What are Inspirational Events in Baldur's Gate 3? Inspiration & backgrounds explained

What are Inspirational Events in Baldur's Gate 3? Inspiration & backgrounds explained
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton


3rd Aug 2023 16:00

It's vital to know what Inspirational Events are in Baldur's Gate 3 in order to make the most of your playtime, as it relates to the Inspiration mechanic and backgrounds, and is one of the many parts of the game that adds depth to role-playing.

Baldur's Gate 3 is a role-playing game first, meaning a large part of the experience revolves around your choice and agency as a player. This starts the second you begin creating your character and choose your race and subrace, and continues throughout the whole game as you make choices. 

Some of these choices will play into the Inspiration system, but what exactly is it, and how does it all work? Read on for an explanation of Inspiration in Baldur's Gate 3.

What is Inspiration in Baldur's Gate 3?

Inspiration is a special set of points you can earn in Baldur's Gate 3, that you can then spend to re-roll Ability Checks and Saving Throws when you fail them; it essentially acts as a second chance mechanic when your initial rolls fail. 

Your player character and all your companions can earn Inspiration during the game, with each one holding a max of four Inspiration at any time. When you reach your Inspiration max, any actions you take that would have granted Inspiration, instead only grant XP.

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What are Inspirational Events in Baldur's Gate 3?

an image of the Baldur's Gate 3 Inspiration menu, showing an Inspiration event in the log
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Baldur's Gate 3 Inspirational Events are what earns you Inspiration. These arise when a character performs an action that's true to their selected background, granting a small amount of XP and one point of Inspiration for each relevant action.

When making your own character, you can select your own background, which determines what gives you Inspiration, whereas companions or Origins Characters have predetermined backgrounds. 

Each background description directly tells you what actions will result in Inspiration events occurring, and by pressing 'P' you can open the Inspiration menu to see these for yourself and your party. 

This screen also gives you a log for each character, informing you what Inspirational Events have happened and what action caused them. 

Due to how strong the Baldur's Gate 3 Inspiration mechanic can be when it comes to giving you a second chance on rolls, it's a good idea to make the most of your background and role-play it effectively to earn Inspiration points.

What are the Inspirational Events for each background?

an image of the backgrounds in the Baldur's Gate 3 character creation menu
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Each background description tells you roughly what kind of actions will grant you Inspiration. We'll list all the backgrounds and what causes Inspirational Events in the table below. 

Backgrounds and Inspirational Events continued below...
Background Inspirational Events
Acolyte Serving the gods and discovering their sacred works
Charlatan Bending the truth and turning allies against each other
Criminal Profiting from criminal enterprise
Entertainer Preserving art and bringing joy to the hapless and downtrodden
Folk Hero Saving innocents in imminent danger
Guild Artisan Repairing and discovering rare crafts
Noble Accumulating renown, power, and loyalty
Outlander Surviving unusual hazards of the wild
Sage Learning about rare lore of the world


Background Inspirational Events
Soldier Show smart tactics and bravery on the battlefield
Urchin Using your street smarts

That's all for our breakdown of the Baldur's Gate 3 Inspiration system, and now you know more about the game's Inspirational Events, backgrounds, and how they intersect for more role-playing opportunities.

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Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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