Baldur’s Gate 3 players adore overlooked Karlach backstory detail in plain sight

Emily Stander
Karlach in Baldur's Gate 3

The detail in Baldur’s Gate 3 is nothing short of impressive for many players, and that doesn’t only go for the stories you follow through your journey. As one player found, if you look a little closer, there’s something interesting to find about Karlach’s character design. 

When Baldur’s Gate 3 players first meet Karlach, she’s quite literally on fire. It’s a little intimidating, but it’s the perfect introduction to the fiery Tiefling with a good heart. Well, “heart” may be pushing it a bit – especially considering she doesn’t have one. 

As you dig deeper into her story, she tells you about her time in Avernus. With killing demons in the Blood War, being an effective slave to Zariel, and having her heart ripped out to be replaced by an Infernal Engine, Karlach has not had the easiest of times. 

One player discovered that, if you look a little closer at her weapon, her story is also actually told through her weapon. 

In a post on Reddit, ‘Hemiptera1’ shared a photo of Karlach’s weapon that shows the different shades of blue and silver that come from killing Demons and running in a constantly overheating body. 

“That blue patina is called oxidative blueing and is only achieved through repeated heating and cooling to a very specific temp,” the OP explained. “With this I estimated her Infernal Engine runs at roughly 575 degrees Fahrenheit. Just thought it was a really cool detail to add.”

Baldur’s Gate 3 players in the comments loved this detail, but they pointed out that the discoloration you can see in her weapon isn’t actually due to her Infernal Engine. 

“It is not her engine, the heat is not that far spread,” one player explained. “It is what she is using that weapon against, which is usually a bunch of demons with hell fire, and Avernus has free flowing lava around which does make the area pretty hot.”

Whether or not the detail comes about due to demon-slaying or her Infernal Engine, players loved that this existed in Baldur’s Gate 3. This kind of attention to detail is what makes a game special for many fans. 

“See, it’s one of the reasons I love this game so much. People keep surprising me with new stuff all the time after 7 months!” a player commented. 

If you want to know more about the cool things people find in Baldur’s Gate 3, you can check out who the real saboteur of the Iron Throne is and this new way to recruit Lae’zel.