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Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get Advantage in BG3

The best possible outcome.

Baldur’s Gate 3 players who have never been through a Dungeons and Dragons campaign will have a lot to learn. There are all manners of rules, keywords, and nuances to get to grips with as you play through the story. Advantage is one such rule, and learning exactly how to get it on unsuspected enemies is vital.

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How to get Advantage in Baldur’s Gate 3

Advantage can be extremely beneficial for your characters and is a key part of combat. You can gain Advantage against an enemy in the following ways:

  • Attack a target while you are hidden.
  • Using many of the spells or abilities in the game that grant Advantage. For example, some weapons will grant Advantage on the next attack after any failed attack.
  • Attacking a target that is within 1.5 meters of someone on your side of the fight. This is also known as flanking an enemy.
  • Attacking a target that is Prone.
  • Attacking a Restrained target.

What is Advantage?

Advantage allows you to roll two D20s instead of one, and you then get to pick the highest result from those rolls. All your modifiers will then be added or subtracted from that dice roll to see if you pass the check or save that the game is asking you to take.

You do not get to “stack” Advantage. So, if you are attacking from a hidden position while an ally is within 1.5 meters of your target, you will still only get to roll a two D20.

What is Disadvantage?

It will come as no surprise that it is possible to get your character in a state of Disadvantage. This is something that you should avoid at all costs, as the chance of succeeding while at Disadvantage is quite slim, as you essentially need to successfully pass two checks for the same action.

You guessed it, Disadvantage means you roll two D20s and take the lowest result, giving you very small odds of passing any check or save. You can be at Disadvantage for a number of reasons, such as trying to hit targets in the dark, attacking enemies that are too far away, or having it essentially be inflicted upon you through a spell or ability.

It is also possible to cancel out Advantage with Disadvantage, and vice versa. Having both of these states at the same time means you will just make a standard dice roll. Remember, Advantage and Disadvantage only impact the number of dice rolled, they do not impact the difficulty or a check or save or the modifiers that are applied to it.


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