All 11 Baldur’s Gate 3 Races [Features & Subraces]

This Baldur's Gate 3 guide will showcase all 11 races alongside it's subraces and overall features in detail!

Baldur’s Gate 3 has a plethora of races to choose from, which all determine different characteristics for players, such as their overall looks to the way some effects have been granted to them. Players will always need to choose their races to make a proper build. Players might want to know all of the Baldur’s Gate 3 Races And Subraces; to appropriately build their character.

Important: Players must choose a specific race and subrace to complete any specific build!
Key Takeaways
  • There are a total of 11 races in Baldur’s Gate 3 that players can choose from, such as Drow, Dwarf, Dragonborn, Elf, Githyanki, Gnome, Half-Elf, Half-Orc, Halfling, Human, and Tiefling. 
  • Most of the races will also have 2-3 subraces that can have their own sets of traits and features. 
  • Each primary race has base racial features that set them apart from all the other races. 
  • To make the best build in Baldur’s Gate 3, you must always choose a specific race. 

All Baldur’s Gate 3 Races Compared

Here is my overview of all the main Baldur’s Gate 3 Races you can come across, and each race will also have its collection of fighter subclasses.  

Baldur's Gate 3 RacesFeaturesSubraces
DragonbornDraconic Ancestrym Breath WeaponBlack, Blue, Bronze, Brass, Gold, Copper, Red, Green, Silver and White
DrowPerception Proficiency, Superior Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Drow Weapon TrainingLolth Sworn Drow, Seldarine Drow
DwarfDwarven Combat Training, Darkvision, Dwarven ResilienceGold, Shield Dwarf and Duergar
ElfDarkvision, Elven Weapon Training, Fey Ancestry, Perception Proficiency. High Elf, Wood Elf.
GithyankiAstral Knowledge, Martial Prodigy.N/A
GnomeGnome CunningDeep Gnome, Rock and Forest Gnome.
Half-ElfCivil Militia, Darkvision, Fey AncestryHigh, Drow, Woof Half-Elf
Half-OrcRelentless Endurance, Savage Attacks, Menacing, Darkvision, Intimidation Proficiency.N/A
HalflingBase Racial Speed, Luck and BraveLightfoot and Strongheart.
HumanCivil Militia, Human VersatilityN/A
TieflingDarkvision, Hellish ResistanceZariel, Asmodeus, Mephitopheles.

1. Dragonborn 

One of the first races you can come across is Dragonborn, which focuses on Strength as its primary ability. They take pride in valuing their clan over everything else and always aim to be self-sufficient. 

Dragonborn
Dragonborn (Image Credits eXputer)

Features 

As far as the features are concerned, there are two known as Draconic Ancestry and Breath Weapon. 

Features  Effects 
Draconic Ancestry Players will be able to choose one type of dragon available from the Draconic Ancestry table, and the breath weapon, as well as damage resistance, will be based on that.
Breath Weapon Players can use their action to cast out destructive energy, and it unleashes damage based on their ancestry. 

Apart from that, anytime you use your breath weapon, it will also cause all creatures in the area to make a Saving Throw based on your ancestry. 

Subraces 

As far as the Baldur’s Gate 3 Races and Subraces are concerned, the Dragonborn has quite a collection, such as ones ranging from: 

  • Black Dragonborn 
  • Blue
  • Bronze
  • Brass
  • Gold
  • Copper
  • Red
  • Green
  • Silver 
  • White 

2. Drow 

Drow
Drow (Image Credits eXputer)

Moving on, the next race that players can look into is the Drow race. They can wield both ranged as well as melee weapons, and they have been described to be absolutely ruthless and they don’t let anything get to them. 

Features 

As far as the features are concerned, these range from that Drown Weapon Training, Fey Ancestry, Superior Darkvision, and getting to use Perception Proficiency. 

Features  Effects 
Drow Weapon Training  Players will be able to get proficiency with their Shortsword, Hand Crossbow, and Rapier. 
Fey Ancestry  The Feywild will cast a veil over your mind, and you will get an advantage on your Saving Throws against getting Charmed. 
Superior Darkvision  Creatures can see in the dark within a range of 24 meters. 
Perception Proficiency Wisdom-based skill. 

Subraces 

As far as the Baldur’s Gate 3 Races And Subraces Drow are concerned, there are two, ranging from the Lolth-Sworn Drow and the Seldarine Drow. 

Subraces  Features 
Lolth Sworn Drow  Drow Weapon Training, Fey Ancestry Training, Superior Darkvision. 
Seldarine Drow  Drow Weapon Training, Fey Ancestry, Superior Darkvision. 

3. Dwarf 

Next up, another solid race that you can look into using is the Dwarf race, which will have features ranging from Dwarven Combat Training to Darkvision and Dwarven Resilience. 

Dwarf
Dwarf (Image Credits eXputer)

Features

Features  Effects 
Dwarven Combat Training  Players can get proficiency with their Warhammers, Handaxe, battleaxes, and light hammers. 
Darkvision  You can see in the dark within an average range of 12 meters. 
Dwarven Resilience  You can get an advantage on your saving throws against being Poisoned and gain resistance against it. 

Subraces 

When it comes to the subraces, there are three that all have their features and traits. 

Subraces  Features  Traits 
Gold Dwarf  Dwarven Combat Training, Darkvision, Dwarven Resilience.  Dwarven Toughness 
Shield Dwarf  Darkviison, Dwarven Resilience, Dwarven Combat Training  Dwarven Armor Training 
Duergar  Dwarven Resilience, Darkvison, Dwarven Combat Training  Superior Darkvision, Duergar Resilience. 

4. Elf 

Elf
Elf (Image Credits eXputer)

Moving on, another race that you should invest in is the Elf-line. Elves have been described as living longer than basic creatures, and they have proficiencies that are mostly focused on Shortsword, Longbows, Shortbows, as well as Longswrods. 

Features 

As far as the features are concerned, they will range from Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Elven Weapon Training, and Perception Proficiency. 

Features  Effects 
Darkvision  Creatures can now see in the dark within a range of 12 meters. 
Elven Weapon Training  Players get proficiency with Shortsword, Longsword, Shortbow, and Longbows. 
Fey Ancestry  Elf-specific feature
Perception Proficiency  Wisdom-Based Skill

Subraces 

For the subraces, the Elf race has two primary races: the Wood Elf and the High Elf. 

Subraces  Features  Traits 
High Elf  Darkvision, Fey Ancestry, Elven Weapon Training, Perception Proficiency.  Players can choose one High Elf cantrip. 
Wood Elf  Same as above.  Fleet of Foot, Stealth Proficiency. 

5. Githyanki 

Githyanki
Githyanki (Image Credits eXputer)

When it comes to the Githyanki race, they are probably one of the unique races that are present in Baldur’s Gate 3. They are described to be ruthless warriors that have been mostly recognized for their silver blades and mounts. 

Features 

For its features,there are a few that range from Astral Knowledge as well as Martial Prodigy. 

Features  Effects 
Astral Knowledge  You get proficiency in all of the skills from a chosen ability. 
Martial Prodigy  You will get armor proficiency with both Medium or Light armor. 

6. Gnome 

Gnome
Gnome (Image Credits eXputer)

For the sixth race, you can choose the Gnome race, which gives players enhanced speed during combat. 

Features 

For your features, you will be able to get from Gnome Cunning as well as the base racial speed. 

  • Gnome Cunning: You will gain an advantage in Wisdom, Intelligence, and Charisma saving throws. 

Subraces 

As far as the subraces are concerned, you can choose from three available: Deep Gnome, Forest, and Rock Gnome. 

Subraces  Features  Traits 
Deep Gnome  Gnome Cunning, Base Racial Speed  Superior Darkvision, Stone Camouflage 
Forest Gnome  Gnome Cunning, Base Racial Speed  Darkvision 
Rock Gnome  Base Racial Speed, Gnome Cunning  Darkvision, Artificier’s Lore

7. Half-Elf 

Half-Elf
Half-Elf (Image Credits Exputer)

For the next race, you can choose to go half-elf which will have Fey Ancestry and the ability able to see in the dark. 

Features 

As far as the features are concerned, there are a few that you can go for, such as the Civil Militia, Darkvision as well as Fey Ancestry. 

Features  Effects 
Civil Militia  Players will get weapon proficiency using Halberds, Pikes, Spears, and Glaives. 
Darkvision  You can see in the dark for 12 meters. 
Fey Ancestry  You will cast a veil over your mind and get an advantage on your saving throws against being Charmed. 

Subraces 

For the subraces, it can range from that of: 

  • High Half-Elf
  • Drow Half-Elf 
  • Wood Half-Elf 

8. Half-Orc 

Half-Orc
Half-Orc (Image Credits eXputer)

Moving on, the next race on the list is the Half-Orcrace, which is described as creatures that hone intense emotions and are faster to act rather than think about their actions. 

Features 

When it comes to features, they range from Relentless Endurance, Savage Attacks, Menacing, Darkvision as well as Intimidation Proficiency. 

Features  Effects 
Menacing  Players will get proficiency in their Intimidation skills. 
Savage Attacks  Anytime you score a crit hit using a melee weapon attack, you can roll one of the damage dice one more time. 
Darkvision  Creatures can see in the dark for 12 meters. 
Intimidation Proficiency  Charisma-based skill

9. Halfling 

Halfling
Halfling (Image Credits eXputer)

Next up is the Halflibng, which has features such as having a base racial speed, luck, and brave. Apart from that, Halflings will also have a +2 Dexterity score. 

Features  Effects 
Brave  Players will get an advantage on their saving throws against being frightened by enemies. 
Lucky  Anytime you roll a 1 for your attack roll or the saving throw, you can reroll it. 

Subraces 

With the subbraces, there are only two to choose from such as: 

  • Lightfoot Halfling 
  • Strongheart Halfling

10. Human 

Human
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For the second last race, the Human race takes precedence, with features such as Civil Militia and Human Versatility. 

Features  Effects 
Civil Militia Players will get proficiency with their Pikes, Halberds, Spears, and Glaives. 
Human Versatility  Select any skill in order to be proficient in it. 

11. Tiefling 

Tiefling
Tiefling (Image Credits eXputer)

Last but not least, the Tiefling contains features such as Darkvision and Hellish Resistance. 

Features  Effects 
Darkvision  Creatures can see in the dark for 12 meters. 
Hellish Resistance  Your blood will protect you from flames. 

Subraces 

The subraces that you can choose are from: 

  • Zariel Tiefling 
  • Asmodeus 
  • Mephistopheles Tiefling 

My Thoughts On The Preferred Races

Having spent weeks exploring every nook and cranny of Baldur’s Gate 3, the differences between races become particularly apparent. However, I must stick to my bias with the Dragonborns; it is simply too good. Granted, no Greybeards summoned me, nor did I have any powerful shouts to light Minotaurs on fire.

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

Tieflings and Half-Elves do make a promising case as well with the casters and barbarian builds. Ultimately, the race you opt for must align with your build in order for you to benefit from it. But, as a fanatic of BG3, I will highly recommend you mix and match a lot because some unlikely combos work surprisingly well.

And with that, the Baldur’s Gate 3 Races guide is done with that! While you’re here, why not read the Max Level guide, which will detail all the available races? The Baldur’s Gate 3 Companions guide will tell you all you need to know about its companions!

Apart from that, the Baldur’s Gate 3 All Feats New Old guide is a must-read! 

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