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Baldur’s Gate 3 Gamers Discovered An Unimaginable Manner To Preserve Minthara Alive In A ‘Good’ Playthrough


Baldur’s Gate 3’s lodging of gamers’ extra esoteric decisions continues to astound me, two months after it launched. Gamers have just lately discovered a option to rescue and recruit Minthara—a secret companion character who you possibly can usually solely crew up with by murdering a gaggle of Tieflings and happening the “evil” path—with out having to resort to any such bloodshed. All with out utilizing mods or code. You simply…flip her right into a sheep.

The strategy first appeared on a Chinese forum, earlier than circulating on Reddit. YouTube user Arui has a prolonged, two-part walkthrough of your complete ordeal, and whereas it’s elaborate and fully predicated on a bug Larian Studios might at some point patch out, it does let you’ve got Minthara in your crew alongside characters who would usually disapprove of her.

Minthara seems in Baldur’s Gate 3’s first act as considered one of three leaders of the Goblin Camp it’s a must to infiltrate to save lots of druid companion Halsin (who fucks as a bear). In a regular playthrough you’d have to decide on between killing her alongside the opposite leaders, or siding together with her, thus permitting her to be a celebration member, albeit on the expense of others who don’t approve of your actions. To be able to mix the 2, that you must guarantee Minthara survives the battle, however trick the sport into perceiving her as lifeless, letting you progress the plot with out killing any Tieflings.

To do that, you’ll need to assault the Goblin Camp like regular, however as a substitute of killing Minthara, it’s essential to knock her out. This requires you to use non-lethal assaults—a setting you possibly can toggle at any time in your Passives menu so long as you’re utilizing melee weapons. So archers and spellcasters should assault accordingly. For those who knock Minthara out and kill the opposite Goblin Camp leaders, the sport will deal with this as a victory. However Minthara will nonetheless be alive, and after a Lengthy Relaxation will get up in the identical spot the place you punched her lights out. You received’t be capable of work together together with her but, however she’ll stand in place till you determine to assault her once more.

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Subsequent, you’ll must make some progress within the sport, each to stage up and study just a few skills, and to activate a fast-travel level within the Shadow-Cursed Lands at Moonrise Towers. You’ll want a torch as a lightweight supply and can face some robust enemies, however when you’ve activated the fast-travel level exterior the stronghold, you possibly can head again to the primary space to get Minthara.

It’s right here the place you’ll want two key spells to tug this off: Polymorph and Dominate Beast. The primary will mean you can rework Minthara right into a sheep, and the second will make her comply with you round with out bother. Polymorph will be realized by a Bard, Cleric (with Trickery Area subclass), Druid, Sorcerer, Warlock (with Sculptor of Flesh Eldritch Invocation), or Wizard. Dominate Beast is teachable to Clerics (with Nature Area subclass), Druids, Sorcerers, and Warlocks (with Archfey or Nice Previous One subclass). Be sure to cut up each skills between two totally different social gathering members, as they’ll each have to keep up Focus to tug this off.

Use Polymorph to show MInthara right into a sheep, then forged Dominate Beast to maintain her by your facet. This can tether her to your social gathering and permit her to quick journey with you again to Moonrise Towers. As soon as there, stroll inside and the sport will set off a judgment scene the place she’ll be placed on trial by her commanders within the stronghold. You’ll want some excessive Charisma to speak your method by this phase, however for those who can persuade her would-be executioners to throw her into their underground jail, you possibly can head right down to the cells, go just a few extra Charisma checks, and stroll her out as an ally as a substitute of an enemy.

In the end, that is nonetheless a bug, and it’s unclear if Larian will patch it out, and we’ve reached out to ask the studio for remark. However regardless of the exploit, the story adapts fairly properly to the scenario, with Minthara recognizing that she was being manipulated by your enemies, and selecting to facet with you to precise revenge. So narratively, all of it works itself out. The entire deal is a reasonably ingenious use of Baldur’s Gate 3’s programs to tug off what appeared not possible. It pushes the boundaries, however works inside the guidelines—some actual tabletop nonsense. Actually, I’d like to see Larian reward it by formally supporting the strategy. It’d require a bit clean-up and a few dialogue rewrites, but when I had been a DM of a marketing campaign and gamers broke my setup this successfully, I’d quite allow them to preserve occurring the trail they carved than divert them again to my authentic plan.