Baldur's Gate 3 – Five tips to get started

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Baldur's Gate 3 – Five tips to get started

While cRPGs often give players enormous amounts of freedom to tackle the main objectives as they please, Baldur's Gate 3 kicks things up a notch, giving players almost complete freedom right from the start of the campaign.

However, with so many options, some players may feel overwhelmed by the game, especially if they are not D&D hardcore fans and have never played a similar game before. If you are among those players struggling to understand the basics of the Baldur's Gate 3 experience, you have come to the right place as the following tips will help you understand the game better and enjoy it more right from the start of your adventure to prevent yourself into becoming a mind flayer, or worse.

Take your time during character creation

Baldur's Gate 3 features a deep character creation system that allows you to customize pretty much every aspect of your character, from appearance to race, class, background, attributes and more. Generally speaking, there are no really bad combinations, so you can probably beat the game on Explorer and Balanced difficulty with any character, but if you want to make the most of them, you'll want to go for certain race and class combinations, to get the class's primary ability score to 16 to unlock bonuses like +1 to attack rolls and so on without being forced to create an unbalanced character. Being able to do that requires some D&D knowledge, so be sure to take your time when creating your character to find the best possible combos and have an easier time in the early game.

Make a balanced batch

Despite Baldur's Gate 3 not being extremely challenging, at least on Balanced difficulty, more often than not you'll find yourself at a disadvantage when fighting enemies, as you'll have to deal with multiple enemies with just your four characters. As such, you want to form a balanced party, with an attacker/tank that can take more than a few hits and retaliate, a support character that can heal and buff other party members, such as a cleric, and long-range attackers that can take advantage of higher ground to attack enemies while staying out of harm's way. Depending on your companions and how you've customized them, you can get out of most fights alive with any party combination, so experiment as much as you can to find what works best for you.

Abuse Quicksave

Baldur's Gate 3 has an extremely dynamic world where anything can happen at any time. You could be strolling through a peaceful forest and suddenly be attacked by a fearsome creature, or you could be walking around a village minding your own business and then be forced into an interaction that could result in a fight. As such, it is always a very good idea to save as much as possible by using the Quicksave option, which is easily accessible with both keyboard and mouse controls and a controller. Quicksave can also be used during battles and conversations, so if you're unsure whether a bold strategy will pay off, you can load a previous save to change your approach in case something goes wrong. It's certainly not the most natural way to play the game, but it works pretty well and comes with no penalties, so there's no real reason to be careful and save as often as possible.

Explore, Explore and Explore some more

The world of Baldur's Gate 3 is filled with items to collect, and you should definitely pick up any items you can see lying around or highlighted by pressing the alt key or right stick on your controller (unless you're stealing from someone). While most of the items you find around aren't particularly useful, many of them are, such as scrolls, food items that can be used to restore your lot during long rests, weapons, throwable items, and more. At worst, you can simply sell the items you don't need to vendors to get some extra gold, which is always useful to have. At best, you will have found a rare weapon or piece of equipment that can carry you through the toughest battles.

Think outside the box

During your time in Baldur's Gate 3, you'll often think that violence is a decent enough answer to your problems, but that's hardly the case. Despite not exactly being an open-world sandbox experience, the game allows players to complete mission objectives in any way they want, and thinking outside the box and experimenting is always the way to go to make some fun discoveries.

During the early game, for example, you must infiltrate a goblin camp and kill its three leaders in order to save the Druid's Grove from them. While going into the camp and casting spells sounds fun, it will pit you against the entire camp, making it difficult to reach the three leaders and kill them. However, if you try to be friendly with the goblins and use your party's skills to avoid conflict, you can reach the three leaders without having to fight an entire army of angry goblins and study some creative ways to get rid of them. Pro tip: try to push Dror Ragzlin while he's on the throne.

Baldur's Gate 3 is chock full of similar situations, so don't be afraid to experiment. Use Quicksave to avoid losing too much progress as often as you can, and have fun playing with an incredibly dynamic world that wants you to find unique answers to the many questions it poses!

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