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How to Equip and Use Flashlights in Starfield

Starfield is one of the biggest games of 2023, and a lot of folks are wondering what are the PC requirements. Here's your answer.

There are a huge variety of planets and space stations you’ll be visiting throughout your playthrough of Starfield. Some are nice, bright and colorful. Others are quite the opposite, dark, dreary and gritty. In places like this you’ll want to make sure you know how to equip and use the handy flashlight in Starfield. It really makes a big difference in areas that are really dark or quite difficult to see in from mist. Here’s how to make sure you have a flashlight equipped in Starfield and how to use it.

Equipping and Using Flashlights in Starfield

At first it can be quite confusing to use flashlights in Starfield. You’ll visit some dark places early on in the game and think surely I have a flashlight somewhere in my inventory. You do, but it’s not where you think! The flashlights are actually built into the Space Helmets. As long as you have a Space Helmet equipped, you’ll have access to a nice, bright flashlight whenever you need it. All you need to do is hold down the LB button on your controller or F on keyboard to switch it on or off. If you just press the LB button or F key, you’ll bring up your portable Scanner instead. So just make sure you’re holding down the button to get the flashlight going. With the many caves and underground facilities you’ll be visiting in pursuit of artifacts this feature really does come in handy.

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Using flashlights in Starfield

That’s how you can equip and use a flashlight in Starfield. It’s very simple and effective, but it sure took me longer than it should have to realize I could use it straight from my helmet!

If you’re looking for more guides to Starfield, we’ve got articles on how to smuggle contraband, how long the game takes to beat, and how to board ships during combat.

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Alex Berry
Alex Berry is a freelance contributor at The Escapist. Alex has been writing about games for less than a year but is thoroughly enjoying it. Having worked in marketing as his main role, he’s no stranger to writing creatively. His coverage ranges from funny takes on the latest games to a whole bunch of guide content. Alex is a jack of all trades when it comes to games, playing almost every new title that shows promise. From RPGs to shooters, all the way through to sports games, he plays it all, although he does have a soft spot for turn-based RPGs having started out his gaming journey with a copy of Pokémon Red on the original Game Boy. Alex has a master's degree in Business and is fascinated by online game economies, often spending a lot of time finding ways to maximize wealth in these games (but he should really be doing that in real life instead).