Baldur's Gate III is a computer game released (in early access) by Larian Studios and is the third game in the Baldur's Gate series. It is based on a highly modified version of the 5th-edition Dungeons & Dragons rule set and is set after the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus tabletop adventure. It was released as an early access game, after which other races, classes and other features will be added.

An ancient evil has returned to Baldur's Gate, intent on devouring it from the inside out. The fate of Faerûn lies in your hands. Alone, you may resist. But together, you can overcome.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The companions and origin characters of Baldur's Gate III.

Baldur's Gate III is a role-playing game with turn-based combat. The non-combat exploration can either be top-down or in third-person view. The player creates their character, which, in early access, can be be one of the following six classes: cleric, fighter, ranger, rogue, warlock, or wizard.[note 2] The ranger class will be largely modified. The character also chooses a background from the standard 5th-edition list, their ability scores, and skills they are proficient in. Alternatively, the player can choose an "Origins" character, which is pre-created. If an "Origins" character is not selected, they may still be available as a party member. The game will have a tutorial system to introduce the players to the basic mechanics.

The game aims to take characters from levels 1 to 10. In combat, the player can interact with the environment with standard actions (as well as bonus actions), such as attack, hide, or shoving a creature. Many other Dungeons & Dragons systems are implemented, such as rolling for initiative and death saving throws, imposing advantage or disadvantage, and being in difficult terrain. When combat has taken its toll, the player can make camp, which expands over time as more companions are recruited.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The player character starts off on a nautiloid. Along with their fellow prisoners, the character has been confined within a holding pod, and a mind flayer tadpole has been inserted into their eye. The spelljammer makes its way across Faerûn, and begins to destroy buildings as it flies across Yartar. A group of red dragon-riding githyanki intercept and attack it, and the dragons start to gain the advantage. The mind flayer then commands the nautiloid to seemingly disappear, and it spawns in a different location, and courses through Hell. The githyanki, however, manage to track down the spelljammer, and attack it once more. Finding an opening in the damaged vessel, a red dragon breathes fire over a vulnerable spot, causing an explosion that throws the illithid off balance. The mind flayer tries to relocate the nautiloid yet another time, but the explosion causes it to become very badly damaged. Teleporting back to Faerûn, the nautiloid crashes to the ground.

The player character awakes, stranded close to the bank of River Chionthar (somewhere seemingly very close to Elturel), where the rubble of the spelljammer covers the ground. They find themselves with new abilities, including telepathy. The player adventures on and may find companions along their way (some of which were also alongside them on the nautiloid). However, their potential companions believe that ceremorphosis will soon take hold, and they seek out a powerful cleric to heal them.

Index[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Lae'zel, a githyanki fighter.

Companions
AstarionGaleLae'zelShadowheartWyll
Followers
Barcus WrootGlutHalsinScratchVolothamp Geddarm
Other
AbdirakAelarAggyAmekAndersAndornAndrickApikusisArabellaAradinArkaArronAsharakAzakBaelen BonecloakBalBao'ek'nukBarthBartonBellarBentaBexBezBirkaBlurgBolt • BoskBrakkalBreckBregBrekBremBrianBryannaBuckleCalCefreyChockClackCrubCrusherCryCulkCyrelDamaysDammonDanisDemirDerryth BonecloakDextorDoniDror RagzlinDrukDullwillEdowinEefEfrinEightElegisElwynEramasErnaEthelFankFerrFezkFezzerkFilroFindalFiveFourGaldGanGandrelGariasGarmorGehk CoalGimblebockGnatGomwickGratGreezGreshGreymonGribboGrikkaGrushGruzGuexGurdGurgonGurkGurzaGutHackettHaseidHolvikHukIdeIkaronIndraInweIsbethIstorJargJeornaJohlKaghaKagranKaldaniKanonKaradKarlachKarrikKavilK'ha'ssji'trach'ashKirzKivakKlaggaKlawKirzKrampKrollaKufiLakrissaLenoreLiaLiamLockeLoicLorinLorroakanLumpLurganMaggranMagronMarcorylMarcusMarrickoMariMattisMayrinaMeliMemnosMezzekaMezzkaMingus EtcherlyMinoMintharaMirgMirkonMokeMrakMuzulMyrnathNadiraNarvassNassNeemNessieNik-NukNine-FingersNozkNrogNymessaOktaOlakOllyOlodanOmeluumOneOrmnOska FevrasPandirnaPintaPlaggPolmaPucePuliQuelennaRaaggRancerRaphaelRathRechelRemiraRhyRikkaRindleRipperRoah MoonglowRolanRooRotRozzakRuganSalazonSazzaShektSilfySilverSkrutSliceSluckSmall KlawSmythinSneemSnurdSpawSpikeStimkSulTahanTakTaktTaleTamanTeelaTeghunThe AbsoluteThreeThullaTilsesTimberTinyTizgTopazTorggaToronTorrackTozadTrinzaTrynnTudTuffetTuskUmiVatasVolVrakWarrynWaspWormWrenXephYerleZa'krugZaeZakiZamiZarysZevlorZhalkZorruZurgaZurk
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AelisAlan AlythAnnaAsmodeusBalduranBaphometBaron von VarronBodhiBooBranleyBree BrekkaBumpoCagon FeggCornelius WorthywartDamon BriskaDanzoDavenDaven JuniorDevryn StouttDidaDinkEdmundElietteElminsterEuphadora GreatquillFaldornFlora • GithGorionGorion's WardGribGrobian TippleHighcliffIlyn TothImoenIosefa ElginIrenicusIronfootIvain ArkensonJarrusJawKarsusLurganMaggie Two-FingersMeernaMelindaMephistophelesMinscMiriamMordaiMyntheNorlsNorn RemysOliver SyngeOrranPereghostRian ForbeckSampsonSarevokSySyngeSzass TamTenebrux MorrowThaura BrinnThulkTimmickTomelius WorthywartTrystan ShaleUluu ThalonghValemorVlaakithYeenoghuYulZariel

Creatures[edit | edit source]

Playable Races
dwarf (gold, shield) • elf (drow, high, wood) • githyankihalf-elf (half-drow) • halfling (lightfoot, strongheart) • humantiefling

A member of the Flaming Fist, after being violently turned into an illithid.

Other
batbearbeholderboarbugbearbulettecambionchickendeep rothédevildogdragon (red) • dragonbornerinyesettercapfiendfishflindfroggiant spider (phase) • gnome (deep) • gnollgoblinhagharpyhobgoblinhook horror • human (Gur, Netherese, Rashemi) • hyenaimpintellect devourermephit (mud) • mind flayerminotaurmyconidorcowlbearoxratredcapsheepskeletonspectatorundeadvampire spawnworg (Nordiland worgata) • wood woad
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aarakocraarchdevilbasiliskbrass dragoncatdeerdridereeldrow (matron mother)dryadduergareladrinfleafoxgenasighoulhag (green, night, sea) • hamster • human (Calishite,Thayan) • koboldminiature giant space hamstermouseneogipigpigeonpixiesilver dragonspectersword spidertabaxitigertortlevampirewerejackalwormwyvern
Patrons
FiendGreat Old One

Events[edit | edit source]

Blood War
Referenced only
Karsus' FollyIron CrisisRite of ThornsSecond SunderingSpellplague

Items[edit | edit source]

Accessories
ring
Armor
bootshelmetplate mailshield
Food And Drink
applebananabaguettecabbagecarnival squashcarrotcheddarcoffeedragon's breath (liquor)Fire Winegarlicgrapekiwilemonmilkorangepearpig's headpotatopotato porridgepumpkinrumsausagesunmelontartteaWaterdhavian (cheese)winezucchini
Gems
agatebloodstonechasm creeperemeraldjadelaculitemalachiteviridian crystalonyxrubysylvan stone
Substances
alchemist's firebronzefluoritegoldgraniteironLolth's candlesilversmokepowdertin
Weapons
arrowcrossbowdaggergreataxehandaxelight hammerlongbowlongswordmacemaulmorning starquarterstaffrapierscimitarshortbowshortswordspearwarhammer
Misc
anvildrumsfishing rodlutemortar and pestlenautiloidNew Bridepitchpoisonskiffsoapsoulsoul coinspelljammerspicespiked bulbthieves' toolstorchtrap disarm kitvenom
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turnip

Languages[edit | edit source]

ElvishGnomish
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Drow

Locations[edit | edit source]

Buildings & Sites
Beloved RangerBlushing MermaidDucal PalaceEmerald GroveMoonhavenRamazith's towerRisen RoadSeatower of BalduranSorcerous SundriesWaukeen's Rest
Settlements
Baldur's GateMoonhavenYartar

A nautiloid appears over Yartar.

Wilderness
River Chionthar
Regions
Sword CoastUnderdark
Planes
Nine Hells (Avernus)
Referenced only
AbeirAmnAthkatlaBaroviaBasilisk GateBeluirBeregostBlade and StarsBreachstoneBrewCalimshanCandlekeepChultCity of JudgmentCloakwoodCormyrDarkholdDarklakeDeep KingdomDelimbiyrEbonlake GrottoElfsongElturelElturgardEthereal planeEverlight TheatreFeywildFar RealmFireshearFugue PlaneGolden RoadHall of WondersHigh House of WondersIcewind DaleInnarlithKara-TurLimboLuirenMenzoberranzanMoonrise TowersMoonshae IslesMyth DrannorNashkelNetherilNeverwinter • Nine Hells (Nessus, Stygia) • Northern WastesOld KellPlains of Purple DustPlane of ShadowRisen RoadSaradushScornubelSea of NightSea of StarsSeatower of BalduranSelûneSigilSilver MarchesSsalsenStardockSuzailTammarTears of SelûneTethyrThayThultantharTu'narathWaterdeepWaukeen's RestYawning PortalZhentil Keep

Magic[edit | edit source]

Accessories
Absolute's warboardAbsolute's talismanamulet of elemental tormentamulet of joy and sorrowamulet of lost voicesamulet of the unworthyBeastmaster's ChainBroodmother's Revengecherished locketring of colour sprayrusty necklaceThe Whispering Promisewarped headband of intellect
Ammunition
arrow of acidarrow of darknessarrow of firearrow of icearrow of Ilmaterarrow of lightningarrow of roaring thunder
Armor
Hellrider's PrideThe Oakfather's Embrace
Books
The Necromancy of Thay
Clothing
arcane circletboots of speedGloves of Powerherbalist's glovesNight WalkersSpiderstep Boots
Oils
basilisk oiloil of sharpness
Potions
antitoxinElixir of Silvanuspotion of acid resistancepotion of animal speakingpotion of fire resistancepotion of force resistancepotion of lightning resistancepotion of healing (greater)potion of hill giant strengthpotion of invisibilitypotion of poisonpotion of poison resistancepotion of psychic resistancepotion of sleeppotion of speedpotion of vitality
Referenced only
balsam ointment
Scrolls
scroll of summon quasit
Spells
acid splashaidarmour of Agathysarms of Hadarbaneblade wardblindnessblurburning handscharm personchill touchcolour spraycommandcreate watercure woundsdancing lightsdarknessdarkvisiondetect thoughtsdisguise selfdissonant whisperseldritch blastethereal jauntexpeditious retreatfalse lifefeather fallfind familiar[note 3]fire boltfog cloudfriendsgreaseguidanceguiding bolthealing wordhellish rebukehexhold personhunter's markidentifyinflict woundsinvisibilityjumpknocklesser restorationlightlongstridermage armormage handmagic missileMelf's acid arrowminor illusionmirror imagemisty steppass without tracepoison sprayprotection from evil and goodray of frostray of enfeeblementray of sicknessresistancerevivifysacred flamescorching rayshattershieldshield of faithshocking graspsilencesleepspeak with animalsspeak with deadTasha's hideous laughterthaumaturgythunderwavetrue strikewebwitch bolt
Referenced only
cloneraise deadreanimationresurrectiontrue resurrection
Weapons
Corellon's GraceDragon's GraspFaithbreakerLoviatar's ScourgeNature's SnareRain DancerShortsword of First BloodStaff of the MoonmaidenThe Watcher's GuideVision of the Absolute
Misc
Dead MagicMetatextpsionicsrunescrollscryingsending stonesspellbookspelljamming helmturn undeadWeavewild magic

Organizations[edit | edit source]

Cult of the AbsoluteEmerald EnclaveFlaming FistOrder of the GauntletShadow DruidsSociety of BrillianceThe FiveZhentarim
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Collective of Concerned Citizens of the WideDark JusticiarsHarpersHellridersHouse BaenreOrder of the Radiant HeartPurple DragonsRed Wizards of ThayScriveners of DoomSharptongueSilverhair Knights

Plants[edit | edit source]

acorn truffleautumncrocusbalsambarded bulrushbarrelstalkbelladonnabibberbangblushcapbonecapbullywug trumpetdaggerrootdragon egg mushroomiron-vineKelemvor's Kisslavendermergrassmugwortnightlightnoblestalkoakrogue's morselrosemarySussurswarming toadstooltimmaskTongue of Madnesstorchstalkweavemosswispweedyewzurkhwood
Referenced only
chamomileripplebark

Religions[edit | edit source]

Deities
AmaunatorAurilAzuthBaneBhaalChaunteaCorellon LarethianDeneirEilistraeeEldathGarl GlittergoldGondHelmHoarIlmaterJergalKelemvorLaduguerLolthLoviatarMaglubiyetMoradinMyrkulMystraOghmaSelûneSharSilvanusTempusTiamatTormTymoraTyrUmberleeYondalla
Domains
LifeLightTrickery

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Literature
A is for Azuth, and other GodsA Pleasurable DealA Primer on Mythical BeastsA Traveller's Guide to Baldur's GateAn Open HeresyAnnals of Baldur's GateBook of Dead GodsDiart of Lump the EnlightenedFables of FaerûnFindings from the HinterlandsFringe PhilosophyFlora of the DalelandsFront and Centre: A Thespian's MemoirGrove AnnalsJourney Through the JungleLove in the Shadowed LandsMetatext: ReboundMissives of CandlekeepMistress of the Night and Friends • On Death & ResurrectionOn Goblins: My Life Among the Conquering HostOn the Origins of the ZhentarimOn the Subject of Gond and ProgressOn Receiving Her GraceOne Foot, Two Feet, Well Met, We'll MeetOral Histories of Faerûn: Paladin OathbreakersOral Histories of Faerûn, the SpellplagueOrder of the Gauntlet: On Matters of Law and JusticeShadow's KissShanties for the Bitch QueenSoul Coins: A TreatiseStudy of the Sword CoastTarbell's Guide to DistractionsThe Approachable EastThe Boy and the BeholderThe Collectanea RubrumThe Cost of SorrowThe Devil You Know: An AutobiographyThe Emerald Enclave: TenetsThe Evil EyeThe Folly and the FallThe Illustrated Adventures of BalduranThe Leadership of the ZhentarimThe Mortal View: Eyewitness Accounts of the Bhaalspawn CrisisThe Purged Palate: Midwinter EditionThe Realm According to BumpoThe Screed of the WillingThe Shattered SeldarineThe True and Impossible Adventures of Tenebrux MorrowThe War between Selûne and SharThe Wonders of PhandalinTheskan Anthology of Goblin PoetryTraveller's Guide to the Sword CoastVolo's Complete Guide to the Behaviour of NymphsYer Axe Got Broke!
Misc
Age of WonderBhaalspawnceremorphosisdarkvision

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A game under the title, Baldur's Gate III: The Black Hound, was being worked on but was cancelled in 2003. The games are not the same.
  • The Larian website pictured only the III part of the logo before the release announcement. Many speculated that the game was the sequel to Baldur's Gate II, and this was hinted in metadata. The actual announcement came on June 6th, 2019.

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The game takes place as of 1492 DR, and is defined as the "current year", as is stated in a tollhouse ledger. The ledger can be found under the Order of the Gauntlet's makeshift base.
  2. All other classes in the Player's Handbook 5th edition (barbarian, bard, druid, monk, paladin, and sorcerer), as well as multiclassing, will be playable during the full release after Early Access.
  3. This spell is not at all similar to the 5th edition find familiar spell. For example, familiars can attack in this game.

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