Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get to Baldur’s Gate (BG3)

Maybe the real Baldur's Gate is the friends we made along the way

Baldur's Gate 3: Baldur in Wyrmway statue

As you journey across green pastures, cavernous wastes, and shadow-cursed lands, you might be wondering to yourself. When are you actually going to get to Baldur’s Gate? The answer might surprise you. Here’s how to get to Baldur’s Gate in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get into Baldur’s Gate 3

It might not surprise you to learn that the city the game is named after, Baldur’s Gate, is the featured location for Act 3. But here are the big “milestones” you’ll have to meet to get there. Minor spoilers ahead.

You’ll first encounter a sign that says “Baldur’s Gate” in Act 2 when you’re in the shadow-cursed lands. But just wandering down the highway isn’t an option. You’ll need to strike at Moonrise Towers and the heart of its operations to make the way passable. That means completing the Moonrise Tower activity completely and leaving Act 2, and the shadow-cursed lands, completely behind.

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In Act 3, you’ll arrive in Rivington, the town outside of Baldur’s Gate. But to get to Lower City (which is Baldur’s Gate, just its outer ring), you’ll need to pass the South Span Checkpoint. To get past the South Span Checkpoint, you’ll need to pay, sneak, or use the help of the Ironhand gnomes to get past the guards.

But even that’s not enough. Once you’re across the checkpoint, you’ll need a pass to get into the Lower City. To do that, you’ll need to get a Lower City pass.

Once you’re in Lower City, you’ll find that there’s a giant door that says Baldur’s Gate. There’ll even be a waypoint called Baldur’s Gate, implying that you’ll be going to the heart of the city. And you will… in the very final mission. There’s no way of going through those doors normally.

Yeah. If you’re confused and disappointed, that’s normal. Much of the pre-release material seemed to imply that we’d be able to go into the Upper City. But it seems like this content was left on the cutting room floor.

Still, Lower City has a lot to offer! Like murders! So many murders, which you can solve and get great loot for.

About the Author

Daphne Fama

A Staff Writer at Prima Games since 2022, Daphne Fama spends an inordinate amount playing games of all stripes but has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s an author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a debut novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but found she preferred fiction to contracts and forms