Starfield: Enlightened Vs. Universal [Answered]

The comparison between Enlightened Vs Universal religions is finally answered in this Starfield guide.

There are a total of three Religions in Starfield. These are Enlightened, Universal, and Serpent’s Embrace. Although Serpent’s Embrace is more of a cult, the other two are quite similar. That, in turn, leads to the question of choosing from Starfield Enlightened vs Universal religions.

IMPORTANT: Whatever Religion you choose will have minor effects on your gameplay experience in Starfield.
Key Takeaways
  • There are three religions in Starfield: Enlightened, Universal, and Serpent’s Embrace.
  • Following the Universal religion gives the players access to the Neocity Urbanwear, which gives +5% O2 recovery.
  • Enlightened religion’s followers get +10 HP with the Settler Poncho Outfit.
  • As for the Serpent’s Embrace in Starfield, it gives +25 Health and O2 to its followers for one Grav Jump every 4 hours.
  • Author’s Note: After going through Starfield for several weeks on Xbox, I feel confident going into the topic with thorough experience.

Starfield Religions: Enlightened Vs. Universal

Here is a table of all religions in Starfield, along with their benefits, headquarters location, and trait items.

ReligionHeadquartersBenefitsItems Acquired
Serpent's EmbraceUC Security Office, New AtlantisTemporary Boost on HP and O2None
Raised EnlightenedHouse of the Enlightened, The Well, New AtlantisChest and Additional Dialogues• 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
5x Med Pack
• 2x Heart+
• Boom Pop! Cola
• Settle Poncho Outfit
Raised UniversalSanctum Universum, MAST District, New AtlantisChest and Additional Dialogues• Sanctum Universum, Vol 1
• Sanctum Universum, Vol 2
• Sanctum Universum, Vol 3
• 6x Med Pack
• 2x Heart+
• Distilled Water
• Newcity Urbanwear

All Starfield Religions

image of a chest containing universal religion items.
Chest with Raised Universal items. [Image Credit: eXputer]
Starfield Religions serve the same purpose as they do in our world. They are the ideological beliefs that many characters in Starfield believe in. Even though there are thousands of planets, Starfield only has three main religions.

These religions are:

  • Raised Universal
  • Raised Enlightened
  • Serpent’s Embrace

The Universals believe that there is a God somewhere in the universe, and the Grav Jump is his gift to humanity to discover him. In comparison, the Enlightened are Atheists who believe in charity and humanism. As for the Serpent’s Embrace, they worship the Great Serpent. The Great Serpent came in the vision of one of the colonists. It demands to be worshiped, and it will kill everyone who doesn’t follow it.

What To Choose?

One thing I’ve learned is that there isn’t that much of a difference between Enlightened and Universal. The biggest difference between both of those is the outfit that you get from Traits Chest. Both outfits offer different stats. Based on my personal experience, whatever Religion you choose won’t have that big of an effect on your gameplay. You can go with any one of the two religions, and it will be good.

Here are the effects and Stats that you’ll get if you opt for one of these Outfits:

Universal Sanctum: Neocity Urbanwear

The Universal Sanctum offers Neocity Urbanwear to its followers. That outfit is located in the Chest at their head office in New Atlantis. The Neocity Urbanwear is good if you want extra defense from Energy attacks or Airborne attacks. In addition to that, the wearer gets +5% O2 Recovery.

Raised universal religion starfield.
The Raised Universal Trait. [Image Credit: eXputer]

The Enlightened: Settler Poncho Outfit

As for the Settler Poncho Outfit, it is available for the followers of the Enlightened. Like the outfit of Universal Sanctum, it is located in a Chest in the House of the Enlightened. It provides relatively higher defense against Corrosive, Electromagnetic, and Physical types of damage. With the Settler Poncho Outfit, you will get +10HP.

enlightened religion
The Raised Enlightened religion. [Image Credit: eXputer]

How To Join Religion In Starfield?

For now, there isn’t a confirmed method on how you can join any of the Religions once you have started Starfield.

So, the only method to join a Religion is to do so during the Trait selection screen. In that, you can choose either one of the three available Religion traits.

How To Leave Religion In Starfield?

Leaving the Religion is quite simple, and you just have to go to the head of the religion in Starfield and tell them you want to leave.

Go and meet with the Head of the religions, and there will be a dialogue similar to ‘I’m not sure I want to be a part of XYZ anymore.’ And you’ll leave the religion.

Best Religion In Starfield

When it comes to the best religion in Starfield, it is neither the Enlightened nor The Universal; instead, it is the Serpent’s Embrace religion. Even though it is a bit cultish, the Serpent’s Embrace’s unique benefits when compared to other religions, leave them in the dust.

Serpent's Embrace
The Serpent’s Embrace trait. [Image Credit: eXputer]
With this, I conclude my guide on the Enlighted vs Universal religion in Starfield. While you’re here, I suggest you check out the Starfield Best Background guide to get the best background for your character. Also, you can play with the Difficulty Settings in Starfield to make them perfect for you.

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Huzaifa is eXputer's Review Editor, who’s all about RPG games. He’s got several years of experience critically judging games and writing his unbiased thoughts on them. You can also find his content published on sites like Twinfinite & GearNuke. Huzaifa has been gaming for 23+ years, during which he managed to amass 400+ hours on Elden Ring! You can follow his gaming activity on his Xbox and Steam Profiles.

Experience: 5+ years || Previously Worked At GearNuke & Twinfinite || Mainly Covers RPG Guides & Latest Games Reviews || Education: Bachelors in Hospitality.

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