Baldur’s Gate 3: Advantages and Disadvantages Explained

Baldur's Gate 3: Advantages and Disadvantages Explained

As you embark on your epic adventures in Baldur’s Gate 3, get ready to roll the dice—a lot! But fear not, for there are two little game-changers that can turn the tides in your favor: advantage and disadvantage.

These powerful conditions will significantly impact the outcome of your rolls and determine your success or failure. So let’s dive in and discover how you can use them to your advantage.

What Is Advantage And Disadvantage?


Advantage and disadvantage are situational modifiers that depend on your character’s current circumstances. This can include your background and knowledge, status effects and conditions, the terrain and light level, and much more.

They can be applied to attack rolls, ability checks, and saving throws. However, they only affect d20 rolls and not things like damage rolls or healing rolls.

When you have advantage, you make the roll twice and take the higher result. And when you have disadvantage, you make the roll twice and take the lower result. It’s as simple as that!

Sources of Advantage & Disadvantage


The game is filled with countless sources of advantage and disadvantage. Here are a few common examples:

Advantage: – Attacks made on blinded enemies – Attacks made on enemies afflicted with Faerie Fire – Attacks made while hiding – Persuasion checks made on targets afflicted by Charm Person – Animal Handling checks after casting Animal Friendship

Disadvantage: – Ranged attacks made while you have the Threatened condition – Ranged attacks made on enemies that are on higher ground – Attacks made on an enemy you cannot see – Attacks made on an enemy beyond the normal range of your weapons – Attacks made with a heavy weapon when you are a small race

Remember, these are just a few examples, and there are many more in the game. Keep an eye out for them!

How They Interact With Other Modifiers

Both Advantage and Disadvantage

While advantage and disadvantage play a significant role in your success, don’t forget about other regular modifiers. These modifiers still apply to your total after the advantage or disadvantage roll is made.

So pay attention to bonuses from your abilities, skills, and equipment. They can make a crucial difference in the outcome!

One important thing to note is that advantage and disadvantage do not stack. If you have both, they cancel each other out, and you make your roll normally.

It doesn’t matter how many stacks of advantage or disadvantage you have. If you have three sources of advantage and one source of disadvantage, they cancel each other out, and you roll without any advantage or disadvantage.

Now that you understand advantage and disadvantage, it’s time to master them and claim victory in Baldur’s Gate 3!

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