Baldur’s Gate 3 players deeply regrets saving Minthara in Honor Mode

Stephanie Zucarelli
Baldur's Gate 3 Minthara

Baldur’s Gate 3 players debated over the risky method for trying to recruit the drow without raiding the Grove during an Honor Mode run. Here’s what the Baldur’s Gate 3 community has been talking about.

Baldur’s Gate 3 introduces several companions that players can recruit while trying to stop the Mind Flyers’ invasion. While these NPCs will likely follow you whatever decision you make on your journey, some will ask you specific tasks that can quickly turn a good run into an evil playthrough.

This is the case of Minthara, a fan-favorite “evil” companion, who asks players to massacre Emerald Grove during Act 1. Since users hated the prospect of killing innocent refugees, most of them opted to “bug” Minthara’s quest and, thanks to Larian Studios’ Patch 5, were able to finally recruit her during Act 2.

However, this method has proven to be quite risky in Honor Mode, since this difficulty setting adds permadeath and disables save-scumming. This means that players can’t backtrack their steps if they make any mistakes, something that fans are very prone to while trying to knock out Minthara for her to appear later.

Some fans even admitted in Baldur’s Gate 3 Subreddit that recruiting Minthara in Honor Mode “isn’t worth it:” “First attempt at honor mode, I was probably the most cautious I’d ever been. Went through all the nautiloid section and got the Everburn blade for Lae’zel, recruited everyone, leveled up to Lv 4, and wanted to be nice, so I went and saved Sazza… worst mistake of my f*cking life,” said user ‘glfuel.’

The player then explained that they knocked out Minthara for her to spawn again in Act 2 and made sure to kill every goblin to stop the raid. After a partial rest, the user discovered that the drow was still attacking the Grove, along with spiders, other goblins, and an ogre. “My run ended after a spider bit me to death. The next time I see her it’s ON SIGHT,” commented the OP.

Fans explained to the OP that they shouldn’t let Sazza go if they wanted to recruit Minthara, and that the best way to “bug” the Grove quest is to steal an item to get her temporary hostile and then knock her out. “Getting Sazza to meet Minthara automatically triggers the raid because she knows the location of the grove,” explained user ‘Straddllw.’

While other players agreed that recruiting the drow wasn’t “worth stressing out,” especially because her romance options are locked with this method, some were adamant that missing Minthara doesn’t let players enjoy her interactions with the rest of the companions.

And that’s why some Baldur’s Gate 3 players think that Minthara isn’t worth the hassle during Honor Mode. If you want to know more about Larian Studios’ RPG, you can check what glitches were fixed after the release of Hotfix 15, and why players had enough of Astarion’s disapproval while traveling through Faerun.