Starfield on the run - Talking to Marco

Starfield On the Run – Should You Kill or Negotiate With Marco?

During the Starfield On the Run mission, you must complete the Red Mile race before getting a chance to talk to Marco. The information you gather from Marco is crucial in your mission to stop the First from exploiting farmers. However, to obtain this valuable intel, you will need to make some choices. In this guide, we will explore whether it is better to attack or negotiate with Marco in Starfield. 

The fate of the farmers and your mission to stop the First relies on the choices you make.

Read on to find out whether you should kill or negotiate with Marco in the Starfield On the Run mission.

Should you kill or negotiate with Marco in Starfield?

When talking to Marco, you will encounter several choices. Each choice has its own set of consequences, which will impact the outcome of the quest. Let’s examine these choices in detail:

Ask Questions

You can start by showing your badge and asking Marco questions about the First. This will allow you to learn more about their operations and try to put a stop to their activities. After asking your questions, you will reach a point where you can negotiate, attack, or let Marco rule with a free hand.

  • If you agree with Marco’s terms, you can leave without a fight. However, your companion will disapprove of this decision.
  • If you attempt to negotiate, Marco will not agree to it. Instead, he may try to bribe you. You can choose to accept the bribe or attack him. Accepting the bribe will receive disapproval from your companion.
  • Alternatively, you can choose to attack Marco and take the encrypted slate by force.

Whichever choice you make, you will eventually obtain the encrypted slate. If you decide to kill Marco, you can also loot his body for rare rewards.

Stop Marco

Another option is to show your badge and inform Marco that you are there to stop him. This choice allows you to gather more information about the First’s operations and the Major’s intentions. The outcomes of the other choices remain the same as described above. At the end of the conversation or fight, you will receive the encrypted slate.

Attack Marco

If you are confident in your combat abilities, you can choose to attack Marco head-on. This decision will pit you against several enemies, so make sure you are well-prepared. After defeating Marco, you can loot his body for valuable rewards, including the encrypted slate, a calibrated Equinox laser rifle, 3KV LZR Cartridge ammo, credits, and Marco’s keycard.

That’s everything you need to know in this guide. If you find this guide helpful, check out our other guides, such as Starfield Red Tape Turnaround guide – governor choices explained and How to pay off Alpha Centauri bounty in Starfield.