Starfield character creation - How does it work?

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A character sat in a spaceship in Starfield.

Even though Starfield will be released in just a few months' time, there is so much we've still yet to learn about Bethesda's latest game. Starfield character creation is bound to be one of the most complex systems in the entire game.

In this guide, you will find out how character creation in Starfield works. That includes the specifics of the mechanic in the game, as well as the various personality and role classes announced so far.


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Does Starfield have character creation?

Fortunately, Starfield will follow the lineage of Bethesda games by including vast character customisation. However, customising your hero in Starfield allows you to change them not only visually.

In the game, you can choose a professional background that will give your character specific skills. This choice is one of the most important in the entire game, because it gives your character a set of unique features that will help you solve problems and overcome obstacles.

At the same time, the game will provide you with a wide scale of options for the visual customisation of your character.

The player character stood on a desert planet in Starfield.

Visual customisation in Starfield

When it releases, Starfield will no doubt provide some of the most extensive visual customisation in video games nowadays. The game allows you to edit your character's Biometric ID, body, and face. Moreover, you can choose from various available customisation options in every category.


As evident, all these functions only have a visual. They do not affect your gameplay or stats in the slightest. So, you can select even the strangest combinations if you wish.

Background and traits

Background and traits are considerably more critical customization options in Starfield. As mentioned earlier, they significantly change the gameplay. The game may differ depending on which background and trait you selected.


By choosing a background, you will get the primary class for your character. Most primary backgrounds in Starfield are occupations from real life, with a sci-fi twist.

The attitude of NPCs to you might vary depending on your role. For example, if you select a gangster background, average goons will be scared of you, while the dark part of the world will show respect.


Also, your chosen background provides you with the first three skills. Even though the game does not provide limitations on choosing skills, and you can choose them while progressing in the game, primary skills are always the most important, since you have them from the very beginning.

Below is a list of all traits announced so far. Also, remember that the list may grow significantly with more pre-release updates.

  • Beast Hunter
  • Bouncer
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Chef
  • Combat Medic
  • Cyber Runner
  • Cyberneticist
  • Diplomat
  • Explorer
  • Gangster
  • Homesteader
  • Industrialist
  • Long Hauler
  • Pilgrim
  • Professor
  • Ronin


Traits are special abilities that provide unique boosts for your character. You need to choose three traits at the start, but you can change your choice and select new traits even after you created the character. As such, they're reminiscent of the character creation mechanics in Fallout 4.


Generally, every trait has its advantages and disadvantages. Below, you can find the list of all traits revealed so far:

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

That’s it for our guide to character creation in Starfield! Remember that the latest character creation leaks in Starfield appeared six months ago. Therefore, there is a high chance that this system will be significantly modified before its official release. While you are here, make sure to check our list of the best free open world games.