Races in Baldur's Gate 3 determine many aspects of a character, from their appearance to their innate capabilities. BG3 Races are chosen during Character Creation, and each choice grants various buffs and effects that are exclusive to a certain race, as well as unique physical traits. Players looking to optimize their Builds will take into account character race as well as Background and Class.


All Baldur's Gate 3 Races


What is the Best Race in BG3?

There is no overall best Race, but players will find that certain groups lend themselves better for certain styles of play. Dwarves, for example, would be naturally inclined to tankier builds, as they come with a boost to Constitution. Not all choices are done for battle or build purposes, however, so players should feel free to pick the race that they prefer for roleplay, aesthetics, or optimization objectives.

What are Subraces in BG3?

Subraces are variations of a group, with notable distinctions in appearance and characteristics. Subraces feature additional lore, and in some cases intrinsic alignments that may impact your relationship with other races during the course of the game. This is part of the world of D&D, and you can explore what effect your race has by checking out Backgrounds and tags.



Asmodeus Tiefling  ♦  Drow  ♦  Drow Half-Elf  ♦  Dwarf  ♦  Elf  ♦  Githyanki  ♦  Gnome  ♦  Gold Dwarf  ♦  Half-Drow  ♦  Half-Elf  ♦  Halfling  ♦  High Elf  ♦  High Half-Elf  ♦  Human  ♦  Lightfoot Halfling  ♦  Lolth-Sworn Drow  ♦  Mephistopheles Tiefling  ♦  Seldarine Drow  ♦  Shield Dwarf  ♦  Strongheart Halfling  ♦  Tiefling  ♦  Wood Elf  ♦  Wood Half-Elf  ♦  Zariel Tiefling




Ability:  +1 Strength Score, + 1 Dexterity Score, +1 Constitution Score, +1 Intelligence Score +1 Wisdom Score, and  +1 Charisma Score

Racial Features: Base Racial Speed.

Subraces: None



Ability: Charisma +2 and +2 Ability score points to spend as the player sees fit in any of the other five Abilities. (Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence or Wisdom).

Racial Features: Fey Ancestry and Darkvision.


High Half-Elf traits:

  Wood Half-Elf Traits:

 Drow Half-Elf Traits:



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    • Anonymous

      20 Feb 2021 06:08  

      Tabaxi, Dragonborn, and Yuan-ti please. Though I'm definitely gonna try Druid class first regardless. Climbing skill and poison immunity is super awesome. While my computer can play it, I'm hoping the game will be as long as it'll take to download 150GB. Cue the sweating man meme.

      • Anonymous

        18 Feb 2021 14:17  

        remove hobbits, elves and humans. add trolls, orcs and illithid as playable races and the game will be a winner.

        • Anonymous

          17 Feb 2021 22:46  

          Dont know why they didnt add mostly finished races and classes like Goblin, Bugbear and Paladin for example. :/ If we have to wait 3 months there should be more meat.

          • Anonymous

            22 Jan 2021 11:48  

            Kobolds as DLC id pay for it plus the people that don't want kobolds in there game don't have to get it I think that's a good grey area

            • Anonymous

              15 Jan 2021 21:18  

              Will Gnomes, Dragonborns and Hal-Orcs be added in full release? Was really looking forward to playing a Gnome.

              • Anonymous

                02 Jan 2021 00:08  

                I just kinda hope they add the Swashbuckler Rogue subclass though I'm gonna be giving thief a good try in mean time!

                • Anonymous

                  19 Nov 2020 13:01  

                  For Video Game Gamers, you lot are quite unreasonable, it's like this is the first video game based on D&D... if you want to help so much petition Larion for a Mod-ing tool and make them your selves then send Larion the end result, that way you can get more races in shorter amount of time and get them to do all your wishes.
                  OR just wait for the game to release and for modders to add every race under the sun and more.

                  You should worry more about the game not running as intended then not having 50 shades of Elf .

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Nov 2020 20:06  

                    Honestly, the lack of core races is concerning. No Gnomes? No Dragon Born? yet we have drow? i dunno i feel like this is really lacking... meanwhile Wrath of the Righteous is adding like i dunno like 3-5 new classes and a couple new races on top of everything else and a new turn based system. I have to say, the fact you didn't add a +2 int race leaves wizards kind of in a bad spot. Especially if you arent adding dice rolling stat generation system since the point buy is really restrictive and relies on that +2 bonus.

                    Basically yes we need more race options if only adding all the core races.

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Nov 2020 09:50  

                      I can not wait to play Dragonborn with how much explosive stuff that is around, breath weapon into a room and you explode half the map. I guess fireball could do the same, but no, I wanna sneeze to destroy my enemies... and loot...

                      • 04 Nov 2020 05:09  

                        Well, you can tell us it's in early access all you want, but that's not going to stop people from voicing their opinions on what they think would make a great addition to the game. If people want beast races, then Larian Studio's team should consider it. If no one spoke up on the matter then no one would care would they? Larian Studios has not stated anything on other races yet, so that is why I am speaking up and hoping they will bring something other than just gnomes, halflings, and half-orcs to the table which I presume they already plan on bringing in to BG3 at the moment. I want to speak for a lot of the people here and hopefully, Larian Studios will shed some light on the subject if they have any upcoming plans on bestial races, if any at all. Personally, I hope they bring lizardfolk or minotaurs as a playable race. I'll be the first in line with wallet in hand when they announce something other than a human or sub-human whether it be a year from now or five, I can wait.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Oct 2020 13:54  

                          So only humans with different sizes...? It's 2020 and we still have no minotaurs, goblins or centaurs as playable races in RPG...

                          • Anonymous

                            25 Oct 2020 11:56  

                            No Gnolls or Kobolds? Y_Y There are so many different human faced races, but I don't want to be a human. Please Baldurs Gate team, please let us be a beast for once, D&D has excellent beast races.

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