How to Change Appearance in Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 was released to critical acclaim at the start of August 2023, some twenty years after its predecessor. It became an overnight sensation and stayed at those lofty heights for quite some time, with the developer, Larian Studios, pumping the game full of updates and amendments over time, post-launch. Even this far after launch, players are still pondering one aspect of the game: how to change the appearance in Baldur’s Gate 3.

For those playing Baldur’s Gate 3, how to change appearance became a sticky topic, as it isn’t immediately made obvious how to do so. In almost every RPG game in the history of the business, there is some way to change identity or appearance written into the very foundation of the title. From magic enhancements to ‘skin doctors’, almost every game of this type has a feature that’ll allow the player to change their appearance, and Baldur’s Gate 3 is no different.

How to Change Your Appearance in BG3

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If you’re now wondering how to change appearance in Baldur’s Gate 3, we have some solid news for you – it’s effortless. Following an update made to Baldur’s Gate 3 on October 6th, 2023, players now have the ability to change how their ‘Hirelings’ look, among other things, but the ability to amend their own appearance was added into the game at the end of September, in the game’s third patch.

Basically, it all revolves around the Magic Mirror that sits somewhere in your camp. As the game progresses through various acts, you’ll notice that the Magic Mirror moves around – it’s a magical item, after all. When you’re able to track it down, you’ll notice that interacting with it takes you into a character customisation area, and it’s here where you change your appearance. It’ll be a few presses of a button or two, and that’s it – you’ve learned how to change appearance in Baldur’s Gate 3.

There’s quite a lot you can change, from your voice and face to any makeup, hairstyles, tattoos or body art. It’s worth noting that you can’t change your race or body type, though. And as mentioned, you can now change the appearance of your Hirelings, too.

And as of October 6th, you can use the Magic Mirror to change your name, so that’s an added bonus.

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Is Baldur’s Gate 3 Still Popular?

At the time of writing, Baldur’s Gate 3 has been on the market for around two months, and yes, it’s still dramatically popular. If we use Steam as a representative example (for PC gamers), we can see that in August, the game’s player count peaked at around 875,000 players. In September, a month later, that figure peaked at around 584,000, which is still a very strong number. In the last 24-hour window, that figure reached heights of around 270,000.

That’s not a bad track record at all!

With possible expansions on the horizon and a high level of replayability, Baldur’s Gate 3 will likely remain popular for quite some time.

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