How to change your name in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3)

What's in a name?
Baldurs Gate 3 Artwork
Artwork by Larian Studios

Baldur’s Gate 3 lets you create a magnificent hero (or a less heroic type, if you’re so inclined). From there, you will lead them on an adventure encompassing dozens of hours of play. There are a lot of details you’ll want to get just right, and one of those details is your character’s name. By default, the name is chosen for you. Here is our guide telling you how to change your name in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 – how to change your name

Not every hero can have a suitable name, but it’s not a bad idea to try for one. In some RPGs, you can change your name on a whim, or by using a rare item. This is not one of those games. To change your name in Baldur’s Gate 3, you have to take advantage of some of the options available when first creating your character at the start of the game.

Baldurs Gate 3 Changing Name At Start Of Campaign

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During the player creation process, you’ll navigate several menus that allow you to adjust everything from your character’s origin, to their race and class, to their appearance. When you are making your choices, select the Background tab that by default lists a background. In my case, it was ‘Entertainer.’ Then click on Edit Appearance and make any changes that suit you. When you’re happy with how your character appears, click Proceed and you’ll bring up a dialog box that offers the opportunity to rename your character.

By default, your character has the name ‘Tav’ (or at least, mine did). You can change it to something that better matches your vision, and you have a lot of characters and room with which to work. Once you make the change you like, click Proceed again to lock in that selection.

While it is not possible to change your character’s name after the initial creation process at launch, subsequent updates might always add the feature. For now, though, make sure you’re happy with your choice before you begin your adventure. Otherwise, you can always go with a different name the next time you begin a campaign.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on Steam.

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Jason Venter is a contributing writer for PC Invasion since 2022 who can trace his love for video games back to the Apple IIe port of Mario Bros. in the late 80s. He remains a diehard Nintendo fan to this day and loves JRPGs, adventure games, and platformers in particular, but he still plays games in most genres and on most hardware. After founding indie gaming site HonestGamers in 1998, he served as an editor at Hardcore Gamer Magazine during its entire print run. He has since freelanced for a variety of leading sites including IGN, GameSpot, and Polygon. These days, he spends most of his time writing game guides and entertaining readers with his fantasy novels.