Species

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This article is considered accurate for the current version (1.4) of the game.

Every habitable planet has the potential of developing different kinds of intelligent beings that may, naturally or not, develop technologically. Sometimes, such beings reach a crucial point in their development that allows them access to FTL technology and, as a consequence, the ability of becoming full–fledged interstellar empires.

It is very rare but possible for two or more empires to spawn with the same species. Xenophobia and Xenophilia are reduced by half for these empires.

A species may or may not equate with an empire. At first every empire will be made up entirely of its original species but eventually it may include other species through conquest or inter-empire migration. Xenophile empires particularly favor this idea while xenophobe empires hate it.

A higher resolution version is available by clicking on the portraits.

List of species groups[edit]

A number of species are pre-defined, including the Humans of the Sol system. There are, at the moment, 8 different species groups that each race can belong to: Arthropoid (insect-like), Avian (bird-like), Fungoid (fungus-like), Humanoid, Mammalian, Molluscoid (invertebrates), Reptilian, and Plantoid. The Plantoid species group is part of the Plantoids Species Pack DLC. Each species have Traits and Ethos that can be selected, as well as homeworld types. Traits and Ethos are independent of the species or portrait selected, though players can of course use the portrait art as inspiration for their choices, adding to roleplaying. For instance in the "All Hail Blorg" stream, the players used one of the Fungoid portraits to help create the idea of a very friendly but hideously ugly species.

There is an option for player-defined species, complete with traits, ethos and government type to appear in the game as AI nations[1].

The first ruler of every empire can be customized. For non-humanoid species customization is limited to colors and possibly clothes, while some humanoid species feature hairstyle customization too. Humans are the only species with multiple phenotypes (races).

Humanoid[edit]

The Human portrait was originally part of the Mammalian phenotype prior to the introduction of the Humanoid phenotype in the the Heinlein patch.

Mammalian[edit]

Note: The order of the portraits is meant to reflect their in-game order.

The platypus portrait was originally available for those who signed up for the Project Augustus web game, but due to popular demand, was added in the Clarke patch. The Evil Porcupine portrait is part of the Creatures of the Void DLC portrait pack for those who pre-ordered Stellaris.

Reptilian[edit]

Note: The order of the portraits is meant to reflect their in-game order.

The Gecko portrait is part of the Cuties Portraits Pack, included in the Leviathans Story Pack DLC.

Avian[edit]

Note: The order of the portraits is meant to reflect their in-game order.

The Chirpy-inspired[2] portrait is available to those who login to their Paradox account while in-game[3].

The Dinosaur Bird portrait is part of the Creatures of the Void DLC portrait pack for those who pre-ordered Stellaris.

Arthropoid[edit]

Note: The order of the portraits is meant to reflect their in-game order.

The Arachnoid portrait is a pre-order bonus for those who purchased the Nova Edition or the Galaxy Edition of Stellaris.

The Shadowy Arthropoid portrait is part of the Creatures of the Void DLC portrait pack for those who pre-ordered Stellaris.

The Butterfly portrait is part of the Cuties Portraits Pack, included in the Leviathans Story Pack DLC.

Molluscoid[edit]

Note: The order of the portraits is meant to reflect their in-game order.

The Hydra/Xenomorph portrait is part of the Creatures of the Void DLC portrait pack for those who pre-ordered Stellaris. The Starfish and Snailien portraits and part of the Cuties Portraits Pack, included in the Leviathans Story Pack DLC.

Fungoid[edit]

Note: The order of the portraits is meant to reflect their in-game order.

The Fungoid Infected Mammalian portrait is part of the Creatures of the Void DLC portrait pack for those who pre-ordered Stellaris. The Prettyshroom portrait is part of the Cuties Portraits Pack, included in the Leviathans Story Pack DLC.

Plantoid[edit]

The Plantoid phenotype is part of the Plantoids Species Pack DLC.

Note: The order of the portraits is meant to reflect their in-game order.

Other[edit]

This category includes all species that are not selectable at start which includes Robots and crisis species such as the Prethoryn Swarm.

Compliments and insults[edit]

When contacted, empires with with a high opinion may compliment you while those with a low opinion may insult you. The flavor text depends on the ruler's species.

Species Group Compliment Insult
Human angel monkey
Mammalian sphinx beast
Reptilian dragon lizard
Avian phoenix chicken
Arthropoid scarab bug
Molluscoid kracken parasite
Fungoid chanterelle shroom
Plantoid rose weed

References[edit]

  1. https://twitter.com/Martin_Anward/status/717774037036965889
  2. "The Platypus and Chirpy portraits were more or less a joke thing." http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/mammalian-platypus-how-do-we-get-the-avatar-now.926579/page-6#post-21147836
  3. https://twitter.com/RikardAslund/status/728482852711628800
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