How to start the Juno’s Gambit quest in Starfield
The commencement of the Juno’s Gambit quest in Starfield occurs randomly while you explore various planets in orbit. Nonetheless, the system where the quest is highly likely to trigger is the Tau Ceti system. You can spot this system by venturing into the western sector of the Alpha Centauri region, near the orbit of Tau Ceti 3.
Talk to the Ryujin Operatives
Upon arrival in the Tau Ceti system, your first task is to navigate through the assault from the attacking vessel and successfully dock your ship within the system. Once inside, proceed to engage with the hushed conversation between the Ryujin Operatives, who are discussing the demise of a scientist.
Before taking any decisive actions, engage in a conversation with the Ryujin Operatives and unveil the complete narrative surrounding the deceased scientist. You will soon discover that the rogue AI, Juno, bears some responsibility for this tragic incident. Consequently, they will insist that you perform a system reset on Juno, transforming it from a scientific AI machine into a normal system.
Talk to Juno
Following your conversation with Juno, the responsibility falls upon you to ascertain the true perpetrator behind the scientist’s demise within the room. This pivotal moment initiates the Juno’s Gambit Mission in Starfield. Here, you will be faced with a crucial choice of aligning yourself with either the Ryujin Operatives or Juno. Each decision you make will lead to a distinct outcome. Hence, exercise careful consideration when making your choice, as it will significantly influence the direction of the narrative.
All Juno Gambit endings in Starfield
In the Starfield Juno’s Gambit quest, as you progress through the mission objectives, you’ll be required to board a “Mysterious Ship.” Upon entering the ship, you’ll quickly realize that its AI system has malfunctioned, displaying unusual behavior.
To regain control of the vessel, you must access the system by connecting a Control Board. It’s important to note that throughout this sequence, I’ll frequently refer to “Juno,” which is the name of the ship’s AI, so please don’t be confused by the repeated mention.
Once you initiate the conversation with Juno, you’ll encounter three distinct options, each of which is elaborated upon below:
Side with the Ryujin Operatives – Bad Ending
The Ryujin Operatives are the inhabitants of the ship. In this option, we’ll elucidate how you can align yourself with them to successfully conclude the Juno’s Gambit mission. To support the Ryujin Operatives, your initial task is to convince Starfield Juno that the ship’s malfunction is attributable to the AI.
As you may be aware, every AI possesses a certain level of intellect and will make every effort to maintain control. In response, Juno will employ various tactics to sway your decision. Should your conversation with Juno become increasingly contentious, the Ryujin Operatives will intervene.
Following this intervention, you’ll encounter the option to “Attach the Control Board” during the conversation. By doing so, you’ll witness Juno’s system shutting down, providing relief to all aboard.
By deactivating Starfield Juno, you’ll successfully achieve the quest objective. Subsequently, it’s time to disengage your ship from the Mysterious Ship. The mission will officially conclude as you begin your journey back to the planet.
However, as you depart from the Mysterious Ship, you may hear that Juno has managed to reboot. Juno, infuriated by your decision to shut it down, takes a sinister turn, resulting in the unfortunate demise of both Ryujin Operatives. This marks a less favorable ending to the Juno’s Gambit mission, but it still brings the mission to completion, rewarding you with 3,500 credits.
Side with Juno, Kill the Ryujin Operatives – Neutral Ending
As previously mentioned, Juno serves as the Ship AI in Starfield, and we will now elucidate the mission objective and the consequences of aligning with Juno. To support Juno, you must initiate a conversation and convey that she is the sole entity with authentic emotions.
This affirmation grants her a sense of control. Subsequently, Juno will request your assistance in carrying out a critical task: the elimination of both Ryujin Operatives. Once again, you are confronted with two options: either allow the Ryujin Operatives to present their case or, alternatively, execute them without hesitation.
Following the demise of the Ryujin Operatives, you should engage in another conversation with Juno. During this exchange, Juno will express gratitude for your actions, considering you a newfound friend. Given Juno’s status as an AI, she will pose a profound question: “What is the purpose of life?”
You can respond with “As you see fit” and then return to your own ship. As you depart from the ship, you will come to realize that Juno embarks on a journey through the cosmos, seeking to discover her own purpose in the vast expanse of the universe.
In summary, allowing Juno to continue existing within Starfield results in the AI venturing forth into the galaxy to experience a life of freedom. You can then reboard your ship and make your way back to Neon, thereby concluding the Juno’s Gambit Mission in Starfield.
Convince the Ryujin Operatives to Leave – Good Ending
I am committed to rescuing both Juno and the Ryujin Operatives from this critical decision. To achieve this, I will provide a comprehensive overview of the mission objectives and the ensuing consequences. However, there is a prerequisite: joining the Ryujin Industries Faction.
Much like the previous two options, initiating a conversation with Juno is the first step. However, the key difference here is to convince Juno that we need not proceed with the change, where the change refers to attaching the Control Board to deactivate Juno.
By opting not to disable Juno, the AI will once again implore you to eliminate the Ryujin Operatives, mirroring the scenario from the earlier decision in Starfield. However, since you hold membership in the Ryujin Industries, you gain the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the operatives.
In this crucial conversation, your task is to persuade them that the AI has gone rogue, posing a threat to their lives. The only path to safety is departing the ship and returning home. Following this, you must resume the conversation with Juno, assuring her that the Ryujin Operatives have been addressed.
You can convey to Juno that she can find purpose in life. After disengaging your ship, you will be able to conclude the mission. However, this time, you will have two passengers accompanying you. Making a brief stop at Noon, Volii System is the optimal choice. Once you have dropped off the passengers, you will be rewarded with 4,300 Credits and achieve a favorable outcome.
Starfield Juno’s Gambit bug
Each decision you make throughout the Juno’s Gambit quest in Starfield leads to a distinct conclusion. However, it’s worth noting that aligning with the Ryujin Operatives currently triggers a bug. When you opt to shut down Juno, you may become trapped in an endless loop of the final conversation with Juno.
As of the present moment, the most effective way to resolve this bug is to choose the option to eliminate the Ryujin Operatives. This action inadvertently corrects the bug in the process. However, if you seek an alternative ending, you may need to await a patch to address this issue and enable the completion of the mission with a different outcome.