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Hylotl Icon.png
playable race
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Cultural Style Japanese
Appearance Amphibian

See Also: Category:Hylotl
The Hylotl are one of the seven playable races in Starbound, and one of the six races entrusted with an Ancient artifact.

The Hylotl are a semi-aquatic race with trinocular vision, highly-adaptable genetics and a relatively short lifespan, which over the generations has led them from being a strictly land-based species to one that can live comfortably in aquatic environments, though they still lack the ability to breathe underwater.

They have a long and rich history of art, science, and philosophy, with reverence for tradition and meditation. Despite their highly-advanced technological level, most of their structures are still made of wood bedecked with ornate carvings. This leads to an interesting clash of Hylotl cultures in their massive underwater cities, with hand-painted calligraphy next to bright neon signs advertising the latest fashions, and quiet paper-walled garden rooms not far from the heavy bass thumping of a "bubbstep" dance club. The Hylotl-owned Letheia Corporation is one of the largest companies in the galaxy, providing everything from entertainment to space stations and starship fuel to people across the stars.

Hylotl pride themselves on seeking peaceful solutions to problems, though they recognize that sometimes their side of a philosophical debate on the merits of not dying carries a little more weight when backed up with a sharp enough blade. Thus, the ability to use weapons with skill and proficiency is similarly a fine-honed art passed down through the generations.

Some find the Hylotl to be stuffy, arrogant, and passive-aggressive, which the Hylotl deny and figure you'll see the error of your ways once you've become a bit more enlightened like they have.

The Hylotl have an ugly history with the Floran. Though the "why" and "how" has been lost to history, as a massive Floran invasion of their homeworld forced the Hylotl to settle under the oceans. Though open hostilities have been over for a long time, there is still some animosity between the two races (largely from the Hylotl), though the average Hylotl will claim there isn't any anymore and they've totally forgiven the Floran for being a bunch of bloodthirsty murderous brain-dead savages.

Hylotl as the player character

As with the other player races, Hylotl characters are given a set of uniquely-styled Armors, their own Ship type (with included Pet), and two unique Mech bodies. The Hylotl equipment mixes feudal Japanese styling with aquatic themes, though their stats are the same for all other race's equipment at the same Tier.

Crafted weapons are the same for all races, save for the pistol-packing Novakid.

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 Hylotl 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 Hylotl NPC villagers. Hylotl cosmetic armour resembles East Asian clothing.

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

Hylotl Racial Armor

Scouter's Set.png
Scavenger's Set.png
Pioneer Set.png
Outrider Set.png
Vanguard Armor.png
Seeker Set.png
Wanderer Set.png
Adventurer Set.png
Trailbrazer Armor.png
Universalist Set.png
Scouter Scavenger Pioneer Outrider Vanguard Seeker Wanderer Adventurer Trailblazer Universalist
Defector Set.png
Rebel Set.png
Insurgent Set.png
Revolutionary Set.png
Rogue Set.png
Spy Set.png
Assassin Set.png
Frontliner Set.png
Infiltrator Set.png
Usurper Set.png
Defector Rebel Insurgent Revolutionary Rogue Spy Assassin Frontliner Infiltrator Usurper
Hatchling's Set.png
Sparrow Set.png
Quail Set.png
Owl Set.png
Toucan Set.png
Macaw Set.png
Peacock Set.png
Flamingo Set.png
Phoenix Set.png
Raven's Set.png
Hatchling Sparrow Quail Owl Toucan Macaw Peacock Flamingo Phoenix Raven
Sprout's Set.png
Bonesmith's Set.png
Nomad's Set.png
Hunter's Set.png
Cannibals Set.png
Wiseman's Set.png
Gatherer's Set.png
Sentinel's Set.png
Shaman's Set.png
Synthesizer's Set.png
Sprout Bonesmith Nomad Hunter Cannibal Wiseman Gatherer Sentinel Shaman Synthesizer
Knave's Set.png
Soldier's Set.png
Knight's Armor.png
Dark Knight's Set.png
Lancer's Set.png
Crusader's Set.png
Paladin's Set.png
Glitch Templar Armor.png
Legionnaire's Set.png
Doom Lord's Set.png
Knave Soldier Knight Dark Knight Lancer Crusader Paladin Templar Legionnaire Doom Lord
Puddle Set.png
Pond Set.png
River set.png
Lake Set.png
Reef Set.png
Sea set.png
Ocean Set.png
Euphotic set.png
Disphotic set.png
Aphotic set.png
Puddle Pond River Lake Reef Sea Ocean Euphotic Disphotic Aphotic
Deputy's Set.png
Bandit Set.png
Outlaw Set.png
Sheriff's Set.png
Bonesaw's Set.png
Clockwork Set.png
Bandito's Set.png
Gambler's Set.png
Varmint's Set.png
Wrangler's Set.png
Deputy Bandit Outlaw Sheriff Bonesaw Clockwork Bandito Gambler Varmint Wrangler
Set NamePower Icon.pngArmor Icon.pngEnergy Icon.pngHealth Icon.pngHelmChestLegsTier
Puddle Set50251010Puddle HatPuddle ChestguardPuddle TrousersTier01
Pond Set100452020Pond HelmPond BreastplatePond GreavesTier02
River Set150603030River HelmRiver BreastplateRiver LeggingsTier03
Lake Set200704040Lake HelmLake BreastplateLake GreavesTier04
Ocean Set2507550100Ocean HelmOcean ChestguardOcean GreavesTier05

Cosmetic Armors

There are a number of Hylotl-related Cosmetic Armors to be found scattered across the universe, usually in Hylotl-themed Dungeons, but sometimes in random/Biome chests. Like the Starter Clothing, these have no defensive capabilities, but let the player customize their character's appearance.

Player Ship

The (fixed) starter-level Hylotl Ship

The Hylotl Ship is sleek as an ocean fish, with "dorsal" fins and smooth curves. 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.

Once upgraded to the Condor Class (the largest Ship class), the Hylotl ship takes on a more whale-like appearance, albeit a whale with a lot of back-fins.

Hylotl ship pets are three-eyed Crabs, coming in one of ten different colors/patterns chosen at random.


The "Kabuto-00" Mech Body

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

The Kabuto-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 Kabuto 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.

Hylotl as NPCs

Hylotl NPCs are very common. Lone Hylotl Merchants can pop up on nearly any world (both through normal planetary generation and temporarily as part of a Quest), and spaceships and space stations may have Hylotl crew. Hylotl will often appear as NPCs in mixed-race planetary Microdungeons such as Savannah settlements or Tundra science stations. Hylotl houses are also the only Microdungeons to appear on the islands of Ocean planets.

Villages & Dungeons

Hylotl Underwater City

Hylotl surface villages and dungeons can be found on all planet types that can have surface-level full-sized dungeons except for Lush (aka "starter") planets. These structures do not have a "favored" planet type.

The Hylotl are the only race to have full-sized villages and dungeons on Ocean planets, at the ocean floor. The underwater cities are currently the only planetary structures to be protected by a Shield Generator to prevent the player from removing items and blocks, though the Generator can be switched off once found. Some small houses and farms with reefpods and coral creepers can also be found on islands in oceans



The Quest to find the Hylotl Artifact is the second of the five Artifact Quests the player must undertake. This two-part hunt first involves finding Hylotl decor items and scanning them, giving Esther data to locate the Artifact's whereabouts. Once she has enough data, the player can travel directly to the Grand Pagoda Library to retrieve it, where the player has their first encounter with the Occasus Cult leader Asra Nox.

Once the Hylotl Artifact has been obtained, Koichi will set up camp at the Outpost near the Ark. Over the course of the game, he will ask the player to obtain certain decor items he wants to fill out his museum. Finishing up this string of quests rewards the player with the unique Hokucide sword.


Colony Deed.gif A variety of Hylotl 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 Hylotl Hylotl (8), Storage (8), Commerce (8) Merchant 15 to 30 minutes
Random Storage (8), Commerce (8) 20 to 30 minutes
Chef Hylotl Tenant.png
Chef Merchant Hylotl Hylotl (6), Cooking (8) Merchant 15 to 30 minutes
Random Cooking (8) 20 to 30 minutes
Villager Hylotl Tenant.png
Villager Villager Hylotl Hylotl (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 Hylotl Durasteel (12), Combat (8), Apex (8) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random Durasteel (12), Combat (8) 20 to 30 minutes
Tier 3 Hylotl Tenant.png
3 Tier 3 Hylotl Titanium (12), Combat (8), Apex (8) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random Titanium (12), Combat (8) 20 to 30 minutes
Tier 2 Hylotl Tenant.png
2 Tier 2 Hylotl Tungsten (12), Combat (8), Apex (8) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random Tungsten (12), Combat (8) 20 to 30 minutes
Tier 1 Hylotl Tenant.png
1 Tier 1 Hylotl Combat (8), Apex (8) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Random Combat (8) 20 to 30 minutes
Hylotl Themed Tenants

These Tenants will always be Hylotl regardless of whatever racial furniture is placed in the room, with two exceptions. The Naturalist Merchant has a 50/50 chance of being a Hylotl or a Floran, while the Scientist may be a Hylotl, Human or Apex.

Name Type Required Object Types (Boxes) Rent Chances Rent Timeframe
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Diver Villager Sea (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Naturalist Tenant.png
Naturalist Merchant Merchant Giantflower (18) Merchant 15 to 30 minutes
Scientist Tenant.png
Scientist Villager Science (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Prism Tenant.png
Window Salesman Merchant Prism (18) 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
Astro Tenant.png
Astro Villager Astro (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Electrician Tenant.png
Electrician Villager Wired (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Industrial Tenant.png
Industrial Villager Industrial (24) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Philanthropist Tenant.png
Philanthropist Villager Valuable (76) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Socialite Tenant.png
Socialite Villager Pretty (28), Valuable (42) Villager 15 to 30 minutes
Space Guard Tenant.png
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 Hylotl


Hylotl feature in a good number of Codex books, both written by Hylotl and by other races.


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The player can find fossilized remains of Hylotl underground on most planets by successfully completing a fossil mini-game. The prizes for completion are randomized, so it may take a lot of tries to obtain even a single piece.

Once a complete set of skull, torso and legs has been collected, they can be placed in a Medium Fossil Display, forming a complete Hylotl skeleton to be put on display as a decor item. This also completes entry #13 in the Fossil Collections Library. Once the skeleton and display have been combined, they cannot be disassembled.

The player may also find the Hylotl Skull Mask Cosmetic Armor piece in Bone Chests scattered throughout Bone Biomes.

Beta development & differences

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Beta-Release Canon

The following material was introduced in the Beta and has since been removed or altered. As such, it is no longer considered to be a part of Starbound canon.

The Hylotl have changed very little over the game's development, primarily due to being the last of the original six player races to be "fully" implemented into the game. Throughout most of Beta development there were no Hylotl villages or dungeons at all and little Lore about them in specific, with the bulk of their content added during the late-stage "Giraffe" updates. What little lore the Hylotl had involved a faction known as the Hylotl Missionaries, who are of dubious canonicity in the modern version of the game thanks to only being featured in a fanmade codex entry. They were also rather xenophobic back then and both Floran and Hylotl had a hatred for one another, likely due to the Floran invasion of the Hylotl homeworld. They also had japanese and aquatic themed weapons (katanas, scythes, weapons named after water fauna)
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  • The Hylotl race is based on the Axolotl, an amphibian salamander found in Mexico, hence the similar endings to both names. It's unknown if the front end of the name of the Hylotl is derived from an ancient Greek name or not.
  • The Hylotl Flag bears a striking resemblance to the Japanese flag, except with three dots (as the Hylotl have three eyes) instead of one.


Apex Icon.png ApexAvian Icon.png AvianFloran Icon.png FloranGlitch Icon.png GlitchHuman Icon.png HumanHylotl Icon.png HylotlNovakid Icon.png Novakid
Agaran Icon.png AgaranAlpaca Icon.png AlpacaAncient Icon.png AncientDeadbeat Icon.png DeadbeatFeneroxIcon.png FeneroxFrog Icon.png Frogg
Penguin Icon.png PenguinShadows Icon.png Shadow