Baldur’s Gate 3 Criminal - Background and Inspiration Goals

Baldur’s Gate 3 Criminal: Inspiration Goals & Guide

In Baldur’s Gate 3, your background defines your inspiration goals, and your Criminal world’s connections will save you… as always.

By Pixel | Updated for Patch 9 on June 16th, 2023

Baldur’s Gate 3 Criminal - Background and Inspiration Goals
Criminal – Background

What is Criminal Background?

Criminal 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 Criminal origin and sometimes ask questions about your shady past, but you can manipulate others around you with your persuasion skills. Being a Criminal can occasionally earn you acceptance or foes.

You have a history of breaking the law and survive by leveraging less-than-legal connections. Profiting from criminal enterprise will lead to greater opportunities in the future.

Source Baldur’s Gate 3

What are Criminal’s Proficiencies?

In addition to the role-playing aspect, the background defines proficiencies, giving you a slight 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, Stealth, History, Perception, and Medicine. Your Criminal’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
  • Fast-talk
  • Earn money through gambling
  • Con a merchant
  • Successfully disguise yourself

Stealth is a Dexterity skill that will help you with the following checks (You will need to pass multiple checks while sneaking every time you enter the NPC eyesight cone):

  • Sneaking
  • Conceal yourself from foes
  • Escape without being noticed

Should you choose Criminal in Baldur’s Gate 3?

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you should choose Criminal if it fits your character and you like it. Criminal 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 Criminal, NPC will not trust you, sometimes they may refuse to even talk to you if they recognise you. The game will reward you for illegal actions, like murder or manipulation. So make sure it’s how you want your character to act before you make a final decision.

Baldurs Gate 3 Proficiencies and Skills Character Creation
Proficiencies and Skills in Character Creation

How Inspiration Goals Work Baldur’s Gate 3?

Further, in Baldur’s Gate 3, your Criminal background allows you to complete special goals that will award you with inspiration that you can later utilise when playing the game. When you perform an action that is authentic to your Criminal origin, your character will be inspired.

Criminal Inspiration Goals

The following table presents the Criminal’s Inspiration Goals:

Inspiration GoalDescription
A Fine FortuneSteal an item worth at least 1000 gold
A Sound InvestmentGive Mol money for a guild in Baldur’s Gate 3
Blood PriceMurder an innocent civilian.
Culling The CrowdPoison the goblins in the camp.
Escape ArtistAfter being arrested, escape from jail.
Finders KeepersRefuse to return Barth’s locket
Friend of the FamilyAlly with Zhentarim
HereticSteal the Idol of Silvanus in the Druid Grove before the ritual is stopped.
JailbreakerHelp Sazza the goblin escape from Makeshift Prison in the Druid Grove
Lesser EvilsRob the Enthralled fishermen on the shore.
Serpent’s bountyTake Zevlor’s payment for killing Kagha in the Druid Grove
Slaughter’s PrizeAlly with Minthara, the goblins’ leader and slaughter the Druid Grove
Swifty StolenSteal the Duergar boots from the Gnome

Looking for more Baldur’s Gate 3?

Thank you for reading the “Baldur’s Gate 3 Criminal: Background and Inspiration Goals” Guide! We provide the latest news and create guides for the BG 3. Additionally, check out our website, watch me play games on Twitch, or visit my YouTube channel!