Posted February 23, 2018
Wild Mages are available in BG:EE even if you don't have BG2:EE. There's even a new (EE-exclusive) recruitable character who is of this class.
Leroux: Ok, so that means the wild mage class is not available in the original BG; is it available in BG EE if you don't own BG2 EE? And would it be available in EasyTutu or whatsitcalled, if you merge the original BG + BG2 (I own both of them from GOG)?
They are also available in mods that put BG1 into the BG2 engine, including EasyTutu and Baldur's Gate Trilogy. (One way to think of it is that you aren't playing BG1 anymore; you're playing a total conversion mod of BG2 that converts the game into a BG1 remake.)
This holds true for many other additions, including kits, the 3rd edition classes (Barbarian, Monk, Sorcerer), the half-orc race, and even some new spells (though finding scrolls for them might be a problem).
HLAs, while introduced in Throne of Bhaal, are accessible early via cheats. Of course, since they're designed for high level play, many of them will break the game at low levels. (Greater Deathblow, which instantly kills anything up to level 12 is one example here; it's use is limited in ToB because of the number of high level enemies, but in BG1 very few (if any) creatures in the game are high enough in level to survive it.) Also, the HLA spells available to spellcasters are useless at BG1 levels because you can't get to a high enough level to cast it. With that said, there are a few HLAs that many players consider useless because they're rather weak; some of them might be fair if you could get them at low levels.