Baldur’s Gate 3 races: all playable races in BG3

Will you be a drow, a dwarf, or a tiefling? All the race options you'll find in Baldur's Gate 3

Shadowheart from Baldur's Gate 3 looking agitated

Looking for all the Baldur’s Gate 3 races? The Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access release date is almost here – and Larian Studios has released a community update focused on character creation that details all the possible options we’ll have to choose from before heading to the Forgotten Realms.

The Baldurs Gate 3 opening cinematic reveals that our player character becomes an unwilling host to a toothy little eyeball tadpole, which threatens to transform us into a terrible creature called a mind flayer. While you don’t have any control over the presence of your parasite pal, you will be able to create a custom character for it to wriggle around in.

Alternatively, much like Divinity: Original Sin 2, you can choose to play as one of a selection of potential Baldur’s Gate 3 companions who come with their own story and unique abilities – for example, Astarion is a vampire spawn, and can chow down on his travel buddies’ tasty necks while they slumber unaware.

If you do choose to create your own character, you’ll be able to select your class and character background, as well as your race. You’ll have eight races in Baldur’s Gate 3 to choose from during Early Access, with potentially more on the way in the future.

Here are the Baldur’s Gate 3 races:

These are all the Baldur’s Gate 3 races available in Early Access, along with their racial bonuses. It’s also worth bearing in mind that these statistics and bonuses are subject to change throughout Early Access.

Drow

Subraces: Seldarine drow, Lolth-Sworn drow

  • Charisma +1
  • Dexterity + 2
  • Fey Ancestry
  • Cantrips – Dancing Lights
  • Superior Darkvision 
  • Drow Weapon Training  You have proficiency with rapiers, shortswords, and hand crossbows.

Human

  • Strength +1
  • Dexterity +1
  • Constitution +1
  • Intelligence +1
  • Wisdom +1
  • Charisma +1

 

Githyanki

  • Intelligence +1
  • Strength + 2
  • Cantrips: Mage hand
  • Martial Prodigy – You are proficient with light and medium armour and with shortswords, longswords, and greatswords.

 

Dwarf

Subraces: Gold dwarf, shield dwarf

  • Constitution + 2
  • Dwarven Weapon Training – You have proficiency with the battleaxe, handaxe, light hammer, and warhammer.
  • Dwarven Resilience – You have advantage on saving throws against poison, and you have resistance against poison damage.
  • Darkvision

Gold dwarf:

  • Dwarven Toughness: Your Hit Point maximum increases by 1, and it increases by 1 again every time you gain a level.
  • Wisdom +1

Shield dwarf:

  • Strength +2
  • Light Armour proficiency
  • Medium Armour proficiency

Elf

Subraces: High elf, wood elf

  • Dexterity +2
  • Keen Senses – You have proficiency in the Perception skill.
  • Fey Ancestry – You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
  • Elven Weapon Training – You have proficiency with the longsword, shortsword, shortbow, and longbow.
  • Darkvision 

High elf:

  • Intelligence +1
  • Wizard cantrip

Wood elf:

  • Wisdom +1
  • Fleet of Foot
  • Mask of the Wild

Half-Elf

Subraces: High half-elf, wood half-elf, drow half-elf

  • Charisma +2
  • Ability Improvements (0/2) – choose to spend two extra ability points in Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence or Wisdom
  • Fey Ancestry – You have an advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
  • Darkvision

High half-elf:

  • High elf Cantrip

Wood half-elf:

  • Mask of the Wild

Drow half-elf:

  • Dancing Lights Cantrip

 

Halfling

Subraces: Lightfoot halfling, strongheart halfling

  • Dexterity +2
  • Lucky – When you roll a 1 on the d20 for an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw, you can reroll the die and must use the new roll.

Lightfoot halfling:

  • Naturally Stealthy: Your nimble nature makes you skilled at concealment. You have proficiency in stealth checks.
  • Charisma +1

Strongheart halfling:

  • Strongheart Resilience
  • Constitution +1

Tiefling

Subraces: Asmodeus tiefling, Mephistopheles tiefling, Zariel tiefling

  • Darkvision
  • Hellish Resistance – You have resistance to fire damage.

Asmodeous Tiefling

  • Intelligence +1
  • Charisma +2
  • Thaumaturgy Cantrip

Mephistopheles Tiefling

  • Intelligence +1
  • Charisma +2
  • Thaumaturgy Cantrip

Zariel Tiefling:

  • Strength +1
  • Charisma +2
  • Thaumaturgy Cantrip

Those are all the Baldur’s Gate 3 races that we know about, but Larian has said there might be more on their way in the full release. Chosen a race for your new character? Time to take a look at the Baldur’s Gate 3 classes you’ll be able to choose from.  If you’re still hungry for more Baldur’s Gate 3 morsels, head over to our compilation of everything we know about Baldur’s Gate 3 – or if you need to scratch that RPG itch, one of the best RPGs on PC should do the job.

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