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Joy of discovery.

In the world of Starfield, the majority of planetary surveys entail scanning resources, flora, and fauna. But, as is often the case, there’s a crucial fourth element to unearth: Traits. These attributes define a planet and are vital for achieving a comprehensive 100% survey completion. Therefore, mastering the art of locating these traits is crucial. To delve deeper into this skill, here’s how to find planet traits in Starfield.

Finding Planet Traits in Starfield

The first step in finding planet traits is to get on your spaceship and embark on a journey to one of the planets in the game’s expansive universe. Upon reaching your chosen planet, enter its orbit and activate your scanner to gather crucial information about the planet.

Navigate to the menu on the left side of your screen, where you’ll find a plethora of information about the planet. The availability of data depends on your skill level. At the bottom of the information menu, you’ll see an option labeled “Traits,” which indicates the number of planet traits present on the planet. This is the key to your quest.

Scanning for Anomalies

If you spot the presence of Traits on the planet, it’s time to descend to the surface to investigate further. Once on the planet’s surface, activate your scanner and observe the markings that appear on your screen.

Keep an eye out for unfamiliar or peculiar icons on your scanner. These icons can guide you toward the anomalies you seek. An anomaly might not always be a planet trait; it could also lead you to abandoned outposts or unexplored caves. Typically, you won’t have to trek too far, as anomalies tend to be within 1000–2000 meters from your location.

Upon finding an anomaly, you’ll need to scan it thoroughly. Be prepared to scan several elements associated with the anomaly to complete the trait exploration. If the planet has multiple anomalies, consider exploring various biomes, as different traits are often found in distinct environments.

With this guide, you now possess the knowledge to swiftly and effectively uncover planet traits and anomalies in Starfield. As you delve deeper into the mysteries of the cosmos, you’ll not only expand your understanding of these unusual anomalies but also accumulate credits and experience by completing related missions. By the way, if you’re looking for more exciting activities to undertake in Starfield once you’ve mastered planet exploration, check out our list of 5 things you should do first.


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Enjoy your journey through the stars in Starfield, now available on Xbox Series S|X and PC. May your exploration be both rewarding and endlessly captivating.