Starfield Traits are optional ways to role-play as your custom character, offering positive and negative bonuses to give your gameplay a little more variety.

With Traits, every playthrough will be different in Starfield. And while the choice to have up to three Traits is completely optional, they’re a surefire way to enhance the RPG – so long as you pick the right ones!

Here’s everything you need to know about Starfield’s Trait system:

Character customisation menu on the Traits tab in Starfield

How Do Traits Work in Starfield?

Starfield players get a choice of up to three optional Traits to choose from when creating their character at the beginning of the game. Each Trait will come with both a positive and negative effect.

Traits are optional – you don’t need to add any if you don’t want to.

If you do, your chosen Traits will impact your gameplay in a variety of ways. They can affect your interactions with the various Starfield Factions, and will even change up combat out in the field.

There are some restrictions, as some Traits are incompatible with each other and can’t be used at the same time.

Additionally, Bethesda confirms that players will have ways to permanently remove unwanted Traits, if they so wish.

Negotiating with faction by using the Serpent's Embrace Trait in a spaceship in orbit in Starfield

All Traits in Starfield

There are 17 Traits to choose from in Starfield, each with its own effect:

Trait:Pro:Con:Incompatible With:
Alien DNAStart with a higher health pool and greater enduranceHealing items aren’t as effective
Dream HomeOwn a luxurious house on a ‘peaceful planet’House comes with a 125,000 credit mortgage with GalBank that has to be paid weekly
EmpathPerforming actions your companion likes temporarily increases combat effectivenessPerforming actions your companion dislikes temporarily decreases combat effectiveness
ExtrovertExerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring with human companionsExerting yourself uses more oxygen when adventuring aloneIntrovert
Freestar Collective SettlerGain access to special Freestar Collective dialogue options and better Faction rewardsCrime bounty towards other factions is greatly increasedNeon Street Rat
United Colonies
Native
Hero WorshippedAn ‘adoring fan’ will show up randomly and give you giftsThe ‘adoring fan’ will talk incessantly (and likely be annoying)
IntrovertExerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring aloneExerting yourself uses more oxygen when adventuring with human companionsExtrovert
Kid StuffYou can visit your parents at their home2% of all the credits you earn are sent to your parents each week
Neon Street RatGain access to special Neon Street Rat dialogue options and better Faction rewardsCrime bounty towards other factions is greatly increasedFreestar Collective Settler
United Colonies
Native
Raised EnlightenedGain access to a special chest full of items in the House of the Enlightened in New AtlantisLose
access to the Sanctum Universum chest
Raised Universal
Serpent’s Embrace
Raised UniversalGain access to a special chest full of items in the Sanctum Universum in New AtlantisLose access to the House of Enlightened chestRaised Enlightened
Serpent’s Embrace
Serpent’s EmbraceGrav jumping provides a temporary boost to health and OxygenHealth and Oxygen are lowered if you don’t continue jumping regularlyRaised Enlightened
Raised Universal
SpacedHealth and Oxygen are increased when in space Health and Oxygen are decreased when on the surfaceTerra Firma
TaskmasterIf you have crew trained in a certain ship system, that system will automatically repair itself to full health whenever it is damaged below 50%.All crew cost twice as much to hire
Terra FirmaHealth and Oxygen are increased when on the surfaceHealth and Oxygen are decreased when in space Spaced
United Colonies NativeGain access to special United Colonies dialogue options and better Faction rewardsCrime bounty towards other factions is greatly increasedFreestar Collective Settler
Neon Street Rat
WantedReceive a damage buff when your health is lowMercenaries will randomly appear and attack you
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