Baldur’s Gate 3: Arcana

In Baldur’s Gate 3, your character can become proficient in Arcana. It’s one of the skills and a statistic that defines a character’s knowledge about magical lore.

Baldur's Gate 3 Arcana Skill
Baldur’s Gate 3 Arcana Skill

This guide will help you understand the skills in Baldur’s Gate 3, especially Arcana. With so many decisions to make during character creation, it’s important to know which skills and skill proficiencies will be most beneficial to your playstyle.

Skills in Baldur’s Gate 3

Skills are an essential part of character building in Baldur’s Gate 3. They allow your character to perform various actions, such as sneaking past enemies, picking locks, or persuading NPCs. Skills are associated with specific attributes, and your character’s skill bonus is determined by their attribute score and their proficiency in the skill. In Baldur’s Gate 3, you will use all skills in various situations throughout the game. They provide engaging opportunities for roleplaying, problem-solving, and interacting with the game world and its inhabitants. Your character’s proficiency, attribute scores, and any relevant bonuses or penalties influence the effectiveness of your skills.

Arcana Skill

Arcana skill is associated with Intelligence, and It represents your character’s knowledge and understanding of magical lore, spells, and the arcane arts. It will be greatly useful during exploration and when you’ll find unknown magical objects. If you don’t have this skill good companion to take with you that can provide it for you is Gale.

Here are all the most important pieces of information about the Arcana skill in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Main Attribute: Intelligence
  • Classes that can select Arcana skill: Bard, Druid, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard
  • Recommended for the classes: Wizard
  • Backgrounds that add Arcana Proficiency: Sage
  • Arcana Skill Helps With:
    • Understanding of spells, symbols, and their lore
    • Knowledge about Magical traditions
    • Plains of existence and creatures who inhabit them
    • Helps when interacting with:
      • Artifacts
      • Enchanted Items
      • Powerful Spells

Should you choose Arcana Skill?

You should pick Arcana skill if you plan on playing any of the classes that use Intelligence as their primary ability. One class that can benefit from this skill proficiency is Wizard. However, all classes that focus on magic and spellcasting will also need it to identify and understand the magic and magical lore around them. Also, it’s also a good skill choice, if you would like your character to have higher chances of passing skill checks with anything related to arcana. In a roleplaying aspect, reconsider it if you want the game world and NPCs to recognize and acknowledge your training in this skill.

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