Species

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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 to become full-fledged interstellar 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, migration pacts, enlightening pre-FTL cultures, accepting refugees, or some events.

The portrait of a species can be changed through pop modification if the Tech genetic resequencing.png Genetic Resequencing technology is researched, but the species class cannot be changed. Some species do not allow changing portraits.

Species identity

At galaxy generation species are divided into species class groups, parent species and sub-species.

There are 10 different species classes, representing species with similar observable characteristics, including its morphology or physical form and structure, its developmental processes and its biochemical and physiological properties.

A parent species is the first spawned species of its kind (a kind is defined by its species portrait and name). A sub-species is created when a pop modification template is applied to a parent species or another sub-species and is considered to be the same species for the purposes of xenophobia, xenophilia and species rights.

Species within the same class will be less affected by xenophobia and xenophilia, with the effect increasing if they share the same portrait. If two species are created during galaxy generation with the same portrait and name they will be considered the same species.

List of species classes

Each species portrait available to start a new empire will belong to one of the following classes: Arthropoid (arthropod-like), Avian (bird-like), Fungoid (fungus-like), Humanoid (human-like), Mammalian (mammal-like), Molluscoid (invertebrates), Reptilian (reptile-like), Plantoid (part of the Plantoids Species Pack DLC), Lithoid (part of the Lithoids Species Pack DLC), Necroid (part of the Necroids Species Pack DLC) and Machine (part of the Synthetic Dawn DLC).

Each species can have traits and will have climate preference based on its homeworld.

The first ruler of every empire can be customized.

Humanoid

The humanoids are the only species class that uses different models and voices for each gender. Some humanoids feature hairstyle customization. Each portrait has its own diplomacy voice.

Ten additional portraits are available as part of the Humanoid Species Pack DLC.

Portrait Female voice sample Male voice sample
Human.png
Humanoid 02.png
Humanoid 03.png
Humanoid 04.png
Humanoid 05.png
Humanoid hp 01.png
Humanoid hp 02.png
Humanoid hp 06.png
Humanoid hp 07.png
Humanoid hp 08.png
Humanoid hp 09.png
Humanoid hp 10.png
Humanoid hp 11.png
Humanoid hp 12.png
Humanoid hp 13.png

Mammalian

Most mammalian portraits have a unique dialogue when targeted with a diplomacy insult.

Portrait Voice sample
Any

Note: The Evil Porcupine (Massive #17) portrait was originally exclusive players who pre-ordered Stellaris before being released as part of the free Anniversary Portraits Pack DLC.

Reptilian

Few portraits have their own diplomacy voices.

Portrait Voice sample
Any except Reptilian #17 and Reptilian #16
Reptilian 17.png
Reptilian 16.png

Note: The Fairy Dragon (Reptilian #17) portrait is part of the free Anniversary Portraits Pack DLC.

Avian

Few portraits have their own diplomacy voices.

Portrait Voice sample
Any except Avian #18
Avian 18.png

Note: The Chirpy portrait (Massive #16) is available to those who login to their Paradox account while in-game.[1]

The Dinosaur Bird (Massive #17) portrait was originally exclusive to players who pre-ordered Stellaris before being released as part of the free Anniversary Portraits Pack DLC.

The Peacock Avian (Avian #18) portrait is part of the free Anniversary Portraits Pack DLC.

Arthropoid

Few portraits have their own diplomacy voices.

Portrait Voice sample
Any except Arthropoid #20 and Arthropoid #18
Arthropoid 20.png
Arthropoid 18.png

Note: The Shadowy Arthropod (Massive #17) portrait was originally exclusive players who pre-ordered Stellaris before being released as part of the free Anniversary Portraits Pack DLC.

The Arachnoid (Massive #16) portrait is included only in the Nova Edition or the Galaxy Edition of Stellaris.

The Larvae (Arthropoid #20) portrait is part of the free Anniversary Portraits Pack DLC.

The Mantis Shrimp (Arthropoid #19) portrait is available to those who login to their Paradox account while in-game[2]

Molluscoid

Few portraits have their own diplomacy voices.

Portrait Voice sample
Any except Molluscoid #17 and Molluscoid #18
Molluscoid 17.png
Molluscoid 18.png

Note: The Hydra/Xenomorph (Massive #16) portrait was originally exclusive to players those who pre-ordered Stellaris before being released as part of the free Anniversary Portraits Pack DLC.

Fungoid

Few portraits have their own diplomacy voices.

Portrait Voice sample
Any except Fungoid #17
Fungoid 17.png

Note: The Fungoid Infected Mammalian (Massive #16) portrait was originally exclusive to players who pre-ordered Stellaris before being released as part of the free Anniversary Portraits Pack DLC.

Plantoid

The Plantoid class is part of the Plantoids Species Pack DLC. If the Ancient Relics.png Ancient Relics DLC is enabled this class can be played with the Baol portrait but plantoid ship and city appearance will not be available.

Portrait Voice sample
Any

Lithoid

The Lithoid class is part of the Lithoids Species Pack DLC. Each portrait has its own diplomacy voice.

Portrait Voice sample
Lithoid 01.png
Lithoid 02.png
Lithoid 03.png
Lithoid 04.png
Lithoid 05.png
Lithoid 06.png
Lithoid 07.png
Lithoid 08.png
Portrait Voice sample
Lithoid 09.png
Lithoid 10.png
Lithoid 11.png
Lithoid 12.png
Lithoid 13.png
Lithoid 14.png
Lithoid 15.png

Necroid

The Necroid class is part of the Necroids Species Pack DLC. Each portrait has its own diplomacy voice.

Portrait Voice sample
Necroids 01 portrait purple.png
Necroids 02 portrait brass.png
Necroids 03 portrait green.png
Necroids 04 portrait purple.png
Necroids 05 portrait green.png
Necroids 06 portrait blue.png
Necroids 07 portrait black.png
Necroids 08 portrait orange.png
Portrait Voice sample
Necroids 09 portrait teal.png
Necroids 10 portrait blue.png
Necroids 11 portrait v3.png
Necroids 12 portrait green.png
Necroids 13 portrait blue.png
Necroids 14 portrait blue.png
Necroids 15 portrait grey.png

Machine

Machines are not a naturally evolved species but rather an artificial one that can be constructed with the required technology or if by starting as a machine empire. Each portrait has its own diplomacy voice. When an empire first creates robots they'll use the portrait that matches the creator species' class.

Portrait Voice sample Original species class
Alien AI.png Any if no DLC
Synthetic dawn portrait humanoid.png Humanoid
Synthetic dawn portrait mammalian.png Mammalian
Synthetic dawn portrait reptilian.png Reptilian
Synthetic dawn portrait avian.png Avian
Synthetic dawn portrait arthopoid.png Arthopoid
Portrait Voice sample Original species class
Synthetic dawn portrait molluscoid.png Molluscoid
Synthetic dawn portrait fungoid.png Fungoid
Synthetic dawn portrait plantoid.png Plantoid
Lithoid machine.png Lithoid
Necroids machine portrait red.png Necroid

Crisis

Crisis species are not playable and will only appear following the arrival of a crisis.

Portrait Contacts menu background Voice sample Crisis species
Alien Swarm.png Prethoryn Scourge
Alien extradimensional 01.png Unbidden
Alien extradimensional 02.png Aberrant
Alien extradimensional 03.png Vehement

Species classes

Species classes are further grouped by species classes. Each of them can have different mechanics and even available traits.

Species class Trait Upkeep resource Multiplication Modification Additional mechanics Available on start
Biological Food.png Food Mod pop growth req.png Growth Tech gene tailoring.png Genetic Can create hybrid species with all biological groups Yes.png
Lithoid Trait lithoid.png Lithoid Minerals.png Minerals Mod pop growth req.png Growth Tech gene tailoring.png Genetic
  • Can use some natural resource traits
  • Can use the Origins lithoid.png Calamitous Birth origin
Lithoids.png
Machine Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Unit Energy.png Energy Mod pop robot build speed mult.png Assembly Tech robomodding.png Cybernetic Must use Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence authority Synthetic Dawn.png
Robotic Trait mechanical.png Mechanical Energy.png Energy Mod pop robot build speed mult.png Assembly Tech robomodding.png Cybernetic
  • Unlocked through Tech robotic workers.png Robotic Workers technology
  • Requires additional technologies to use most jobs
Origins mechanist.png
Pre-Sapient Trait uplifted.png Any pre-sapient trait No.png None No.png Cannot multiply Tech epigenetic triggers.png Uplifting Does not wear clothes No.png

Compliments and insults

When contacted, empires 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 that wear and do not wear clothes also have a special diplomatic insult with each other.

Species class Compliment Insult
Human angel monkey
Humanoid sphinx
  • beast
  • troll
  • orc
  • ugly bag of mostly water
Mammalian sphinx beast
Reptilian dragon
  • newt
  • lizard
Avian phoenix
  • bird
  • chicken
  • dodo
  • buzzard
Arthropoid scarab bug
Molluscoid kraken parasite
Fungoid chanterelle shroom
Plantoid rose weed
Machine
  • elegant automaton
  • technological marvel
  • tin can
  • toaster
Lithoid gem coprolite
Necroid specimen husk

References

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