The role-playing game from the creators of Divinity: Original Sin is based on the Dungeons & Dragons rules and is already one of the best games of all time. In our Baldur’s Gate 3 tips and tricks, we’ll show you how to build a powerful party, level up properly, and successfully fight battles in Larian’s exceptional game.
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1) Every stat has advantages and disadvantages
According to the Belgian developers, there are tens of thousands of ways to play Baldur’s Gate 3. Not only the dialog options are relevant, but also your character’s stats. Unlike an Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry, a Dungeons & Dragons RPG requires you to weigh things up and set priorities. It’s impossible to level up or do everything.
Being a wizard doesn’t make you a good melee fighter, and vice versa. If you want to be able to talk to animals, cast bardic inspiration, or summon a magical hand, you’ll have to sacrifice other things. The game expects you to live up to the name role-playing game and embody your character as you created it.
2) Redistribute Attributes
In addition to attacks, spells, bonus actions, and tricks, you have the typical D&D attributes at your disposal. Their weighting is essential and determines the effectiveness of your actions. Charisma allows you to persuade others. Dexterity allows you to use weapons and spells more effectively and increases your chance of hitting your target.
Wisdom and Intelligence allow you to better understand the motivations of NPCs, which can be crucial in making decisions. Traps can also be detected more easily. And believe us: No dungeon is not full of step switches, mines, and invisible ropes.
Constitution and Initiative increase your maneuverability in combat and give you a better chance of making an extra attack when an enemy runs past you. Distribute your attributes wisely and according to both your class and your play style.
3) There’s nothing wrong with missing something
Your run through Baldur’s Gate 3 is inevitably like an iceberg: no matter how much you see, there is much, much more hidden beneath the surface. Unlike a linear adventure game, but also many other RPGs, complex systems are constantly interacting and determining what you experience. From the very beginning, it’s important whether you let Lae’zel join your party or kill her.
Whether you turn against the Mindflayer or defend him from the Devils also affects many things. The thing to keep in mind is that there are no wrong choices. You’re having your own personal adventure, and the chances of someone having the exact same experience as you are extremely slim.
4) How to build a good party
Your party in Baldur’s Gate 3 can consist of a maximum of four people at any given time (including your starting character), and we recommend that you stick to that number. Within the first few minutes, you’ll meet Lae’zel and Shadowheart. If you go to the Emerald Grove, you’ll be joined by Gale and Wyll, followed by the unwilling she-devil Karlach, Astarion, Halsin, Jaheira, Minsc, and Minthara.
If you’re wondering why you haven’t met some of them yet, almost every companion is missable, and any of them can be rejected or killed. However, if you add them to your party, they will be available in the camp and can be approached at any time. We recommend that you change your companions often and make your choices based on the quest you’re pursuing.
For example, if you’re looking for the crib, you may want to bring Lae’zel and Shadowheart. If it’s the Emerald Grove ritual, Wyll is a good choice, and if you’re dealing with the Devil, Karlach can be useful. It’s important that you distribute the attributes, spells, tricks, and abilities of your people well.
You should definitely have a specialist in disarming traps, someone who can talk to animals, a lockpick, and maybe someone else with a lot of charisma to talk to.
5) Resting tips
Resting is an important mechanic that we want to introduce to you in our Baldur’s Gate 3 tips and tricks. There are two types of rest: short and long. Short rest only partially replenishes the health points of your team members. The spell slots are not affected.
However, when you level up, you can add passive talent to some of your party members to fully heal them even during a short rest. Again, if you choose to add this talent, you won’t be able to add any others at that level. So you have to decide if healing on a short rest is important to you, or if you have enough healing potions on you anyway.
You can only take a short rest twice in a row in Baldur’s Gate 3. The third rest must be long. During this rest, you will set up your camp, including all party members. At the end of the rest, you must select a certain number of camp supplies to be consumed during the night. During the rest, you should talk to each of your people with an icon hovering over their heads.
You should also visit your chest and sort out your inventory there. Put things you don’t need right now, such as books, in it, and add storage supplies to your travel pack.
6) Use the bonus actions
Battles in Baldur’s Gate 3 are turn-based. Each turn can consist of up to three actions. The most important of these is, of course, the attack or spell you use. The second most important is movement. You can reposition your character within a certain radius. Make sure you don’t send them through traps, fire, or other unfavorable obstacles.
Proximity to enemies also plays a role. If you run right past an enemy, they can perform a bonus action that deals melee damage. You can also use bonus actions during each turn. These include a jump or a push. For example, if your enemies are standing on a cliff, you can push them to their deaths without spending any spell points.
However, don’t use the push lightly in Baldur’s Gate 3. For example, if an enemy has lost their balance, it will give you an advantage. By using a push, you can negate his penalty.
7) Baldur’s Gate 3 tips and tricks: Examine your enemies
Before triggering a combat situation in Baldur’s Gate 3, you should examine your potential enemies. What level are they and how many are they? Do they have the ability to call for reinforcements? If they are significantly outnumbered or two levels above you, you should run away and come back later.
In the fight itself, you need to find out the class and type of your enemies and cast the appropriate spells. Would a fire attack make sense, or would you rather cast ice or water? Against berserkers, for example, you’ll want to use ranged attacks.
8) Use the environment to your advantage
As in Divinity: Original Sin, your environment can be used in a variety of ways. If there are crates of poison next to your enemies, shoot them. If they are standing in a pool of alcohol, set them on fire. At the beginning of each battle, you should carefully scan the battlefield for such opportunities.
Keep in mind, however, that such actions can affect not only enemies but also your party. Make sure no one in your party is near when you set something on fire, explode something, or cast spells like Dagger Whirl in a corridor. These spells can also affect your party members.
9) Position yourself correctly in combat
A combat situation in Baldur’s Gate 3 occurs when it’s triggered by at least one character. In large areas, this can cause your people to spread out. It’s best to keep them close together before a battle. During the battle itself, it’s important to maintain the right balance between proximity and distance. If your enemies cast AoE spells, the worst-case scenario is that they will produce not one, but several corpses if the radius covers your companions.
Also, height differences, obstacles such as walls and roofs, and any other area-related conditions must be taken into account in your strategy. With each attack, the D&D dice works in the background, and the higher your chances of success, the more likely a hit will be. Distance to the target is very important. If you stand too far away, you may cause a critical failure. If you do that, even the most powerful spells won’t take a single HP from your enemy.
10) How to create light
A large part of the game world in Baldur’s Gate 3 consists of dungeons and interiors. They are often dark and full of traps. You need light to find your way around and to be able to see footswitches – at least from close range – even if your perception is off. You can create this with a torch, for example. Just make sure it doesn’t accidentally interact with alcohol or other flammable liquids.
It’s better to equip a character with night vision. Some races, such as dwarves, half-orcs, and elves, already have this ability. Other races can learn it through spells. Another way to get light is to light candles.
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