Lockpicking is a common mechanic in Bethesda games, taking different forms throughout their games. Whether it is a timing mini-game in The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion or turning a lock in Fallout and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Bethesda’s most recent release, Starfield, has a sci-fi twist on the mechanic. Before being able to pick locks, you need to find a tool called a digipick, the sci-fi equivalent of lockpicks, to unlock doors or access computers. The basic gist is to solve a puzzle by filling in a 3-ring lock using the digipick.

Lockpicking in Starfield

To do this, you will choose from five predetermined patterns on the right-hand side and rotate them to close each ring. These puzzles will require trial and error, as one set of picks might fit in one of the outer rings meant for an inner ring. Luckily, there is a safety net, as you can undo a move up to three times before losing a digipick. Keep an eye on how many picks you have because you will lose one if you fail or back out of a lock. If you are struggling with a particular lock, you have a few auto attempts that will rotate one of the combinations so that it slots into a ring.

As you progress through each rank in the Security skill, you can increase the number of auto attempts you can do by one per rank and gain the ability to unlock more advanced locks. You can find Digipicks throughout Starfield should you run out.

Starfield is available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, and Steam.

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