Larian is back with a brand new RPG, and excuse my French, but it’s a banger. For an early access release, Baldur’s Gate 3 is surprisingly expansive, offering tons of content, characters and enough unique combat situations to coax out your most absurd strategies and tactics. In this short guide, we’re going to run through some useful Baldur’s Gate 3 tips and tricks to know as you get started. Follow along as we help you to embark on your first adventure to fight the Mind Flayers and reclaim that tortured mind of yours.
Baldur’s Gate 3 tips and tricks
Now, Baldur’s Gate 3 is only in Early Access at the moment, so these tips and tricks might change a little bit, but ultimately, we’ve got full faith in their ability to see you through every update and turn that the game takes over the next *insert length of time here*. So, without any more of that ado, here are our Baldur’s Gate 3 tips and tricks.
Save scum to your heart’s content
If you’re a fan of the style of RPGs that Larian make, then you’re most likely already quite vigilant with the quick save and quick load buttons (F5 and F8, if you’re wondering.) An inevitable part of any RPG of this scale is making a terrible mistake and losing progress because you forgot to save before making a decision. Mitigate this issue early by saving as much as possible. Right now you can’t save during dialogue, which makes things quite tricky, but just be sure to save before any conversation if you’re that bothered about making an arse of yourself in candid conversation. If you’re a completionist, it makes sense to use the quick load often if you want to see the other side of certain roll-dependent events and checks. Some people might argue that this ruins the fun, but I’m not the fun police, and I endorse enjoying this great game in any way that you see fit.
Assess your environment
Now that you’ve started saving before every encounter, the next most important tip is to hold the ALT key to assess your environment regularly. Before you start each battle, think about how you can use what’s around you to your advantage. Is there a death-trap dangling above some goon’s head? Can you catch a goblin out in a precarious position? Consider using spells like Mage Hand to prod and shove enemies from afar, or failing that, get right up close and personal and ram them out of the picture, perhaps to their doom.
Think outside of the box
All of the typical Dungeons and Dragons bonus actions are readily available in Baldur’s Gate 3, so try and make use of them at all times. Dipping your sword in acid or fire is always useful, as is jumping to disengage and avoid an opportunity attack. You’ll pick up a ton of throwable items in-game that can at first seem redundant, but small fire bottles and gravity-based explosives can make enemies stumble and turn the tide of a tough fight in a pinch. Think about how the elements react with each other in real life to get the most out of Baldur’s Gate 3’s dynamic systems and cause devastating, combat-ending explosions.
Engage your companions and build your dream team
Despite the sickly mind tadpole premise, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a charming, endearing and funny game full of great gags and brilliant dialogue. Continually engage your companions before and after critical events to get their read on the situation, and make sure you’re managing their inventories at all times to make sure they’re wearing the best armour and wielding weapons that suit their skills. You’ll quickly find out which companions play nice with others, and which ones can be abrasive. Follow your heart and surround yourselves with the sinister support group you deserve, and make sure you’re not stacking companions of the same class in a party. Variety is essential to success, so make sure you’ve got a team full of different vocations so you can adapt to every situation.