Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Use the Mind-Archive Interface in BG3

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Mind-Archive Interface in Baldur's Gate 3

The Mind Flayer Colony in Baldur’s Gate 3 has much to explore as you search for General Ketheric Thorm and approach the game’s third act. In the colony, you’ll encounter an interface next to a peculiar head that will reveal interesting information about a few characters currently in limbo when interacting with it. You can even get a permanent character buff from it, making it worthwhile to check out. To learn more, continue reading to discover how to use the Mind-Archive interface in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to Use the Mind-Archive Interface in Baldur’s Gate 3

To use the Mind-Archive interface, you must gather Mind items such as the Waking, Fresh, Dark, or True Mind and insert them into the console. Doing this lets you talk to the nearby Slack-Skinned Head, allowing you to speak to the mind’s owners and peer into their thoughts. Once you’re done with your conversation, swap out the mind with another and repeat the process until you’re ready to move on to the next area.

Just be careful, as there is a chance you’ll encounter a bug upon using the Mind-Archive Interface. After placing a Mind item into it, you may be unable to speak with the Slack-Skinned Head, preventing you from talking to it. Fortunately, closing and reopening the game usually fixes this issue.

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You’ll find Mind items as early as the prologue on the Nautiloid ship, with others scattered around the Mind Flayer Colony. You can even find an important one near the Blade of Oppressed Souls after completing the Necrotic Laboratory puzzle that gives you a buff after talking to the Slack-Skinned Head.

How to Get the Githzerai Mind Barrier Buff

If you use the Waking Mind item on the Mind-Archive interface, you’ll interact with a monk who offers to give you their knowledge in exchange for consuming or purging their mind. Choose to purge it to receive the Githzerai Mind Barrier buff, giving you an Advantage on Intelligence Saving Throws.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on PC and soon on Mac, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. To learn more about the game, check out the best beginner classes in BG3, or click the game tag below to explore our growing article collection.

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Madison Benson

Madison is a staff writer at Prima Games who has played video games for over twenty years and written about them for over two years. Her love for video games started with turn-based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic and has since extended to casual farming sims, MMORPGs, and action-adventure RPGs.