Starfield is supposed to have a massive, almost never-ending collection of customizable weapons. However, what you might not have immediately guessed is the mining tool in Starfield potentially doubling up as a weapon. This was spotted in a recently surfaced screengrab from the Starfield Direct.
The photo, posted on the bustling Starfield subreddit by user TheChosenOnex, shows the player and a companion battling a space pirate on a spaceport. While the protagonist is using a rifle, the companion seems to be using a laser-based mining tool.
To many, this is further confirmation of their speculations that Starfield mining tool can be used as weapons as well. And the explanation is an easy one. In previous Bethesda titles, players have often been surprised to see that any tool they can pick up, can potentially be turned into weapons. Players could use forks, shivs, and even wooden swords to damage their foes. A cutter tool with laser coming out of it? Count on it to deal some inhuman damage.
Starfield mining tool specs explored
A Reddit user, AWildEnglishman, has uncovered the specifications of this Starfield mining tool, which is unceremoniously called ‘Cutter’ in the game. Whether players will be able to upgrade this tool to increase its strength or fire power remains uncertain at the moment.
It looks like the Cutter does 4 damage, requires the equal amount of energy to use, and has a range of 3. The leaked inventory photo shows that there are zero mods available for this tool. With such low damage count and range (plus mediocre accuracy of 76.7%), it’s clear that the Cutter won’t be anyone’s primary choice of weapon in the game. However, it’s sure going to be good to as a meme weapon against those Starfield pirates.
Starfield mining tool could easily follow the Skyrim pickaxe route
It should come as no surprise if players can indeed use the mining tool for as a nifty damage-dealer at the initial stages of the game. In Skyrim, their most celebrated title, players can get their hands on pickaxe early on in their journey. This tool is essential to mine valuable resources and doubles as a weapon, albeit one with a weak damage potential.
Starting off the game with strong tools that double as weak-willed weapons encourages people to strategically earn and stockpile higher powered weapons. However, Bethesda hasn’t ever skimped on loots. So, soon enough, you will likely have an inventory full of better weapons, but you can count on some gamers in the Starfield community who’d inevitably do a mining tool only playthrough.