Baldur’s Gate 3 players shocked by “OP” but “evil” Bard ability

Stephanie Zucarelli
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Larian Studios let players use all their stats against their enemies, but users have found that there’s one that’s so effective that makes characters into master manipulators. Here’s what the Baldur’s Gate 3 community has been talking about.

Baldur’s Gate 3 classes have distinctive buffs that help players make their journey through Faerun a little bit easier. However, fans have pointed out that those with high Charisma can even get away from combat and simply convince enemies to “deal with themselves.”

“This has to be evil,” commented Redditor ‘awalterschulze’ in a post in the official Baldur’s Gate 3 subReddit. The user described that this is especially true during Act 2, where players can persuade almost four characters to commit suicide instead of beginning a fight. “Am I the bad guy, if I talk people into suicide?,” asked the user.

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The Bard Volo even manages to convince some players to let him try to remove the tadpole.

Most fans pointed out that Bards were the best for using their proficiency in Charisma to get out of any battle, and also explained that most enemies that can be convinced are essentially evil, so “there’s no real harm done.”

“You ‘barded’ when there was an opportunity to ‘bard.’ Well done. It’s why there’s an ongoing joke that Act 2 is considered easy mode when playing bard,” commented user ‘IceColdSkimMilk.’

As Baldur’s Gate 3 lore describes, these monsters are the shadows of what they were before the Shadow Curse. However, several letters and notes explain that, even back when they were human, they were responsible for extorting and murdering innocent people.

Other fans also asked about Yurgir, the Orthon devil, who players can encounter during the Gauntlet of Shar trials. If players manage to talk to him, he’ll describe that he’s trapped forever under a sketchy contract with Raphael. While some players agree to free him, most feel that a demon that says that enjoys eating children is a perfect specimen to try out their Charisma stat.

While it’s true that Bards in Baldur’s Gate 3 have a greater advantage with their Charisma proficiency, users pointed out that you don’t have to be one to make use of these dialogue options. “I didn’t know DnD classes, so I just went stock Durge- dragonborn sorcerer. As long as you’ve got charisma, Act 2 is easy mode,” described Redditor ‘Graega,'”Plus if you’re Durge, you don’t even have to feel bad about it.”

Players also answered that even Paladins with high Charisma could get access to these dialogue options, and they don’t break their oath while using this power against evil. “I talked 2 of them into suicide with my devotion paladin, and no, this was not oathbreaking matter,” clarified user ‘Intelligent-Love-887.’

And that’s everything on why Baldur’s Gate 3 players feel that Bards’ Charisma stat is borderline evil. If you want to know more about Larian Studios’ RPG, you can check why players think that dice are “rigged” in Honour Mode and what happens if you want to ruin Withers’ epilogue party.

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Stephanie is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. After graduating as a journalist, she started working as a tech writer for Infobae, Channel 9, and Rolling Stone. She's currently focused on covering Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Fortnite, but can't resist anything related to The Sims 4 and Stardew Valley. You can contact her at [email protected].