Baldur’s Gate 3 offers players several choices of backgrounds, origins, and races. Here’s the first part of our character creation guide to help you craft your hero.
Note: Please be reminded that this guide is intended for the game’s Early Access stage. Some information and mechanics might change in due course.
Baldur’s Gate 3: Character creation guide — Backgrounds and origins
The origins feature for Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently unavailable during this stage of the Early Access period. It’s supposed to let you play as premade characters. For now, though, the only option that’s available is “custom origin,” so you’ll have to create a character from scratch.
As for backgrounds, these are additional tidbits about your created character. They offer additional proficiency in a variety of mechanics. These include Insight, History, Acrobatics, and more. For instance, the Sage and Acolyte backgrounds are fairly decent if you want to strictly roleplay as caster archetypes.
|Charlatan||Sleight of Hand; Deception|
|Folk Hero||Animal Handling; Survival|
|Guild Artisan||Insight; Persuasion|
|Urchin||Sleight of Hand; Stealth|
Baldur’s Gate 3: Character creation — Time to pick a race
After choosing your background, it’s time to pick a race. I’ve split these up into multiple pages to give you a better idea of the customization involved. Just click on a page for a particular race or subrace that interests you.
- Elf – High Elf and Wood Elf
- Tiefling – Asmodeus, Mephistopheles, and Zariel
- Drow – Lolth-Sworn and Seldarine
- Dwarf – Gold and Shield
- Half-Elf – High, Wood, and Drow
- Halfling – Lightfoot and Strongheart
Note: When you’re done checking out which character race you’d like in Baldur’s Gate 3, it’s time to select your class. You can refer to our class guides for the Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Warlock, and Wizard.