Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2

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Bard & Artificer Classes
Type: Add-on
Game Mode: Story, GM
File Size
12.221 MB
Sep 20, 2017 @ 9:52am
Jan 9, 2018 @ 1:40pm
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Bard & Artificer Classes

This mod adds almost 50 new skills, themed around the bard, the artificer, and to lesser extent, a monk or barbarian. Bard skills depend on leadership, while artificer skills require loremaster and a variety of other abilities. Bard skills manipulate statuses and apply buffs and debuffs, with few direct damage skills. Artificer skills mostly manipulate items, both in and out of combat, as well as focusing more on "force magic" that deals physical damage.

Example Bard Skills

Swindle: Steal buffs from a character.

Dance of the Elements: apply random elemental vulnerabilities to enemies, reducing their resistances whenever they take the relevant damage.

Dream Scream: Wake up a sleeping target into pain, madness, and a random debuff.

Masochistic Melody: A buff that grants a character increased damage and crit chance whenever they receive a negative status.

Song of Living Nightmares: Grant a random debuff on nearby enemies, which pierces armor. Also "upgrades" several statuses, like converting chilled to frozen, burning to necrofire, etc. This is one of few skills that scales with wits, which I plan on making more prevalent.

Resonance: Heal a target according to the number of positive statuses they have, removing these statuses while doing so.

This mod also adds equippable "lutes," which function either as two-handed clubs or mid-range wands that deal piercing damage. There are a handful of unique loots throughout Fort Joy that modify your skills in different ways (lots more to do here for late game).

Example Artificer Skills

Duplicate: make an additional copy of an potion, food, or ingredient worth less than 50 gold (long cooldown).

Gluttony: Force an enemy to consume all the food in their inventory or on the ground within 8 meters.

Grasshopper Legs: Grant an ally the ability to jump a great distance once per turn.

Nihilistic Materialism: Curse an object (e.g., a ladder) so whenever a character uses it, they are cursed for 2 turns.

Reconfigure: Reroll nearby epic+ weapons into new variations, with a chance to degrade them to rare or uncommon.

New Warfare Skills

These skills mostly take advantage of a new status I made, Staggered, a lesser-form of knockdown, basically, which is an AP recovery reduction along with other maluses.

Grapple: knock a nearby target down for up to 3 turns, increasing the AP cost of your actions while doing so. This is a contest of strength and dexterity, where the character can save against it each turn.

Shove: Throw a character a short distance, with a good chance to "stagger" them if thrown a great vertical distance (like off a scaffolding).

Leap: Leap a short distance, with a chance to be staggered if you jump down vertically.

Dive Bomb: A phoenix dive-like skill, only it staggers characters in a radius dependent on the vertical distance you jump.

There are five new character creation presets: Bard, Skald, Artificer, Civilian, and Cheat Bard (starts with a few diamonds). The Enchanter preset has also been modified to be a bard class, so you can recruit Lohse (or anyone else) as a bard. Nebora sells Artificer skills, and Laslor, Exter and Fingal Boyd (lute maker by windmill) sell bard skills. The Lady Vengeance orb trader also sells both artificer and bard skills. Suggestions for future traders appreciated.

Will post a full list of skills soon. For now, feel free free to be surprised :)

Known Bugs and Issues

For whatever reason, some of the characters I've modified have been duplicated. This includes Kalias, Exter, and Gareth. Gareth is especially annoying. I had a bug on the Lady Vengeance attack, where Gareth broke the combat whenever it came to his turn (and he didn't do anything.) What I had to do was after his turn of waiting, I would save, and then reload, and enemies would start behaving normally.

This should work fine on existing saves, but it will take a vendor reset (on level up or after 1-2 hours) to start seeing the skills. I'm pretty sure activating and then deactivating this mod is safe, but I can't be certain. For what it's worth, if you add this mod and don't really like the skills or whatever, it's pretty easy to ignore.

Balance is... who knows? I tested most of the bard skills in alpha a good amount, but the Artificer skills are a little less certain, and I'm not really sure about late game.

Duplicate will set an items quantity to two or three, even if it is a larger stack. Trying to fix this, but for now, only duplicate 1 item stacks.

Almost certainly I've forgotten various statuses with swindle, rhyme, feedback, and resonance.

Icons are temporary, will hopefully have some awesome icons soon, though could use some more help on that front.

Spell effects, too, will be improved over time.

Cannot currently change bard or artificer skills at creation, not sure if that's fixable.

Certainly many other bugs, poor skill descriptions, and whatnot expected.


This mod is incompatible with any mod that alters the "Base.charScript." This includes the Druid class. Bard mod is heavily dependent on scripting, where other mods may be less so, so Bard mod being later in the load order will tend to minimize bugs with other script mods.

Credit to Ameranth for ideas/scripts for Borrowed Time and Cauterize.


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Popular Discussions View All (18)
Jul 28, 2018 @ 9:11pm
Col. Fagnificent
Nov 27, 2017 @ 5:13pm
Already set characters in GM mode. bug?
Nov 3, 2017 @ 12:13pm
*Suggestion* The Trapper
Col. Fagnificent
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Sniper9lover Mar 14 @ 6:25pm 
do u think u could make the bard spell play notes or a quick song and play when attack like would be cool but hard i would think at least more spell
SEXYLOCALSINGLES Feb 12 @ 12:06am 
Song of Living Nightmares doesnt do anything, has anyone had a similar experience?:lunar2019deadpanpig:
Wizard of Love Jan 3 @ 7:15pm 
Did this get a DE version?
O'Hanrahan Oct 14, 2018 @ 6:37pm 
Happy to hear things are going good! Take your time and keep up the good work, can't wait!
baardvaark  [author] Oct 13, 2018 @ 10:19am 
It's coming along! Redoing several things, but it's getting close I think.
bzhang69 Oct 13, 2018 @ 4:48am 
Waiting for this mod for so long. Please DE version! :steamhappy:
aubs Oct 8, 2018 @ 3:52pm 
Awesome, that's great to hear. My friend and I are planning on restarting our couch co-op run and playing the same characters in the DE version. Just waiting on this mod and we are good to go. (Great work with it btw!)
baardvaark  [author] Oct 3, 2018 @ 8:34am 
I'll try and get to it in the next few days. I had ambitions of rescripting everything, but I may just leave it as is.
DreameR Oct 3, 2018 @ 3:23am 
I`m also waiting for this mod to be updated. Bards are my favorite class <3
Rose Sep 26, 2018 @ 8:02pm 
Do we have an ETA for when this will be updated to Definitive Edition? I really wanna Lohse, but this mod is needed for that :(