Baldur’s Gate 3: Complete Guide to Build Your First Character

In a CRPG, picking your character is very important because it affects your path, story, and how you interact with the world. In Baldur’s Gate 3, there are different ways to start a game. You can make your own hero or play as an origin character.

Build Guide for Your First Character in Baldur’s Gate 3

Origin characters have set classes, stats, personalities, and looks, but you can still control what they say. You can choose to play a pre-made character or start from scratch.

Picking An Origin Character

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When you start a new game, you can choose from seven origin characters, each with its own class. You can choose their subclass, though, and as they get better at the game, you can choose which spells and skills they can use.

The game has 12 classes, and you can choose from seven different characters for each class. In the game, these characters are your friends. Here are the all characters:

  1. High-Elf Wizard
  2. Githyanki Fighter
  3. Human Warlock
  4. Half-Elf Cleric
  5. Human Wizard
  6. Asmodeus-Tiefling Barbarian
  7. The Dark Urge

When you start out as an origin character, you’ll get a brief introduction to their past before the ship goes down. Custom characters have to earn their trust to learn about companions’ stories.

Origin companions know their story and can learn more about it. Choosing a character from an origin doesn’t stop you from joining up with other companions.

Your race and class give you different dialogue choices that help you play the game. Paladins have skills for Intimidation and Intelligence, while Druids have natural instincts for Nature and Animal Handling.

The Dark Urge Explained


Except for The Dark Urge, all origin characters have different looks and classes. The Dark Urge is the only origin character that gives you complete control over your race, class, skills, and conversation choices.

The Dark Urge is in you, just like the powers of the Ilithid. It shows up as choices in conversation, and if you give in, you could kill an important character. You won’t remember your past; blood and death will make you happy and excited.

In Baldur’s Gate 3, this origin story is strange. The Dark Urge might make you kill even if you don’t want to. You can fight it and make your own decisions, though.

Making A Custom Character

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When you start from scratch and make your own character, you can choose your skills and story. The good thing is that you can play around with the Character Creator screen and its 100 skin tones and mythical races.

If you create a custom character, you can use all the origin characters except for The Dark Urge.

You can give your team a better balance by making a custom character of a race and class that none of your other companions are.

If you earn the companion’s trust and approval, you’ll be able to learn more about their story and do side quests for them. You’ll have to wait longer to learn their story than if you were them.

You can also control your party members by clicking on their icons when they are with you. You can talk to people and move around like them. Because of this, if you choose a custom character, you can get the best of both worlds.

Note: The pictures in this article came from IGN, TheGamer and other content creators.


  • Experiment with different options: The Character Creator is very comprehensive, so take some time to experiment with different races, classes, and skills to see what works best for you.
  • Consider your party composition: When creating a custom character, it’s helpful to consider what roles your other party members will fill. This will help you create a balanced party that can handle any challenges that come your way.
  • Don’t be afraid to change your mind: You can always change your character’s race, class, or skills later in the game. So don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on STEAM.

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