One of the best parts of Bauldr’s Gate 3 is finding new and creative ways to explore. You’ll find a variety of small crevices that you can’t reach as you go throughout the game. If you’re a druid, you can change into a cat and fit right on through.
If you don’t have the ability to turn into a small animal, you can use Mage Hand. This is a spell from the Conjuration school of magic. It can be used by almost any class that can cast magic. That includes Arcane Tricksters and Eldritch Knights. This utility spell isn’t only great for exploration. You can also use it in combat. It can pull levers that are out of your reach, and it can even disarm traps while you stay at a safe distance.
How To Use Mage Hand In Combat
Mage Hand has a million and one uses in combat. If one of your opponents makes the unfortunate mistake of getting too close to an edge, you can send your Mage Hand over to shove them off the ledge to their doom. Depending on the size of your enemy, you can pick them up and toss them into a chasm.
Tossing enemies only works for medium and small targets. Some creatures are just way too heavy to pick up.
You can get the drop on enemies by using your Mage Hand to send rocks down on their heads while you remain safely in stealth. At the start of a fight, distract enemies by summoning your Mage Hand close to your opponents.
It doesn’t have a lot of HP, and its AC isn’t too high, but if you’re lucky, it can act as the subject of your enemy’s wrath for at least one turn and keep them away from your party members.
Be careful when moving your Mage Hand around the battlefield. It can and will trigger opportunity attacks. It can also take damage from spells such as Cloud of Daggers.
Use Mage Hand Pull Levers And Push Buttons
Buttons and levers can open doors that lead to new areas for you to explore. The problem is that these mechanisms are often out of your reach. That’s where Mage Hand comes in. There’s almost no obstacle that it can’t get past.
You can cast Mage Hand, float it over a wall, and pull the lever that will open the door that you and your party need to go through to complete a side quest or obtain loot.
Use Mage Hand To Disarm Traps
Baldur’s Gate 3 isn’t without its deadly traps. Disarming them means making a Sleight of Hand check. If the dice Gods decide to forsake you, the trap will trigger. Oftentimes, this will cause an explosion that’s powerful enough to kill most characters.
If you don’t want to risk the danger, cast Mage Hand and move a safe distance away. Send you Mage Hand over to disarm the trap. If it’s successful, you can proceed into the room. If it’s not successful, the trap will trigger and your Mage Hand will die. Since most traps don’t reset themselves, the sacrifice is more than worth it.
Mage Hand Can Fit Through Tight Spaces
Baldur’s Gate 3 is full of little nooks and crannies that lead to areas that contain helpful loot. If you’re a Druid, you can access most of these locations by turning into a cat. However, for those who didn’t decide to roll up a Druid during character creation, there’s another way.
You guessed it. Summon your Mage Hand and send it through. It can’t loot chests or pick up loot, but it can scout ahead. You can use it to find a larger entrance that you can send your party members through and disarm traps, so you can enter safely.
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