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Baldur’s Gate 3 is a role-playing video game that features turn-based combat, action points, and spellcasting. In this lesson, we will explore the combat system in Baldur’s Gate 3 and learn how to strategize and use our abilities effectively in battles.

Understanding Turn-Based Combat

Turn-based combat is a system in which each character takes turns to perform actions. In Baldur’s Gate 3, each turn is divided into action points, which determine how many actions a character can perform. The number of action points a character has depends on their level and abilities.

During a turn, a character can move, attack, use an item, or cast a spell. Each action requires a certain number of action points. For example, moving one square on the battlefield requires one action point, while attacking with a sword requires two action points.

Using Action Points Effectively

It is important to use your action points effectively in Baldur’s Gate 3. You should prioritize your actions based on the situation and the abilities of your character. For example, if you are facing a group of enemies, you may want to use a spell that damages multiple targets instead of attacking with a sword.

You should also consider the terrain and the position of your character. Moving to a higher ground can give you an advantage in combat, as it increases your accuracy and damage. On the other hand, moving through difficult terrain, such as water or mud, can reduce your movement speed and make you vulnerable to attacks.

Mastering Spellcasting

Spellcasting is a powerful tool in Baldur’s Gate 3. Spells can deal damage, heal allies, buff your character, or debuff your enemies. However, casting a spell requires action points and spell slots, which are limited resources.

When choosing spells, you should consider their range, area of effect, and damage type. Some spells require line of sight, while others can be cast from a distance. Some spells affect a single target, while others affect an area or a group of targets. Some spells deal fire damage, while others deal cold, acid, or lightning damage.

Strategizing in Battles

Strategizing is the key to success in Baldur’s Gate 3. You should plan your actions ahead of time and anticipate the moves of your enemies. You should also communicate with your allies and coordinate your attacks.

One effective strategy is to focus your attacks on a single target, especially if it is a powerful enemy. This can reduce the number of enemies on the battlefield and make it easier to control the situation. Another strategy is to use crowd control spells, such as sleep or stun, to immobilize your enemies and prevent them from attacking.


Mastering combat and strategy in Baldur’s Gate 3 requires practice and experimentation. You should try different approaches and learn from your mistakes. By understanding the turn-based combat system, using your action points effectively, mastering spellcasting, and strategizing in battles, you can become a skilled adventurer and overcome the challenges of the game.

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