Let’s get one thing out of the way first. Razorleaf isn’t one of the best ships in Starfield (obviously). It’s not the best early-game ship, just one of the best (in fact, it can’t hold a candle to the Spacer Destroyer I accidentally stole early in the game).
What it is, though, is the most badass ship in the game, with unique lore behind it and a legacy you’d better uphold, one of the very few legendary ships, and one with the coolest (and most annoying if you are trying to complete Piloting’s rank challenges) perks in the game. Razorleaf scares away Spacer, Ecliptic, and Crimson Fleet hostile ships on occasion. Imagine fighting 2-3 level 30 ships with the hull almost gone and then they just turn away because this is the legendary Mantis ship.
It’s a must-have ship, and in my opinion, you must upgrade it to make it the best in the game as you progress and earn more Credits. Did I convince you yet?
How to Get Razorleaf
So let’s see how to get Razorleaf, a ship you can get at level 6-8 (even on Very Hard) if you are patient and persistent enough.
Acquire the “Secret Outpost!” Data Slate by Looting Spacer Bodies
Your journey starts with acquiring the ‘Secret Outpost’ Data Slate. Without it, you can’t kick off the Mantis Quest, ultimately leading you to Razorleaf. Your best bet for obtaining this elusive item is during the second main mission, “The Old Neighborhood,” at Nova Galactic Staryard. Here, you’ll encounter a plethora of Spacersany of whom might drop the coveted data slate. This is how I obtained the Data Slate.
Travel to the Secret Outpost on Denebola I-b
The secret outpost located on Denebola I-b in the Denebola system is the next stop to kick off the Mantis quest. Fire up your current ship’s reactor and set course; the outpost isn’t going to discover itself. As you approach the outpost, you will notice that something about it is different. There is a big circle in the center, that looks like a spaceport, and it looks like it can open to reveal a starship hidden underground. And you are right.
Explore the Mantis Lair
Once you enter the facility from the side door, you’ll quickly learn that the outpost is none other than the Lair of Mantis. The lair houses a backstory you can delve into by obtaining Data Slates to complete an optional objective, but more importantly, its teeming with enemies. Spacer, Robot, and Turret foes lurk in every corner, so keep your guns ready.
Solve the Mantis Lair Puzzle
I think every Starfield player knows this puzzle/riddle by now. Before reaching the end of the lair, youll encounter a puzzle that requires you to spell the word TYRANNIS by stepping on the correct letters on the floor. Successfully solving this enigma gains you entry to the control room, bringing you one step closer to Razorleaf.
After solving the puzzle, you will start encountering Turret MK II enemies and Robot Model A and S ones, so things may get slightly harder, especially against the elusive Model S.
Acquire Razorleaf and the Mantis Armor Set
Beyond the control room lies an underground cave. Avoid or confront its robotic guards, then hit a switch to raise Razorleaf’s platform to the surface (you will find it at the spaceport-like location in the second image).
But before you jet off into the great unknown, loot the Mantis Armor Set in a nearby room. Evasion skills notwithstanding, you’ll probably have to deal with some robotic resistance to grab it.
Razorleaf Stats at a Glance
Razorleaf is a swift combat starship. Apart from great weapons for an early game ship, you will also find a Shielded Cargo Hold, making it almost ready to smuggle Contraband (don’t forget to pick up a Scan Jammer first). Its crew size is even lower than Mako‘s, but you can very easily expand the ship without sacrificing mobility. I recommend replacing the Deimos Habs (Armory, etc.) with Taiyo ones, even though it will ruin the ship’s feel a bit. In general, you can turn Razorleaf to a Jack-of-all-trades very easily.
|420 / 160
|Class A (18 Power)
Whether you’re in it for the firepower, the jump capability, or the sheer thrill of piloting a piece of legendary lore, Razorleaf and its accompanying Mantis Armor Set are worth the trouble. Every time you rescue civilian ships, they will recognize the Mantis’ starship, and I recommend not taking any Credits from them to keep the Mantis’ legacy alive. Forever.
Finally, no matter how much you suck at Starship Design, Razorleaf will still look badass. Proof below:
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