All Starfield character creation options

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Starfield has some of the most extensive character creation features ever in a Bethesda RPG. This includes everything from Biometric ID to Body, Face, Traits, and more. Here’s a detailed explanation of all the character creation options in Starfield and how to change your appearance.

Character creation is one of the many highlighted features of Starfield and since customizing every aspect of your character is important in any RPG, the developers have gone above and beyond in this regard.

Starfield appears to have taken inspiration from the well-liked aspects of character customization in the Elder Scrolls and Fallout games. The space-themed RPG offers a variety of appearance options via the Biometric ID, Body, and Face tabs. You can also add personal information to your character using the Background and Traits options.

So here are all the character creation options in Starfield explained in detail:

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Players can pick from one of the many presets in Starfield’s character creator.

Every Starfield character creation option

Character creation is the first step you must take in Starfield when you begin a new game. A cutscene introducing you as the new recruit is shown to you as you wake up in a facility with a few Argos Extractors. You’ll be instructed by one of the staff members to select your employee profile from a list in a terminal, which starts up the character creator process in Starfield.

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There are five tabs for you to maneuver through as you build your character in Starfield, but it’s not a step-by-step process. You can freely switch between them whenever you want to. Here are the Starfield character creation tabs and what they do.

Biometric ID

The Biometric ID tab in Starfield’s character creator is basically a preset selector. You can choose one of 40 different presets as a template for building your character’s look. Once you choose a preset, you can then move on to the Body and Face tabs, which allow you to completely alter your appearance.


The Body tab, as expected, allows you to customize your character’s body type in Starfield. There are four distinct options here:

  • Body Shape – Body Shape is determined by a circular grid where you can choose any ratio of Muscular, Thin, and Heavy. For example, if you keep the selection dot in the middle of the circle, you’ll end up with an average build that is a mix of the three types. You could also push it to the edges to get one extreme or a mix of any two shapes.
  • Body Type – Body Type is just for picking masculine or feminine bodies.
  • Walk Style – Walk Style lets you choose between two walking animations, masculine or feminine.
  • Skin Tone – This one is self-explanatory, as it allows you to pick your skin tone from a variety of options.


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After selecting a preset, you can fine-tune the face as much as you like.

The Face tab in Starfield’s character creator allows you to customize your character’s head, facial characteristics, and hair. The following options can be found here, all of which have sliders:

  • Skin Tone
  • Head Shapes
  • Hair
  • Hair Color
  • Facial Hair
  • Facial Hair Color
  • Eyes
  • Eye Color
  • Teeth
  • Jaw
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Cheeks
  • Mouth
  • Jewelry
  • Jewelry Color
  • Dermaesthetic


There are 16 pre-defined Backgrounds that you can choose from in Starfield, and these decide who your character will be. Each Background gives you a point in three different starting skills, which affect your entire playthrough. The Backgrounds are:

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


Picking Traits concludes the character creation process in Starfield, and these are as important as Backgrounds. Certain Traits can also decide what religion your character follows, while others define your personality.

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The Hero Worshipped Trait is a reference to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Each Trait gives you two passive effects for your playthrough, one of which is negative. You can select up to three different Traits, but some of them are mutually exclusive. Here are all the available Traits in Starfield:

  • 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
  • Unwanted Hero
  • Wanted

It’s worth noting that the Hero Worshipped Trait is an easter egg that pays homage to Oblivion’s Adoring Fan.

How to change appearance in Starfield

You are able to change your appearance mid-playthrough in Starfield at Enhance vendors which are found in most major settlements. One of the first Enhance vendor shops you can access is located in the Commercial district of New Atlantis

That was everything you need to know about character creation and its different options in Starfield. Now that the game is out, you can check out our gameplay guides:

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