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Starfield:Commerce Skill


Commerce
Commerce
Tier 1
Skill Tree Social Skill
Skill ID 002C5A8E

The Commerce Skill is a Social Skill in Starfield that allows you to trade goods at reduced prices. In the Settled Systems' free market economy, almost anyone with the right skillset can open and run a successful business.

Is The Commerce Skill Worth It?

If you are wondering if the Commerce skill is worth getting in Starfield, here's a comparison of both the pro's and con's of the skill.

Without the Commerce Skill in Starfield you can sell goods at 12.5% of their total value. With Rank 4 of the commerce skill you can sell goods at 15.6% of their total value, which is only 3.1% more credits than if you had not invested 4 skill points into the skill. The real value of the commerce skill comes in getting a 25% discount to items you buy, especially more expensive items like spaceships or ship parts. The commerce skill is worth it if you engage in creating ship builds or actively buy ammo and other recipes that add up in costs over the course of playing the game.

Skill Details

Benefits Challenge
Rank 1: Buy for 5% less and sell for 10% more
Rank 2: Buy for 10% less and sell for 15% more
Rank 3: Buy for 15% less and sell for 20% more
Rank 4: Buy for 20% less and sell for 25% more
Rank 1: Buy or sell 25 unique items
Rank 2: Buy or sell 75 unique items
Rank 3: Buy or sell 150 unique items
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank

Skill Levelling Guide


The fastest way to level up the Commerce Skill fast in Starfield is to find 'unique items' to sell to vendors. A unique item is any item you have not sold or brought before (it does not need to be a Unique Weapon or armor set). The video above outlines the fastest ways of levelling up the Commerce skill fast at the start of the game. You can level up fast If you focus on buying and selling cheap resources, ammo, aid and low value miscellaneous loot. You must sell 150 items in total to reach rank 4 of the commerce skill.

Note that you do not need to sell items for a profit in order for them to count towards the skill challenge, giving items away for free to vendors still counts. You can however reset vendors credits by waiting in a nearby chair for 28 hours in total, this will reset the vendors credits and inventory that they have for sale. As shown in the video above it's possible to max out your Commerce skill at the first shop you reach, right at the start of the game.


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Outpost Management Skill.webp

Starfield has 16 Social Skills that help with convincing other NPC’s, commanding crew, managing outposts, trading goods, theft, scavenging, relationships, using Flora and Fauna. Gameplay mechanics such as pickpocketing can only be used by unlocking the Theft Skill.

Some Social Skills like Commerce are useful throughout Starfields gameplay and worth picking up early on to maximise the number of credits you earn.


Name Image Tier Benefits Challenge Skill ID
Commerce Commerce Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: Buy for 5% less and sell for 10% more
Rank 2: Buy for 10% less and sell for 15% more
Rank 3: Buy for 15% less and sell for 20% more
Rank 4: Buy for 20% less and sell for 25% more
Rank 1: Buy or sell 25 unique items
Rank 2: Buy or sell 75 unique items
Rank 3: Buy or sell 150 unique items
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Deception Deception Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: Ships 10% stronger will automatically surrender to piracy demands. Enemy contraband scans are 10% less effective
Rank 2: Ships 20% stronger will automatically surrender to piracy demands. Enemy contraband scans are 20% less effective
Rank 3: Ships 30% stronger will automatically surrender to piracy demands. Enemy contraband scans are 30% less effective
Rank 4: Ships 50% stronger will automatically surrender to piracy demands. Enemy contraband scans are 50% less effective
Rank 1: Convince 5 ships to surrender
Rank 2: Convince 10 ships to surrender
Rank 3: Convince 20 ships to surrender
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Diplomacy Diplomacy Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: You can force a target NPC at or below your level to stop fighting for a while
Rank 2: You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you to stop fighting for a while
Rank 3: You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to stop fighting for a while
Rank 4: You can force target NPCs to permanently stop fighting (unless they're attacked again)
Rank 1: Successfully use Diplomacy on 5 different people
Rank 2: Successfully use Diplomacy on 25 different people
Rank 3: Successfully use Diplomacy on 50 different people
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge
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Gastronomy Gastronomy Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: You can craft specialty food and drinks, and research additional recipes at a Research Lab
Rank 2: You can research and craft gourmet food and drinks
Rank 3: You can research and craft food and drink delicacies
Rank 4: Crafting food and drinks occasionally doesn't use up resources You can research and craft exotic recipes
Rank 1: Create 5 food or drink items
Rank 2: Create 25 food or drink items
Rank 3: Create 50 food or drink items
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Instigation Instigation Skill.webp 3 Rank 1: You can force a target NPC at or below your level to attack their allies for a limited time
Rank 2: You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you to attack their allies for a limited time
Rank 3: You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to attack their allies for a limited time
Rank 4: Enemies affected by Instigation will attack their allies until they are dead
Rank 1: Successfully Instigate 5 different people
Rank 2: Successfully Instigate 25 different people
Rank 3: Successfully Instigate 50 different people
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Intimidation Intimidation Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: You can force a target NPC at or below your level to flee for a limited time
Rank 2: You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you to flee for a limited time
Rank 3: You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to flee for a limited time
Rank 4: Intimidated targets now flee for a substantial amount of time
Rank 1: Successfully Intimidate 5 different people
Rank 2: Successfully Intimidate 25 different people
Rank 3: Successfully Intimidate 50 different people
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this ran
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Isolation Isolation Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: Do +10% weapon damage and gain 15 Damage Resistance for each Spacesuit and Helmet equipped when you don't have a companion or any crew
Rank 2: Do +20% weapon damage and gain 30 Damage Resistance for each Spacesuit and Helmet equipped when you don't have a companion or any crew
Rank 3: Do +30% weapon damage and gain 45 Damage Resistance for each Spacesuit and Helmet equipped when you don't have a companion or any crew
Rank 4: Do +40% weapon damage and gain 60 Damage Resistance for each Spacesuit and Helmet equipped when you don't have a companion or any crew
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies while not in command of a follower
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies while not in command of a follower
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies while not in command of a follower
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank chall
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Leadership Leadership Skill.webp 3 Rank 1: Companions gain affinity 25% faster
Rank 2: Companions have 50 more health and 50kg more carrying capacity
Rank 3: Companions will occasionally heal you when you get low health
Rank 4: Doubles the bonuses of Combat and Physical Crew Skills on Companions. Companions have a chance to pick themselves up from a downed state
Rank 1: Sprint 1000 meters with an active follower
Rank 2: Sprint 2500 meters with an active follower
Rank 3: Sprint 5000 meters with an active follower
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Manipulation Manipulation Skill.webp 4 Rank 1: You can force a target NPC at or below your level to obey commands for a limited time
Rank 2: You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time
Rank 3: You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time
Rank 4: Manipulated targets now obey commands for a substantial amount of time
Rank 1: Successfully Manipulate 5 different people
Rank 2: Successfully Manipulate 25 different people
Rank 3: Successfully Manipulate 50 different people
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this ran
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Negotiation Negotiation Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: You now have access to Bribery in speech challenges
Rank 2: Reduces bribery cost by 25%
Rank 3: Reduces bribery cost by 50%
Rank 4: Occasionally, bribery won't cost any money
Rank 1: Bribe 3 times through persuasion
Rank 2: Bribe 5 times through persuasion
Rank 3: Bribe 10 times through persuasion
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Outpost Management Outpost Management Skill.webp 3 Rank 1: Additional cargo links can be placed at outposts
Rank 2: Additional robots can be constructed at outposts
Rank 3: Additional crew can be assigned at outposts
Rank 4: Outpost extractors produce twice as fast
Rank 1: Build cargo links on 6 different planets
Rank 2: Build cargo links on 8 different planets
Rank 3: Build cargo links on 10 different planets
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Persuasion Persuasion Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: 10% increased chance of success when persuading someone
Rank 2: 20% increased chance of success when persuading someone
Rank 3: 30% increased chance of success when persuading someone
Rank 4: 50% increased chance of success when persuading someone
Rank 1: Succeed in 3 speech challenges
Rank 2: Succeed in 5 speech challenges
Rank 3: Succeed in 10 speech challenges
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Scavenging Scavenging Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: There's a chance you'll find extra credits when searching containers
Rank 2: There's a chance you'll find extra ammo when searching containers
Rank 3: There's a chance you'll find extra aid items, like Med Packs or chems, when searching containers
Rank 4: Tracked resources will get highlighted when using the hand scanner
Rank 1: Loot 25 containers
Rank 2: Loot 75 containers
Rank 3: Loot 150 containers
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Ship Command Ship Command Skill.webp 4 Rank 1: You can have up to four active crew members
Rank 2: You can have up to five active crew members
Rank 3: You can have up to six active crew members
Rank 4: You can have up to eight active crew members
Rank 1: Destroy or board 5 ships with a crew of two or more
Rank 2: Destroy or board 25 ships with a crew of two or more
Rank 3: Destroy or board 50 ships with a crew of two or more
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank c
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Theft Theft Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: Unlock the ability to pickpocket targets
Rank 2: 10% greater chance to successfully pickpocket
Rank 3: 30% greater chance to successfully pickpocket
Rank 4: 50% greater chance to successfully pickpocket Can now pickpocket holstered weapons
Rank 1: Successfully pickpocket 5 times
Rank 2: Successfully pickpocket 10 times
Rank 3: Successfully pickpocket 20 times
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Xenosociology Xenosociology Skill.webp 4 Rank 1: You can force a target alien creature up to 10 levels higher than you to stop fighting for a limited time
Rank 2: You can force a target alien creature up to 10 levels higher than you to flee for a limited time
Rank 3: You can force a target alien creature up to 10 levels higher than you to attack their allies for a limited time
Rank 4: You can force a target creature up to 10 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time
Rank 1: Successfully use Pacify on 15 different aliens
Rank 2: Successfully use Flee on 15 different aliens
Rank 3: Successfully use Frenzy on 15 different aliens
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock
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