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Baldur’s Gate III: Character Creation Guide

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Baldur's Gate III: Character Creation Guide

Baldur’s Gate III is an Action Strategy Role-Playing Game set on Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Rules. The game has been in Early Access for 3 years and the full version of the game has been released on August 3, 2023, on PC. The players who have been following the game since Early Access might know that the game offers a lot of diversity in character creation.

A lot has evolved in the full version of the game and there are even now more options for character creation which makes it even more extensive and imposing. The major options like Origin and Background are there but several additional customization options have been added which allow new players to spend time on the character creation screen before setting off into the world.

In this guide, we’ll be telling you about the character creation in the full version of Baldur’s Gate III.

Character Creation in Baldur’s Gate III

As players get to the Character Creation Screen, they will be asked to select the Origin and Background of the character and then select the Race and its sub-race and so on to get to ability points and customizing of the character itself. It is a lot to do and most of the options are important to understand before confirming the character.

Origin

Origin is the first step of character creation and it contains 7 different pre-made characters with their own background story, race, class, and sub-class except for The Dark Urge. Players who select any one of the characters except The Dark Urge will keep the respective background, race, class, and sub-class for the story. They will not be able to customize any of it but the players have the option to select the custom character which will allow them to manually select every aspect of the customization options. The Origin Characters in Baldur’s Gate III are the following.

  • Astarion
  • Lae’zel
  • Gale
  • Shadowheart
  • Wyll
  • Karlach
  • The Dark Urge

Race & Sub-Races

After selecting the Origin, players will get to select a Race. There are 11 different Races available from which players need to select one Race. Keep in mind that players will not be able to change their selected Race at any point in the game. They will have to complete the whole playthrough with that Race. Races greatly affect the gameplay as certain races are treated in certain ways or how they meet other NPCs. Not only that, certain types of weapons are only available to specific races so do keep that in mind as well while choosing the Race.

Every Race comes with its specific Features and Proficiencies. These contain certain spells and skills that can only be used by that specific Race. Proficiencies play a very impactful role in the gameplay. For instance, while making a skill check during the dialogues, players will get to roll a dice with 20 sides and if that Race has a proficiency in that respective skill check, they will get a bonus on the roll dice, increasing the chances of passing the check. The races available in Baldur’s Gate 3 are the following.

  • Elf
  • Tiefling
  • Drow
  • Human
  • Githyanki
  • Dwarf
  • Half-Elf
  • Halfling
  • Gnome
  • Dragonborn
  • Half-Orc

Selecting the Race itself is not enough as several Races have their Sub-Races. Sub-Races of the Race also have their Spells, Skills, and Proficiencies. Selecting a certain sub-race of a race can unlock special dialogue options in the game as well. All of the Races have multiple sub-races except Humans, Half-Orcs, and Githyanki. All available Sub-Races of every Race are the following.

  • Elf: High Elf, Wood Elf
  • Tiefling: Asmodeus Tiefling, Mephistopheles Tiefling, Zariel Tiefling
  • Drow: Loth-Sworn Drow, Seldarine Drow
  • Dwarf: Gold Dwarf, Shield Dwarf, Duregar
  • Half-Elf: High Half-Elf, Wood Half-Elf, Drow Half-Elf
  • Halfling: Lightfoot Halfling, Strongheart Halfling
  • Gnome: Rock Gnome, Forest Gnome, Deep Gnome
  • Dragonborn:  Black, Blue, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Gold, Green, Red, Silver, White

Class & Sub-Classes

After picking the Race and Sub-Race, players will move on to the next option which is selecting the Class. Unlike the Race, players will be able to change the Class later in the game. Each class has its Cantrips and Spells. Cantrips are the starting level 0 attacks or spells that players can use for an unlimited amount of time without getting tired. However, the normal spells can only be used a limited number of times and players would have to rest at the camp to reuse them once the limit has been reached. Players have the option to select 4 Cantrips from the available Cantrips and 2 Spells from the available Spells.

All Classes in Baldur’s Gate III are the following.

  • Barbarian
  • Bard
  • Cleric
  • Druid
  • Fighter
  • Monk
  • Paladin
  • Ranger
  • Rogue
  • Sorcerer
  • Warlock
  • Wizard

Like the Races, Classes also have sub-classes and most of the sub-classes of each Class will be available to choose from. However, some classes also have hidden sub-classes that can be unlocked as players make certain actions in their playthrough. All the sub-classes available in Baldur’s Gate III are the following.

  • Barbarian: Berserker, Wildheart, Wild Magic
  • Bard: College of Lore, College of Valour, College of Swords
  • Cleric: Life Domain, Light Domain, Trickery Domain, Knowledge Domain, Nature Domain, Tempest Domain, War Domain
  • Druid: Circle of the Moon, Circle of the Land, Circle of Spores
  • Fighter: Battle Master, Eldritch Knight, Champion
  • Monk: Way of the Open Hand, Way of Shadow, Way of the Four Elements
  • Paladin: Oath of Devotion, Oath of the Ancients, Oath of Vengeance, Oathbreaker
  • Ranger: Beast Master, Hunter, Gloom Stalker
  • Rogue: Thief, Arcane Trickster, Assassin
  • Sorcerer: Draconic Bloodline, Wild Magic, Storm Sorcery
  • Warlock: The Fiend, The Great Old One, Archfey
  • Wizard: Abjuration School, Conjuration School, Divination School, Enchantment School, Evocation School, Necromancy School, Illusion School, Transmutation School

Background

After selecting the Class and Sub-Class, the next step is to select the Background of your custom character. Background plays a very important role in interactions with NPCs and each background also comes with a bonus of two Skills Proficiency. There are 12 different Backgrounds from which players can choose one for their character.

  • Acolyte: Insight, Religion
  • Charlatan: Deception, Sleight of Hand
  • Entertainer: Acrobatics, Performance
  • Folk Hero: Animal Handling, Survival
  • Guild Artisan: Insight, Persuasion
  • Noble: History, Persuasion
  • Hermit: Medicine, Religion
  • Outlander: Athletics, Survival
  • Sage: Arcana, History
  • Sailor: Athletics, Perception
  • Soldier: Athletics, Intimidation
  • Urchin: Sleight of Hand, Stealth

Ability Points

After selecting the Background for the character, players will get to the Abilities option in which they will get to customize the stats of the character. Ability Points are basically the Stat Points and there are 6 different stats for each class. There are 27 Ability Points that players can customize among the 6 stats or they can choose to go with the recommended option.

  • Strength
  • Dexterity
  • Constitution
  • Intelligence
  • Wisdom
  • Charisma

The stat points can also be altered as well as can be respec pretty early on in the game.

Appearance

After going through the main steps of character creation which matters greatly in playthrough, players now will be able to change the appearance, if they want to. There are several appearance customization options which also contain exclusive customization options for certain Races.

The General Appearance customization options are the following.

  • Body Type: Pick from four different body types to change how your character looks physically.
  • Identity: Choose whether your character is male or female, etc.
  • Voice: Try out various voice options for your character.
  • Face: Select from 8 pre-made facial feature combinations to shape your character’s appearance.
  • Skin Color: Explore different skin tones to change your character’s skin color.
  • Scarring: Pick from a few pre-made facial markings for your character.
  • Genitals: Customize your character’s genitals, and toggle ‘Hide Clothes’ to see the changes.
  • Crest: Choose a unique design for Dragonborn characters.
  • Chins: Select from different chin designs for Dragonborn characters.
  • Jaws: Choose from various jaw designs for Dragonborn characters.

Several General Customization options also allow players to further customize the appearance of their character with several options.

  • Body Art: You can add Tattoos to your character with different styles and colors. You can also choose different piercing styles.
  • Eyes: Change the color of your character’s eyes and toggle Heterochromia to have two different eye colors, one for each eye.
  • Makeup: Customize your character’s makeup to make them look unique.
  • Hair: Switch your character’s hairstyle and adjust the hair color, highlights, and greying. You can choose colors from a palette and adjust highlight colors and the intensity of greying.
  • Facial Hair: If you prefer, you can give your character a specific facial hairstyle and adjust its color and greying intensity.
  • Tail: For Dragonborn characters, you can customize their tail with race-specific options.
  • Horns: If your character is a Tiefling, you can choose from different horn styles and colors, and even change the color of the horn tips.

Finalization

Once players have gone through each of the character creation options and customized the character to their liking, they need to select the “Proceed” option and enter a name for their character. After giving a name to their character, they need to select the Proceed option again and select a Guardian of any Race. Players can even customize the guardian as well.

After selecting the Guardian, select the “Venture Forth” option to start the game with the newly created character for Baldur’s Gate III.

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