What is Rope Used For in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3)? – Answered

Or "why are ropes so useless?"

A screenshot of a rope on the ground inside a cave in Baldur's Gate 3.
Screenshot by Prima Games.

Baldur’s Gate 3 offers you plenty of ways to interact with the world, and it’s natural to think using a rope would be one of them. When you get one, though, there is no indication in the item description that you can use it to climb up or down. If you throw it, you just hurl a bundled, useless rope.

I also thought I was doing something wrong when I couldn’t use the rope. I thought I was the problem. But there is a definitive answer, and we, the players, are not the problem. Here’s what Rope is used for in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Can you Use Ropes in Baldur’s Gate 3?

You can’t use rope from your inventory in Baldur’s Gate 3. The best use of ropes is selling them to a vendor for a single piece of gold, or you can just ignore them every time. It’s also impossible to unwind a rope to use it to climb up or down anywhere. I’m sorry to shatter your ropes and dreams.

The most you can make out of a rope is throwing it. You can apparently throw it on buttons or even obstruct vents from traps with it, but you can do that with other throwable items as well, which makes the rope just as useful as a rock.

However, there are other ways to navigate the world vertically without using ropes.

How to Climb Up or Down Safely in Baldur’s Gate 3

You can use Feather Fall to climb down safely by negating fall damage. Just cast it with a Bard, an Eldritch Knight (Fighter), a Sorcerer, a Wizard, or an Arcane Trickster (Rogue) on the character about to Jump to let them land safely.

To climb up easily, you can just use the Jump Action if the area is not too high. That’s my go-to choice with my Fighter since characters with high Strength can jump farther and higher. Otherwise, cast the Fly Spell with a level five Sorcerer, Warlock, or Wizard on the character about to move. Make sure to have a Level 3 Spell Slot available, otherwise, you will fail the Spell cast. Long Rest if you need to recover the Spell Slot.

Related: Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Prepare Spells in BG3

A final way to climb up and down safely in BG3 is by simply selecting the area you want to move and directing your character to that place. If they can get there walking, they will do so, even if they have to make a big detour.

How about the Rope Trick Spell?

You can’t use the Rope Trick Spell to move around the world or reach new areas. All this spell does is create a vertical rope leading medium-sized characters or lower to another dimension where they are temporarily safe from threats. That means you can’t tie the rope anywhere in the environment to use it as a movement source.

Rope Trick is a Level 2 spell that Wizards can learn and use for an Action and a Level 2 Spell Slot, and unfortunately, it’s useless if you just want to explore the world with more ease.

If you’re looking for even more alternate methods of traversal in Baldur’s Gate 3, check out our guide on how to break the cracked walls you’ll find around the world.

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