Best File Not Found Starfield Build Guide

This guide focuses on the Best Starfield File Not Found Build in Starfield, with skills, armor, and weapons to create a powerful character.

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The Best File Not Found Build in Starfield

Best Starfield File Not Found Build

The File Not Found build is a versatile and balanced build that is good for both combat and exploration. This build can be further customized by choosing perks that focus on combat, exploration, or a combination of both. For example, you could choose perks that increase your damage output, improve your survivability, or give you new abilities. The File Not Found build is a good choice for players who want a build that can do it all.

File Not Found Build ProsFile Not Found Build Cons
Great Weapon DamageWeapon Focused
Versatile Needs Crafting
Create Your StorySkill Point Heavy

Best File Not Found Build Features & Mechanics

The following list presents all the essential File Not Found Build Mechanics and Features in Starfield:

  • Damage: Ballistic & Laser
  • Range: 20m or 120m
  • Primary Weapon: Big Bang Particle Shotgun
  • Best Skill: Armor Penetration
  • Best Power: Reactive Shield
  • Mechanic: Boost Pack
  • Throwable: Fragmentation Grenade
  • Aid: Infantry Alpha

The File Not Found build is a versatile templated build meant for combat. The build focuses on Shotguns, Boost Packing for mobility, and Piloting for starship combat. You will use a combination of Short and long-range weapons with an emphasis on combat through force.

How to Boost Pack in Starfield

Starfield How to Boost Pack

In order to use a Boost Pack in Starfield you need the Boost Pack Training Science skill and a pack with an installed boost pack. Once you’ve met those two requirements, you can hit jump a second time to get a boost. You will have a white meter that consumes this resource each time. You can even amplify this ability with the Boost Assault Training skill from the Tech skill tree and do damage when you boost. You want to get Boost Pack Training early as it’s one of the best skills in Starfield and the most fun.


Starfield File Not Found Background

The [File Not Found] background in Starfield gives you Wellness, Ballistics, and Piloting skills at level 1. Here’s of the File Not Found Background skills in Starfield:

  • Wellness: Increase your maximum health by 10%.
  • Ballistics: Ballistic weapons do 10% more damage.
  • Piloting: You can now utilize ship thrusters.

These skills are given to you at level 1, and progress by using the skill or some other function. Fitness levels up by using up all of your Oxygen 20 times. Ballistics levels by killing enemies with Ballistic Weapons. Wellness you will just have to heal for damage. You should be using Ballistic Weapons and Boost Packing while in combat. You can tell if a weapon is Ballistic by the icon on the top right corner. Look for a grenade explosion and not an energy symbol.


Alien DNA, Wanted and Extrovert are the best traits for a File Not Found build in Starfield. Here are the list of recommended Traits for File Not Found:

  • Alien DNA: You volunteered for a controversial experiment that combines alien and human DNA. As a result, you start with increased health and oxygen, but healing and food items aren’t as effective.
  • Wanted: Someone put a price on your head, and word has spread. Occasionally, armed mercenaries will show up and try to kill you, but being cornered gives you an edge – when your health is low, you do extra damage.
  • Extrovert: You’re a people person. Exerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring with human companions, but more when adventuring alone.

Keep in mind that traits are optional customization options in Character Creation. Players can select up to three attributes from a wide list of traits to further shape their protagonists. It’s advised to limit or not select traits if it’s your first playthrough, but Alien, DNA, Wanted and Extroverts are our suggestions for the Best Starfield File Not Found Build Guide.


The Best Skills for File Not Found Build are Armor Penetration, Boost Pack Training, and Shotgun Certification. Here is the list of the best and recommended skills for the File Not Found Build in Starfield:

  • Armor Penetration
  • Boost Pack Training
  • Shotgun Certification
  • Weapon Engineering
  • Spacesuit Design
  • Ballistics
  • Stealth
  • Particle Beams
  • Targeting
  • Shield Systems

Starfield skill system includes multiple skills spread between 5 categories of skills: SocialTechPhysicalScience, and Combat. Skills from every category will upgrade, customize, and enhance your Starfield character playstyle. Each skill unlock requires one skill point and then a condition in order to advance the skill ranks. Each rank requires another skill point, and each level of advancement requires four points in order to advance to another level.

For the File Not Found build, you want to stick with primarily Combat-based skills. The Science skill tree is vital to crafting later in the game. You will need a few points in level one to progress this in order to get important crafting skills. Start the game early with one skill in each tree so you can progress and then unlock additional levels.

Level Progression

At level one, you receive three free skills from your background selection. For this build, we recommend File Not Found Background, which unlocks Wellness, Ballistics, and Piloting. Use the character creator and select any optional traits. Keep in mind that this is a template, and depending on your playstyle, you may not unlock additional ranks at the same level.

Here’s a list of level progression for the Best Starfield File Not Found Build Guide:

  • Level 1: Wellness, Ballistics, Piloting
  • Level 2: Boost Pack Training
  • Level 3: Medicine
  • Level 4: Astrodynamics
  • Level 5: Shotgun
  • Level 6: Stealth
  • Level 7: Gastronomy
  • Level 8: Ballistics Rank 2
  • Level 9: Laser
  • Level 10: Rifle Certification
  • Level 11: Medicine Rank 2
  • Level 12: Astrodynamics Rank 2
  • Level 13: Weapon Engineering
  • Level 14: Spacesuit Design
  • Level 15: Boost Pack Training Rank 2
  • Level 16: Particle Beams
  • Level 17: Shotgun Rank 2
  • Level 18: Demolition
  • Level 19: Targeting
  • Level 20: Rapid Reloading
  • Level 21: Marksman
  • Level 22: Ballistics Rank 3
  • Level 23: Armor Penetration
  • Level 24: Weapon Engineering Rank 2
  • Level 25: Spacesuit Design Rank 2
  • Level 26: Boost Pack Training Rank 3
  • Level 27: Security
  • Level 28: Shield Systems
  • Level 29: Energy Weapon Systems
  • Level 30: Starship Design

It’s advised that you try to rank up skills by completing their requirements. For example, Boost Pack Training, simply press Boost Pack constantly while in combat to level it up very easily. Leave one enemy alive, continually boost the pack as you have fuel, and you can complete the progression in one encounter.

Best Weapons for File Not Found Build

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Big Bang Shotgun
Starfield Modified Hard Target Weapon
Hard Target Rifle

The best weapon for File Not Found Build is the Big Bang Particle Beam Shotgun because it has incredible burst damage, good range, and ballistic and laser damage type. Even without mods, this weapon will carry your damage in close-range fights like inside buildings and ships. The ranged weapon option for sniping is the Hard Target Rifle. This will give you great damage at range, is easy to obtain, and pairs well with a short-range shotgun.

Weapons can have up to 8 modifications depending on the type. Each mod requires materials or resources along with the Weapon Engineering skill from the Science skill tree. You will also have to research mod upgrades via a research station and this can take some time to unlock the gun and weapons full potential.

Weapons come in four qualities, white, blue, purple, and legendary yellow. If a weapon is blue or great in rarity, it comes with a perk or a trait. These add additional effects in addition to modifications. An example of a perk is Hitman: +15% damage while aiming. Most of these are randomly given with the exception of quest-related items that come standard. It will be unlikely that you get all three recommended perks or traits on a given weapon, but we will list a few below. It’s also a good idea to save modifying weapons at blue or greater quality. This way, you don’t waste material on a non-perk weapon that is limited in overall power.

Primary Weapon

The following table lists the best mods for Big Bang Particle Beam Shotgun weapons:

Big Bang Weapon SlotMod
BarrelExtended Barrel
LaserRecon Laser Sight
OpticReflex Sight
MuzzleDouble Barrel
Grip & StockErgonomic
Magazine and BatteryAnnihilator Rounds
Big Bang Particle Beam Shotgun Best Mods

Here are the best weapon traits and perks for the Big Bang Particle Beam Shotgun weapon in Starfield:

  • Shattering: Breakthrough even the strongest armor
  • Lacerate: Randomly applies a bleed effect to the target.
  • Rapid: +25% increase in attack speed.

Secondary Weapon

The following table lists the best mods for Hard Target Rifle weapon:

Hard Target Weapon SlotMod
BarrelStabilizing Barrel
LaserRecon Laser Sight
OpticLong Scope
MuzzleMuzzle Brake
Grip & StockTactical
Magazine and BatteryArmor-Piercing Rounds
InternalHigh Powered
Hard Target Best Mods

Here are the best weapon traits and perks for the Hard Target weapon in Starfield:

  • Handloading: Volatile rounds that are designed to pack a bigger punch but aren’t as stable and can fail on occasion.
  • Hitman: +15% damage while aiming
  • Shattering: Breakthrough even the strongest armor.

Best Armor for File Not Found Build

The best armor for File Not Found Build is the Mercenary armor: spacesuit, power pack, and helmet. The Mercenary armor in Starfield is great because it has a well-rounded stat distribution, making it good for combat and exploration against a variety of damage types and environments. It also has a number of other bonuses, such as increased carry weight and sprinting speed.

Armors are available in four distinct qualities: white, blue, purple, and the legendary yellow. If an armor piece holds the rarity of blue or higher, it boasts an accompanying perk or trait. These augmentations introduce supplementary effects alongside any modifications. For instance, the “Beast Hunter” perk reduces damage from Alien enemies by 15%. While most of these enhancements are bestowed randomly, noteworthy exceptions include quest-related items that possess standardized attributes. Optimal resource utilization suggests reserving modifications for blue or higher quality armors, preventing the squandering of materials on non-perk gear that ultimately holds limited potency.


Here is a list of the best Spacesuit armor mods for the File Not Found Build in Starfield:

Spacesuit SlotMod
Slot 1EM Shielding
Slot 2Optimized Servos
Slot 3 Heavy Shielding
Slot 4Pocketed


Here is a list of the best Pack armor mods for the File Not Found Build in Starfield:

Pack SlotMod
Slot 1Hazard Protection
Slot 2Emergency Aid
Boost PackBalanced Boostpack


Here is a list of the best Helmet armor mods for the File Not Found Build in Starfield:

Helmet SlotMod
Slot 1Ballistic Shielding
Slot 2Sensor Array
Slot 3 Heavy Shielding
Slot 4Gravitic Composites

Each of these armor pieces can come with additional perks or traits if they are blue quality or higher. Here are the recommended armor perks and traits for a File Not Found build in Starfield:

  • Headhunter: Deals +25% damage on the next attack after hitting a target’s head
  • Reactive: 10% chance to stagger nearby attackers
  • Sentinel: 75% chance to reduce damage by 50% while standing still

Best Companion

Starfield Best Companion Vasco

The best companion for the File Not Found Build is Vasco because the robot has access to three high-powered Starship skills that the File Not Found background lacks. Here’s a list of Vasco skills:

  • EM Weapon Systems: EM ship weapons have 10% increased damage and cost 15% less to use in Targeting Mode.
  • Shield Systems: Your ship has a 40% increased shield capacity.
  • Aneutronic Fusion: Ship reactors produce 1 extra unit of power.

Best Aid

The best aid for a File Not Found build are Squall, Heart+, and Amp. Aid either increase your damage, reduce damage taken, and or increase movement speed. All of which are relevant on the battlefield for a combat-focused build. Here is a list of the best Aid items for a File Not Found build in Starfield:

  • Amp: +35% movement speed for 2m and 2x jump height for 2m.
  • Heart+: +20% health for 2m, +200 damage resistance for 2m.
  • Infantry Alpha: +25% ranged damage and weapon accuracy for 2m.

Best Powers

The best Starborn power for File Not Found Build is Reactive Shield because it provides superior protection at range or up close. This power also reflects damage, and with a 35 power cost, you can cast it frequently based on its duration. Sense Star Stuff is another great Starborn power because it helps detect enemies and friendlies.

Starborn Powers are earned through the main story campaign. You will encounter artifacts early on and acquire more of them as you progress. Using Vlad, located in the eye, and the Constellation group, located at the Lodge, to find more. Spend time finding and exploring Temples to progress this power.


Starfield comes with a new game plus mode. After you complete the game, you can start over with a powerful ship and a set of armor. This helps solve two problems which are storage for crafting materials and travel between worlds. While we suggest taking your time, do realize the game gets much easier if you complete the main story and start over. You will keep your level and lose access to credits, weapons, armor, ships, and all other possessions.

File Not Found Build Summary Guide

Background – File Not Found

Traits – Alien DNA, Wanted, Extrovert

Primary Weapon – Big Bang

Secondary Weapon – Hard Target

Armor – Mercenary

Starborn Power – Reactive Shield

Best Skill – Armor Penetration

Companion – Vasco


  • Armor Penetration
  • Boost Pack Training
  • Shotgun Certification
  • Weapon Engineering
  • Spacesuit Design
  • Ballistics
  • Stealth
  • Particle Beams
  • Targeting
  • Shield Systems

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