A screenshot of a rope on the ground inside a cave in Baldur's Gate 3.
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Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Use Rope

Or "why are ropes so useless?"

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. Here’s what Rope is used for in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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How to Use Rope in Baldur’s Gate 3

You can throw a rope in BG3 by pressing the Throw button in your hotbar and then selecting the rope object. This has some use, as you’ll be able to throw it on objects like vents to obstruct traps. However, any thrown item can do this, which makes the rope just as useful as a rock.

Also, 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. We’re sorry to shatter your ropes and dreams.

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 something 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.

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.

Tip:

You don’t need any rope to use the Rope Trick Spell.

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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