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Where to Find All Skill Magazine and Book Locations in Starfield

There are a variety of magazines and books that can boost your abilities in Starfield. Here are their locations.

Like many other Bethesda games, especially Fallout, you can increase your skills, learn new recipes, or gain unique buffs by finding specific items found throughout the world. Here are all of the Starfield skill magazine and book locations detailed.

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All Skill Magazine and Book Locations in Starfield

There are a number of ways to increase certain skills and stats in Starfield. One of these methods is finding specialized magazines and books located in the various star systems that grant you bonuses. This saves you spending a level point and gets you exploring places you may not have visited otherwise. In total, there are 17 sets of magazines and books you can collect.

You may find that the bonus you get from your magazine edition corresponds to a different issue’s bonus. The buff you receive is relative to the number of that skill magazine you’ve collected. The first bonus listed is the first, the second is the second, etc. So, if you find issue 5 of Solomon’s Adventures, you’ll get the buff to melee damage. This doesn’t apply to Neon Nights or The New Atlantian, as the recipes do correspond to that specific issue.

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CombaTech Catalog Locations and Bonuses

  • CombaTech Catalog 01: Syndicate Hideout in Ebbside infiltrated during Guilty Parties quest.
    • Buff: Further increases the range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons
  • CombaTech Catalog 02: UC Vigilance on Phobos, accessed only when caught committing a crime or having joined the UC.
    • Buff: Further increases the range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons
  • CombaTech Catalog 03: Inside Best Defense Weapons Shop, Hopetown on Polvo in Valo System.
    • Buff: Slightly increases the range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons
  • CombaTech Catalog 04: Abandoned Hephaestus Mine on Gagarin in Alpha Centauri system, accessed as part of the Breach of Contract quest.
    • Buff: Slightly increases the range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons
  • CombaTech Catalog 05: Forgotten Mech Graveyard on Procyon III in the Procyon A system.
    • Buff: Further increases the range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons

Constellation Guide Locations and Bonuses

  • Constellation Guide 01: The Lodge in New Atlantis on Jemison in Alpha Centauri System
    • Buff: Permanently reduces fall damage by 5%.
  • Constellation Guide 02: Abandoned Research Tower (any planet)
    • Buff: Healing items are permanently 5% more effective.
  • Constellation Guide 03: Sona’s Hideout on Cassiopeia 1 during Sarah’s companion quest.
    • Buff: Permanently use 15% less O2 while moving over-encumbered.
  • Constellation Guide 04: The Clinic orbiting Deepala in the Narion system.
    • Buff: Outposts permanently produce resources 5% faster.
  • Constellation Guide 05: Deserted Trade Authority Starstation orbiting Prax in the Valo System.
    • Buff: Basic and Advanced Science skills unlocked 2% faster (on top of any other bonuses).

Cyber Runner’s Cipher Location and Bonuses

  • Cyber Runner’s Cipher 01: Slayton Aerospace in the Neon City Business Tower in Neon City on Volii Alpha in the Volii system.
    • Buff: Stealth increased by 1%.
  • Cyber Runner’s Cipher 02: Apex Electronics store in The Well in New Atlantis on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system.
    • Buff: Additional 5% critical damage when using laser weapons.
  • Cyber Runner’s Cipher 03: NeuraDyne Botany Lab on Beta Marae 1 in Beta Marae system.
    • Buff: An extra auto attempt for hacking can be saved.
  • Cyber Runner’s Cipher 04: Hotel Volii in Neon City on Volii Alpha in the Volii system.
    • Buff: Additional 5% critical damage when using laser weapons.
  • Cyber Runner’s Cipher 05: R&D Lab inside Infinity LTD in Jemison on New Atlantis during the Sabotage quest.
    • Buff: An extra auto attempt for hacking can be saved.
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Freestar Captain’s Log Locations and Bonuses

  • Freestar Captain’s Log 01: Pressurized Cave (any planet).
    • Increases carry capacity by 5%.
  • Freestar Captain’s Log 02: Deserted Mineral Plant (any planet).
  • Freestar Captain’s Log 03: Freestar Collective Consulate in Akila City on Akila in the Cheyenne System.
    • Buff: Permanently adds a 1% chance to disarm enemies with unarmed or melee strikes.
  • Freestar Captain’s Log 04: Deserted Research Outpost (any planet).
    • Buff: Permanently do 5% more damage to robots.
  • Freestar Captain’s Log 05: Freestar Mech Factory on Arcturus 2 during the First to Fight, First to Die mission.
    • Additional 1% chance to disarm opponents with unarmed and melee attacks.

GRUNT Locations and Bonuses

Issues of GRUNT increase your ballistic weapons crit damage by 5%.

  • GRUNT 01: Looted from the body near the Beacon at the Red Mile on Porrima in the Porrima System.
  • GRUNT 02: Seokguh Syndicate Hideout in Ebbside as part of Guilty Parties.
  • GRUNT 03: Waggoner Farm on Montara Luna in the Cheyenne system as part of the Freestar Rangers quest, Deputized.
  • GRUNT 04: The Key Space station around Suvorov in the Kryx system. Accessed during the faction mission, Deep Cover.
  • GRUNT 05: Deserted UC Garrison (any planet)
  • GRUNT 06: Deserted Ecliptic Garrison (any planet)
  • GRUNT 07: Abandoned Cryo Lab (any planet)
  • GRUNT 08: Retrofitted Starstation orbiting Gunnibuu VI-C during the Failure to Communicate quest.
  • GRUNT 09: Deserted Colony War Barracks (any planet)
  • GRUNT 10: Forgotten Military Base (any planet)

Gunslinger’s Guide Locations and Bonuses

Draw and reload Laredo weapons 5% faster, thanks to these magazines.

  • Gunslinger’s Guide 01: The Rock in Akila City on Akila in the Cheyenne system.
  • Gunslinger’s Guide 02: Sinclair’s Books in Akila City on Akila in the Cheyenne system.
  • Gunslinger’s Guide 03: Freestar Ranger’s Building in Hopetown on Polvo in the Valo system.
  • Gunslinger’s Guide 04: Freestar Rangers Outpost in Neon City on Volii Alpha in the Volii system.
  • Gunslinger’s Guide 05: Freestar Collective Embassy in New Atlantis on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system. Accessed during the UC faction quest Friends Like These.
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Kryx’s Journal Locations and Bonuses

  • Kryx’s Journal 01: Crimson Fleet Outpost on Bessell III in the Bessel system. Accessed as part of the Back to Vectera quest.
    • Buff: Crew and companions do 5% more damage with weapons.
  • Kryx’s Journal 02: Vulture’s Roost on Jaffa IV in the Jaffa system.
    • Buff: Basic and Advanced Social skills are permanently unlocked 2% faster.
  • Kryx’s Journal 03: Vladimir’s House on Syrma VII-A in the Syrma system. This can be accessed after speaking with him on the Eye.
    • Buff: Your ship’s cargo hold can permanently hold 5% more.
  • Kryx’s Journal 04: The Lock on Suvorov found during Echoes of the Past.
    • Buff: Store Prices reduced by 2% and sell items for 2% more.
  • Kryx’s Journal 05: Gagarin Landing on Gagarin in the Alpha Centauri system.
    • Buff: The cost of bribing someone is permanently reduced by 5%.

Mining Monthly Locations and Bonuses

Mining Monthly issues give you a permanent increase to tool-grip weapon damage by 2%.

  • Mining Monthly Issue 01: Abandoned Mine (any planet).
  • Mining Monthly Issue 02: CM Station RC-1 Mine on Carinae III-A during The Key Ingredient mission.
  • Mining Monthly Issue 03: Gagarin Landing bar on Gagarin in the Alpha Centauri system.
  • Mining Monthly Issue 04: Autonomous Dogstar Factory (any planet)
  • Mining Monthly Issue 05: Abandoned Mining Complex (any planet)
  • Mining Monthly Issue 06: Bindi Mining Outpost on Bindi in the Cheyenne system.
  • Mining Monthly Issue 07: Upstairs Deimos Miner Quarters in the Residential Room of Cydonia on Mars in the Sol system.
  • Mining Monthly Issue 08: Abandoned Mining Complex (any planet)
  • Mining Monthly Issue 09: Ice Mines of New Homestead on Titan in the Sol system.
  • Mining Monthly Issue 10: Deserted Robotics Lab (any planet).
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Neon Nights Locations and Bonuses

  • Neon Nights 01: Ryujin Industries Executive Floor in Neon City on Volii Alpha in the Volii system.
    • Buff: Grants the recipe for BattleUp
      • BattleUp: Effects last for three minutes
        • +40% Ranged Damage
        • +25% Weapon Accuracy
        • +300 Damage Resistance
  • Neon Nights 02: Astral Lounge VIP Booth 1 in Neon City on Volii Alpha in the Volii system.
    • Buff: Grants the recipe for S.T.E.V.E.
      • S.T.E.V.E.: Effects last for 10 seconds
        • Slows time by 40%
        • +40% Ranged Damage
        • +50% Weapon Accuracy
  • Neon Nights 03: Celtcorp in the Neon Business Tower in Neon City on Volii Alpha in the Volii system.
    • Buff: Grants the recipe for O2 Shot
      • O2 Shot: +500% O2 Recovery for two seconds
  • Neon Nights 04: Generdyne Industries in Neon City during the Absolute Power quest.
    • Buff: Grants the recipe for RedAmp
      • RedAmp: Effects last for two minutes
        • +50% Melee Damage and Movement Speed
        • 2x Jump Height
        • +400 Damage Resistance
  • Neon Nights 05: Xenofresh Corporation HQ in the Neon Business Tower in Neon City on Volii Alpha in the Volii system.
    • Buff: Grants the recipe for AddiJack
      • AddiJack: Effects last for 15 minutes
        • Supresses Addiction symptoms
        • Research Projects require fewer resources
        • +50% chance of Sudden Developments when researching

Nova Galactic Manual Locations and Bonuses

Each issue of this set reduces the fuel needed to grav jump by 1%.

  • Nova Galactic Manual 01: Escape Shuttle 03 Cabin during the In Memoriam companion quest.
  • Nova Galactic Manual 02: Nova Galactic Space Station Staryard orbiting Luna in the Sol system.
  • Nova Galactic Manual 03: MAST Administrative Division in New Atlantis on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system.
  • Nova Galactic Manual 04: Deserted Freestar Collective Garrison (any planet)
  • Nova Galactic Manual 05: Abandoned Griplite Manufacturing Plant (any planet)
  • Nova Galactic Manual 06: Autonomous Staryard on Volii Psi in the Volii system.
  • Nova Galactic Manual 07: Abandoned Maintenance Station (any planet)
  • Nova Galactic Manual 08: Abandoned Shipping Bay (any planet)
  • Nova Galactic Manual 09: Abandoned Deimos Scrapyard (any planet)
  • Nova Galactic Manual 10: The Almagest orbiting Nesoi in the Olympus system.
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Peak Performance Locations and Bonuses

Hoarders unite, as finding issues of this magazine increases carry weight by 5kg. Only issue four grants a different buff, listed below.

  • Peak Performance 01: The Eye satellite around Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system.
  • Peak Performance 02: Deserted UC Listening Post on any planet.
  • Peak Performance 03: Reliant Medical Organics Lab on Beta Ternion I in the Beta Ternion system.
  • Peak Performance 04: Sonny’s bedroom in the Sonny Di Falco’s Estate on Maheo I in the Maheo System.
    • Buff: Increases melee weapon critical damage by 5%.
  • Peak Performance 05: The Key Space station around Suvorov in the Kryx system.

Solomon’s Adventures Locations and Bonuses

  • Solomon’s Adventures 01: Jacob’s bedroom in the Coe Estate in Akila City on Akila in the Cheyenne system.
    • Buff: Permanently adds 5% to melee weapon critical damage
  • Solomon’s Adventures 02: Waggoner Farm on Montara Luna in the Cheyenne system.
    • Buff: Permanently increases weapon damage at night by 5%.
  • Solomon’s Adventures 03: Abandoned Mining Platform (any planet).
    • Buff: Food and drink items are permanently 5% more effective.
  • Solomon’s Adventures 04: Safe House Gamma on Andromas II in the Andromas system.
    • Buff: Basic and Advanced Physical skills are permanently unlocked 2% faster (on top of any other bonuses).
  • Solomon’s Adventures 05: Helium-3 Extraction Site in an Abandoned Mineral Refinery (any planet)
    • Buff: Permanently adds 5% to unarmed damage.
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The New Atlantian Locations and Bonuses

  • The New Atlantian 01: Tau Gourmet Production Center on Tau Ceti II in the Tau system.
    • Buff: Grants the recipe for The Deep food item
  • The New Atlantian 02: Starstation RE-939 orbiting Voss in the Alpha Centauri system.
    • Buff: Grants the recipe for Panache
  • The New Atlantian 03: Pioneer Tower in New Atlantis Residential District on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system.
    • Buff: Grants you the recipe for Astral Sliders food item
  • The New Atlantian 04: The Eleos Retreat on Ixyll II in the Ixyll system.
    • Buff: Grants you the recipe for Beer Brat Platter food item
  • The New Atlantian 05: Kay’s Place in The Well in New Atlantis on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system.
    • Buff: Grants you the recipe for Shepherd’s Pie food item

Tracker’s Primers Locations and Bonuses

The Tracker’s Primers increase EM weapon damage by 5%.

  • Tracker’s Primers 01: Victor Compound on McClure II in the McClure system. Can be accessed as part of the companion quest Matters of the Hart.
  • Tracker’s Primers 02: Pilgrim’s Rest on Indum II in the Indum system.
  • Tracker’s Primers 03: Red Mile upper floor on Porrima III in the Porrima system. Can be accessed as part of the Freestar Rangers quest On The Run.
  • Tracker’s Primers 04: Abandoned Farm (any planet)
    • As a note, this is the single hardest magazine to find. It’s hidden under a blue container on a shelf, and can only be obtained by using console commands to move the items around. So far there hasn’t been any update on fixing this bug from the Starfield dev team.
  • Tracker’s Primers 05: Argos Extractors Mining Outpost on Vectera in the Narion system.

UC Defense Manual Locations and Bonuses

Increases magazine size and the critical chance for weapon bash for Allied Armament weapons.

  • UC Defense Manual 01: 1-of-a-Kind-Salvage on Niira in the Narion system.
  • UC Defense Manual 02: UC Office in The Den on Chthonia in the Wolf system.
  • UC Defense Manual 03: UC Marine Barracks in the Residential District of Cydonia on Mars in the Sol system.
  • UC Defense Manual 04: Abandoned Weapon Station (any planet).
  • UC Defense Manual 05: Abandoned Robotics Facility (any planet).
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Vanguard Space Tactics Locations and Bonuses

Permanently boost ship missile damage by 5% when finding issues of this set.

  • Vanguard Space Tactics 01: Flight Simulator break room in New Atlantis on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system. Accessed as part of the UC Vanguard faction quests.
  • Vanguard Space Tactics 02: Red Devil’s Headquarters in Cydonia on Mars in the Sol system. Accessed during the UC Vanguard mission Delivering Devils.
  • Vanguard Space Tactics 03: The Colander ship in the Schrodinger system.
  • Vanguard Space Tactics 04: Deimos Armored Transport orbiting Grissom during the Sure Bet mission.
  • Vanguard Space Tactics 05: The Sonder Spacestation around Bessel II in the Bessel system.

Va’ruun Scripture Locations and Bonuses

For the sneaky among us, these are the skill books you want to hunt down. Each volume increases your sneak bonus by 1%, as well as melee sneak attack damage by 5%.

  • Va’ruun Scripture 01: UC Security Office in New Atlantis on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system.
  • Va’ruun Scripture 02: Starstation UCN-48 orbiting Muphrid IV in the Muphrid system.
  • Va’ruun Scripture 03: The Stretch in Akila City on Akila in the Cheyenne system.
  • Va’ruun Scripture 04: Eren’s Camp on Hyla II during Andreja’s companion quest Divided Loyalties.
  • Va’ruun Scripture 05: The Clinic orbiting Deepla in the Narion system during the Surgical Strike quest.
  • Va’ruun Scripture 06: Va’ruun Embassy in New Atlantis on Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system.
  • Va’ruun Scripture 07: Ka’zaal Sulfur Mine on Ka’zaal in the Nirah system.
  • Va’ruun Scripture 08: Abandoned Hangar (any planet).
  • Va’ruun Scripture 09: Abandoned Industrial Compound (any planet).
  • Va’ruun Scripture 10: Abandoned Mines on Mars in the Sol system. Accessed during the Delivering Devils faction quest.

Those are all of the locations for the skill magazines and books in Starfield. For more about skills or how to get to these different areas, check out our expanding guides vault. We also have companion guides, quest walkthroughs for the main story, how to get different spacesuits, etc.


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