The Outer Worlds

Aptitudes

By
Nathan Garvin

During character creation you’ll get to pick an Aptitude which will define your character’s past profession before traveling to the Halcyon system. Needless to say, your past was rather unimpressive, and as such so are the bonuses you’ll gain from whatever Aptitude you choose. Your Aptitude is mostly flavor, and even then, not flavor that’ll be referenced during gameplay so… uh… yeah.

The best you’ll get from your Aptitude is a one point bonus to a skill or 3% damage resistance to a specific damage type. This skill bonus does not contribute towards skill unlocks, by the way - for all intents and purposes it count as a temporary bonus (akin to gear and companion bonuses).

A list of the Aptitudes you can select and their effects can be found below:

Aptitude Effect
“No Discernible Aptitude” Determination +1
Beverage Service Technician Drink Effect Duration +3%
Bureaucrat, Rank 0 Block +1
Cashier, Sub-Grade, Non-Supervisory Persuade +1
Construction, Electrician Class, Wire Spooler Shock Damage Received -3%
Elevator Operations Specialist Engineering +1
Factory Worker, Conveyor Operator Dodge +1
Farmer, Dirt N-ray Damage Received -3%
Food Additive Tester Food Effect Duration +3%
Janitor, Sanitation Class Corrosion Damage Received -3%
Tossable Team Mascot Inspiration +1
Medical Technician, Junior Grade Medical +1
Safety Inspector Plasma Damage Received -3%
Scientist Assistant, Level 0, Class A Science +1
Sub Sous Chef 1-Handed Melee +1

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Private Division
  • Platforms
    PC, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    25 October 2019
  • Last Updated
    28 May 2021
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Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later than you expected only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony.

As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

Inside this comprehensive strategy guide for the latest RPG from Obsidian Entertainment you will find:

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