A Comprehensive Guide to All Starfield Traits and Their Impact

What are Starfield Traits? Touted by Todd Howard as “the most flexible yet”, Bethesda’s latest suite of creation tools allows you to select unique character traits that apply positive and negative modifiers to your spacefarer. There’s a wide variety of options on offer, so we’ve collected them all into one handy list to help you decide your favorites ahead of time.

Starfield traits can offer additional choices when completing missions, such as granting access to additional dialogue options and determining faction allegiances. They also supplement your background and skills when shaping the character you’ve created in Starfield. Are you an introverted homebody that prefers to stay planetside, or a wanted street rat with alien DNA? Either is possible with Starfield traits – just take a look.

Starfield Traits List

You can choose up to three Starfield traits during character creation, though it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not necessary to fill all three slots. In addition, specific traits may clash with each other, making it impossible to combine them – even within the Settled Systems, being an extroverted introvert remains an incompatible pairing.

Here are the Starfield traits:

  • Alien DNA
  • Dream Home
  • Empath
  • Extrovert
  • Freestar Collective Settler
  • Hero Worshipped
  • Introvert
  • Kid Stuff
  • Neon Street Rat
  • Raised Enlightened
  • Raised Universal
  • Serpent’s Embrace
  • Spaced
  • Taskmaster
  • Terra Firma
  • United Colonies Native
  • Wanted

Alien DNA

You volunteered for a controversial experiment that combines alien and human DNA. As a result, you start with a higher health pool and greater endurance, but healing items aren’t as effective.

Dream Home

You own a luxurious, customizable house on a peaceful planet! Unfortunately, it comes with a 50,000 credit mortgage with GalBank that has to be paid weekly.


You 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.


You’re a people person. Exerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring with human companions, but more when going alone. (Can’t be combined with introvert.)

Freestar Collective Settler

You 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. (Can’t be combined with any other faction allegiance trait.)

Hero Worshipped

You’ve earned the attention of an annoying “Adoring Fan” who will show up randomly and jabber at you incessantly. On the plus side, he’ll give you gifts…


You really need your alone time. You have more endurance when adventuring alone, but less when adventuring with other human companions.

Kid Stuff

Your parents are alive and well, and you can visit them at their home. But 10% of all the money you earn is deducted automatically and sent to them.

Neon Street Rat

You 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.

Raised Enlightened

You grew up as a member of the Enlightened. You gain a significant discount at the organization store but lose access to Sanctum Universum store.

Raised Universal

You grew up as a member of the Sanctum Universum. You gain a significant discount at the church store but lose access to the Enlightened store. (Can’t be combined with any other religion trait.)

Serpent’s Embrace

You grew up worshiping the Great Serpent. Grav jumping offers a momentary surge in both vitality and stamina, yet failing to maintain a regular jumping routine can result in a decrease in overall health and endurance, akin to an addiction. (Incompatible with any other religious trait.)


Your body has become acclimated to space. Health and endurance are increased when in space but decreased when on the surface. (Can’t be combined with Terra Firma.)


Receive a damage buff when your health is low, but bounty hunters will randomly appear and try to kill you.


Is It Possible To Remove Starfield Traits?

Yes, you can remove your traits in Starfield, but it’s not a simple case of visiting a special vendor to redesign your character. In a Constellation Questions video, Todd Howard explains that there’s a quest you can do to remove or solve each trait during a playthrough.

Does Every Trait Come With a Negative Effect?

Starfield traits are a double-edged sword: a simple stat boost from one trait will be to the detriment of another stat, whereas a discount in one shop will render another entirely inaccessible. Of course, stat boosts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the traits on offer. If you’ve ever wanted a mortgage in space, Starfield’s got you covered.

Have you recently flown the nest, or are you an orphan settled on a distant moon? Time will tell, but more importantly, so will your Starfield traits. If you’re looking for more details on Starfield character creation, take a look at the religions that govern the beliefs of the Settled Systems. We’ve also got the scoop on Starfield cities and houses, as well as all the Starfield companions that can aid you on your journey.

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