Can you play Baldur’s Gate 3 solo?

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Baldur's Gate 3 player running ahead solo of team
September 6, 2023: Baldur's Gate 3 is now out on PS5, so we've updated our guide on whether you can play solo or not!

Don't fancy dealing with irresponsible parties trying their best to seduce everything in sight? Then let's see if it's possible to play Baldur's Gate 3 solo. Baldur's Gate 3 provides an immersive and authentic Dungeons and Dragons experience. You build a party of characters and explore the world, going on crazy quests as everyone levels up. However, not everyone is fond of playing in party settings.

Trying to play Baldur's Gate 3 solo means relying on a single character for the entirety of your playthrough. While this may seem counterintuitive in a party game and brings with it lots of disadvantages, there are a bunch of surprising benefits of solo play. So let's check out how you can play Baldur's Gate 3 solo.

For more on the game, be sure to check out the best Baldur's Gate 3 builds, alongside the best weapons to harness during your adventure. We've also got our ranking of the best Baldur's Gate 3 companions for the best solo party experience.

Can you play Baldur's Gate 3 solo?

The answer is yes, you can most definitely attempt and finish campaigns solo in Baldur's Gate 3. This means you won't need to team up with friends and can't add any AI-controlled companions to your party either.

You'll pick one archetype and clear the entire campaign with this single character. While it might sound tough in theory, in practice there are many players who pull this play style off consistently.

A magical character in Baldur's Gate 3.
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How to play as a party of one

Note that when you play solo in Baldur's Gate 3, you will not be getting any extra XP, and there is no Lone Wolf perk to make your adventure easier. In fact, it's really like playing a challenge run where you need to master and exploit the game's combat system and mechanics to succeed.

That being said, Baldur's Gate 3 is by no means a very difficult game, and it's possible to complete the game solo with all of the classes. However, if you're just starting out, we suggest using the Duelist or Berserker classes. Melee is generally the easiest combat style to use as long as you can use medium armour and a strong two-handed weapon. Another option is to try a pacifist solo run and lie and sneak your way through the entire game! Bards and Rogues make this route the easiest.

Luckily, the game is a bit static, so you can plan your run and keep trying until you're successful. If you're looking for guidance or are stuck at any checks with your build, you should check out the solo run community on YouTube.

But there you have it, that's all you need to know about playing Baldur's Gate 3 solo. Whether you're planning on going solo or playing with friends, learn about the game's Switch release too. We've also got a guide on how to multiclass and how to level up fast in Baldur's Gate 3.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and Baldur's Gate 3 page.