The Outer Worlds Attributes Guide – Character Creation Tips

When building your Outer Worlds character, you’re going to be dealing with six different Attributes. Each has a direct impact on various stats like how much you can carry, attack speed, and ability cooldowns. They also have a number of skills which they influence. How you assign these points directly affects the point floor for each of your skills.

But how much can you squeeze out of these limited resources? Is anything worth dropping to Below Average? Our Outer Worlds Attributes guide runs down all of the different stat bonuses or penalties and offers a handful of tips!

All of your attributes start at Average and can be adjusted down to Below Average or up to Good, High, or even Very High. This means you can feasibly remove points from one attribute to increase others. Beware of the drawbacks from being Below Average, however. Any weak Attributes will incur a penalty for the rest of your playthough. Below Average Temperament, for example, removes your ability to passively heal!

Outer Worlds Attributes Tips

What Skills Can I Drop Below Average?

If you’re going to drop any of your Attributes to Below Average, we recommend Strength, Dexterity, or Intelligence. While these will cost you damage or Tactical Time Dilation features, they won’t make the game strenuous.

Temperament makes the game much harder, forcing you to rely on healing items, and bad Perception means no critical hit damage. Charm is the only one we’re uncertain about. If you don’t care about faction reputation, by all means drop it. But if you want to actually tread a thin line, then you won’t want to sacrifice this.

Best Skills to Make Very High

A couple of Attributes have a bigger affect than others. Strength, for example, can nearly double your carrying capacity right off the bat. Super useful for loot hoarders. High Charm can keep you out of trouble with boosted positive reputation and reduced negative reputation.

Pick Attributes Based on Skills

Like we mentioned, each attribute affects a handful of skills. Put points into Attributes which give points to the skills you like! For example, our build with Very High Intelligence, Good Perception, Charm, and Temperament ended up giving us more than 20 starting points in Long Guns, Persuade, Hack, Medical, Science, and Determination. All of those skills were affected by at least two of our attribute choices!

Outer Worlds Attribute Bonuses & Penalties

Strength

Affects melee weapon damage and the amount you can carry. Will have an impact on 1-Handed Melee, 2-Handed Melee, Heavy Weapons, Block, Inspiration, and Intimidate.

  • Below Average: -10% melee damage, 60kg carrying capacity, -100% TTD move time, TTD movement drain doubled.
  • Average: 0% Melee Damage bonus, 80kg carrying capacity.
  • Good: 10% melee damage bonus, 100kg carrying capacity.
  • High: 20% melee damage bonus, 120kg carrying capacity.
  • Very High: 30% melee damage bonus, 140kg carrying capacity.

Dexterity

Affects melee attack speed and ranged weapon reload speed. Has an impact on 1-Handed Melee, Handguns, Dodge, Block, Sneak, and Lockpick.

  • Below Average: -10% melee weapon attack speed, -25% ranged weapon reload speed, -30% weapon durability, weapon durability loss is increased.
  • Average: 0% melee weapon attack speed, 0% ranged weapon reload speed.
  • Good: +10% melee weapon attack speed, +10% ranged weapon reload speed.
  • High: +20% melee weapon attack speed, +20% ranged weapon reload speed.
  • Very High: +30% melee weapon attack speed, +30% ranged weapon reload speed.

Intelligence

Affects critical hit bonus damage. Impacts Long Guns, Persuade, Hack, Medical, Science, and Determination.

  • Below Average: -20% critical damage, critical hit damage is drastically reduced, unlocks Dumb dialogue options.
  • Average: 0% critical damage.
  • Good: +10% critical damage.
  • High: +20% critical damage.
  • Very High: +35% critical damage.

Perception

Affects headshot and weakspot damage bonuses. Impacts Handguns, Long Guns, Heavy Weapons, Dodge, Lockpick, and Engineering.

  • Below Average: -100% bonus to extra headshot/weakspot damage.
  • Average: 0% bonus to extra headshot/weakspot damage.
  • Good: +10% bonus to extra headshot/weakspot damage.
  • High: +20% bonus to extra headshot/weakspot damage.
  • Very High: +35% bonus to extra headshot/weakspot damage.

Charm

Affects faction reputation and companion ability cooldowns. Impacts Persuade, Lie, Intimidate, Hack, Science, and Inspiration skills.

  • Below Average: -20% companion ability refresh, -35% positive faction reputation reactions, +15% negative faction reputation reactions.
  • Average: +0% companion ability refresh, +0% positive faction reputation reactions, +0% negative faction reputation reactions
  • Good: +10% companion ability refresh, +10% positive faction reputation reactions, +10% negative faction reputation reactions
  • High: +25% companion ability refresh, 20% positive faction reputation reactions, +20% negative faction reputation reactions
  • Very High: +40% companion ability refresh, +35% positive faction reputation reactions, +35% negative faction reputation reactions

Temperament

Improves your natural health regeneration. Impacts 2-Handed Melee, Lie, Sneak, Medical, Engineering, and Determination skills.

  • Below Average: 0 health regeneration per second. No passive health regeneration.
  • Average: 2 health regeneration per second.
  • Good: 3.5 health regeneration per second.
  • High: 5 health regeneration per second.
  • Very High: 7.5 health regeneration per second.

And that’s it! Hopefully this guide has been useful. If you have tips or builds for your fellow Outer Worlds players, be sure to leave them in the comments!

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