Starfield Planet Traits (List, How to Find & What They Do)

Starfield offers players an amazing experience of exploring what is said to be 1,000 locations, which may be planets or moons as they play the game.

These planets have different sizes, biomes, and more that players can enjoy but one of the things that are noticeable when exploring is a planet’s traits.

As you explore the different planets that exist in the game, you will discover that certain planets have traits that can be witnessed as you venture across the galaxy.

Planet Traits in Starfield

What Are Planet Traits?

Planet traits are often an anomaly, geological events, or other specific properties that a planet may have that players may run into.

These can sometimes be seen as marked locations in a distance and upon checking, players will have the option to scan them.

Scanning part of the planet that reveals its properties (known as a trait) will provide players with experience and information about what they have scanned.

How To Find Planet Traits?Finding a planet traits

Finding Planet Traits can sometimes be easy or a bit tedious and this is because you will sometimes just see an unknown location at times.

There will still be times when a trait is easily revealed and all you will need to do is head towards it, which mainly happens when you see a waveform-like symbol.

Head towards the unknown location and once you are near it, that will be the moment when you discover what type of location it is. (It can be a Planet Trait or an explorable location)

List of Planet Traits

Below is a list of the different Planet Traits that have been discovered, which are different amongst the planets and moons that you may encounter.

  • Aeriform Life
  • Bolide Bombardment
  • Charred Ecosystem
  • Colossal Shards
  • Continual Conductors
  • Coral Pond
  • Coralline Landmass
  • Crystalline Crust
  • Diseased Biosphere
  • Ecological Consortium
  • Emerging Tectonics
  • Energetic Rifting
  • Extinction Event
  • Frozen Ecosystem
  • Gaseous Font
  • Global Glacial Recession
  • Gravitational Anomaly
  • Psychotropic Biota
  • Sentient Microbial Colonies
  • Slushy Subsurface Seas

Scanning Planet TraitsScanning planet traits using Hand Scanner

Once you reach a Planet Trait, this will be the time that you will want to bring out your Hand Scanner to scan the trait.

By bringing out your Hand Scanner, you will be able to scan the trait to discover its properties, but you will first need to find the scannable part.

The scannable part will be highlighted in blue if you have your Hand Scanner open, which will require you to scan either one or two parts of the trait.

Astrophysics Skill Scanning

Another way for you to scan a trait would be with the Astrophysics Skill learned, which gives you a chance to reveal a trait when you scan a planet.

With the Astrophysics Skill, you later get to scan any moon when you are at a planet and later on, any planet or moon within a certain distance.

The following are provided by the Astrophysics Skill:

  • Rank 1 – Scan the moons of your current planet. (10% chance to discover trait)
  • Rank 2 – Scan any planet or moon in the system you are in. (20% chance to discover trait)
  • Rank 3 – Scan any planet or moon within 16 Light Years. (30% chance to discover a trait)
  • Rank 4 – Scan any planet or moon within 30 Light Years. (50% chance to discover a trait)


Being able to locate and scan traits is a good way to gain experience and complete the surveying of a planet that you are exploring.

If you scan everything on a planet, you will obtain additional experience, which makes scanning traits an important part of surveying.

Scanning a planet before exploring it can give you a head start when it comes to surveying a planet or moon and this is even more useful if a trait is discovered in advance.

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Michael James has been an avid gamer since he was young. He loves to play video games and enjoys writing about it to share his experience and ideas with others. Aside from playing, he also enjoys helping other gamers both ingame and on-site.

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