Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition

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ghost Jan 18, 2014 @ 6:52pm
What's a good class for new players?
I've done my reading. F/M/T seems like the popular choice. But what else is there? I like the idea of backstabbing, but it seems a really poor choice to go pure thief. Mages also seem kind of fun. But what spells to take?

I actually started a Jester. Yay confused enemies... but I just sit there singing while my party members do the fighting. Yay?

Ahh, help me out. What classes and builds are fun, but also powerful enough to take me through the whole game and ToB? Archer? Mage? Thief? Kensai/Assassin?
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Bestjam Jan 18, 2014 @ 6:55pm 
For a starting player a pure fighter is pretty good, uncomplicated and does lots of work.
Isomodia Jan 18, 2014 @ 6:56pm 
You can play through pretty easily with any class. The easier classes would be the melee based ones. Fighter/Paladin/Barbarian. They have enough HP that you won't have to worry about getting instagibbed and reloading. That said, reloading isn't a huge deal with the autosave in this game, and spellcasters are generally much more fun. I enjoy Wild Mage, personally. The off-the-cuff miscasts make the game very interesting. Some people get frustrated when you accedentally backfire a spell on your party, and that is an issue.

It's really all preference. What kind of character do you generally play in RPGs? Go with that. Or experiment. BG2 starts you out at a high enough level that just playing through the initial dungeon gives you a decent feel for the classes.
Isomodia Jan 18, 2014 @ 6:56pm 
Wow, talk about ninja'd. :O
ghost Jan 18, 2014 @ 6:59pm 
I generally play thieves. Thieves, however, seem really complicated and depend on exact building around a particular play style. So, I am hesitant to start one. I've made 6 different characters and haven't gotten out of the starting area (lol)

Also, why do my characters start at level 8?
Isomodia Jan 18, 2014 @ 7:00pm 
Because this is basically an expansion pack to BGEE. It's the second part of one storyline.
Isomodia Jan 18, 2014 @ 7:01pm 
Theives aren't hard. Just be sure to max find traps and open locks first if you want to "min/max."

Quarterstaff is the most effective weapon for backstabbing, with one in particular, but I generally use swords or daggers as they are more lore appropriate.
ghost Jan 18, 2014 @ 7:01pm 
I see. Thanks.

So, can I play a shortbow thief and get crazy backstab damage on missile attacks? That's what I really want to do. Failing that, I suppose a mage/thief sounds fun
Isomodia Jan 18, 2014 @ 7:03pm 
Yes. Backstabs do work on bows. Shortbows are actually much stronger in this game than they were in the first, so that's a fairly effective build, as well.

Mage thief basically exists to cast invisibility and cheese with backstabs. It's effective, but not exactly fun. From what you said, I'd highly recommend bow thief for your initial playthrough. It's fun and not weak by any means.
ghost Jan 18, 2014 @ 7:17pm 
By max traps, you mean 250? or 100?

Also, thanks for the advice. I am finally moving forward on a shortbow pure thief who might dual class later on to something else...
Nacro Jan 19, 2014 @ 2:47am 
Most difference between new and experianced player is that that second one will make complex char.

As new one better focus on single class characters. There is no real difference if you choose mage or warrior, while you will still have full team with all F, M, T types and active pause which will help a lot in planning spells (and other actions). So feel free to take any singleclass character you like.

This way 1st game is somehow character tutorial before you will came back later to this game and try make more complex (interesting and deadly) one.
GKL206 Jan 19, 2014 @ 4:35am 
As Nacro said it really doesn't matter too much what you choose as the player character because you have to do everything anyway. Your party will have to have melee fighters, spell-casters, a thief and you will be controlling them.
The most important thing for the player character is that they don't die too easily as when your character dies it's game over and you have to re-load an earlier save, so it's a good idea to pick a relatively tough character for your first playthrough, and even there there are pros and cons: a frontline fighter gets more hitpoints but they take more damage too.
ÄmJii Jan 19, 2014 @ 7:53am 
I'd say go with F/T multiclass, pure thief gets boring and starts falling behind fighters real fast. Thieves have lousy THAC0 progression, your backstabs are useless if you can't land a hit.
ghost Jan 19, 2014 @ 10:30am 
I rerolled as a kensai and the difference in landing a hit and killing those mephits is amazing.

Thief: miss miss miss miss
Kensai: DIE!
kaffekoppen Jan 19, 2014 @ 1:00pm 
I just played through the whole saga with half-orc F/T. Has all the thief abilities but can actually hit. Thief high-level abilities are also amazing. Finally, because you're a thief, you free up one slot in your party for whatever you want. Bring in Wilson, the new easter egg NPC, if you want :)

Kensai is also good though. Powergamers dual them to mages but I prefer a pure kensai. Highest melee damage potential in the game.
Last edited by kaffekoppen; Jan 19, 2014 @ 1:02pm
Wayfinder Jan 19, 2014 @ 2:14pm 
Wilson? Who is that, and where is he found?
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