Biomutant's character creation process might look a bit intimidating at first. Although it's not the most complex one out there, you'll still face a series of cosmetic choices as well as different breeds and classes that you can mix and match.
Your breed and class picks in Biomutant determine what your character initially excels at alongside other aspects, like your overall appearance. To help you avoid spending hours in front of the character selection screen, this guide breaks down how it works and gives you a few tips about what to pick.
Biomutant features six playable character breeds which also happen to be your first choice during character creation. Regardless of which one you fancy, your elemental resistances, which determine your capability to survive in highly contaminated areas, stay the same. Their stats, on the other hand, change, as detailed below:
- Primal Breed - Lower health, armor, melee damage, and Ki-Energy (mana), but starts with 4% critical chance and a slight increase to energy regen rate.
- Dumdon Breed - Starts with a larger amount of melee damage and a 3% critical chance, but lower health, armor, power, Ki-Energy, and energy regen.
- Rex Breed - Jack-of-all-trades, a balanced breed with lower melee damage, that can cater to any playstyle.
- Hyla Breed - Come with the largest starting health and armor amount, making them well-suited for tankier builds.
- Fip Breed - Highest amount of power, Ki energy, and energy regen, which makes them an ideal pick for builds that lean heavily into psionic power use.
- Murgel Breed - The odd one out, coming with the highest critical chance, loot chance, and barter ability.
While some of these downsides might sound drastic, they're really not. You'll see why in a bit. The very next step lets you "mutate" your character, which is essentially a way to define its main attribute. You can choose a heavy bonus for something like Strength or Intellect that complements your breed's bonuses, but can also go for a more balanced starting build, or in a completely different direction.
Since stats are distributed around a circle, the more you lean into one, the more its "opposite" suffers. Your choice also alters your character's appearance. Here's what each stat does:
- Strength - Tied to melee damage. The more you have, the harder you hit enemies with your big (or sharp) stick.
- Agility - Affects movement speed, which lets you reach your enemy quicker when aiming to fight up close and put distance between you and them when fighting at range.
- Intellect - Determines the strength of your Psi-powers, the amount of Ki-Energy (mana) you have, and the rate at which Ki energy is restored. Ideal if you plan on playing the closest thing Biomutant has to a caster.
- Charisma - Affects your ability to barter with vendors, getting better prices. Also increases the chances of convincing characters to join you or tell you the location of a secret.
- Luck - Affects critical and loot chance but cannot be altered during character creation.
After picking your breed and main stat, Biomutant's character creation process asks you to select your character's resistances from a total of four: Heat, Biohazard, Cold, and Radioactivity. The higher their amount, the more time you can spend in areas where these hazards are present.
They largely play into the exploration aspect of Biomutant. Side quests also eventually lead you to discover gear that grants further protection and even suits that let you completely ignore them. You can also improve your resistance while leveling up, so don't think too hard about this choice.
Then, you get to pick your fur style and colors. This is purely cosmetic, so follow your tastes. The next step involves picking the class you'll play as throughout the entirety of Biomutant. You've got a total of five choices:
- Dead Eye - Starts with a higher crit chance bonus. Perfect Reload ability lets you instantly reload magazines and deal 20% more damage after doing so. Great choice if you plan on adopting a ranged playstyle. Synergizes with the Primal, Rex, and Murgel breeds.
- Commando - Fury ability passively increases your ranged damage by 10%. Also, a great choice if you plan on adopting a ranged playstyle. Synergizes with the Primal, Rex, and Murgel breeds.
- Psi-Freak - Biomutant's caster class. Starts with a higher crit chance. Ki-Energy regen passively increased by 20%. Starts with the Spark Ball ability which lets you attack opponents from range using electric projectiles that consume Ki-Energy. Synergizes with the Rex, and Fip breeds.
- Saboteur - Starts with the highest critical chance bonus. Twin Silver Grip ability lets you dual-wield one-handed weapons. Hyperenergetic ability passively increased dodge speed by 20%. Ideal if you're aiming for a fast melee-focused playstyle. Synergizes with the Primal, Dumdon, and Rex Breeds.
- Sentinel - Toughness ability increases base armor by 10. Caters to tankier builds but also those that also favor flexibility. Synergizes with the Rex and Hyla breeds
This is the final step in your Biomutant character creation journey. Breeds, classes, and resistances do determine a lot about your avatar when it first starts out but it's important to note that they don't stop you from experimenting with your builds or pivoting towards a different playstyle.
It's best to think about them as initial guidelines. You start off as a caster whose Psi-powers are stronger but there's nothing stopping you from also increasing your melee damage and adopting a hybrid playstyle. Biomutant actually encourages the use of all the tools in your arsenal (Psi-powers, melee, ranged).
The gear you find while playing and the way in which you distribute points when you level up have considerably more weight in your character's development than your starting class or breed. While you shouldn't rush through all the choices listed above – since only some, like appearance, can be changed –, you can end up sampling everything that Biomutant has to offer.
For our thoughts on the game, check out our Biomutant review.
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