Baldur’s Gate 3 presents you with some tough choices, including whether or not to ally yourself with badass drow Minthara. One player, however, has found you can save yourself the dilemma by just turning Baldur’s Gate 3’s Minthara into a sheep.
As BG3’s NPCs go, Minthara is pretty popular but if you want to recruit and/or romance her, there’s a snag. She’ll only join up with you if you wipe out Act 1’s druid grove which loses you at least two other NPCs.
And if you side with the druids (and their tiefling allies) you have to slaughter Minthara along with the rest of the goblins. Murder a whole load of innocent people in order to get her on team? It’s a tough call.
But, as discovered by one Taiwanese gamer, pao870111, turning her into a sheep will let you stay a ‘good’ character (saving the druids and tieflings) and keep her as an ally.
We have PC Gamer to thank for spotting this. And while it’s a lot of work for the player it’s still an absolutely amazing dodge. You can find the original Taiwanese explanation here, though there’s also an English runthrough on Reddit.
There are PC mods to let you be a ‘good guy’ and keep Minthara, but this method is totally mod free. We’d seriously recommend you watch both of ZookeepergameDeep360’s videos, but the short version is as follows.
You have to knock her out, then slaughter the two other goblin leaders. That’ll end with her back at your camp, but without you able to interact with her. Then, in Act 2, turn her into a sheep (with the Polymorph spell) and drag her to Moonrise Towers. Without getting too spoilery she, as a sheep, will be put on trial.
No, I’m not making this up. We defy you to watch without cracking up. What’s particularly wonderful is that no-one bats an eye at Minthara being a talking sheep. Then, after the ‘judge’ finds her guilty (with a little help from you) you can rescue her.
Then, you either un-sheep her or let the magic wear off. Hey presto, Mintsaucethara is on team. You can proceed to romance her, trying to forget about that time she was a sheep.
Whether you class this as a bug, an exploit or some other kind of dodge it’ll probably get patched out. So if you want to be a good ‘un and keep Baldur’s Gate 3’s Minthara around, try this trick.
And if you’re wondering how we got on with Baldur’s Gate 3, check out our review-in-progress.