Starfield BEST Traits [Top 7 Expert Picks]

My hours in Starfield are above 40+ hours, and here are the Best traits you should have in the game!

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Starfield: Best Traits

Traits in Starfield will help shape your character according to your needs. There are 17 Traits available at the start. Choosing the correct traits is a crucial step, as you will be deciding your character’s qualities.

Let’s look at my picks of 7 best Traits without further waiting.

Key Takeaways

  • Traits are choices you make to give stat buffs to your character.
  • During initial character creation, you must choose 3 out of 17 to get you started.

Here are the Best Traits:

  1. Alien DNA gives a boost to your oxygen and health bar at all times.
  2. Empath unlocks new conversation options and makes your combat comfortable.
  3. Extrovert eases your exploration if you are with a friendly companion.
  4. United Colonies Native is a Faction Allegiance Trait that will give you rare loot if you complete tasks assigned by United Colonies.
  5. Raise Universal is a religious trait that will let you open a chest in the Sanctum Universum region of New Atlantis planet.
  6. When on the surface and far away from space, the Terra Firma trait will increase your oxygen level and health bar but reduce space.
  7. The Wanted Trait will give you extra damage potential below 30% health level.

About The Author

With more than 100 hours invested in Starfield, Shoaib offers you a firsthand look at the game, ensuring the information he provides is based on practical experience.

Best Traits Summary

Here is a summary table of my best Traits in Starfield that provides you the precise information regarding each trait:

Trait NameAwarded ForTypePositive ImpactNegative Impact
Alien DNABest Trait For Explorer.Increased Oxygen Levels and Health Points alwaysItems for health recovery will recover less health.
EmpathBest Trait For Engagement With Companions.Choose dialogue options supported by your allies to have better combat experienceChoose dialogue options not supported by your allies to have worse combat experience
ExtrovertBest Trait For Survival.Exploring with an NPC friend will give you more oxygen and healthExploring alone will give you less oxygen and health
United Colonies NativeBest Religion Trait.Faction AllegiancePlayers will receive rare loot from tasks given by United ColoniesPlayers will not receive rare loot from missions on Neon planet or given by Freestar Collective
Raise UniversalBest Religion Trait.ReligionReceive Chest with rare loot in Sanctum Universum on New Atlantis areaPlayers will not Receive chest with rare loot in Enlightened area of New Atlantis
Terra FirmaBest Trait For Ground Activites.More Oxygen level and health pool on surfaceLess Oxygen and health pool in space
WantedBest Traits For Bounty Hunter.Deal more Damage when health below 30%

Traits Table.

Alien DNA

Best Trait For Explorer.
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Why did I Choose Alien DNA?

With extended health and oxygen levels, you can sprint for longer and survive longer through harsh conditions.

The description of this Trait states that some scientists experimented with mixing human and alien DNA. You were chosen as the host. This Trait will increase the amount of oxygen in the tank, along with your health bar. Items for healing will regenerate less health.

Regeneration is not a problem, as you will find numerous items for healing. Therefore, Alien DNA becomes a suitable choice, as increased oxygen levels help you sprint for a longer period. Moreover, if your bag pack is holding mass that exceeds the limit, your Oxygen level depletes during walking.

The Alien DNA caters to this problem by letting you walk for longer periods, so you can reach mission objectives without wasting time.

  • Increased Max health and oxygen.
  • Extended running and power attacks.
  • Initial health advantage.

  • Healing items are less effective.
  • Fixed health boost, does not increase.
  • Less suitable for non-melee builds.


Best Trait For Engagement With Companions.
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Why did I Choose Empath?

Although you have to stay cautious, you get an upper hand in combat if you converse well with your companions.

The Empath Trait will allow you to care for others by staying connected to their feelings. Most of your exploration related to mission completion will include conversing with companions, persuading and convincing NPCs, and improving negotiation skills.

Choosing the Empath Trait will help you in combat by increasing accuracy, so you land more shots on your enemies. Furthermore, players can get more comfortable with melee weapons, as the Empath trait will assist you in that matter.

  • Companion Appreciation.
  • Good Choices Rewarded.
  • No Incompatible traits.

  • Restrictive combat mechanics.
  • Potential punishment for difficult decisions.
  • Lack of flexibility.


Best Trait For Survival.
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Why did I Choose Extrovert?

If you love to explore the planets, keep the Extrovert trait to conserve more oxygen so you get to observe more.

Extrovert and Introvert Traits come in pairs, and you can pick only one. I recommend choosing Extrovert over Introvert, as players will use less oxygen when sprinting, jumping, or using boost.

This effect only applies when you are with a companion who will help you explore the planets.

One thing that I should let you know is that Introvert Trait helps you in the same way. However, you need to be alone during exploration to apply its effect. This scenario is unlikely in most cases, as learning about the world with an explorer friend is more fun.

Your companion can help you understand how the planet operates by giving you information about its people and several unique creatures you can find on it. Moreover, players can trade gears with their friends, allowing them to test new weapons and items.

  • Social benefits.
  • Less oxygen use.
  • Crew dynamics.

  • Dependency on companions.
  • No combination with Introvert.

United Colonies Native

Best Religion Trait.
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Why did I Choose the United Colonies Native?

You become a member of the United Colonies Native Faction and have access to their special dialogue options during a conversation.

There are three Faction Allegiance Traits, out of which I suggest you pick the United Colonies Native Trait. This will help you unlock unique conversation options when you are talking with NPCs from the United Colonies.

Players will receive rare loot from missions that are assigned to them by them.

Note that if you choose this Trait, tasks assigned on planet Neon, and given by the Freestar Collective government will have increased crime bounty. This has a negative impact, but the positive side has more weight.

  • Special Dialogue Options.
  • Better Faction Rewards.
  • Relevance in storyline.

  • Increased Crime Bounties.
  • Limited Allegiance.
  • Narrative Constraints.

Raise Universal

Best Religion Trait.
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Why did I Choose Raise Universal?

Other than getting a special chest, you will be happily welcomed in the house of Sanctum Universum.

Starfield has three Religion Traits that give you access to rare items. My recommendation for the best Religion Trait is Raise Universal. If you visit Sanctum Universum on your visit to New Atlantis, you will be allowed to open a chest that will contain rare loot, such as Helmets, Space suits, and weapons.

Note that if you choose this Trait, you will not open the chest in the Enlightened area of New Atlantis. Grav Jumping will not enhance your health bar and oxygen levels.

This is a rather useless enhancement, as it has no positive impact on players when they are landed on a planet. Therefore, choosing the Raise Universal Trait is the wiser choice.

  • Access to Special Chest.
  • Unique Background.
  • Character Customization.

  • Loss of another religious trait option.
  • Potential gameplay constraints.
  • No inherent survival benefits.

Terra Firma

Best Trait For Ground Activites.
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Why did I Choose Terra Firma?

I like to keep this Trait when I avoid staying in space, as it gives me more oxygen and health for survival.

As mentioned, you will spend more time on planets rather than in space. Hence, you require more oxygen in your tank when exploring hidden areas and fighting unique Creatures.

A larger health bar is a bonus, as it increases your survivability rate. Terra Firma is linked with the Spaced Trait, which provides you with buffs when you are in space. That is less valuable than Terra Firma, as you need enhancements when on the planet, not in Space.

  • Health and Oxygen on the surface.
  • Planetary exploration.
  • Compatibility with other traits.

  • Decreased values in space.
  • Limited Application.


Best Traits For Bounty Hunter.
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Why did I Choose Wanted?

Although you are hunted by the mercenaries, you get to loot them and deal extra damage, enhancing your combat experience.

The trait description states that you have been caught in a crime, and a bounty will given to the person who catches and reports you. Due to this, armed NPCs will pay a visit from time to time, intending to kill you.

This will help improve your combat skills and test weapons as you get to fight them.

The positive impact of this Trait allows you to deal high damage when your health levels are below 30%. Although you can use health packs and restore health at any time, I suggest you let it go below the mentioned threshold and find a corner to hide.

Try to aim for targets from that corner so you deal more damage. This is an essential Trait that you must keep in your Trait slots. Combine this with Empath to make you unstoppable in close-range duels.

  • Increased Damage.
  • Get Additional Loot.

  • Armed Mercenaries randomly attack you.
  • Being a target for bounty hunters will increase risks.

Why Others Were Not Chosen?

  1. Dream Home: Choosing this trait requires you to have a large amount of money beforehand, and you have to pay the mortgage, which is too much responsibility.
  2. Introvert: Its better alternative is the Extrovert trait, as you lack Companion Benefits with the Introvert trait.
  3. Neon Street Rat: You attract more attraction if you commit a crime outside Neon, which puts you at greater risk. 
  4. Spaced: This trait only supports space travel, as you get to have less oxygen and health on the ground, which puts you at a disadvantage.

Personal Opinion On The Best Traits

Although there are too many traits available, you only get to pick three for your character, so you need to make your decisions. I will suggest you must pick the traits that will highly support your exploration period and also give you an edge in combat. Keeping the conditions in mind, I have shortlisted 7 traits, and you are free to choose any 3 of them. Moreover, ensure you play the game once and understand how you want to play it, then choose your traits accordingly.

Here, I conclude my guide on the Best Traits. I hope this helped you pick the three ideal Traits for your character build.

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