When you first start up Divinity: Original Sin 2, and you’re creating your party, it can be a bit confusing. Not only are there several different races and classes to play, but you also have to choose from playing as a character who has an origin story, or as a completely custom character. But what’s the difference? In this article we’ll go over the differences between using an established character with an origin story and a custom character in Divinity: Original Sin 2, to make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

Origin or Custom Character

Choosing whether or not you make a customer character, or run a character with an origin story, doesn’t really change the player experience in Divinity: Original Sin 2. However, it does play a pivotal part in how you as a character approach the story, as well as what kind of quests you’ll be able to partake in.

Now, mind you, there aren’t many quests locked behind characters with origin stories. But, there are a few quests that you’ll only be able to experience if you’re running with a character that has an origin story. Another plus to running with a character that has an origin story is that sometimes, throughout the game, people will recognize who you are, and they will react accordingly. This can lead to some people being scared of you, while others may be more trusting of you and your party.

But, if you don’t feel like you’re going to miss out on much from the origin story quests, then the option to create a fully custom character is always there. Why would you do this when there are characters with origin stories? Well, for many, RPGs are all about creating stories that fit characters that they design, and that’s why custom characters are such an important part of Divinity: Original Sin 2. Not only do they allow you to fully take control of the character’s backstory, but they also allow you to really bring the character that you want to play to life.

Aside from having full control of your characters’ motives, attitude, backstory, and life, there really isn’t any upside to using a custom character over a character with an origin story, unless you really just want to have your very own character within the story.

For more help in Divinity: Original Sin 2, be sure to check out our guide on how to get the Tyrant’s armor, as well as our in-depth guide on how to complete the Powerful Awakening quest in Divinity: Original Sin 2. You should now know everything that you need to know in order to choose between an Origin or a custom character in Divinity: Original Sin 2.