Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Like two sides of a coin

Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn 

Logo: Ellesime and Irenicus

Theme: predestination

Expansion: Throne of Bhaal

Team: 18 characters:

  • 1 male or female (Bhaalspawn)
  • 6 female (Imoen, Jaheira, Nalia, Viconia, Aerie, Mazzy)
  • 11 male (Minsc, Yoshimo, Korgan, Anomen, Edwin, Jan, Keldorn, Haer’Dalis, Valygar, Cernd; Sarevok in ToB)

Lead: Bhaalspawn

Villains: Irenicus, the Five and…spoiler!

Favourite characters: Minsc, Edwin, Jan, Keldorn, Viconia

Disliked characters: Anomen, Aerie, Cernd, Imoen, Nalia

Romances:

  • for female Bhaalspawn: Anomen
  • for male Bhaalspawn: Jaheira, Viconia, Aerie

Favourite romance: Jaheira

Disliked romances: Anomen, Aerie

Controllable characters: anyone

Playable races: human, elf, half-elf, half-orc, dwarf, gnome, halfling

Favourite playable races: elf, gnome

Disliked playable race: human

Classes: Fighter (Berserker, Wizard Slayer, Kensai), Thief (Assassin, Bounty Hunter, Kensai), Fighter/Thief, Cleric (Priest of Helm, Priest of Talos, Priest of Lathander), Fighter/Cleric, Thief/Cleric, Mage (Abjurer, Transmuter, Conjurer, Diviner, Enchanter, Illusionist, Invoker, Necromancer, Wild Mage in ToB), Fighter/Mage, Mage/Thief, Cleric/Mage, Fighter/Mage/Thief, Fighter/Mage/Cleric, Druid (Totemic Druid, Shapeshifter, Avenger), Fighter/Druid, Ranger (Archer, Stalker, Beastmaster), Cleric/Ranger, Barbarian, Sorcerer, Bard (Blade, Jester, Skald), Paladin (Cavalier, Inquisitor, Undead Hunter), Monk

Favourite class: Fighter/Mage

Disliked classes: Druid, Cleric/Thief, Fighter/Mage/Cleric

Starting level: either 1 or whatever level you ended BG at

Final level: around 40 in ToB

Maximum party size: 6

Final party: according to the game, Bhaalspawn, Imoen, Jaheira, Minsc, plus two others of your choice; in effect, Bhaalspawn and whoever you like (my version: Bhaalspawn, Keldorn, Jaheira, Jan and two modded characters in SoA; Bhaalspawn, Keldorn, Sarevok, Viconia, Jan and a modded character in ToB)

Favourite places: Suldanessellar, because of the elven architecture; Umar Hills, because of the woodland setting; Brynnlaw, because it’s a pirate town

Horrible places: the Druid Grove, because it’s an ugly, mazelike swamp; Watcher’s Keep, because it’s very long and very annoying

Oddities: the lower your Armour Class, THAC0 and Saving Throws, the better; Baldur’s Gate doesn’t appear in the game at all

Systems: PC, Mac

Remakes: Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition (PC, Mac)

Overview
Storyline
Characters
Romances
Playable races
Classes
Combat system
Gameplay
Music
Throne of Bhaal
Mods

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