Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Counter Hold Person in BG3

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While many things in Baldur’s Gate 3 can ruin your carefully laid combat plans, losing an entire turn from one of your party members has to be one of the highest. The most common way this happens is when a foe casts Hold Person on one of your teammates. Getting rid of this effect as quickly as possible is critical to winning the fight, but some spells can be awkward to remove. Here’s how to counter Hold Person in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to Remove Hold Person in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Hold Person is a concentration spell in Baldur’s Gate 3 that causes a character to be immobile and unable to take actions or bonus actions. While it is one of the more irritating spells, it can be removed relatively quickly thanks to a critical word in its description; Concentration.

Concentration spells require the caster to focus their energy on keeping the magic active; as such, they can only have one concentration spell at a time and lose their concentration when attacked.

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When a caster is damaged while using a concentration spell, they must make a Constitution saving throw to keep it active. The higher the damage to the caster, the higher the difficulty of the saving throw.

So, one of the easiest ways to get rid of the spell is to hit the caster with something that either deals a lot of damage or is hard to avoid. This could include a thrown item like Alchemists Fire, or a Magic Missile spell, which is guaranteed to deal some damage and force a concentration saving throw.

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Another option is not to let the spell happen in the first place. At the fifth level, some spellcasters gain access to their third-level spell slots and the ability to learn Counterspell. This magical ability can be used as a reaction to stop any spell lower than third level. While a third-level spell slot is much to sacrifice to stop a hold person, it can be the difference between a killing blow or an inactive Barbarian losing their Rage.  

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Now that you know how to deal with a pesky Hold Person spell, why not find out how much time you will be sinking into Baldur’s Gate 3 by finding out how many acts there are to fight, talk, and sleaze through?

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