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Baldur’s Gate 3 – how to unlock doors and chests

After months of early access, Baldur’s Gate 3 is finally hitting the digital shelves. However, when it comes to locked doors and chests in the game, you may need some guidance. That’s why we have created this guide on how to unlock doors in Baldur’s Gate 3, with all the latest information.

While we are accustomed to a much more interactive brand of lockpicking in Morrowind and Oblivion, here things work differently. Larian definitely imagined lockpicking much differently, closer to the original Dungeons & Dragons experience.

We’re here to provide you with all the useful information you may need. So let’s dive into the how to unlock doors in Baldur’s Gate 3 and get your hands on that loot.

How to pick locks in Baldur’s Gate 3

In Baldur’s Gate 3, there are two methods to open locks: either by possessing a set of lockpicks called Thieves’ Tools or a key to the door you need to open. Naturally, if you have a thief in your party, they will have an easier time picking locks.

Otherwise, the chance of opening that door or chest will rely upon the character with the highest Sleight of Hand skill. To open a lock, follow these steps:

  • Open your inventory and select the Thieves’ Tools.
  • Use the short key icon on the door or chest you wish to open.
  • The game will roll a dice, if the roll is successful, the lock will open.
  • If the attempt fails, you can try again.

Keep in mind that the Thieves’ Tools have a limited number of uses. It’s wise to always keep a couple of them in your inventory, just in case. You can create a Quicksave before attempting to pick a lock, allowing you to try again as many times are necessary.

Where to find lockpicks?

Now you know all about opening locked doors and chest. But where to acquire the tools for the job? Generally, Thieves’ Tools can be found in chests scattered throughout the game world and are also available for purchase in certain shops.

For example, Mattis and Arron might sell them, you will find them in the Druid Grove. Also, there is a lockpick in a chest shortly after the beginning of the game.

If you want an easier time opening locks and doors, consider enhancing your characters’ Sleight of Hand skill as soon as possible. Just open the character panel and assign points under the Dexterity tab.

These tips and tricks should help you overcome any locked doors and chests you encounter in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you’re looking for more guides on RPGs, check out our guides on Starfield romances and Octopath Traveler 2 post game.