How to highlight objects & characters in Baldur’s Gate 3

Rajarshi Acharya
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Highlighting characters and items in Baldur’s Gate 3 can save a lot of time and ensure that you don’t miss out on anything unintentionally. So here’s how you use the highlight function in BG3.

As an isometric RPG, your view of the world in Baldur’s Gate 3 is quite big, which can often result in you missing out on small details. This is where the highlight function comes into play, as it lights up items and characters you can interact with. Luckily, it only highlights the most important items.

Larian Studios included the feature in their earlier RPGs as well, and it’s no different in Baldur’s Gate 3. So, here’s how to highlight items and characters in Baldur’s Gate 3 for PC and PS5.

How to highlight objects in Baldur’s Gate 3

You need to hold the Left-Alt key on PC (R3 button on PS5) to highlight all interactable objects in Baldur’s Gate 3. Doing so marks all items with a yellow border, indicating that you can interact with them.

On the other hand, objects that are highlighted with a red border indicate that it would be a crime to interact with them. Items found from boxes or corpses with a red border will have a ‘Stolen’ tag on them.

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You can highlight all your companions in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 also shows you if you’ve already interacted with a container or corpse, or if they’re empty. The ones you haven’t interacted with will have a ‘*’ next to their names, whereas if it’s been looted, they’ll be marked ’empty.’

How to highlight characters in Baldur’s Gate 3

To highlight characters in Baldur’s Gate 3, you simply need to press the Tilde/Grave (~/`) button on your keyboard (not available on PS5). However, unlike the Left-Alt button, you don’t need to keep holding it. This is a toggle that turns the feature on or off.

It should be noted, however, that all characters, including the companions in your party, will have a highlight around them. Some players might find this to be immersion-breaking, but it’s useful when you don’t want to miss out on any interactable NPCs in an area.

So that was how to highlight characters and objects in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you wish to know more about the game, check out our other guides here:

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About The Author

Rajarshi is a Writer at CharlieIntel who loves RPGs, racing games, FPS titles, and unique indie games that grab his attention. With a degree in English literature from Rabindra Bharati University, Rajarshi worked for Sportskeeda and KeenGamer before joining CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach him at [email protected].