Our guide explains how to unlock the ability to target specific parts of ships in Starfield.
How to target engines in Starfield
To do this, you’ll need a specific skill in the Tech skill tree: Targeting Control Systems. This “unlocks ship targeting functionality” and upgrades in the tree will allow you to lock on to ships faster.
Once you have this unlocked, you can use it on ships by aiming your reticle on them and starting the lock on process by pressing E (PC) or A (Xbox). After the target locks, press R (PC) or X (Xbox). This will zoom in on the ship and time will slow down. You can then select the target ship’s engine by using the arrow keys (PC) or the left stick (Xbox). After selecting it, you can fire off your ballistics or lasers as usual and it’ll aim specifically at the engines.
Once the engine indicators turn red, you’ll be able to approach the ship easily, since it won’t be able to move Be careful, as if you continue to shoot the ship until its health bars are completely depleted, it still will explode.
How to loot exploded ships
If you did accidentally overshoot one of the ships and make it explode, you can still loot it, though you won’t get nearly as much good stuff from it. In the wreckage of the ship, you’ll see a floating box containing some of the ship’s remains. Carefully approach the box and target it to pick up the goods from it.