How Movement and Move Action Work in Baldur’s Gate 3

Movement is an ability in Baldur’s Gate 3, and the Move Action is primarily used in combat, the guide explains in detail how they work.

Move Action in Baldur's Gate 3 Combat
Move Action in Baldur’s Gate 3 Combat

Movement in Baldur’s Gate 3

Movement is the ability to move around the battlefield during your turn. It is one of the most important aspects of combat, as it allows you to position yourself for better attacks, reach enemies that are out of range, or escape from danger.  Your Movement speed is determined by your race, class, and equipment. You can find your Movement speed on your character sheet.

To move your character, simply click on the ground where you want them to go. Your character will automatically path find and follow the designated route.  You can also use the keyboard arrow keys to move your character. The default keys are usually “W” for forward, “A” for left, “S” for backward, and “D” for right.  When not in combat or interacting with specific objects, you can freely explore the game world by moving your character around.  Use the mouse to rotate the camera to get a better view of your surroundings. Scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.

Move Acton in Combat

In combat during your turn, your movement bar can be shown in the bottom right of your screen. You can see a darkish blue circle which shows you the amount of movement you would have remained. The grey area is the amount of movement you would spend depending on how much you took. This allows you to freely move your mouse and check what movement would cost without clicking to move during turn-based combat.

If you move through a square that is occupied by an enemy, you will provoke an Opportunity Attack from that enemy. An Opportunity Attack is a free attack that the enemy gets to make against you.  You can avoid provoking an Opportunity Attack by using the Disengage action. The Disengage action allows you to move away from an enemy without provoking an Opportunity Attack.

How Movement and Move Action Work in Baldur's Gate 3

Different terrain types may have varying movement costs. For example, moving through difficult terrain like water or rough ground may reduce your movement distance.  The color of your white arrow will turn a different color, yellow. This is a visual indicator you want to avoid bad terrain and moving around is usually the best option. Some areas may require you to jump over gaps or obstacles. To jump, click on the destination across the gap, and your character will attempt to jump if it’s within their movement range.

Movement and Move Action Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips for using Movement and Move Action effectively in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Flanking: look for the advantage to take the opponent’s flank or rear to avoid getting hit and giving you an advantage.
  • Range: Use your Movement to reach enemies that are out of range. 
  • Disengage:  If you need to move past an enemy, you can use the Disengage action to avoid provoking an Opportunity Attack.
  • Line of Sight: Get behind a rock, a tree, or a structure after attacking to avoid damage.
  • Terrain: Try to avoid rough terrain and move around if you can avoid it.
  • Boost Speed: use the Potion of Speed to increase your movement for three turns.

Remember, mastering movement mechanics in Baldur’s Gate 3 is essential for successful exploration and tactical combat. Practice strategic positioning, use terrain to your advantage, and be mindful of your character’s movement points during turn-based combat to gain the upper hand in battles.

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