Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire Character Guide – Sex, Classes, Attributes, Occupations, Weapon Focus

In our Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire Character Guide, we have detailed everything you need to know about Character Creation, Classes, Races, Sex, Weapon Focus, and more.

Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire allows a detailed character customization. There are different classes and races that you can choose from and then customize them further according to your own will and liking. In this Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire Character Guide, we will guide you on how you can create your perfect character in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire. We have a detailed guide on all aspects and mechanics involved in the character creation.

Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire is one of such games who take the background of the character very seriously and incorporates them in a way that each character’s backgrounds have an effect on their traits and personality.

The occupation of the character also has a big role in shaping up the stats of the characters. We have detailed all of these mechanics apart from the basic ones below so that you can easily create the best possible character possible.

Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire Character Guide

The character creation in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire is very detailed and you get to choose from a large number of options to make up their stats and additional bonuses. You must pick each option wisely because each selection will alter certain aspects of your character.

None of the choices here are just for the sake being here but each choice will affect your character in one way or another. While creating a character, you will need to go through six basic phases. These phases are detailed below:

Sex and Race

This is the first and the very basic phase of character creation. After choosing the sex of your character from male or female, you can choose a race from six options. These races are Auamaua, Dwarf, Elf, Godlike, Human, and Orlan. Each of these races come with their own strengths and weaknesses. You can even select a sub-race for even more specialty bonuses and stat boosts.

Auamaua race gets a bonus of +2 might while Dwarfs get +2 Might, +1 Contribution but they have -1 Dexterity. Choosing an elf will grant you +1 Dexterity and +1 Perception. Godlike race gets +1 Dexterity and +1 Intellect Bonus. Humans get +1 Might and +1 Resolve bonus while Orlans get -1 Might, +2 Perception and +1 Resolve.


After you have selected the sex and race of your character, it is time to select a character class. The character class defines their abilities and features and define the very build of your character.

Classes will allow you to focus on a particular type of gameplay, however; you can also go for all-rounder builds but it all boils down to your own choices and preferences. There are 11 classes in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire to choose from. These classes are detailed below.

If you want, you can also check out our Detailed Classes Guide by heading over to the link.

Barbarians are best used for Crowd Control. They can also be used as Defenders. Their power source is Rage. They have three subclasses Berserker, Corpse-Eater, and Mage-Slayer. While starting the game, you can choose either Barbaric Yell or Frenzy as a starting ability.

Chanters are primarily used for Support and Crowd Control. Their power source is Phrases. They have three subclasses Beckoner, Skald, and Troubadour. They have a wide variety of skills to choose from when you start the game.

Ciphers are used for Crowd Control or as Strikers. Their power source is Focus. They have three subclasses Ascendant, Beguiler and Soul Blade. They also come with a wide variety of starting skills to choose from.

Druids are used for Crowd Control mainly but they can also be used as a Support or Striker. Their power source is Nature. They come with their own three subclasses Fury, Lifegiver, and Shifter. They come with a wide variety of starting abilities.

Fighters are best used as Defenders but they also work well as Strikers. Their power source is Discipline. They have three subclasses Blade Jacket, Devoted, and Unbroken. They come with only two starting abilities to choose from: Knock Down and Disciplined Barrage.

Monks are used as Strikers but can also be used as Defenders. Their power source is Wounds. They have three subclasses Helwalker, Nalpazca and Shattered Pillar. They have Swift Strikes, Forces of Anguish and Mortification of the Soul as the options for starting abilities.

Paladins are best used for Support but they are also good Defenders. Their power source is Zeal. They have five subclasses Bleak Walkers, Darcozzi Paladini, Goldpact Paladini, Kind Wayfarers and The Shieldbearers of St Elega. Their starting abilities are lay on Hands, Sworn Enemy, and Flames of Devotion.

Priests are Support characters and their power source is Faith. They have five subclasses berath, Eothas, Magran, Skaen, and Wael. They come with a wide variety of starting skills to choose from.

Rangers are best played as Strikers but they are also good Defenders. Their power source is Bond. They have three subclasses Sharpshooter, Ghost Heart, and Stalkers. They have a wide variety of starting skills to choose from.

Rogues are the best Strikers and their power source is Guile. They have three subclasses Assassin, Streetfighter, and Trickster. Their starting abilities are Crippling Strike and Escape. You can choose any.

Wizards are good for Crowd Control as well as Strikers. Their power source is Arcane. They have five subclasses, Transmuter, Illusionist, Evoker, Enchanter, and Conjurer. They come with a wide variety of starting skills to choose from.

Character Attributes

After selecting the class of your character, it is time to choose some attributes for your characters. The attributes dictate the primary statistics of the characters. There are six attributes in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire. These attributes cannot be altered once the character has been created.

They will determine how proficient the character will be in certain tasks such as combat, interactions or general activities. The only way to alter the character attributes after its creation is by wearing certain wearables and consumable items that grant a temporary bonus. The attributes and their effects are detailed below:

  • Might – Might grants +3% Damage and healing and each additional point will grant +2 Fortitude. The Living Lands Culture enjoy a +1 bonus to their Might.
  • Resolve – Resolve grants -3% Hostile Effect, +1 Deflection and +2 Will per point. The Aedyr and Ixamitl Plains culture get a bonus +1 Resolve.
  • Intellect – Intellect grants +10% Area of Effect, +5% Duration and +2 Will per point. The Old Vailia culture get a bonus +1 Intellect.
  • Perception – Grants +1 Accuracy and +2 Reflex per point. The White that Wends culture gets an additional +1 to Perception.
  • Dexterity – Grants +3% Action Speed and +2 Reflex per point. The Deadfire Archipelago get an additional +1 to Dexterity.
  • Constitution – Its grants +5% Health and +2 Fortitude per point. The Rauatai Culture get an additional +1 to Constitution.

Character Background and Occupations

Character Background and Occupations play a big role in Character Creation in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire so you must not pick just any random ones like we do in most RPGs.

Here, each background and occupation will give additional bonuses that will help you on your journey and make certain tasks much easier for you to perform. We have detailed the bonuses from all Backgrounds and Occupations below:

Background Bonus
Aedyr +1 Resolve
Deadfire Archipelago +1 Dexterity
Ixamitl Plains +1 Resolve
Old Vailia +1 Intellect
Rauatai +1 Constitution
The Living Lands +1 Might
The White that Wends +1 Perception

As for occupations and bonuses, these are found below:

Occupation Bonuses
Aristocrat +1 Diplomacy, +1 Bluff, +1 Intimidation
Drifter +1 Survival, +1 Athletics, +1 Alchemy
Dissident +1 History, +1 Intimidation, +1 Stealth
Hunter +1 Survival, +1 Mechanics, +1 Alchemy
Laborer +2 Athletics
Mercenary +1 Streetwise, +1 Athletics, +1 Intimidation
Merchant +1 Streetwise, +1 Diplomacy, +1 Bluff

Weapon Focus

Here you can choose different weapon proficiencies for your character. There are a number of weapons available in the game such as bows, firearms, magical implements, one-handed weapons, two-handed weapons, and shields. Choosing weapons focus is important because it will allow your character to be better at weapons that you want to use in the game.

We recommend you select the weapon proficiency only in those weapons, which you plan to use on your journey. Avoid investing points in weapons that you will never use in the game. Higher weapon proficiency stat allows your character to land more critical attacks and deal more damage to enemies.

Additional Features and Appearances

The last section of character creation allows you to finalize your character with some visual eye candy. Here you can choose the portrait, color, face, voice, and pose of your character. All these options are visual only and do not affect the stats of your characters.

This concludes our Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire Character Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use the comments section below!

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