Folk Hero Inspiration Guide for Baldur’s Gate 3

Character customization is an important part of Baldur’s Gate 3, especially when it comes to selecting a background. Your background will determine who your character is and how they become inspired by interacting with the world. While there are many ways to gain Inspiration, your background ultimately determines what actions you’ll need to take.



There are devious backgrounds that promote crime and there are vigilant backgrounds that promote heroism. Being a Folk Hero means standing up for the little guy and defending the helpless. If these are actions you’re likely to take, then gaining Inspiration as a Folk Hero will be a piece of cake.

What Is A Folk Hero?

Wyll holding a sword in Baldur's Gate 3

One of the backgrounds you can select in Baldur’s Gate 3 is the Folk Hero. This is a great option for you if you want to be a champion of the common people, making good-aligned decisions and saving who you can wherever you go.

Monsters and tyrants stand no chance against you, as you topple them to protect the helpless and the innocent. Through your good deeds, your legend grows to highlight your feats. Taking action to be a hero will gain Inspiration that you can use later.

You can use Inspiration to avoid combat, open new dialogue options, and earn unique rewards from NPCs. By being a champion of the common folk, you’ll act honorably and live up to your renown. You can only hold four Inspiration at a time, so use it wisely.

If you already have four Inspiration, any additional Inspiration will be converted into experience.

How To Gain Folk Hero Inspiration

In every act, there are multiple opportunities to earn Inspiration and change the tides in your favor. You may not be able to discover all of them in one go, but unlike other backgrounds, most of the Folk Hero’s Background Goals don’t conflict.

Here’s how you can get inspired as a Folk Hero:

Some Background Goal may contain spoilers.

Background Goal

How To Complete


A Lethal Endeavour

Escort Baelen out of the field of bibberbangs.

Act One

Breaker of Chains

Save the deep gnomes from Nere and the duergar.

Act One

Rescued from the Flames

Save whoever you can from Waukeen’s Rest.

Act One

The Most Unfortunate Gnome

Rescue the gnome from his fate at the windmill.

Act One

The Bard with Nine Lives

Rescue Volo from the goblin camp.

Act One

Snake Whisperer

Protect Arabella from Kagha and her serpent.

Act One

Guardian of the Forgotten

Save the tieflings from the goblin assault.

Act One

Protector of the Small

Save Mirkon from the Harpies.

Act One

Soul Warden

Save Nadira from the Bugbear Assassin.

Act One


Liberate the enthralled fishermen from the mind flayer.

Act One

Unmasking the Truth

Free one of the hag’s masked thralls.

Act One

Saved by a Thread

Save Smythin from his lethal fall.

Act One

Fate Worse Than Death

Save Liam from his goblin torturers.

Act One

A Timely Rescue

Save Findal from the goblins that kidnapped him.

Act One


Break out and save all of the Moonrise prisoners.

Act Two

Greatness Thrust Upon Them

Find, save, and bring Arabella to your camp.

Act Two

Not Another Soul

Keep All Harpers alive during the ambush with the Shadows.

Act Two

Meeting of Fates

Side with either Isobel or Marcus during the confrontation in Last Light.

Act Two

From One Hero to Another

Meet Jaheira and stay in her good books.

Act Two

Helping the Little Guy

Help Mol win the game of lanceboard.

Act Two

A Smile Better Suits…

Offer a hopeful response to Alfira’s inquiry.

Act Two

Saving the Prodigious

Save Rolan from the Shadow-Cursed Lands.

Act Two

No Strings To Hold Them Back

Release the gnolls from their enslavement.

Act Two

Power Corrupts

Defeat a major figure in the corrupted town.

Act Two

Uncommon Recognition

Relate your feats to the bugbear merchant.

Act Two

A Bet is a Bet

Meet with Lakrissa in Baldur’s Gate.

Act Three

Chained Unfortunate Souls

Rescue the vampire spawns from Cazador’s lair.

Act Three

Empathy for the Fallen

Convince the coffin-maker to make an exception.

Act Three

End of the Tribunal

Save Valeria and end the Murder Tribunal.

Act Three

Diplomatic Rescue

Save Counsellor Florrick from Wyrm’s Rock.

Act Three

Freeing the Preyed

Free Hope from captivity.

Act Three

Keeping Your Hands Clean

Refuse to cause collateral damage with Wulbren’s plan.

Act Three

Innocence Lost

Expose the toy-maker’s mischief.

Act Three

In Need of a Hero

Successfully rescue all of the Gondians from the Steel Watch Foundry.

Act Three

Never To Be Chained Again

Defeat Lorroakan and let the Nightsong execute her vengeance.

Act Three

Painted Hero

Obtain your portrait from Oskar.

Act Three

Trusting Your Instincts

Take up Valeria’s shoddily executed investigation.

Act Three

Truth Shines Through

Find the true culprit behind the serial murders.

Act Three

Securing Hospitalities

Save the squatters from being kicked out.

Act Three

Safeguarding the Songbird

Meet the unflappable Alfira in Baldur’s Gate.

Act Three

How To Best Use Folk Hero Inspiration

Wyll is a friend in Baldur's Gate 3

Using Inspiration to reroll a failed Ability Check will help you progress through the game smoothly, avoiding unnecessary combat and helping the people around you.

If your character doesn’t have the Folk Hero background, you can bring the warlock, Wyll, with you to earn Inspiration by completing these goals. If your character does have this background, you can double up to earn twice as much without expending extra effort.

NEXT: Baldur’s Gate 3: How To Gain Inspiration As An Acolyte

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