Baldur’s Gate 3 Urchin - Background and Inspiration Goals

Baldur’s Gate 3 Urchin: Inspiration Goals & Guide

In Baldur’s Gate 3, your background defines your inspiration goals, and you are an Urchin and know how to make the most out of very little.

By Pixel | Updated for Patch 9 on June 23rd, 2023

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

What is Urchin Background?

Urchin 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 recognize your Urchin origin and acknowledge your survival skills and ability to deal with life and adversity. Being an Urchin can occasionally earn enemies but most likely fans and glory. Also, this is the Shadowheart companion background.

After surviving a childhood on the streets, you know how to make the most out of very little. Using your street smarts bolsters your spirit for the journey ahead.

Source Baldur’s Gate 3

What are Urchin 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 Stealth, Sleight of Hand, Religion, Perception, and Insight. Your Urchin’s proficiency features are Sleight of Hand and Stealth.

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

Sleight of Hand is a Dexterity skill that will help you with the following checks:

  • Legerdemain skill
  • Concealing an object
  • Manual trickery
  • Stealing
  • Pickpocketing
  • Disarming Traps

Should you choose Urchin in Baldur’s Gate 3?

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you should choose Urchin if it fits your character and you enjoy it. 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 protector of the helpless, the game will reward you for saving, especially children and animals, but also stealing valuable items and persuading others to follow your beliefs. 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 Urchin background allows you to complete special goals that will award you with inspiration that you can later utilize when playing the game. When you perform an action that is authentic to the origin, your character will be inspired.

Urchin Inspiration Goals

The following table presents the Urchin Inspiration Goals:

Inspiration GoalDescription
Artful DodgerTake Mattis Rings Earn and earn his respect
Born InnocentSave the Owlbear Cub from Goblins
Family Comes FirstPersuade Meli to reveal the truth about the Amulet
Hunger Never FadesFill your plate at Raphael’s House of Hope
IdolatryIn Druid Grove, help Mol steal the Idol of Silvanus
MercenaryExtord some gold from Zhentarim survivors
Not On My WatchIn Druid Grove, protect Arabella from Kagha and her serpent.
Protect Your OwnIn Druid Grove, protect the child who took Barth’s locket
Pyramid SchemePersuade the ogres to help your team for free.
Slaying The PiperOn the beach, North of Druid Grove, rescue Mirkon from the harpies.
The Allure Of CoinSteal from a child’s body killed by harpies.
What Price Dignity?Steal the toe ring from Crusher, and don’t get caught.

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