BG3 Goblin Camp – How to get into the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3

BG3 Goblin Camp – How to get into the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3
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Wondering how to get into the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3? If you’ve been out exploring the world you may have come across the Goblin Camp. However, when attempting to enter the camp, you’ll find that it’s not all as easy as it seems, and might end up with a pretty tough fight on your hands. That’s why we’re here to help, letting you know how to avoid this fight and get in with no problem.

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to find Halsin in Baldur’s Gate 3, we’ve got a guide for that. And for those who don’t understand exactly who the Baldur’s Gate 3 Guardian is, we’ve got an explainer guide to take you through it. For now, though, let’s take a look at how to get into the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Where is the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3?

The Goblin Camp is located far west of the Druid Grove. You’ll need to pass through the Blighted Village to get there. On the way there, you’ll find a few goblins lurking around the outside of the camp which you should be able to dispatch with relative ease. Luckily, once you get to the camp itself, you won’t find any hostile enemies, and will be able to walk around freely. If you leave, there’s a fast travel point in the courtyard, too, making it simple to return to in the future.

How to get into the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3: A view of the area map showing the revealed path from the Roadside Cliffs and the Emerald Grove to the Goblin Camp in the west.

How to enter the Goblin Camp

Once you arrive, there are three ways that you can enter the Goblin Camp. These are:

  • Persuade the guards to let you in
  • Kill all the goblins
  • Sneak in
  • Help Sazza, the goblin prisoner at the Druid’s Grove

Persuading the guards

This is easily the best option for entering the Goblin Camp. Head into the camp’s main entrance and walk up to a Worg called Klaw standing with some other goblins near a small outpost.

You’ll automatically start speaking with Klaw’s handler, where you’ll have the chance to persuade him to let you enter. You have a few different ways of convincing him. You can:

  • Intimidation – Tell the goblin you’re a sellsword there to meet with your client. This is a difficult roll, so if you’ve got any bonuses available it’s a good occasion to use them.
  • Deception – Tell the goblin you’re there to meet with his leader.
  • Animal Handling – Compliment the Worg, identifying its particular species. This option will also involve smearing feces on your face, however, something that certain companions like Astarion will disapprove of.
  • Illithid (Wisdom) – Use the power of your tadpole parasite to dominate the will of the goblin. This is the easiest skill check of all – at a roll of only 2 – but the ability will need to be recharged with a long rest afterward.
  • Detect Thoughts – This is another of the easier ways to get inside. Once you’ve read his thoughts, tell him you’re a messenger for the drow Minthara.

We’d recommend going for either Illithid Wisdom if you have it charged, or Detect Thoughts for its low charisma check. Once you’ve convinced him you’re on business for Minthara, you’ll be able to get inside. You can use similar excuses at the large wooden doors to get past the second guard Gurgon and actually reach Minthara inside the Shattered Sanctum. From here you can align with her evil ambitions, or vaporize her with holy magic like we did.

How to get into the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3: Minthara, a powerful drow magic user and True Soul, speaks to the player in a dimly lit room within the Shattered Sanctum.

Kill all the goblins

From the best option to the worst, choosing to kill all the goblins leads to a hectic and challenging fight. Unless you’re at least level 4, you probably won’t stand much chance, and even then, it will be a struggle. You’ll need to prepare by making sure you’ve got optimized each of your companions and their respective classes and subclasses.

When the fighting begins try and take them on in small groups, and make the most of any cover you find around you. AoE and ranged attacks are your friends here, so use them as much as possible. You may also be able to find an ally in Volo, the captured bard that you’ll encounter first back at the Grove and then again at the Goblin Camp as a captive.

Even with allies, it’ll still be an uphill battle. While you can shove lesser goblins around, you’ll have less luck with clan leaders like Dror Ragzlin, Priestess’ Gut, and Minthara. Facing any one of them is a challenge, but getting into combat with more than one at a time is a nearly insurmountable battle at this early stage of the game. Fortunately, all of them have tricks to beat.

Priestess Gut can be lured to her personal chamber before you start fighting her. Minthara can be tricked into crossing a bridge whose supports can be destroyed with a ranged attack. And Dror Ragzlin can be pushed into a nearby pit with an attack or explosive arrow. It is worth noting though that they each drop a tadpole, which you can use to upgrade your Illithid powers if you wish. But using a shortcut denies you this loot among other solid weapons and gear.

Lastly, be aware that killing all the goblins also means you won’t have access to any of the merchants or other NPCs that would have by persuading your way in. Basically, unless you’re hell-bent on taking out these goblins, just don’t.

Sneak in

This one isn’t quite as easy as just persuading your way in, but is still far better than killing your way in. Head to the bridge to the west of the Blighted Village and enter stealth. Follow the right-hand path and eventually, you’ll reach a platform with a rope on it. Jump across the river from here, and follow the next path until you find a goblin guard. Sneak attack him to kill him silently and follow the path to the Goblin Camp wall.

From here, look for a goblin called Brawler Tiny and sneak attack him, before climbing up a nearby ladder. Follow the path from here to an area above some sleeping goblins. Carefully jump down without waking them and sneak past them to a fountain with some more sleeping goblins. Kill these goblins silently, and then break the Cracked Wall next to the fountain. Be aware that you can only break it with Bludgeoning and Force damage. Pass through the wall, and you’re in the Shattered Sanctum, bypassing the Goblin Camp. You may still end up needing to fight through some goblins if you’re taking the stealth approach to rescue Halsin, however.

How to get into the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3: Halsin, the First Druid of Emerald Grove, speaks to the player.

What can you do inside the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3?

The Goblin Camp is a fairly central location within Act 1 of Larian Studios’ D&D adventure game. It hosts a number of NPCs, and it is a necessary place to visit for a variety of different quests. These include:

  • Halsin’s quest. If you want to rescue the First Druid and save the Emerald Grove, you’ll need to rescue Halsin from the Goblin Camp, down in the Worg Pens.
  • The Nightsong. A powerful magical artifact is rumored to lie beneath the ruins of the ancient temple of Selune where the goblins have made their home. You can learn more from a tortured prisoner at the Shattered Sanctum. Here’s our BG3 Nightsong guide.
  • The road to Baldur’s Gate. If you want to reach Act 2, one of your paths there is through the Underdark. To access this subterranean area, you can choose to approach from the elevator found within the Goblin Camp.
  • Freeing the owlbear cub. If you’re trying to add the owlbear cub to your adventuring band, you’ll need to free it from the clutches of the goblins at their camp.
  • Freeing Volo in the Goblin Temple. Either convince the goblin near him to give him to you or fight her.
  • Abdirak can hit you multiple times to bestow you with the Loviatar’s Love buff in the Shattered Sanctum. It activates when you’re under 30% health and grants you +2 on attack rolls and saving throws for three turns. It’s an odd torture session but the buff is permanent. You can protect your character by using defensive spells to minimize the damage. While this drops the approval of Gale and Shadowheart, Astarion seems to enjoy it.

In addition to these quests, the Goblin Camp offers plenty more. You can climb up into the rafters for hidden treasure chests in the Shattered Sanctum. You can trade with merchants for rare items. If you want, you can even assassinate the goblin leadership, killing the other True Souls and raiding the mountains of treasure they’ve got hidden away. The possibilities are varied and many.

That’s everything you need to know about how to get into the Goblin Camp in Baldur’s Gate 3. Once you’re done with this, you’ll soon be at Baldur’s Gate 3 Defiled Temple, so check out our guide to the tricky puzzle you’ll find here. And if you’re not happy with your build, our how to respec in Baldur’s Gate 3 guide will help you try out something brand new. Beating the goblin leaders in the camp will give you tadpoles that can unleash more Baldur’s Gate 3 Illithid powers across its Acts.

How to find goblin camp BG3?

Head left from Druid’s Grove and head past the Blighted Village to reach the Goblin Camp in BG3.

Can you side with the goblins in BG3?

Yes, you can side with goblins and their three leaders in BG3.