Withers, a skeleton NPC in Baldur's Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Change Your Class

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Key Takeaway

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you can change your character’s class by speaking to Withers, an NPC who can be recruited in the Overgrown Ruins north of the beach. After freeing him from his coffin, he will appear permanently at your camp after a long rest. Talk to him to change your class for 100gp. This can be done as many times as you’d like during your playthrough.

You can also change your companions’ class by speaking to Withers.

Picking your character’s class is tough. With 12 classes and 46 subclasses available, you might wish you had chosen a different path during your playthrough. Thankfully, one helpful NPC can change your class in Baldur’s Gate 3—or respec your character—at a low cost.

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    How to Recruit Withers, the Class-Changing NPC

    Following the tutorial, you begin your adventure in Baldur’s Gate 3 on a beach beside the ruins of a crashed Nautiloid ship. To the north of where you awaken, you’ll discover the Overgrown Ruins. This is where you’ll find the NPC Withers, who can be invited to your camp for the rest of the game. Although he may be spooky, this mysterious skeleton is the key to changing your class and respecing your character at will.

    Withers can be found in the northernmost room in the ruins, marked on the image below in red.

    A map showing the location of the NPC Withers during the 'Explore the Ruins' quest in Baldur's Gate 3.

    As you travel north of the crash site, you’ll discover multiple ways to enter the ruins. This includes an Ancient Door (X:283, Y:300) and an entrance to an abandoned Chapel (X:277, Y:377). Approaching either of these locations causes the ‘Explore the Ruins’ quest to trigger.

    Upon entering the central chamber of the Dank Crypt, you’ll first need to visit the South Wing to find the key to the North Wing. Unfortunately, the South Wing is filled with traps, so be sure to bring a companion with high Dexterity to disarm them with ease.

    If you don’t want to go to the trouble of plundering the South Wing or want to come back for loot later, you can also break down the door to the North by dealing 22 damage in a single attack. We’d recommend dealing fire damage, as the door takes double damage via this method.

    After snagging the key from the coffin in the center, return to the North Wing. Pressing the button in the northwest alcove causes the many corpses in the room to awaken and a battle to begin.

    Once your claim victory, you’ll discover that a secret door has opened near the button you pressed. Interact with the Richly-Adorned Sarcophagus to find Withers, who speaks to you in curious riddles. There are no right or wrong answers, so feel free to answer his questions however you see fit.

    The location of Withers in the Dark Crypt in Baldur's Gate 3.

    Upon taking a long rest and returning to your camp, Withers will be waiting for you. He’ll permanently remain with the party.

    How to Change Your Class and Respec in Baldur’s Gate 3

    You can speak to Withers any time you return to camp, and, for a minimal fee of 100gp, he’ll allow you to change your class. Selecting this option takes you to the familiar Class Selection screen, where you can adjust your Ability Scores to match your new class. You’ll also keep all the experience you’ve earned.

    Withers in camp in Baldur's Gate 3.

    You can also change your companions’ class by speaking to Withers. If you’d rather Shadowheart become a Druid or Asterion become a Fighter, it’s totally possible!

    The friendly skeleton can do more than change your class. By paying Withers 100gp, you can also recruit hirelings. These are companions without backstories who can be helpful during difficult battles.

    Additionally, if one of your party members dies in battle and you’re out of Scrolls of Revivify, Withers can resurrect them for 200gp.

    Selecting a class immediately before embarking on your lengthy adventure in Baldur’s Gate 3 can be a real challenge. Withers makes it possible to experiment with other classes at any point during your playthrough. As such, he’s an essential addition to your camp.

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