Last Updated on August 5, 2023 by Jake


Baldur’s Gate 3 is a DnD-based RPG that offers a lot of choice to players in almost every aspect of the game. There are 11 playable classes in the game and Half-Orc is one of them. Choosing a race is an important choice and more so in Baldur’s Gate 3 as it determines your character’s strengths and weaknesses. There are advantages to choosing the Half-Orc race and challenges too. In this Baldur’s Gate 3 guide, I will give a detailed overview of the Half-Orc race, its base traits, best classes, and stats.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Half-Orc Race

Choosing the Half-Orc race in Baldur’s Gate 3 has its pros and cons like the fact that Half-Orcs are hard to kill but their effective fighting range is melee combat. Furthermore, Half-Orcs are very good at intimidation, which is very useful in scenarios where Charisma doesn’t work.


Half-Orc is a suitable choice for players looking for strength and durability. This race’s traits allow it to be effective in combat, however, its effective fighting range is melee combat. Half-Orcs have no sub-classes and can’t use spells or cantrips.


Creatures of intense emotion, half-orcs are more inclined to act than contemplate – whether the rage burning their bodies compels them to fight, or the love filling their hearts inspires acts of incredible kindness.

Base Racial Features

Half-Orc characters start with multiple unique racial features like Darkvision, and Relentless Endurance. The following are the racial traits Half-Orc characters start with.

DarkvisionCan see up to 12 meters in the dark.
Relentless EnduranceWhen Half-Orcs drop to 0 health but aren’t killed, they can drop to a single hit point. Resets after rest.
MenacingProficient in intimidating.
Savage AttacksOn scoring a critical hit, players can roll the weapon’s damage dice an additional time. The score is added to the extra damage of the critical hit.

Base Stats

Half-Orc characters start with +2 Strength and +1 Constitution as base stats.

+2 StrengthDetermines your character’s carry weight, jump distance, and the chance to land a hit.
+1 ConstitutionThis stat determines your character’s max health and the damage it can take.

Best Classes For Half-Orcs

Half-Orc race is very good at dealing damage in melee combat which makes it suitable for Fighter and Barbarian classes. The following are the best classes for Half-Orcs.

FighterSince Half-Orcs are good at melee combat, the Fighter class is the best suit for them. Half-Orcs can deal consistent damage and the Fighter class is proficient with Simple weapons, Martial Weapons, Light Armour, Medium Armour, Heavy Armour, and Shields
BarbarianThe Barbarian class fits well with half-orcs’ racial features like the rage ability to boost melee damage. Invest in Strength and Constitution to increase damage. The Berserker sub-class is the best one to boost melee damage. This class is proficient with Simple Weapons, martial weapons, light armor, medium armor, and shields.
PaladinThe Paladin class suits the Half-Orcs very well. Paladin class combined with “Relentless Endurance” allows Half-orcs to stay in combat even if they are injured. Combine it with their Strength in melee combat, Half-Orcs dominate the front lines. The Oathbreaker subclass allows Half-orcs to use a number of useful abilities. Paladins are proficient with Simple weapons, martial weapons, All armor, and shields.

That is all for our Baldur’s Gate 3 guide with tips on the Half-Orc race. For more on the game, also see our Human Race Overview and Races and Subraces Guide.



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