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Versatile Class

Discussion in 'Baldur's Gate (Classic)' started by washington, Jul 21, 2012.

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    Hey all,
    I'm looking to get started on a BG1 through BG2 playthrough.

    I'm new to the D&D rules of the game but I'm getting the hang of it. I'd like to play a jack-of-all-trades kind of character. I don't need the main character to be powerful, in fact, I kind of like playing gimped characters in other RPGs. Also, I understand that I get to control a whole party of people but still would like to have the main character as versatile as possible.

    What class do you suggest I play?

    Thanks and happy Saturday!
    Washington
     
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    The bard. It's not a gimped class, but it does fit the profile of being a jack-of-all-trades. It can cast spells, protect the party from fear, use ranged weapons competitively, pickpocket/steal and use most item types.

    Alternatives include the thief/mage (trades song/long bows for better thieving and marginally better spellcasting) and the fighter/thief/mage (arguably the true jack-of-all-trades - limited in all disciplines, decent, gets more mileage in BG2).
     
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    The druid is rather versatile, I think. Spells + shapeshifting and fighting
     
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    For me it's the Bard. Especially in 3.5e.
     
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    Play a fighter/mage/thief. This way you get more than 1 attack per round, can cast spells and handle locks and traps.
    Multiclasses level more slowly than single classes but if you don't mind being the lowest level in the party it's fine.
     
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    I second the Fighter/Magic-User/Thief choice with a second option of playing a Bard and a third option of being a Cleric/Fighter/Magic-User. The C/F/M is the most versatile spell-caster and the fighter aspect keeps him from being useless in melee as well as helping to hit with ranged spell.

    Those are the three most versatile classes in the game, but depending on how you look at it, there is one more: A Ranger/Cleric. This gives you all the divine spells as well as some melee capability. This is similar to the C/F/M in that it gives you two types of spell lists, but the cleric and druid spells are similar and thus not quite as varied.


    Anyways, in pure versatility, nothing beats a F/M/T. He can fight, he can cast spells, he can disarm those annoying traps and pickpocket Algernon's cloak. All in one package.

    That's my take on the most versatile classes. Multiclassing is the way to go. Unlike in 3E, it is very powerful in 2nd edition. More so when you don't have XP caps which don't exist in 2nd edition (though there is an option for level limits for nonhuman races).
     
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    All classes with at least 1 proficiency point in bows/longbows will have at least 2 attacks per round while using them in BG1.
     
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    Thank you all for your suggestions, I've decided to go ahead and start a Fighter/Mage/Thief!

    Washington
     
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