Baldur’s Gate 3 Origin characters explained

Baldur’s Gate 3 contains a lot of information to analyze, even when it’s in the character creation stage, which includes Origin characters.

Although Baldur’s Gate 3 is all about creating your own unique path through its story and many side adventures, the Origin characters are a great way to do this without having to worry too much about building your own backstory and choosing from the many options. of Class and Race. .

To help you decide if you should go the Origin or custom route, here’s everything we know about the Origin characters in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Original Characters Explained

Unlike custom builds, Origin characters have a set race, class, and appearance, except for The Dark Urge, which is fully customizable, as well as having a ‘Haunted One’ background. While you can’t change an Origin character’s class during character creation, you can honor it later when you meet a specific NPC in your camp.

However, keep in mind that some characters’ classes are closely intertwined with their history and respecting them will not change this. Once a cunning rogue, always a cunning rogue.

The main benefit of choosing an Origin character over a custom character is that they are already pre-built in almost every way. You don’t need to worry about which stats match the ideal race and class, as it’s already done for you. You know you’re going in with a strong constitution from the start. You can then tweak this later in camp if you want a bit more class customization.

Six fantasy heroes sullenly gather in front of an ominously swirling dark sky.
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There are also unique story opportunities that appear when playing as an Origin character, so even if the benefits of combat don’t appeal to you, the slightly different narrative might.

All Origin characters (except The Dark Urge) can be recruited as companions if you don’t choose them as protagonists. This means that you can still reap the benefits of their combat abilities in your party, as well as pursue them as a romantic option if you wish.

List of Baldur’s Gate 3 origin characters

Here are some brief details and a list of all the Origin characters in Baldur’s Gate 3:


Abilities and Traits: A high elf rogue with a background in charlatan, Astarion is good at deception, sleight of hand, stealth, acrobatics, perception, acting, and persuasion. He gets a Cantrip early on and masters light armor, simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, rapiers, shortswords, longbows, and shortbows.

Description: After two hundred years of serving a cruel master, the vampire spawn Astarion is finally free: free to walk in the sun, free to pursue power, and free to exact vengeance.

Close up of astarion character.
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Abilities and Traits: A Githyanki fighter with a customizable fighting style and soldier experience, Lae’zel is good at athletics, acrobatics, survival, and intimidation. Lae’zel also masters light, medium, and heavy armor, shields, simple weapons, martial weapons, short swords, long swords, and great swords.

Description: Lae’zel grew up ready to live among the stars, ruthlessly conquering the cosmos as a Githyanki soldier. Chastised, she must deal with a world she doesn’t understand and find a way to serve her people on a plane that despises her militant relatives.

Close up of sae'zel character.
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Abilities and Traits: A human mage with sage expertise, Gale is good at arcana, history, research, insight, and persuasion. He gets three Cantrips, six spells, and four setup spells at the start. Gale is also proficient in light armor, shields, daggers, staves, light crossbows, spears, pikes, halberds, and glaives.

Description: His magical prowess once earned Gale the love of Mystra, the goddess of magic, until his ambition brought him to the brink of catastrophe…

Close up of gale character.
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shadow heart

Abilities and Traits: A high half-elf cleric of the Trickery subclass with acolyte experience, Shadowheart is good at insight, religion, history, and medicine. Shadowheart gains four Cantrips and four Setup spells early on, and masters Light Armor, Medium Armor, Shields, Simple Weapons, Morning Stars, Spears, Pikes, Halberds, and Glaives.

Description: Shadowheart willingly undertook a ritual to erase his memories in order to protect the secrets of his fellow Shar worshipers. Loss and pain are sacred to her, but her faith is being tested like never before.

Shadowheart character closeup.
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Abilities and Traits: A human warlock of the Fiend subclass with folk hero experience, Wyll is good at handling animals, survival, arcana, intimidation, and persuasion. Wyll gets two cantrips and two spells early on, and masters light armor, shields, simple weapons, spears, pikes, halberds, and glaives.

Description: Known as ‘The Sword of the Boundaries’, Wyll uses his magic to defeat the monsters and demons that threaten the Sword Coast. In a moment of desperation, he accepted an offer of greater power, forcing him into a hellish game that he finds hard to play.

Close up of wyll character.
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Abilities and Traits: A Zariel Tiefling Barbarian with an Outlander background, Karlach is good at Athletics, Survival, Perception, and Intimidation. Karlach masters light armor, medium armor, shields, simple weapons, and martial weapons.

Description: He has escaped ten years of service in the Underworld with nothing but the ax on his back and the infernal engine burning furiously where Karlach’s heart used to be.

Close up of karlach character.
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the dark urge

Abilities and characteristics: It can be any race, subrace, class or subclass you want and its appearance is customizable. However, The Dark Urge always has the background of the Haunted One, making them good at medicine and intimidation. Additionally, The Dark Urge is the only Origin character that cannot be recruited as a partner.

Description: You don’t remember anything but a road paved with blood. An unimaginable cruelty whispers to you from within. Can you escape from it? Would you even want to?

Close-up of a version of the character of the dark impulse.
This is the default skin for The Dark Urge, but you can change it to whatever you want, just like a custom character. | Image Credit: Eurogamer/Larian Studios

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