Starfield’s extensive Character Creation tool looks set to be Bethesda’s biggest, offering fans a plethora of sliders and choices to perfectly refine their look.

You can also pick from a range of diverse Background options and Traits that will dramatically shape how your adventure goes.

Below, we’ve listed absolutely every customization option available in Starfield’s Character Creation tool and the effects they give.

Starfield Character Creation Options

Starfield has 5 unique aspects of your character that you can customize. You can completely customize the following options in the Starfield Character Creation menu:

  • Biometric ID 
  • Body 
  • Face 
  • Background 
  • Traits 

The Biometric ID section is a collection of 40 preset faces that you can choose from. These are designed by Bethesda and can then be further customized in the Face section.

The Biometric ID options in Starfield

All Body Types

There are multiple aspects of your body that you can customize in Starfield. They are as follows:

  • Body Type (2 Options)
  • Walk Style (2 Options)
  • Skin Tone

Additionally, this section also includes a body attribute slider that allows you to determine how thin, muscular, or heavy your character is.

By changing the position of the dot within the body attribute slider, you can make your character very muscular, thin, heavy, or somewhere in between.

The body customization screen in Starfield's character creation menu

All Face Customization Options

There are 25 different aspects of your face that you can customize in Starfield. Each one has multiple options, making for potentially thousands of combinations.

Here are all of the different customization options for your face:

  • Skin Tone
  • Head Shapes
  • Hair
  • Hair Color
  • Facial Hair
  • Facial Hair Color
  • Eyes
  • Eye Color
  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Cheeks
  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Jaw
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Jewelry
  • Jewelry Color
  • Dermaesthetic
  • Complexion Color Temp
  • Complexion Blemishes
  • Scars
  • Facial Forms 1
  • Facial Forms 2
  • Tattoos
The face customization options in Starfield's character creation menu

Many of these can be further “refined,” allowing for a greater sense of agency and control over your character’s appearance.

For example, you can refine the width and shape of your jaw to make it as square or round as you’d like.

The face refiner menu in Starfield

All Background Options

There are 21 Background options players can choose from to help flesh out their character. Each background comes with 3 corresponding skills.

Each of those skills comes with some flavor text that will give you an idea of what you can expect from it.

For example, the Wellness skill claims that a nutritious lifestyle could “improve [one’s] overall sense of health,” likely leading to an increase in HP.

Here are all of the available background options and the skills you get from picking them:

BackgroundSkills
Beast HunterFitness
Ballistics
Gastronomy
BouncerBoxing
Security
Fitness
Bounty HunterPiloting
Targeting Control Systems
Boost Pack Training
ChefGastronomy
Dueling
Scavenging
Combat MedicPistol Certification
Medicine
Wellness
Cyber RunnerStealth
Security
Theft
CyberneticistMedicine
Security
Lasers
DiplomatPersuasion
Commerce
Wellness
ExplorerLasers
Astrodynamics
Surveying
GangsterShotgun Certification
Boxing
Theft
HomesteaderGeology
Surveying
Weight Lifting
Industrialist Persuasion
Security
Research Methods
Long HaulerWeight Lifting
Piloting
Ballistic Weapon Systems
PilgrimScavenging
Surveying
Gastronomy
ProfessorAstrodynamics
Geology
Research Methods
RoninDueling
Stealth
Scavenging
SculptorMedicine
Geology
Persuasion
Soldier Fitness
Ballistics
Boost Pack Training
Space ScoundrelPistol Certification
Piloting
Persuasion
XenobiologistLasers
Surveying
Fitness
[File Not Found]Wellness
Ballistics
Piloting
The Background selection screen in Starfield

All Traits & Effects

You can pick 3 Traits in Starfield, each drastically altering how you will play the game or what content you can experience.

There are 17 different traits in Starfield, ranging from introducing exclusive new elements to boosting certain stats.

Here are all of the Traits in Starfield and their corresponding effects:

TraitEffect
Alien DNAYou volunteered for a controversial experiment that combines alien and
human DNA. As a result, you start with increased health and oxygen, but
healing and food items aren’t as effective.
Dream HomeYou own a luxurious, customizable house on a peaceful planet! Unfortunately,
it comes with a 125,000 credit mortgage with GalBank that has to be paid
weekly.
EmpathYou are deeply connected to the feelings of others. Performing actions your
companion likes will result in a temporary increase in combat effectiveness.
But, performing actions they don’t like will have the precise opposite effect.
Extrovert You’re a people person. Exerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring
with human companions, but more when adventuring alone.
(Incompatible with Introvert)
Freestar Collective SettlerYou gain access to special Freestar Collective dialogue options, and better
rewards from some missions given by the faction. But, crime bounty towards
other factions is greatly increased.
(Incompatible with Neon Street Rat, United Colonies Native)
Hero WorshippedYou’ve earned the attention of an annoying “Adoring Fan” who will show up randomly and jabber at you incessantly. He’ll join your ship’s crew and give you gifts.
IntrovertYou really need your alone time. Exerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring alone, but more when adventuring with human companions.
Kid StuffYour parents are alive and well, and you can visit them at their home. But you
will automatically send 2% of your credits home to them every week.
Neon Street RatYou grew up on the mean streets of Neon. You gain access to special dialogue
options, and better rewards from some missions on Neon. Crime bounty by
other factions is greatly increased.
(Incompatible with Freestar Collective Settler and United Colonies Native)
Raised Enlightened You grew up as a member of the Enlightened. You gain access to a special
chest full of items in the House of the Enlightened in New Atlantis, but lose
access to the Sanctum Universum chest.
(Incompatible with Raised Universal and Serpent’s Embrace)
Raised UniversalYou grew up as a member of the Sanctum Universum. You gain access to a
special chest full of items in the Sanctum Universum in New Atlantis, but lose
access to the House of the Enlightened chest.
(Incompatible with Raised Enlightened and Serpent’s Embrace)
Serpent’s EmbraceYou grew up worshiping the Great Serpent. Grav jumping provides a temporary
boost to health and oxygen, but health and oxygen are lowered if you don’t
continue jumping regularly – like an addiction.
(Incompatible with Raised Enlightened and Raised Universal)
SpacedYour body has become acclimated to space. Health and oxygen are increased
when in space, but decreased when on the surface.
(Incompatible with Terra Firma)
TaskmasterOccasionally, if you have crew trained in a certain ship system, that system will
automatically repair itself to full health whenever it is damaged below 50%.
However, all crew cost twice as much to hire.
Terra Firma You’ve never acclimated to space. Health and oxygen are increased when on
the surface, but decreased when you’re in space.
(Incompatible with Spaced)
United Colonies NativeYou gain access to special United Colonies dialogue options, and better
rewards from some missions given by the faction. However, crime bounty by
other factions is greatly increased.
(Incompatible with Freestar Collective Settler and Neon Street Rat)
WantedSomeone put a price on your head, and the word has spread. Occasionally, armed mercenaries will show up and try to kill you, but being cornered gives you the edge – when your health is low, you do extra damage.
The Traits selection screen in Starfield
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