Baldur's Gate 2 Character Generation

Character generation

The Character Generation screen in Baldur's Gate.

When you are in the character generation section follow the steps below. At any point in the process you may press "cancel" and will be prompted if you wish to return to the main game screen. To go back during character creation, press the up arrow at the bottom left of the screen. You may also choose to import an existing character.


The gender of your character is decided first. You can select either male or female. Once selected, press the "Done" button (as on every page). Gender chosen does not affect game-play—save for minor dialogue choices and romance options.

Appearance: Portrait SelectionEdit

Select a portrait for your character.

To import a custom portrait, check the instructions in the Read Me file on the installation CD.


Main article: Races

Select the race of your character. There are six available character races. Choose between human, dwarf, elf, gnome, halfling, or half-elf. In Baldur's gate 2, you may also play as a half-orc

Descriptions of each race are given in the area beneath the selection boxes.


Main article: Classes

The classes and class combination that are available to the race you have chosen will be highlighted. Choose the class that you want from the list. 

Descriptions of each class are noted in the area beneath the selection boxes.


Multi-classed characters are available to non-humans only and share the traits and restrictions of both classes. Human characters can choose to become dual class later in the game.


Dual class characters start their adventuring life as one class and then later switch to a different class, the abilities of the former class are unavailable until the character surpasses the level of their former class with the level of their new class. At this time, the abilities of both classes are available at their current level. The character can never advance further in the former class. Only humans can be dual classed characters.

Ability ScoresEdit

Main article: Ability Scores

You'll see a screen with the abilities the computer has randomly determined for your character (calculated as if you rolled three 6-sided die for each ability, adjusted for character race). Any class minimums will be automatically selected for the character for abilities that were too low (i.e. if the character needs a 17 charisma to be a paladin, and computer rolled a 12, then the player will receive 17). You can subtract points form an ability to add to another; however, you cannot take points away from an ability if it will lower the ability below racial or class minimums. Each ability will have a caption describing it. Re Roll your abilities as many times as you like until you reach a combination you are happy with.

You may also store 1 set of abilities and roll again by clicking on the "store" button. You may bring the stored set up again by clicking on the "recall" button. Only one set may be stored at a time but may be overwritten.


Main article: Alignment

The player has a choice of alignments according to his class and race. Each alignment will have a caption describing it in detail. Your alignment determines how your character interacts with his environment. Read over each carefully before choosing. If you stray severely from your alignment during the course of the game, there will be consequences - you may even suffer loss of some of your abilities. Rangers and paladins become fallen when their behavior is out of line with their alignment. Fallen classes lose their special abilities and there is no way they can redeem themselves, unless you export/import the character into Shadows of Amn. You can then complete all the paladin tasks for the Radiant Heart stronghold or the ranger tasks for the village of Imnesvale and your status will be restored. But by then you will have too much experience to be able to transfer the character back to Baldur's Gate or BG: Tales of the Sword Coast.


Here, you pick what weapons you want to be proficient in. Proficiencies are limited by class.


Choose colors for your character's clothing. Be colorful and pick whatever draws your attention!


Choose a name. Choose wisely because this will be your name for the whole game.


Game Starting experience Experience limit
Baldur's Gate 0 89,000
Baldur's Gate + Tales of the Sword Coast 0 161,000
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 89,000 2,950,000
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn + Throne of Bhaal 89,000 8,000,000
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal 2,500,000 8,000,000
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 0 161,000
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 89,000 8,000,000
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition (Throne of Bhaal start) 2,500,000 8,000,000

Starting experience point doesn't apply if the imported character has more experience than the minimal requirement.


This information comes straight from the Baldur's Gate game manual.

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