Update: We're still eagerly uncovering secrets and new paths in our playthroughs of Baldur's Gate 3! So we're regularly adding to our walkthrough, as well as updating our general BG3 advice, such as our recently-added build guides for the six origin/companion characters.
The beautiful and mysterious world of Baldur’s Gate 3 stretches from the rolling peaks of the mountain pass to the deepest reaches of the inscrutable Underdark. Its caves, crags and settlements are filled with hidden secrets to find, and its many quests are littered with alternate solutions and morally difficult decisions to make, not to mention different permutations that can arise from luck-based dice-rolls during conversation.
To help you get the most out of your enduring adventure, our Baldur’s Gate 3 walkthrough guides will cover the intricacies of building your character, how to make sense of specific systems, where to find vital items and how to bring different quests to the most satisfying conclusion based on your choices.
We’ve also collected some useful tips from our experience with the game to get you started!
- Baldur's Gate 3 Beginner's Guide
- Baldur's Gate 3 Quest Walkthrough
- Baldur's Gate 3 Character Guides
- Baldur's Gate 3 Relationship Guides
- Baldur's Gate 3 Item and System Guides
Baldur’s Gate 3 Beginner’s Guide
Your characters have different skills, switch between them for better bonuses
In Baldur’s Gate 3 a standard party has four characters. Each of these characters have different skills and abilities, and it matters who you choose to take on an action.
For example, if your created character is a fighter with low Charisma, they will have difficulty passing many quest-related dialogue checks. However, they’ll likely have a much better time intimidating people.
If you anticipate that someone might need sweet talking, consider switching to the character in your party with the highest Charisma by clicking on their portrait, so they will have a better chance at the dice roll.
This is true for other interactions as well. For example, if you’re trying to lockpick a chest or door, more dextrous characters proficient in Sleight of Hand will have an easier time completing the task. Rather than fumbling with a lock with your sausage-fingered create-a-character, get Astarion to take a go at it by clicking on his character portrait first and you will be surprised how much easier it is.
On the flip side of this though, it also matters who’s talking in a story conversation. Different characters will have different interactions with the people they’re talking to and you often get unique options if you use your created character in story-based dialogues.
Learn to use your Actions and Bonus Actions wisely - especially jump
You can almost always jump further than the movement cost you give up in Baldur’s Gate 3. Before you commit to movement during combat, try having a look at if you can jump to where you want to go instead.
This can help you to close large gaps more easily. You’d be surprised how often enemies get positioned just outside of your melee reach. Jumping can get you in the fight and ready to attack without falling short.
Remember, this takes up a Bonus Action though, so you won’t be able to do as much once you actually reach the location, compared to if you just ran there - that’s the tradeoff.
Get into the habit of quicksaving
In true Dungeons and Dragons tradition, things are supposed to go wrong in Baldur’s Gate 3 - it’s all part of the adventure.
However, in the real world - especially when you’re playing on your own - it can be frustrating to get invested in how a quest is playing out only to fail a dialogue check and be thrust down a path you’re not as happy with.
If you’re not content to be swept along by the whims of fate as you venture into the unknown with your party, get into the habit of quicksaving before conversations with pretty much every character. This will let you “save scum” (reload your save to try again) until you get the outcome you like.
You can split your party for difficult manoeuvres
There are times where your party will have to tiptoe through heavily-trapped tombs and avoid damaging obstacles.
This can be tough while in group mode, since you’ll plot a path with your main character, only to have another traipse along behind you and set everything off.
In these situations, toggle group mode off and you will be able to move each character individually by switching between them. You can then avoid traps and grab whatever you need without having an AI-controlled party member ruin the whole thing.
If you’re trying to set up an ambush before combat, click the “toggle group hide button”. This will let you stay as one party, but when you click to move one character the rest won’t follow - allowing you to set them up in an opportune position.
Set up advantages
In Baldur’s Gate 3, the surface that you’re fighting on matters. If the ground is on fire it will hurt you. If it’s greasy you will fall over. Don’t run willy-nilly over hazards unless you want a bad time.
Pay attention to your surroundings and you can create “advantages” against enemies which let you do bonus damage.
This could be attacking from higher ground, which is always recommended if possible. Or you could do it by using a consumable or spell to put your foes on difficult terrain.
Also, stealth isn’t just for the Rogue class. You can also gain an advantage from hiding, so make use of that Bonus Action to elude harm as well.
Why do they keep attacking me?
We’ve all done it, and have all been confused by it. When you click to run away from an enemy, they get a free swing for heavy damage against you.
This is called an “attack of opportunity”. To avoid them, you need to “disengage” from your action bar before you commit to moving.
The Thief subclass is special, because it can disengage as a bonus action. But as a rule of thumb, you should either stand and fight an enemy that’s next to you, or be ready for them to take a free swing at your character.
Baldur’s Gate 3 Quest Walkthroughs
Baldur's Gate 3 main quest walkthroughs
- How to rescue Halsin, the head druid
- Baldur's Gate 3 Goblin Camp guide
- Baldur’s Gate 3 Githyanki Creche guide
- Should you use Illithid Powers?
- Should you evolve into an Illithid?
Baldur's Gate 3 companion quest walkthroughs
- How to save Shadowheart from the mind flayer pod
- Should you side with Karlach or the Paladins of Tyr?
- Where to find Infernal Iron for Dammon
Baldur's Gate 3 Ravaged Beach side quests
- Where to find the location in the perfumed letter
- How to open the ancient door in the overgrown ruins
- Baldur's Gate 3 Overgrown Ruins guide
Baldur's Gate 3 Risen Road side quests
- What to do with Edowin the dead True Soul
- How to open the gilded chest of Selune in the Owlbear cave
- Should you open the Iron Flask from the missing shipment?
Baldur's Gate 3 Waukeen's Rest side quests
Baldur's Gate 3 Emerald Grove side quests
- How to save Sazza, the Goblin Prisoner
- Baldur's Gate 3 Pandirna: Who is the Paralysed Woman?
- How to find your belongings in The Hollow
- Baldur's Gate 3 Auntie Ethel: How to save Mayrina
- How to rescue Volo
Baldur's Gate 3 Blighted Village side quests
- How to access the Blighted Village Cellar
- How to recruit Lump the Enlightened
- How to finish the Masterwork weapon
- How to clear the Whispering Depths
- How to rescue to gnome in the Blighted Village
Baldur's Gate 3 Underdark side quests
- Where to find the Nightsong
- Baldur's Gate 3 Arcane Tower guide
- Baldur's Gate 3: Should you avenge Glut's Circle?
- Baldur's Gate 3: How to save Baelen and the Noblestalk
- Where to find Thrinn’s Missing Boots
- Baldur's Gate 3 Omeluum: Where to find timmask spore and tongue of madness
- Baldur's Gate 3 Grymforge guide
- How to save the Grymforge Gnomes
- Where to find Philomeen
- Baldur's Gate 3 Adamantine Forge guide
Baldur's Gate 3 Githyanki Creche side quests
- Where to find the Blood of Lathander
- How to solve the stained-glass window puzzle at Rosymorn Monastery
Baldur's Gate 3 Shadow-Cursed Lands side quests
- Where to find a Moonlantern for protection from the shadow curse
- Where to use the tower-shaped key
- How to protect Isobel at the Last Light Inn
- How to wake Art Cullagh
- Gauntlet of Shar guide
- Should you break Yurgir's contract with Raphael?
Baldur’s Gate 3 Character Guides
- Baldur's Gate 3 class tier list
- Who are the best party members in Baldur's Gate 3?
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Barbarian build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Bard build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Cleric build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Druid build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Fighter build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Monk build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Paladin build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Ranger build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Rogue build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Sorcerer build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Wizard build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Warlock build
- How to recruit all companions in Baldurs Gate 3
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Astarion build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Gale build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Karlach build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Lae'zel build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Shadowheart build
- The best Baldur's Gate 3 Wyll build
- Best Baldur's Gate 3 Weapons
- Best Baldur's Gate 3 Spells
Baldur's Gate 3 Relationship Guides
- How to romance Astarion
- How to romance Gale
- How to romance Karlach
- How to romance Lae'zel
- How to romance Shadowheart
- How to romance Wyll