We're all doomed.

Xan is a lawful neutral elf enchanter and a potential companion in Baldur's Gate GTRBPSK Icon BG1.pngBaldur's Gate (1998)
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Background[edit | edit source]

Xan is an enchanter and a Greycloak of Evereska sent to investigate the political turmoil of the Sword Coast. Unfortunately, he was captured and held prisoner by Mulahey.

Baldur's Gate & Tales of the Sword Coast[edit | edit source]

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

Xan is encountered near the end of Chapter Two. He is found in the makeshift throne room in the Nashkel Mines and will ask to help the party defeat Mulahey. Note that he will leave permanently if you turn him down, but if his offer is accepted he can be released from the party and he will remain where he is until recruited again.

He also appears in the tutorial of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and the Enhanced Editions, where he explains how the wizard spells work.

Quest[edit | edit source]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

  • Alora constantly pesters Xan for being a huge "grumpypuss" who doesn't smile enough. Xan, in turn, finds her comments annoying and will often lash out at her verbally. Because of this Alora thinks Xan is a big meanie, though this doesn't seem to discourage her efforts to cheer him up.
  • Xan and Ajantis don't like each other as Xan sees Ajantis as a narrow minded man who only sees people as either good or evil. There does seem to be some respect between them, however - Xan is able to talk Ajantis down when he clashes with evil party members, effectively postponing a fight between said evil party members and Ajantis.
  • Xan seems to have some measure of respect for Dynaheir, and implies that he feels more secure with her around, but if the respect is mutual she doesn't show it.
  • Xan dislikes and distrusts Edwin.
  • Xan also hates Eldoth, as the bard is egotistic and rude. Xan will suggest that Eldoth could do the whole party a favor by getting himself killed and even has a special quote should Eldoth fall in battle.
  • Xan and Jaheira get along surprisingly well, even though they really don't talk much. They will periodically compliment each other, though neither ever responds to the other's compliments.
  • Khalid seems to think Xan is a bit rude, but appreciates his honesty.
  • Xan gets along well with Kivan.
  • Xan cannot stand Quayle and the two often argue, though most characters respond to Quayle the same way.
  • Safana finds Xan attractive, and will flirt with him if the two are in the same party. Xan, however, ignores her completely.
  • Viconia thinks Xan is a weak man.
  • Xan has a poor opinion of Tiax.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Xan's specialization is enchanter: he can't use powerful evocation spells like Magic Missile, Fireball, Lightning Bolt and Cloudkill. However, this means his Enchantment spells are more powerful with targets receiving a -2 penalty to their saving throws. Overall the trade-off can be considered beneficial to parties that already have plenty of damage-dealing potential from other sources, as being able to hinder or even shut down enemy groups is crucial in Baldur's Gate (being a low level setting). Experienced players may also just equip Xan with various items like wands and the Necklace of Missiles, which when combined with non-evocation nukes (like Melf's Acid Arrow, Flame Arrow and Skull Trap) allow Xan to deal significant spell damage when required.

When first encountered he is injured and has no spells memorized, though there is a Moonblade in a nearby chest which can only be wielded by Xan. It is very powerful, but due to Xan's low constitution he should really only use the weapon either defensively (with high enough fire resistance, fire damage will actually heal Xan) or to finish off disabled enemy units.

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    , companions who have fewer XP than protagonist at the time of their first joining will be given a certain amount of experience points for you to manually level them up to gain more control of their status.
Starting levels in classic Baldur's Gate
Average party level Level XP Gold Hit Points Weapon Proficiencies spells abilities
1.00 - 2.99 2 2561 0 7 (Max possible:8)
  • Dagger +
3.00 - 4.99 4 10042 0 12 (Max possible:16)
  • Dagger +

Level 1

Level 2

5.00+ 6 41549 0 17 (Max possible:24)
  • Dagger +
  • Sling +

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Biography[edit | edit source]

When asked about his past, XAN wistfully speaks of his home in the elven stronghold of Evereska, and his role as a Greycloak.
It was apparently decreed that he was to investigate the events of the iron shortage, determine who or what were the causes, and ascertain whether there was a greater threat to the region as a whole. This was definitely not a small task, and he accepted the responsibility with a great deal of dread. You get the feeling, however, that he approaches everything with a great deal of dread.
He has devoted his life to improving his mastery of magic and has become a skilled wizard, though this dedication has left him little time to make friends or acquire any other pastimes. He strikes you as very capable, though probably not the best influence on morale.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

I thank you for my freedom, friends, for I have languished in these dismal vaults too long. Initial meeting
We're all doomed! Run while we're still able. Morale failure
Ooh, perhaps we'll survive longer than I had originally thought! Happy
This group is especially hopeless today! Unhappy-annoyed
Keep up this evil, and we're deservedly doomed. Unhappy-serious
I cannot abide by these actions! I must take my leave from this barbaric fellowship. Unhappy-break
While leader, I will endeavor not to get ALL of us killed. Leader
*yawn* Certainly I shall collapse from exhaustion before I fall on the battlefield. Tired
If we are doomed to fail, could we at least do it faster?! Bored
Eh. Onward, to futility! Battlecry1
My wounds are too grave. I am a dead man. Hurt
The majesty of the forest makes me feel insignificant. Forest
The bustle of the city makes me feel insignificant. City
The sun shines, and I am amazed we live to see another day. Day
We're all doomed. Select1
Life is so hollow. Select2
Our quest is vain. Select3
Whatever. Action1
Oh, what is the point? Action2
If you want. Action3
It is hardly worth the effort of trying. Action4
We delude ourselves to think our pitiable band will stand up to our enemies. Action5
Let us save our effort and just lie down and die. Action6
I'll do what I can, but expect very little. Action7
Eldoth, could you stand away from me? The stench is somewhat unnerving. Interaction1
Perhaps, Eldoth, you could be a little more polite to our companions?


You could do us all a favor, Eldoth, by getting killed in the next battle.


Have you ever wondered how hollow your convictions sound, Ajantis?


It seems our resident suicide monger, Ajantis, lives in a black and white world.


Your stupidity makes you a doomed man. Insult1
Well, with you as my companion, who needs enemies? Insult2
Around you, I almost feel that we have a chance. Compliment1
Another victim in our hopeless crusade. To death-general
I would grieve for Eldoth if it were not for the sense of joy I now feel. To death-specific
If I'd wanted your opinion I would have asked for it. To insult1
Do not think I will endure your insults indefinitely.

To insult2

I hope what you say was well intentioned.

To insult3


Baldur's Gate - Xan dialogue

Xan's quotes.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Xan is a wellspring of pessimistic dialogue, often making defeatist comments and expressing surprise at the party's positive achievements. His excessive gloom, despondency and moroseness is received differently by players; some find the character humorous, others are annoyed by him.

A closer inspection of Xan's voiced remarks against other NPCs, however, reveals a sarcastic – even snide – nature to his comments (especially against Ajantis and Eldoth), which adds a new dimension to his personality by keeping the player guessing about how serious he actually is with his pessimism. This conflicting persona is reflected by how the character wields a Moonblade – an extremely powerful, semi-sentient, good-aligned magical weapon that will actually kill a user it deems unworthy of wielding it.

Mod related[edit | edit source]

With installation of a mod, Xan can be met again in Athkatla's Government district and once more become a companion.[1]

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