Baldur’s Gate 3 has captivated players with its rich storytelling and open-ended gameplay, allowing adventurers to craft their narratives and make choices that shape their characters’ destinies.
However, even the noblest intentions can lead to unexpected outcomes, as one Paladin player recently discovered in a hilarious turn of events. Paladins, both in Dungeons & Dragons and in Baldur’s Gate 3, are known for their adherence to a strict code of ethics and unwavering dedication to their oaths.
Straying from this path can lead a Paladin down the treacherous road of becoming an oathbreaker. This player’s experience is a prime example of how navigating this delicate balance can sometimes take a whimsical twist.
The story began when the player’s character, an Oath of Devotion Paladin, came across an unconscious dwarf NPC  with a mere sliver of health left. Lacking any available healing spells, the player had a seemingly ingenious idea: why not administer a healing potion to revive the dwarf?
Little did they know that their choice would lead to unfortunate events that had the entire Baldur’s Gate 3 community in stitches.
In an attempt to administer the healing potion, the player’s Paladin—unbeknownst to them—used the Tavern Brawler feat, which added the character’s considerable strength to throw items.
As the potion was hurled toward the dwarf, the unexpected synergy between the strength-enhanced throw and the fragility of a healing potion resulted in a hilariously disastrous outcome. Instead of receiving the much-needed healing, the dwarf met an untimely demise, all at the hands of an inadvertently hurled vial.
The player’s Paladin, a paragon of virtue who had saved countless lives, suddenly found themselves in the unexpected role of a perpetrator. The mishap had inadvertently broken the Paladin’s oath due to a lack of careful consideration when applying excessive force to the potion’s toss.
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Taking to Reddit to share their misadventure, the player recounted the moment of realization when they recognized the unintended consequences of their actions. The post quickly gained traction within the Baldur’s Gate 3 community, eliciting an outpouring of amused responses from fellow players who could relate to the unpredictable nature of the game.
One user light-heartedly imagined the awkward conversation between the player’s oathbreaker Paladin and another character with a traumatic origin story. The contrasting experiences highlighted the spectrum of narrative possibilities within the game.
Others humorously speculated on the state of the Paladin’s celestial “report card,” joking about how this incident might affect their standing with divine powers.
Amidst the jesting, some users offered lighthearted advice to prevent similar mishaps, suggesting that throwing potions directly at the injured might not be the wisest course of action. Instead, they recommended aiming for the floor near the target to avoid launching vials of salvation with excessive zeal.
The story also spurred creative character ideas, with some users imagining a Barbarian nurse archetype who, in their attempt to heal, wreaks havoc instead. The juxtaposition of the Paladin’s honorable intentions and the comical mishap resonated with the community’s appreciation for the game’s ability to weave drama and humor into the player’s journey.
In a realm where players have the agency to shape their tales, this anecdote is a testament to the unforeseen consequences that can arise from even the most well-meaning decisions. As adventurers continue to explore the vast landscapes of Baldur’s Gate 3, they’ll undoubtedly create more epic, humorous stories that will forever be etched into the annals of virtual legend.