Baldur’s Gate 3 players discuss embarrassing tries to outsmart game: “Just doesn’t work”

Emily Stander
Karlach in Baldur's Gate 3

The choices in Baldur’s Gate 3 are not only about your party’s story, but also how you decide to work around the puzzles the game throws at you. While many players have found amazing ways to work around these puzzles, sometimes the game outsmarts us all. 

Picking your strategy in puzzles and battles in Baldur’s Gate 3 is just as important as when you decide the fate of your party. Unlike dialogue options, puzzles and battles give players a little more creative freedom when dealing with the problems the game throws at them. 

This also means, that sometimes the worst case scenario happens in a very dramatic way. In a Reddit post titled “What are your best examples of failing to outsmart the game?” players shared when their creativity got the best of them. 

For example, one player decided that using Banishment on Isobel in Last Light Inn may be the answer to keeping her alive during the fight with Marcus. “Tried casting Banishment on Isobel to try and protect her during the Marcus fight. Turns out that counts as an instant loss,” they explained. 

While the idea the player had made sense, another fan pointed out that if she were to be Banished to another plane, she wouldn’t have been able to keep the spell warding off the Shadow Curse. 

Although Baldur’s Gate 3 players kind of know from the beginning that Isobel may be someone worth saving, it’s not so simple a matter when you first come face-to-face with the Emperor. That’s why, as one player explained, many people tried to read his mind when they first met him. 

“I did it on my first run, just to see how the game would handle it, and it proved how stupid my Tav was. Thanks Larian for putting that in the game,” another fan commented. 

The issue with trying to read the Emperor’s mind, for those of you who have not tried it, is that he already is in your mind. So, if you try and detect thoughts, he immediately knows and actually makes your player character feel pretty stupid about it. 

Among all the confessions about botched romantic moments and using what seems to be the right spell at the wrong moment, the comments that stood out the most were those where battle strategies just didn’t work. 

“My ‘outsmart’ was how I got a temporary cleric on my team, so I had to take advantage of the fact that she gets divine intervention to blow away a hard fight. I reloaded really quickly when she instant died from all the reflected divine damage,” one player commented. 

If you want to read more about the things Baldur’s Gate 3 players get up to, you can check out the most underrated Origin character according to players and what the most forgettable side quests are.

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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]