Baldur’s Gate 3 Will Let You Respec & Reroll Your Character and Build

The most recent Panel From Hell Livestream from developer Larian Studios revealed Baldur’s Gate 3 Will Let You Respec & Reroll Your Character and Build!

Baldur's Gate 3 New Character Creation Screen with Half-Orc
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Baldur’s Gate 3 Will Let You Respec & Reroll Your Character and Build

At their final Panel From Hell Livestream, one of the many new features Larian Studios announced would be available at launch is the ability to respec your character.

Acknowledging that the game is “a very heavy narrative experience,” developers said that they didn’t want players who invested time in the game to feel like the only way to make changes to their character would be to totally start over.

The estimation for a full run of the game’s main story is that it will take players at least 70 hours to run through. It’s a serious time investment for many. While the game has much to offer in terms of replayability, few would want to start over if they only wished to make some tweaks to the character they already have.

Baldur's Gate 3 Shadowheart casting spell
Baldur’s Gate 3 Companion Shadowheart
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Consequently, Larian Studios will add the ability to respec or reroll your created character into the game at launch. Players will be able to do so by visiting a NPC character in-game. Since that panel, it has been revealed that the NPC character you use to respec will be Withers, whom players should meet early in Act 1. If for some reason players miss him, there are mechanics in place for him to still be available. You’ll find Withers at your camp either after you’ve first met him, or he will automatically appear should you miss him.

Additionally, this new feature will also help with multiclassing, something that will also be available when the game releases. In Dungeons & Dragons, multiclassing is where you can choose to level your character in a new, additional class. While they’ll have to start at the lower levels of it like new, it will open up additional abilities.

Therefore, Withers will also allow players the chance to experiment with multiclassing. Some class combinations may work better together than others. In this way, players can try something out and easily change it back around if they feel like it’s not working.

Respec Your Companions in Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 Companion - Minthara
Baldur’s Gate 3 Companion Minthara
Source: Larian Studios

In more recent unexpected news, Larian Studios has also announced that you can respec your companions, as well. This was likely done as a way to facilitate party balance in combat with player desire to bring along their favorite companions. For example, if a player has created a Rogue they may not have a need for Astarion in their party make-up. If they still want to bring him along, they can respec him into a different class with abilities and skills that they need.

In a recent interview with Dropped Frames Game Director Swen Vincke goes on to clarify:

You can respec everything. You can respec through the game. There is a gold price to be paid. Only things that are actually locked in are the subclasses of two of our origin characters when you start playing. When you recruit them. But you can respec them, in any case.

So it sounds like Larian is giving players a huge amount of freedom to shape their party and builds as they wish. Swen did go on to clarify, however, that “But in their heads, they will always have that in their background.” The narrative of the game and the backstories of the companion characters are so intertwined with their original class that these pieces of their identity must remain apart of them in order for the story beats to play out. It has been said that if you change a companion’s class that some dialogue options will no longer be available. However, nothing that is important to the central story disappears.

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