What Books Are The Baldur’s Gate 3 Based On?

BG3 is based on d&d 5e books. So, here is the Dungeons and Dragons books to read before playing Baldur's Gate 3.

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What books are the Baldur’s Gate 3 based on? Do you want to play Baldur’s Gate 3 but you don’t know anything about the lore? Well, in this case, you might want to read the books that are Baldur’s Gate 3 based on.


Baldur’s Gate 3 is completely based on D&D 5e. Meaning Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition. So, any D&D 5e book you can find is good to read. However, there are specifics books that you must totally read in order to fully enjoy Baldur’s Gate 3.

First thing to remember, this game takes place in the world of Forgotten Realms. So, in order to delve deep in the lore, you must read D&D Forgotten Realms books. Therefore I recommend you to read Sword Coast’s Adventurer’s Guide. It is %100 focused on lore, descriptions, and information. Besides, this book is centered on the Sword Coast region, which is where you play Baldur’s Gate 3. Of course there are other books and sources to learn more, details below.

What Books Should I Read Before Playing Baldur’s Gate 3?

Baldur’s Gate 3 Books

You really needn’t read any books to play Baldur’s Gate 3. However, in order to increase your gaming fun, I can recommend Sword Coast’s Adventurer’s Guide. As I have already said before it is fully focused on lore explanation.

Also Monster Manual can be a good addition to your read list. Because it gives information about each and every monster you will encounter during your BG3 playthrough.

You can also try to play Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2 but of course it is another story. Baldur’s Gate chronology is interesting and there are various other games too


Another book I recommend is Volo’s Guide to Monsters. It is written by our favorite camp follower, Volo. But beware!

Wizards of the Coast does not vouch for, guarantee, or provide any promise regarding the validity of the information provided in this volume by Volothamp Geddarm.

Do not trust Volo. Do not go on quests offered by Volo. Do not listen to Volo.

And please, do not let him touch your eye…

Lastly I like to recommend Forgotten Realms Wiki. It contains lots of information regarding the lore and can be quite helpful to learn more about Fearun. Just focus on the latest update, D&D 5e information. Because that is the version Baldur’s Gate 3 is based off from. Also there are many Youtube channels talking about the D&D 5e lore. However, I will let you find them by yourself. If you want a watch list for it, please leave a comment below and I will consider sharing.

All that being said, you should keep in mind that reading anything beforehand is not necessary for playing Baldur’s Gate 3. It is a beautifully narrated game that anyone can play. However, if you are a fantasy / RPG gourmet, it is your job to read everything about it.

Thank you guys for reading! I hope you read the books I recommended. Well, this is a good bye then… I am looking forward to see you soon, till later.

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