Baldur’s Gate 3 player discovers rare enemy mechanic after 400 hours

Emily Stander
Viconia in Baldur's Gate 3

Fights in Baldur’s Gate 3 are nothing short of complicated, especially considering all the buffs and debuffs, enemy movements, spell slots, and a myriad of other things to keep track of. After 400 hours of gameplay, though, one player has found an entirely new mechanic to consider. 

Enemies in Baldur’s Gate 3 have just as many mechanics as the characters you play, if not more in some cases. They can be extremely difficult to overcome if you are not prepared, especially if you aren’t aware of all the mechanics they have at their disposal. 

Some enemy mechanics can make things a little easier, though. Enemies in the game tend to be predictable with what they are going to use against you, particularly at lower difficulties. They also rarely have access to the Illithid powers, scrolls, and diversity at your hand. 

One Baldur’s Gate 3 player found an interesting mechanic when you are dominating a fight that could be a game-changer for how you are able to roleplay. 

“I discovered that enemies can surrender. These are the goblins that were bullying the gnome on the windmill. I threatened them into leaving, then attacked them as they were leaving,” ‘Daeloki’ shared in a Reddit post. 

“Suddenly combat ended and their leader stood there with the surrendered status,” they continued. 

Players in the comments seemed to be unaware that this was something that enemies could do, which led a lot to believe that the OP’s experience was actually encounter-specific, especially considering that this happened with Goblins who can attack you even if you don’t start the fight yourself. 

“Its encounter specific, enemies don’t surrender. The only other one is Crusher in the goblin camp and maybe Ethel if you take her offer into account,” one player explained. 

As mentioned, surrendering seems to happen in quest-specific situations where it adds to the story if the enemy in question decides to throw their hands up when they are obviously losing the fight. 

Despite that the mechanic may not be true for all enemies, a lot of players who did encounter it found that it saved them while playing Honour Mode. 

“I got this too on my Honour Mode! I thought the goblins were going to end me but killing this main goblin instantly ended the fight. Pleasant surprise especially this find saves my Honour Mode,” a player commented. 

For other cool finds players have made in Baldur’s Gate 3, you can check out these two early-game items you may have missed and why companions might secretly hate each other.