If you’ve ever fancied yourself as bit of a Han Solo and daydream about becoming an intergalactic space smuggler, Bethesda Game Studios’ galaxy-hopping adventure is the experience for you. While getting your mitts on contraband items is straightforward enough, actually circumventing security checks is an entirely different kettle of fish. So, if you’re seeking out the answer to how to get a Scan Jammer in Starfield, here’s what you need to know.
How to Obtain a Scan Jammer
Specifically, the one place where we found purchasable Scan Jammers in Starfield was at The Red Mile on the planet Porrima III in the Porrima system. When you arrive, head inside the room at the entrance behind the Ship Service reception desk. In here, speak to Lon Anderssen.
After some brief introductions, choose the dialogue option: [I’d like to view and modify my ships.]
Next, press the X button to bring up the Ship builder menu. Now, when your cursor is not pointed directly at your spaceship, press A to initiate the Add option.
Using RB or LB, toggle over to the Equipment drop down option.
Here, you can purchase one of the following:
- Scan Jammer – Single-Frequency: 2,850 Credits
- Scan Jammer – Dual-Frequency: 4,750 Credits, also requires rank 1 of the Starship Design Skill
- Scan Jammer – Multi-Frequency: 9,500 Credits, also requires rank 2 of the Starship Design Skill
Another method of acquiring a Scan Jammer is by stealing them from other spaceships by boarding and docking them. This is a definitely a more challenging way of getting your hands on one as it’s so contingent on luck and RNG.
Ultimately, it’s not always guaranteed that a hostile ship will drop a Scan Jammer, though we’ve had some luck with Crimson Fleet ships as they’re usually built with smuggling in mind. Once a ship’s security detail has been defeated, sit in the cockpit to steal it.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to dismantle a stolen ship, so you’ll need to fly it in and out of contraband zones in order to get the benefit of a Scan Jammer. In other words, you won’t be able to take the Scan Jammer from the stolen ship and install it on your own.
What Do They Do?
The main function of a Scan Jammer is to help you smuggle contraband items past planetary security checks. However, it’s important to note that you’ll also need to have a Shielded Cargo hold for it to work, and having a Scan Jammer installed doesn’t 100% negate the chances of a ship scan. In fact, depending on which one you have installed, the Scan Jammer’s efficacy varies greatly.
- Scan Jammer – Single-Frequency: 10% chance to evade a ship scan
- Scan Jammer – Dual-Frequency: 30% chance to evade a ship scan
- Scan Jammer – Multi-Frequency: 50% chance to evade a ship scan
Of course, getting caught with contraband is a big no-no. If you’re caught, you’ll face jail time, a hefty bounty on your head, and the entirety of the galactic space police on your back. Trust us, you don’t want that!