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Every Starfield character creation option explained

If you're curious about all the customization options available to you in this sci-fi RPG, then we've got the latest details on Starfield character creation.

Starfield character creation: A female player-made character looking directly at the camera. A blurred background of promotional art can be seen in the background.

When you jump into a Bethesda RPG, you’re going to be met with a decent character creation system – and Starfield isn’t any different. With launch now close, we have been finding out more about the Starfield character creation options available.

Ahead of the Starfield release date, in and amongst information on all the Starfield companions, Starfield weapons, and Starfield planets, we now have a decent idea of what you will get to choose when you begin your game and create your character. This might be one of the best RPG games we’ve ever seen – and we’re very excited to jump into it and see just how customizable things are.

Starfield character creation options

The Starfield character creation and customization options are:

  • Biometric ID – facial presets
  • Body – body type
  • Face – facial features
  • Background – character history
  • Traits – perks

Starfield Character Creation: The Biometric ID menu can be seen

Biometric ID

In the Biometric ID character creation menu, you’ll be able to choose one of a number of “Personnel Record” options. These are character templates you can use to get a quick start in-game. However, you can also choose one of these and customize it further – with some of the options you’ll find below. There will be 40 of these in total, as explained in June 2023’s Starfield Direct.

You will be able to change this, as you can see in the screenshot above, at a genetics facility in-game. So, don’t worry if you’re not quite happy with who you pick when you start playing.

Starfield Character Creation: The body menu can be seen


Once you’ve picked a preset from the above menu, you’ll be able to tab over to the Body character creation menu. Here, you’ll be able to decide exactly how muscular, thin, and heavy your character’s body is.

In addition to this, you’ll be able to chose from the following options:

  • Body Type (1 or 2)
  • Walk Style (1 or 2)
  • Skin Tone

These options appear to be male-coded and female-coded, when it comes to Body Type and Walk Style. However, the fact that there’s no gender limitations on these options should let players choose exactly how they want to be represented in-game.

Starfield Character Creation: The Face option governs how your head and face look and any blemishes or makeup you want to apply


The Face character creation menu is where you get stuck into your character’s facial features. Here, you’ll be able to customize the following options – with a lot of these options offering more detailed customization. For example, you can change the width and roundness of your character’s head shape, once you have picked an option from the menu itself.

The categorical Face character creation menu options, however, are as follows:

  • Skin Tone
  • Head Shapes
  • Hair
  • Hair Color
  • Facial Hair
  • Eyes
  • Eye Color
  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Cheeks
  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Jaw
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Jewelry
  • Jewely Color
  • Dermaesthetic
  • Complexion Color Temp
  • Complexion Blemishes
  • Scars
  • Facial Forms 1
  • Facial Forms 2
  • Tattoos

This promises to be one of the most advanced character creation tools Bethesda has ever presented players and the options are staggering when compared to previous titles from the developers. At the moment, we don’t know specific numbers, but a lot of the above options are in the double-digits.

Starfield character creations: the background menu in the Xbox RPG


Beyond visual character creation, Starfield offers players the chance to choose their character’s backstory in the Background character creation option. This is where you really build your character, and somewhere you can tailor your Starfield experience even further.

Here, you will be able to pick from the following, each of which offer players unique bonuses:

  • Beast Hunter
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Bouncer
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Bounty Hunter
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Chef
    • Gastronomy – “access to brand new ingredients”
    • Dueling – “close attacks with a melee weapon can often be deadlier than ranged combat”
    • Scavenging – “find just about anything”
  • Combat Medic
    • Pistol Certification – “familiarity with such weapons”
    • Medicine – Med Packs heal 10% more
    • Wellness – “improve [your] overall sense of health, and even gain a prolonged life expectancy”
  • Cyber Runner
    • Stealth – “the ability to approach a target while undetected and kill”
    • Security – “any code can be broken with the proper training”
    • Theft – “discreetly remove property from someone’s person”
  • Cyberneticist
    • Medicine – Med Packs heal 10% more
    • Security – “any code can be broken with the proper training”
    • Lasers – Laser weapons deal 10% more damage
  • Diplomat
    • Persuasion – “the nuanced ability to listen and discuss”
    • Commerce – “open and run a successful business”
    • Wellness – “improve [your] overall sense of health, and even gain a prolonged life expectancy”
  • Explorer
    • Lasers – Laser weapons deal 10% more damage
    • Astrodynamics – “coax even more capability out of a ship’s grav drive”
    • Surveying – “the ability to decipher all that data whhile on the ground”
  • Gangster
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Homesteader
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Industrialist
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Long Hauler
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Pilgrim
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Professor
    • Starting Skills unknown
  • Ronin
    • Starting Skills unknown

There are a couple other options available, but Bethesda hasn’t shared those with us yet. These will come in handy when you’re engaging with many of the game’s systems. For example, the Diplomat background will give you increased persuasion for speech checks, you can force NPCs to stop fighting, and you get better rates at merchants.

Starfield character creation traits: an image of the menu in the Xbox RPG


In the Traits character creation menu, you’ll be able to customize your background even further – and add a few interesting twists and turns to your Starfield playthrough.

The confirmed traits you can choose from in Starfield are:

  • Alien DNA – bonuses unknown
  • Dream Home – bonuses unknown
  • Empath – bonuses unknown
  • Extrovert – bonuses unknown
  • Freestar Collective Settler – bonuses unknown
  • Hero Worshipped – “earned the attention of an annoying ‘Adoring Fan’ who will show up randomly and jabber at you incessantly… He’ll join your ship’s crew and give you gifts”
  • Introvert – “exerting yourself uses less oxygen when adventuring alone, but more when adventuring with other human companions”
  • Kid Stuff – “automatically send 2% of your credits home to [your parents] every week”
  • Neon Street Rat – “gain access to special dialogue options, and better rewards from some missions on Neon. Crime bounty by other factions is greatly 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 – “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 – bonuses unknown
  • Spaced – bonuses unknown
  • Taskmaster – bonuses unknown
  • Terra Firma – bonuses unknown
  • United Colonies Native – bonuses unknown

If you want to know more, you can check out the Character Creation section of the Gameplay Deep Dive down below:

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Well, that’s everything. Is this going to be one of the best games of all time? We think it might be. You can find out more about the Starfield planets and more about the Starfield companions and characters right here – if you want to delve deep into this universe before launch.