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Best characters of BG2 ? I play BG2 for few days now (played also before almost till the end) and I wonder what are your favourite charactes ? I find most interesting Minsc and JanJansen because they are incredebly fun and usefull.
Jan Jansen is a favourite of mine. Funny and useful.

I found Minsc to be very useful in BG1, but in BG2 he's outclassed by Keldorn, Jaheira, Anomen, Korgan, Sarevok and Valygar.

Edwin is both fun and very useful. If you role play a good character you're stuck with Nalia as the only full mage. At least until you get Imoen back.

Aerie is one of the most interesting companions, since she can mix mage and cleric spells. Putting Cleric spells in sequencers and triggers opens up new possibilities.

Keldorn is very useful due to his Dispel ability, and being the only one who can wield Carsomyr.
Anomen is useful due to being able to Grandmaster in Flails and dual wield Flail of Ages and Defender of Easthaven, and to get all the Cleric buffs.
Jaheira is useful due to Iron Skins and Insect Plague/Creeping Doom.
Korgan is useful due to his Berserking and there are some excellent Axes he can dual wield eventually.
Mazzy is a sub machine gun with the Taguin Bow.

Viconia has 50% or so MAR, but suffers from low HP.
Haer Da'lis has some excellent combat moves and can be a good spell caster, but like Viconia he suffers from low HP.

The dullest character is Cernd.
Post edited January 01, 2018 by PetrusOctavianus
Jaheira. She has good stats. She can take any role; pure caster, tank, dps - anything but ranged.
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jsidhu762: Jaheira. She has good stats. She can take any role; pure caster, tank, dps - anything but ranged.
Except for the following:

In BG2 alone (no Throne of Bhaal installed), she never gets 7th level spells, as she needs 3 million XP and the XP cap is only 2.95 million.

With Throne of Bhaal installed, she still gains druid levels very slowly after 1.5 million XP; 14th level (and 7th level spells) are not learned until 3 million XP, and the next druid level doesn't come until 6 million XP (ToB XP cap is 8 million, but I hear that, on a typical playthrough, the party ends up with only around 6 million). This means that Jaheira will not get as many HLAs as most characters (until really high XP totals), and she will be stuck with only 1 7th level spell for a very long time (at 6 million XP, she jumps to 6 7th level spells).
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jsidhu762: Jaheira. She has good stats. She can take any role; pure caster, tank, dps - anything but ranged.
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dtgreene: Except for the following:

In BG2 alone (no Throne of Bhaal installed), she never gets 7th level spells, as she needs 3 million XP and the XP cap is only 2.95 million.

With Throne of Bhaal installed, she still gains druid levels very slowly after 1.5 million XP; 14th level (and 7th level spells) are not learned until 3 million XP, and the next druid level doesn't come until 6 million XP (ToB XP cap is 8 million, but I hear that, on a typical playthrough, the party ends up with only around 6 million). This means that Jaheira will not get as many HLAs as most characters (until really high XP totals), and she will be stuck with only 1 7th level spell for a very long time (at 6 million XP, she jumps to 6 7th level spells).
That's a good point, but I think the number of people who only have vanilla BG2 right now are few and far between. You get BG2 + ToB as a package on this site, and the discs sold on Amazon have ToB bundled with BG2.
Jan Jansen is by far the best NPC to have around. His dialogue is hilarious. Esp. if you have some super serious NPCs in your group like Anomen.

I like Keldorn most for his True Seeing ability. Very useful against illusion spells like invisibility, mirror image or mislead

I never used Mazzy for ranged attacks as I'm usually more in the market for an extra melee char
I recently startet playing this great game again (EE)
I deliberately want to use characters i never, or rarely used in my other playthroughs, ending me with the following party:

Mazzy: I never used her before, but i like her character (though power-wise i would have preferred longbow and longsword as her skills)
Jan Jansen: I mainly took him as a thief, but his dialogues are hilarious. How i missed him in all my playthroughs...
Anomen: While he is a good aligned, he is a somewhat of a dick... (pre-test). For that reason i rarely took him and prefered Viconia, even in a generally good party
Aerie: I have a soft spot for her, i had to take her ;)
Neera: I liked her in BG1 EE, so i took her again. She is also the one to switch out for other members for their Quests, but she will be in my party later on.

My main is a dualclass Fighter(9)/Mage.

A very caster heavy party, but works quite good so far.
Really, this kind of topic 16 years after game's release? I bet you can find thousands of posts naming "every" character as favorite. Even Anomen.
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burn: Really, this kind of topic 16 years after game's release? I bet you can find thousands of posts naming "every" character as favorite. Even Anomen.
What's wrong with having this sort of discussion now? New things are discovered about old games all the time, and new strategies are developed. Plus, some players don't encounter the game until years (sometimes decades) after the initial release.

Plus, the Enhanced Editions change some things; some strategies are no longer possible, some new strategies are introduced, and some strategies, while still viable, might need to be done a bit differently.