In Baldur’s Gate 3 the Githyanki race is known for their fighting skills, their proficiencies make them a natural choice for most melee combat builds.
In Baldur’s Gate 3, the Githyanki are a unique race which offer players a unique mix of martial prowess and innate psychic abilities. They are humanoid creatures with a rich history of conflict with the mind flayers (Illithids) and have a strong connection to the Astral Plane. This guide will help you understand how the Githyanki race works and suggest some effective builds for your character.
Githyanki are peerless warriors from the Astral Plane, known for their legendary silver blades and red dragon mounts. They seek the total destruction of mind flayers, whose ancient empire enslaved the Githyanki for millennia.
Upon release of the full game, racial choices will no longer be tied to specific ability score bonuses. Each character will get a +2 and +1 bonus to spend on whatever ability stat they would like, regardless of race.
Consequently, this means that the non-ability score traits and racial features are vitally important selecting the appropriate build. Moreover, you won’t be as restricted to certain races when min-maxing by only being able to select a specific race for optimal ability score.
- Base Racial Speed
- The distance the Githyanki can move per turn is 9 meters
- Choice of skill proficiency
- Proficiency in Light Armor, Medium Armor
- Wearing these armors will not impose a disadvantage on attacks, nor prevent spellcasting
- Proficiency in Shortsword, Longsword, and Greatsword
- Add your proficiency bonus to attack rolls with any of these weapons
- Githyanki Psionics: Mage Hand Conjuration
- Creates an invisible spectral hand that can manipulate and interact with objects.
- Githyanki Psionics: Jump
- Unlocks at level 3
- Jump in a longer arc, based on your Strength modifier
- Misty Step
- Unlocks at level 5
- Teleports caster to an unoccupied space you can see
There are no sub-races for the Githyanki.
Best Builds for Githyanki
The most obvious build for a Githyanki, the fighter build maximizes their strength bonus and weapon proficiencies. You can use a two-handed greatsword and combine the Great Weapon Master feat’s power attack with the Fighter’s Action Surge for massive damage. Take the Eldritch Knight subclass to further combine martial abilities with spells, thereby enhancing your versatility.
Embrace the Githyanki’s psychic nature and try them out in the Warlock class. Their high Intelligence and proficiency with medium armor make them well-suited for the Hexblade subclass, which gives them access to powerful melee abilities. Use the Githyanki’s strength bonus for melee attacks while focusing on the Eldritch Blast spell for ranged combat. The Jump spell can help you maneuver around the battlefield, and you can use your racial Mage Hand for utility and distractions.
The Githyanki Barbarian is a powerful and relentless force on the battlefield, combining the Githyanki’s natural strength and the Barbarian’s rage-fueled combat prowess. Take the Athletics skill, and the Great Weapons Master feat. It’s ideal for a Githyanki Barbarian, granting you the ability to take a -5 penalty to your attack rolls in exchange for a +10 damage bonus when wielding a heavy weapon. The advantage gained from Reckless Attack (gained at level 2) helps offset the accuracy penalty.
Despite the Githyanki’s strength focus, they can also make formidable wizards. The Abjuration school emphasizes defense and protection, which complements the Githyanki’s armor proficiency. Use your racial psionics for utility, and rely on spells like Shield, Mage Armor, and Counterspell to protect yourself and your allies. Additionally, the Jump spell can be helpful for repositioning in combat.
The Githyanki are a versatile race that can be built to fit a variety of playstyles. Whether you want to create a powerful melee fighter, a ranged damage-dealer, or a spellcasting powerhouse, the Githyanki have the tools to make your character a force to be reckoned with.
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