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Baldur’s Gate 3: Can You Save Karlach? All Her Endings

Baldur's Gate 3 Can You Save Karlach All Her Endings

Baldur’s Gate 3 surprised everyone with its incredible characters and storylines, which always make players second-guess everything. One of the companions that really defines the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is Karlach, the powerful tiefling with a hellish engine inside her body. She is huge, powerful, and throws fire in every direction. However, she is actually the most wholesome companion you get in BG3 and most players end up loving her optimistic, bubbly personality. Unfortunately, at the end of BG3, players are faced with the ultimate choice, where Karlach ends up with a bad ending no matter what they choose. Is there a way to save Karlach at the end of Baldur’s Gate 3 or are we fated to let this wholesome companion face a bad ending? You can find the answer below.

What Happens to Karlach at the End of BG3?

At the end of Baldur’s Gate 3, depending on what way you decided to go, you are very likely to see Karlach losing control of the infernal engine heart. As you talk to her, she gives you a bittersweet speech, congratulating you.

It becomes clear after talking to her for a bit that her end is near and you, unfortunately, haven’t found a way to fix her exploding heart. So, what exactly can you do here to save her? Did you miss anything?

Can You Save Karlach at the End of BG3?

If you romance her or complete her sidequests, there are four endings that Karlach can get in BG3:

  • You and Karlach head into Avernus together.
  • Wyll and Karlach head into Avernus together.
  • You, Wyll, and Karlach head into Avernus together.
  • Karlach becomes a Mindflayer.
  • Karlach explodes.

From just objectively looking at these options, you would think that the good endings where you save Karlach are the ones where you head into Hell with her. There, you will have a cool cutscene where you fight the devils of Avernus and her engine is finally fixed.

Unfortunately, you also know that Karlach hates Avernus and would like to stay as far away from it. So, the only good ending you can get for her to save her is to send her back to her master in Hell, but at least you know you are fighting her together and the engine is finally fixed. You can only choose to go to Avernus with Karlach if you romanced her.

If you finish Wyll’s questline and he becomes the Blade of Avernus, you will get a new choice here. Wyll will decide that he will go to Avernus with Karlach to defeat Zariel and free Karlach from her servitude. You, as the lover in this situation, can decide if you want to go with them or if you want to go alone with her.

The other option would be to just let her explode, which is extremely traumatizing. However, some might say that this would be the best ending for her, as she lived a life she was proud of with you in Faerun.

The last option would be to let Karlach become a Mindflayer to save her in BG3, which is a neutral ending. She is still Karlach and she isn’t facing imminent death, but she completely loses her personality.

What Happens If You Play as Karlach

If you play as Karlach, you will end up going to Avernus no matter what (or explode) and you won’t really see what happens next. Patch 2 gave players the option to follow Karlach and Wyll into Avernus, which is a relatively happy ending, compared to what we had in the past.

And that is all you need to know about how to save Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3. Check out other interesting BG3 guides and articles:

Based in Munich, Germany, Adrian Oprea is the Founder of Raider King. He is a writer with a passion for storytelling and a love for all things RPG. When not wielding a keyboard, he can be found exploring fantastical worlds, one quest at a time.
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Currently helping lead a campaign to secure Karlach a better ending, given the sheer amount of hints that are given through act 3 (Steel Watch, Gondians, and more) that hint at possible fixes but pan out to nothingness. Here’s to hoping she gets a real good ending!