Baldur’s Gate 3: Halflings Race Overview

In Baldur’s Gate 3 Halflings are a small, cheerful race who are also quite skilled in stealth and have a natural affinity for luck.

Baldur's Gate 3 Halfling close up in character creation example

As a Halfling, you embody a small yet resilient and resourceful character. In this guide, we’ll explore how the Halfling race works in Baldur’s Gate 3 and discuss some effective builds to make the most of your character.

Halflings in Baldur’s Gate 3

Small yet capable, Halflings prefer the comfort of home and hearth – but their natural luck and dexterity makes them fine adventurers.


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.

Racial Features:

  • Lucky
    • When you roll a 1 for an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw, you can reroll the die and must use the new roll.
Baldur's Gate 3 Halfling in character creation example


Lightfoot Halfling

Additional Racial Features:

  • Base Racial Speed
    • The distance Halflings can move per turn is 7.5 meters
  • Naturally Stealthy
    • Grants a proficiency in Stealth checks.

Strongheart Halflings

Additional Racial Features:

  • Base Racial Speed
    • The distance Halflings can move per turn is 7.5 meters
  • Strongheart Resilience
    • Grants an advantage on saving throws against Poison and resistance to Poison damage.

Best Builds for Halflings


With their natural Dexterity bonus and Nimble trait, Halflings make excellent Rogues. Use your small size to your advantage, maneuvering through enemy lines and using stealth to your benefit. Your Lucky trait will help ensure your crucial attacks and skill checks succeed, turning the tide of battle.


Baldur's Gate 3 Ranger Critical
Baldur’s Gate 3 Ranger Critical Hit

Embrace your Halfling’s affinity for nature and become a Ranger. Their Dexterity bonus gives them a high attack bonus and a high AC, and their Naturally Stealthy trait can help them sneak up on enemies. Focus on ranged attacks, utilizing your Dexterity to deal consistent damage from a distance. Your Lucky trait will help compensate for any unlucky shots.


Halflings can excel in various spellcasting classes like Sorcerers or Warlocks. Focus on spells that benefit from your high Dexterity, and use your Lucky trait to ensure your spells land effectively.


As a Halfling, thought small, you are not to be underestimated. Halflings can be a formidable melee Fighter with the right skills applied. Take advantage of your small size to weave through enemy defenses, and use weapons that benefit from your high Dexterity. Your Nimble trait will help you avoid attacks in close combat.


Halflings in Baldur’s Gate 3 are small but spirited characters, capable of excelling in various roles. Whether you choose to be a nimble rogue, an agile ranger, a courageous paladin, a nimble fighter, or a lucky performer, your Halfling character will bring a unique charm and resilience to any adventuring party.

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