Over time, Bethesda has confirmed the presence of religions in Starfield, providing more details during the recent Q&A. Starfield religions play a very important role in the economy of the game because they allow you to have certain bonuses and buffs based on your choice, as well as offering different ideas from the point of view of the game's lore. For this reason, we have decided to create this article where you can get information on everything we know to date on the subject.
Starfield the Enlightened religion
A group of devotees of science is known as the Enlightened. Although the only benefits of their trait bonus are discounts, it's likely that practicing this religion also benefits initiatives in the fields of science and chemistry. This is what the team said about this religion:
“The Enlightened is an atheist group that focuses on humanitarian and community work… They don’t believe in any kind of higher power. Rather, they teach that human beings have to take care of each other, and they practice what they preach through various community outreach programs.”
Their associated trait is Raised Enlightened. If you select the Raised Enlightened trait, you are no longer able to shop at the Sanctum Universum store, and vice versa. On the other hand, when you purchase from the Enlightened store, you will receive a sizable discount.
Starfield House Va'ruun religion
The violent House of Va'Runn gang, who are referred to as religious fanatics and who is encountered as an enemy faction within the game, is frequently linked to the Great Serpent religion. When adversaries follow the Great Serpent, though, it is also seen that they will leave you alone. This is what developers said about this religion:
“The gossip among the guards is this: a colony ship sets off for a new world, making grav jumps along the way. After one of the grav jumps, one of the passengers claims he spent that time communing with a celestial entity known as the Great Serpent. What was a few seconds for everyone else was… much longer for him. And he brought back a mandate, which is basically, “Get onboard, or be devoured when the Great Serpent encircles the universe”.”
Their associated trait is Serpent's Embrace. Every time you grav leap, the Serpent's Embrace trait encourages you to disseminate the Serpent's message throughout the cosmos by giving you benefits to your health and endurance. But if you don't grab leap frequently enough, the snake will bite you and your stats will drop.
Starfield Sanctum Universum religion
One of the most popular faiths in Starfield is Sanctum Universum. This religion's adherents seem to be at war with the Enlightened since they are mystic believers. Despite being only a few decades old in our time, the Sanctum Universum has grown significantly in stature. People who hold this belief think that God exists somewhere in the cosmos and that being able to reach the stars as a species makes us closer to them. This is what Bethesda said about this religion:
“The members, called “Universals,” believe that God very much exists somewhere in the universe. That higher power is guiding us all. Specifically, they believe that humanity’s ability to travel the universe and grav jump is God’s way of saying, “I’m out here. Come find me”.”
Their associated trait is Raised Universal. If you select the Raised Universal characteristic, you are unable to access the Enlightened shop, and vice versa. On the other hand, if you purchase from the Sanctum Universum store, you will receive a sizable discount.
Does Starfield have real-life religions?
There are actual faiths in the world of Starfield in addition to the three space-age religions that are discussed in more detail. Although it is not yet known to what extent they will be used in the narrative, the primary plot does not appear to be affected by them. This is what the team said about it:
“IRL religions are part of the Starfield universe, (with folks of all religions and denominations out there) but we don't really focus on them. Instead, we highlight three new ones specific to the game.”