Baldur’s Gate 3 The Dark Urge [Complete Guide]

The Dark Urge is the initial choice available for character creation in Baldurs Gate 3 & has special qualities that may alter your gameplay.

In Baldurs Gate 3, there is a unique Origin character called The Dark Urge. In essence, they are personalities with different narratives to tell. You might choose a unique character, a kind of empty canvas. You may also play a campaign as one of the special companions. The Dark Urge is one of the initial choices available when creating a character in Baldurs Gate 3, and it has certain special qualities that may alter your gameplay.

Key Takeaways
  • You can choose from Seven origin characters in Baldur’s Gate 3: Gale, Wyll, Karlach, Lae’zel, the Dark Urge, Shadowheart, and Astarion.
  • The Dark Urge is an Origin character having an adjustable look who cannot be acquired as a companion.
  • According to the story, his background, A Haunted One, in gruesome murders is related to their heritage.
  • The Dark Urge Origin is a better choice for those who have completed the main campaign of Baldur’s Gate 3.
  • You can romance your companions as a Dark Urge origin but it depends on your approval rating with that companion.
  • The Deathstalker Mantle and Slayer are two rewards that you can get as Dark Urge.

The Dark Urge In Baldur’s Gate 3

A Haunted One: You can’t kill a cruel event, person, or thing, but it haunts your thoughts and flickers in your peripheral vision. You take it with you on your journey, or maybe it takes you.

The background of the Dark Urge cannot be altered when creating a character. According to the story, the character’s background in gruesome murders is related to their heritage. The Dark Urge, however, is still unconscious of these previous deeds and continuously desires cruelty and bloodshed.

Dark Urge First Walkthrough

You must navigate a road covered in blood in the first walkthrough since you cannot remember your history. In the game, you will be drawn to darkness and unspeakable evil. Alfira the Bard, who subsequently gets viciously ripped apart, will be there to converse with you. You have three options: clean up the corpse, conceal the deceased, or commit the murder with companions. You will be led through the tour by Sceleritas Fel, one of the devoted servants.

  1. Only one story in Fel will lead you back down your bloody road and inspire you to do violence.
  2. Throughout the whole game, Dark Urge’s mind is plagued with sinister ideas.
  3. This origin may also affect your relationship with the parasitic tadpole that infects you and endows you with peculiar abilities.
  4. Due to its possible effect on the entire game plot, avoiding the Dark Urge origin in the first gameplay is advisable.

Dream About Dark Urge Intentions

Gather enough camping goods and make your way to your camp after waking up on Ravaged Beach so you may take a Long Rest. This marks the beginning of the Dark Urge questline since your character will now start having nightmares about murder and a burning need for blood.

After this little sequence, you’ll awaken. After that, you may go on with the main campaign as usual until you opt to stop for the day since the following goal will force you to spend another night at camp.

Invite Alfira, A Tiefling, To Your Party

Alfira, a Tiefling, will attend your camp and inquire about joining your party. Accept it, and then take a long nap. Later, you’ll wake up with her body torn apart and her blood all over you. You will be allowed to conceal the corpse, clean up the blood, or confess your guilt to your companions.

Sceleritas Fel Encounter

In Baldurs Gate 3: The Dark Urge
In Baldur’s Gate 3: Sceleritas Fel [Credit: eXputer]
Sceleritas Fel will show up in your camp again in a coincidental circumstance. He will identify himself as your butler before complimenting you for murdering Alfira.

He can answer your questions about why you’re suddenly acting horribly, but he cannot provide any information on your background. You’ll be rewarded with The Deathstalker Mantle cape after the conclusion of the cutscene.

Isobel And Last Light Inn

Isobel in Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3: Isobel

In Act 2 of Baldurs Gate 3, Sceleritas Fel tasks you with a crucial decision: Isobel the Cleric. She guards The Last Light Inn, the Harpers’ center. You can kill her to proceed or spare her.

Killing Isobel unleashes a curse that can lead to the death and corruption of NPCs, impacting your journey:

  1. The sleeping soldier’s death may hinder your recruitment of Halsin.
  2. Dammon the Blacksmith can’t fix Karlach’s Infernal Engine.
  3. If Jaheira learns of Isobel’s death, she’ll attack, making recruitment impossible.

A similar outcome occurs if Shadowheart kills Isobel after encountering the Nightsong, cursing the inn and leading to Jaheira’s demise.

Regarding Your Lover

In the Baldurs Gate 3 Dark Urge origin, your romantic partner (e.g., Shadowheart or Karlach) is at risk. Dark Urge can make you harm them during sleep, but you can prevent it:

  1. Temporary Control: Succeed on the initial saving throw and wake-up bound. Pass three more saving throws with your partner’s help (Wisdom 18) for benefits.
  2. Losing Control: Fail the initial saving throw (Wisdom 14), resulting in your partner’s death. Your companions discover this, leading to combat or a Deception 30 check attempt.

These events sum up Baldurs Gate 3: Dark Urge.

Should You Play The Dark Urge In Baldur’s Gate 3?

  • BG3 offers a Dark Urge origin option for character customization.
  • Recommended for experienced players after completing the main campaign.
  • Dark Urge characters awaken with no memory and a desire to harm others.
  • It is not advisable for the first playthrough due to challenging and unclear gameplay.
  • Players must deal with consequences and character reactions.
  • Choose whether to embrace the violent urge or uncover the truth.
  • Offers a unique storytelling experience as the only customizable Origin Character.
  • Suitable for those who want control over their character’s moral choices.
  • It can be both entertaining and frustrating to play.

How To Romance With The Dark Urge In BG3

Many people are drawn to the romance in Baldurs Gate 3, and it seems that you may still romance your companions as a Dark Urge origin, despite how tough it has been to get one of their affections by raising your approval rating with them.

You may still choose flirtatious chat choices with your party members and build your Baldur’s Gate 3 guardian during character creation. It seems that courting your buddies is still in the cards until the bloodlust sets in.

Dark Urge Dialog And Quests Outcomes

  • Cutting Off Gale’s Hand: If you choose to daydream about cutting off Gale’s arm when you first meet him along the Roadside Cliffs, your fantasy will unintentionally come true. By selecting this, you cannot add Gale to your party.
  • Not Cutting Off Gale’s Hand: By holding the hand and passing a Strength test, you may decide not to chop off Gale’s hand and rescue Gale from the portal. Afterward, he will thank you, and you may invite him to join your party.
  • Pluck Nettie’s Bird’s Wings: Choosing to rip the bird’s wings off will immediately result in her death. After killing the bird, this doesn’t appear to have any bad impacts while speaking with Nettie.
  • Leaving Nettie’s Bird Alone: You might decide to forgo the impulse to remove the bird’s wings to leave it alone. The only thing that occurs after that is that you resist the impulse to do such a cruel deed.
  • Snapping Minthara’s Neck: Minthara will appear in a romantic scene if you ally with the goblins and invade the Emerald Grove. You’ll want to snap her neck as she snoozes in your arms after sleeping with her. By selecting this, Minthara will perish, and you won’t be able to enroll her as your companion again.
  • Sparing Minthara’s Life: Minthara and you would have a wonderful chat if you hadn’t snapped her neck. The next morning, you both get up to talk about how to take over the grove.


Slayer in Baldur's Gate 3
Slayer [Credit: eXputer]
You will get many benefits since you are a Dark Urge.


  • The Deathstalker Mantle: Although the precise trigger is unknown, you will obtain this award during Act 1. It could be related, given how many enemies died during the raid on Druid Grove. After killing an adversary, The Shadow Itself perk of the cloak renders you invisible for two rounds.


  • Slayer: This award is earned after completing the Isobel/Last Light Inn job. It may also happen if you save Isobel’s life but allow Shadowheart to murder Nightsong. With this, you may become a frightening mutant beast with multiple hit strikes from its claws and bleeding status-causing pincers.

This is all about The Dark Urge in Baldurs Gate 3. Baldur’s Gate 3 ultimately comes down to how you want to roleplay. The Dark Urge provides one of the most distinctive ways to experience the story. The role you wish to portray will determine if it’s appropriate for you.

Let’s wrap up the guide! While you’re here, why not check out the All Romance Options guide, which details everything about romancing any companion in BG3? Besides that, Baldur’s Gate 3: BEST Skills guide will tell you all you need to know about the top 15 best skills in-game.

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