Starfield released on September 6, 2023, on Xbox Series X/S and PC. The highly anticipated Bethesda game puts players in the shoes of a mining engineer, and after its opening sequence that sets up the premise of the story, those players will have the opportunity to customize their character.
One of these aspects involves the option to choose up to three traits between its large selection, which will assist in certain playstyles. However, there are trade-offs in these trait options, so how players will go about their space exploration will dictate what traits they should use. This is of course all theoretical at this point, since the decision will have to be made before players are able to dive into the game, so here are some tips that might help.
Starfield Traits: Pros and Cons
As seen in the image above under the description of “Alien DNA,” Starfield will encourage players to weigh the pros and cons of each trait based on how they choose to play, but even so, there are still a few traits that are generally useful without any setbacks, such as the Raised Enlightened, Raised Universal, and Dream Home traits, which the former two offer exclusive loot, and the latter trait will give players a luxurious place to hang their space helmet.
Other traits like Hero Worshipped, Spaced, Serpents Embrace, Extrovert, Introvert, and Empath are dependent on a player’s playstyle. However, they must choose wisely, because even though traits are able to be removed after the first portion of the game, new traits cannot replace the ones removed. This means that if a player removes a trait because they don’t like it, they can’t switch it out and choose a new one, and will only have the two remaining traits for the rest of the game.
How You Play Is Up To You
For players who know that they will be moving in a crew and prioritize community building, then they will want to choose Extrovert, Taskmaster, Kid Stuff, or Hero Worshipped for a trait combination. Players that prefer to travel alone and make friends along the way will want to prioritize Introvert and Empath.
Players that are looking for a combat focused experience will want to choose Wanted, Neon Street Rat, and possibly Serpent’s Embrace. For players who want to explore and access parts of the game that would otherwise be inaccessible, then Freestar Collective Settler, Neon Street Rat, or Dream Home might be the best options for them.
There are some players who just want to have wild experiences, for them, they should choose the Alien DNA, Serpent’s Embrace, and Wanted traits. If players are more inclined to stay in space and in their spaceship, then Spaced, Taskmaster, and Hero Worshipped would be an ideal combination.
Much Like Space, Starfield Customization Is Vast
As is the case with any Bethesda game, the experience of Starfield is what the player makes it. Traits are an important part of this process, and regardless of what players choose, traits will offer unique opportunities that are fun and engaging.
Since traits have the capability to dictate the direction of the game, players should take the time to read the descriptions of each trait to make an informed decision.
There will surely be a wide variety of combinations that stemmed from out-of-the-box thinking as the game continues to gain more and more eager players. Even so, traits are just the beginning of what Starfield has to offer.