Character Creation

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"Who are you?"

When you start a New Game, you will create your character in the Character Creation screen. You can choose to play as an Origin Character or create a custom one.

Below are detailed descriptions of every aspect of Character Creation.

Origins[edit | edit source]

Default Character Creation Screen
Select Origin
  • Custom: You’ve always felt you had a greater calling, but it has never borne fruit. Everything changes when you awaken imprisoned on an alien ship. Perhaps your time has finally come.
  • Origin Characters (Not available in Early Access):

Backgrounds[edit | edit source]

In-game Background Selection Menu
Select Background

Your history and what shapes you as a person.

Acolyte Charlatan
Criminal Entertainer
Folk Hero Guild Artisan
Hermit (Not in EA) Noble
Outlander Sage
Soldier Sailor (Not in EA)

Playable Races[edit | edit source]

In-game Race Selection Menu
Select Race

Your lineage and innate abilities.

Dragonborn (Not in EA) Drow
Dwarf Elf
Githyanki Gnome
Half-Elf Half-Orc (Not in EA)
Halfling Human

Playable Classes[edit | edit source]

In-game Class Selection Menu
Select Class

What you can do and the potential to grow as an adventurer.

Barbarian Bard
Cleric Druid
Fighter Monk (Not in EA)
Paladin Ranger
Rogue Sorcerer
Warlock Wizard

Skills[edit | edit source]

In-game Skill Selection Menu
Select Skills

Your talents and abilities to interact or adapt with the world’s surroundings.

Acrobatics Arcana
Athletics Animal Handling
Deception History
Insight Investigation
Intimidation Medicine
Nature Perception
Performance Persuasion
Religion Sleight Of Hand
Stealth Survival

Ability Scores[edit | edit source]

In-game Ability Scores Menu
Assign Ability Points

Your physical and mental attributes. They affect most of your rolls.

Strength Dexterity Constitution
Intelligence Wisdom Charisma

Baldur's Gate 3 uses the Point Buy system, with 27 points available to spend on your ability scores. The following rules apply during Character Creation:

  • You may not reduce any ability score below 8
  • You may not increase any ability score above 15 (before bonuses from your race)
  • Each ability score increase (before bonuses from your race) up to 13 costs one Ability Point; 14 and 15 each cost two Ability Points

At higher levels (4, 8, and 12), you can increase these ability scores via the Ability Score Increase feature. You may also find certain magical items that can increase or decrease an ability score.