starfield unarmed build

Starfield Unarmed Build

The Best Starfield Unarmed Build, that is not using any weapons and is focusing on taking down enemies with your fists! The Unarmed Build offers a different way of fighting by dealing massive damage with your punches. You do not need to spend credits and resources on weapons and mods since all you need in a fight is your fists!

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Best Background for Unarmed 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 Unarmed Build is Bouncer!

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Bouncer Background

The Background gives access to the following skills:

  • Boxing
  • Security
  • Fitness

Bouncer is the perfect Background for an Unarmed Build in Starfield, since it gives you access early to Boxing and Fitness skills. Another nice Background you can use is Gangster, which also gives access to Boxing early in the game.

Best Traits for Unarmed Build in Starfield

The best Traits for an Unarmed Build are those that give you a boost to Health and Oxygen! The Best Traits you can use are:

  • Alien DNA
  • Introvert or Extrovert
  • Terra Firma or Spaced
  • Wanted
  • Faction and Religious

Alien DNA boosts Health and Oxygen but reduces the effectiveness of healing and food items. Introvert boosts Oxygen when adventuring alone while Extrovert boosts your Oxygen when you travel along with Companions. Terra Firma will boost your Health and Oxygen on the ground but reduce them in space while Spaced will do the opposite. Pick the appropriate one depending on where you plan to spend most of your time. Wanted offers a boost to damage when you are low on health, which might be valuable if you are fighting outnumbered or dealing with a strong enemy!

Finally you can pick any Faction specific or Religious specific Trait, if you wish to build up your relationship with one of their corresponding groups. You can only have one of those Social focused Traits in the game active. One for Factions and one for Religions.

Unarmed Skill

Best Skills for Unarmed Build in Starfield

Skills are the core of our Unarmed 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 and powerful. The Core skills of the Build are

  • Boxing
  • Fitness
  • Martial Arts
  • Neurostrikes
  • Medicine

These are all the skills you should take for a powerful Unarmed Build in Starfield!

Physical Skills

We are focusing heavily on the Physical Skill line because of the nature of the build and its Unarmed attacks! Boxing is vital for the build so we can deal massive damage Unarmed. Fitness will boost our Oxygen while Weight Lifting allows us to carry more items and Wellness will offer a higher Health pool. Pain Tolerance will reduce Physical Damage. Martial Arts is a core skill of the Build that boosts unarmed damage, along with Neurostrikes that make our Unarmed attacks more efficient! Rejuvenation will increase your survivability by regenerating Health in and out of combat!

Neurostrikes Skill

Social Skills

Commerce will help you with making credits in Starfield! You can buy items cheaper and sell them at a higher price for better profit.

Combat Skills

  • None Necessary

There is no skill in this category that is necessary for an Unarmed Build.

Medicine Skill

Science Skills

Medicine is a rather important skill for the Unarmed Build, since you are fighting close to your enemies all the time. Spacesuit Design can be quite helpful as well and assist with better defense. Chemistry is important if you wish to create chems and boost further your character.

Tech Skills

  • None necessary

You can unlock and use any other skill in the game to enrich the build and make it more personal!

Best Weapon for Unarmed Build in Starfield

Make your punches count! You do not need to invest in a Weapon, since you are dealing massive damage with your fists! This allows you to loot and sell weapons for maximum profit and credits, that you can use to buy other items! If you wish to learn more about Weapons, you can read my Starfield Weapons Guide!

Best Power for Unarmed 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 Unarmed Build is Grav Dash! This power allows you to dash forward and increases your damage. A few more powers you can use are:

  • Phased Time
  • Reactive Shield
  • Personal Atmosphere

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

Best Companion for Unarmed 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 Unarmed Build is Lyle Brewer. Lyle can assist in close quarters combat thanks to his Shotgun skill. 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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