Sunday, June 16, 2024

Baldur’s Gate 3 mod adds Bing Bong to the game

Ever since Baldur’s Gate 3 launched from early access on August 3, its cast, developers, and Larian Studios itself have been thrust into the limelight. There have been animatics (fan and otherwise), live streams, and even the cast sitting down to play a one-shot as their Baldur’s Gate 3 characters with High Rollers’ Mark Hulmes.

Suffice to say, it’s been non-stop for the Baldur’s Gate 3 community.

And, after no doubt finishing the Baldur’s Gate 3 special of High Rollers, one creative fan has taken the adventure a step further by creating a mod that’ll leave your local Shadowheart jumping for joy: a necklace that’ll let you summon Bing Bong.

First, some context. During the one-shot following the Baldur’s Gate 3 cast adventuring throughout Amn in their quest to help their leader Tav out, Shadowheart (Jennifer English) and Lae’zel (Devora Wilde) ended up adopting an imp known as Bing Bong. And by adopting, we mean (kind of) kidnapping him from the Adventurer’s Mart, but details, details. After the cute little imp — who is not fairly represented by the header of this article, but is described as wearing a bow tie and looking genuinely adorable — helps lead them to the source of Tav’s distress, the two, alongside the rest of the cast, are pulled into a fight.

However, if you thought that adopting/kidnapping an imp would bring Shadowheart and Lae’zel closer together, you would be sorely mistaken. During the final battle, Wilde decided that the best way to deal with their enemies was by lighting the imp on fire and throwing him. One slight miscalculation later, the attack failed but left viewers with the side-splitting moment of the imp getting pulverized into the ground, English’s cry of distress, and Bing Bong being jettisoned back to the Hells.

Ever since that fateful encounter, Bing Bong and his demise have become something of a running joke among the cast and community of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Bing Bong
Image Source: Nexus Mods

Now, to get onto the mod itself. Created by MaestroMetty, the necklace to summon Bing Bong is called the ‘Necklace of Eternal Friendship’. An uncommon item, it’s described as being “uncomfortably hot, warmed by the heat of the love from those once were.” Aw.

The necklace can be accessed via the cartilaginous chest past Shadwheart’s pod on the Nautiloid. If you miss it, you’ll also be able to purchase it from Arron, a vendor that can be talked to in Act 1’s Emerald Grove. And if that all fails, you can spawn the item into your inventory.

All in all, this is a cute addition for fans who wished that Bing Bong had a happier ending. Namely, one that doesn’t mean he got sent straight back to the Hells after being set on fire by a Githyanki warrior. Of course, him being sent back to another plane of existence doesn’t technically count as murder, so did Lae’zel actually do anything wrong?

Ahem. Where were we? Oh right.

You can grab your very own Bing Bong (and reunite him with Shadowheart) via Nexus Mods.

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