Best ways to use Mage Hand in Baldur’s Gate 3

Stephanie Zucarelli
Baldur's Gate 3 Mage Hand

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you can summon an invisible Mage Hand to assist you during combat. This spell is particularly helpful for interacting with hidden objects to unlock secrets that appear beyond your reach. Here are the best ways to use the Mage Hand in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 offers players the ability to use several spells during combat or simply when exploring the map of Faerun. Among these spells, Mage Hand is one of the best spells to have in store as it’s useful while facing mysterious puzzles.

The Mage Hand is an invisible summon that has the power to alter your entire gameplay, from disarming traps to pushing enemies into the abyss. With that said, here are the best ways to start using Mage Hand in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to summon Mage Hand in Baldur’s Gate 3

To use Mage Hand in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll first need to make sure you choose this spell to be a part of your Cantrips. If you already have it, you can easily cast Mage Hand, and the strange ethereal hand will appear floating right next to you.

To take control of the Mage Hand, you can simply select its portrait, which will be next to the character who summoned it. If you’re not in the Turn-based Mode, you can move it as you’ll move any other Companion and even can ask it to fly to distant places.

Keep in mind that Mage Hand in Baldur’s Gate 3 lasts 10 turns or until its health runs out.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Best ways to use Mage Hand

There are lots of creative ways to use Mage Hand, both in and out of combat. Here’s a list of the best things you can do when summoning the Mage Hand in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Send Mage Hand to scout places through small passways

While traveling through different parts of the map in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll notice small burrows, cracks in walls, and other tight spaces that your character won’t be able to fit. If you summon a Mage Hand, it will be able to get through and safely scout hidden places.

Mage Hand in Baldur's Gate 3
The Mage Hand can make its way through small hidden places.

Summon Mage Hand to distract enemies

While in combat, it’s especially useful to summon a Mage Hand to help you against your opponents. Even if it can’t deal much damage and has only a few health points to survive, it can help you distract enemies, since they can prioritize attacking the invisible hand instead of you.

Use Mage Hand to activate environmental objects

The Mage Hand is a useful tool when you want to activate buttons or levers that are out of reach. These usually activate secret doors or unlock puzzles that you need to solve to complete different quests.

Mage Hand in Baldur's Gate 3
You can use Mage Hand to interact with various environmental objects.

Send Mage Hand to disarm traps safely

You can cast Mage Hand in Baldur’s Gate 3 to disarm traps or even trigger them while you’re at a safe distance from danger. This is especially helpful if you’re not proficient in Sleight of Hand and you need to get through a heavily guarded area.

Order Mage Hand to push and throw enemies

One of the best uses of Mage Hand is to send it to strategic points of the map and shove enemies from ledges. You can also summon the Mage Hand to try picking up your enemies (which will depend on the size of your opponent) and throwing them around to deal some damage.

Mage Hand in Baldur's Gate 3
Your Mage Hand can push unsuspecting enemies after an Athletics check.

Using a Mage Hand is especially useful when trying to inflict Stealth damage since it’s invisible to your enemies, and you can summon it from a distance.

Those are the best ways to use Mage Hand when playing Baldur’s Gate 3. For more information on how to survive through Faerun, you can check out our guides below:

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About The Author

Stephanie is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. After graduating as a journalist, she started working as a tech writer for Infobae, Channel 9, and Rolling Stone. She's currently focused on covering Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Fortnite, but can't resist anything related to The Sims 4 and Stardew Valley. You can contact her at [email protected].