Starfield: Where To Find The Mantis Suit & Ship

Praying for better equipment? Follow the Mantis.

Starfield
Starfield

One of the most important aspects of an RPG is the quest for bigger and better loot, but knowing where to go and what to do when first starting an RPG can be tricky. Starfield is no exception, giving players literal solar systems to explore. If you’re a bit spoiled for choice and don’t know where to go, one questline you should absolutely complete is the Mantis story, as it gives you a new Legendary tier suit, and a ship that’s miles better than your default option. Here’s what you need to know to unlock the Mantis ship and suit in Starfield.

 

Starfield: Where To Find The Mantis Suit & Ship

During the main story mission “The Old Neighborhood”, you’ll travel to the Nova Galactic Staryard orbiting Earth’s moon, also known as Luna. Once you dock and board the Staryard, you’ll encounter Spacers having a gunfight with a larger group of Ecliptic mercenaries. Take out both groups, then make sure to check the bodies of the Spacers. Some of them will have a document on them titled Secret Outpost, which will unlock a new side quest called Mantis. Read the note, and you’ll be given a new objective to head to the secret outpost on Denebola I-B.

If you’ve been following the main storyline up until this point, you won’t be able to warp immediately to the Denebola system, as it’ll be too far away from the Sol system so it’ll cost too much fuel, plus there will be unexplored routes along the way. To alleviate this, simply set a course for the mission objective, then follow the route back to the nearest available system, which will likely be Olympus. After that, you’ll want to daisy chain jump from Olympus to Volii, Volii to Porrima then finally Porrima to Denebola. Once you arrive at the system, land at the Denebola I-B Secret Outpost landing spot.

After landing at the Outpost and disembarking from your ship, you’ll immediately be attacked by Spacers. You may find one or two level 30 enemies hidden in among the regular jobbers, but even if you’re only around level seven or eight, these enemies should go down pretty easily so long as you use your best weaponry. Waste the spacers outside the outpost then follow the objective marker to enter the Lair of the Mantis.

 

How To Solve The Turret Corridor Puzzle

Starfield
Starfield

Once inside the lair, you’ll be given the optional objective to learn more about The Mantis. Without spoiling too much about the actual character’s story, they’re essentially a well-tooled vigilante. After clearing out plenty of Spacers, you’ll eventually encounter someone by the name of Livvy, who’ll beg you to spare him. Talking to him reveals that no Spacer has managed to actually breach the lair’s inner sanctum, thanks to a fiendishly booby trapped corridor. The corridor itself features 8 rows of tiles, each with a letter on them, and you must find the correct word to make your way across, otherwise the four turrets on the other end will turn you into mulch.

As you’ve been exploring the Lair, you should have found various lore items and voice recordings that detail the backstory of the Mantis, and its in these recordings that you’ll find the answer you need. Specifically, the one related to this puzzle is “Leon Voclain – Sic Semper Tyrannis”, as Tyrannis is the solution to this puzzle. Step carefully on each tile going row to row, following the letters T-Y-R-A-N-N-I-S. Once you’ve made it to the other side, press the big red button on the right of the stairs to the deactivate the trap and open the path forward.

Once you’ve cleared the path, you’ll still need to contend with some more turrets and robots as you make your way towards the Lair’s inner sanctum. These enemies are quite a bit tougher than the Spacers you’ve been fighting, so don’t be afraid to scavenge the previous area for enough ammo and healing items before you proceed. There are also a few beds to be found before the booby trap corridor, so it might be wise to take a short rest and save before continuing.

Head down the stairs, take out the turret and Robot Model A enemies, and you’ll come to a room with a dog-like enemy called Robot Model S. This enemy is fast, high damage and a pretty high level, so this could be your biggest threat yet, until the next room where you have to face more even more robots all at once, including multiple Model A types and a Model S. Don’t be afraid to take these fights slow, throwing as many grenades as possible and retreating after each encounter to rest for a full heal. Whatever helps you win, right?

Alternatively (though this is just speculation), there are multiple terminals and lockpickable gates in this part of the lair, so if you have a tech rating high enough, it’s possible you could deactivate at least some of these traps and robots to make your life easier.

Once you’ve dealt with all of the enemies in the hangar, simply follow the objective markers to claim both the Mantis suit and their ship, the Razorleaf. While the Mantis equipment might not be suited for everyone, depending on the build you’re running, the Razorleaf ship is a massive improvement over the Frontier, making this an absolute must-have item earlier in the game. If you’re just starting Starfield, make for the Mantis quest as soon as possible, because the Razorleaf will make your space life so much easier.

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