The following guide to Baldur's Gate 3 contains a complete set of information about the next installment of this cult RPG series. Here you will find basic information that will help you finish the game.
The guide currently contains information based on the preliminary materials. At this point, you can find chapters focused on e.g. combat mechanics, the character creation system, and dialogs.
After the release of the full version of Baldur's Gate 3, the guide will be expanded. It will contain, among other things, a full walkthrough and an extensive FAQ section with answers to questions that may arise during the game.
Guide in progress. Based on Early Access version. It will be updated as the game develops.
- Tips for beginners
- Quests in the prologue and first chapter of Baldur's Gate 3
- Companion quests in Baldur's Gate 3
- Maps and world atlas of Baldur's Gate 3
- Secrets and puzzles in Baldurs Gate 3
- I have a question and I'm looking for an answer
- Character classes in Baldur's Gate 3
- Character creation and party in Baldur's Gate 3
- Baldur's Gate 3 PC system requirements
- Game's length
- The plot in Baldur's Gate 3
- Will Baldur's Gate 3 be released on consoles?
- When will Baldur's Gate 3 be released?
- What will the game offer in early access?
- Why isn't Baldur's Gate 3 created by BioWare?
- Can you pause the game?
- Where are the save files stored?
- How to cancel an action?
- Can you have more than one character created?
- Is Baldur's Gate 3 just Divinity Original Sin 3?
Tips for beginners
- Save the game often. The number of saves isn't limited, and saving the game often will prevent you from failing tasks and making wrong decisions.
- Analyze your opponents – you can do this by right-clicking on them. This will allow you, for example, to identify their strengths and weaknesses, as well as to better plan the strategy for fighting them.
- Deploy team members on the battlefield with care. Try to make the ranged characters have the height advantage, and to make the characters fighting at a short distance easily reach their enemies.
- Beware of various traps and environmental hazards. These can include fire, slippery surfaces, or objects that can explode when hit. Some of them can be used to weaken opponents more effectively.
- You can skip most fights and it's a good idea if you have a hard time winning. Try to sneak past stronger enemies or simply look for a different path to your current destination.
- Prepare as best you can for skills tests, because you can't repeat them. Choose characters with proficiencies and highly developed traits and consider loading an earlier save in case an important attempt fails.
- Search the area as thoroughly as possible. Some treasures, crates and interactive objects light up when you hold down the Alt key, but explore other objects too. This will allow you to acquire large amounts of valuable loot.
- Look for optional locations and passages. Reaching seemingly inaccessible places is often possible by jumping, for example to a higher shelf or to the other side of the river.
- Try to recruit your first companions quickly. After completing the prologue, you will begin the lone adventure, but already in the first major area you will find some great candidates to recruit.
For more tips, check out the Beginner's Guide section.
Quests in the prologue and first chapter of Baldur's Gate 3
Below is a list of all the quests available in the prologue and the first act of Baldur's Gate 3 – this is the entire content available in the Early Access version. Descriptions of all quests can be found in our walkthrough.
- Escape the Nautiloid
- Explore the Ruins
- Find the Missing Shipment
- Find the Mushroom Picker
- Find the Nightsong
- Free Lae'zel
- Hunt the Devil
- Investigate the Beach
- Protecting the Myconid
- Removing the Parasite
- Rescue the Gnome
- Rescue the Grand Duke
- Rescue the Trapped Man
- Rescue Volo
- Save Arabella
- Save Mayrina
- Save the Goblin Sazza
- Save the Refugees
- Search the Cellar
Companion quests in Baldur's Gate 3
Below is a list of all companion quests available in the Early Access version of Baldur's Gate 3. Descriptions of all companion quests can be found in our walkthrough.
- Daughter of Darkness - Shadowheart
- The Blade of Frontiers - Wyll
- The Githyanki Warrior - Lae'zel
- The Pale Elf - Astarion
- The Wizard of Waterdeep - Gale
Maps and world atlas of Baldur's Gate 3
Here is a compilation of maps of locations available in Baldur's Gate 3. Our world atlas has high-quality maps of the main areas on which we marked, e.g. interesting places to visit, important NPCs, tough monsters, or unique treasures and secrets.
- Map M1 Nautiloid - a flying ship on which the prologue takes place
- Map M2 Overgrown Ruins and Roadside Cliffs
- Map M3 Druid Grove and Silvanus Grove
Secrets and puzzles in Baldurs Gate 3
Below you have a list of the puzzles and their solutions found in Baldur's Gate 3. Solve difficult puzzles to unlock secret passages or find various secrets. Each puzzle has its own solution in the Solutions to puzzles chapter.
- Myrnath and the talking brain - Nautiloid - this puzzle is in the prologue. Solve it in the right way and you will get a companion - an Intellect Devourer.
- Closed chest - Nautiloid - You need a special key to open this chest. You will find it on board the flying ship.
- Overgrown Ruins - how to enter? - The ruins are the first dungeon you can visit in the game. There are 3 main ways to enter them.
- Chest near the Owlbear Nest - To open the chest, solve a puzzle in which you have to find and read a prayer.
- Stone slabs with runes, Emerald Grove - This is a more extensive puzzle in the Druids Grove. Solve it to gain access to a secret chamber with rare treasures.
- Prisoners in pods - Nautiloid - You can use the terminal controlling the capsules with ordinary prisoners and examine the capsule with a cleric named Shadowheart.
I have a question and I'm looking for an answer
In the FAQ section of our guide, we have listed the common problems that can be encountered throughout the game and explained some of the more complex gameplay mechanics.
- Difficulty level - can I change it? - You may want to lower the difficulty level after encountering a particularly challenging fight.
- Saving the game - when? - We inform if it is possible to save the game even during a fight.
- Healing - how to heal heroes? - This plays an important in keeping the party alive.
- Jumping - how and what for? - This is one of the most important additional skills.
- Traps - how to disarm? - An activated trap can seriously damage or even kill party members.
- Death - how to avoid it? - You can learn how to avoid seeing the game over screen.
- Avoiding a fight - is it possible? - You may want to skip some confrontations due to opponents' high levels.
- Secret passages - how to find them? - They can allow you to take alternative paths and reach treasures.
- Skillcheck - can you repeat it? - A failed skillcheck can prevent you from doing something or even lead to a fight.
- Experience points - how to gain? - You need them to level up the party members.
Character classes in Baldur's Gate 3
The Early Access version of Baldur's Gate 3 has 6 character classes. We have listed them below.
Character creation and party in Baldur's Gate 3
You will find pages on creating and developing your character, as well as managing the party.
- Character creation - We described the most important features of the character creator.
- Attributes - We have presented all the main attributes that describe every character.
- Skills - We have listed all the most important skills.
- Party management - We have prepared the most important tips for managing the heroes.
- List of playable characters - We have prepared a list of potential party members along with their locations.
- Camp - We described this special location where you can meet your companions.
Baldur's Gate 3 PC system requirements
- Processor: Intel i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350
- RAM: 16 GB
- Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
- DirectX: 11
- Disk space: 70 GB
- Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10
The Early Access version of Baldur's Gate 3 includes the first out of the three acts. It should take you about 25-30 hours to complete the first chapter.
The playtime can be significantly longer if you try to create more characters and experiment with character builds and party formations. Baldur's Gate 3 also has many choices and minor changes depending on previous decisions, character attributes, or party attitude. All this encourages the player to repeat the quests.
The plot in Baldur's Gate 3
The story in Baldur's Gate 3 is unrelated to the previous installments of the series – it takes place about a hundred years after the events presented in the Throne of Bhaal. The story begins with the invasion of the Illithids (also known as mind flayers) on the eponymous city – Baldur's Gate.
Some of the inhabitants were kidnapped during the attack and then turned into a Mind Flayer. This is caused by an embryo that feeds on the host's brain.
You play as a character who managed to avoid being kidnapped. However, you were infected with one of these embryos. At first, the main character tries to get rid of the parasite. However, they slowly discover that thanks to it, they have abilities unavailable to healthy people.
Will Baldur's Gate 3 be released on consoles?
The Early Access version of Baldur's Gate 3 is available only on PC. The final version of the game is expected to get console ports, probably for PS5 and Xbox Series X.
When will Baldur's Gate 3 be released?
The release date of Baldur's Gate 3 is currently unknown. The Early Access version debuted on October 6, 2020. It includes the prologue and the first out of the three acts of the campaign.
What will the game offer in early access?
The Early Access version of Baldur's Gate 3 will include the first out of three acts. In total, this will give you approx. 30 hours of gameplay.
Why isn't Baldur's Gate 3 created by BioWare?
The Baldur's Gate series is based on the table-top game Dungeons & Dragons. The first two parts of the series were developed by BioWare and released by Interplay Entertainment. Due to the publisher's financial problems, its brand rights expired.
Since then, there have been rumors of the studio working on the third game. However, it was not until mid-2019 that Larian Studios announced they were working on Baldur's Gate 3.
Can you pause the game?
No, Baldur's Gate 3 does not have the option to stop the game completely. Even if you press the ESC key or open any menu, the game will still run in the background. This can theoretically lead to an unwanted fight if there are any opponents in the area close to the party. Fortunately, the game uses a turn-based combat system – you don't have to rush with giving orders to the party members.
Where are the save files stored?
Knowing about the directory for Baldur's Gate 3 saves can help you, for example, make a copy of them. For the PC version purchased on Steam, the default location of the save files is:
A catalog with a large number of automatic, quick, and manual saves will take up a few hundred megabytes on a hard drive.
How to cancel an action?
To cancel a command (e.g. melee attack or a spell), you can press the right mouse button or the ESC key. This is helpful if you want, for example, to choose a different skill or to move to a different place before using a given attack.
Can you have more than one character created?
Yes, you can create more custom characters. Each of them will become a separate profile that you can name. To switch between characters/profiles, you need to go back to the main menu, click on the Profiles button, and select a profile you want to use. This is a good idea if you want to play the game with characters representing, for example, different races and classes, genders, or backgrounds.
Is Baldur's Gate 3 just Divinity Original Sin 3?
No, despite some similarities with previous Larian Studios games, Baldur's Gate 3 has its own identity. The whole game is based primarily on the D&D rules – this is very important in combat, character development, and skillchecks.
BG3 has a lot of elements known from both parts of Divinity Original Sin - the game has a lot of choices, the graphics style and way of presenting the action are similar, and the environment can be very interactive which is useful during combat and exploration.
About Baldurs Gate 3 Guide, Walkthrough
Author : Agnieszka "aadamus" Adamus & Jacek "Stranger" Halas & Lukasz "Qwert" Telesinski for gamepressure.com
Translator : Mateusz "Ictius" Sawka
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Baldur's Gate III Video Game
- genre: RPG
- developer: Larian Studios
- publisher: Larian Studios
- platform: PC
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