Starfield: Should You Join the UC Vanguard?

Should you join the UC Vanguard? It's one of the longest quest lines in Starfield, so let's take a look.
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Starfield is another hit in Bethesda’s lengthy library that lets you choose your own path, whether it be a good or bad one. Throughout the game, your morality will be tested, and you’ll find many chances to join either the good or the ugly side of the galaxy. One of those chances comes fairly early, and it begs the question, should you join the UC Vanguard in Starfield?

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Should You Join the UC Vanguard in Starfield?

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The answer to this question is pretty straightforward. Yes, you should join the UC Vanguard in Starfield.

First of all, it’s one of the most exciting factions to interact with. The storyline is so compelling it could’ve been the main narrative in Starfield. There’s plenty of exploration and game-changing revelations with far-reaching consequences. The conclusion begs for follow-up DLC. But there’s more to joining the UC Vanguard that might excite you.

  • You’ll get rich quickly.
  • You’ll get great weapons and spacesuits.
  • You’ll get to fight Terrormorphs.
  • You’ll get lots of XP from challenging battles.
  • You’ll get a solid companion at the end of it.

The UC Vanguard initiation alone gives you between 7,000 and 20,000 credits depending on your performance, and the final two missions total a payout of over 30,000. The best weapon you’ll find here is the minigun. It’s an extremely powerful heavy weapon that shreds Terrormorphs.

Spacesuit-wise, there are great ones to unlock that are specific to the Vanguard, and each one looks unique while providing great bonuses, like taking 15% less damage from aliens.

You’ll also gain access to various optional quests throughout as well. By talking to Commander Tuala between missions, you can clear out more Terrormorphs, investigate people, and partake in various other quest types that will become repeating missions once you finish. That means you can continue working for the UC Vanguard for the rest of the game.

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How to Join the UC Vanguard in Starfield

Joining is a simple process. Stop by the office in New Atlantis and ask Commander Tuala if you can join the UC Vanguard. The first chance you have to do this is after leaving The Lodge early in the game. You’ll then be sent to complete a recruitment mission to defeat several waves of enemies in a simulator.

Completing the simulation will let you join the UC Vanguard ranks; it doesn’t matter how well you do in the combat scenario. Additionally, you won’t be dismissed from the UC Vanguard at any point unless you decide to murder everyone working in the building on New Atlantis. Prior factions don’t matter, so don’t worry if you’ve been a pirate or part of the Freestar Collective.

That answers whether you should join the UC Vanguard in Starfield. The questline is extremely long, and by its end, you might feel like you’ve taken out the most dangerous threat in the galaxy. And it’s just a side quest, a slice of the ridiculously huge cake that is Bethesda’s space epic. If this guide helped you out, see what else you can learn in Starfield by checking out our guides section.

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