Baldur’s Gate 3: How to save all Gondians in Steel Watch Foundry

Emily Stander
Gondians in Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 gives you the option to save all the Gondians, but this can be a pretty tough task when you reach the Steel Watch Foundry. Here is how you can make sure all of them make it out safely. 

The Gondians in Baldur’s Gate 3 are a race of people who have effectively been taken hostage by Gortash to build and maintain his Steel Watch. When you arrive in Baldur’s Gate, you have the option to try and save them.

Some players have had an issue with trying to save the Gondians, because they seem to run right into the face of the enemy and kill themselves before they have a chance to do any damage. There are ways to work around this, so here’s how to save the Gondians in BG3.

How to save all Gondians in Baldur’s Gate 3

To save all the Gondians in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need to make sure you rescue the Gondians imprisoned in the Iron Throne and The Steel Watch Foundry

Saving the Gondians in Baldur’s Gate 3 can be quite a difficult task, because you’re trying to save a lot of squishy NPCs from powerful enemies. The first thing you’re going to want to do is get the quest, heading to the Iron Throne, and then infiltrating the Steel Watch Foundry. 

A map of the Lower City in Baldur's Gate 3
You can find the Steel Watch Foundry far West of the Lower City.

Saving the Gondians in The Iron Throne

In order to save all the Gondians, you must enter the secret prison of Baldur’s Gate: The Iron Throne. Wyll’s personal quest should take you here too, but you don’t have to save the Gondians in order to succeed that questline. 

So, if you want to make sure the Gondians survive the inevitable blow-up of The Iron Throne, you need to make sure you let them go from their holding cells in time. 

Here is how you can get to The Iron Throne: 

  1. Head to Flymm Cargo on the East side of the Grey Harbor and go inside. 
  2. Enter a hidden hatch on the left side of the building.
  3. Walk straight and follow the path until you meet Redhammer the Deviser
  4. Convince him to take you to The Iron Throne. 

When you go down to The Iron Throne, Gortash will warn you against doing so. If you ignore him and continue anyway, he will set the prison to self-destruct. You will have six combat rounds to make sure everyone gets out safely. 

Don’t worry too much about fighting anyone here, and prioritize getting all the prisoners out. Once you have managed to do so, speak to the Gondians afterward and you will get the “Save the Gondians” quest. 

BG3: How to save the Gondians in the Steel Watch Foundry

To save all the Gondians in the Steel Watch Foundry, Baldur’s Gate 3 players will need to make sure they deactivate Motivators and stop Wulbren from killing them

Here are a few tips to make sure you can save all Gondians in the Steel Watch Foundry:

  • Prioritize deactivating the Motivators
  • Heal the Gondians when they take damage
  • Try and take as much aggro as you can
  • Avoid using AoE spells that can hurt the Gondians
A Gondian in Baldur's Gate 3
Gondians have collars around their necks that can explode through Motivators.

The most important thing to take into account is that if any guards drop a Motivator, make sure to deactivate it. It takes one turn to deactivate the Motivator, but if you don’t do it, the collars around the Gondian’s necks will blow up. 

Previously, Gondians had a tendency to be a bit suicidal and run into enemies with reckless abandon. Since Patch 6, however, this has changed. Gondians now have 14 Dexterity, the Blur spell, and better armor.

Use some buffs and healing spells on them when they’re having a bad time, and you should be able to make sure most of them get out. If you want to easily deal with any Steel Watchers, you can use Banish on them to take them out of the fight. 

Lastly, once you have blown up the Steel Watch Foundry, you will find Wulbren waiting for you outside. He will try to kill the surviving Gondians, and you will need to convince him to turn away. 

That’s everything we know about saving all the Gondians. If you want to know more tips and tricks for a successful Baldur’s Gate 3 playthrough, you can check out our guides list below.

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Emily is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. Most of the time, you can find her playing RPGs and platformers - but she enjoys engaging in the rage of Overwatch 2 or Apex Legends from time to time. Emily has a Masters in Media Studies and has been working as a journalist for over 5 years, both freelance and full-time. You can contact her at [email protected]