What Are Advantage And Disadvantage In Baldur’s Gate 3

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As you embark on your epic adventures in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll quickly realize that the game is all about rolling dice—a lot! And while ability score modifiers and proficiencies can help fine-tune your odds, the real game-changers in this game of chance are advantage and disadvantage.


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These two little conditions can significantly impact the outcome of your rolls, and can ultimately determine whether your character succeeds or fails during important moments of your journey. So, let’s break it down and explore exactly how you can use this mechanic and turn the tides in your favor.


What Is Advantage And Disadvantage?

BG3 A Drow Cleric Demonstrating Advantage On A Medicine Check

Advantage and disadvantage are situational modifiers that depend on your character’s current circumstances. This can include a vast variety of things, including background and knowledge, status effects and conditions, the terrain and light level, and much more.

They can be applied to attack rolls, ability checks, and saving throws (though those are rare). That said, they can only affect d20 rolls, which means they cannot affect things like the damage roll of a successful attack, or the healing roll of a Healing Words spell.

When you have either advantage or disadvantage on a roll, you make the roll twice. If you have advantage, you take the higher result; whereas if you have disadvantage, you take the lower result. For example, you rolled a 4 and a 19—with advantage, you’d go with the 19, but with disadvantage, you’d stick with the 4.

It’s essential to recognize your own advantages, but don’t forget to level the playing field by inflicting disadvantages on your enemies. Try casting Hex: Dexterity to force an enemy to reroll their initiative before a big fight!

Sources of Advantage & Disadvantage

BG3 A Drow Sorcerer Firing Firebolt At Disadvantage Due To The Threatened Condition

There are countless sources of advantage and disadvantage throughout the game, but here are a few common examples.

You have advantage on:

  • Attacks made on blinded enemies
  • Attacks made on enemies afflicted with Faerie Fire
  • Attacks made while hiding
  • Persuasion checks made on targets afflicted by Charm Person
  • Animal Handling checks after casting Animal Friendship

You have disadvantage on:

  • Ranged attacks made while you have the Threatened condition
  • Ranged attacks made on enemies that are on higher ground
  • Attacks made on an enemy you cannot see
  • Attacks made on an enemy beyond the normal range of your weapons
  • Attacks made with a heavy weapon when you are a small race

How They Interact With Other Modifiers

BG3 Astarion With Both Advantage And Disadvantage On A Roll

While advantage and disadvantage hold a significant sway over your success, you shouldn’t overlook the impact of other regular modifiers that can affect the outcome of your actions. They still apply to your total after the advantage or disadvantage roll is made, so be mindful of bonuses from your abilities, skills and equipment—they can still make a crucial difference!

If you find yourself stuck with disadvantage on attacks, consider using spells that force your enemies to make saving throws instead!

Additionally, it’s important to remember that advantage and disadvantage do not stack. If you have advantage from three separate sources,

If you have both, they will cancel each other out. If you have advantage from one source and disadvantage from another, then you make your roll normally, without advantage or disadvantage.

This applies regardless of how many stacks of advantage or disadvantage you have—if you have three sources of advantage and one source of disadvantage, they still cancel each other out, and you would make the roll without advantage or disadvantage.

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