Backgrounds in Baldur's Gate 3 affect starting Proficiencies the player has. Each Background also grants two Background features. Backgrounds are not limited to Races or Classes. Backgrounds affect how NPCS perceive the player and may change how events unfold.

Background Information




You have spent your life in service to a temple, learning sacred rites and providing sacrifices to the god or gods you worship.

Insight  Proficiency
Religion Proficiency



You're an expert in manipulation, prone to exaggeration and more than happy to profit from it.

Deception Proficiency
Sleight of Hand Proficiency



You have a history of breaking the law and survive by leveraging less-than-legal connections.

Deception Proficiency
Stealth Proficiency



You live to sway and subvert your audience, engaging common crowds and high society alike.

Acrobatics Proficiency
Performance Proficiency


Folk Hero

You're a champion of the common people, challenging tyrants and monsters to protect the helpless.

Animal Handling Proficiency
Survival Proficiency


Guild Artisan

Your skill in a particular craft has earned you membership in a mercantile guild, offering privileges and protection while engaging in your art.

Insight Proficiency
Persuasion Proficiency



You were raised in a family among the social elite, accustomed to power and privilege.

History Proficiency
Persuasion Proficiency



You were once sworn to seclusion and continue to prefer solitude over the chaos of society.

Medicine Proficiency
Religion Proficiency



You grew up in the wilds, learning to survive far from the comforts of civilization. 

Athletics Proficiency
Survival Proficiency



You are curious and well-read, with an unending thirst for knowledge. 

Arcana Proficiency
History Proficiency



You are familiar with the workings of ships and life at sea, having spent years weathering storms and battling creatures of the deep. 

Athletics Proficiency
Perception Proficiency



You are trained in battlefield tactics and combat, having served in a militia, mercenary company, or officer corps. 

Athletics Proficiency
Intimidation Proficiency



After surviving a childhood on the streets, you know how to make the most out of very little.

Sleight of Hand Proficiency
Stealth Proficiency






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    • Anonymous

      26 Mar 2021 13:28  

      i wish to have the hilarious background from Arcanum:
      You were institutionalized at a young age and believed to be mentally handicapped. After several years, the institute lost funding and you were turned out onto the street with nothing more than the clothes on your back. You are brilliant with a keen grasp of numbers and mathematics, but you are barely able to talk. You gain a significant bonus to Intelligence (+6) and an exceptional bonus to your Gambling skill. However, years of being locked away makes you suffer physically and emotionally. You talk as if you had a much lower Intelligence and you suffer penalties to Strength (-1), Constitution (-1), Dexterity (-2), and Willpower (-2).

      • Anonymous

        13 Oct 2020 20:20  

        If you choose a class that already has a proficiency in a skill and you choose a background that also grants the same proficiency does the proficiency double or are you wasting potential?

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