How To Gain Inspiration As An Urchin In BG3

For street-smart adventurers!

When you create your character in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll need to pick a background for them. This is your character’s backstory, and different choices you make may inspire you depending on your chosen background. This is incredibly powerful because inspiration allows you to re-roll a d20 if you roll a failure. One of the backgrounds you can choose from is urchin.


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An urchin is someone who has picked up a lot of skills from surviving a poor and bleak childhood. That being said, gaining inspiration as an urchin has a lot to do with helping out the oppressed folks of Faerûn and passing Dexterity skill checks. You’ll find several opportunities to do these throughout your journey.


The Urchin Background, Explained

A custom Wood Half-Elf Monk from Baldur's Gate 3

Urchins are described as people with street smarts thanks to a difficult past. This means that this background enjoys proficiency in Sleight of Hand and Stealth. That being said, much of what inspires urchins have to do with getting away with snatching things off of people and helping kindred spirits.

Act One Sources Of Urchin Inspiration

Mattis flipping a coin in Baldur's Gate 3

Much of the opportunities to get inspired as an urchin in Act One occur in the Druid Grove. In general, siding with the tiefling children will inspire an urchin because of their past. Other inspiring events involve using Sleight of Hand or Deception.

Inspiration

Description

How To Get It

Artful Dodger

Earn Mattis’ respect by taking his ring.

When you meet Mattis in the Druid Grove, you need mimic his coin trick successfully by passing a Sleight of Hand check. At the end of your conversation, make sure to return his ring to be inspired.

Born Innocent

Save the owlbear cub from the goblins.

Rescue the owlbear cub from the Chicken Chasin’ game in the Goblin Camp.

Family Comes First

Encourage Meli to tell the truth about the amulet.

In the Druid Grove, get involved in the argument between Meli and Barth. When prompted, tell Meli to listen to Barth. Afterwards, succeed a Persuasion attempt in getting Meli to confess why he took the ring. After succeeding the Persuasion, press for an answer as to why he stole the ring.

Hero For Hire

Get some coin out of the Zhentarim survivors.

On the Risen Road, aid the zhentarim facing off a horde of gnolls. You’ll need to offer assistance for a price before fighting the gnolls in order to receive inspiration.

Hunger Never Fades

Fill your plate at Raphael’s House of Hope.

When you meet Raphael for the first time choose to take food from the table when prompted.

Idolatry

Help Mol steal the Idol of Silvanus.

Steal the Idol of Silvanus found in the Druid Grove and hand it over to Mol. WARNING: This will trigger an attack on the tieflings by the druids.

Not On My Watch

Save Arabella from Kagha and her serpent.

Convince Kagha to let Arabella go when prompted.

Paying It Forward

Give Mol money to found a guild in Baldur’s Gate.

Talk to Mol in the Tiefling Hideout in Druid Grove. Ask her about the cons they’re doing, then offer to invest in their venture.

Protect Your Own

Protect the child who took the locket from Barth.

Intervene in the altercation between Meli and Barth in the Druid Grove. When given the option, defend Meli from Barth using Persuasion or Intimidation.

Pyramid Scheme

Convince the ogres to work for you without giving them gold.

In the Blighted Village, tell Lump the Enlightened to fight for you instead of the goblins. Then, succeed the Charisma check for the dialogue option that doesn’t involve offering them gold.

Slaying The Piper

Rescue Mirkon from the harpies.

Save Mirkon from the harpies in the Investigate the Beach quest.

What Price Dignity?

Steal the toe ring from Crusher without getting caught.

Choose to kiss Crusher’s foot, then succeed the Dexterity check to slide the ring off his toe.

You Can’t Take It With You

Loot the dead gnomes in Grymforge before their corpses are thrown into the river.

At the Grymforge entrance, intervene with the duergar throwing dead gnomes into the river. Ask them if they’ve looted them properly, then perform a successful Sleight of Hand to swipe off a ring from one of the corpses.

Act Two Sources Of Urchin Inspiration

Mol from Baldur's Gate 3

More opportunities to earn inspiration as an urchin can be found throughout Act Two. Generally, siding against the Absolute will inspire urchins.

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Inspiration

Description

How To Get It

Alley Cats

Meet both the lordly cat and the tadpole-hunting cat.

Speak to His Majesty in Last Light Inn and Steelclaw in the grounds of Moonrise Towers.

Bugging Out

Help Wulbren escape Moonrise.

Locate Wulbren in the Moonrise Towers Prison and help him facilitate his escape plan.

Child at Heart

Play both games of hide and seek with Oliver.

Play hide and seek twice with Oliver in the House in Deep Shadows located in the Shadow-Cursed Lands.

Gone Feral

Free the mind-controlled gnolls from their master.

Speak to Linsella in the Moonrise Towers kitchen. Use your parasite to sever her connection with the gnolls.

Newly Downtrodden

Spare the goblins from Ketheric’s wrath.

In Moonrise Towers, spare the goblins that were brought before Ketheric.

No Peeking!

Block out True Soul Z’rell from reading your intentions.

Distract True Soul Z’rell by passing a Charisma check and filling your mind with other thoughts.

Orphan Camaraderie

Help Mol win the game of lanceboard.

In Last Light Inn, help Mol win against Raphael in lanceboard.

Rebellious Phase

Betray Balthazar.

Choose to side against Balthazar in Nightsong’s Prison.

Strength in Cowardice

Convince the orthon to spare you, for now…

Help Yurgir escape his contract with Raphael by killing the last Dark Justiciar in the Gauntlet of Shar.

Wary of Strangers

Refuse to drink the spiked wine.

Decline to drink the wine that Jaheira offers in Last Light Inn.

Will Not Be Forgotten

Escape the Oubliette.

Climb out of the Oubliette underneath the Moonrise Towers Prison using a cragged rock.

Act Three Sources Of Urchin Inspiration

Nine-Fingers from Baldur's Gate 3

There are many inspiring events for urchins in Act Three as well. Many of the occasions require you to help out the less fortunate of Baldur’s Gate.

Inspiration

Description

How To Get It

A Dish Served Cold

Destroy the Steel Watch Foundry.

Disable the Steel Watch Foundry in the Lower City.

Child Safety

Expose Arfur for his booby-trapped toys.

Confront Arfur in Sharess Caress regarding the booby-trapped toys.

Cunning Code Crackers

Discover the secret passphrase and enter Avery’s secret workshop.

Use the password Arfur gave you to be granted access to the second floor of Felogyr’s Fireworks.

Down with the Steel Oppressors!

Defeat a Steel Watcher.

Defeat one of the Steel Watchers.

Finders Keepers

Help the squatters keep their temporary abode.

Side with the refugees and get them to stay in Arfur’s Mansion in Rivington.

Good Intentions

Help Nina with her ritual.

Pass an Arcana check to help Nina raise her brother from the dead in the Lower City’s Graveyard.

Home Sweet Home

Delve into the Undercellar of Baldur’s Gate.

Enter Guildhall in the Lower City.

Never Trust Those Above You

Defeat Gortash without making a deal with him.

Reject Gortash’s deal and defeat him in Wyrm’s Rock.

Part of Life

Convince the coffin maker to make an exception.

Speak to Ulkov Sully in the Lower City’s Graveyard and convince him to accommodate the request of the grieving couple.

Proper Lodging, Finally

Obtain a room at the Elfsong Tavern.

Speak to the bartender in Elfsong Tavern and get him to give you a room.

Spare What You Can

Give a donation to the big barn.

Speak to Manip Nestor in Rivington and donate some supplies.

Through Nooks and Crannies

Enter Wyrm’s Rock without pass or invitation.

Enter Wyrm’s Rock by finding secret passages you can jump to from Wyrm’s Crossing.

Finding Vanra

Find and free Lora’s abducted child.

Use Hag’s Bane to get Auntie Ethel to vomit up Vanra, then defeat her and return her to her mother.

Estrangement of Ethel

Defeat Auntie Ethel permanently.

Defeat Auntie Ethel.

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