Baldur’s Gate Extended Edition Guide – What Does it all Mean?

Having played the original Baldur’s Gates pretty thoroughly we knew what we were doing from the get go. But for a lot of new players (or the newer generation of D&Ders) many people don’t know what thing such as THAC0 mean or other key mechanics.

For the best walkthrough we can find of BGII go here!

Stat Tables
THAC0
Weapon Proficency
Saving Throw

Stat Tables

We are going to start at the beginning by going into detail about the starting stats (they work differently from the newer D&D editions and DDO!). At the beginning of the game you can “min/max” your character so that attributes that aren’t important for your character (INT / WIS isn’t too great for a fighter for example) can be remarkably low and others (STR / CON / DEX for a fighter) can be far higher.

If you are playing BGII:EE then don’t worry if your 18:xx is reasonably low as there are a lot of items that will boost this to 19+ or even tomes available in BG I.

Strength THAC0 Adjustment Damage Adjustment Carry Weight Open Doors
3 -3 -1 5lbs 3
4 -2 -1 15lbs 4
5 -2 -1 15lbs 5
6 -1 0 30lbs 6
7 -1 0 30lbs 7
8 0 0 50lbs 8
9 0 0 50lbs 9
10 0 0 70lbs 10
11 0 0 70lbs 11
12 0 0 90lbs 12
13 0 0 90lbs 13
14 0 0 120lbs 14
15 0 0 120lbs 15
16 0 +1 150lbs 16
17 +1 +1 170lbs 18
18 +1 +2 200lbs 20
18/01-50 +1 +3 220lbs 25
18/51-75 +2 +3 250lbs 30
18/76-90 +2 +4 280lbs 35
18/91-99 +2 +5 320lbs 40
18/00 +3 +6 400lbs 45
19 +3 +7 500lbs 50
20 +3 +8 600lbs 55
21 +4 +9 700lbs 60
22 +4 +10 800lbs 65
23 +5 +11 1000lbs 70
24 +6 +12 1200lbs 75
25 +7 +14 1600lbs 80

 

Intelligence Spell Learning Rate Spells Per Level Lore (See Notes) Maximum Learnable Spell Level (BG2EE Only)
3 N/A N/A -20 NA
4 N/A N/A -20 NA
5 N/A N/A -20 NA
6 N/A N/A -20 NA
7 N/A N/A -10 NA
8 N/A N/A -10 NA
9 35% 6 -10 4
10 40% 7 0 5
11 45% 7 0 5
12 50% 7 0 6
13 55% 9 0 6
14 60% 9 0 7
15 65% 11 +5 7
16 70% 11 +5 8
17 75% 14 +7 8
18 85% 18 +10 9
19 95% No limit +12 9
20 96% No limit +15 9
21 97% No limit +20 9
22 98% No limit +25 9
23 99% No limit +30 9
24 100% No limit +35 9
25 100% No limit +40 9
Constitution HP/Level bonus (Non-Warrior) HP/Level bonus (Warrior) HPregen/Turn
3 -1 -1 0
4 -1 -1 0
5 -1 -1 0
6 -1 -1 0
7 0 0 0
8 0 0 0
9 0 0 0
10 0 0 0
11 0 0 0
12 0 0 0
13 0 0 0
14 0 0 0
15 +1 +1 0
16 +2 +2 0
17 +2 +3 0
18 +2 +4 0
19 +2 +5 0
20 +2 +5 1
21 +2 +6 2
22 +2 +6 3
23 +2 +6 4
24 +2 +7 5
25 +2 +7 6
Wisdom Bonus Spells Lore (See Notes)
3 N/A -20
4 N/A -20
5 N/A -20
6 N/A -20
7 N/A -10
8 N/A -10
9 0 -10
10 0 0
11 0 0
12 0 0
13 +1 1st level 0
14 +1 1st level 0
15 +1 2nd level +5
16 +1 2nd level +5
17 +1 3rd level +7
18 +1 4th level +10
19 +1 1st level, +1 4th level +12
20 +1 2nd level, +1 4th level +15
21 +1 3rd level, +1 5th level +20
22 +1 4th level, +1 5th level +25
23 +2 5th level +30
24 +2 6th level +35
25 +1 6th level, +1 7th level +40
Charisma Reaction Shop Prices
3 -8 100%
4 -7 100%
5 -6 100%
6 -5 100%
7 -4 100%
8 -2 100%
9 -1 100%
10 0 100%
11 0 100%
12 0 100%
13 +1 100%
14 +2 100%
15 +3 100%
16 +4 95%
17 +4 90%
18 +5 85%
19 +8 80%
20 +9 75%
21 +10 75%
22 +11 75%
23 +12 75%
24 +13 75%
25 +14 75%

THAC0

THAC0 stands for “to hit armour class 0”. Your character will roll a d20 every time they make an attack. If your opponents AC is 0 then you will need to roll above your THAC0 or equal to it. If their armour class is higher, lets say ten, then you minus 10 from your THAC0 (if their armour is -x then you need to add x).

 

Weapon Proficiency

Proficiency Points Level Benefits with weapon
1 Proficient Normal THAC0 while using weapon
2 Specialized +1 THAC0. +2 damage. +1/2 attacks per round
3 Mastery +2 THAC0. +2 damage. +1/2 attacks per round
4 High Mastery +2 THAC0. +3 damage. +1/2 attacks per round. -1 speed factor to weapon.
5 Grand Mastery +2 THAC0. +4 damage. +1/2 attacks per round. -3 speed factor to weapon

 

Saving Throws

Similar to THAC0. At certain points (avoiding spells or dragon fire for example) you will be required to make another d20 roll. You have to roll above or equal to your saving throw. There are spells however that will lower your roll “-4 to spell save”.

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Currently Playing: Mount and Blade (Floris Mod) and Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition

At the moment two of the games we’re playing are Mount and Blade Warband, with the Floris Mod and Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition .

Mount and Blade I’m playing because of the combat, which at times is infuriating, but on the whole is fun. This mixed with the RPG elements, castle ownership and relatively large battles all keep bringing me back. The Floris Mod has increased the complexity and the options within the game. It has the option of turning off parts you don’t like; including the new tournament style which I have real difficulty completing, and this is greatly appreciated.

Floris Horse Charge

The valiant horse charge against some pesky Sea Raiders.

Floris At Court

My avatar at court, in Ismirla Castle with his wife, constable and chamberlain.

 

 

 

 

 

Floris Thrown Axes

A great deal of axes were thrown at the enemy.

 

Baldur’s Gate 2 has long been a favourite and although the Enhanced Edition was perhaps not all that it was hoped to be, it did include some useful additions. Including better resolutions, an improved (debatable) UI, new companions (often buggy) and probably the best part, no loading screens. Much like M&B I keep revisiting this game, the story and character interactions never get old for me. The added extras from the Enhanced Edition enable this to happen in a more accessible and faster fashion. So there is more time for Boo and Minsc and less time spent wasted waiting around.

Baldur's Gate Bridge District

My party including the new Dorn and Hexxat resting in the Bridge District.

Baldur's Gate Interface

Dorn in the new inventory screen, the added information on the side is a nice touch.