enter the shipbuilder with your home ship selected.

From there, find a free anchor point on the ship to accommodate a new bay. In most cases, these anchor points are on structural or habitat parts. You’ll need to place one or more of those if you want a place to add a hold.

Once you add one (or however many you want), you can exit the ship builder provided your systems are listed as Nominal in the bottom right corner. If your ship has too much mass (something cargo holds, add a lot of), the shipbuilder can give you a mobility warning. Your ship will have a lower top speed.

You can add bigger, better engines to deal with both problems. However, doing so requires both the money to buy the engines and the reactor to run them properly.

Related: Starfield Ship Combat Guide

Getting (Commandeering) New Ships

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In my experience, for the first few hours of your time in Starfield, simply taking ships for your own from pirates and Spacers is the easiest way to increase cargo capacity. Early on, you won’t have the money or easy access to the parts to fully trick out your ship. Capturing an enemy ship will allow you to skip hours of wrangling the ship-building system. Plus, dogfighting is fun. And free loot is nice. Ignore the part where you blow all the other ships out of the sky.

That’s how to increase cargo capacity in Starfield. For more on Bethesda’s massive galaxy, check out our guides on where to find Caelumite, how to get the Mantis space suit, and more in our guides hub to the game.

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John Schutt

John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.