You know, this reminds me of that time... way back...

Jan Jansen is a chaotic neutral gnome multi-class illusionist / thief and a potential companion in BGIIlogoonly.pngBaldur's Gate II
Classic & Enhanced

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Background[edit | edit source]

His home Jansen Stead building can be found in the Athkatla Slums

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn & Throne of Bhaal[edit | edit source]

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

Jan Jansen is available to recruit from Chapter 2. He can be found in Athkatla Government District where he is selling products without permission. He will offer to join your party immediately If don't tell the guard of his illegal selling activities, but if you do tell his bootleg, you'll have to pay 800gp to get him out, which may worth the money as you receive a sum of XP this way, more if you borrow 200gp then return it to the prison keeper.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

His starting proficiencies depend on Gorion's Ward's level at the time of recruitment:

Weapon Proficiencies
Character Level Proficiencies EE
  • Crossbow +
  • Dagger +
  • Quarterstaff +
  • Short Sword +

Jan, Yoshimo and Hexxat Shadows of Amn LOGOSOA00001 Icon BG2EE.pngBaldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition – Shadows of Amn (2013)
This icon indicates content from the Shadows of Amn campaign of the Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.
Throne of Bhaal LOGOTOB00001 Icon BG2EE.pngBaldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition – Throne of Bhaal (2013)
This icon indicates content from the Throne of Bhaal campaign of the Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.
are the only thieves which can keep improving, though he's an illusionist, which means he's ruled out of many useful necromancy spells such as Skull Trap, Animate Dead, Finger of Death, and Abi-Dalzim's Horrid Wilting.

When he joins the party, he has the following items which can only be used by him: Flasher Launcher, 10 x Flasher Master Bruiser Mate, 10 x bolts, Jansen AdventureWear, Jansen Techno-Gloves, and Jansen Spectroscopes.

Biography[edit | edit source]

When asked about his past, JAN stops tinkering with his gadgets and states that, despite all claims to the contrary, turnip beer has wondrous medicinal properties in addition to its fine taste.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Jan Jansen/Quotes
Discretion! Not valor! Discretion! Discretion! Morale failure
I haven't been this pleased with a group of folks since the Cormyrians sent the price of turnips through the roof during the Onion Famine. Happy
Hmph. Being around this group too long is sort of like having the... Calimshite itch, isn't it? Except for the uncomfortable burning sensation. And the rash! But still... Unhappy-annoyed
I don't think I like your attitude much. You have all the makings of a nasty griffon... which reminds me, you need a bath. Unhappy-serious
That's it! Time to move on, places to go and all that. The way you're going, you're just going to end up like Golodon the Unmanned! And I didn't want to see that the first time. Unhappy-break
Well now, this is a fine turn of events. I haven't led a party since... well, since Uncle Scratchy turned sick with the pox and put me in charge. He just didn't trust the dwarf, you see. Hmm... hopefully, this time works out better than the last... Leader
*yawn* It's long past time for turnip tea. A little rest will shake the stew from our eyes and ache from our legs. Tired
Ho hum, ho hum! Oh, look, did the grass just grow another half-inch? Wonders! Bored
Beware, your knees are mine! Battlecry1
Prepare to meet your DOOOOM! Heh...


This isn't boring, I'll give it that!


Er... don't mean to startle you or anything, but all this blood spurting about is actually mine! Hurt
Don't forget to raise me... ah... Dying
Ah, home sweet home... Wait, I don't live here... Forest
...hmm... I'd wager the turnip market's making a killing today... City
Ahhh, this reminds me of the turnip cellars... except Uncle Gerhardt isn't passed out by the turnip still in the corner... Dungeon
You know, I'd like the daytime a lot better if it didn't mean a griffon has a clear sighting from five miles away! Day
Ah... I've had this little problem ever since I was a wee gnome. When it gets dark, everybody glows red. Frightens a child something fierce! Night
Don't yell! I can hear you just fine. Select1
Jan Jansen, at yer service! Select2
Pardon. Turnip reflex. Select3
You need my skills, I see. Select4
You sound like Golodon. Select5
What? Is there a griffon about? Select6
Yes, yes, a standard tactic, that. Action1
Oh, I can do *that*. Action2
Got it. Action3
It shall be done with skill and care... if not brevity. Action4
At once, Your Worship. Action5
I'll do it... for a turnip. Action6
You know, this reminds me of that time... way back... Action7
I can't. I'm allergic! Well, all right, I'm not that allergic... Select rare1
I think we make a fine partnership! Like Drizzt and Wulfgar! Elminster and Volo! Ha! We should go into the mobile vegetable-peddling business together!

Select rare2

Take that, turnip-hatin' scum! Critical hit
By Uncle Spanky's thumb! Critical miss
Not even a dent? Target immune
I'd carry the world if I could, but you'll have to package it smaller. I'm out of room. Inventory full
I've nicked a bit from our friend here. Picked pocket
NONE will see me now! Hidden in shadows
Lost my frazzel! Apologies. Spell disrupted
I've set a trap for the feet of the unwary. Set a trap

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Main article: Achievements
Homecoming Achievement icon BG2EE.jpg

Homecoming[edit | edit source]

Help Jan's loved ones.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Jan is one of the most eccentric and chatty companions in Baldur's Gate. He is renowned for his variety of interests, which include turnip farming, gadgetry and tinkering, turnip selling, bootlegging, vegetable peddling, playing practical jokes on others, turnips (naturally), and coming up with hyperbolic stories about imaginary acquaintances, among other things*.

He loves to chat, but his stories are rarely coherent and make little logical sense. His stories usually revolve around made-up relatives that he makes up just for the given case and serve the sole purpose of amusing himself and/or his companions. Thus, he avoids giving out any information about his true beliefs and goals (if there are any).

*Such as turnips

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Jan Jansen is also an inventor, which explains the many odd items he has.
  • Jan claims that he was once a deity, and complains that Helm knocked on his door early in the morning, much to his frustration.

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