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Why Is Watchdog Ship Inaccessible in Starfield? Answered

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Starfield players, despite the plethora of places to go and things to do, will have hit at least a few dead ends in their time with Bethesda’s space epic. One is the Watchdog Ship, but why is it inaccessible and unusable in Starfield?

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The short answer to why the Watchdog Ship is inaccessible in Starfield is that it is only used as a story element during the Freestar Rangers’ Deputized mission. Even if you have the maximum rank in Piloting or Starship Design, you still won’t be able to interact with it.

Why Is Watchdog Ship Inaccessible in Starfield? Answered
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There are also a few other inaccessible ships on Cheyenne system’s Montara Luna, including the Discovery and Hulker. Another reason why these vessels won’t allow any player interaction is due to them being too over-powered during the early stages. Therefore, you’ll need to progress further in the campaign or explore around more to access more ships.

There’s still some hope with the Watchdog, as it can be obtainable through a vendor. However, you will need to have a hefty amount of cash, and you can check out our guide on How to Earn Credits Fast to obtain it more quickly.

How to Get Watchdog Ship in Starfield

You can buy different variations of the Watchdog ship through the Ship Services Technician. For example, players can buy the Watchdog II in Akila City for 80,279 credits. Keep in mind that these vendors may not always have the ship available to you, so you’ll need to check back at later time to trigger its spawn.

Watchdog II in Starfield
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To unlock the more versions of the Watchdog ship, you may need to reach the max rank of the Piloting skill. Players can also earn more XP for their character level, given that some inventory/events can appear after a higher rank.

That’s everything we have on why the Watchdog Ship is inaccessible in Starfield. For other head-scratchers you’ve encountered in the game, give our related articles down below a look, including the best ship to buy.

Related: Locations of Every Power & Temple in Starfield on Gamepur


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