Could this work?
newguy Member Posts: 31
I am planning another playthrough of BG2, and I'm toying with the idea of letting my bard be my only arcane caster. (I tend to prefer a much more melee-heavy group.) I haven't decided exactly what my PC will be or exactly every NPC I will recruit, but just wanted to think through this issue first. So, what do you think...could a bard suffice as my only arcane caster (besides a cleric) through BG2 and ToB, or is this not advisable?
If you know what you're doing, it's absolutely possible. I did a run of the full saga (Wee Cant Spell, chronicled in the playthroughs forum) in which I banned all arcane and divine spellcasting. Complete with the difficulty-increasing "Sword Coast Stratagems" mod, notable for its much smarter spellcasting enemies.
It worked. That party not only succeeded, but thrived.
You don't need the antimagic as often as you might think, but you do need it. Outlasting mage combat defenses or just switching weapons to hit them anyway is frequently a viable plan, but not always. Sometimes you need to take their defenses down now. That means dispel and/or breach effects. I used Keldorn and occasional wands of spell striking in my run; if you're letting the bard cast spells, they're very good at casting Remove Magic.
You can play - even no reload - the entire saga without taking a spell caster along.
And, yes, was kinda thinking that I'd prolly have to make a type of thief if I go this route.
Dual wield to maximize the amount of times you can hit in a round, or go for Tuigan shortbow.. or both, I guess.
Some casters you get close to immediately, others are very nice to fire arrows at if they enter combat at a distance.
The WS will apply a casting failure penalty of whopping 25% on every -hit- on casters.
You don't need to do damage, just registered hits.. and this stacks. So 2 hits is 50% failure, 4 hits is 100% failure.
You can in theory apply 100% casting failure in a single round.
This way you get your thief and you get some serious antimagic ability.. when you get the thief Use Any Item, Spike Traps and Timestop traps you won't even notice you're not bringing casters.
I think your bard charname with a cleric should be just fine. Maybe throw in Jahiera for a fighting druid and you should be very good to go.
But I usually play without any arcane casters. If I was ever forced to consider one, it would be a bard - just for the bard song and the strong dispells
Ps. Like @Aerakar I cant spell his name, even if my life depended on it. I remember in the Versus book’s walktrough for ToB that there is an apostrophe in his name - since nothing screams fantasy like adding an apostrophe to a name…
Jan (voiced): Haery, I have an idea for a play.
Haer'Dalis (voiced): Please, Jan, my name is Haer'Dalis.
Jan: You see, Haery, Angus the Giant Beaver is ousted from house and home by the Bullywug bullies to embark on an epic quest that takes him to the next pond.
Haer'Dalis: Yes, epic. Go on.
Jan: No, no, no, this is only the beginning. Along the way, he encounters Gurgen the Hormonal Moose, and a friendship quickly develops between the two, seeing them through times of great trial and tribulation, though the friendship also caused a great deal of trial and tribulation, as you can well imagine.
Haer'Dalis: What, if I may ask, is a moose?
Jan: Too late, I'm already on to great trials and tribulations—think of it, Haery, such broad and vital themes. Anyhow, the moose catches a curious and ultimately fatal disease, and Angus, as a final testament to their friendship, enshrines him within a wooden tomb in the middle of the lake before throwing himself into the lake to drown.
Haer'Dalis: Jan, beavers can't drown. They spend half their life underwater.
Jan: There's no point in arguing, Haery. It's a true tale, and if you have any doubt, you can ask my great-aunt Apo Pettiwick, who never married. It all happened in her backyard when she ran the farmer's market that sold turnips up in Thundertree, just upstreamof Neverwinter.
Haer'Dalis: Pray I never go there, Jan. Pray I never go there.
So yeah go for it