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Baldur’s Gate 3 Character Creation Guide | Build Best Characters

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Baldur’s Gate 3 allows players to either select a default character and start playing the game straight away or create a custom character. A default character might not fit your game style, hence, you might want to build a custom character in Baldur’s Gate 3. In this Baldur’s Gate 3 character creation guide, we will walk you through every process that will help you build the best characters in the game.

Origin

Origin in the character creation screen is like the background of your character. Here you will give a name to your character. Then you need to choose a background for the character. Depending on the background you choose, your character will get two proficiency bonuses.

Proficiency in other words means skills. Every background in the game is associated with two different proficiencies. Hence, you need to choose the background based on what skill you think will work well with your game style.

Each skill is beneficial in some way or the other, hence, there is no correct choice here. For instance, the athletic skill gives your character a bonus in running, jumping, and climbing. Similarly, investigation skill gives the bonus of finding clues and putting them together efficiently. Below is the list of backgrounds and the skills that get proficiency with those backgrounds.

BackgroundProficiencies (Skills)
AcolyteInsight, Religion
CharlatanDeception, Sleight of Hand
CriminalDeception, Stealth
EntertainerAcrobatics, Performance
Folk HeroAnimal Handling, Survival
Guild ArtisanInsight, Persuasion
NobleHistory, Persuasion
HermitMedicine, Religion
OutlanderAthletics, Survival
SageArcana, History
SailorAthletics, Perception
SoldierAthletics, Intimidation
UrchinSleight of Hand, Stealth

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Class

Classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 customizes your character for combat skills and tools. There are a total of 6 classes in the game and every class gives a proficiency bonus. The six classes are Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Warlock, and Wizard. The proficiency bonus can be for weapons, armors, and shields.

The class you select defines what weapons and other combat tools your character will have access to. For instance, wizards will have access to magic spells, and the fighter class will have access to powerful melee attacks. Below is the list of all the classes along with the sub-classes that you can choose from.

ClassSubclassMax Hit PointsClass FeaturesClass ProficienciesSubclass FeaturesSubclass Proficiencies
ClericLife Domain10Spell slots (magic-user)Wisdom Saving Throws, Charisma Saving Throws, Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shield, Simple WeaponAdditional healing from spells, Domain spellsHeavy Armor
ClericLight Domain10Spell slots (magic-user)Wisdom Saving Throws, Charisma Saving Throws, Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shield, Simple WeaponWarding Flare (reaction), Domain spells
ClericTrickery Domain10Spell slots (magic-user)Wisdom Saving Throws, Charisma Saving Throws, Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shield, Simple WeaponDomain spells
Fighter12Regain HP once per dayStrength Saving Throws, Constitution Saving Throws, Light Armor, Medium Armor, Heavy Armor, Shield, Simple Weapon, Martial Weapon
Ranger12Favored Enemy, Natural ExplorerStrength Saving Throws, Dexterity Saving Throws, Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shield, Simple Weapon, Martial Weapon
Rogue10Sneak Attack (Melee), Sneak Attack (Ranged)Dexterity Saving Throws, Intelligence Saving Throws, Light Armor, Simple Weapon, Hand Crossbow, Longsword, Rapier, Shortsword
WarlockThe Fiend10Spell slots (magic-user)Wisdom Saving Throws, Charisma Saving Throws, Light Armor, Simple WeaponHealing when you reduce an enemy to 0 hp
WarlockThe Great Old One10Spell slots (magic-user)Wisdom Saving Throws, Charisma Saving Throws, Light Armor, Simple Weapon
Wizard8Spell slots (magic-user), Regain spell slots once/dayIntelligence Saving Throws, Wisdom Saving Throws, Dagger, Dart, Sling, Quarterstaff, Light Crossbow

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Race

The race is an important aspect in Baldur’s Gate 3 character creation. Everything right from your character’s base stats to the weapons they can use to their speed and agility depends on what race you choose.

No race is above or beyond any other as each of them has their own upsides and downsides in the game. While one class will perform better in one part, the other race will perform better in some other part. Below is the list of all the races available in Baldur’s Gate 3. The list also mentions the subrace, features, and proficiency bonus that each one of them brings to your character.

RaceSubraceRace FeaturesRace ProficienciesSubrace TraitsSubrace Proficiencies
DrowLolth-SwornDexterity +2, Charisma +1, Advantage on Saving Throws against Charmed, Cannot be magically put to sleep, Superior Darkvision, Dancing Lights cantrip (spell), 30ft. speedRapier, Shortsword, Hand Crossbow
DrowSeldarineDexterity +2, Charisma +1, Advantage on Saving Throws against Charmed, Cannot be magically put to sleep, Superior Darkvision, Dancing Lights cantrip (spell), 30ft. speedRapier, Shortsword, Hand Crossbow
DwarfGoldConstitution +2, Advantage on Saving Throws against Poison, Resistance to Poison (half damage), DarkvisionBattleaxe, Handaxe, Light Hammer, WarhammerWisdom +1, HP Max +1 (per level), 25ft. speed
DwarfShieldConstitution +2, Advantage on Saving Throws against Poison, Resistance to Poison (half damage), DarkvisionBattleaxe, Handaxe, Light Hammer, WarhammerStrength +2, 25ft. speedLight Armor, Medium Armor
ElfWoodDexterity +2, Advantage on Saving Throws against Charmed, Cannot be magically put to sleep, DarkvisionPerception, Longsword, Shortsword, Longbow, ShortbowWisdom +1, 35ft. speedStealth
ElfHighDexterity +2, Advantage on Saving Throws against Charmed, Cannot be magically put to sleep, DarkvisionPerception, Longsword, Shortsword, Longbow, ShortbowIntelligence +1, 1 Wizard cantrip (spell), 30ft. speed
GithyankiStrength +2, Intelligence +1, 30ft. speed, Mage Hand cantrip (spell)Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shortsword, Longsword, Greatsword
Half-ElfHighCharisma +2, Two Abilities +1, Advantage on Saving Throws against Charmed, Cannot be magically put to sleep, Darkvision1 Wizard cantrip, 30ft. speed
Half-ElfWoodCharisma +2, Two Abilities +1, Advantage on Saving Throws against Charmed, Cannot be magically put to sleep, DarkvisionStealth
Half-ElfDrowCharisma +2, Two Abilities +1, Advantage on Saving Throws against Charmed, Cannot be magically put to sleep, DarkvisionDancing Lights cantrip (spell), 30ft. speed
HalflingLightfootDexterity +2, Reroll 1s on Attacks, Checks, or Saving ThrowsCharisma +1, 25ft. speedStealth
HalflingStrongheartDexterity +2, Reroll 1s on Attacks, Checks, or Saving ThrowsConstitution +1, Advantage on Saving Throws against Poison, Resistance to Poison (half damage), 25ft. speed
HumanStrength +1, Dexterity +1, Constitution +1, Intelligence +1, Wisdom +1, Charisma +1, 30ft. speed
TieflingAsmodeusResistance to Fire (half damage), DarkvisionCharisma +2, Intelligence +1, Thaumaturgy cantrip (spell), 30ft. speed
TieflingMephistophelesResistance to Fire (half damage), DarkvisionCharisma +2, Intelligence +1, Mage Hand cantrip (spell), 30ft. speed
TieflingZarielResistance to Fire (half damage), DarkvisionCharisma +2, Strength +1, Thaumaturgy cantrip (spell), 30ft. speed

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Skills

The gameplay of Baldur’s Gate 3 does not revolve around combat. The skills determine how well your character gets along with the world of Baldur’s Gate 3. The available skill set is the same for all the characters. However, some classes, races, and origins give you proficiency for certain skills. When you get the proficiency your stat is already +2 than the normal and you can easily build upon that skill.

The use and need of skill solely depend on the situations you encounter in the game. Hence, again there is no right or wrong skill to choose here. For instance, animal handling skills can help you avoid fights with animals like Owlbear. On the other hand, intimidation skill can help you prevent fight against dangerous goblins. Below is the entire list of skill sets available. You can choose any skill set according to your preference to customize your character in Baldur’s Gate 3.

  • Acrobatics: Better in balancing and acrobatic stunts
  • Athletic: Great athletic skills like jumping, running, and climbing
  • Arcana: Best with spells and magical knowledge
  • Animal Handling: Can easily soothe and control animals
  • Deception: Better at speaking lies
  • History: Great knowledge of historical and monumental knowledge
  • Insight: Skilled in reading other’s intensions
  • Intimidation: Best interrogation skills
  • Investigation: Easily find and put together different clues
  • Medicine: Good medicinal knowledge
  • Nature: Determine weather quickly
  • Perception: Wisdom of detecting and hearing things
  • Performance: Easily entertain the audience with various performances including acting, music, and dancing
  • Persuasion: Better at persuading and  influencing others
  • Religion: Religious and have faiths and holy symbols
  • Sleight of Hand: Concealing items and planting evidence
  • Stealth: Great with hiding and sneaking
  • Survival: Easily avoid natural hazards and knowledge of reading tracks for survival

Abilities

Ability scores are a kind of your character’s grasp on certain skills and abilities. The higher the ability score, the better your character is in performing those skills. Each ability can only be at most at 17 levels during the character creation in Baldur’s Gate 3. Increasing the ability for one skill will reduce the scores for others. Hence, you need to choose wisely here. Below is the list of 5 abilities that are available in the game.

  • Strength: Increases overall strength of your character and chances of hitting targets while using Strength weapons.
  • Dexterity: Increases armor value and chances of hitting targets while using Dexterity weapons.
  • Constitution: Amount of hitpoints you can have.
  • Intelligence: Determines magical spells hit chance.
  • Wisdom: Determines hit chance for Clerics, Rangers, and Druids
  • Charisma: Determines magic spell hit chance for Sorcerers, Bards, Warlocks, and Paladins

Appearance

The game also allows you to tweak the appearance of your character. This part of character creation does not have any impact on the gameplay or the strength of your character. Here’s what all you can change in the appearance section.

  • Voice
  • Face
  • Skin color
  • Eye color
  • Hairstyle
  • Stubble
  • Tattoos
  • Make-up

That’s our Baldur’s Gate 3 character creation guide for you. I hope this guide will help you build the best of characters in the game and rock the world of Baldur’s Gate 3.