Come one, come all! See the cream of the Sword Coast's combatant crop! Witness the brilliant and bizarre battles in the Black Pits of the one and only Baeloth the Entertainer!

Baeloth Barrityl, the Entertainer, is a chaotic evil male drow.

As a mage, he runs The Black Pits.

In the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Siege of Dragonspear, he can be chosen by Gorion's Ward as a sorcerer companion.

Baeloth has another, cameo appearance in The Black Pits II: Gladiators of Thay.

Background[edit | edit source]

Baeloth runs The Black Pits, a death battle arena in the Underdark. He considers it "the best show" and himself to be "one of the top five spellcasters in all the realms." In the final battle there, which takes place briefly before the events of Baldur's Gate, but when defeated in the end, he will be tricked by his "servant", the djinni Najim, and cast onto the Sword Coast.

Biography[edit | edit source]

When asked about his past, Baeloth Barrityl, or "Baeloth the Entertainer" as he prefers to be called, claims to be a drow sorcerer of some repute. While he keeps some of his earlier exploits vague, he brags excessively about his most recent endeavor, the Black Pits. While it all ended in failure, he maintains that it was "the best show in all the realms."

The circumstances of his defeat within the pits are unclear; he claims dishonesty on the part of his combatants was a key factor.

— Baldur's Gate

When asked about his past, Baeloth Barrityl, or "Baeloth the Entertainer" as the drow prefers to be called, maintains that in his Underdark homeland he commanded great respect as a sorcerer. Now on the surface, he makes a living instead pitting combatants against one another in betting rings. "My shows were the best in all the realms," he muses fondly, though his last great endeavor ended in disaster.

Baeloth attempted to regain some of his renown with a new fighting pit, only to learn that giving forest animals fierce names was not enough to draw the attention of the spectators. After repeatedly failing to inspire bloodthirsty rage in squirrels and mice, he abandoned the effort and moved on. You have a feeling Baeloth is still looking for his next great exploit.

— Siege of Dragonspear

Personality[edit | edit source]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

  • Ajantis will eventually attack any of the evil party members, but you can call him off by controlling him to do something else.

Baldur's Gate[edit | edit source]

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

Baeloth is available to be recruited for the party from Chapter One on, though only if Gorion's Ward exceeds 10,000 XP. He then will appear in the southern part of Larswood(Neither East nor West, pretty much right in the middle), a few steps north of the ruined tower where gibberlings usually spawn.[1] A lengthy, one-sided conversation with his treacherous djinni servant Najim starts before he notices the protagonist nearby. It takes a great deal of dialogue (with an occasional interjection from Neera, Viconia, Edwin or Tiax on his penchant for alliteration, if in the party) to recruit Baeloth. He will always be at least level 6 when recruited.

Accepting Baeloth into the party causes a reputation loss of 2 which is, however, restored should he be dismissed. In this case, he will travel to the Friendly Arm Inn and await the party outside the walls on the south-eastern portion of the map. Of course, it's the cheapest way to get his robe for Xzar or Edwin, who might fit the party better.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Baeloth is not specifically involved in quests.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

As a drow, Baeloth has a natural magic resistance of 50%. His first two levelups after joining grant the choice of one level 3 and one level 4 spell – choose wisely, some useful spells are either gained only randomly or from very limited sources – e.g. Stoneskin – while others won't be available until Chapter Five from Sorcerous Sundries.

Items[edit | edit source]

Baeloth joins with a Robe of the Evil Archmagi, a Quarterstaff +1, 10 Darts of Acid +1, 2 Speedily Stolen Slaves' Salve and Barrityl's Burden, a "cursed" ring. The previous owners of these items were not properly compensated by Mr. Barrityl as they are marked as stolen and should you want to sell them, will have to look for a fence.

If you choose to kill rather than to recruit him, this ring isn't obtained – apparently, the curse persists through death –, but you do get 1,000gp.

Note: Be aware that in the latter case M'Khiin Grubdoubler isn't available as a companion in Siege of Dragonspear.

Siege of Dragonspear[edit | edit source]

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

Baeloth is available to be recruited for the party from Chapter Eight on: you can find him among the crowds gathered in his new "Black Pits" in the north of the Coast Way Crossing. Watch his show, then offer him a place in the party.

If Baeloth, however, was killed during the Baldur's Gate campaign and the savegame is imported into Siege of Dragonspear, it is not possible to recruit him: when you first arrive at his spawn location, he will cast a Dimension Door and disappear from the game.

Note: This makes recruiting M'Khiin Grubdoubler impossible, as well.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Items[edit | edit source]

The Black Pits[edit | edit source]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

In the final battle in The Black Pits, he proves to be very powerful, able to use spells such as Chain Lightning, Delayed Blast Fireball, and Power Word, Stun. Once defeated, he's then tricked by his "servant", the djinni Najim, and cast onto the Sword Coast.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Mage Book[edit | edit source]

Many more than only what he has memorized can be found in his Mage Book, spells up to level seven which reflects his class level of fifteen.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Baeloth is one of the three companions who are voiced by Mark Meer. The other two are Rasaad and Voghiln.
  • Incidentally, his character portrait is also based on Mark Meer. Mark even dressed up as Baeloth during the Edmonton Expo 2015 where he moderated the cosplay competition.[2][3]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Baeloth Barrityl/Quotes

Gallery[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. BAINVI.bcs – Bainvi is a helper creature in the area: only there to detect the player, their level, and then start a cutscene if the condition is met.
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