Can You Change Your Character’s Appearance in Baldur’s Gate 3?

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Wondering whether you can change your character’s appearance in Baldur’s Gate 3? We have your answer here. Read on for more information about the initial character creation feature and beyond.

Baldur’s Gate 3 brings elements of the tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons to life in the third installment of the sensationalized RPG series. Released by Larian Studios, the title has drawn in huge numbers of players, who have cited the game’s character customization as one of the most impressive features in modern RPGs. From class choices to all aspects of your physical build, Baldur’s Gate 3 covers many bases of avatar creation. Of course, we’ve all wished to make changes to our avatar’s appearance following the initial creation process, a dilemma that has become a huge concern in the player base of Baldur’s Gate 3. Unfortunately, you can’t permanently change your appearance following the character creation process — but there is a way to temporarily change your look with an exclusive item and some spells. Here’s how.

Can you change your character’s appearance in Baldur’s Gate 3?

There’s no way to permanently change your character’s appearance after the initial character creation process in Baldur’s Gate 3. However, those who purchased the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game will have access to the Mask of the Shapeshifter, an exclusive item that allows you to cast a glamour of sorts, temporarily altering your character’s appearance. Alternatively, you can use spells like Shapeshift and Seeming to change your character’s and party’s appearance, respectively.

How to Change Your Appearance in Baldur’s Gate 3

With the Mask of the Shapeshifter, you can change your character’s appearance for the duration of the corresponding Level 1 Spell, Shapeshift, in Baldur’s Gate 3. From your class to gender, race, and facial features, each can be altered with the help of this item, which is found in the traveller’s chest at the camp if you own the Digital Deluxe DLC.

An alternative solution for those who don’t own the DLC or want a different method is through spellcasting. Shapeshift and Seeming are Illusion spells that alter the appearance of one or more characters. Shapeshift is a Level 1 spell that allows you to pick the race, gender, and size of your illusory self. Seeming on the other hand is a Level 5 spell that affects your whole party, but picks all of those attributes at random.

For all intents and purposes, this does provide you with some way to change your appearance, though it’s not sustainable as the glamour can break in any one of several ways, and you will need to recast it to maintain your new look. Not to mention, using this item is entirely out of the question for those without the Digital Deluxe Edition of Baldur’s Gate 3, limiting the options of most players. Similarly, using the corresponding spells will normally use up a spell slot and demands Concentration, which can be detrimental if you expect a fight in the near future.

In all, it’s best to spend as much time as you need when creating your character at the start of Baldur’s Gate 3, as this is the only way to guarantee satisfaction with your appearance in the game. While there is still some chance that your avatar may appear slightly different than what you imagined in-game, careful consideration should minimize the risk.

For more help on your journey in Baldur’s Gate 3, check out these related pieces from our team: Do Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access Saves Carry Over to the Full Game? and Ultimate Guide on How to Beat Auntie Ethel in Baldur’s Gate 3.


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