Baldur’s Gate 3’s lodging of gamers’ extra esoteric selections continues to astound me, two months after it launched. Gamers have just lately discovered a strategy to rescue and recruit Minthara—a secret companion character who you may usually solely workforce up with by murdering a bunch 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.
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The strategy first appeared on a Chinese language discussion board, earlier than circulating on Reddit. YouTube consumer Arui has a prolonged, two-part walkthrough of the whole ordeal, and whereas it’s elaborate and completely predicated on a bug Larian Studios may sooner or later patch out, it does let you will have Minthara in your workforce alongside characters who would usually disapprove of her.
Minthara seems in Baldur’s Gate 3’s first act as one in all three leaders of the Goblin Camp it’s important to infiltrate to save lots of druid companion Halsin (who fucks as a bear). In a typical 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. So as to mix the 2, it is advisable to guarantee Minthara survives the battle, however trick the sport into perceiving her as useless, letting you progress the plot with out killing any Tieflings.
To do that, you’ll should assault the Goblin Camp like regular, however as a substitute of killing Minthara, you could knock her out. This requires you to use non-lethal assaults—a setting you may 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 gained’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 have to make some progress within the recreation, each to degree up and be taught a couple of skills, and to activate a fast-travel level within the Shadow-Cursed Lands at Moonrise Towers. You’ll want a torch as a light-weight supply and can face some robust enemies, however when you’ve activated the fast-travel level exterior the stronghold, you may head again to the primary space to get Minthara.
It’s right here the place you’ll want two key spells to drag this off: Polymorph and Dominate Beast. The primary will assist you to rework Minthara right into a sheep, and the second will make her comply with you round with out hassle. Polymorph might be discovered 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 break up each skills between two completely different celebration members, as they’ll each have to keep up Focus to drag this off.
Use Polymorph to show MInthara right into a sheep, then forged Dominate Beast to maintain her by your facet. It will tether her to your celebration 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 manner via this section, however in the event you can persuade her would-be executioners to throw her into their underground jail, you may head all the way down to the cells, go a couple of 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 nicely to the state of affairs, with Minthara recognizing that she was being manipulated by your enemies, and selecting to facet with you to actual revenge. So narratively, all of it works itself out. The entire deal is a fairly ingenious use of Baldur’s Gate 3’s techniques to drag off what appeared not possible. It pushes the boundaries, however works throughout the guidelines—some actual tabletop nonsense. Truthfully, 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 have been a DM of a marketing campaign and gamers broke my setup this successfully, I’d reasonably allow them to maintain happening the trail they carved than divert them again to my authentic plan.