BG2 NPC Rundown
- 1 General Information
- 2 Good-Aligned NPCs
- 3 Neutral NPCs
- 4 Evil-Aligned NPCs
- 5 Enhanced Edition NPCs
General Information[edit | edit source]
Thankfully BioWare realized to really utilize a character, they need to be meta-gamed a little bit due to their own game engine and therefore all the NPCs are quite good in their own way (Beamdog would later take this advice and ignore it and make the three worst companions in the game). The smaller roster of companions means that while there are fewer companion conflicts they're a lot more likely to happen. Conflicts will be listed below. Also be aware that some conflicts can change in this game. Just like BG1 they will hate your reputation decisions and at certain values will leave forever.
Good-Aligned NPCs[edit | edit source]
You have the greatest number of options when rolling good-aligned simply due to the larger variety of characters you can recruit. All of them are quite good but will rebel against you if your reputation dips too low.
Imoen[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: None.
Required Actions: None.
Your faithful sister, Imoen returns as one of the better NPCs in the entire series. Her strength is one point too low for her to really hold a lot of equipment but that's just a minor inconvenience. She's the best good-aligned mage and has the charisma to be your face character. If you're not going to use Jan Jansen, you are basically forced to bring her along unless your player character is a thief. Thankfully, the 7 levels in thief she has were put into the proper places in terms of thief skills and she'll be able to open any door or disarm any trap you encounter even throughout Throne of Bhaal. Plus, she has good HP for being a mage.
If she already wasn't good enough, Imoen will never betray you even if you do decide to go on a murderous rampage, never comes into conflict with any other NPC, and starts gaining Bhaalspawn powers in Throne of Bhaal. Basically, the guys at BioWare assumed you were going to use her in every playthrough. Do note you need to progress to Chapter 4 to get her while everyone else is available in or by Chapter 2.
Minsc[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Berserker Rage once per day, similar to the Barbarian ability. Ranger racial enemy "Vampire."
Required Actions: Release him from his cage at the beginning of the game.
Minsc returns as the berserker warrior badass he was in BG1, with the addition of a dexterity and constitution. He isn't a great raw tank because you're going to want to set him up either with two-handed weapons or dual-wielding and 16 dexterity is still not perfect, but he's good enough in a pinch to take a hit. The key to Minsc is his versatility: you can make him fight however you need a guy to fight depending on the rest of your party's make up. His racial enemy and starting proficiency in Mace helps him wield the Mace of Disruption to lay down some big hurtin' on the Vampires you encounter, some of the more difficult and annoying enemies you'll encounter. He's also pretty good with a bow. Once he starts picking up divine spells, rig him up with some buff spells to watch him go to town. Just make sure to keep him at range during fights with Mind Flayers because they kill him extremely quickly due to his low intelligence.
In BG1 Dynaheir and Edwin conflicted with each other. In BG2 Edwin will poke and prod Minsc until he decides it's time for Edwin to die (this conflict goes away for a time during Edwin's personal quest. You'll know when.)
Aerie[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Impossible character creation combination (elves cannot multi-class cleric/mage.)
Required Actions: Rescue her from the circus tent in Waukeen's Promenade.
Aerie proves it doesn't really matter what your stats are if you roll a cleric/mage. Her INT is one point too low to reliably learn mage spells so you'll need to guzzle Intelligence-increasing potions when you want to actually write new magic, but that is her only real fault. Low HP is not a big issue because you're not using Aerie to tank. She's just there to have a ridiculous amount of spells. The fun thing about being multi-classed is you can devote more of her cleric spells to healing than usual because you can use her mage spells for buffs and damage. She's a solid replacement for Imoen right out of the gate as her location is right after you finish the starting dungeon. Her only real issue is being a Cleric/Mage she'll be less than either a Cleric or a Mage for a long time. Great at supplemental buffing, not great at fulfilling either role completely.
She can be romanced by male characters who aren't dwarves or half-orcs. If you let her have too many dialogues with Haer'Dalis before you initiate a romance with her she will romance him instead.
Nalia[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Equipped with "D'Arnisse Signet Ring", essentially a combination of a Ring of Protection +2 with the added bonus of giving 50% fire resistance. Note you can still equip other rings or amulets of protection and the armor bonuses will stack.
Required Actions: Meet her in the Copper Coronet in the Slums district.
If you're looking for a thief, look elsewhere; if you're looking for a better Imoen, you found her. The 4 thief levels Nalia possesses are largely superfluous outside of giving an expanded weapon selection, as her Find Trap and Open Locks skills are terrible. Still, with enough thievery potions, you can utilize her to disarm a lot of dangerous traps and just use the spell "Knock" to open up anything you can't pick. Her unique ring is pretty awesome. Stacked with another ring of protection and some Bracers of AC or the Armor spell, she can have great armor class which helps keep her alive if some enemy archers decide to ignore your tanks. Her important stats are identical or superior to Imoen's until early ToB, and she can be picked up immediately. She is not the best mage in the game, as that title belongs to Edwin, but she will level up faster than Aerie and Jan, and unlock higher-level spells than Haer'Dalis. Nalia makes a solid pick as a spellcasting-focused replacement-Imoen.
Keldorn[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Equipped with Firecam Full Plate and "Hallowed Redeemer" two-handed sword.
Required Actions: Simply talk to him in the upper-left corner of the sewers below the Temple District.
Keldorn is fairly good, but requires a lot of augmented items to really shine. He out-right requires the Gauntlets of Dexterity in order to be viable, and because his strength is only 17, you'll really want to boost it with some of the strength belts you find. However, with those items he becomes the best good-aligned tank in the game. Unless you also roll a paladin, Keldorn is the only character who can equip the Carsomyr sword you get off Firkraag (with the exception of Thieves with Use Any Item although this is never optimal). Given the fact he can wield the 50% Magic Resistance Paladin sword and comes with a number of daily uses of True Sight and Dispel Magic (at DOUBLE his level) he is easily the game's best built-in solution to any and all magic casters. It's worth keeping his default weapon around, for the record, even once you get something better. The damage it returns to people who land blows on Keldorn is magic damage and very few enemies are resistant to this. In fights against enemies with high resistances, you can simply let Keldorn tank with the Hallowed Redeemer as you spam heals upon him until things die. This strategy is probably the most reliable way to kill Demogorgon. And as an added bonus, his Charisma is 18, meaning he can be the party face if you dumped CHA.
Keldorn conflicts with Viconia, and Anomen only if he fails his knighthood test. In the Enhanced Edition he conflicts with Dorn and Hexxat. If in the party when you first talk to Dorn, Dorn will force the same choice he does with Anomen, kill one or the other. Once you've done the first few of Dorn's quests there's no conflict regarding his quests anymore.
Valygar[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Equipped with Corthala Family Armor and Blade. Ranger racial enemy "Golem."
Required Actions: Confront him in his house in the Umar Hills region. Let him join you rather than killing him, obviously.
Valygar is easily the most dangerous offensive fighter you can recruit outside of Korgan, and for entirely different reasons. While he is limited to two proficiency points in weapons because he is a ranger kit, he can stealth and backstab for large numbers. Stalker is my personal favorite Ranger kit for those reasons plus the fact they actually have useful divine spells to cast at 3rd level. Give Valygar some sort of strength-enhancing item like the Belt of Hill Giant Strength and the Boots of Speed to quickly run in and out of battle for restealthing purposes, and giggle as you backstab creatures for serious damage. If simply being a Stalker with good stats wasn't enough, he comes equipped with armor you never really need to replace and a good sword to utilize against casters. The bleed effect on it essentially shuts down their ability to do much of anything.
Valygar conflicts with Edwin and Viconia, and Hexxat in the Enhanced Edition. This guy hates evil more than Keldorn.
Mazzy[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Equipped with Sword and Bow of Arvoreen; 2 casts per day of self-buff Strength, Protection from Fear, Lay on Hands, and Haste.
Required Actions: Rescue her from the Temple Ruins as part of the Umar Hills quest line.
Mazzy can self-buff her strength twice a day to 18/00 that lasts for 1 turn/level, which also gives her a flat +4 THAC0 bonus, which DOES apply to her ranged weapons. This means she basically has more strength than any other NPC because it lasts long enough it is nearly always up. She can also grant herself immunity for fear twice a day, can heal herself twice a day as per the base paladin ability Lay on Hands, and can just Haste twice a day for no reason. Add on top she's a true fighter so she can gain grand mastery in weapons, and her halfling bonus to saving throws, and you have an extremely solid NPC for both ranged purposes and to tank with. With the Tuigan Bow and Improved Haste, she can hit 10 attacks per round right out the gate. Her only drawback is she is in a fairly difficult area to get to early in the game so she cannot join for awhile, and her CON isn't nearly high enough to warrant using her as a frontliner. As a final added bonus, she doesn't get into fights with any of the evil NPCs despite basically being a paladin herself. However, many of the evil choices in the game will cause Mazzy to drop group and turn hostile, so beware if you enjoy evil playthroughs.
The Enhanced Edition made Mazzy conflict with Hexxat.
Neutral NPCs[edit | edit source]
The neutral NPCs can augment any given party you create because none of them are hostile to either good or evil aligned NPCs, and will not leave your group regardless of reputation though they will whine about it if you are on one extreme or the other.
Jaheira[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Can cast "Harper's Call" as a level 5 divine spell, giving a Raise Dead ability to a druid (whom normally do not have any).
Required Actions: Release her from her cell in Irenicus' Dungeon at the game's outset.
If only Jaheira had that 17 Dexterity in BG1. She makes a fairly good tank character with her ability to equip heavy armors, her naturally good dexterity and constitution, and the druid-only spell "Iron Skins." That said, she is kind of bland in terms of ability compared to any of the other divine spellcasters because Druids just are not very good. The fact they basically cap at level 14 and she's multiclassed in it so hitting that 15th level takes a million years hurts her significantly. At least you get her early enough you can adapt her to any particular role you want her to fulfill, and as far as I know doesn't have any significantly adversarial relationships with other NPCs.
Jaheira can be romanced in this game, but only by men and not those who are half-orcs, dwarves, or gnomes.
Yoshimo[edit | edit source]
|17||18||16||13||10||14||Human||Bounty Hunter(9)||True Neutral|
Special Abilities: None. Equipped with his personal +1 Katana.
Required Actions: Recruit him into your party after getting to the second floor of Irenicus' dungeon.
Yoshimo betrays your party and dies permanently as part of the plot. That said, he's still a good character for many hardcore runs simply because he's one of two character whose thieving skills actually increase with levels. Until you get Imoen back, it's between either Yoshimo or Jan Jansen for your thieving needs. Despite his kit revolving around setting traps, his Set Traps skill is abysmal at 20%, and his thieving abilities are generally worse than Jan's, who also brings his gadgets and magic to the table. Yoshimo's preference for katanas and his 17 Strength make his backstabs slightly more deadly than most single-classed thieves of the series, however. Note that you can dual-class him to Fighter but there is largely no point in doing so because by the time you'd actually regain your thieving skills with him, he dies as part of the plot. You can take advantage of this by dual-classing him right before he betrays you to make the fight against him a cakewalk. If you plan on using Imoen, it's worth bringing Yoshimo with you until she rejoins so you can enjoy a fat 200k XP bonus for giving his heart to any priest of Ilmater back in Athkatla.
Anomen[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Equipped with "Delryn Family Shield." Alignment changes to Lawful Good (along with a boost to 16 Wisdom) upon completing his personal quest the "good" way, or changes to Chaotic Neutral upon completing it the "bad" way with no accompanying stat boosts.
Required Actions: Speak to him in the Copper Coronet and tell him you are looking for honor and such.
While his personality is rather annoying, Anomen is capable of becoming just about the most "perfect" NPC in the game in terms of raw stats. His strength is really good, he has a slight boost to APR from his Fighter levels, his Constitution is rather good, and if you finish his questline he either gets knighted and gains 4 WIS (giving him 2 more 1st and 2nd level spells per day) or he turns Chaotic Neutral gaining more equipment options and an immunity to the spell Unholy Blight. Equipping him with the Gauntlets of Dexterity after that gives you 18s and 16s in literally every stat that matters for a fighter/cleric. He has enough fighter levels for really good HP and thac0. Plus, his personal shield is useful in a pinch for when he is tanking ranged enemies. Add into the mix the physical 'roid spells Clerics get, and you have a really solid NPC.
In the original BG2 he only conflicted with Aerie and Keldorn if he failed his knightly test. In the Enhanced Editions before his test and afterwards if he is knighted he conflicts with EE companions Dorn and Hexxat. If he is in the party when you first talk to Dorn he forces you to either side with him and kill Dorn or side with Dorn and kill him. Once you've done the first few companion quests of Dorn's and unlocked Resurrection Gorge he'll only conflict like a normal BG1 companion, and only if he hasn't done his knighthood test or if he passed it.
Jan[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Comes with Jan-only armor, gloves, and spectroscopes which boost his thieving skills. Can create 5 "Flasher Master Bruiser Mate" ammunition per day, which affect all enemies in 9 ft. of the explosion, dealing 1d2+1 damage and stunning them for 2 rounds on a failed save vs. spell. The Flasher ammo's explosion is party-friendly.
Required Actions: Speak to him in the Government District and don't turn him over to the authorities.
Besides having a bunch of hilarious stories, Jan is a good NPC to have around as he's the only thief in the game whose skills actually continue to increase. (Imoen and Nalia are dual-classed and Yoshimo dies.) His stats leave a little to be desired but they are still passable. His Jan-only stuff gives him things to equip in slots mages don't have a terrible amount of gear to select from for quite awhile, so that's always a positive. He also gets slight bonuses to saving throws for being a Gnome. The fact he is multi-classed is offset somewhat due to the Illusionist in him giving an extra spell per level. Jan's biggest weakness is that he fails to scribe spells very often due to his low Intelligence and because he's an Illusionist, which decreases the chance of scribing non-Illusion spells by -15%. He requires Potions of Genius AND Mind Focusing to be used together, and even then the success rate for scribing non-Illusion spells would be 84%. Despite this, Jan is easily the best thief in BG2 and gains Thief and Mage HLAs in ToB.
Haer'Dalis[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Equipped with two personal short swords "Entropy +2" and "Chaos Blade." Illegal Specialization (++) in Short Swords, normally not obtainable as a Bard class. If picked up at level 15 or later, he is also Specialized (++) in Longswords. Has Tiefling damage resistances.
Required Actions: Rescue him from the clutches of Mekrath, behind a hidden wall in the upper-left side of the sewers in the Temple District.
Haer'Dalis is proof the Blade kit is really, really good. While his stats aren't anything overly amazing, they are still passable enough Haer'Dalis can 'roid himself up with buff spells and then go to town. The added proficiency to Short Swords and Longswords guarantees those are the weapon types he'll use, and that's totally okay because some of the best weapons in the game are swords. His default weapons are passable for a really long time, too, up until you need +3 or better to inflict damage. However, short swords deal piercing damage, which means many monsters are either completely immune to it or have massive damage resistance to it, forcing you to put points into other weapons. His constitution leaves much to be desired so his tanking ability is somewhat limited, but he can always drop into defensive spin when he needs that extra AC to not die. His bard levels mean his mage spells will last longer with greater effect, and his passive damage resistances combined with the Girdle of Fortitude allow him to frontline far longer than a fighter/mage of similar experience. Potential combos include Melf's Minute Meteors plus Offensive Spin, and using Vhailor's Helm to summon a singing Simulacrum that can also protect itself against anti-illusion magic. He will never be on par with Korgan for physical damage and can't sling as many spells as Edwin, but Haer'Dalis often forms the lynchpin of a party since he makes the best magical tank and can also do a little bit of everything. Keep in mind that as a Bard using the Rogue level table he will have a substantially higher level than most enemy casters, so he can make the best use of the spell Remove Magic. Keldorn's Dispel is more powerful but not party-friendly.
Haer'Dalis cannot be romanced, but be careful. If he has too many dialogues with Aerie he will romance her, locking you out of that option permanently.
Cernd[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Equipped with "Cloak of the High Forest" and "Staff of the High Forest."
Required Actions: Speak to him in the jail of Trademeet and agree to help him uncover what is going on with the druids.
Cernd is one of the worst kits for one of the best classes, but he's still a Druid and in a game where Insect Plague wins most fights he has more Insect Plagues than anyone other than a player-made Druid. It's best to pick him up at level 13. If you do he actually will have more health than if you pick him up at a lower level and then level him up. The other benefit of picking him up at level 13 is that he can change into his Greater Werewolf form from the get-go. Offensively the form isn't great but the good thing about it is that it has a really low AC (by SoA standards), a good amount of magic resistance and elemental resistance. Feel free to ignore his werewolf forms. Treat him as a caster and have him do what he's supposed to: Insect Plague on enemies, Iron Skins to stay alive. He may be fairly bland as far as strategy goes but then again so are some of the best characters on this page. Plus, unlike Jaheira he'll actually manage to get over than insanely high hurdle to get to Druid 15 (and then he levels like a madman).
On a side-note, in the quest Animal Trouble in Trademeet, at the end when you need to choose a Druid to challenge Faldorn if he isn't in the party and Jaheira isn't either he'll come up, challenge her, and be granted the same minimum-HP-of-1 status that keeps characters from dying before giving their death dialogue, but he uses this to cheese the win. He gets no XP, and can be recruited after if for some reason you find that fight difficult.
Evil-Aligned NPCs[edit | edit source]
The Evil NPCs are arguably the best at every position, because they are all straightforward single-class and have "perfect" stats in the important areas that matter to each of them. However, there is only 3 for Shadows of Amn! You'll need to dip into the neutral pool to round out a full party of 6, or risk running with some good-aligned NPCs and starting a fight. They also bail on your party if your reputation goes above 18, which means you won't be able to fully capitalize on the discounts associated with that. A pretty minor penalty, but still worth listing.
Korgan[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: None.
Required Actions: Speak to him in the Copper Coronet.
Korgan is the tankiest character in the game in terms of raw HP. Plus he's a dwarf, so he gets a huge +5 bonus to saving throws vs. death, wand, and spells from his 19 CON. In addition to his saves, he is a Berserker meaning he has Enrage and all the insane immunities that carries, giving you a companion who can kill vampires without dying to level drain the second you step out of Irenicus's Dungeon. The other three contenders for Gauntlets of Dexterity are all personality conflicts or utterly fail NPCs (Anomen, Keldorn and Cernd) so you can safely assume Korgan will be using those, which gives him perfect stats for a raw fighter. He's got a lot of proficiencies dumped into axes which satisfies both his melee and ranged needs. Korgan's only downside is the fact he will conflict with Aerie. In Shadows of Amn, this leads to them fighting (and her most likely dying). In Throne of Bhaal, he'll still insult her but she just talks smack back and they get along.
Viconia[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Innate 65% Magic Resistance. Bringing her into the party causes a -2 Reputation hit which is reverted if you have her leave.
Required Actions: Save her from the fanatics in the Government District.
Viconia is the perfect support cleric. While her strength and constitution leave much to be desired, her dexterity is insane so she rarely misses with a sling. Her magic resistance is actually fairly significant so AoE spells you're likely to be pelted with during mage fights don't necessarily kill her as they would if she was a normal elf. The +2 Chain "Mail of the Dead" you find in the beginning dungeon is the best armor you'll be able to equip on her for awhile without totally bogging her down with weight so I recommend doing that. Stacking magic resistance boosting gear on her, such as the Human Flesh Armor and Amulet of the Seldarine, allows her to hit 100% magic resistance, making her immune to most spells in the game. While she has personality conflicts with a lot of the good-aligned NPCs, you can usually keep it from coming to blows if you are in a relationship with her. Eventually in Throne of Bhaal, it's possible to make her become True Neutral through the romance anyway, so keep that in mind if you decide you want her over Sir Anomen.
Viconia conflicts with Keldorn and Valygar. She also can be romanced by any male player character who isn't a dwarf or a gnome.
Edwin[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Equipped with Edwin's Amulet, which confers on him 2 more spell slots per spell level. It is not possible to make a player-character with as many spells per day as Edwin.
Required Actions: Finish the questline "Prove Mae'Var's treachery" for the Shadow Thieves in the Docks District.
Edwin is incredible. He only loses out on divination spells for an extra two casts per day at all levels (up from one from the previous game). He's also the only single-classed mage meaning his magic progression is slightly faster than the rest of the mages. While he is bristly with a lot of the good NPCs, he only comes into severe conflict with the rangers. In the Enhanced Edition, Edwin will outright refuse to be in the party with Neera because she's being hunted by Red Wizards and will force you to choose between him or her. His companion quest is one of the best in the game for the dialogue alone.
Be aware that there is a specific CHA check in regards to him - if you fight Firkraag and don't have enough charisma he chooses to leave the party forever instead of dying to a dragon. Oddly enough he doesn't have this misgiving about Adalon.
Edwin earns the ire of all Rangers, coming into conflict with Valygar and Minsc. The former hates him for being an evil wizard, the latter because he continuously insults and prods at his failure in-between BG1 and BG2.
Sarevok[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: 3% chance on hit to trigger "Deathbringer Assault" for 200 slashing damage. 10% chance to stun enemy on hit for 2 rounds (save vs. spell at -4 negates).
Required Actions: Give him a piece of your or Imoen's soul when you encounter him in your pocket plane in Throne of Bhaal expansion.
Considering he only joins for the ToB expansion, Sarevok is the most dangerous fighter-type character. You don't even need to give him strength-boosting gear as his default 18/00 is phenomenal. He also won't ever betray you even at 20 reputation. After all, you're the reason he's not just a wandering soul any more. If you really want, you can dual-class him to thief or mage. Mage is not recommended because you probably won't recover your fighter skills until maybe the last 4th of Throne of Bhaal, and Edwin or Imoen should be more than enough for your caster needs at that point. Thieves gain levels so rapidly he'll gain his fighter levels back by a decent time, and ultimately thief HLAs are significantly better than just raw fighter ones. Backstabbing with the thac0 of a fighter with 18/00 strength who has a chance to randomly outright kill anything he hits already is pretty funny. If you leave him as a fighter, give him the Silver Sword out of the gate and eventually re-equip him with the Ravager halberd. Combined with his chance to do Deathbringer Assault, the instant-death procs on either of these weapons means Sarevok will constantly outright kill enemies. If you're really set on dual-classing him to Mage, you may want to spend time grinding XP on the respawning Fire Giant in Saradush, just to make sure he doesn't die.
In the original Throne of Bhaal he had no conflicts, but in the Enhanced Edition he conflicts with Rasaad (unless you progress his companion dialogue in a way to change his alignment).
Enhanced Edition NPCs[edit | edit source]
The release of Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition brings back three familiar NPCs from BG1EE, as well as two brand new ones. The returning NPCs' stats and abilities remain unchanged unlike their BioWare BG2 counterparts.
Dorn[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Illegal race-class combo (Half-Orc Paladin). Equipped with Rancor +1, which gives an extra non-stacking +1 THAC0 bonus when it kills something.
Required Actions: Speak to him outside the Hall of the Radiant Heart and help him crash a wedding by murdering all present.
Dorn Il-Khan returns with his first quest beginning your evil party's descent into depravity. Picking him up lowers your reputation by 2 like Viconia and his quest line further lowers your reputation. Only a truly evil party or one committed to having him in it can utilize Dorn. You cannot have Anomen or Keldorn in your party at the same time as Dorn - you must choose between the holy knights or Dorn.. Anomen and Keldorn will turn hostile and attack if you choose to accept Dorn into the party. However, advancing Dorn's quest line until after the "Kill Terpfen" quest will allow you to use Anomen and Keldorn at the same time as Dorn.
Mechanically Dorn is the same as he is in BG1, but in a game where 19 STR is a lot less impressive. His real boon is the fact that in addition to fear immunity he also has level drain immunity, and in BG2 this sets him apart from others as one of the few characters who can safely fight vampires. Being a Blackguard he gets access to Ir'revykal, slightly inferior to Carsomyr, and being Evil he has access to Soul Reaver, Human Flesh, and Silver Dragon Scale. His companion quest will give you a number of items, and a choice which can go one of three ways: one way he stays as he is, the second he stays as he is and gets a cool acid-belching mask, and the third he becomes the only Fallen Blackguard. He loses all his powers, but if your character wants a +5 two-handed sword that gets a +5 vs. both demons and devils feel free to sacrifice his usefulness.
Like BG1, he can be romanced by any player character. His romance status doesn't carry over, you can change options, but there is special dialogue if you did romance him previously.
Rasaad[edit | edit source]
|16||16||14||11||14||14||Human||Sun Soul Monk(8)||Lawful Good|
Special Abilities: Equipped with Glimmering Bands and Moonlight Walkers, which give an extra +2 unarmed THAC0 bonus and +2 AC, respectively.
Required Actions: Watch his encounter with the monks in Trademeet near the big fountain. Walk away and he will find you.
With the opportunity to gain more levels, Rasaad finally comes into his own in BG2EE. When he hits level 14, he gains 42% magic resistance right off the bat and that is when he really starts to kick butt. With the Belt of Hill Giant Strength, Rasaad is a rather good frontliner with all of his monk immunities and Sun Soul powers. Just lead him into the fray after your main tanks and fighters and watch the fists fly. He can stand directly behind a tank and deliver blows since his fists' range are comparable to that of a halberd or spear. His AC still isn't the best and his HP is still subpar as well due to his 14 CON, but you could swap out the Hill Giant belt for the Girdle of Fortitude and the Glimmering Bands for Gauntlets of Ogre Power. Rasaad will turn into a one-man army in ToB and it is worth keeping him around to see him flourish.
View on higher difficulties higher than Core: Don't bother. If you're looking for somebody that can't cast spells or melee, Rasaad is your boy. Put him in melee with his awful stats and no way to protect himself from critical hits and watch him explode into itty bitty pieces in pretty much every fight in the game. Combine this with the fact that his kit removes both Stunning Blow and Quivering Palm and you're looking at one HELL of a worthless companion. And forget his other abilities - against undead they're okay, just okay. As demons and devils become more common fire damage just stops being a thing. But at least his companion quests give amazing items.
If he's in the party and you attempt to fight Adalon he chooses to side with her over you regardless of Charisma, Reputation, or anything else.
Like BG1 he can be romanced by any females. Romance status doesn't carry over but does provide additional dialogue.
Neera[edit | edit source]
|11||17||14||17||10||11||Half-Elf||Wild Mage(9)||Chaotic Neutral|
Special Abilities: None. Equipped with a +1 staff that does +1 fire damage on hit 10% of the time to either her target or herself. Equipped with Adoy's Belt, which gives +5 to saves vs. polymorph.
Required Actions: Witness her encounter with Red Wizards in the northern end of the Bridge District. Leave the area, speak to her, and then meet her in the Wild Forest.
Neera is back and her wild magic is just as unstable as ever. She should be used as a nuker with some disabling spells. The perk about being a Wild Mage is that she can cast spells that are beyond her ability to cast yet via Nahal's Reckless Dweomer, like Horrid Wilting or Incendiary Cloud. Sometimes casting spells this way can be highly effective if she rolls a "No Saving Throw" or "Spell Cast at Double Level" wild surge. Other times, it's highly effective at roasting your party with by rolling "Roll Twice More", "Fireball Centered on Caster", and "Spell Cast Twice." Her intelligence is still only 17 and she flubs scribing scrolls irritatingly often, so she should down a Potion of Genius or Mind Focusing before going at it. She has her own questline which is rather difficult due to the improved AI who will now drink potions and use wands intelligently. She can get a robe that gives her a Chaos Shield effect while worn which can help offset the otherwise ruinous effects of wild magic. Overall she is a worthy addition to any party if you can handle some randomness, but Edwin will refuse to be in a party with her so you cannot use both of them at the same time. Don't discount her though - despite Edwin's near-supremacy at magic, as Neera rises in level and gets Wild-Mage-exclusive equipment from her quests she eventually gets a whopping 80% chance to not incur a surge even with Nahal's Reckless Dweomer, which has the Aura Cleansing ability of Improved Alacrity built-in. In other words, treat her 1st-level spell slots as 9th-level spell slots.
Again, can still only be romanced by men, relationship status doesn't carry over.
Hexxat (Clara)[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: None. She's just the only evil thief in BG2.
Required Actions: Speak to her in the Copper Coronet and agree to go to Dragomir's Tomb with her. She's in the corner near Lehtinan, behind the staircase.
The lack of evil thieves in BG2 has been taken care of now, though this version of Hexxat is rather mediocre at it. Her points are spread mostly evenly so she doesn't excel in any one area. Her awful overall stats just make this worse. She doesn't get a bonus to anything from her stats except Dexterity and, debatably, Charisma. Outside her thieving abilities, she's as worthless as Garrick and Cernd without Shapeshifter Rebalancing. "Upgrade" her to the Vampire version of Hexxat ASAP if you plan on using her in any meaningful capacity. Alternatively, recruit her when you have 1.25 million XP, dump all her points into Pick Pockets, and use her to generate millions of gold using a fence. It's an exploit but there's nobody better suited to abusing it.
Hexxat (Vampire)[edit | edit source]
Special Abilities: Counts as Undead, specifically a Vampire. Equipped with "Hexxat's Amulet" which provides her undead immunities. Domination ability. Blood Drain ability. Children of the Night ability. Extremely high STR and DEX! Burns up in direct sunlight. Cannot dual-class. Possesses Dragomir's Cloak, Dragomir's Casque, and Dragomir's Respite. Refuses to wield weapons that are especially effective against undead (Daystar, Runehammer, Foebane, Mace of Disruption, etc.), even if she has Use Any Item.
Passive Abilities: 1 HP/round regeneration. Immunity to Charm, Domination, Panic, Berserk, Bleeding, Sleep, Level Drain, Paralysis, Poison, Poison Damage, Disease, and Fatigue increments (via Haste, etc.).
Required Actions: Take Clara/fake Hexxat to Dragomir's tomb and defeat Dragomir.
Mary Sue: the NPC. An NPC stronger than Dorn and as dextrous as Coran!? Hexxat comes with a lot of extremely high ability scores, but they're not that incredible given the fact she's just an unkitted Thief. 20 STR is perfect for high-damage backstabs, 20 DEX is great for landing ranged attacks, and 18 CHA allows her to be the party face if you dumped CHA and don't want to bother equipping the Ring of Human Influence. She has several vampiric abilities. She can Dominate enemies as per the 5th-level wizard spell, and she gets more uses of these as she levels up. Blood Drain is a unique ability which lets her drain 1d4 CON from a target and knock them unconscious for 5 rounds (Save vs. Death negates both of these). Children of the Night is another unique ability she has which lets her summon some creatures depending on her level. 1-10 = 1d4 rats. 11-20 = 1d4 wolves. 21+ = 1d4 shadows. These creatures aren't particularly effective in combat, but you can use them as cannon fodder or as a distraction for mages so they waste their spells. As Hexxat gains levels, the chance of getting 4 creatures summoned with Children of the Night increases. The fact that Hexxat does not have a kit is a bit disappointing since straight-up thieves tend to fizzle out in combat in epic levels compared to warriors and spellcasters. If she does die, though, she'll turn into a mist cloud and float toward the PC and respawn after 8 hours. You still have to pick up her equipment. On the plus side, she is incapable of being permanently killed through physical damage and most spells. Disintegration and the shattering of her petrified body are the only methods that will prevent her from respawning via her cloud, which allows you to be extremely reckless with her assassinations even on a hardcore playthrough.
Hexxat requires more micromanagement than most party members. She gets vaporized in direct sunlight so you have to put Dragomir's Cloak on her, which nerfs her stats to make them identical to Clara/the fake Hexxat. She can only withstand about 10 seconds of sunlight before sublimating into a cloud of mist and dying. It's not permanent and she'll come back just fine after 8 hours. At night or in interior areas, you can take off her cloak and she'll be back at full power. Dragomir's Casque takes up a permanent slot in her inventory until you finish her quest line in SoA. Dragomir's Respite is interesting because its basically a free Bag of Holding except you can't take her coffin out of it (you can try to but it will create a duplicate coffin in your inventory that's 1201 pounds, undroppable, and can't be put into a container. In other words, a hardcore run killer via misclick). She's not a great frontliner, but being immortal and immune to level drain does let her fight vampires better than most original BG2 companions.
She can be romanced by any female.
Wilson[edit | edit source]
|18||9||18||4||4||4||Bear||Grizzly Bear(9)||True Neutral|
Special Abilities: Is a freakin' bear. Equipped with claws and bite; gains +1 to their enchantment level and his proficiency points in them every 6 levels. Gains a 1/2 attack/round and -2 Base AC every 6 levels up to -2 AC at level 24. 15% chance to Hug enemy for an extra 2d6 crushing damage every hit. Can go into a rage once every 6 levels. Strength and Regeneration rate improve by 1 every 8 levels, starting at 19 STR and 1 HP/turn. Can drink healing potions but nothing else. Cannot wear anything. Cannot initiate conversations manually.
Required Actions: Start Neera's questline until you get access to the Hidden Refuge. Talk to Zaviak and offer to look for Wilson. Start Rasaad's quest in the City Gates district and get to the Heretic Temple. South of the front door of the temple there are monks fighting animals. Talk to Wilson while he's in his cage and promise to free him (if you don't you can free him but he won't join). Pay Wilson's handler 1000 gold or kill him. Wilson will run away, but go back to where you first entered the map and you can have him join your party.
Just like Baeloth, Wilson is an easter egg character by the folks at Beamdog. Except he's a bear. There's really not much to say about Wilson other than the fact that he is the most eloquent and radical bear who ever lived. Despite being called eloquent and intelligent by your character, he's actually the worst bear in the world in terms of mental scores. Every bear in BG1 and BG2 has INT/WIS/CHA scores of at least 9, a minimum 5 points more than Wilson. Weird. And it also means Mindflayers kill him in one hit. That said, he still has better dialogue than Hexxat.
Alright, all joking aside, Wilson really isn't that great. His AC is awful and his regeneration isn't enough for dungeon crawling, though he will fully heal upon resting or traveling. His rage is a less-powerful version of the Berserker's as far as immunities go. It only gives +2 THAC0 and damage and immunity to charm, fear, confusion, hold, stun, sleep, and Feeblemind for 1 turn; it does not protect against nastier status effects like Maze, Level Drain, or Imprisonment like the Berserker's rage does. Not being able to wear equipment or drink other potions just hurts his fighting ability so much that it's hardly worth the effort of using him in the party. According to Ardanis, a Beamdog developer, Wilson was made to fill in a Kensai's role but he certainly doesn't live up to it. Even Rasaad is just plain better at DPS than Wilson. He's not quite as useless as Clara or Yoshimo in the long run but as it stands, Wilson is mostly a joke character and should not be used for serious playthroughs, though he has immense role-playing potential for rangers and druids if you're into that. He is definitely the weakest of the melee-types. Too bad he can't wear rings and amulets like Okku the Bear King from Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer.
If you are dead-set on using him, know he has the potion restrictions of a Wizard Slayer so he can only use healing and antidote-type potions. He is arguably the only character in the game with a reason to take the Resist Magic HLA. Even though you have dozens of containers to hold items, if you seriously need more space to carry stuff he has incredibly high STR so he can carry a lot of really heavy suits of armor for you. One thing that's still broken on him is the fact that his STR boosts are considered part of his class kit so they are re-applied upon him re-joining your party, but they aren't removed when dismissed. In other words, dismiss him and let him rejoin once and he is guaranteed to hit 25 STR. Do it multiple times and he'll have 25 STR immediately.
Back to Baldur's Gate.