What is The Dark Urge in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Will you let the voices lead you to a life of violence?

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you can either start the game with a custom character or use one of the many pre-made origins. Most of them are playable versions of the game’s main companion characters — Karlach, Astarion, Shadowheart, the like. However, there is one unique origin: The Dark Urge. But what is The Dark Urge?

The Dark Urge Origin

The Dark Urge is the only custom-made character origin. While in the Baldur’s Gate character creation, you can make your unique avatar as well as choose this mysterious background. The Dark Urge is a character who doesn’t remember their past. All they do know is that their history has been covered in blood. Your character feels compelled towards violence, and you must fight, uncover, or embrace these impulses.

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What’s Different about The Dark Urge?

The differences with The Dark Urge storyline in Baldur’s Gate 3 begin immediately. When you load your character into the game, you’ll get an additional, sinister narrator that describes the dark thoughts in your head. Compared to a regular Baldur’s Gate origin or custom character, The Dark Urge also gets bonus prompts to commit violent acts. You can succumb to these urges or defy them. The game does not force you to choose a “good” or “evil” path.

Meanwhile, The Dark Urge gets a unique NPC companion, Sceleritas Fel. Fel is The Dark Urge’s personal butler and aims to bring The Dark Urge back to their violent path. It depends on your gameplay how Fel will interact with your Dark Urge character.

However, if you choose to give into Fel and your sinister impulses, know that this will likely force other NPCs and companions to turn on you.

Can you meet The Dark Urge in Baldur’s Gate 3?

If you don’t choose to play the Dark Urge origin, you can meet The Dark Urge during your Baldur’s Gate 3 playthrough. However, they cannot be a recruitable companion. So you want to experience The Dark Urge’s story in full, you have to -play the origin yourself.

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