starfield diplomat build

Starfield Diplomat Build

The Best Diplomat Build for Starfield! A Build that is focusing on Persuasion and convincing others, trying to avoid violence in Starfield. This Diplomat Build is using Social mostly abilities to persuade, intimidate or manipulate NPC to do your bidding. You can use it as a Pacifist Build in Starfield and try to avoid killing anyone. If it is not possible to resolve a situation without violence you can always use EM Weapons to disable hostiles and flee or simply let the killing to your Companions!

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Best Background for Diplomat Build in Starfield

Backgrounds are basically starter classes in Starfield, that offer access to a set of three novice skills. Picking the right background for your build will help you become more efficient at your role early in the game. The Best Background for the Diplomat Build is the Diplomat Background!

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Diplomat Background

The Background gives access to the following skills:

  • Persuasion
  • Commerce
  • Wellness

Persuasion is the most important skill out of the three, that allows us to persuade NPC and avoid violence. Commerce is a great skill to make Credits from selling items while Wellness increases maximum Health. Some good alternative Backgrounds are:

  • Industrialist
  • Sculptor
  • Space Scoundrel

Best Traits for Diplomat Build in Starfield

Focusing on Social Traits will give us an edge when talking with members of the appropriate faction. But this is a risk because other factions might wary of us. Empath is a nice Trait that offers additional dialogue options from time to time. Finally using Traits to boost Oxygen and Health will help with exploration and surviving attacks. The Best Traits for the Diplomat Build are:

  • Freestar Collective Settler or United Colonies Native or Neon Street Rat
  • Raised Enlightened or Raised Universal or Serpent’s Embrace
  • Empath
  • Alien DNA
  • Terra Firma or Spaced
  • Extrovert

Alien DNA boosts Health and Oxygen but reduces the effectiveness of healing and food items. Terra Firma will boost your Health and Oxygen when on the ground while Spaced will boost your Health and Oxygen while in Space. Extrovert boosts Oxygen when adventuring with Companions. Empath will increase the fighting performance of your Companions, if they like you. If they do not like you they will not be as effective though.

Persuasion Skill

Best Skills for Diplomat Build in Starfield

Skills are the core of our Diplomat Build in Starfield! Starfield Skills offer all kind of benefits and can make or break your Build. While we do get access to three Novice Skills with our background, there are a few more we can take to make it truly efficient. The Core skills of the Build are:

  • Persuasion
  • Diplomacy
  • Instigation
  • Manipulation

These are all the skills you should take for an effective Diplomat Build in Starfield!

Physical Skills

We get Wellness from our Background and is a nice skill to boost Health. More Health means more chances to remain alive if someone attacks us. Nutrition boosts the effects of Food and Drinks, so it can help with persuasion related items.

Instigation Skills

Social Skills

As expected most of our skills are in the Social category. There are several skills in here that offer extra dialogue options and can assist in various situations. Persuasion, Diplomacy, Intimidation, Negotiation, Deception, Manipulation all offer dialogue options that will convince or force NPC to do our bidding! Commerce will help you make credits in Starfield by selling all the items you are looting! Leadership will boost the skills of your Companions and make them more efficient in combat. If you cannot avoid combat Instigation will help you make hostile NPC to attack their allies, while Xenosociology will help you manipulate alien creatures. There are several tools you can use in the Social Skills category that can help you avoid combat and get the dialogue outcome you are after.

Manipulation Skill

Combat Skills

Unlocking Combat skills is optional but getting a few will help you defend yourself from attacks. Ballistics or Lasers will help you be more efficient with the right Weapons. Rifle Certification and Incapacitation will allow you to use EM Weapons to disable enemies without killing them. Leave the killing to your Companions!

Science Skills

Medicine will keep you alive when under attack while Spacesuit Design will allow you to build better Spacesuit Mods to protect yourself. You can also unlock Weapon Engineering to craft better Weapon Mods but that is optional.

Tech Skills

  • None

No skill from this line is necessary for the build but you can unlock Robotics to also manipulate Robots. However Robotics is an Expert Skill so you will have to allocate eight points to Novice and Advanced skills before you can take it. You can unlock and use any other skill in the game to enrich the build and make it more personal!

Best Weapon for Diplomat Build in Starfield

Combat is not a priority for the Build but you can use some weapons to protect yourself. Pistols and Rifles are good options but you can also use an EM Weapon if you wish to avoid killing others yourself! The Novablast Disruptor is the best Weapon you can use for this.

Novablast Disruptor Weapon Mods:

BarrelLong Barrel
Laser(Recon)Laser Sight
OpticReflex Sight
MuzzleFocus Nozzle

If you wish to learn more about Weapons, you can read my Starfield Weapons Guide!

Best Power for Diplomat Build in Starfield

Powers are unique abilities you can unlock by advancing the main quest line and completing the “Into the Unknown” main mission. Powers offer unique effects to your character and can complement your Build. The Best Power for the Diplomat Build is Precognition! This power allows you to see how NPC will react to specific dialogue options! A few more powers you can use are:

  • Creator’s Peace
  • Inner Demon
  • Phased Time
  • Reactive Shield
  • Void Form

If you wish to learn more about Powers, you can read my Starfield Powers Guide!

Best Companion for Diplomat Build in Starfield

Companions in Starfield come with their own unique skills that can assist your character and further complement your Build! Not all Companions are good for every role and type of gameplay. Picking the right Companion with the right skills will help you achieve your goals faster and more efficiently. The Best Companion for the Explorer Build is Mickey Caviar. Mickey also has access to the Incapacitation skill if you wish to create a pure Pacifist Build in Starfield! Other good Companions you can use with the Build are:

If you wish to learn more details about all available Companions, you can read my Starfield Companions Guide!

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