Starfield Groundpounder is a side mission that starts with a distress signal from a person called Private Mahoney. During this quest your goal is to defeat a group of Spacers near the huge research station Freestar Collective Research Outpost on Altair II. But while trying to complete this quest we came across two issues: our Starfield Groundpounder quest marker disappeared, and we couldn’t open the door and progress through Groundpounder. If you have the same problems as we did and can’t progress through the mission, take a look at our Starfield Groundpounder guide for solutions.
Starfield Groundpounder Bug – Destroy the spacer ships marker gone
The first issue we run into was while destroying spacer ships in orbit at Altair 3 and Altair 1. Once we destroyed the first group the quest send us to destroy the second one but the location marker disappeared. We flew around the planet, even land on Altair I, but there was no enemy ships in orbit. The solution that we found thanks to afraser33 was to land in New Atlantis. Once you land there, look for a ship with a blue quest marker above it. Just wait until that ship lifts off and get into you ship and go into orbit. There you will fight the last group of spacer ships and complete this step.
If the game indicated that the Spacers are in orbit around New Atlantis and you defeat them there, you’ll come across another problem. The mission log will still tell you to defeat the spacers in orbit around Altair. In order to fix this bug you’ll have to unlock any other mission in the same system that also deals with Spacers. After completing that one, Groundpounder step will no longer be stuck.
Groundpounder Bug – NPC not opening the door
The second problem in Starfield Groundpounder quest was during the step where you should clear the Spacers and talk to Lezama. Most players think that this step is bugged because they defeat all enemies, even some behind the locked doors, but NPC Lezama still doesn’t open the door. This is not a bug, you just need another U3-09 keycards. The first one U3-09 FACILITY KEYCARD you will get from the soldier near the doctor. The second key U3-09 SECURITY KEYCARD you will get from Sergeant Dasari upstairs.
Also, we got another solution from Dragonfly187 in the comment section: Private Mahoney will warn you not to attack UC soldiers. If you did so, reload your game before entering this area and don’t kill any of them. You’ll be able to complete the step and get the card.
As you can see this mission has several problems, and if you have a new one or have some better solution for the listed issues above, please leave a comment below.