Scan Jammers are useful devices that interrupt scans made by the authorities on your ship.
As its name implies, the Scan Jammer in Starfield enables you to bypass security checks, evading potential pursuit by law enforcement. When you transport illicit items, such as stolen goods and contraband, in Starfield, there’s a risk of attracting the attention of authorities. They may initiate a scan, and if the prohibited items are detected, you’ll find yourself in a precarious situation.
Here’s where the Scan Jammer becomes invaluable. It disrupts the scanning process, granting you unhindered passage. With your activities shielded from detection, the authorities have no reason to intervene, allowing you to proceed without incident.
Getting a Scan Jammer in Starfield
You can exclusively find the Scan Jammer in Starfield from a single vendor. To acquire it, you’ll need to journey to the Porimma system and make a landing on Porimma III. Once there, proceed to the Red Mile area. Locate the Ship Service desk, where you’ll encounter an NPC named Lon Andersson.
Engage in conversation with Lon Andersson and explore the dialogue options until you reach the point where you can customize your ship. Opt for the choice “I’d like to view and modify my ship.” Then, access the Ship Builder Menu (typically activated by pressing B on PC or X on Xbox), and choose the “Add” option (G on PC or A on Xbox).
Within this menu, you’ll find three distinct Scan Jammers, each operating on a different frequency: single, dual, and multi-frequency. Each Jammer requires a specific Starship Design Rank, and they come at varying prices.
The Single Frequency Scan Jammer does not have a Starship Design rank requirement and costs 2,850 credits. This is the weakest of the three variants, and you will likely get caught when equipping this. It has an evade percentage of 10%.
This particular variant necessitates a Starship Design rank of 1 and comes with a higher price tag, nearly doubling at 4,750 credits. However, it significantly reduces the likelihood of detection when in use, boasting an impressive evade percentage of 30%.
The top-tier variant, known as the Multi-Frequency Scan Jammer, necessitates a Starship Design Rank of 2 and comes with a substantial price tag of 9,500 credits. When employing this variant, your chances of getting caught are notably slim, boasting an impressive evade percentage of 50%.
However, it’s important to understand that even with the highest-tier Scan Jammer, success in evading cargo inspection is not guaranteed. While each successive variant reduces the risk, there’s always a balance between the potential reward and the associated risk.
Furthermore, it’s essential to have a shielded cargo hold. These two modifications work in conjunction to increase your chances of successfully passing through a security checkpoint.
What to do with the Scan Jammer in Starfield
Once the Scan Jammer is installed, it functions automatically at each security checkpoint. As previously discussed, your chances of successfully passing through these checkpoints hinge heavily on the specific Scan Jammer you have equipped.
The Scan Jammer allows for the discreet transportation of contraband and stolen goods to other planets, where you can then sell them to willing merchants.
However, in the event that you are caught, a substantial bounty will be placed on your head. To continue playing Starfield without any concerns, it’s crucial to clear this bounty. Failing to do so will result in relentless pursuit, potential imprisonment, and even fatal encounters in certain situations.