- Baldur’s Gate 3 lets the tiefling barbarian Karlach pet animals despite being physically unable to touch others due to her engine.
- This oversight does not have a significant impact on the overall plot or Karlach’s story, so most fans aren’t bothered by it.
- It is unlikely that the developer will prioritize addressing this oversight in future updates, as they have been primarily focused on other content and bug fixes.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has an oversight when it comes to fan favorite tiefling barbarian Karlach, as she is able to pet Scratch and the owlbear cub when, according to the rules established by the story, she should not be able to do so without killing them. Karlach is one of Baldur’s Gate 3‘s Origin characters and can also be recruited as a companion. Like the other Baldur’s Gate 3 companions, Karlach has a unique questline that players can pursue during their adventures if they so desire.
Karlach’s quest in Baldur’s Gate 3 begins with fixing the engine that’s keeping her alive. Karlach’s engine runs particularly hot in the Material Plane, making it so she is unable to touch her fellow adventurers without them bursting into flames. If players attempt to romance other characters as Karlach before getting her engine fixed, their attempts at intimacy will be thwarted by the fact that Karlach is physically unable to touch them without potentially killing them. A custom Baldur’s Gate 3 character will have to “fix” her engine before anything like a hug or kiss is even possible when romancing Karlach, though fans have found ways to steal quick, minor interactions by dousing her in water.
Baldur’s Gate 3: Secret Karlach Interaction Breaks the Fourth Wall
A Baldur’s Gate 3 fan discovers a secret interaction with Karlach in which she temporarily breaks the fourth wall in a comically unnerving scene.
The game clearly establishes that Karlach can’t touch other people because of her engine, but this creates a potential plot hole when it comes to animals players can bring to their camp, like the dog Scratch. Despite it already being made clear through dialogue that Karlach is supposed to be unable to touch others, she is able to pet Scratch with no problems, and the same goes for the owlbear that players can get. There isn’t even any hesitation when Karlach goes to pet Scratch or the owlbear.
Karlach being able to pet Scratch and the owlbear before getting her engine fixed may be somewhat immersion-breaking for some players, but most won’t mind since it means they get to pet the cute animals. Being able to pet animals has no real bearing on the overall Baldur’s Gate 3 plot or Karlach’s story, so it’s safe to say that most fans don’t mind the small oversight.
Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to receive new updates, so it’s possible, though highly unlikely, that developer Larian Studios will address this oversight/plot hole in a future patch. Baldur’s Gate 3 updates have primarily been focused on adding new content like the ultra-challenging Honour Mode, squashing bugs, and addressing other concerns, so it doesn’t seem like taking away Karlach’s ability to pet Scratch and the owlbear before fixing her engine would be high on the studio’s priority list.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 is a Dungeons and Dragons inspired RPG developed and published by Larian Studios. Featuring both a single player and cooperative element, players create their character by selecting a starting class, take on quests, level up, and engage in turn-based combat using the D&D 5th edition rule set.
- Baldur’s Gate
- August 3, 2023
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 30 Hours
- Split Screen Orientation
- Vertical Only
- Number of Players
- PS Plus Availability
- Local Co-Op Support
- 1-2 Players