BG1 NPC rundown

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General Information

The majority of NPCs in Baldur's Gate 1 are lackluster in the stats department. With very few exceptions, player-made characters even with the same stat rolls would be better if only because we could allocate them better. However, many have special abilities you cannot get yourself were you to make your own extra playable characters, and those that do not can be utilized effectively with the proper gear and buff spells.

Note that these special abilities of the different NPCs, like your Bhaal powers, come with an almost instant casting time, which makes them even more useful than they already are. This is especially the case with Quayle's Invisibility, Dynaheir's Slow Poison, Yeslick's Dispel or Faldorn's and Tiax' summons.

Furthermore, all of the different NPCs in the game have a number of different starting levels when you meet them for the first time, which are derived from your own experience points. If you aim to train a character yourself, invite him into your party early. Otherwise, you can power game a small party to decent levels before picking them up to save the headache of splitting XP among more toons.

NPCs are arranged in order of when you can acquire them and secondarily by ease of doing so when two are in relatively similar areas.

Many NPCs come with a certain requirement you need to fulfill, like being together in your party with another character, or having you perform a certain quest in time. They will notify you of their pending leave timely but will if you keep ignoring them.

For characters who are attached to another NPC, there are multiple methods to get just one in the party. The most straightforward way is to simply kill the guy you don't like then kick them out of your party. However doing so means you'll never be able to use that NPC at a later date. The best method for removing a person you don't want in the party but still might want in reserves in case a whole lot of guys get gibbed is to kill the one you actually want to keep, kick the other out of the party, and then revive your new buddy. Alternatively, a much more human and effective method is to put the NPC in a room with a door, close the door, and remove them. They won't be able to reach you since they can't open the door without being in the party, and if you want them back you just open up the door and say "No, I don't want you to leave my party". Just be aware that on any screen where an NPC is trying to path to the player you can't save the game. Also works if you dismiss them inside someone's house and then leave the house immediately.

Lastly, if you use any mod to run BG:TotSC through a BG2 engine, many times the NPCs are given fundamentally different skill points. We consider it kosher to use hacks to restore a character's skill and proficiency points more in line with how they come in BG:TotSC. (Sandman's note: I want to list the default proficiencies for both vanilla and modded BG1 and BGtutu, but as of now it just BGtutu values. Apologies for any confusion this might cause.)

Good-Aligned NPCs

Good-Aligned NPCs will leave your party if your reputation drops too low. They may also get into fights with Evil-aligned NPCs. For instance, Jaheria will provoke Montaron and Xzar into fighting. Or Edwin will attack Dynaheir. If this happens, their circle goes purple and you cannot control them until they finish fighting.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
9 18 16 17 11 16 Human Thief Neutral Good

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1: 8 hp; shortbow, short sword

Required Actions: None.

Location: Walks up to you as you leave Candlekeep

Imoen joins with you immediately after you leave Candlekeep and wouldn't you know it, she's easily one of the best NPCs in the entire game. She has perfect stats for a thief (max dexterity, max constitution bonus) and can dual-class into mage. If you want to maximize her thief level while still leaving it viable to dual-class, you can manage to reach level 7 of thief while barely hitting level 8 as a mage. You can get to level 6 as a thief to maximize her mage prowess, alternatively. You won't get your thief abilities back for quite a significant period of time, however, so picking up spellcasting at around 4 or 5 is typically preferred for Hardcore runs. If you do decide to go further into thief, Coran is an excellent backup thief for while she regains her levels, as you usually encounter him around the same time she'd want to drop out of thief assuming you have a party of 4 or more up until that point.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
15 16 17 12 10 9 Half-Elf Fighter Neutral Good

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1: 13 hp; longsword, axe, longbow

Required Actions: Keep Jaheira in your party if she's alive

Location: Northwest inside the Friendly Arm Inn.

Khalid joins up with you inside the Friendly Arm Inn should you want him and his wife, Jaheira. He is one of the best tanks in the game as he has the second highest constitution, good dexterity and passable strength. Good-aligned parties will probably run either Khalid with the Gauntlets of Ogre Power for a damage tank or Ajantis with Gauntlets of Dexterity for an AC tank. You can do both if you really want because it isn't like they are mutually exclusive options. Khalid will be more potent in terms of damage from the 18/00 strength and fighter weapon mastery while Ajantis will be more elusive with 18 dex from the gauntlets of dexterity and +2 AC from Protection from Evil.

It's worth noting he comes with a rank in bows in BG:Vanilla but that is curiously replaced by some weird dual-wielding bastard sword build for BGtutu. Assuming you are running BG:TotSC or hack him to his original game values, you can turn Khalid into a very powerful archer by game's end. Kivan and Coran already serve the archer role extremely well and neither of them can tank as good as Khalid can, so generally speaking it is not necessary to do this for a hardcore run.

Khalid conflicts with Montaron, and since Jaheira is paired with him and Xzar is paired with Montaron these two pairs will try to kill each other (though they are scripted not to do so until you have set foot in Nashkel).


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
17 13 16 12 13 17 Human Paladin Lawful Good

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 2: 20 hp; two-handed sword; lvl 4: 32 hp, war hammer

Location: Central South in the Farmlands/Ankheg area.

Ajantis is the best tanking character for a good-aligned party behind Khalid. He's got relatively good stats for BG1, comes with high charisma which gives you a decent discount at shops, and has the fairly useful paladin abilities. Remember Protection from Evil simply gives a bonus to AC. Ajantis with the Gauntlets of Dexterity is therefore the most difficult NPC for most enemies to land hits against, considering the vast majority are evil-aligned. His Lay on Hands is technically the best healing in the game - abilities given by classes and kits are applied only after a character joins the party, so by dismissing him and re-recruiting him on the spot he can be a font of infinite healing.

He conflicts with all Evil characters, but if Xan is also in the party he will complain and Xan will insult him, stopping him from initiating party conflict.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
18/12 17 14 10 14 8 Elf Ranger Chaotic Good

Special Abilities: None, other than the elven bonus to bow/swords THAC0. Ranger racial enemy "Ogre."

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 2: 16 hp, longbow, halberd; lvl 4: 27 hp, two handed sword.

Location: Central in the High Hedge area, just north of the building.

Kivan is a ranged beast. Good aligned parties will want to pick him up quickly, load him up with arrows and watch him do work. The advanced thac0 of rangers + two points in bows + elven bonus to bows makes him a deadly sniper. Leaving him in leather or studded leather means you can stealth him and utilize him as a scout from the get go, leaving your thieves more room to focus on trap-finding and lock-picking early game. As a final bonus, he can tank in a pinch should you give him heavy armors due to his naturally high dexterity and strength. In BGEE or with BGtutu installed, his early game is further bolstered by the inclusion of Composite Longbows.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
18/93 15 15 8 6 9 Human Ranger Neutral Good

Special abilities: Berserk once per day. Ranger racial enemy "Gnoll."

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1: 11 hp, two handed sword; lvl 6: 52 hp, mace, axe.

Location: Central South in Nashkel, east of the bridge.

Required Actions: Save Dynaheir in the Gnoll Stronghold and keep her in the party, do not have Edwin in the party

Minsc hits like a truck as he's got the best natural strength of any character in the vanilla game. He can also berserk. It works like the berserker ability for the most part, except you can't directly control him. Just make sure to keep your distance if you do end up berserking him or he'll forget you are allies and kill you. Something fun to do with Minsc is to berserk him in the middle of a bunch of webbed/entangled enemies while equipped with the Spider's Bane or under the effects of Free Action. However, strength is his only significant attribute and you're forced to rescue and then bring along Dynaheir. Also note his space hamster takes up a quick item slot. Not a big deal but somewhat annoying.

In TuTu or the EE, a good build for Minsc is to take advantage of his status as a good-aligned Ranger and put all of his weapon proficiencies into Scimitars to dual wield Drizzt's weapons. You can also get the belt from Rasaad's personal quest line to further boost his strength. His berserk ability is highly underrated because not being able to control him is actually not as bad as it sounds. As long as you send him in as the sole melee fighter, the drawback is largely avoided. Aside from boosting his strength and health, berserk gives him immunity to most crowd control effects, which is invaluable against mages and certain types of monsters.

Minsc does not inherently clash with Edwin, but since he pairs with Dynaheir he will join her in attempting to kill him if they clash.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
11 13 16 17 15 12 Human Invoker Lawful Good

Special Abilities: Slow Poison once per day.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 2: 11 hp; lvl 6: 31 hp.

Required Actions: If Minsc is already in your party, you need to keep him. Edwin cannot be in your party.

Location: In the third pit in the Gnoll Stronghold area, Central on the map.

In the original game, Dynaheir is saddled with the worst mage specialization in the game as it is the only one with TWO opposed schools. Did I mention those two schools are both super important? She cannot cast enchantments (no sleep or charm spells) nor any conjurations (say goodbye to Armor and Monster Summoning.) Despite that, she still manages to be a worthwhile addition to the party. She has good intelligence and has all the constitution you could want in a mage, plus is still a freakin' mage. She'll fling fireballs all over the place at your command. Being an Invoker, the Evocation spells she casts will be harder to resist since they carry a -2 saving throw penalty as well.

In BG:EE Dynaheir is only barred from enchantment spells. Conjurations are castable, making her more useful.

It's also worth noting you can dual-class her to a cleric if you dump 2 of the game's 3 Tomes of Wisdom on her. The max level of mage you can obtain while leaving enough XP to regain those skills is only 6, however, meaning she'll only have up to level 3 mage spells. If you are arcane heavy, it could be worth it. Maybe.

Depending on her starting level she comes with Magic Missile and Fireball in her spellbook already, among others.

If you recruit her before speaking to Edwin you can recruit them both without having to choose one or the other. But she clashes with Edwin, so you may want to alternate them in and out of the party to avoid their conflict.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
14 20 12 14 9 16 Elf Fighter/Thief Chaotic Good

Special Abilities: Unnaturally high dexterity. Illegal Mastery (+++) in Longbow (BG:TotSC/BGEE only). Racial bonus to bow/swords THAC0.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 3/3: 27 hp, longbow, two handed sword; lvl 5/5: 39 hp

Required Actions: Kill the Wyverns in the cave in 4th Cloakwood area and bring one of their heads to the Beregost Temple.

Location: Northwest in the first Cloakwood Area.

Coran is theoretically the best NPC archer in the game at level cap. His unnaturally high dexterity and proficiency in bows (multi-class should be limited to 2 points) make him pretty deadly from afar. Dexterity and Charisma are his only stats that offer bonuses but they happen to be enough to make him viable. The biggest strike against him is that he joins so late in the game that his thieving skills are spent wonky. His low HP is also a deterrent but it's manageable. If you pump up his stealth and equip him with the gauntlets of ogre power, he's easily the most dangerous thief from a melee combat perspective too.

For reasons unknown, BGtutu decided to change his race to half-elf and remove his bonus bow proficiency. Feel free to hack them back to how it should be, because it's what set him apart from other characters.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
15 12 17 7 16 10 Dwarf Fighter/Cleric Lawful Good

Special Abilities: Dispel Magic once per day.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 4/5: 56 hp, warhammer, sling

Required Actions: Flood the Cloakwood Mines

Location: Southeast on the second level of the Cloakwood Mines.

Yeslick is great tank/damage dealer with a little preparation. His unique dispel magic unique ability frees up a spell slot and it casts instantly at least in TotSC. Equipping him with the Gauntlets of Dexterity and juicing him up with strength spells turns him into a capable, dangerous tank. Just make sure you bring gear with you into the Cloakwood Mines specifically in mind to give to him because he won't have any on him and there isn't any splint mail or better lying about in the dungeon.

Yeslick conflicts with Kagain.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
8 19 12 14 7 10 Halfling Thief Chaotic Good

Special Abilities: Equipped with "Lucky Rabbit's Foot" item.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 6: 19 hp, dagger, shortbow

Required Actions: Raid the Hall of Wonders.

Location: Between 2-5 AM in the Hall of Wonders, BG West, prior to going to the Candlekeep Catacombs.

Alora suffers from being the most superfluous character in the game. She's the dead last possible recruit in the game and her skill points are all jammed into hiding and pick-pocket rather than open locks and find traps. She has +3 to death, wand, and spell saving throws due to being a halfling but is still super squishy due to an abysmal HP pool. You can technically get her dexterity up to 21 with the Tome of Dexterity and Kiel's Buckler equipped but that'd also assume you aren't using the tome on yourself. If for some reason you've managed to burn through the 6 other thief characters permanently and would rather leave Shar-Teel, Branwen and Xzar in their native classes, then use her.

It's worth noting her lucky charm is supposed to keep her under the effects of Luck but is bugged. There's probably some mod out there that fixes it if you want to hunt one down. The item is fixed in Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition. The foot now provides: +2 Armor Class and Saving Throws; +10% to all thief skills; +2 Luck.

The Lucky Rabbit's Foot now makes Alora by far the best thief in terms of pure thieving skills.

Neutral-Aligned NPCs

Unless you bottom out at 1 or 2 reputation, Neutral-Aligned NPCs will stay with you, making them viable for most any party you can scrounge together. They will tolerate low reputation better than Good-Aligned NPCs, who will leave if you sink to 5 reputation or lower.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
15 14 17 10 14 15 Half-Elf Fighter/Druid True Neutral

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1/1: 12 hp, club.

Required Actions: Keep Khalid in your party if he's alive.

Location: Northwest inside the Friendly Arm Inn

Jaheira is rather underwhelming in Baldur's Gate 1. At least they make her viable in Baldur's Gate 2 by giving her 3 more natural dexterity. Her only redeeming grace is that she's got high constitution. Something of note is Jaheira comes with an invisibility potion, which can come in handy so early in the game. Khalid is definitely the stronger of the two.

If you decide you just can't break the pair apart, Jaheira is yet another character in desperate need of Gauntlets of Dexterity. I don't see why'd you give it to her over Ajantis, Yeslick or Minsc, but it IS possible to turn her into a semi-decent tank.

Jaheira conflicts with Xzar, and since she is paired with Khalid and Xzar is paired with Montaron these two groups will try to kill each other (but they are scripted to play nice until the player first visits Nashkel).


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
14 16 9 13 14 15 Human Bard Chaotic Neutral

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1: 6 hp, crossbow

Required Actions: Kill his superior, Silke.

Location: Central in Beregost.

Garrick is a little lackluster compared to other characters. His stats are so evenly distributed he gets almost nothing, no penalties but very few bonuses. He doesn't even have a Lore bonus, just the base 10 per level for his class. On the one hand, he's the best for identifying items because by level 8 the only items he can't auto-identify are scrolls which will take 2 more levels. He still has access to arcane spells, so he's not bad. Just very bland. Keep him around to identify things and buff with his magic and song. One of the few characters who can use crossbows who doesn't already have significant proficiency point investment in bows.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
13 17 12 16 9 17 Human Thief Chaotic Neutral

Special Abilities: Charm Person once per day.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 4: 19 hp, dart; lvl 6: 25 hp, dagger.

Required Actions: Raid the Flesh Golem Cave northwest on the map.

Location: Central in the Lighthouse Area.

Safana is in a really odd spot. Like Alora, she suffers from being part of the most represented class in the game. There are a billion thieves. Her strengths apart from the others is that you can recruit her pretty early on so you are more or less free to manipulate her skills as you see fit, she has Charm Animal (not the greatest extra skill ever but it's handy against bears and spiders), and she can dual-class to mage if you throw the INT Tome her way. If you want to go the mage Safana route, you'll probably want to pick her up and get her to level 4 or 5, drop her off until you actually get the tome, then go about dual-classing her. Only CHARNAME bards and mages care about intelligence so there is a good chance you won't really need it for yourself.

She has a timed quest to get to the treasure in Black Alaric's cave on the map she's recruited in. Since it's protected by Flesh Golems you may want to avoid recruiting her until you can reliably fight those.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
13 16 15 9 16 13 Human Cleric True Neutral

Special Abilities: Spiritual Hammer once per day.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 2: 17 hp, war hammer; lvl 5: 38 hp, mace, sling.

Required Actions: Use a Stone to Flesh scroll on her.

Location: Southeast in the Nashkel Carnival

Branwen is your best bet as far as divine spellcasters go early on. It's pretty much between her and Jahiera for quite awhile with Branwen easily being the better NPC. Buy a scroll of Stone to Flesh from the Beregost Temple before heading to Nashkel's fairgrounds to save yourself some money in freeing her, or pickpocket Zeke to steal the scroll from him. Her wisdom is tied with Yeslick's and she has pretty good dexterity so she can avoid hits fairly decently and she at least has Constitution in the black. Her unique ability to summon Spiritual Weapon once a day is handy until you pick up a magic hammer simply because normal iron tends to break frequently here on the Sword Coast. She benefits greatly from a mage throwing Strength on her.

It's worth noting you can dual-class her to thief should you for some reason decide to give her the tome of Dexterity. I don't know why you'd waste such an important item for this endeavor considering how many thieves there already are and she makes a pretty crappy thief besides, but it's still worth mentioning.

In the Enhanced Edition her class is changed to Priest of Tempus. This gives her the ability to buff her own Strength.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
13 16 7 17 14 16 Elf Enchanter Lawful Neutral

Special Abilities: Equipped with his personal Moonblade (+3 dagger, 1d8+3 damage. Also grants +1 AC and 50% fire resistance).

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 2, 7 hp.

Required Actions: None.

Location: Inside Mulahey's den in the fourth level of the Nashkel Mines.

Xan is super mega buffer man. Lots of people dislike him because Enchanter's opposed school is Evocation which means most of the biggest and baddest damage spells are not available to him at least directly from his spell book. Don't stress too much about the lack of fireballs and lightning bolts as both are available in bulk through wands. Instead, load up on buffs and disabling Enchantment spells due to his added -2 saving throw penalty when casting those.

His sword is pretty great and makes him an odd but deadly target for steroid spells. Just make sure to load up on potions of Fortitude before sending him on any extended forays into melee because he's tied with Xzar for squishiest NPC.

Xan's a necessary companion to have if you want to play with Ajantis. Ajantis will inevitably try to kill Evil party members, but if Xan is in the party he talks him down. Useful and also adds more dialogue.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
12 15 11 10 16 15 Human Druid True Neutral

Special Abilities: Summon Dread Wolf once per day.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 5: 22 hp, club, spear.

Required Actions: Kill Davaeorn to end the Cloakwood Mines threat.

Location: Northwest in the third Cloakwood area.

Faldorn is another character in an odd spot gameplay-wise. If you could get her before you were already halfway done with the game, perhaps she'd be a more prominent character. As is, she joins really late and in an awkward spot so you'll probably have a full party.

That said, she has decent wisdom and makes a pretty capable summoner combining Summon Animal I and II with her built in Summon Dread Wolf. She also doesn't really require a lot of equipment because if she's going to participate beyond slings and spells, you'll want to drop into some sort of shapeshifting.

It's worth noting as a single class druid, she can reach level 10. Single class clerics quit progressing at 8, so from a pure numbers standpoint, she's the most capable Divine spellcasting NPC. She's the only divine spellcaster who can reach level 5 divine spells. You're limited to just Animal Summoning II and Cure Critical Wounds while running in BG:TotSC but people in BGtutu or BGEE will have a wide array of powerful spells. Namely, Insect Plague. This alone makes her more powerful than most characters. Also, if you're really keen on killing Drizzt she's the only one in the game other than a pure-Druid player character who can cast Magic Resistance to bring his MR down from 98% to 18%.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
8 15 11 17 10 6 Gnome Cleric/Illusionist Chaotic Neutral

Special Abilities: Invisibility 1x/day.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 6/5: 24 hp, mace

Required Actions: None.

Location: Northwest in the Baldur's Gate Bridge Area.

Quayle is the only guy that can compete with Edwin for sheer amount of spells per day. Ignore the AD&D rule that bestows a divine spellcasting failure on anyone below 13 Wisdom because that is not implemented in Baldur's Gate despite the manual's claims otherwise. He is a pretty capable mage in and of his own right. The biggest struggle Quayle has is limited equipment options. Despite the cleric levels, he can still only really utilize clubs, quarterstaves and slings. He can't even equip the mace he has proficiency in once you apply BG2 rules, with minimum strength values and such.

Quayle conflicts with Tiax. For some reason this is another instance of short people trying to kill each other.

Quayle (BG:EE version)

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
8 16 11 17 10 6 Gnome Cleric/Illusionist Chaotic Neutral

Special Abilities: Invisibility 1x/day.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 6/5: 24 hp, club, sling, sword and shield style

Required Actions: None.

Location: Northwest in the Baldur's Gate Bridge Area.

Quayle magically gained another dexterity point, which seriously improves his viability by making him tied with Xzar and Xan. Also due to being a cleric, he can wield a shield (though it'll have to be a small one) and his Sword+Shield Style proficiency helps improve his AC further. Lastly, his mace has been replaced with clubs and now that there are magical clubs in BG:EE, it makes him significantly better. It's funny how Quayle went from being that guy you never felt like using because his "stats suck" to being really, really good just by a single extra point in dexterity and proficiency replacements.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
11 18 15 15 8 13 Human Thief True Neutral

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 6: 28 hp, shortbow.

Required Actions: Save her from the Silvershield estate with Eldoth, and keep him in your party.

Location: On the 2nd floor of the Silvershield Estate, northwest in BG Northwest.

Skie is yet another thief. Her dexterity and constitution are better than Safana's so she makes a better raw thief but lacks the ability to learn arcane spells if you really want. She's also saddled with Eldoth who, while okay, is another mediocre NPC. She's another character that only ever sees playtime in a hardcore run if everyone else is dead.

It is advisable to keep all your characters out of sight while saving Skie, by means of invisibility, sanctuary and the like, to avoid the guards speaking to you. Their reaction to your bluff seems to be entirely random and not determined by CHA or Reputation so whether you can pass by each individual one safely seems to be a game of chance.

Skie doesn't conflict with anyone but Eldoth conflict with Shar-Teel and being Evil he also conflicts with Ajantis. Skie will join the fight on his side in such cases.

Evil-Aligned NPCs

Evil-Aligned NPCs will leave your party if your reputation goes above 18.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
14 16 10 17 16 10 Human Necromancer Chaotic Evil

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1: 4 hp, dagger.

Required Actions: Go down to the Nashkel Mines. Keep Montaron in your party if he's alive.

Location: Central East along the path on the first map when you leave Candlekeep.

Xzar is capable as a mage as he's got decent intelligence and can actually carry things without being overburdened, and is the only default mage other than Xan with a positive dexterity modifier so he's slightly deadlier than typical mages if he just sits back and hucks daggers/darts/rocks. However his low constitution leaves him with piddly HP, and to make matters worse, he's a Necromancer, which means no Mirror Image or Invisibility. If you're playing on any difficulty higher than Core Rules, expect to make a lot of trips to the temple if he ever gets hit, assuming he doesn't get gibbed instead. Joining as early as he does allows him to be fairly flexible, and he's another character who can dual-class should you throw tomes his way. You can turn him into a thief if you decide Montaron isn't enough, or better yet you can dual-class him into Cleric. Doing so at level 6 is your best bet and makes him comparable to Quayle in terms of spells per day once you manage to regain your arcane spells.

Xzar conflicts with Jaheira, and with his pair being Montaron and Jaheira's being Khalid the two pairs will try to kill each other (but only after you set foot in Nashkel will this be a possibility).


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
16 17 15 12 13 9 Halfling Fighter/Thief Neutral Evil

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1/1:9 hp, short sword.

Location: Central East along the path in the first area when you leave Candlekeep.

Required Actions: Go down to the Nashkel Mines and keep Xzar in your party if he's alive.

Montaron is a a pretty capable melee damage dealer and an okay tank, and a pretty good thief due to him joining as soon as you leave Candlekeep. Throwing Strength spells his way or equipping the Gauntlet of Ogre Power makes him really strong, allowing him to assassinate from stealth with extreme prejudice. Keep in mind he gets +4 to saving throws due to high constitution on a halfling, something most the other good tank characters wish they had.

He conflicts with Khalid and as stated before him, Xzar, Jaheira, and Khalid will try to kill each other after you've set foot in Nashkel once.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
16 12 20 15 11 8 Dwarf Fighter Lawful Evil

Special Abilities: Unnaturally high Constitution which grants him 1 HP/turn regeneration.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1:15 hp, axe

Required Actions: Travel to the area directly north of Beregost and hear him abandon his search for the missing caravan.

Location: Central in Beregost, inside the house just north of Feldepost's inn. You cannot see the door, but hover over it for the icon change to indicate an area transition.

Kagain + Gauntlets of Dexterity = Tank. The guy can just plain take a hit. His strength could be better, but it's not that big of a deal. His constitution is so high that he regenerates HP. This is rather handy as he'll regain all his HP upon sleeping and traveling most of the time. If only he was good-aligned with proficiency points in Scimitars...

Kagain conflicts with Yeslick, so combining the two for maximum dwarfness is a risk.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
9 10 16 18 9 10 Human Conjurer Lawful Evil

Special Abilities: Equipped with "Edwin's Amulet," which confers 2 extra spell slots per spell level.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 1: 6 hp; lvl 6: 27 hp, dart.

Required Actions: Kill Dynaheir in the Gnoll Stronghold. As such, he cannot be teamed with Dynaheir and Minsc.

Location: Central South in Nashkel, on the bridge to your west.

Edwin's Amulet isn't removable, but that doesn't matter overmuch because the amulet secretly confers to him extra spell slots. It's not possible to make a player-made mage that can cast as many spells as Edwin can. Give him the Ring of Wizardry and you'll have a grotesque amount of 1st level spells. Note that, if able to cast them already, Edwin's spellbook already contains the important spells Mirror Image and Haste. An important note in case you need to use Dynaheir, Minsc and Edwin in one game (for instance in a non-raising game), is that you have to use the other two before Edwin in order to not miss out on anyone. As such, if you fear not having enough party members to finish the game, always use up Dynaheir and Minsc first.

Conjurers only lose out on Divination, which isn't too important in BG1. Edwin's Intelligence score means popping Potions of Genius/Mind Focusing will guarantee spell learning, and his Constitution is maximized for a mage. These, combined with the massive amount of spells he gets, make him arguably the best mage in the game.

Edwin conflicts with Dynaheir, whose bodyguard Minsc will defend her if they start fighting. If you bring him with to find Dynaheir you must kill one or the other (Minsc chooses sides here too). If you want access to both, save Dynaheir first and then recruit Edwin. On a side-note Edwin cannot be in the same party as EE companion Neera, they force a choice of one or the other but without attempted murder.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
18/58 17 9 14 7 11 Human Fighter Chaotic Evil

Special Abilities: None.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 2: 17 hp, longsword; lvl 6: 46 hp

Required Actions: Beat her with a male character in a one-on-one fight.

Location: Northwest corner of the so-called Basilisk area, east of the Beregost Temple.

Shar-Teel is one of the more adaptable heroes in the game. Need a thief who's pretty capable in melee? She can dual-class into that. Need an archer? She can handle that pretty well. Want a skirmisher? She can do that well, too. Dropping potions of fortitude grant an extra 4 HP a level, too, so she gets a lot of use out of them should you need her to take a hit. Shar-Teel has a special unique bonus in that she's the only BG1 character capable of hitting Grandmastery, but this involves dual-classing her to Thief from Fighter 6, then not leveling Thief past 3 until you can jump to Thief 7 and start putting more points into Long Swords.

Just make sure you don't accidentally kill her while trying to recruit her!

This information applies only to Enhanced Edition BG games
Shar-Teel cannot be killed by accident during the duel anymore. Her weapon proficiencies have also been changed: (+) Longsword, (+) Dagger, (++) Two-Weapon Style.

Shar-Teel conflicts with Eldoth since she hates men and he's a womanizer. If Skie is there with him she joins the fight on Eldoth's side.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
10 19 8 16 15 14 Drow Cleric Neutral Evil

Special Abilities: Innate 50% Magic Resistance.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 2: 12 hp; lvl 4: 18 hp, war hammer, mace, sling.

Required Actions: Kill the Flaming Fist chasing her and take a -2 reputation hit for doing so.

Location: Northwest in Peldvale.

Viconia is probably the best cleric in BG1, despite her low wisdom and strength. Her magic resistance just can't be overlooked (assuming you are playing in Tutu, or using fixpacks that make it so it doesn't accidentally negate your own spells!) If you know where to look, there's good heavy armor that is also light and usable by people with low Strength, such as the +3 Plate Armor in Durlag's Tower or the Ankheg Armor. She's mean with a sling. Her tanking prowess is taken down a notch due to her low CON, however.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
16 12 15 13 10 16 Human Bard Neutral Evil

Special Ability: Create 5 Poison Arrows once per day

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 5: 24 hp, shortbow, spear.

Required Actions: Save Skie from the Silvershield estate once you enter BG, and keep her around.

Location: Central South in the 3rd Cloakwood Area.

He's a better bard than Garrick, although that's not saying much. He's still too stupid to reliably scribe spells. Thankfully, he's got a rather useful special ability. Poison Arrows are amazing for fighting casters as the poison tick can cause their spells to fail, AND you can craft them for free with nothing but time spent in the process. The arrows sell for mint, so you can craft a bunch of them to basically print money. It's just a shame you have to bring Skie with you and he's yet another character that desperately wants Gauntlets of Dexterity to remain viable. Like Garrick he can identify items automatically at max level, though Skie's necessity in the party and his late availability makes him less desirable for this role.

He conflicts with Shar-teel and will drag Skie into a fight with her.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
9 16 16 10 13 9 Gnome Cleric/Thief Chaotic Evil

Special Abilities: Summon Ghast once per day.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: lvl 5/6: 47 hp, quarterstaff, club.

Required Actions: None.

Location: Central West in the BG Southwest section, in front of the door of the Flaming Fist Compound, prior to heading to the Candlekeep Catacombs.

Tiax is kind of bizarre. He can't cast as many spells as other clerics due to his low wisdom, but they still help. He's a passable thief, as well, although he has his skills spread evenly when you get him. What makes him really shine and stand out is his Summon Ghast ability. It's especially useful when going against basilisks as it's immune to the petrification effect. Against most humanoid opponents, it's worth summoning to have another body to target as well as a chance to paralyze opponents when they are struck. Remember you CAN backstab with quarterstaves or clubs so you'll want to use those. Be aware of his low Strength when assigning proficiencies.

Tiax conflicts with Quayle. There's only room in the party for one person with a massive ego.

Enhanced Edition NPCs

The recent release of BG: Enhanced Edition added 4 new NPCs. Rather than include them where their alignment falls, I thought it'd be more prudent to separate them so people rediscovering the original don't assume they can pick these guys up.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
11 17 14 17 10 11 Half-Elf Wild Mage Chaotic Neutral

Special Abilities: None. Equipped with a +1 staff that has a 10% chance to deal +1 fire damage to the enemy or the wielder. Also comes with a gem bag.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: Level 1: 4 HP, Proficient in Quarterstaff. If picked up at level 6, 19 HP and also proficient in slings.

Required Actions: Rescue her from her attackers.

Location: In the streets north of the Red Sheaf Inn and Burning Wizard Tavern in Beregost.

Neera is a welcome addition. She's got the highest natural dexterity of any single-class mage (Imoen still wins this category) and she's tied with everyone else for 17 intelligence. Her constitution isn't high enough to grant bonus HP but she seems to roll naturally well on her own if you pick her up later unlike Xan and Xzar. As a wild mage, she can accidentally deal a lot of damage to your party if you try to use her as a buffer or if you lob spells at enemies while your party members are also around. She can also occasionally do wonderful things, like accidentally deal a lot of damage to enemies. Unlike when if your PC is a Wild Mage, her accidental surges that cause her to become petrified don't end your run so she's the only viable way use a Wild Mage in a hardcore run. Or not? Utilize her mostly as an AoE damage bot and her wild surges won't be a hindrance as much as they could be. Just make sure you never sit on large sums of gold, because she'll occasionally eat away your stash.

While she doesn't explicitly conflict with Edwin, he forces you to choose between him and her. If you choose her, he waits wherever he is. If you choose him, Neera goes to the first floor of the Friendly Arm Inn. She's also the only romanceable female in BG1:EE, and will romance any male character.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
16 16 14 11 14 14 Human Sun Soul Monk Lawful Good

Special Abilities: None. Equipped with boots that only he can wear which grant +2 AC, Moonlight Walkers.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: Level 1: 8 HP, Proficient in Katana and Scimitar/Ninja-to/Wakizashi. If you pick him up later on, he'll be Proficient with slings as well.

Required Actions: Just talk to him. Fulfill his quest line.

Location: Just outside the Nashkel Inn.

Monks are really bad at low levels, even at the max level obtainable in BG1. He also has horrendous stats, and if you pick him up before level 4 he doesn't even have a proficiency in a ranged weapon so you can keep him safely in the back and at least contributing to fights. He brings nothing to the table outside of new dialogue and a quest line that yields some very good gear, especially the Big-Fisted Belt (and another set of The Paws of the Cheetah if you kill one of the NPCs in his questline). The Gauntlets of Ogre Power are a must so he can actually land a hit in melee and deal some decent damage. Ugh. Rasaad is abysmal but not completely irredeemable. The best way to use Rasaad is to not keep him in human form at all and instead rely on this strategy by utilizing the cloak Relair's Mistake:

Give him Relair’s Mistake, put Drizzt’s Twinkle +3 scimitar (or another weapon) in his off hand, and use the cloak's charge ability to transform him into a wolf during battle. This gives him 2 extra attacks per round, reaching a total of 3.5 APR at level 3, and 4 APR at level 6, while also negating the penalty for dual wielding! Equipping the Gauntlets of Ogre Power in addition will let Rasaad do hefty amounts of damage per round. His AC will be mildly acceptable for a front-liner like this, but Potions of Defense/Stone Form/Invulnerability will give a huge AC bonus when needed. Wands of the Heavens can allow him to deal ranged damage while in wolf form instead of needing a sling. Outfitted like this, Rasaad can turned into a surprisingly effective damage dealer.

Annoyingly, unlike the other Enhanced Edition companions he won't return to the Friendly Arm Inn if dismissed, instead opting to return to Nashkel. He can be romanced by any female player characters.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
19 16 14 10 15 16 Half-Orc Blackguard Neutral Evil

Special Abilities: Illegal race-class combo (Half-Orc Paladin). Comes equipped with a +1 Greatsword that gives a non-stacking +1 THAC0 bonus for 24 hours after he lands a killing blow.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: Level 1: 10 HP, Specialized (++) in two-handed sword and two-handed style. If you pick him up later on, he'll be Proficient in Crossbows (level 4) or Specialized (++) in them (level 6).

Required Actions: Talk to him in the Friendly Arm Inn. He'll join if you choose to help him during an encounter that takes place when you try to enter the Nashkel Mines zone. You'll lose 2 reputation for picking him up into your party.

Location: Friendly Arm Inn (sort of.)

Dorn is a freakin' hoss. 19 strength on an NPC is absurd, and he's also got good dexterity at 16. While his constitution doesn't grant a bonus to HP per level, he's still a warrior class so he's still fairly durable in plate mail and with the d10 HP per level. His blackguard abilities enhance his already absurd power by letting him poison on attack (works with ranged weaponry!), and debuff the thac0 and damage of large groups of enemies with Despair Aura. His quest line also produces some really swag gear. If you're playing Evil, he's worth bringing into any group. Blackguard is the only class capable of killing the Ghost Knights in the Firewine Ruins by using Poison Weapon and praying for critical hits (they don't fight back). Like Ajantis all his abilities are refreshed if you dismiss him and then say "no, don't leave". Like Viconia, he imposes -2 Reputation when recruited which is refunded when dismissed. And of course, when dismissed he returns to where you first find him in the Friendly Arm Inn.

He'll romance any player character at all.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
12 14 16 19 12 16 Drow Sorcerer Chaotic Evil

Special Abilities: Innate 50% Magic Resistance. Knows three more spells of levels 1-3 than a player-made sorcerer of equal level.

This information applies only to BG games with Siege of Dragonspear expansion
Equipped with Barrityl's Burden, a cursed ring that gives him a -5 THAC0 and damage penalty vs. Genies. Once per day the ring can be activated, which either does 1d2 damage to Baeloth or creates a low-value gem (Turquoise, Lynx Eye, or Fire Agate).
This information applies only to Enhanced Edition BG games version: < 2.0
< 2.0
Baeloth has 3 more 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level spells known compared to a normal Sorcerer. This is supposed to be attributed to his ring, but unlike Edwin if this is removed via save editing he doesn't lose them. Also Its charge ability only damages him, too.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: Level 6: 36 HP, Proficient in Quarterstaff and Dart.

Required Actions: Kill the gibberling horde near the stone tower in Larswood and he will appear if your main character has at least 10,000 XP. You'll lose 2 reputation for taking him into your party.

Location: Southern part of Larswood near the stone tower.

Baeloth is arguably the most powerful conpanion introduced in the Enhanced Edition with an affinity for alliteration and originally intended to be an easter egg. He has a greater-than-normal number of spells known by sorcerer standards including fantastic spells like Fireball, Sleep, and Haste. His constitution grants him a bonus to his HP, and while his dexterity is low, he starts out with both Shield and Mirror Image so defenses shouldn't be too big of an issue for him. He also joins with 40,000 XP regardless of your XP (you still need 10k for him to appear). The only real downside with him compared to a mage is that he doesn't get access to level 5 spells at the 161k TotSC XP cap, though that changes since he also appears in SoD, which sports a 500k XP cap. Still, considering he has 55% magic resistance (extra 5% from his evil archmagi robe), a large spellbook to work from, and can cast level 4 spells that would be otherwise unavailable to mages (because of a lack of scrolls for them), he really has very few downsides. Strongly consider him as an alternative to Edwin or even take both of them for arcane armageddon. Either way, he is a very capable character to have in a hardcore run.

When dismissed he handily returns to the Friendly Arm Inn, outside the southeastern wall. Recruiting him and having him alive before you finish BG1 is necessary for him to return in Siege of Dragonspear, and without him in SoD you lose access to M'khiin.

Siege of Dragonspear NPCs

The Siege of Dragonspear expansion, among other changes, added a few new NPCs - for now available only in SoD - and removed even more old ones, probably because the devs couldn't get a hold of their voice actors since all of the returning NPCs except Jaheira are voiced. You'll notice a severe lack of tank characters in Dragonspear, which means you'll have to change up your playstyle a bit to compensate if you don't want to use Khalid all the time. Dragonspear is also a stark contrast to the original in that there are only 2 thieves available in this expansion: Safana and Glint.

Of note is that in the first chapter of Siege of Dragonspear you'll still have your BG1 companions who will all have floating dialogue in the first dungeon about how they need to leave your party afterwards. Companions from BG1 who return in SoD will have all their equipment on them that you left with them, be it equipped or in their inventory, so you can use that to transfer a lot of stuff from BG1 to SoD since there's no bags of holding in BG1.

Returning NPCs


  • Elfsong Tavern upstairs in Baldur's Gate, or any of the three camps once you depart from BG. Special note: she can romance male player characters in this.

Minsc and Dynaheir

  • Three Old Kegs upstairs in Baldur's Gate, or any of the three camps once you depart from BG


  • Outside the Ducal Palace with her new party just before departing from BG with the Flaming Fist, also in any of the three camps. She can romance the player in this expansion, but follows her romance restrictions from BG2 (male and not an elf or a gnome).


  • Is walking southwest along the main path of the Coast Way Crossing, eventually coming to a stop just outside the camp proper


  • Northern part of Coast Way Crossing overseeing his latest Black Pits project


  • Coast Way Forest on the path leading southeast


  • Northern end of the Troll Claw woods alongside Voghiln


  • In the western end of the Crusader camp in the Boareskyr Bridge area, locked in a cage


  • Inside Bridgefort in the Boareskyr Bridge area (does not join until the very end of the chapter)


  • Inside Bridgefort in the Boareskyr Bridge area


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
18/05 15 14 12 14 14 Human Archer Lawful Good

Special Abilities: None. Ranger racial enemy "Skeleton."

Special Items:

  • Corwin's Bow +1: Composite Longbow +1 that gives +1 to Dexterity and Entangles the target on a critical hit (Save vs Breath negates).
  • Corwin's Armor +2: Chainmail +2 (AC 3, 1 vs. slashing, 5 vs. crushing), Movement Speed +1, Magic Resistance +10%.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: Level 7: 68 HP, High Mastery (++++) in Longbow, Proficient (+) in Halberd, Proficient (+) in 2-handed weapon style, Specialized (++) in 2-weapon style (coming free due to ranger class)

Required Actions: Agree to take her in the party.

Location: Follows you the whole prologue; available as a companion in any of the three camps.

Captain Shael Corwin in rather forced upon the player. Even if you don't take her in the party, she'll still be tailing you. Her Dexterity leaves much to be desired, but there are several DEX-increasing items in SoD and her Archer bonus to THAC0 means it's not even an issue. She's probably a better archer than both Coran and Kivan, and that should tell you something. In my playthrough, she made up for 85% of the final fight - because most other NPCs didn't even have the means of damaging the boss. SoD contains only a few set spawns for +3 ammo, enough to give a total 6 full quivers (usually this spread equals 160 arrows, bolts, and bullets, but a few of these spawns seem randomized).

All in all, she's a great ranged damage dealer, without any real downsides, and is absolutely welcome in a good party.

Corwin will romance any player character.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
13 17 16 14 16 13 Gnome Cleric/Thief Neutral Good

Special Abilities: None. Equipped with "Belt of the Cunning Rogue," usable by any thief, which increases Open Locks and Find Traps by +15%.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: Level 6/6: 54 HP. Proficient in flail/morningstar, sling, sword and shield style.

Required Actions: Just pick him up at the camp.

Location: Walking around any of the three main camps.

Basically, gay Tiax with better stats but no Summon Ghast. He makes a much better cleric since his Wisdom is 3 points higher and a slightly better thief because his Dexterity is 1 point higher than Tiax. Glint will pick locks and find traps just fine, but he's your only option in SoD if you don't pick Safana or aren't rolling a thief yourself. You're probably better off using Glint than Safana anyway because of his shorty saving throws and he's only going to be one level behind Safana and Viconia at SoD's 500k XP cap. He's two survival classes packed into one character, which saves you room for more party members. And yes, the thieving button is STILL under the Special Abilities tab for cleric/thieves, though you can bind it to a dedicated button (such as T) so you don't have to open the special ability menu every time you want to pick a lock or disarm a trap.

In case it wasn't obvious, he will romance any male player character.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
10 16 15 14 17 12 Goblin Shaman True Neutral

Special Abilities: Summon Ghostly Defender: Summons the spirit of a goblin chieftain, and an extra two goblin warriors 60% of the time, who can't be controlled directly. They have the same immunities as spirits summoned through dancing and they last 1 turn.

Special Items:

  • Goblin Leathers +1: Studded Leather +1 (AC 6, 4 vs. slashing, 5 vs. piercing & missile) with immunity to Entangle (which is infrequently used by SoD enemies).
  • Grubdoubler's Axe +1: Returning Throwing Axe +1 with 20% chance to confuse target (save vs spell negates). +3 THAC0 vs. humans and +2 magic damage vs. humans.
  • M'Khiin's Buckler +2: +10 HP.
  • Throughout the expansion, there are other goblin-only items.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: Level 8: 71 HP, proficient in axe, spear, quarterstaff, shortbow.

Required Actions: Free her from Baeloth's latest Black Pits project. Your reputation drops by 2 when she joins the party.

Location: Northern part of the Coast Way Crossing.

M'Khiin is the only way to try a Shaman without rolling one yourself. She's pretty average in terms of stats, but shaman, like sorcerer, isn't very stat-dependent, so she fills the divine caster role just fine. As a shaman, she can spam the good spells that druids have (i.e. Insect Plague) without sacrificing the ability to cast others when needed. You will not want her in melee, but if it happens, she can take quite a few hits before going down due to her large HP pool. She also can use her shamanic powers to help start and resolve a few quests as she suffers from being another clear case of Writer's Pet Project like Hexxat in BG2EE. Being True Neutral, M'Khiin will fit any party. She is bristly with Baeloth for obvious reasons at first but can be convinced to join the party even with him in it.

Her equipment's a little limited. She can use any weapon a normal Shaman could use, plus some goblin-exclusive equipment stuff found throughout SoD. Armor, however, is a problem and she can only use specific goblin-exclusive armor found across the expansion.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA Race Class Alignment
18 16 16 14 10 15 Human Skald Neutral Good

Special Abilities: None.

Special Items:

  • Voghiln's Helmet: +5% magic resistance, 15% chance per melee hit that humanoid opponents are stunned for 1 round (save vs. wand negates). Protection from critical hits.

Starting HP & Proficiencies: Level 7: 42 HP. Proficient in bastard sword, axe, sword and shield style, and two weapon style.

Required Actions: Agree to take him in the party.

Location: North end of the Troll Claw woods next to Jaheira

Voghiln is kind of weird. He starts with a bunch of +1 throwing axes and a +1 warhammer which he isn't even proficient in. Dump the hammer and just have him use the +1 throwing axes as a melee weapon, and use the mundane throwing axes as ranged weapons. Or equip him with the magical returning +2 throwing axe. Based on his stats, it seems like he was designed to take advantage of the fact that certain thrown weapons benefit from your Strength bonus damage since he also has the Strength spell memorized. His helmet also suggests that he can tangle it up in melee as well, delivering stunning headbutts while protected by Stoneskin. Furthermore, his Skald song gives him a support role as +2 THAC0, damage, and AC isn't too shabby. His intelligence is pretty low so he'll have to quaff Potions of Genius and Mind Focusing if you want him to learn more spells. Voghiln is versatile but anything he can do, someone else can do better.

Voghiln will try to romance any female player characters.

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