Outlaws provide no benefit when on your ship, but when chosen as a traveling companion they will engage in combat. In combat, they will attack enemies using Broadswords and either Assault Rifles or Shotguns.
Outlaws can only be recruited through quests in which you are assigned to kill an Outlaw humanoid who is noticeably more powerful than the average enemy found on a planet. During combat, the outlaw may send out a random unique monster from a capture pod for support. When brought down to 1/2 hp, the Outlaw may surrender and request that you put away your weapons, allowing you to recruit him or her. However, the Outlaw may alternatively equip and use a rocket launcher or call in reinforcements once your guard is down, forcing the fight to continue. If this happens, the Outlaw is not recruit-able and must be killed. However, if the Outlaw kills the player, and the player returns to face them again, they may surrender a second time; They may legitimately surrender on the next encounter, allowing them to be recruited.