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One of the most exciting aspects of Baldur’s Gate 3 is the ability to play as a Githyanki. This race is not typically featured in Dungeons and Dragons products, so I jumped at the chance to play a Gith and get the companion Lae’zel, a Githyanki Fighter, to join my party. However, I noticed that only the Githyanki were included, which left me wondering if I could play as a Githzerai in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Why are There no Githzerai in BG3?
There is no clear answer to why the Githzerai were excluded in Baldur’s Gate 3. They appear identical to Githyanki, belonging to the same species. It is possible that the Githzerai’s less warlike nature makes them less prone to come into conflict with Mind Flayers, and the game’s antagonists caused Larian not to include them. Another answer may be that DLC will add Githzerai and a new storyline, but there is no guarantee of this.
What are Githzerai?
Githzerai are a faction of the Gith race. Gith were once enslaved by Mind Flayers but led a successful rebellion to earn their freedom. Githzerai possess a monastic life in pursuit of knowledge and introspection. They primarily reside in Limbo and the Underdark after the resulting civil war between two factions of Gith after overthrowing the Mind Flayers.
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Githzerai appear as tall and thin humanoids with yellowish skin and various dark markings on the body and face. Male Githzerai typically shaved their heads and kept their facial neat and tidy, while female Githzerai wore their hair in buns and braids. The long time enslaved by Mind Flayers left Githyanki with psionic abilities.
What is the Difference Between Githzerai and Githyanki?
The Githzerai and Githyanki are two factions of the Gith race. They splintered after defeating the Mind Flayers and escaping their slave status. That said, the Githyanki and Githzerai immediately begin fighting amongst themselves, leading to the formation of their two factions. Both Githyanki and Githzerai are distrustful of other races but have different beliefs.
The major difference in Githyanki and Githzerai is the difference in their political and cultural beliefs. The Githyanki possess a warlike culture whose primary focus is hunting down and eradicating the Mind Flayers. This draws them in direct conflict with the Illithids and often sees them pursuing them across the various planes of existence. The Githyanki follow Vlaakith, who led them in rebellion against the Mind Flayers.
On the other hand, Githzerai are more scholarly and contemplative of the world. When the Mind Flayers were overthrown, the Githzerai sought knowledge while the Githyanki continued to their aggression against their suppressors. They turned their conquest to the mind, and when they did fight, they used monastic techniques and styles.
For more information on Baldur’s Gate 3, check out Baldur’s Gate 3 Lae’zel Build Guide – Best Stats and Subclass and Baldur’s Gate 3: Who are the Companions? on MyFullGames.