Starfield: 6 BEST Melee Weapons

After investing more than 40 hours in Starfield, I am happy to share the best melee weapons I found in the game!

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Starfield: Best Melee Weapons
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There are a total of 9 known Melee weapons in Starfield. You must utilize Melee weapons for close-range combat if your primary and secondary weapons are running low on ammo. There are some decent choices for it in Starfield. This guide will discuss the best Melee weapons for your builds.

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Key Takeaways

  • Melee Weapons in Starfield comprise Daggers and Swords.
  • They are cheaper than rifles and shotguns, as their use is limited to close-range combat.
  • Players must find the Melee Weapons by opening locked chests and pickpocketing enemies during Stealth.
  • They are categorized in terms of Damage, Mass, and Value.
  • The highest Damage-dealing Melee weapon in Starfield is Va’Ruun Painblade, which can kill enemies with one hit at higher levels.
  • Players are expected to choose those weapons that have less Mass, so they don’t take up much space in their backpacks.
  • Ensure you buy the Melee skills from the combat skill true to improve weapon efficiency.

Starfield Best Melee Weapons 

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Best Melee Weapons | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Refer to the table below which summarizes all the Best Starfield melee weapons by comparing their stats:

Melee Weapon Damage Mass Value
Va’Ruun Painblade 62 1.8 11260
Wakizashi 49 1.35 6140
Tanto 40 0.45 3075
Osmium Dagger 28 2.7 2395
Barrow Knife 22 0.34 1220
UC Naval Cutlass 20 1.4 935
Rescue Axe 17 1.4 650
Combat Knife 16 0.36 505
Ripshank 12 0.4 365

Va’Ruun Painblade

  • Damage:62
  • Mass: 1.8
  • Value: 11260

The Va’Ruun Painblade is a close-range melee weapon with the highest physical damage stats in Starfield, but it’s heavy. As long as you stay within your backpack’s mass limit, its weight won’t be an issue.

Consider the Va’Ruun Painblade for stealthy area clearance, as it can take down enemies in fewer hits, simplifying combat.

To obtain it, explore multiple systems and planets, or use console commands on the PC platform with the item ID.

If you picked the Wanted Trait at the character creation phase, you will deal more damage with Va’Ruun Painblade and most likely one-shot them.

How to Get: After your character reaches level 5, visit any nearby vendor to purchase it for 11260 Credits.


wakizashi melee weapon
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  • Damage: 49
  • Mass: 1.35
  • Value: 6140

Wakizashi is a Katana-styled Melee weapon that can be utilized to slice enemy necks. It is an S-tier weapon that stuns the enemies as you swing this weapon on them. It is preferrable against opponents that carry heavy weaponry, as they won’t stand after getting hit by Wakizashi.

How to Get: Players can randomly find it by looting chests or from the bodies of dead NPCs.


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  • Damage: 40
  • Mass: 0.45
  • Value: 3075

Tanto is a bronze-colored short sword that has two swinging animations. It is a great Melee weapon to grab at earlier levels, as 40 Physical Damage is enough to eliminate opponents with two or three hits. Note that you will need to load yourself with consumables if you are depending on dominating with Tanto.

Osmium Dagger

  • Damage: 28
  • Mass: 2.7
  • Value: 2395

Osmium Dagger is an A-tier Melee weapon designed specifically for stealth gameplay. Its 28 Physical Damage can destroy opponents, as you can swing the daggers multiple times while wasting less time. However, its heavy as the mass of 2.7 will take a lot of space in your backpack. Therefore, get rid of other heavy items, such as extra helmets, to create space.

Barrow Knife

Barrow Melee weapon
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  • Damage: 22
  • Mass: 0.34
  • Value: 1220

The military-designed Barrow Knife is to be used when your rifles have less ammo in them. It is one of the best Melee weapons that has a negligible mass of 0.34 while dealing significant Physical Damage of 22. Players can buy it from their nearby store merchants for 1220 Credits, which is cheap.

UC Naval Cutlass

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  • Damage: 20
  • Mass: 1.4
  • Value: 935

UC Naval Cutlass is a fancy long knife that bears a mass of 1.4, which takes some space in your bag. Players must pair this Melee weapon with a quick-fire rate weapon that can lower the health bar of opponents to 20% or less. Next, you can whip out the UC Naval Cutlass and swing it on the enemy’s face to eliminate them in combat. It is considered one of the best melee weapons in Starfield.

That is it for the Best Melee weapons in Starfield. The presented list of weapons has higher physical damage than the others, as they are capable of killing enemies faster. Leave feedback for us in the comments below if this guide helped you.

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