Date: November 03, 2023
By Hanna Rose
The latest update for the popular Dungeons and Dragons-inspired RPG, Baldur’s Gate 3, known as Patch 4, brings several significant changes and fixes to the game. Released on November 2, this update introduces a color-blind mode, overhauls spell mechanics, resolves combat-related crashes, but it also bids farewell to a beloved and humorous method of defeating the final boss, Cazador Szarr.
Cazador Szarr, the formidable vampire, is the ultimate adversary in the companion quest “The Pale Elf,” which revolves around the vampiric rogue Astarion. Players are tasked with thwarting Cazador’s ritual, a plan to ascend as a Vampire Ascendant by sacrificing thousands of vampire spawn, including Astarion.
This showdown has historically been a tricky, time-sensitive battle, featuring numerous minions and a boss capable of turning invisible. However, the most unconventional and humorous aspect was the battle’s location, which took place on a precarious platform over a chasm. Cazador’s ethereal form was incredibly light, making him susceptible to being effortlessly shoved to his doom by players before the arrival of Baldur’s Gate 3 Patch 4.
This peculiar strategy of pushing Cazador off the platform quickly became a source of memes and inside jokes within the Baldur’s Gate 3 community. It was not the only instance of the community’s creativity, as players also found other entertaining tactics, such as employing the miniature giant space hamster, Boo, or transforming enemies into sheep during combat, and even wielding unusual weapons like sticks of salami.
The irony of Cazador Szarr, a character obsessed with the Ascension ritual for centuries, meeting his end through a fall, was not lost on fans. They humorously referred to images of his descent as “Opposite Ascension” or “The Vampire Descendant.”
Astarion, Cazador’s spawn, is notorious for his challenging approval system, favoring self-preservation over traditional heroic actions. Players who hoped to romance the attractive vampire were often frustrated by his disapproval of their choices. While shoving Cazador off the ledge did not earn any approval from Astarion, images of the vampire’s comically pathetic demise were often paired with the caption “Astarion approves” or images of Astarion smiling or looking satisfied.
The battle against Cazador Szarr was strategically placed between dramatic cutscenes, in which Astarion confronted his haunting past as a captive vampire spawn forced to procure victims for two centuries. These emotional scenes, featuring Neil Newbon’s moving performance, were significantly contrasted by the inclusion of the lighthearted and non-dramatic boss battle.
Moreover, the presence of a cutscene where Astarion stabs Cazador after his master’s fall led to the humorous teleportation of the boss’s corpse from the chasm back to the platform, allowing players to loot it as usual.
However, with the release of Patch 4, the once-favored tactic of shoving Cazador has been rendered ineffective. The update has made the boss battle considerably more challenging, fitting for the climax of a companion’s quest. The “Shove” option was removed, as pushing the vampire off the cliff now results in him transforming into mist and returning to the battlefield.
His range of vision was extended, he gained the ability to transform into a swarm of bats, and he was granted Legendary Resistance on Tactician difficulty, making the battle a greater challenge for players.
As Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to receive updates from Larian Studios, the community will undoubtedly come up with new memes and inside jokes in response to the evolving gameplay. However, the era of Cazador’s undignified and comical demise seems to have come to an end with the arrival of Patch 4.
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