Novakid

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Novakid
playable race
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Cultural Style Wild West
Appearance Starlike

The Novakid are one of the seven playable races in Starbound, and the only one not given an Ancient artifact.

Easily one of the most enigmatic known races, the Novakid are sapient glowing gas-bags in a humanoid shape, with metallic "brands" where their faces would be. A generally carefree and capricious people with notoriously short memories and attention spans, they live in the moment, wandering the stars in search of adventure or whatever, with little reflection on the past. So unconcerned are they with what happened before now, they have forgotten their own origins, having never bothered to catalog their history. Thus where they came from and how they were formed may forever be a mystery.

Compounding the oddity of their existence is their culture, which greatly resembles that of the "Wild West" era of Earth. Their technology is heavily steam-based, with great linked-train starships, and they favor slug-throwing pistols over melee weapons. Whether this is how they've always been or if it's a recent thing is, of course, unknown, as the Novakid sure don't remember.

As they have largely kept themselves out of interstellar affairs, Novakid are something of a rare sight in the universe.


Novakid as the player character

As with the other player races, Novakid characters are given a set of uniquely-styled Armors, their own Ship type (with included Pet), and two unique Mech bodies. The Novakid equipment is very Old West, with hide-leather clothes and wide-brimmed hats. Their stats are the same for all other race's equipment at the same Tier.

The Novakid are the only playable race to have a unique set of crafted Weapons, focusing on guns rather than melee weapons.

While race-specific crafted items can be traded between characters of different races and used freely, there is currently no mechanism to allow a character to craft other races' unique items, or obtain a different Ship (and Ship Pet) in any capacity, without modding the game.


Starter Clothing

A Novakid player has four sets of race-specific Starter Clothing to choose from in the Character Creator, plus the standard-issue Protectorate T-Shirt and Protectorate Vest. These items have no defensive capabilities whatsoever. These four sets are also used to clothe randomly-generated Apex NPC villagers.

All four sets can also be crafted at the Spinning Wheel and Sewing Machine.

Novakid Racial Armor

Set NamePower Icon.pngArmor Icon.pngEnergy Icon.pngHealth Icon.pngHelmChestLegsTier
Deputy's Set50251010Deputy's HatDeputy's VestDeputy's SlacksTier01
Bandit Set100452020Bandit HatBandit VestBandit ChapsTier02
Outlaw Set150603030Outlaw HatOutlaw ChestOutlaw PantsTier03
Sheriff's Set200704040Sheriff's HatSheriff's VestSheriff's SlacksTier04
Bandito's Set2507512550Bandito's SombreroBandito's PonchoBandito's PantsTier05
Bonesaw's Set300755050Bonesaw's HatBonesaw's CoatBonesaw's SlacksTier05
Varmint's Set2507550100Varmint's HatVarmint's PlateVarmint's PantsTier05
Clockwork Set360806060Clockwork HatClockwork JacketClockwork TrousersTier06
Gambler's Set3008015060Gambler's HatGambler's VestGambler's PantsTier06
Wrangler's Set3008060120Wrangler's HatWrangler's PlateWrangler's PantsTier06

Cosmetic Armors

There are a few pieces of Novakid-related Cosmetic Armors to be found scattered across the universe. While these pieces can be found in random chests in any given Biome, they have a slightly higher chance of appearing within Novakid Villages. Like the Starter Clothing, these have no defensive capabilities, but let the player customize their character's appearance.

Weapons

While the other six playable races all share a "generic" pool of craftable weapons though the Anvil / Forge / Replicator Crafting Station series, the Novakid have a unique set of "default" weapons. True to their "Wild West" nature, this set is heavily geared towards guns rather than melee combat.

WEAPON CATEGORY DPS ROF EPS SPECIAL STATION REQ. TIER
Iron Revolver Icon.png Iron Revolver Pistol 3.8 1.7 18.75 N/A Anvil Tier1
Iron Assault Rifle Icon.png Iron Assault Rifle Assault Rifle 1.2 9.1 31.5 Spray n' Pray Anvil Tier1
Tungsten Shotgun Icon.png Tungsten Shotgun Shotgun 18.9 0.8 31.5 Burst Shot Anvil Tier2
Tungsten Magnum Icon.png Tungsten Magnum Pistol 7.5 1.3 18.75 N/A Anvil Tier2
Titanium Sniper Rifle Icon.png Titanium Sniper Rifle Sniper Rifle 22.1 0.8 25.5 Piercing Shot Forge Tier3
Titanium Machine Pistol Icon.png Titanium Machine Pistol Machine Pistol 1.5 9.1 21 N/A Forge Tier3
Durasteel Revolver Icon.png Durasteel Revolver Pistol 9.4 1.7 18.75 N/A Replicator Tier4
Durasteel Assault Rifle Icon.png Durasteel Assault Rifle Assault Rifle 2.9 9.1 31.5 Grenade Launcher Replicator Tier4

Player Ship

The (fixed) starter-level Novakid Ship

The Novakid Ship resembles a steam locomotive engine. Its size can be expanded by obtaining more Crew members, which allows the player to buy a higher-class Ship Licence from Penguin Pete for every two more Crew members. Alternately, the player can buy counterfeit licenses from Penguin Bay: these licenses are expensive, but do not have crew requirements attached to them.

When upgraded to the Condor Class (the largest Ship class), the Novakid ship has added four large "boxcars" in a row behind the main engine. This makes the Novakid ship the longest of the player ships, but not the largest in number of usable tiles.

Novakid ship pets are Snuggets, coming in one of ten different colors chosen at random.

Mechs

The "Marshal-00" Mech Body

Novakid player-characters have the ability to craft two unique Mech body types.

The Marshal-00 Mech Body is the first Mech body the player will obtain, by completing Dr. Akaggy's "Test Drive" quest at the Outpost and unlocking the ability to use Mechs. Its advanced version, the Marshal Mech Body, is obtained by completing Akaggy's later "Advanced Test Drive" quest.

These two bodies have the same stats as other races' "default" Mech Bodies earned from the same quests.

Novakid as NPCs

Novakid are easily the rarest of NPCs, having been the last playable race put into the game, and their village not even implemented until the 1.1.0 update. Outside of their villages, they currently only appear in space encounters and in space stations.

Villages & Dungeons

Novakid Village

Novakid villages can be found on all planet types that can have surface-level full-sized dungeons except for Lush (aka "starter") planets. Unlike other races' dungeons, there are no specific planet types they're more likely to occur on.

Their Villages live up to their "Wild West" theme, with wooden buildings full of frontier-style decor.

Currently, there are no hostile Novakid-themed dungeons.

VILLAGES (FRIENDLY) DUNGEONS (HOSTILE)
  • None


Quests

The Novakid currently have no story-based Quests.


Tenants

Colony Deed.gif A variety of Novakid Tenants can be summoned by placing a Colony Deed in a suitably-furnished room.
Basic Tenants

These types of Tenant can be any race, dependent on the furniture in the room. If there is not enough race-tagged furniture in the room, the Tenant's race will be chosen at random.

Name Type Race Required Object Types (Boxes) Rent Chances Rent Timeframe
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Merchant Merchant Novakid Novakid (8), Storage (8), Commerce (8) Merchant 15 to 30 minutes
Random Storage (8), Commerce (8) 20 to 30 minutes
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Chef Merchant Novakid Novakid (6), Cooking (8) Merchant 15 to 30 minutes
Random Cooking (8) 20 to 30 minutes
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Villager Villager Novakid Novakid (6) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random 15 to 30 minutes
Tiered Guard Tenants

Like the Basic Tenants, these Guards can be any race, dependent on what furniture is placed in their room. Their Armor and combat stats are based on the type of crafted tiered furniture placed in the room.

Lvl Armor Race Required Object Types (Boxes) Rent Chances Rent Timeframe
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4 Tier 4 Novakid Durasteel (12), Combat (8), Avian (8) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random Durasteel (12), Combat (8) 20 to 30 minutes
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3 Tier 3 Novakid Titanium (12), Combat (8), Apex (8) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random Titanium (12), Combat (8) 20 to 30 minutes
Tier 2 Novakid Tenant.png
2 Tier 2 Novakid Tungsten (12), Combat (8), Avian (8) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random Tungsten (12), Combat (8) 20 to 30 minutes
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1 Tier 1 Novakid Combat (8), Avian (8) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random Combat (8) 20 to 30 minutes
Novakid Themed Tenants

These Tenants will always be Novakid regardless of whatever racial furniture is placed in the room.

Name Type Required Object Types (Boxes) Rent Chances Rent Timeframe
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Barman Villager Saloon (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random-race Themed Tenants

These Tenants can be any of the seven playable races, but that race will always be chosen at random, regardless of the racial tags of the room's furniture.

Name Type Required Object Types (Boxes) Rent Chances Rent Timeframe
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Astro Villager Astro (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
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Electrician Villager Wired (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
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Industrial Villager Industrial (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
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Philanthropist Villager Valuable (76) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
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Socialite Villager Pretty (28), Valuable (42) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
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Space Guard Guard Station (12), Combat (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Station Tenant.png
Station Villager Station (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes


Notable Novakids

Codexes

Currently, the Novakid only feature in a single Codex, written by a Hylotl no less.

Fossils

Novakid currently have no Fossils, largely because they have no bones to fossilize.


Trivia

  • The Novakids were introduced as a stretch goal reward for pre-order sales reaching $500,000. They were the last player-race to be implemented.
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  • The race was a player suggestion by Bietol. His original proposal for the race can be found here. He credits user Suika Ibuki with inspiring the race with his suggestion and art for the Anodynes race here. Both Bietol and Suika were awarded a custom forum badge for their work.
  • Novakid names are often derived from organic nomenclature in chemistry, especially if it pertains to nonpolar molecules; such molecules are often flammable and used for fuel.

Pseudocanon

Note: The information below is considered "pseudocanon". It comes from the original concept creator, but has not been used by Chucklefish in any official media. Thus it is not "canon", but is more than fan-theory. It is included here to inform, but should not be taken as "true", as later official updates may contradict it.
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