As another year winds down, we’ve all started looking back at the games we’ve spent the most time in, or obsessed over the most. There are plenty that spring to mind, but there are two in particular that set themselves apart for me: Baldur’s Gate 3 and Disney Dreamlight Valley. With Baldur’s Gate 3 finally coming out of early access and delivering a wholly engrossing adventure, it’s natural to find it at the top of many Game of the Year lists. I recently jumped back into Disney Dreamlight Valley, farming hundreds of pumpkins to sell in time for its own 1.0 release. While the games couldn’t be more different, both prominently feature companions as a means to pull the player further into the world, and both games allow the player to take on quests to solve their personal plights. This got me thinking about the villagers of Disney Dreamlight Valley and what class they would be in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Donald Duck as the Barbarian (Obviously)
Let’s start with the obvious choice to blend Disney Dreamlight Valley villagers and Baldur’s Gate 3 companions—and the reason this list exists in the first place. Donald is a very friendly villager you can unlock early on, but he flies off the handle constantly! It was so bad that early patches were implemented to reduce his fits of rage, though it hardly seems to have made a difference. Regardless, this makes him perfect as a Barbarian, channeling that feathery rage into a tool for good (or evil, I’m not judging your choices). Just make him leap off of a slightly too-tall structure and he’ll fall on his face and erupt with destructive rage. He’s clearly a Wildheart Barbarian, but since Duck Heart isn’t an option, maybe he’ll accept Eagle Heart as a substitute.
Buzz Lightyear as the Ranger
It’s in the job title, Buzz Lightyear is a Space Ranger. While we don’t get to see him hunting or tracking in Disney Dreamlight Valley, this is a chance to let him do what he does best. You might argue that a Space Ranger isn’t just a ranger in space, but then you’re arguing against letting Buzz use that arm laser to blow up a cache of explosive barrels and an entire camp of goblins with it. You simply cannot. Not to mention, Buzz is so small he’d be perfect for discreetly tracking his target! He could also probably summon Slinky Dog or Hamm as a familiar.
Elsa as the Archfey Warlock
While there were a few other candidates for Warlock (Ursula, I’m looking at you), I wanted to pick someone for Warlock who isn’t a villain, but more of a misunderstood outsider, much like my own character in Baldur’s Gate 3. Who better for this class than Elsa, who received her powers from the elemental spirits of an enchanted forest, and exiles herself the first time she loses control of her powers? If you’ve seen Frozen 1 and 2, you’ve already followed Elsa’s arc to understand and accept her powers, and much like a warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3, she uses all her spell slots for one big song before requiring a short rest.
Mickey Mouse as the Fighter/Sorcerer
I can’t make a list of Disney characters and not include Mickey Mouse. Of course, he’s the everyman, the ‘Mario’ of the cast, so I had to give him the most basic class: the Fighter. That’s not to say that Fighter doesn’t have the potential to be more interesting (especially as an Eldritch Knight) but “Human Fighter” is practically a meme for a reason. I was ready to call it a day on Mickey but then I remembered he was literally the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia! The magic he wields seems more in line with a Wizard since it’s not an innate magic found within him, but his reckless use of spells and the unforeseen consequences practically scream Wild Magic. As such, Mickey is the only multiclass character on the list, and he’ll hopefully summon an army of brooms to back him up on the battlefield.
Scar as the Bard
Be Prepared. Enough said.
Beast as the Druid
I initially thought of Beast as the perfect Barbarian; his rage is a major catalyst in Beauty and the Beast, but by the end of the movie he’s learned to accept love and is no longer a rage-fueled monster. There is a class that is all about changing from a normal person to a hulking force of nature: the Druid! This class choice plays on the assumption that he can transform at will following the events of his film, allowing Beast to change to suit the party’s needs. The enchanted rose is a big part of his story, so the Druid spell Thorn Whip is the best kind of thematic synergy.
Vanellope as the Rogue
If you need proof that Vanellope would make a good rogue, just watch Wreck-It Ralph and its sequel. She’s smooth-talking, adorable, and comes with the ability to glitch around, presumably through walls and doors that may be protecting, say, a bank vault. Her charm and small stature are perfect for sneaking or talking her way into places she shouldn’t be, and she can always glitch her way out of trouble if she is somehow caught. Plus she would probably use a pair of sharpened candy canes as daggers, which makes this pairing worth it on its own.
Stitch as the Monk
Finally, rounding out my list is the Alien Experiment 626, otherwise known as Stitch. His proclivity for playing the ukulele, dressed as Elvis no less, may have you thinking he should be a bard, but when you think about Stitch’s unique characteristics a monk is a better fit. Plus Scar is already the perfect bard. While he spends most of his time on Earth disguised (poorly) as a dog, Stitch does have an extra pair of arms. Additionally, as a ‘pet,’ he can be found sans clothing most of the time. Monks benefit from forgoing armor, giving them extra movement and defense, and they can attack multiple times if they use only their fists. This turns him into a blue blur that would put Sonic the Hedgehog to shame as Stitch darts around the battlefield walloping every enemy he encounters with a four-handed Flurry of Blows. Meega nala kweesta, indeed.
While these are the Disney Dreamlight Valley villagers I would use, there are enough characters, classes, and subclasses to create plenty of interesting combinations. Whether you want to see Simba as a Cleric for a goof, or you have plenty of evidence for why Mother Gothel is the perfect Arcane Trickster Rogue, or if you really just want to use Prince Eric as a Human Fighter, all of these options are completely valid. On the flip side, it could be fun to think about how Astarion would fit in with the rest of your Disney Dreamlight Valley villagers.