In the world of Baldur’s Gate 3, a saving throw is a crucial mechanic that determines whether a character can resist or avoid the effects of certain spells, abilities, or environmental hazards. It’s a roll of a d20, with various modifiers applied, to meet or exceed a specific target number, known as the Difficulty Class (DC).


Proficiency In Saving Throws

Every class in the game has proficiency in two specific saving throws. When a character is proficient in a saving throw, they can add their proficiency bonus to the roll. This proficiency is vital as it can mean the difference between resisting a deadly spell or succumbing to its effects. Here’s a breakdown of the classes and their saving throw proficiencies:

  • Wizard: Proficient in Intelligence and Wisdom saves.
  • Cleric: Proficient in Wisdom and Charisma saves.
  • Sorcerer: Proficient in Constitution and Charisma saves.
  • Warlock: Proficient in Wisdom and Charisma saves.
  • Bard: Proficient in Dexterity and Charisma saves.
  • Fighter: Proficient in Strength and Constitution saves.
  • Monk: Proficient in Strength and Dexterity saves.
  • Wizard: Proficient in Intelligence and Wisdom saves.
  • Ranger: Proficient in Strength and Dexterity saves.
  • Paladin: Proficient in Wisdom and Charisma saves.

(Note: Some monsters also have saving throw proficiencies.)

Saving Throws And Spellcasting

For characters that can cast spells, such as Wizards, Sorcerers, or Clerics, the Difficulty Class (DC) of their spells is a crucial factor. The DC determines how challenging it is for enemies to resist their spells. The formula to calculate the DC of a spell is always 10 + the Spellcasting Ability Modifier. The ability used for this modifier varies by class:

  • Clerics and Druids: Use Wisdom.
  • Wizards: Use Intelligence.
  • Sorcerers and Warlocks: Use Charisma.

For instance, if a Druid with a Wisdom score of 23 casts the spell “Call Lightning” targeting several Goblins, the DC for this spell would be 16 (10 + 6 from the Wisdom modifier). Goblins failing to meet or exceed this DC would suffer full damage, while those who succeed would take reduced damage.

How To Make A Saving Throw In Baldur’s Gate 3

Making a saving throw in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a straightforward process, but it’s crucial to understand the mechanics to navigate the game’s challenges effectively.

  1. Rolling the Die: Initiate a saving throw by rolling a D20 (a twenty-sided die).
  2. Adding Modifiers: To the number rolled, add the appropriate Ability Modifier relevant to the saving throw in question. For instance, if it’s a Wisdom saving throw, you’d add your Wisdom modifier.
  3. Target Number: The goal is to meet or exceed a specific target number. If your total (roll + modifier) equals or surpasses this number, the saving throw is successful.
  4. Situational Modifiers: Sometimes, the circumstances of the game might grant bonuses or impose penalties to your saving throw. These situational modifiers can influence the outcome.
  5. Advantage and Disadvantage: Certain conditions or spells can grant you an advantage (roll two D20s and take the higher result) or impose a disadvantage (roll two D20s and take the lower result) on your saving throw.
  6. Outcome of the Saving Throw: The result of a saving throw determines the effect on your character. Typically, a successful save means your character either avoids harm entirely or suffers reduced damage or effects. Conversely, a failed save often results in the full brunt of the effect or damage.

Saving Throw Modifiers

The primary modifier affecting a saving throw is the Ability Score Modifier linked to that specific save. Additionally, if a creature is proficient in a particular saving throw, it can add its Proficiency Bonus. Other factors can also influence saving throws:

  • Advantage or Disadvantage: Certain racial traits or conditions can grant advantage or impose disadvantage on saving throws. For instance, Elves have an advantage on saving throws against being charmed, while the bleeding condition imposes a disadvantage on Constitution saves.
  • Spells: Some spells can either aid or hinder saving throws. Spells like “Bane,” “Bless,” and “Resistance” can modify saving throws, making them easier or more challenging.
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Understanding saving throws and their intricacies is vital for both players and their adversaries. They play a pivotal role in determining the outcomes of many in-game situations, from resisting the effects of a powerful spell to avoiding environmental hazards.