Baldur’s Gate 3: The Dark Urge Explained

A unique origin.

Dark Urge Baldur's Gate 3
Screenshot by Prima Games.

When you start your character creation process in Baldur’s Gate 3, the Dark Urge is one of the first options you’ll be able to choose from, and it has some unique traits that can change your playthrough. To help you decide if you want to use the Dark Urge or not, I’ll explain what it does and why it differs from other Origin characters in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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

The Dark Urge is one of the seven Origin Characters in the character creation menu of Baldur’s Gate 3. Unlike the other six options though, the urge is entirely customizable when it comes to the appearance. The other characters can’t have their appearance altered if you choose to play them and they can also be found as companions if you decide to use a custom character.

As for The Dark Urge, there is no way to get this Origin Character as a companion. This option is only available for player characters, and that’s what allows players to completely customize their class and appearance. The only aspect of the Dark Urge that can’t be changed is the backstory, which does affect many of the dialogue options in the game.

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Should You Choose The Dark Urge in BG3?

What makes The Dark Urge so different in terms of story is how malicious the character is. These characters will wake up with no memory and they have a desire to torment all of their enemies. As the playthrough progresses, players can decide whether they feed into that urge for violence, or they can uncover the truth and reject it.

At the end of the day, it’s all about how you want to roleplay in Baldur’s Gate 3. The Dark Urge is the only customizable Origin Character, so it certainly offers up one of the most unique ways to experience the story. But whether it’s right for you depends on the character you want to play.

As you create your character, make sure you have the difficulty settings you want in Baldur’s Gate 3 as well.

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Daniel Wenerowicz

Dan has been writing gaming guides, news, and features for three years after graduating with a BA in writing . You can find him covering Call of Duty for eternity, action-adventure games, and nearly any other major release.