12 tips for Baldur’s Gate 3 beginners

12 tips for Baldur's Gate 3 beginners

Beginner’s Guide to Baldur’s Gate 3: Explore Faerun with a Bang!

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Hey there, adventurer! Ready to embark on an epic journey through Faerun in Baldur’s Gate 3? Whether you’re a seasoned player or a newbie, our beginner’s guide will have you slaying monsters and cracking jokes in no time.

Don’t Stress About Choosing Your Class

Right from the start, Baldur’s Gate 3 bombards you with character creation choices. Appearance, race, class – it’s a lot to handle. But fear not! We’ve got a guide to help you choose your class, and even if you make a mistake, there’s an NPC who can fix it. So go ahead and experiment!

The Underlying Rules: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

Baldur’s Gate 3 follows the rules of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. If you’re familiar with the game, you’re already ahead of the curve. But if you’re new to D&D, don’t worry! The game does all the heavy lifting for you. Just click away and let the adventure unfold.

You Don’t Need to Know D&D to Play Baldur’s Gate

In Baldur’s Gate 3, the game does all the math and rule-checking for you. It’s like having a personal Dungeon Master in your computer. So don’t be intimidated! While there are some things you should know, most of it is common video game knowledge. Let’s start with the basics.

A Brief D&D Crash Course

In D&D (and Baldur’s Gate 3), your character’s abilities and skills determine how they interact with the world. Abilities like Strength, Dexterity, and Charisma shape your character’s skills. It’s all about rolling dice and adding modifiers to see if you succeed. But don’t worry, the game handles all the calculations.

For a more detailed breakdown of character creation, check out our Baldur’s Gate 3 character creation guide.

Gameplay: Real-Time and Turn-Based Fun

Baldur’s Gate 3 offers a mix of real-time and turn-based gameplay. Explore the world by clicking and moving your character around. When combat starts, the game switches to turn-based mode. Plan your moves strategically and unleash your skills to defeat enemies.

Move, Action, and Bonus Action

During your turn, you have three options: Move, Action, and Bonus Action. Move around the environment, perform actions like attacking, and use bonus actions for smaller tasks. Just remember to check the requirements for each action, especially for spells.

Conversations: A Different Kind of Turn-Based Interaction

Conversations in Baldur’s Gate 3 are where the weighty decisions happen. Choose your responses wisely, and pay attention to the skills required for certain options. Skill checks determine if you succeed, so pick responses that match your character’s strengths.

Embrace Failure and Overcome Challenges

Baldur’s Gate 3 isn’t afraid to let you fail. You might accidentally kill an important character or sell a crucial item. But fear not! Failures are just new obstacles to overcome. The game offers multiple paths and solutions, so keep pushing forward and embrace the unexpected.

Treat It Like a Video Game (But Beware of Stupidity)

While Baldur’s Gate 3 captures the essence of D&D, there’s no Dungeon Master to save you from your own stupidity. If you make a mistake or click the wrong thing, don’t be afraid to load a previous save. But be warned, the autosave can be unpredictable. Save often using the F5 key to avoid losing progress.

Experiment and Have Fun in the First Area

When you gain control of your character, take the time to explore the first area. Experiment with camera controls, interact with objects, and uncover hidden secrets. Learn how to use bonus actions like jumping and dipping your weapon in flames. The first area is your playground, so enjoy it!

Background Checks and Moving Objects

Keep an eye out for perception checks that happen in the background. These checks determine if you notice traps or hidden levers. Also, don’t forget to move objects around. You never know what secrets or shortcuts you might uncover by rearranging boxes or blocking traps.

So grab your sword, gather your party, and dive into the fantastical world of Baldur’s Gate 3. Remember, there’s no one right way to play, so embrace the adventure and let the fun begin!

Note: This guide was written with love and a sprinkle of humor by our experienced gamer and game guide extraordinaire.