Starfield Character Creation Explained

Starfield is finally here and thousands of players are flocking to the game to jump into Bethesda’s latest offering, with over two million playing during the early access period. Like previous Bethesda games, Starfield offers a very deep level of character customization, allowing you to tweak and craft your character how you see fit before you embark on your adventure in space. This guide has everything you need to know to create your ideal character in Starfield.

Choose A Preset

Before you begin creating your character you will have 40 different presets to choose from, with each altering the overall appearance including facial structure, hair, sex, race, etc. This is just used as a starting point and you can customize your character to your liking in the next sections.

Body Type

Next, you will be able to customize the body type of your character, which includes choosing between your character being thin, muscular, heavy, or a combination of two of them. You will also be able to select a body type, with one having a more masculine build while the other is more feminine, this is the same for the walk style too. Finally, you will be able to select from a variety of different skin tones.

Customize Your Character

This is where you will be able to really dive into creating your perfect character, with the Face section allowing you to customize almost every aspect of your character from hair color to scars. Some players have decided to recreate popular celebrities when creating their own characters. There are a variety of options for each and some, such as cheeks, will allow you to fine-tune the appearance and alter the overall structure of the face. Here are all of the options that you can customize.

  • Skin tone
  • Head shape
  • Hairstyle
  • Hair Color
  • Eyes
  • Eye color
  • Eyebrows
  • Eyebrow color
  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Cheeks
  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Jaw
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Jewelry
  • Jewelry color
  • Dermaesthetic
  • Complexion color temp
  • Complexion blemishes
  • Scars
  • Facial form 1
  • Facial form 2
  • Tattoos
  • Cheeks 1
  • Cheeks 2
  • Lipstick base
  • Lipstick accents
  • Eye shadow upper
  • Eye shadow lower
  • Eyeliner upper
  • Eyeliner lower
  • Dirt


You will need to choose a background, which gives you some skills and extra perks from the start of the game. There is no right or wrong choice but some are better than others, with Bounty Hunter, Cyber Runner, and Ronin being three of the best. Here is a breakdown of each background in Starfield.

  • Beast Huner: Ballistics, Fitness, and Gastronomy skills
  • Bouncer: Boxing, Fitness, and Security skills
  • Bounty Hunter: Boost Pack Training, Piloting, and Targeting Control Systems skills
  • Chef: Dueling, Gastronomy, and Scavenging skills
  • Combat Medic: Medicine, Pistol Certification, and Wellness skills
  • Cyber Runner: Security, Stealth, and Theft skills
  • Cyberneticist: Lasers, Medicine, and Security skills
  • Diplomat: Commerce, Persuasion, and Wellness skills
  • Explorer: Astrodynamics, Lasers, and Surveying skills
  • Gangster: Boxing, Shotgun Certification, and Theft skills
  • Homesteader: Geology, Surveying, and Weight Lifting skills
  • Industrialist: Persuasion, Research Methods, and Security skills
  • Long Hauler: Ballistic Weapon Systems, Piloting, and Weight Lifting skills
  • Pilgrim: Gastronomy, Scavenging, and Surveying skills
  • Professor: Astrodynamics, Geology, and Research Methods skills
  • Ronin: Dueling, Scavenging, and Stealth skills
  • Sculptor: Geology, Medicine, and Persuasion skills
  • Soldier: Ballistics, Boost Pack Training, and Fitness skills
  • Space Scoundrel: Persuasion, Piloting, and Pistol Certification skills
  • Xenobiologist: Fitness, Lasers, and Surveying skills
  • [FILE NOT FOUND]: Ballistics, Piloting, and Wellness skills


You have the option to select up to three Traits to add to your character. These are optional and come with both a pro and a con so choose wisely if you decide to use them. Here are all of the Traits that you can choose from.

  • Alien DNA: Increased health and oxygen but healing and food items aren’t as effective.
  • Dream Home: Grants a customizable house, but you have a 125,000 credit debt to pay back.
  • Empath: Performing actions your companion likes grants a temporary increase in combat effectiveness, but performing actions they don’t like will have the opposite effect.
  • Extrovert: Use less oxygen when adventuring with human companions, but you use more when adventuring alone.
  • Freestar Collective Settler: Gain special dialogue options and better rewards for some missions given by a faction, but crime bounties towards other factions are increased.
  • Hero Worshipped: Gain an adoring fan who will show up randomly, but he’ll join your crew and give you gifts.
  • Introvert: Use less oxygen when adventuring alone, but more with human companions.
  • Kid Stuff: You can visit your parents at their home, but you will send 2% of your credits to them every week.
  • Neon Street Rat: Gain access to special dialogue options and better rewards for some missions on Neon, but crime bounties by other factions are increased.
  • Raised Enlightened: 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.
  • Raised Universal: 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.
  • Serpent’s Embrace: Grav jumping provides a temporary boost to health and oxygen, but both are lowered if you don’t continue jumping regularly.
  • Spaced: Health and oxygen are increased when in space, but decreased when on the surface.
  • Taskmaster: Your crew will repair the ship to full health when it is damaged below 50%, but all crew cost twice as much to hire.
  • Terra Firma: Health and oxygen are increased on the surface, but decreased when in space.
  • United Colonies Native: Gain access to special United Colonies dialogue options and better rewards from some missions given by the faction, but crime bounties from other factions are increased.

Name And Pronouns

Starfield Character Creation Pronouns

Finally, you need to give your character a name and select their pronouns to begin the game. The pronouns option acts the same as choosing the sex that we’ve seen in most character creation processes throughout gaming history, it is just more inclusive compared to what we’ve seen in the past. The options you have are male, female, or non-binary, with the pronouns being he/him, she/her, and they/them.

Once you have completed this, confirm your choice and click the Finish button to begin your journey into the Starfield universe.

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