Turns out your abyssal tattoos in Baldur's Gate 3 are the D&D equivalent of accidentally getting 'egg drop soup' inscribed in Chinese characters

A close-up of an elf face with tattoos.
(Image credit: Larian)

Baldur's Gate 3 is the gift that keeps on giving. Even aside from already-released and upcoming patches that are doing things like giving Karlach a new epilogue and restoring 1,500 lines of missing Minthara dialogue, there are plenty of little secrets, references and easter eggs tucked away that people are still uncovering. The latest? The tattoos you can select as body art during character creation.

One set of tattoos that you can slap on your BG3 character is actually in a script called Barazhad, which is used by D&D's primordial and abyssal creatures. But, as spotted by TikToker thewingedbaron, Larian didn't just whack a bunch of cool-looking sigils in and call it a day: Barazhad characters all have English equivalents, so the studio took the opportunity to weave a few hidden messages in there.

What do they say? Well, it's almost like poor Tav has been stencilling the names of body parts onto themselves in case they forget which one's which, Nameless One-style. The row of Barazhad characters across their head reads, uh, "FOREHEAD," the ones on their chin? "CHIN". Their cheeks? "LEFT CHEEK" and "RIGHT CHEEK". You get the idea, but there is one unintuitive addition. The string of characters that decorate your character's collar don't say throat, or neck, or oesophagus, or anything like it. They read "LARIAN STUDIOS". Gotta rep the brand.

I've attached some clean screenshots of the tattoos below, and you can find a Barazhad translation guide here. You can confirm for yourself that, yep, Tav sure does seem to have experienced the Faerûn equivalent of getting "Spicy beef noodles" tattooed across yourself in Chinese characters because someone totally promised it meant "strength". 

That's my headcanon, anyway. To be honest, I'm almost surprised there's not an encounter with a tiefling where you learn that your totally rad infernal tattoos are actually completely ridiculous (and where someone asks what on earth a "Larian Studios" is), but there's always time for that later. With the second patch put to bed, I imagine the third is only a matter of time. There's still time to put in an awkward conversation with Karlach, Larian. 

Joshua Wolens
News Writer

One of Josh's first memories is of playing Quake 2 on the family computer when he was much too young to be doing that, and he's been irreparably game-brained ever since. His writing has been featured in Vice, Fanbyte, and the Financial Times. He'll play pretty much anything, and has written far too much on everything from visual novels to Assassin's Creed. His most profound loves are for CRPGs, immersive sims, and any game whose ambition outstrips its budget. He thinks you're all far too mean about Deus Ex: Invisible War.