Baldur’s Gate 3 Origin and Background Guide

Background defines your character’s origin and statistics that influence the role-playing aspect of Baldur’s Gate 3. Also, we describe it all in this guide!

Baldur’s Gate 3 Character Background and Origin - Character Creation - Warlock - Wood Elf The Great Old One
Character Creation – Race: Wood Elf, Class: Warlock, and Subclass: The Great Old One

What are Backgrounds? – Guide

There are thirteen backgrounds in Baldur’s Gate 3, and they represent where your character comes from and what their life was before. NPC characters, including your companions, will sometimes react consequently to your protagonist’s origin, which can sometimes earn you favours or enemies. Backgrounds are not limited to race or class, so you can pick whatever you like or will give you the best statistics.

Here are all the backgrounds in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Acolyte
  • Charlatan
  • Criminal
  • Entertainer
  • Folk Hero
  • Guild Artisan
  • Haunted One
  • Noble
  • Outlander
  • Sage
  • Soldier
  • Urchin

Backgrounds, Inspiration Goals, and Skill Proficiencies

The following Table Presents Inspiration Goals, and skill proficiencies for all Backgrounds:

BackgroundProficiencyInspiration Goals and GuideDescription
AcolyteInsight
Religion
Acolyte Inspiration GoalsYou have spent your life in service to a temple, learning sacred rites and providing sacrifices to the god or gods you worship. Serving the gods and discovering their sacred works will guide you to Greatness.
CharlatanDeception
Sleight of Hand
Charlatan Inspiration GoalsYou’re an expert in manipulation, prone to exaggeration and more than happy to profit from it. Bending the truth and turning allies against each other will bring you success down the road.
CriminalDeception
Stealth
Criminal Inspiration GoalsYou have a history of breaking the law and survive by leveraging less-than-legal connections. Profiting from criminal enterprise will lead to greater opportunities in the future.
EntertainerAcrobatics
Performance
Entertainer Inspiration GoalsYou live to sway and subvert your audience, engaging common crowds and high society alike.
Folk HeroAnimal Handling
Survival
Folk Hero Inspiration GoalsYou’re a champion of the common people, challenging tyrants and monsters to protect the helpless. Saving innocents in imminent danger will make your legend grow.
Guild ArtisanInsight
Persuasion
Guild Artisan Inspiration GoalsYour skill in a particular craft has earned you membership in a mercantile guild, offering privileges and protection while engaging in your art. Repairing and discovering rare crafts will bring new inspiration.
Haunted OneMedicine
Intimidation
Haunted One Inspiration GoalsYou were once sworn to seclusion and continue to prefer solitude over the chaos of society.
NobleHistory
Persuasion
Noble Inspiration GoalsYou were raised in a family among the social elite, accustomed to power and privilege. Accumulating renown, power, and loyalty will raise your status.
OutlanderSurvival
Athletics
Outlander Inspiration GoalsYou grew up in the wilds, learning to survive far from the comforts of civilization. Surviving unusual hazards of the wild will enhance your prowess and understanding.
SageArcana
History
Sage Inspiration GoalsYou are curious and well-read, with an unending thirst for knowledge. Learning about rare lore of the world will inspire you to put this knowledge to greater purpose.
SoldierAthletics
Intimidation
Soldier Inspiration GoalsYou are trained in battlefield tactics and combat, having served in a militia, mercenary company, or officer corps. Show smart tactics and bravery on the battlefield to enhance your prowess.
UrchinSleight of Hand
Stealth
Urchin Inspiration GoalsAfter surviving a childhood on the streets, you know how to make the most out of very little. Using your street smarts bolsters your spirit for the journey ahead.
All Baldur’s Gate 3 Backgrounds and their proficiencies

Which Background should you choose in Baldur’s Gate 3?

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you should choose whatever suits your character and you simply like. Backgrounds have defined proficiencies, while classes have a list of skills they can be proficient with, and you can pick only two or three. As a result, regardless of which background you choose, your class proficiencies can be adjusted during character creation in the skills tab, preventing you from wasting potential. Additionally, proficiency is what your character is good at and what knowledge they possess. Therefore, always pick what suits your character’s story and/or will give you the best statistics.

Background - Baldur’s Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 Backgrounds

Therefore, if you want the best character performance, you should choose a background and proficiencies that boosts your class, primarily statistic. For example, if you are a Druid and your primary ability is Wisdom, you should aim to be proficient in Animal Handling, Insight, Medicine, Perception, and Survival. As a result, Folk Hero (Survival, Animal Handling) is the background that includes those skills and could be a good choice for Druid or Cleric.

Some backgrounds are similar to each other and offer similar Proficiencies. For Example, Charlatan and Criminal backgrounds are masters of manipulation, and their inspirational goals focus on talking their way through challenging situations. However, criminals are better at stealth, and Charlatans are better at lockpicking. Regardless you can pick a class with proficiencies that allow you to create a mix of Charlatan and Criminal skills. As a result, be proficient in stealing and sneaking at the same time, which can benefit you in many ways. If you don’t mind spoilers, you can check the inspiration goals for each background and adjust proficiencies to them before finalizing your character creation.

What are the Background Inspiration Points in Baldur’s Gate 3? Goals Guide

Additionally, in Baldur’s Gate 3, your background and origin give you a chance to complete special quests that will reward you with inspiration which you can later utilize when playing the game. When you perform an action that is true to your origin, your character will be inspired. Inspiration points can be used to reroll the dice during ability checks. Lastly, you can hold up to four points; any additional inspiration will reward you with experience.

For example, if you are an entertainer invited to a campfire to play and dance with befriended NPC, you’ll become inspired and earn an Inspiration point. However, these small quests and inspiration goals are hidden, and you need to discover them while playing the game.

Background Quest and Inspiration Points

Baldur’s Gate 3 Origin and Background Guide

In addition to the role-playing aspect, the background defines proficiencies, giving you a small bonus to dice rolls and success in checks.

This bonus gets added to the following dice rolls: attacks, spell attacks, skills and saving throws you are proficient in.

Source Baldur’s Gate 3

Origin in Baldur’s Gate

Characters’ origin is similar to a background but defines if you want to play as one of the companions or as an origin, custom character. Origin characters: Asterion, Lar’zel, Gale, Shadowheart, and Wyll will have their own quest that you can experience from a first-person perspective. When playing as a custom protagonist, you’ll be helping your companion achieve their goals.


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