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Starbound's lore is presented to the player through books, logs, papers and other materials found in the game world, as well as conversations with NPCs who will change what they say based on your race.

Once a codex has been collected and learned it's permanently available in that character's Codex Library, which can be opened by clicking the side menu icon or using the hotkey [L].

In early beta most lore was written primarily by Ashton Raze and Demanrisu. Later, almost all codexes were heavily revised by Abi and Rosiedeux in update cheerful giraffe .

"It may seem like a small/insignificant feature to some, but it's something we hope will greatly contribute to the atmosphere of the game as well as the sense of discovery in constantly reading new tidbits of information about each race. So...lore fans, rejoice!" - "The Starbound Chronicle: July 2013"

Starter Codex Entries

Every player learns these entries when they begin the game.

Racial Codexes


Project De-Ape Lab Report Icon.png 'Project: De-Ape' Lab Report

Apex An Identity Lost Icon.png Apex: An Identity Lost

RE Selection bias Icon.png RE: Selection bias!


Avoscript Verse 1-1-1 Icon.png Avoscript: Verse 1:1:1

Avoscript Verse 23-4-27 Icon.png Avoscript: Verse 23:4:27



Built for Purpose I Icon.png Built for Purpose? I
Built for Purpose II Icon.png Built for Purpose? II


Human Census Report Icon.png Human Census: Report


Mission Codexes

Erchius Mining Facility

Ceremonial Hunting Caverns

Grand Pagoda Library

The Great Sovereign Temple

Miniknog Stronghold

The Baron's Keep

Other Codexes

Dreadwing & Shockhopper

Dreadwing the Penguin (Codex) Icon.png Dreadwing The Penguin

Shockhopper Mech Mk I (Codex) Icon.png Shockhopper Mech Mk I


Hiraki Corale, Hylotl Adventurer

Yolotli's Diary

Legacy Lore

There are a number of codex entries which set the early groundwork for the game's lore that have been removed. Most of these codexes were found in dungeons and villages during beta. They're no longer in the game files so they are no longer obtainable by any method.









Specific Entries - Characters or Groups of Characters


Greenfinger of the Floran

Hewlett Deckard - Glitch bounty hunter

Hiraki Corale, Hylotl Adventurer

Huntmaster Sunflower Tzu

K'arn Hollowbeak, Avian scholar

Platinum Ace, Outcast Leader

Professor Irondome

Rochard Hawkings

The Po-metheus


Boss entries

Old Bosses droped codex entries containing lore about them.


These original codexes about each mission could be found in chests around the map.

Erchius Mining Facility

Floran Caverns