Starfield: All Religions [Advantages & Disadvantages]

Learn about the major differences between the three religions in Starfield and which is the best one.

With different religions offering different advantages and dialogue options for the character, one must know of all religions in detail and which one is Starfield best Religion. Different religions can also make the playthrough somewhat unique, as players can get different missions and change how certain fractions treat them.

Key Takeaways
  • There are three religions in Starfield: Enlightened, Universal, and House Va’ruun (Serpent’s Embrace).
  • Players can choose their religion while they are creating their Starfield character.
  • Once players have chosen a religion, they do have the option to denounce it later on, but they can not pick a new religion.
  • Each religion offers different advantages and disadvantages.

Religions In Starfield

I have prepared a table enlisting all the advantages and disadvantages offered by each religion in Starfield:

Enlightened-Drink Pack: Water
-Med Pack x5
-Penicillin X x2
-Settler Poncho Outfit
-Charity in a Godless -Universe: Part I
-Charity in a Godless -Universe: Part II
-Charity in a Godless -Universe: Part III
-Charity in a Godless -Universe: Part IV
-You will lose access to the Sanctum Universum store.
-Can’t be combined with any other religious traits.
Universal-Addichrone x2
-Boom Pop! Orange
-Festive Neocity Poncho
-Med Pack x5
-Sanctum Universum, Vol 1 (book)
-Sanctum Universum, Vol 2 (book)
-Sanctum Universum, Vol 3 (book)
-You will lose access to the Enlightened Store.
-Can’t be combined with any other religious traits.
Serpent’s Embrace-Gives you a perk that increases the player's health and O2 by +25 whenever they Grav Jump.-The perk online last for 4 hours and players would need to grav jump again to reactivate it.
-Can’t be combined with any other religion traits.

How To Choose A Religion

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Character Creation [Image Captured by Us]
Players have the option to pick a religion during character creation while they are picking their traits in Starfield.

Do keep in mind that all of these religions are mutually exclusive, and you can only pick one of them. The three religions that are available for the player are:

  • Enlightened 
  • Universal
  • House Va’ruun (Serpent’s Embrace)

All religions offer certain advantages and disadvantages for the players. While players do have the option to leave their religion later on and get rid of both the advantages and disadvantages, they do not have the option to join any other religion after character creation.

Allow me to first list down all the advantages and disadvantages offered by all three religions before getting into which one of them is Starfield best religion.


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Raised Enlightened [Image Taken by eXputer]
Aside from getting some unique dialogues that are different for every religion, the main highlight for the Enlightened faith is that players get access to the chest full of items in the House of the Enlightened in Good Atlantis.

The argument of whether the items offered by the chest are really worth it or not is a separate argument entirely. These items may help out in the very early game but not so much later on. 

The items that players will obtain from the chest are:

  • Drink Pack: Water
  • Med Pack x5
  • Penicillin X x2
  • Settler Poncho Outfit
  • Charity in a Godless Universe: Part I 
  • Charity in a Godless Universe: Part II 
  • Charity in a Godless Universe: Part III 
  • Charity in a Godless Universe: Part IV

The Enlightened and Universal are somewhat polar opposites of each other; therefore, one of the downsides of joining the Enlightened is that you will lose access to the Sanctum Universum store.


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Raised Universal [Image Credit: eXputer]
As for the advantages offered by the Universal religion, it is pretty much the same as the Enlightened, with minor differences, as players will get access to a special chest. But aside from that, players will also get a major discount at the Sanctum Universum store.

The items that players will obtain from the chest are:

  • Addichrone x2
  • Boom Pop! Orange
  • Festive Neocity Poncho
  • Med Pack x5
  • Sanctum Universum, Vol 1 (book)
  • Sanctum Universum, Vol 2 (book)
  • Sanctum Universum, Vol 3 (book)

As I mentioned before, the Enlightened and Universal are polar opposites, so if you join the Universal religion, then you will lose access to the Enlightened Store.

Serpents Embrace

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Serpents Embrace [Image Taken by Us]
The Serpents Embrace is a rather unique religion when compared to the Enlightened and Universal. The unique dialogues offered by the Serpents Embrace religion are more specific and do not offer a special chest. 

Rather, the main advantage of Serpents Embrace religion is that it gives you a perk that increases the player’s health and O2 by +25 whenever you Grav Jump in your ship. The perk lasts for four hours. 

Which Religion Is Best In Starfield?

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House Va’ruun [Image Captured by eXputer]
While the extra items you get from the special chests are somewhat good in the early game. However, If I was given a choice between some extra items that’ll help me out in the early game or +25 health and O2 for the entire game, I would pick the latter any time.

Therefore, the Serpent’s Embrace easily takes the crown for Starfield best Religion. ]

One can counter by saying that the Serpent Embrace perks only last for four hours after a Grav Jump, but that is not bad by any means, considering how the Grav Jump is free and easy to do.  

And with that, my guide on explaining all the religions and which one is the best religion in Starfield comes to an end. I hope my guide helped you out. While you are at it, why not read the All Skill Tree guide or a guide on What is the Max Level Cap in Starfield? Or consider reading this Reddit post where players are discussing which religion they opt for. But that is all from me.

Do let me know what you think about Starfield in the comment section below.


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Hammad Ijaz

Hammad Ijaz is a Guides Writer on eXputer who is into all sorts of gaming genres, whether it’s JRPGs or soulslike games. He has this pure passion for enjoying games to the fullest and then reflecting that passion back into his writing. Although he’s been into games his whole life, he has many years of writing experience under his belt. With a Bachelor’s in Journalism, you can find him searching every crevice of the internet for rumors of a Bloodborne PC release. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism || Published 150+ Guides 

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