Starfield: Character Builder [Definitive Guide]

Here is everything you need to know about the character builder in Starfield.

Character Builder Starfield
Character Builder -Starfield: Image by Gamesual

The Character Builder has an extensive list of choices for players, which leads to freedom and customizability. You are allowed to modify every aspect of your character, which includes your Body, face, and even a unique backstory. However, some choices are mainly cosmetic and do not affect your performance. 

Key Takeaways

  • The Character Builder allows players to build a unique character in Starfield.
  • This extensive editor allows you to modify every aspect of your character.
  • The Biometric ID, Face, and Body allow you to perform strictly cosmetic modifications.
  • Although Background and Trait directly affect your gameplay and your campaign.
  • Backgrounds are the backstory of your character that comes with three accompanying skills.
  • The Traits are additional perks that can have a negative impact.
  • Moreover, the cosmetic choices are not final here, and players can modify them later by visiting the genetics facility.

Character Builder is mainly broken down into five sections. These sections include the Biometric ID, Body, Face, Background, and Traits. The first three aspects are cosmetic, while the last two directly affect your gameplay. Moreover, most of these decorative choices are not final and can be later modified during your campaign.

Biometric ID

Biometric ID Starfield
Biometric ID – Starfield: Image by Gamesual

The Biometric ID is among the first things you will stumble upon in Character Builder. This section only contains one option for players: the Personnel Record.

Players can move this bar around to get different variations for your character. Moreover, I used this as mainly the starting point of my character, sort of a basic outline that you can modify further.

You can pick from a series of 40 different already preset characters. These characters vary in ethnicity, gender, and how they look. Therefore, once the players have selected a preset, they can move on to further options to create their character.

These 40 choices ensure that every player has some preset character they can build on. However, it is essential to note that this choice is not final and can be later modified by visiting a genetics facility.


Body Starfield
Body – Starfield: Image by Gamesual

The Body is the following option players will come across. This customization option is precisely what it sounds like: you get to modify the physical Body of your character.

Again, this choice is strictly cosmetic and does not affect your gameplay. Moreover, this section is further broken down into four customization options for the players.

The first thing you will see in the Body section of the Character Builder is the wheel to define your Body’s definition. Therefore, this wheel is divided into three sections: muscular, thin, and heavy.

Players can move the dot on this spectrum and pick a body that can be muscular yet thin or heavy. This is highly customizable and allows me to pick exactly what I want.

The following two options, Body Type and Walk Style are directly tied to your gender. As a result, players can also decide the gender of their character.

You are given two body type options defining whether your character has a male or female body. Similarly, Walk Style can give your character one of two different and unique walks.

Furthermore, we have the final option of Skin Tone right at the bottom. As the name suggests, this option allows you to choose any Skin Tone you want for your character.


Face Starfield
Face – Starfield: Image by Gamesual

The Face section of the Character Builder is highly customizable. Here, players are given 37 aspects to modify and make their own. Moreover, Starfield does a fantastic job of making this section extensive yet very easy to use.

I enjoyed several hours spent here to create a character that looked how I imagined. You can change any aspect of your character’s face, including tiny wrinkles and jewelry.

Therefore, for every aspect, players can move their sliders to pick a preset option or adjust to create something unique. Most features, like the Nose, Cheek, and Forehead, have extra sliders that modify preset options. As a result, players can further adjust the length, position, and size of their facial features.

This freedom allows for unique designs and does not come in the way of creativity. Moreover, you can also add Tattoos and Jewelry to make your character stand out.

Below are all the options available in the Face section of Character Builder:

FeatureDescription Number of Options
Skin Tone Change the Skin Tone of your character9
Head Shapes Here select a Head Shape or adjust to create a unique shape9
Hair Select a Hair style for your character45
Hair ColorSelect a Hair Color from list of colors23
Facial Hair You can select Facial Hair from a list of styles20
Facial Hair Color Select a color for your Facial Color from a list23
Eyes Select an eye style for your character or adjust to create a unique look11
Eyes Color You can select an eye color from a list of colors12
EyebrowsSelect an eyebrow style from the list or adjust to create a unique one10
Eyebrow ColorSelect an eyebrow color from list of colors23
ForeheadHere select from a list of Foreheads or adjust to create a unique look11
Nose Select from a list of Noses or adjust to create a unique nose11
Ears Select from a list of Ears or adjust to create unique ears11
CheekHere select from a list of Cheeks or adjust to create unique Cheek11
Mouth Select from the list or adjust to create a unique mouth11
TeethYou can select from a list of different teeths4
Jaw Select from the list or adjust to create a unique jaw11
ChinHere select from the list or adjust to create a unique chin11
NeckSelect from list or adjust to create a unique neck11
JewelryYou can select from a list of different jewelry pieces18
Jewelry ColorYou can change color of selected jewelry9
DermaestheticThese are different skin conditions visible on your face64
Complexion Color Temp This is another layer of Skin Tone14
Complexion Blemishes These are marks on your Skin46
Scars You can pick from a list of different Scars26
Facial Forms 1These are wrinkles on mainly the forehead section of your face16
Facial Forms 2 These are wrinkles around the eye part of your face16
Tattoos You can select a face or neck Tattoo from the list.14
Cheeks 1 This is the Blush color on your cheeks3
Cheeks 2 These are the highlights on your jaw5
Lipstick Base You can choose your lips to be shiny or matte6
Lipstick Accents This allows you to change your lip color7
Eye Shadow Upper The color on the top eye lid7
Shadow Lower The color on the bottom eye lid7
Eye Liner Upper Cosmetics applied on the edge of your eye .7
Liner LowerCosmetics applied on the bottom edge of your eye7
Dirt This allows you to pick dirt marks on your face8


Background Starfield
Background – Starfield: Image by Gamesual

The Background is an essential part of your Character Builder. This is one of the first sections that is not cosmetic and affects your character’s starting Skills. In essence, the Background is the backstory for your personality and can change how certain characters interact with the players.

However, what makes these Backgrounds important are the three Skills accompanying them. Each Background is entirely different and accompanies different Skill with them. Therefore, some of these Backgrounds attend Skills that help in exploration, while certain Backgrounds are designed for combat.

Moreover, it is essential to remember that these Skills come in utterly free without the player’s need to use skill points. Therefore, I recommend that this decision be made carefully, and you should analyze what specific skills can do for you. There are 21 Backgrounds that players can choose from, giving you plenty of choice.

Below is a list of all backgrounds in Starfield:

  • Beast Hunter
  • Bouncer
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Chef
  • Combat Medic
  • Cyber Runner
  • Cyberneticist
  • Diplomat 
  • Explorer
  • Gangster
  • Homesteader
  • Industrialist
  • Long Hauler
  • Pilgrim
  • Professor
  • Ronin
  • Sculptor
  • Soldier
  • Space Scoundrel
  • Xenobiologist
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Traits Starfield
Traits – Starfield: Image by Gamesual

The Traits are the final section of Character Builder. This last section is fascinating and will often cause new players confusion. However, I assure you that the trait system is not as complicated as you think; everything you need to know is within the descriptions. Here, players are given a maximum of 3 traits out of 17.

These traits are like perks defining specific characteristics of the player. One of the traits allows players to have parents in the game, which is an excellent detail. However, having parents also means you would need to send 10% of all your credits straight to them.

Most traits are like these; each pro comes with a con. This means that each Trait brings something good to the table but also has a negative impact. Therefore, players must be extra careful in picking their Trait, as you would not want to play with a Trait that becomes a bother during your campaign. 

Although I would recommend getting an attractive Trait and seeing how that plays out, no amount of negative impact could take away from all the exciting content and choices certain Traits bring.

Below is a list of all 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
  • Wanted

My Thoughts

I have tried to explain everything you need to know about the Character Builder. Moreover, this section is divided into five sections, each allowing you to modify your character further.

Within the initial ten hours of the campaign, I discovered that some cosmetic modifications could be changed in-game stores. Meanwhile, some modifications do affect your gameplay.

This section of your campaign can be unique and reflect the character you want to build. I recommend seeing all the options for yourself and messing around with the sliders until you find something you like. This will allow you to create a character that looks and plays the part.

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