Baldur’s Gate 3: Can You Save Karlach in BG3?

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Karlach is one of the most fascinating NPCs, and players who enjoy the game may develop a soft spot for her. Her complex romance storyline has surprised many players, pulling at heartstrings as they navigate the game. Karlach’s unique Infernal Engine is an interesting feature, but it also presents a tough challenge: how to prevent it from consuming her without sending her back to Avernus for good. As the game’s climactic battle looms, you’re probably wondering: Is it possible to save Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3?

How to Save Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3?

If you’re anxious about whether you can save Karlach, breathe easy because you absolutely can. There are three ways to go about it, although each method has its own ups and downs, especially if you’re invested in her romantic storyline.

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Yes, you can save Karlach in three different ways.

First up: transforming Karlach into a Mind Flayer. If you pick this route when the Emperor gives your team a choice, Karlach will be free from her Infernal Engine and can stay in Faerûn regardless of your victory against the boss. But this change is irreversible, and over time, Karlach might lose her sense of self, potentially becoming a threat to you and your allies. This choice has lasting consequences, especially if you’ve some romance with her.

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Alternatively, she may accompany Wyll on his trip to Avernus. When the plot is over, Wyll will be doomed to go back to Hell if you take him to the place in the companion quest where he decides to transform into the Blade of Avernus. As Karlach’s Infernal Engine starts to fail, Wyll will offer to take her with him and look after her there. This choice lets her keep her identity and stay with a friend but comes at the cost of a pretty heartbreaking end to her romantic storyline with you. You’d have to venture into Hell yourself (probably through a risky deal with a Devil) if you ever want to see her again.

Can You Stay with Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Great news for all you romantics out there playing Baldur’s Gate 3! If you’ve been pining for a more “happily-ever-after” ending with Karlach, there’s a third option that’s a bit sweeter.

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If you skipped completing Wyll’s companion quest and have romanced Karlach, you can actually choose to go with her to Avernus. At first, she’s not too keen on dragging you along, but with a little sweet talk, you can persuade her it’s a worthwhile compromise. The upside? You get to stay together forever. The downside? You’re locked into Hell and can’t escape without leaving her behind.

Don’t forget that there are benefits and drawbacks to any option; go with your gut. In any case, none of these choices offers a perfect fairy-tale ending. But, that’s the beauty of a complex game like this: you get to decide what “happily ever after” means for you.

And that wraps up our guide on how to save Baldur’s Gate 3 Karlach. If you looking for more tips and tricks about BG3, check our other related articles given below.

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