Act Three of Baldur’s Gate 3 does not take you directly into the city. You end up in Rivington first, and it’s your job to find a way into Baldur’s Gate. There are two checkpoints guarded by Flaming Fists that you have to find a way to pass by to get there.
This article details every possible way to get past these checkpoints so that you may reach the Lower City and the bulk of Act Three. If you thought Rivington was busy and full of quests, just wait until you get past Wyrm’s Rock Fortress.
6 Persuade Or Parkour Past South Span Checkpoint
Convince The Guards
Following the main road in Rivington, past the circus entrance, you will come across some guards blocking the way further into town. The next waypoint is past this area. You can use dialogue skill checks to allow them to let you pass. That is one option.
Get The Gnomes Help
If you helped Barcus Wroot rescue the deep gnomes in Act Three in Moonrise Towers and remained on good terms with Barcus and Wulbren, a group of deep gnomes will distract the Steel Watch at this checkpoint, allowing you to sneak by.
Sneak Past With Parkour
The last option for getting past the first checkpoint is by completely side-stepping the guards and reaching the lower cliff edge below the checkpoint. From these short cliffs, you can climb up the wooden platforms to access the next area.
5 Convince The Guards To Let You Pass Into Wyrm’s Fortress
After the first checkpoint, you will reach a new waypoint titled South Span of Wyrm’s Crossing. Once again, at the end of this road are more guards declaring that you shall not pass by order of Gortash.
There are a lot of dialogue check options here to convince the guards to let you pass, but some players have found that, even with a successful check, Blaze Elin will not let them through. Luckily, we have several more options for passing this section listed below this entry.
“I’m here to protect Archduke-Elect Gortash”
“Such a bother. What if I were to contribute to the ‘Flaming Fist Orphans’ Fund?'”
“An assassin is in pursuit of Duke Ravengard. I need to warn him!”
“Baldur’s Gate is my home. I don’t need permission to enter.”
4 Parkour Around The Bridge Into Wyrm’s Rock Fortress
Flying Across The Bridge
If all else fails, make your own path. To the left of the drawn bridge and guards, you can find a ladder against some buildings. This ladder will take you to a higher level that will then allow you to access the rooftops. You will need one of the multiple special abilities that allow you to travel great distances, in order to reach the rooftops and beyond.
The plan here is to reach the rooftops and then travel through the air from the rooftop to the other side of the bridge.
How To Get
Wildshape: Dire Raven
Druid subclass Circle of The Moon at Level 4.
Using Githyanki Psionic: Jump, Enhanced Leap spell, or with increased Strength.
Misty Step (Level 2 spell)
Scrolls sold by vendors or from being Githyanki, Sorcerer, Warlock, or Wizard.
By consuming the Astral-Touched Tadpole offered by the Dream Visitor.
Teleportation (Level 7 spell)
Bard, Sorcerer, or Wizard.
You can also access either side of the fortress by parkouring with these same abilities or with party members that have a greater Jump distance. Both sides of the bridge can be accessed if you have the means to Jump or fly across.
Parkouring Along The Sides
From the left side of the drawn bridge, you will need special abilities like Fly or Wildshape to access the cliffside and climb up. You will find a ladder and a door that needs unlocking. The fortress can be entered here and will lead you to Lord Gortash.
From the right side of the drawn bridge, you can walk past the Steel Watcher and down a ladder to get closer to the lower cliffside. You can use Jump to access the ground, but you will probably receive a fair amount of damage. It is better to use one of the aforementioned abilities.
You can continue walking along the right side (see photo above) where there is a hole in the wall. Passing a Perception check here will grant access to the fortress prison.
3 Acquire A Pass Into The City
The right way to gain access into Wyrm’s Rock Fortress and the Lower City is by acquiring a pass. There are multiple passes you can get your hands on if you spend enough time in this area doing side quests. All passes will be found in Sharess’ Caress, located directly beside the South Span of Wyrm’s Crossing waypoint.
- There is one pass sitting in a room on the second floor of Sharess’ Caress. Enter the establishment and head to the back and up every staircase. The first door to your left will be covered in vines. Unlock this door and sneak in to reach the Archducal Coronation – Admissions Pass on the side of the tub.
By pursuing the
Solve The Open Hand Temple Murders
side quest, you will eventually be given a pass for your efforts. Initiate this quest by speaking with Valerie the floating elephant at the Open Hand Temple back in Rivington. Valerie can then be found in Sharess’ Caress.
Investigate The Suspicious Toys
is an interesting side quest that you can start by speaking to Arfur in front of his mansion just past the first waypoint of Act Three. He will be arguing in front of his house. Progress enough into the quest where Arfur’s location will change, and he will be found inside Sharess’ Caress. You will have the option to confront him here and convince him to give you a pass.
2 Get Sent To Wyrm’s Rock Fortress Prison
Last but not least, if all else fails, you could simply get arrested. You will be sent straight to prison, which is right across that bridge. Strangely enough, you can attempt to steal a numerous amount of times in this area and no one will put a stop to you.
The only way to get arrested here is by taking out your weapon. Attack a barrel or a pot next to the guards and they will confront you. Instead of bribing them or engaging in a fight, submit to authority and agree to be taken to prison.
Of course, once in the fortress prison, you will have to find a way to escape. Escaping means you will probably have to fight any guards you run into on your way out unless you somehow remain hidden.
1 How To Enter The Lower City Of Baldur’s Gate
The hardest part is getting past the two checkpoints in Rivington and the South Span, which is easiest done by parkouring along the sides of each bridge entrance. Once you enter Wyrm’s Rock Fortress, the first Steel Watcher to see you will order you to attend Lord Gortash’s ceremony and Gortash will speak directly to you through the robot.
You can attend this ceremony, which will in turn lower the drawbridge and allow your other party members to enter.
Attending the ceremony is not immediately necessary. You can find your way upstairs (if you were in the prison) and outside where the drawbridge is. From this hall, you can walk down to find another drawbridge and the entrance to the Lower City.
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