Baldur’s Gate 3: How To Rescue the Gnome

August 16, 2023

Baldur’s Gate 3 Rescue the Gnome is one of the rescue quests you may come across while exploring the Blighted Village.

You will encounter a group of goblins tormenting a gnome tied to a windmill, and you will have two options: step in and rescue the gnome or ignore the situation and move on.

If you choose to step in, releasing the gnome from the windmill may prove to be challenging.

However, in the following Baldur’s Gate 3 guide, we are here to help you successfully rescue the gnome to complete the side quest.

How to Start the Baldur’s Gate 3 Rescue the Gnome Quest

To begin the Rescue the Gnome quest in Baldur’s Gate III, head northwest from the Blighted Village Waypoint until you reach a windmill.

You’ll find a group of goblins who are cruelly torturing a gnome for their own entertainment.

After approaching the goblins, a cutscene shows the gnome, Barcus Wroot, tied to the windmill.

You'll find a group of goblins who are cruelly torturing a gnome, Barcus Wroot, for their own entertainment.

You have the option to fight the goblins right away to quickly save the gnome or peacefully approach them and learn about their intentions with the gnome.

Let’s see how we can rescue the gnome in Baldur’s Gate 3 from the goblins’ hands.

How to Rescue the Gnome in Baldur’s Gate 3

If you choose the peaceful approach, demand the goblins release the gnome and select one of three available options.

  1. [INTIMIDATION] I won’t let you harm a defenseless being – not without a fight.
  2. [PERSUASION] All of you lot against one deep gnome? You should find a better target.
  3. [ILLITHID] [WISDOM] I am a True Soul. Now once again – release the gnome.

Passing any check will defuse the situation while still keeping the option of fighting open.

To rescue the gnome stuck on the windmill, head to the back and enter through the hole in the wall.

You will find two levers – the ‘Release Brake’ and ‘Brake’ Lever.

Use the ‘Brake’ Lever to stop the windmill from spinning, but ensure to wait a bit after the goblins leave to avoid suspicion.

Use the 'Brake' Lever to stop the windmill from spinning and rescue the gnome.

Do not pull the ‘Release Brake’ Lever, or you will see the gnome flying into the sky, ending the quest right away. You can guess what happened to him.

Return to the windmill fan to release the gnome, despite his grumpiness. He introduces himself as Barcus Wroot and will tell you he’s looking for a friend while showing you his stained amulet.

After completing the Rescue the Gnome quest, look around the windmill for a Wooden Hatch leading underground.

You will discover the Heavy Backpack belonging to Barcus and a Heavy Chest containing valuable items. Take them as a reward for saving the gnome.

Enter the underground section of the windmill through the Wooden Hatch to find Barcus' Heavy Backpack and a Heavy Chest with valuable items.

Your heroic act of rescuing Barcus will lead to a future encounter with him at the Grymforge, where you can embark on the Save the Grymforge Gnomes quest.

Feel free to visit our Baldur’s Gate 3 Wiki Hub Page for additional information regarding quests, puzzles, and outcomes.

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