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Baldur’s Gate 3 – Dark Urge Origin Guide

Baldur’s Gate 3 lets you choose from several origins. These are essentially characters with their own stories to tell. For instance, you can pick a custom character, a blank slate if you will. Alternatively, you can play a campaign as one of the unique companions. And, of course, there’s the Dark Urge, someone who’s guided by a malevolent entity. Our guide discusses what you can expect if you choose the Dark Urge origin in Baldur’s Gate 3. Likewise, please be reminded that this guide contains spoilers.

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  • Baldur’s Gate 3 Dark Urge Origin Guide
    • Alfira the Bard and Your First Meeting With Scleritas Fel
    • Miscellaneous Murders: Dark Urge Events
    • Important Decision: Isobel and Last Light Inn
    • Important Decision: Your Lover
      • Failure: You Lost Control of the Dark Urge
      • Success: You Managed to Control the Dark Urge Temporarily
    • Rewards: Deathstalker Mantle and Slayer Form
    • Spoilers: Act 3 – The True Nature of the Dark Urge

Baldur’s Gate 3 Dark Urge Origin Guide

Our Baldur’s Gate 3 Dark Urge guide discusses several facets that will come up as you progress further in the campaign. Basically, the Dark Urge has a murderous past shrouded in blood, violence, and gore. It’s quite unlike regular playthroughs: there’s going the evil path, and there’s the really evil-to-the-point-of-being-disturbing path.

Yes, there will be lots of deaths along the way, most of which involve your companions. Also, the Dark Urge can only have one background, The Haunted One, which has its own triggers for Inspiration gains.

Alfira the Bard and Your First Meeting With Scleritas Fel

A Baldur’s Gate 3 Dark Urge character tends to have a sinister look whenever certain dialogue options appear, mostly those with a sadistic theme. At first, you won’t think much of it, until one random event that happens as you’re about to sleep in your camp. There, a Tiefling bard by the name of Alfira will ask to spend the night. Let her do so and, once you wake up, you’ll realize that she’s been violently ripped apart. You can choose to hide the body, wash the blood away, or admit your wrongdoing to your companions.

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Soon thereafter, your “butler,” Scleritas Fel, will also pop up just as you’re about to sleep. He tells you that he’s been awaiting your return, though you can’t seem to remember anything. This begins the Dark Urge adventure proper, which is filled with unique dialogue options and events. You don’t need to go through with every infamous deed. In fact, part of your journey is trying to hold back your murderous intentions.

Left: Alfira the Bard; Right: Scleritas Fel

Miscellaneous Murders: Dark Urge Events

Below are some examples of key events where you could kill someone as a Dark Urge player in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Gale – When Gale first appears, you need to drag him through a portal. Dark Urge players can imagine chopping off the arm, which actually happens. Guess that means we won’t be seeing Gale anytime soon.
  • Nettie’s bird – In the Druid Grove, you can choose to torture the bird that Nettie is curing.
  • Minthara – If you followed an arc that lets you romance Minthara, you can snap her neck after your character sleeps with her.
  • Pixie – When you find a Moonlantern to keep yourself protected in the Shadow-Cursed Lands, you’ll realize that there’s a pixie trapped inside. You can decide to crush her after she’s freed.
Left: You can kill Gale; Right: You can kill Minthara.

Important Decision: Isobel and Last Light Inn

An important decision has to be made during Act 2. There, Scleritas Fel informs you that you have another target: Isobel the Cleric. She has a ward that protects Last Light Inn, the headquarters of the Harpers. You can choose to murder her due to your mission, or you can avoid doing that entirely.

If you kill her, the barrier that wards off the curse will disappear. Multiple NPCs will die or transform into corrupted husks, preventing you from completing certain tasks:

  • Dammon the Blacksmith will no longer be able to fix Karlach’s Infernal Engine.
  • The sleeping soldier will get killed, which might prevent you from fully recruiting Halsin.
  • If Jaheira discovers that you murdered Isobel, she’ll be distraught. After defeating all the husks, she’ll attack you and you have no choice but to kill her. Naturally, you won’t be able to recruit Jaheira.
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As an aside, these incidents can also occur later once you’ve met the Nightsong. If you allow Shadowheart to kill her, the curse will seep through the inn, and not even Isobel can stop it. Jaheira dies off-screen because of this.

Isobel's death, along with the inhabitants of Last Light Inn, has dire consequences.
Isobel’s death, along with the inhabitants of Last Light Inn, has dire consequences.

Important Decision: Your Lover

The Baldur’s Gate 3 Dark Urge origin has another key event that happens, assuming you kept Isobel alive. This time, it involves your lover (i.e. the one that you’re actively romancing). Scleritas Fel says that the moment you sleep, you’ll lose control and you’ll kill your lover. You obviously don’t want that to happen, which means you need to wake up your partner. However, if you do that, the Dark Urge attempts to take over, and you need to pass several checks. There are two possible outcomes.

Failure: You Lost Control of the Dark Urge

  • This occurs if you fail the first saving throw (Wisdom 14).
  • Your character will brutally kill their partner, and they can cry over their corpse.
  • The next day, your companions will notice what you’ve done, and they’ll question how many more have to die. You can try a Deception 30 check, but you’ll likely fail.
  • This leads to a battle against all the companions that are in your camp. Your character will probably meet their end.

Success: You Managed to Control the Dark Urge Temporarily

  • If you pass the first saving throw, your character will wake up with their hands tied behind their back.
  • Your lover promises to help you, and you’ll have to pass three more saving throws (Wisdom 18). You do gain a bonus because your partner believes in you.
I guess we can call this a bad romance.
I guess we can call this a bad romance.

Rewards: Deathstalker Mantle and Slayer Form

Being a Dark Urge player does have its benefits. Here are two examples:

  • Cloak: The Deathstalker Mantle – We received this during Act 1, though we’re not sure about the specific trigger. It might have something to do with the attack on the Druid Grove, due to how many enemies ended up dead. It has a perk called The Shadow Itself, which makes you invisible for two turns after you kill an enemy.
  • Transformation: Slayer – We obtained this one after the Isobel/Last Light Inn task. It can also occur via the Nightsong decision if you don’t kill Isobel. With this, you can turn into a horrifying mutant creature, which has multi-hit attacks with its claws, as well as pincers that can cause the bleeding status.
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The Slayer Form is one particular reward if you give in to the murderous intent of the Dark Urge.
The Slayer Form is one particular reward if you give in to the murderous intent of the Dark Urge.

Spoilers: Act 3 – The True Nature of the Dark Urge

We’re delving deeper into spoiler territory now, so read at your own risk. These events transpire during the game’s third act.

Early in Act 3, you’ll have a dream sequence if you successfully resisted the Dark Urge (which was what we did throughout our campaign). Scleritas Fel chides you for your folly, and it’s revealed that the Dark Urge player is actually a Bhaalspawn. You can still embrace your true nature, if you wish, or continue to resist it. Either way, this sets you up for a clash with your next foe: Orin the Red who, like you, is another Bhaalspawn.

After this dream sequence, Jaheira, if she’s alive and recruited to your party, will learn of your secret. You can convince her that you’re trying your best to fight the temptations. Likewise, you can ask about her experiences with her Bhaalspawn friend, the player’s character from the previous games. This includes questions about whether her friend managed to live happily ever after, or if a butler ever visited their camp to tempt the old hero.

These are what we know of the Dark Urge in Baldur’s Gate 3 based on our playthrough. We’ll update our guide soon, so stay tuned.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is filled to the brim with activities and secrets. You’ll no doubt be part of an adventure that can take countless hours to complete. For other tips, you can visit our BG3 guides hub.

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