Character creation

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Character customization in Baldur's Gate 3

"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 is an outline of every aspect of Character Creation.

Origins[edit | edit source]

See also: 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:

Backgrounds[edit | edit source]

See also: Backgrounds

Your history and what shapes you as a person.

Playable Races[edit | edit source]

See also: Races

Your lineage and innate abilities.

Playable Classes[edit | edit source]

See also: Classes

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

Skills[edit | edit source]

See also: Skills

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

The skills related to each Ability Score are shown in the following list.

Strength icon.png Strength


Dexterity icon.png Dexterity

Sleight of Hand

Intelligence icon.png Intelligence


Wisdom icon.png Wisdom

Animal Handling

Charisma icon.png Charisma


List of Skills, sorted by Ability Score
Ability Score Skills
Strength icon.png Strength
Dexterity icon.png Dexterity
Intelligence icon.png Intelligence
Wisdom icon.png Wisdom
Charisma icon.png Charisma

Ability Scores[edit | edit source]

See also: Ability scores.

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

Baldur's Gate 3 uses a 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.
  • Each ability score increase up to 13 costs one Ability Point; 14 and 15 each cost two Ability Points. 15 is the maximum that can be purchased.
  • Two bonuses are applied at the end, one at +2 and another +1. This allows a starting ability as high as 17.

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.