How to find Starfield planet traits

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Identifying Starfield planet traits is an important part of gathering planetary survey data, along with scanning wildlife and plants in every biome. Lots of planets and moons in Starfield have strange, natural qualities and features that manifest as unique points of interest that need to be scanned before the whole place can be considered fully surveyed. Although tracking down these planet trait locations can be tricky, especially when you land on some barren rock plant with no clear features on the horizon. To help you track down those key trait locations for surveys, I've explained how to find planet traits in Starfield below.

How to find planet traits in Starfield for survey data

Starfield planet traits

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To find planet traits in Starfield and complete a full survey, players need to do the following:

  1. Fly into orbit around the planet and scan it with LB.
  2. This will give you a list of how many traits the planet has - usually between zero and three, by our experience.
  3. Land on the planet anywhere that's not one of the Starfield cities and equip your scanner outside, again using LB.
  4. There'll be icons marked Unknown around you. Move the scanner over them and press A to analyse what they are, turning them into landmarks or key qualities.
  5. You need to then head to these landmarks, specifically the ones that represent the natural occurrences. Not bandit camps or anything like that, but natural geographical events or elements that are harder to classify.
  6. Head there and run your scanner over the area looking for anything strange, and scan it to get the planet trait registered. 

There's a wide range of planet traits - 20 in total from our study - ranging from coral ponds to gravitational anomalies and more besides - so what you're looking for will vary significantly. You can also expedite the process by getting the Astrophysics skill, ranks of which can reveal planet traits simply through the initial planetary scan in step one (and the chance of which increases the more ranks you take in it).

Once you have all the traits registered, you can bundle them together with all the rest of the Starfield survey data and sell it as per usual. Keep in mind that it's not enough to have just traits - you need everything there is to know about the planet, including fauna, flora and minerals alike, before you can drop it off at the Eye.

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