In Baldur’s Gate 3, your inspiration goals are defined by your background, as a Charlatan, your manipulation skills will grant you greatness.
By Pixel | Updated for Patch 9 on June 16th, 2023
What is Charlatan Background?
Charlatan is a background in Baldur’s Gate 3, and it represents their proficiencies, where the character comes from and what their life was like before. NPC characters, including your companions, will recognise your origin and sometimes ask questions about your shady past, but you can manipulate others around you with your persuasion skills. Being a Charlatan can occasionally earn you popularity or end in disaster.
You’re an expert in manipulation, prone to exaggeration and more than happy to profit from it. Bending the truth and turning allies against each other will bring you success down the road.Source Baldur’s Gate 3
What are Charlatan’s Proficiencies?
In addition to the role-playing aspect, the background defines proficiencies, giving you a bonus to dice rolls and success in checks. Proficiency is what your character is good at and what knowledge they possess. This Background’s default proficiencies are Deception, Sleight of Hand, History, Perception, and Medicine. Your Charlatan’s proficiency features are Deception and Sleight of Hand.
Deception is a Charisma skill that will help you with the following checks:
- Ability to hide the truth through actions and verbally
- Maintain a straight face when lying
- Earn money through gambling
- Con a merchant
- Successfully disguise yourself
Sleight of Hand is a Dexterity skill that will help you with the following checks:
- Legerdemain skill
- Concealing an object
- Manual trickery
- Disarming Traps
Should you choose Charlatan in Baldur’s Gate 3?
In Baldur’s Gate 3, you should choose Charlatan if it fits your character and you like it. Charlatan and other backgrounds have defined proficiencies, while classes have a list of skills they can be proficient with, and you can pick only two or three. As a result, you will be rewarded each time you successfully lockpick a lock, steal something or persuade and manipulate others to do as you will. Before you finalise your character creation process, make sure it’s how you want to play.
How Inspiration Goals Work Baldur’s Gate 3?
Further, in Baldur’s Gate 3, your Charlatan background allows you to complete special goals that will reward you with inspiration that you can later utilise when playing the game. When you perform an action that is true to your origin, your character will be inspired.
Charlatan Inspiration Goals
The following table presents Charlatan’s Inspiration Goals:
|A Better Offer||Convince the pit spiders to attack the goblins|
|Anything for the Profit||Successfully steal the toe ring from Novice Crusher in Goblin Camp.|
|Cheese your Way Trough||Persuade the Bandits in the Chapel to let you enter.|
|Devil’s Advocate||Interrogate the dead mind flayer without getting caught.|
|Flexible Diplomacy||After convincing the Tieflings to free Lae’zel, betray them.|
|Just Passing Through||In Moonhaven, persuade and trick the goblins.|
|Merciless||Convince Flind into eating itself|
|Mirror Master||In the Thayan Cellar, Trick the magic mirror.|
|One of Us||Use the Hag mask to avoid her mind-controlled minions.|
|Silver Blades, Silver Tongue||Trick Kith’rak Voss to escape without a fight.|
|Spiked||In the Goblin Camp, Poison the beer.|
|The Importance of Networking||Manipulate to enter the Zhentarim Hideout.|
|Very Important Parasite||In the Goblin Camp, Mislead any of the guards.|
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