Baldur's Gate 2 Online Walkthrough by Montresor

Shadows of Amn  |  Throne of Bhaal  |  Watcher's Keep  
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Joinable NPCs  
Aerie  |  Anomen  |  Cernd  |  Edwin  |  Haer'Dalis  |  Imoen  |  Jaheira  |  Jan Jansen  |  Keldorn  |  Korgan  |  Mazzy  |  Minsc  |  Nalia  |  Valygar  |  Viconia  |  Yoshimo  
Available only in Throne of Bhaal: Sarevok  


Race: Human

Gender: Male

Class: Druid (Shapeshifter kit)

Alignment: True Neutral



Starting Equipment:

How to find: Go to the City Gate District in Athkatla and speak to Flydian to get the Animal Attacks in Trademeet quest. Travel to Trademeet and speak to the Master Trader, who will allow you to speak to Cernd in his prison. Go down into the cellar and speak to Cernd, who offers to join.

If dropped from party: Goes to the Druid Grove.

Romance: No.

NPC Quest: Cernd is a father! – when you return to Athkatla after solving the Animal Attacks in Trademeet quest, Cernd will meet an old neighbor of his and learn that when he left his former wife, she was pregnant. You now have to find Cernd's son.

When you find the child, Cernd leaves the party to bring the boy to the Druid Grove. You can go here to find him, and he will join the party again after having secured that the boy will be taken care of.

Relations with other NPCs: Cernd's relations with the other NPCs won't escalate into fights to the death or NPCs leaving the party for good. He will discuss philosophy with Keldorn, on which they will eventually just have to agree to disagree.

When Edwin's experiments with the Nether Scroll go awry and he is turned into a woman, Cernd's comments are nothing short of hilarious!

Behavior that causes him to leave the party: Cernd leaves permanently if the party's reputation drops to 1 or below.

He also leaves permanently and turns hostile if you poison the Druid Grove in connection with the Animal Attacks in Trademeet quest. If he isn't part of the party at the time, he "only" becomes unavailable for the rest of Shadows of Amn. (You can still find him outside in the Druid Grove but he refuses to speak to you.)

Background information: As a single-class Druid, Cernd is one of the best divine magic-users in the game, and the only NPC who becomes a high-level Druid (level 15) within Shadows of Amn. Jaheira may achieve this in Throne of Bhaal but only towards the end, by which time Cernd will have all the high-level abilities for a Druid. However, as a single-class Druid with a rather low Constitution, Cernd is also rather weak in melee combat and likely to take severe damage since, as a Shapeshifter, he can't wear any kind of armor. In combat it is best to keep him in the background with a Sling, or let him transform into his Werewolf form.
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