Baldur’s Gate 3 player feels “dumb” for not realizing helpful Astarion trick

Stephanie Zucarelli
Baldur's Gate 3 Astarion

Astarion gains a powerful buff after biting someone, but it comes with some serious side effects. But Baldur’s Gate 3 players have just discovered several ways to get him what he wants without major consequences.

Baldur’s Gate 3 players discover early on that Astarion, one of the most beloved companions, is a Vampire Spawn that can get a precious bonus buff when biting other characters. However, if the main character offers their neck to him after every Long Rest, they’ll get the “Bloodless” penalty, which will take a -1 to all checks.

Even if this could mean a big difference when trying to pass a high check, most players think that Astarion deserves the “Happy” buff, which grants him +1 to all rolls. Luckily for them, Larian Studios planned ahead and gave characters several options for getting this buff without getting bit, although some players just realized which they were.

In a Reddit post called “I’m so dumb for not realizing this sooner!,” user ‘Dingaling-b’ described that they always struggled to find someone to bite outside combat, at least until they discovered this “trick.” “I realized that I have a bunch of party members just sitting in camp, ready to get bitten,” they commented.

Baldur's Gate 3 Astarion
You can let Astarion drink from you after every Long Rest in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Most players agreed that they found plenty of other tricks for getting this buff, but they had to go through several playthroughs before working them out. “If you’re sneaking it does no damage and just leaves them with Bloodless. They complain, but nothing actually happens,” described user ‘mdemo33.’

Other fans also shared their discoveries, such as asking Withers for a hireling just for Astarion to feed from or even hiring a cleric to cast “Lesser Restoration” to cure the Bloodless stat.

Several Redditors pointed out that during Act 1, players can find the Amulet of Silvanus in the Grove near a bear on the bench: “Move the rock, and you get a free Lesser Restoration necklace,” pointed out the user.

While Baldur’s Gate 3 players also commented that you can pay for a statue to be made in the circus of Act 3 and let Astarion bite it, others preferred the classic method of using an NPC. “I used Volo as my personal bloodbag for a long time. Not proud of this, but by Act 3 I had moved on to using Yenna,” described Redditor ‘mdemo23.’

And that’s everything that the Baldur’s Gate 3 have been sharing about these helpful Astarion tricks. If you want to know more about Larian Studios’ RPG, you can check why players think the dice are “rigged” in the new Honour Mode or which Mind Flayer tadpoled the main character at the beginning of Baldur’s Gate 3.