Baldur’s Gate 3 has entered Early Access and we now know some of the abilities that players can use in the game, as the Feats that characters can learn have been revealed.
In Dungeons & Dragons, the default rule is that characters gain two stat points whenever they gain four levels. There is a popular variant rule, where characters can eschew the two stat points and choose a special ability called a Feat. The Feats were once heavily associated with the Fighter class, but they can bolster the arsenal of any character. Feats give a character access to powers that are normally outside of their class, such as letting wizards wear armor.
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We now know the playable races in the Early Access build of Baldur’s Gate 3, but there is one notable omission. Players cannot select the variant human that has a Feat at level one. Instead, characters only receive Feats every four levels. The player can choose the standard two stat points, but there are also a couple of other Feats on offer that can drastically alter how a character works.
Ability Improvement – The character adds +2 to one stat or +1 to two stats. The character cannot raise a stat to over 20 with this Feat.
Athlete – Gain either +1 to STR or DEX. The character uses less movement when standing up from the Prone condition.
Defensive Duelist – The character can use their reaction to add a bonus to their AC when being attacked.
Dual Wielder – The character gains +1 to AC when fighting with two weapons. They can now dual wield weapons that are heavier than light.
Great Weapon Master – If the character scores a critical hit or kill a creature with a melee attack, they can perform an additional attack. Attacks with heavy weapons can take -5 to hit for +10 to damage. This is one of the best melee Feats in the game and it lets warriors rack up lots of damage when fighting groups of foes.
Heavily Armored – The character gains Heavy Armor proficiency and +1 to STR.
Lightly Armored – The character gains Light Armor proficiency and +1 to DEX.
Magic Initiate: Cleric – The character gains a level one Cleric spell slot. They learn a single level one Cleric spell and two Cleric cantrips. They use their Wisdom stat as their spellcasting modifier.
Magic Initiate: Warlock – The character gains a level one Warlock spell slot. They learn a single level one Warlock spell and two Warlock cantrips. They use their Charisma stat as their spellcasting modifier.
Magic Initiate: Wizard – The character gains a level one Wizard spell slot. They learn a single level one Wizard spell and two Wizard cantrips. They use their Intelligence stat as their spellcasting modifier.
Martial Adept – The character learns two maneuvers from the Battle Master list and gains a single Superiority Die.
Mobile – The character’s movement speed increases, they can Dash without being slowed down by difficult terrain, and they can move after performing a melee attack without provoking an Attack of Opportunity.
Moderately Armored – The character gains Medium Armor proficiency and Shield proficiency, as well as gaining either +1 to STR or +1 to DEX.
Shield Master – The character gains +2 to DEX saves while using a shield. They can use their reaction to shield themselves while performing a DEX save. If they pass, they take no damage.
Skilled – The character gains three skill proficiencies of their choice.
Tough – The character adds two to their maximum HP score for every one of their levels.
Weapon Master – Gain +1 to either STR or DEX, and gain any four weapon proficiencies.
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Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access is available on Google Stadia and PC on October 6, 2020.
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Scott has been writing for The Gamer since it launched in 2017 and also regularly contributes to Screen Rant. He has previously written gaming articles for websites like Cracked, Dorkly, Topless Robot, and TopTenz. He has been gaming since the days of the ZX Spectrum, when it used to take 40 minutes to load a game from a tape cassette player to a black and white TV set.
Scott thinks Chrono Trigger is the best video game of all time, followed closely by Final Fantasy Tactics and Baldur’s Gate 2. He pretends that sorcerer is his favorite Dungeons & Dragons class in public but he secretly loves bards.
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