Should you let Astarion bite you? - Baldur's Gate 3

The protag is never gonna go camping again after this.

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Sometimes (okay, lots of times), things in Baldur’s Gate 3 get a little weird. For example, the number of times your character wakes up in the middle of the night with a companion in their face is higher than I would’ve expected. One of the fun ones you get early on is when Astarion, explaining his whole Tim-Curry-in-Rocky-Horror vibe, reveals that he’s a vampire.

Luckily, you wake up just in time to decide if you want to give the man permission or not. Astarion swears he won’t kill you, and that you won’t be turned into a vampire either. He just wants a little taste! Heard that one before, right? Your options expand from there, and if you’re wondering if you should let Astarion bite you or not, here’s what you need to know.

Should you let Astarion bite you?

Astarion bite dialogue Baldur's Gate 3
It's okay to let Astarion bite you, just consider whether you should push him off you, unless you don't mind dying and being revived.
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If you let Astarion bite you, there are a few results. You can in fact die from this, although you can come back to life and enjoy some hilarious dialogue. But if you pass a dice roll you can make it through alive. Obviously this is a great vehicle for some easy approval if you’re trying to shack up with your boy LARPer Dracula. There are combat implications as well.

Astarion bite advantages & disadvantages

Astarion Baldur's Gate 3 Vampire Bite Bonus Action description
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If Astarion bites you, he will get the “Happy” buff, and you’ll walk away with the “Bloodless” debuff. These respectively award a +1 bonus and -1 penalty to attack rolls and ability checks until the next time you take a Long Rest. More importantly, Astarion will gain the Vampire Bite Bonus Action, which heals him for 2d4 HP. It can also deal 2d4 Piercing damage as long as the target isn’t sleeping and Astarion isn’t hiding. It even reapplies the Happy buff!

Check out our Baldur’s Gate 3 strategy guide page for more hints and help on this sprawling adventure.

Contributing Editor

Lucas plays a lot of videogames. Sometimes he enjoys one. His favorites include Dragon Quest, SaGa, and Mystery Dungeon. He's far too rattled with ADHD to care about world-building lore but will get lost for days in essays about themes and characters. Holds a journalism degree, which makes conversations about Oxford Commas awkward to say the least. Not a trophy hunter but platinumed Sifu out of sheer spite and got 100 percent in Rondo of Blood because it rules. You can find him on Twitter @HokutoNoLucas being curmudgeonly about Square Enix discourse and occasionally saying positive things about Konami.

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    August 17, 2023 7:00 PM

    Lucas White posted a new article, Should you let Astarion bite you? - Baldur's Gate 3

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      August 17, 2023 7:23 PM

      Should you title your articles a little more carefully?

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        August 17, 2023 7:58 PM

        Yeah I wasn't sure about having a question mark and a hyphen, but I think it works.

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          August 17, 2023 8:45 PM

          don't mind me. just trying to help you kids get some "engagement"

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        August 18, 2023 10:12 AM

        yup, this title was a fuckup

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          August 18, 2023 12:27 PM

          Shouldn’t a Shacknews moderator…take care…of this problem?

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          August 18, 2023 4:07 PM

          It actually wasn't :)

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            August 18, 2023 4:30 PM

            It actually was. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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              August 18, 2023 4:35 PM

              Oooh, but that's where you're incorrect!

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                August 18, 2023 8:24 PM

                Wtf kind of janky ass reply is this? Did you learn to journal at like alabama or something?

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              August 18, 2023 6:13 PM

              Nah. It wasn’t. If we wasted time catering to every oversensitive nitpick found in literally the first lines of dialogue in the game, our actual readers would never learn anything they’re trying to find.

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      August 18, 2023 5:08 AM

      People used to care a lot more about spoilers I guess

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        August 18, 2023 5:32 AM

        Shack has been making spoilery titles for as long as at least RE7... I remember Wikus bitching about it. They did it because it gets them clicks and is used for search engines to hopefully show up when people search for very specific stuff.

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        August 18, 2023 9:33 AM

        The dude has two holes in his neck the second you meet him

      • DM7 legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
        August 18, 2023 9:35 AM

        I care too, but whatever

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        August 18, 2023 10:44 AM

        Is it a spoiler when the character tells you this when you first meet him? If so then nothing about the game should be talked about.

        • DM7 legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
          August 18, 2023 10:56 AM

          I’m still in act one, but the character did not say anything to my character about getting bit when I met him. O__o

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            August 18, 2023 11:00 AM

            Maybe you're just not his type.

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          August 18, 2023 11:30 AM

          This information is explicitly provided on the character creation screen before you start the game, all one has to do is read or listen to it.

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          August 18, 2023 12:25 PM

          On all of my playthroughs so far (2 early access, 1 release) the vampire reveal wasn't until about half-way through Act 1, with a little variability based on actions and dialogue.

          But I've never seen him come right out with it at that first meeting? Are you sure?

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            August 18, 2023 12:29 PM

            As skankcore also notes it's on his literal backstory before you even play the game.

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              August 18, 2023 12:30 PM

              Ahh, I’ve never played any of the origins characters so hadn’t noticed.

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            August 18, 2023 4:13 PM

            It can happen the first time you do a long rest. Also, how did you not realize he was a vampire from how he looks and behaves? And all the marketing material?? He's literally got red eyes, fangs, and has blood dripping from his lips. The character screen also lets you make a vampire???

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      August 18, 2023 7:26 AM


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      August 18, 2023 9:40 AM

      Spoiler Alert: Baldur's Gate 3 is the third game in the main series.

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        August 18, 2023 10:16 AM


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        August 18, 2023 4:07 PM

        Astarion is on all the marketing material with red eyes, fangs, and blood dripping from his lip. If people didn't immediately click that he's a vampire then they need to go get some visual literacy training.

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      August 18, 2023 12:10 PM

      Well that's a shitty way to spoil it, thanks

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      August 18, 2023 12:47 PM

      My favorite thing is all the canned lines astarion has after combat or when your moving him or whatever about sucking blood and how being a vampire is cool. All he’s missing is a fucking cloak and the ability to turn into a fucking bat!

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      August 18, 2023 12:48 PM

      This happened to me within the first couple hours of playing, it's barely a spoiler at all. If you didn't realize Asterion was a vampire, get your eyes checked.

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        August 18, 2023 4:09 PM

        He's front-and-center on the marketing material looking like a vampire. Only thing missing from in-game is a Transylvanian accent. Even the character creation screen informs you he's a vampire.

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