Baldur’s Gate 3: Character Creation Guide

Baldur's Gate 3: Character Creation Guide

Welcome to the World of Baldur’s Gate 3!

Are you ready to embark on an epic adventure in the land of Faerun? Well then, get ready to create the ultimate character that will leave a mark in this vast and immersive world. But hey, we know character creation can be a bit overwhelming, so don’t fret! We’ve got your back!


Your first decision is all about your character’s origin. You can choose from some awesome pre-generated characters or go wild and customize your own hero from scratch. Remember, if you don’t play as the pre-generated characters, fear not! They can still join your party and unleash their badass abilities in combat.


Now it’s time to pick your character’s race, their species if you will. Choose from a plethora of sentient beings, each with their own unique perks and abilities. But wait, there’s more! Most races also have subraces, which let you customize your character even further. Talk about getting the whole Faerun experience!

All Playable Races In Baldur’s Gate 3

Race Movement Speed Darkvision Proficiencies Perks Subraces
Dragonborn 9m per turn 0m None Likes to breathe fire and resist elemental damage. Color, horns, and damage type of breath weapon and elemental resistance are determined by subrace
Drow 9m per turn 24m Shortsword, Rapier, Hand Crossbow Fey ancestry and charming immunity! Lolth-Sworn and Seldarine: Choose your path!
Dwarf 7.5m per turn 12m Axe, Hammer, War Axe, Hammer Resilient to poison and extra HP! Gold Dwarf, Shield Dwarf, Duergar: Subraces with their own special perks!
Elf 9m per turn 12m Sword, Bow Fey ancestry to charm and sleep immunity! High Elf and Wood Elf: Choose between wizard cantrips or increased movement speed!
Githyanki 9m per turn 0m Sword, Armor Astral knowledge and psionics! No subraces, just some badass githyanki powers!
Gnome 7.5m per turn 12m None Gnome cunning for those tricky situations! Rock Gnome, Forest Gnome, Deep Gnome: Choose your quirks!
Half-Elf 9m per turn 12m Spear, Halberd, Shield Fey ancestry for charm resistance and better parties! High Half-Elf, Wood Half-Elf, Drow Half-Elf: A bit more elven flavor!
Halfling 7.5m per turn 0m None Lucky, brave, and super sneaky! Lightfoot and Strongheart: Choose your halfling flavor!
Half-Orc 9m per turn 12m None Relentless and savage in combat! No subraces, just pure half-orc awesomeness!
Human 9m per turn 0m Spear, Halberd, Shield Human versatility for extra skills and carrying capacity! No subraces, just good ol’ versatile humans!
Tiefling 9m per turn 12m None Fire resistance and some cool horn and skin variations! Asmodeus, Mephistopheles, Zarial: Different cantrips to spice things up!


Now it’s time to choose your character’s class. This is where things really get interesting. Each class comes with its own unique abilities, powers, and equipment. So decide what kind of playstyle suits you best. Are you a sneaky rogue, a holy paladin, or a spell-slinging wizard? The choice is yours!

All Classes In Baldur’s Gate 3

Class Equipment Features Subclasses
Barbarian Weapons of brute destruction Unleash your rage and become unstoppable! None
Bard Singing, instruments, and magic Inspire your allies and unleash your spells! Your instrument determines the sound effects, but no in-game effects.
Cleric Holy weapons and divine spells Cast powerful spells and become the ultimate healer! Different subclasses based on the gods you worship. Choose wisely!
Druid Club, Dagger, Sickle, spells Embrace nature and command the elements with your spells! None
Fighter All weapons and armor Unleash your might with a variety of weapons and armor! Several Fighting Styles to choose from. Pick the one that suits your playstyle!
Monk Weapons of finesse Become a master of martial arts and unlock your inner chi! None
Paladin Weapons for justice and protection Bring divine justice to your enemies and protect your allies! Different oaths with unique powers. Choose your path of righteousness!
Ranger Versatile weapons of the wild Master the art of ranged combat and tame the wilderness! Choose a favored enemy and gain extra perks based on your choice!
Rogue Stealthy and deadly weapons Sneak, kill, and become the ultimate rogue! None
Sorcerer Dagger, Quarterstaff, Light Crossbow, spells Unleash the power of sorcery and bend the elements to your will! Subclasses grant you additional powers and sometimes a touch of chaos!
Warlock Pact weapons and dark spells Forge a pact with otherworldly entities and gain their awesome powers! Choose your patron wisely and embrace the dark side of magic!
Wizard Dagger, Quarterstaff, Light Crossbow, spells Become a master of arcane arts and unleash devastating spells! None


Now, let’s dive into your character’s background, the story of their life before the game begins. This not only adds depth to your character but also grants you additional skills and bonuses depending on your chosen background. And hey, who doesn’t want some extra inspiration during gameplay?

All Backgrounds In Baldur’s Gate 3

Background Skills Recommended Classes
Acolyte Insight, Religion Cleric, Druid, Monk, Paladin
Charlatan Deception, Sleight Of Hand Bard, Warlock, Rogue, Sorcerer
Criminal Deception, Stealth Bard, Monk, Rogue, Ranger
Entertainer Acrobatics, Performance Bard, Rogue, Sorcerer, Monk
Folk Hero Animal Handling, Survival Druid, Monk, Paladin, Ranger
Guild Artisan Insight, Persuasion Bard, Cleric, Druid, Sorcerer, Warlock
Noble History, Persuasion Bard, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
Outlander Athletics, Survival Barbarian, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger
Sage Arcana, History Bard, Cleric, Druid, Wizard
Soldier Athletics, Intimidation Barbarian, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger
Urchin Sleight Of Hand, Stealth Bard, Monk, Ranger, Rogue

Abilities And Skills

Now it’s time to focus on your character’s abilities and skills. Brace yourself, because this is where the real magic happens! Your character has six abilities: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. These attributes determine your character’s raw potential. So, choose wisely and create a well-rounded hero.

It’s also important to know that each class relies on different abilities, so make sure to prioritize the ones that align with your chosen class. And don’t forget about your character’s skill proficiencies, they will give you a sweet bonus when using those specific skills.

The Guardian

Once you’ve finished creating the perfect character, it’s time to create your Guardian. This is an NPC that will appear later in the game. You have full control over their appearance, so make them as stunning or as goofy as you like. Just remember, it’s all about looks here, so no gameplay impact. But hey, who doesn’t want a cool-looking Guardian by their side?

Now, grab your mouse, keyboard, or controller and get ready for an unforgettable journey in Baldur’s Gate 3. May your adventures be filled with laughter, excitement, and countless critical hits!

Next Stop: Baldur’s Gate 3: Guide To Companions