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Baldur’s Gate 3 players looking for a silly end to their 80 to 100-hour campaigns can rejoice at discovering a secret game-over screen for throwing away a critical item.
Though Baldur’s Gate 3 is brimming with game over screens, from dying in combat to kissing a mind flayer, PC Gamer notes that this one is more noteworthy for going out of your way to get rid of a plot-important item.
Fortunately, while the game has some soft locks, as we can’t throw away nether stones, trade them for a shiny sword, or cook them in a delicious campfire stew, we can store them into containers we can sell, throw away, or toss into a nearby chasm.
After tossing said container holding the item required for going toe to toe with a giant eldritch Cthulhu monster into a bottomless pit, PC Gamer details the start of the ending, with the Emperor telepathically admonishing us for throwing away our one chance at victory.
This action begins a sequence of us and our companions squirming as we succumb to the Absolute, teleporting to her lair, where we behold a terrifyingly massive tentacled creature gloating at our foolishness.
After a moment more of writing in pain, we transform into a naked mind flayer as the Absolute enslaves us, and the game ends.
Even if it’s a bad ending, Eurogamer details this conclusion as a genius way to punish players for trying to break the game or for dealing with a potential glitch that gets rid of the Netherstones.
Though this end may almost certainly frustrate players who have sunken practically a hundred hours to reach this point, it’s a hilarious way for exhausted players to call it quits or to see the evil ending quickly.
Will the Enslavement Ending End Baldur’s Gate 3
No. While this ending effectively sees the antagonist of Baldur’s Gate 3 win and halts our progression, Eurogamer details that this ending screen prompts players to reload their save for a better conclusion.
Though players could accept this as their ending if they’re exhausted with Baldur’s Gate 3’s massive time sink and want to see the Absolute, it’s more of a silly outcome than a conclusive end to our campaign.
At the very least, it’s a fair warning that advises against succumbing to the Absolute and encourages players’ silly antics to see more of these game over screens.
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