Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get to the Lower City in BG3

Sometimes, getting sent to jail is the right choice

Arfur from Baldur's Gate 3

Rivington’s all well and good, but let’s be honest. We don’t really sink our teeth into Act 3 until we make our way into Lower City. But with so many Fists and bridges in our way, getting there can be quite a hassle. Fortunately, there’s several ways to get into Lower City in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3: All Ways to Get into Lower City (BG3)

Getting into the Lower City of Baldur’s Gate 3 requires some pretty significant legwork, if you’re trying to do it legitimately. Or it can take all of five seconds, plus a lockpick. Here’s all the methods available to you.

  • Complete the Open Hand Temple Murder investigation, then report your findings to Valeria in the Sharess Caress.
  • Find the Suspicious Toys and then track down Arfur to the Sharess Caress.
  • Get arrested then escape jail.

Yeah, one of these options isn’t like the other.

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While we have a full guide on how to complete the Open Hand Temple Murder case, here’s a succinct summary. Head to the Open Hand Temple near the checkpoint and ask the gnome devotee what all the fuss is about. This will put you at the start of a murder investigation. Once you find enough clues to make a good argument, you’ll then need to find the flying yellow elephant, Valeria, in the Sharess Caress.

If you convince them, they’ll give you a Lower City Pass so you can tell their partner in Elfsong Tavern your findings. I highly recommend this route, even though it’s the most time-consuming of the three, because it leads to an even bigger side quests which eventually bleeds into the main story.

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But if you prefer a faster option, Finding the Suspicious Toys is a good choice. This will only require you to go into Arfur’s basement, learn some terrible facts, then investigate some toys in a nearby barn. From there, you just need to track down Arfur in the Sharess Caress. To avoid being sold out to the Fists, he’ll give you both money and a pass to the Lower City.

The absolute fastest option is to get sent to jail. This is easy to do. Just go into a forbidden area (the door will be marked with red) or get caught stealing. You’ll then be sent to Wyrm Stone Prison. From within the cell, you’ll need to lockpick your way out. Assuming you don’t aggro any guards, you can then make your way upstairs and pass over the bridge into Lower City.

But before you leave the prison… did you know there’s a secret dungeon inside, which can lead to a legendary weapon?

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