Baldur’s Gate 3: Character Creator [All Features]

Take a look at all the customization options and features like race, class, and origin in the character creator of Baldur's Gate 3. 

The character creator of Baldur’s Gate 3 offers a lot of choices for players and lets them choose between different backgrounds, origins, and even races. You will be able to change the facial structure as well as the appearance of your character’s body and assign them unique traits. It’s definitely a great feature that lets you create builds based on personal preferences. 

Key Takeaways
  • Customize characters in Baldur’s Gate 3 by changing race, background, class, body type, and facial features.
  • Choose a background from options like Sailor, Noble, Folk Hero, and Criminal.
  • Select race and subrace, with options such as Elf, Human, Tiefling, and Dwarves.
  • Pick a class and subclass from options like Fighter, Wizards, Rogue, Warlock, and Ranger.
  • Select abilities and skills that impact attributes.
  • General customization includes changing facial features, body type, skin color, identity, and voice.

What Is The Character Creator In Baldur’s Gate 3 

The character creator allows players to customize their characters by changing their facial structure, body structure, class, background, race, and even abilities.

Baldur's Gate 3 Character Creator
Character Creator

Baldur’s Gate 3’s character creator will also affect primary starts, including dexterity and strength. Furthermore, it could also affect deception ability as well as survival rate. 

  • Players will be able to choose between class and subclass, background and origin, subrace and race, and choose the appearance of their character according to their preferences. 
  • These choices will make experiences unique to each character in Baldur’s Gate 3, which really helps and provides an immersive experience. 

1. Origin And Background 

The first character creator option will allow you to choose the background as well as the origin of your character. However, in the early access version of Baldur’s Gate 3, you will only be able to select one origin.

Origin and Background
Origin and Background

On the other hand, you will be able to choose between a lot of different backgrounds, which would ultimately affect your performance and skills. Below is a list of all backgrounds that you will be able to choose in the character creator. 

CharlatanSleight of hand and Deception
AcolyteReligion and Insight
EntertainerPerformance and Acrobatics
CriminalStealth and Deception
Folk heroSurvival and Animal handling
Guild artisanPersuasion and Insight
NoblePersuasion and History
SageHistory and Arcana
HermitReligion and Medicine
SailorPerception and Athletics
OutlanderSurvival and Athletics
UrchinStealth and Sleight of hand
SoldierIntimidation and Athletics

In backgrounds, I will highly recommend choosing Outlander, criminal, and Soldier. However, you can choose any depending on the build you are going for. To look at the skills for each background and the proficiency bonus they offer, you will have to see the top right corner of your screen and select the Skills tab. 

It is very important that the background you choose synergize with the rest of your build if you want to win. Sailor is a good option for players who are starting out thanks to its powerful proficiency skills like perception and athletics. 

2. Race And Subrace 

Another important feature in the character creator is race and subrace. Thankfully, players will get a lot of options, each with their own proficiencies, traits, and features. Keep in mind that any race and sub-race you select will ultimately affect the stats of your weapons as well as your skills.

Baldur's Gate 3 Character Creator Race and Subrace
Race and Subrace

Below is a list of all races and sub-races, as well as their features and proficiency. 

ElfHigh ElfShort bow, long bow, short sword, And longsword.Acid splash, Minor illusion, poison spray, shocking grasp, true strike, a ray of frost, Fire, And cantrip.
ElfWood ElfShort bow, long sword, short sword, long bow, and rapier.Movement speed, dark vision, long sword, fey ancestry, wisdom, dexterity, mask of the wild, and keen senses.
TieflingAsmodeus TieflingNot specifiedMovement speed, dark vision, hellish resistance, cantrip, charisma, and intelligence.
TieflingMephistopheles TieflingNot specifiedCantrip, dark vision, hellish resistance, movement speed, charisma, And intelligence.
TieflingZariel TieflingNot specifiedHellish resistance, strength, dark vision, movement speed, cantrip, and charisma.
DrowLolth Sworn DrowHand crossbow, short sword, and rapier.Movement speed, fey ancestry, cantrip, charisma, dexterity, superior dark vision, and proficiency.
DrowSeldarine DrowRapier, hand crossbow, and short sword.Movement speed, superior dark vision, charisma, proficiency, cantrip, dexterity, and fey ancestry.
HumansNo SubraceNot specifiedMovement speed, adaptability, wisdom, intelligence, strength, constitution, charisma, and dexterity.
GithyankiNo SubraceGreat sword, long sword, medium armor, short sword, and light armor.Movement speed, proficiency, intelligence, strength, cantrip, the advantage of throws on the charmed, and dark vision.
DwarvesGold DwarfWarhammer, light hammer, battle axe, and hand axe.Movement speed, dwarven toughness, dark vision, constitution, dwarven resilience, and wisdom.
DwarvesShield DwarfWarhammer, battle axe, light hammer, and hand axe.Movement speed, dark vision, constitution, battle axe proficiency, strength, and dwarven resilience.
Half-elfHigh ElfNot specifiedCantrip, Acid splash, blade ward, chill touch, fire bold, Movement speed, fey ancestry, dark vision, friends, light, mage hand, ray of frost, shocking grasp, poison spray, minor illusion, and true strike.
Half-elfWood Half-elfNot specifiedMovement speed, dark vision, the mask of the wild, Fey ancestry, and charisma.
Half-elfDrow Half-elfNot specifiedcantrip, dark vision, movement speed, and charisma.
HalflingsLightfoot HalflingNot specifiedMovement speed, naturally stealthy, charisma, luck, and dexterity.
HalflingsStrong Heart HalflingsNot specifiedMovement speed, strong hard resilience, constitution, luck, and dexterity.

Race will play a very important role in determining the starts that go into your build. It is also important to note that any NPCs you will encounter throughout your journey will have different interactions depending upon the race you have chosen. This really adds depth to your adventures. I will recommend that if you’re just starting out, you can choose a race like an Elf, Human, or Tiefling. 

3. Class And Subclass 

The next important feature in BG3’s character creator is class and subclass. You will have to choose between six classes, namely wizard, warlock, rogue, Ranger, fighter, and cleric.

Baldur's Gate 3 Class and Subclass Character Creator
Class and Subclass

While there is no definite choice, as your build will require features of a specific class and depends on the race and background you have chosen so far, there are some classes that stand out better than others.

For beginners, you can always choose the fighter class if you have picked dwarf as your race. Another great class is Ranger or Rogue class for elves, including both high and wood elves. Below is a list of all classes and subclasses with their proficiencies and features so you can get a better idea of what to choose. 

ClassSubclassAttack pointsProficienciesFeatures
ClericLife Domain10.0Simple weapons, armor, medium armor, light armor, shield, charisma, saving throws.Domain spells, a disciple of life, heavy armor proficiency, and healing from spells.
ClericLight Domain10.0Simple weapons, armor, medium armor, simple sheet, light armor, Charisma saving throws, and wisdom.Blessing of the trickster, disguise self, charm person, burning hands, trickery domain spells, domain spells, faerie fire, and warding flair.
ClericTrickery Domain10.0The simple weapon, medium armor, light armor, light shield, charisma, and wisdom.Domain spells, shield proficiency, sacred flame, guidance, resistance, healing ward, and inflict wounds.
FighterNo Subclass12.0The simple weapon, martial weapon, strength saving throws, light armor, medium armor, heavy armor, shield, heavy shield, and constitution.Second wind, simple and martial weapon proficiency, constitution saving throw proficiency, And strength saving throw proficiency.
RogueNo Subclass10.0The simple weapon, light armor, Hand crossbow, rapier, short sword, long sword, charisma saving throws, and wisdom saving throws.Sneak attack, simple weapon proficiency, intelligence saving throw proficiency, and 8+ hit points.
WizardNo Subclass8.0Dagger, dart, sling, light crossbow, quarterstaff.Wisdom saving throw proficiency, intelligence saving throw proficiency, spells slots unlocked, and arcane recovery.
WarlockThe Fiend10.0The simple weapon, light armor, charisma saving throws proficiency, and wisdom saving throws proficiency.Spell slots, friends, Dark ones blessing, which bold, hex, charm person, poison spray, blade ward, chill touch, and eldritch blast.
WarlockThe Great Old One10.0the simple weapon, light armor, wisdom saving throws proficiency, and charisma saving throws proficiency.Poison spray, Eldritch blast, friends, chill touch, mage hand, and blade ward.
RangerNo Subclass12.0the simple weapon, martial weapon, medium armor, shield, light armor, dexterity saving throws proficiency, and strength saving throws proficiency.The favored enemy, natural explorer, sacred flames, find familiar, protection from good and evil, wasteland wanderer, urban tracker, beast tamer, and true strike.

4. Skills 

For every character you choose in the creator, you will get the same set of skills. To access these skills, you will have to select the skills tab on the corner of your screen.


These skills are based on different stats. For instance, arcana is an intelligence-based skill, while athletics is a strength-based skill.

  • You will be able to obtain an added bonus If the skill is already granted by your class, race, or background. 
  • After that, you will be able to select two skills for your build.
  • If you are just starting out, you can go for skills like athletics which is a strength-based skill and is obtained by choosing a sailor background.
  • It can also be allowed by choosing the Outlander background and is used by classes including rogue, Ranger, and fighter. 
  • Furthermore, another great skill to consider using in character creation is perception which is granted automatically if you have chosen the elven race or sailor background. 

5. Ability Score 

It is also important to note that when using the character creator, you will be able to change the ability score of your class by selecting the relevant race.


It is important to have an abilities score of 16, and it can only be possible by selecting the right class.

  • The ability score you get ultimately will affect your damage, attack, and spell proficiency. 
  • Dwarf fighters and classes like fighter, Ranger, and rogue are good for building attribute scores in dexterity and strength. 

6. General Customization 

In Baldur’s Gate 3’s character creator, you will be able to select a lot of different features as well to give your character a unique look.

Baldur's Gate 3 Character Creator General appearance options
General appearance options


While your character’s body type may be influenced by the chosen race, you can still make some adjustments in Baldur’s Gate 3’s character creator. Here are the customization options available:

  1. Jaws: Only selectable if you’ve chosen Dragonborn.
  2. Chins: Various chin styles are available exclusively for Dragonborn.
  3. Crest: Numerous Crest options are accessible for Dragonborn characters.
  4. Genitals: Modify your character’s genitals, visible when choosing the “hide clothes” option.
  5. Facial Scarring: Choose from a variety of scars and facial marks for a unique look.
  6. Skin Color: Select from a wide range of skin tones to change your character’s complexion.
  7. Face Shape: Eight preset face shapes are available for customization.
  8. Voice and Pitch: Choose the most suitable voice option for your character.
  9. Body Type: Choose from four basic body types.
  10. Identity: Select between female or male options.

Other options include vitiligo, freckle quantity, and intensity, as well as maturity. 

My Tips With The Character Creator

Character Creation is an integral part of any Dungeons and Dragons title, especially Baldur’s Gate 3. I like to experiment a lot wherever a game presents an opportunity for me to do so. The Character Creation for me is a blank canvas that I have spent countless hours trying to create the perfect soldier.

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My Baldur’s Gate 3 save slot (Image by eXputer)

However, if you are a beginner or don’t have much experience in these kinds of games, I would suggest you follow a build for whatever class you want your character to be. With time, you will learn more about how important certain skills are and with whom. Then, you can go back to the Character Creation menu and let your inner Van Gogh out.

With this, I conclude my detailed guide on Baldur’s Gate 3 character creator and all the customization options you will get. While you are at it, I recommend checking out the Max level in Baldur’s Gate 3 and the bear scene in detail. 

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Kashaf is an RPG and Battle Royale enthusiast and can be seen spending most of her time battling other players in Naraka Bladepoint or improving her skills in Diablo 4. She loves to curate builds based on her own expertise and writes guides to help the audience become pros in no time. She kicked off her writing career on eXputer with several years of experience. You can follow Kashaf's gaming activity on her Steam profile.

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