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Baldur's Gate 3 Modders Won't Stop Giving Astarion Guns

Since long before it left early access in August, players have jumped into modding Baldur's Gate 3, adding everything from
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Earlier this week, Nexus Mods user
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uploaded
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to the site's Baldur's Gate 3 section, letting players bring guns to knife (or mace/staff/sword/anything) fights. These guns can be equipped by any character, but in almost every screenshot of these different mods shared by players on X/Twitter, however, the gun wielder always seems to be Astarion.

Normally, Astarion is a hedonistic High Elf Rogue who has a secret vampiric past, but players just haven't been able to stop replacing his usual default dagger with a gun for some reason, no matter how much chaos he might cause.

who gave this guy a fucking gun i can't breathe
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— 유미 (@choidaehoons)
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Even the modders themselves seem to also be in on the joke — the majority of gun mods on Nexus Mods, the most popular of which was made by
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, seem to show off their models by giving them to Astarion (who's also occasionally adorned with sinister-looking glowing red eyes or a fun little hat) in screenshots and thumbnail images.

i like that they just give astarion a gun
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— ghoul @ brainworms💀🕸🍂 (@ghoulpriince)
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However, thanks to Astarion's... questionable actions, players have jokingly warned others of the dangers that might ensue by trusting the untrustworthy High Elf with such a lethal weapon.

STOP GIVING ASTARION GUNS SKFJSKKD
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— Somni/Emily (COMMISSIONS OPEN) (@aceforspinaltap)
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"Be careful out there and stay safe, okay?"
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Astarion might not have a gun in the game without mods, but we still gave Baldur's Gate 3 a 10 in
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, calling it "a new high-water mark for CRPGs with satisfying combat and excellent writing." While there's no way of knowing how many times Astarion has been equipped with a gun, players have also loved romancing Shadowheart and (obviously) petting Scratch, according to
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Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN who loves all things indie and Nintendo. Outside of IGN, they've contributed to sites like Polygon and Rock Paper Shotgun. Find them on Twitter:
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