Baldur’s Gate 3 players discover creepy secret use for Karlach’s severed head

Stephanie Zucarelli
Balthazar in Baldur's Gate 3

While most Baldur’s Gate 3 players wouldn’t even consider it, severing Karlach’s head could help them solve a hidden puzzle in Act 2.

Baldur’s Gate 3 lets players explore any type of playthrough, but evil and Durge runs definitely give them the most creepy options to choose from. Deciding on whether to kill Karlach is one of them, and while most consider this an almost sacrilegious plot twist, there are fans curious enough to follow through.

In his “New Secrets I Learned After 800 Hours of Baldur’s Gate 3,” content creator Toyhouze shared that not only players can keep Karlach’s severed head after murdering her, but it can also be used to solve a hidden puzzle in Act 2.

Before getting to use it as a tool, players will have to reject Karlach’s offer to become allies and kill her in a fight at The Risen Road during Act 1. After doing so, they’ll need to interact with her corpse to take her head off. If you bring it to Anders, the Paladin of Tyr that was hunting the beloved tiefling, you’ll complete the “Hunt the Devil”.

However, Toyhouze revealed that there’s an alternative use for Karlach’s head if players keep it instead of completing the mission. If they keep it in their inventory in Act 2, it can be used to solve a puzzle hidden in Balthazar’s lab (X:-145, Y: 173).

After reaching the place, they’ll discover a strange bookcase that will safely open when players insert any head or heart into the table next to it. Having saved Karlach’s head will allow users to use it as a key, and get access to a secret room in Moonrise Towers.

Baldur’s Gate 3 players pointed out that you can use any other heart or other severed members, and thought that the idea of using Karlach’s head as a key was only suited for the most evil runs. “Or you could just use one of the hears scattered around Balthazar’s very cluttered and dirty room. I’d never hurt my girl Karlach, she’s the one cheering me on,” said a user.

While evil run players wait for more “bad” endings in the upcoming patches, they are experimenting with the most awful choice they can take, such as giving Scratch back to his monstrous kettle master or letting “bad” Wyll pursue his dreams of becoming Grand Duke.