Baldur’s Gate 3: How to help the Local Rat & open The Pantry Chest

Stephanie Zucarelli
Baldur's Gate 3 ShadowheartLarian Studios

In Baldur’s Gate 3, there are plenty of side quests you can do, and some of them need a bit of clever thinking to figure out. If you’re having a hard time with the quest to open The Pantry Chest and help the Local Rat in Baldur’s Gate 3, then we’ve got you covered.

RPG fans are going through every nook and cranny of Baldur’s Gate 3 as the game is filled with a ton of fun content to check out, like characters and creatures in need of help. These NPCs give you mini sidequests that help you gain XP and level up fast.

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The Local Rat side quest is a short mission that requires a certain level of creativity, but it’s quite simple to solve if characters get their timing right.

Here’s everything you need to know on how to help the Local Rat and open The Pantry Chest.

Baldur’s Gate 3: How to talk to the Local Rat

You can interact with the Local Rat in Baldur’s Gate 3 by using the Speak With Animals spell, non-verbal cues, or a Potion of Animal Speaking. You can find this rat in The Druid Grove, and it’s easy to identify because of its damaged tooth.

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This Local Rat tells you that it chipped its tooth on “the evil thing” that’s inside a box. Then, it will guide you through a locked Storage room. Here you’ll find a Tiefling called Pandirna that’s sitting on the ground and blocks the party from opening The Pantry Chest that the rat needs help with.

Baldur’s Gate 3: How to open The Pantry Chest

Baldur's Gate Local Rat Side quest, Tiefling PandirnaLarian Studios
Pandirna will stop you if you want to break open The Panty Chest in Baldur’s Gate 3.

When you get into the Storage room, you’ll meet a Tiefling called Pandirna sitting in front of a crate. After communicating with the rat, you’ll discover that “the evil thing” is in the crate right behind her.

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If you talk to Pandirna, she’ll tell you that she drank a potion that has weakened her legs and she can’t move. You’ll be able to heal her using any healing spell to get her to stand up and move away. But be aware that at this point, the Tiefling will be able to alert guards of any suspicious movements you make to help the Local Rat. Don’t worry, there’s a way you can get through her.

When Pandirna is facing away from you arranging her belongings, you can try to open quickly The Pantry Chest. You can also use a blind spot that’s in the room’s corner, and discreetly open the chest while in Stealth mode.

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Stephanie is a Writer at CharlieIntel who is currently obsessing over Baldur's Gate 3 and LEGO Fortnite, but finds time for trying out any RPG or simulator she can get. You can reach her at [email protected].