Starfield Laylah In Cydonia Tells You About The Heart Of Mars
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How to find the Heart of Mars in Starfield

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You’ll encounter lots of missions in Starfield, beyond just the ones that advance the main plot. Some of them contribute to your progress with one of the available factions. Other missions are standalone affairs, such as one that asks you to find valuable ore known locally as the Heart of Mars. Here is our guide telling you how to find the Heart of Mars in Starfield.

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You can initiate the Heart of Mars side mission once you have visited and talked to enough people in Cydonia, the city on Mars. You’ll receive an Activities prompt instructing you to speak with Laylah. To find the Heart of Mars, receive coordinates from Laylah, and then follow those coordinates to a mine near Cydonia.

First, find Laylah. In Cydonia, head forward along the main corridor after entering through the air lock. If you continue forward, you’ll find stairs descending to the lower level, where miners are at work. Laylah is working on some rock near the base of the stairs. Talk to her and ask about the Heart of Mars. She will give you coordinates, which initiates the Heart of Mars mission.

Starfield Extract The Heart Of Mars

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Fast travel to the Cave environment. You should appear just outside its opening. Head inside and veer to the left as you proceed. The cave has low gravity, like the surface of Mars itself. Jump up some ledges and make your way to the back of the cave to find the Heart of Mars ore. Then use your Cutter laser to extract it. You don’t have to charge it up or anything. Once you get the ore, take it back to Laylah to receive 100 XP and complete the mission.

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It appears that the Heart of Mars mission is glitched for some players. I have heard that for some players, there are clipping issues. You must access console commands to make it appear and extract it. For other players, it may appear readily but be impossible to extract. This condition may persist until a patch addresses it, but clearly doesn’t impact all players. I was fortunate enough to not encounter it. Before I ever took on the quest, I had surveyed the planet. That may or may not make a difference. In any event, Heart of Mars is an easy mission… provided the ore appears where it should and lets you extract it.

Starfield is available to purchase on Steam and the Microsoft Store.


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Jason Venter is a contributing writer for PC Invasion since 2022 who can trace his love for video games back to the Apple IIe port of Mario Bros. in the late 80s. He remains a diehard Nintendo fan to this day and loves JRPGs, adventure games, and platformers in particular, but he still plays games in most genres and on most hardware. After founding indie gaming site HonestGamers in 1998, he served as an editor at Hardcore Gamer Magazine during its entire print run. He has since freelanced for a variety of leading sites including IGN, GameSpot, and Polygon. These days, he spends most of his time writing game guides and entertaining readers with his fantasy novels.