Starfield: The Key City [Complete Guide]

Here is everything you need to about the space station, the Key, in Starfield.

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Starfield encourages its players to explore the far and wide galaxies. More than not, these explorations will reward players with rare prices. The Key is a space station that the Crimson Fleet owns. It offers many new exciting opportunities and rewards. Therefore, this guide will help you understand what to expect from the Key in Starfield.

Key Takeaways

  • The Key is a space station city orbiting around Suvorov in the Kryx System.
  • The Crimson Fleet operates this space station and does not take kindly to strangers.
  • The Key has much to offer and is divided into three distinct areas.
  • You can find a spaceport here and several vendors selling many items.
  • Players can side with the Crimson Fleet or the UC Security Force in the final quest line.

The Key is located in the Kryx System and can be found outside the planet Suvorov. However, at this point, players will not be granted access to this Space Station as you are yet to be a member of the Crimson Fleet. Once on the ship, players can take advantage of all the facilities this Space Station offers.

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Moreover, the Key, in Starfield, is classified as a City due to its enormous scale and everything inside. This place is divided into three spaces that all have different activities to offer. Therefore, players can land on the Docking Bay, visit the Operations Center to meet the leadership, and explore the Reckoner’s Core to find new vendors.

How To Get On The Key

The Key is no ordinary space station, as it is owned and operated by the Crimson Fleet. Therefore, players must follow and complete a few quest lines to gain access. These quests are complex and span multiple hours, after which you will be finally granted access to this space station.

Players must first get arrested by UC Security to start their quest line. This can be done in many ways during the early hours of the campaign. You must commit a crime and wait for the security officers to take you in. Moreover, get through the dialogue options and get yourself arrested.

However, you can hear UC officers say that instead of taking you to jail, they will take you to their captain. Players should accept this offer and head on to meet Captain Kibwe Ikande. Here, you will learn that the UC Captain has been trying to infiltrate the Crimson Fleet undercover.

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Therefore, players will be offered the job to infiltrate the Crimson Fleet as part of the Deep Cover Side Mission. This quest line will have a few missions to get through. However, to gain access to the Key, you must play till the Rooks Meet King quest. During this quest, you will encounter a Crimson Fleet leader, Naeva Mora.

You will need to accept the mission she gives you and show her your loyalty. Once the task is completed, you will gain access to the Key. The Key can be found outside planet Suvorov in the Kryx System.

The space station is a complete city and contains everything a player would need during their stay. The Key has many exciting opportunities for the players and can be a new place for you to call home in Starfield. Moreover, the Key is divided into three distinct sections, each serving a unique purpose. 

The Key is divided into three main areas: 

Area on The KeyDescription
The Docking BayThis is the landing zone for your space ship.
The Operations CenterThis is where the Crimson Fleet quests are given.
The Reckoner's CoreThis is where you can find various vendors and quests.

Docking Bay

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This is one of the first areas of the Key that players will encounter. Moreover, the Docking Bay is the spaceport on the Key, meaning players will land and take off from this spot. However, this is all Docking Bay has to offer, as the place is empty, aside from a few NPCs going around.

You can dialogue with these NPCs, but that would be the extent of everything you can do here. Therefore, if you have the theft skills enabled, you can loot these NPCs to get a few credits and ammo. Moreover, when you first get on the Key, this is also where Naeva Mora will first welcome you.

Operations Center

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The Operations Center can be accessed through the elevator in the Reckoner’s Core. This is where the critical Crimson Fleet missions are planned. Therefore, this is the brains of the entire operation, where all the Crimson Fleet leadership meets. You will also meet influential members of the administration and Delgado here. 

Moreover, most Crimson Fleet quests start or end in this station area. Additionally, if you decide to be on the side of Crimson Fleet, choose this as your faction during the Legacy’s End questline. This will allow you to have your room in the Operations Center area, making you an essential part of the fleet.

Your room will be on the right of the elevator door. The Operations Center is also full of loot and items for the player. 

The following items can be found inside the Operations Center:

Item NameItem LocationPrerequisites
Deep Mining Suit (full)Inside the bunks, on the right from the elevator.Advanced Lock Picking
LawgiverAbove the Operations Center inside Delgado's room.No prerequisites.

Reckoner’s Core

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The Reckoner’s Core is the station’s busiest and most significant area. This is where you will find all the vendors on the space station. Moreover, this place is an NPC hotspot where you will have exciting conversations and discover new quests.

Moreover, on top of the numerous vendors in this place, the players can also find a workbench and a shooting range. The elevator to the Operations Center is next to the Shinya Voss Chair. Furthermore, you can also grab a few free, helpful, resourceful items lying around. These can be credits, med kits, and even extra ammo.

Players can also find several terminals here. These terminals serve to provide players with a few Crimson Fleet sidequests. These sidequests are full of pirate activities, including stealing and cargo smuggling. Therefore, if you want extra cash, these missions are the way to go.

Following are all the Vendors and important areas players can encounter in the Reckoner’s Core:

Ship Services

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The Ship Services serve as the ship technician on the Key in Starfield. Players can spot this as the first place when they exit the Docking Bay. Therefore, head to the reception and interact with the NPC, Jasmine Durand. She will allow you to open up the Ship Builder menu and offer repair services for your ship.

Moreover, you can buy parts from her to upgrade your spaceship. However, these parts may not be that rare, but they can still provide bonus stats to your ship. Jasime will also sell a few ships that players can add to their fleet.

Following Space Ships are sold at the Ship Services:

Space Ship NamePrice (Credits)
Crimson Fleet Haunt72,000
Crimson Fleet Ghost67,000
Crimson Fleet Phantom39,000


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The Medbay is your standard medical store located on the Key in Starfield. This vendor can be found right next to the Last Nova Bar. Therefore, once you get here, initiate a dialogue with Saminah Mirza. You can buy and sell crucial medical supplies here. 

Moreover, you can find a Pharmaceutical Table here that players can use to craft medical supplies with raw items. This vendor can also offer the Doctor’s Order quest, taking you down an exciting path.

TK’s Tactical Gear

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This vendor exclusively deals in Space Suits for the players. These suits serve as your armor in Starfield and can come with permanent buffs. Therefore, you can get a few Crimson Fleet Space Suits at TK’s Tactical Gear. These will provide you with protection from the harsh Space, as well as give you the Pirate look.

Moreover, most of these suits will be pretty standard and can be easily found in other places.

Zuri’s Essentials

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Zuri’s Essentials may be one of the best stores on the Reckoner’s Core. Like most vendors, she will buy anything from the players, including illegal items. However, what makes this store important are the items she has available to sell. 

These items include some potent weapons and some essential aid items. Therefore, stop at this vendor to load up before a challenging mission.

Trade Authority

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This Trade Authority vendor is your everyday ordinary store. Depending on the available credits, you can buy and sell your cargo here. Moreover, like any Trade Authority store, you can sell contraband here. This vendor also sells some primary weapons, suits, and resources. 

However, make sure to visit this store frequently, as you might be able to find a rare weapon or suit from time to time.

The Gym / Shooting Range

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This area of the Reckoner’s Core does not necessarily serve much of a purpose to the player. However, you can find a few essential items within this area. Players can find free ammo lying around that can be stolen. Moreover, a magazine in this area will permanently increase the player’s carrying capacity.

The Last Nova

The Last Nova in Starfield serves as the bar on the Key. This bar is located right next to the med bay and can provide you with a few valuable interactions. Firstly, as this is a bar, players can buy drinks that will give them a temporary buff. Moreover, you can also talk to NPCs here and hire them to be your crewmate.

It is recommended to haggle with the NPC and use your persuasion to convince her to decrease her hiring rate.

Aludra’s Weapon Shop

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This is the standard weapon shop on the Reckoner’s Core in the Key. Players can expect ammo, rare rifles, and other weapons here. Moreover, like any weapon vendor in the galaxy, you can sell the extra weapons you collected through various missions.

Players can also exploit the patented Bethesda bugs to get some of the weapons for free. Therefore, point your crosshair to weapons behind her and add them to your inventory. No one will seem to notice the guns missing, and players are welcome to get more.

Isra’s General Goods

Isra's General Goods
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This vendor will sell players several aid items in the Reckoner’s Core Depot sect. You can buy various food items here and a few other resources. However, the best thing about this vendor is that she will buy anything from you. These items can be contraband and completely illegal; she will still buy them.

This makes it an ideal place to unload most of your contraband and earn a few credits. Moreover, I would not recommend trying to steal from her, as she keeps a keen eye on her goods.


The Key becomes an integral part of your campaign and offers critical missions. These missions will help you progress through your questline with the Crimson Fleet and offer exciting rewards. Four main campaign missions are shown on the Key and will help you with character progression.

Completing these missions will also guarantee you a home on this Space Station. However, it is essential to remember that players can only play these missions once they infiltrate the Space Station.

Following are the main quests offered on The Key:

Echoes Of The Past

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The Echoes of the Past is one of the first missions players will encounter on the Key. These missions test your loyalty and commitment to the Crimson Fleet. Therefore, players must talk to Crimson Fleet’s leader, Delgado, to start this quest. This mission will take you down to the planet Suvorov and task you to uncover the secrets of Jasper Kryx.

Therefore, after the mission, players will be rewarded with the following items:

Item NameQuantity
UC Prison Shuttle1
Keelhauler Pistol1

The ‘Best There Is’ 

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This is the second main quest located on the Key in Starfield. However, make sure to finish the Breaking the Bank mission before you talk to Naeva. After the mission, find and speak to Naeva Mora, and she will assign you The ‘Best There Is’ quest.

During this mission, your goal is to infiltrate a lab and discover everything there is to know about the ComSpike.

Following are all the rewards you will get from this mission:

Item NameQuantity

Eye Of The Storm

The Eye Of The Storm is the start of the ending of the quest line on the Key in Starfield. To start this mission, players would need to talk to Naeva. Moreover, talking to Captain Kibwe and Delgado before you go out for the primary mission would be best. During the main quest, players will need to find the Legacy

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Therefore, once here, you would need to head inside and look for the final recording of Jasper Kryx. You must listen to this recording and uncover the long-lost mystery. However, this is when you are also given a tough choice between the UC Vigilance or the Crimson Fleet. Whoever you decide to give this recording to will become your final faction.

Item NameQuantity
Revenant (Legendary Rifle)1

Legacy’s End

The Legacy’s End is the ultimate finale of your long-running Crimson Fleet questline. How this mission plays out depends on your choice in the Eye of the Storm. However, if you start this mission siding with the Crimson Fleet, you will be rewarded with your room in the Key.

This makes you one of the leaders inside of the Crimson Fleet and allows you to store your cargo on the Space Station. However, if you go the other way and side with UC Security, you will forever lose the Key and access to the Crimson Fleet.

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The Key has a lot to offer in Starfield. This Space Station can be found revolving around the planet Suvorov in the Kryx System. Moreover, this city is operated by Crimson Fleet, and players cannot access it initially. You must complete a series of quests to access this Space Station.

The Key contains many vendors and quests for players to explore. The quests here are unique, allowing players to experience a pirate’s life. However, the main quest line here runs deep and explores the history of the Crimson Fleet. Make sure to complete these quests to earn some incredible rewards.

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