Persuasion Skill Guide – Starfield

Anastasios Antoniadis

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Everything you need to know about the Persuasion skill in Starfield: Ranks, Rank Challenges, How to Rank Up, and Persuasion boosts.

In the cosmic expanse of Starfield, your journey is enriched by interactions with a myriad of NPCs (Non-Playable Characters). The Persuasion Skill becomes your Swiss Army knife in these dialogues, significantly affecting the course of main and side quests while also getting you out of tough situations (or giving the NPCs a chance to survive, to be real here).

With this skill, you gain access to unique dialogue choices, influence NPCs, and potentially alter mission outcomes. However, it isn’t easy to sway someone in your favor immediately. Here’s the rub: the higher your Persuasion Skill, the greater your chances of winning a Persuasion Check.

Persuasion Skill Ranks and Effects

Reaching Rank 4 in Persuasion may not be mandatory but it is highly recommended if you want to focus on diplomatic solutions to overcome complex situations in Starfield.

110% increased chance of success when persuading someone.
220% increased chance of success when persuading someone.
330% increased chance of success when persuading someone.
450% increased chance of success when persuading someone.

How to Unlock the Persuasion Skill

Before diving into the intricacies of Persuasion, you need to unlock this skill. You can do so in one of two ways:

  1. Skill Point Allocation: Navigate to the Social category and use a skill point to unlock Persuasion (my first skill point went there).
  2. Character Background: Choose a background that pre-unlocks Persuasion for you. Options include Diplomat, Industrialist, Sculptor, and Space Scoundrel.

Persuasion Rank Challenges

You will need a total of 18 successful Persuasions to reach Rank 4. Using our guide on how to level up Persuasion fast, should help you do it early in the game.

RankRank Challenge to Unlock Next Rank
1Succeed in 3 Speech Challenges
2Succeed in 5 Speech Challenges
3Succeed in 10 speech Challenges.

Leveling Up Persuasion: Step-by-Step Guide

Mastering the Art of Persuasion in Starfield How to Win Persuasion Checks
Pick the Persuade dialogue option to initiate Persuasion checks Image Credit: Bethesda via Meta Game Guides

Step 1: Initiating Persuasion Checks

Tip: Save your game before you try to persuade any character so that you can retry if you fail.

Every time you’re in a conversation that includes a Persuasion dialogue option, go for it. Even if you fail, the experience is invaluable.

Step 2: Understanding Difficulty Ratings and Filling the Persuasion Bar

Step 2 Understanding Difficulty Ratings and Filling the Persuasion Bar
Score enough points to fill the Persuasion bar at the bottom left corner of the dialogue screen to successfully persuade the NPC
Image Credit: Bethesda via Meta Game Guides

When you select the Persuade option, youll be presented with choices marked by three colors, each representing a level of difficulty:

  • Green: Easy but offers fewer points toward your target (Typically 1; 2 at best).
  • Yellow: Medium difficulty with 3-4 points.
  • Red: Hard but rewards 5 or 6 points if successful.

Your goal is to win enough persuasion checks to fill the bar at the bottom left corner of your screen.

Step 3 (Optional): Utilizing Consumables and Equipment

Before getting the hang of it, you may want to lean on external help. Aid items like Sparkling Wine, Hippolyta, and Paramour increase your persuasion chance by 8%, 20%, and 25% for 5, 5, and 10 minutes, respectively, while the Fitted Business Suit provides a constant 10% bump to your Persuasion Skill. Investing in Medicine may be a good idea to help you craft the aids below.

Recommended Consumables and Equipment to boost your Persuasion chances:

ItemPersuasion Boost PercentageDuration
Sparkling Wine (Aid)8%5 minutes
Hippolyta (Aid)20%5 minutes
Paramour (Aid)25%10 minutes
Fitted Business Suit (Apparel)10%N/A

Step 4 (Optional): Repeat Until you Complete the Rank Challenge

Keep finding NPCs to persuade until you complete each Persuasion rank’s rank challenge. Then you will need to allocate a skill point to unlock the next rank.

Mastering the art of Persuasion in Starfield enhances your gaming experience and unlocks doors you never knew existed. Happy gaming, and may the stars align in your favor!

Originally posted 2023-10-05 00:17:47.

Anastasios Antoniadis
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