Starfield: Kill Headlock or Persuade in Mob Mentality?

Mob Mentality is a side-quest in Starfield that requires you to deal with a situation between a store owner and a gang member. Here, you’ll be required to track down Headlock (the gang member), and once you have managed to do so, you’ll be faced with a dilemma: What to do with Headlock? 

You can kill or persuade him, but which choice is more beneficial is another question. Hence, we’ll guide you in this article with Starfield’s whole Kill or Persuade Headlock situation. Keep reading as we get to the bottom of it!

Kill Headlock or Persuade in Mob Mentality in Starfield

The first lead you’ll get towards Headlock will be that he’s often found hanging around Frankie’s Grab+Go store in Ebbside (outer Neon). You’ll be tagged with a map location. Follow the directions to make it to a small store where you’ll find Frankie. Upon interaction with Frankie, you’ll find her to be a little defensive when you ask for Headlock’s whereabouts. In this situation, you can either Persuade her (4 Bars) or pay her a fee of 500 credits to get another lead onto Headlock. 

Further, if you have chosen “Neon Street Rat” as one of the traits you begin playing the game with, you’ll get an extra dialog box, and upon choosing it, you’ll be directed to the location that you’d have to pay or Persuade for otherwise: Warehouse 4.

Starfield Kill Headlock or Persuade in Mob Mentality

The dilemma

Once you’ve made your way to Warehouse 4, you’ll find Headlock hanging out with other gang members, and once you start interacting with him, he’ll start threatening you immediately. In a few dialogues, though, you can talk him out of the whole Emporium (Store) situation if you wish. Persuading Headlock is comparatively easy, too, as there are only four bars to fill (same as Frankie). Further, if you’re looking to increase your chances of being able to Persuade Headlock, you can either use a consumable such as Hippolyta, or you could opt for boost apparel; in this case, we recommend that you opt for the Corpo Salary Suit. 

If you succeed in Persuading Headlock, you’ll be rewarded with ten extra XP along with some progression towards your skill of Persuasion. (given that you’ve got it)

In simple terms, out of the two options you’ve got (kill or persuade), It’s more beneficial for you if you just kill Headlock, and there’s a solid reason for this. This way, you won’t need to spend too much time as eliminating Headlock and his buddies isn’t very hard. Additionally, you’ll be rewarded with XP from the eliminations and some additional loot that you can claim off of Headlocks’ and his friends’ bodies.

Perfect choice

But, you should first Persuade him to stand down so that you get all the benefits there are on offer (XP and Persuasion skill bonus), and once you’ve claimed that, just change your mind and kill Headlock and his gang. Doing this will ensure you get double the reward you normally would. Further, upon completing the mission, you’ll be rewarded about 3000 Credits and 100 XP, which doesn’t change no matter how you choose to complete the mission. 

That said, that’s pretty much everything we had on the Mob Mentality Mission, and we hope the guide was helpful! See you all in the next one!

So, that was all about “Either Killing Headlock or Persuade in Mob Mentality in Starfield”. If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, you can check out our other guides on Starfield. Good luck.

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Last Updated on September 5, 2023

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