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How To Stop The Windmill In Baldur’s Gate 3

Here is how you can rescue the Gnome and stop the Windmill in BG3.

There are various ways to stop the Windmill in Baldur’s Gate 3 and rescue the Gnome. Our guide below will highlight the best method. There are several side quests that you will chance upon while exploring with your party. Once you cross the stone bridge in the Blighted Village, you will come across a Gnome strapped onto a windmill by a group of notorious Goblins. You will have the option of either stopping the windmill to save the Gnome or leaving him to die. However, for a challenging as well as wholesome experience, we’ll recommend that you save the Gnome.

How to Stop the Windmill & Rescue the Gnome in Baldur’s Gate 3

As soon as you approach the Windmill, a conversation with the Goblins will ensue. They will either try to extort money from you or threaten to tie you up with the Gnome on the blade. You can choose a no-nonsense method by simply killing all the Goblins in a fight. However, the better method to handle this situation is by using the Persuasion Charisma check. This will force the Goblins to think that they can choose a weaker target. They will immediately leave the area which will allow you to rescue the Gnome in Baldur’s Gate 3.

To stop the Windmill in BG3, here is what you will need to do:

  1. Go around the back of the windmill and you will see multiple gears rotating inside.
  2. Once you are in, you will notice two levers – “Release Brake” and “Brake
  3. Just be very careful when choosing what lever to pull, remember that releasing the brake will end up killing the poor Gnome.
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  4. You must pull the “Brake” lever to stop the Windmill in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Once the windmill has stopped moving, you can head back outside and free the Gnome from his misery. Before leaving the area, he will mention that you can have the contents of his backpack as a reward. However, he will not describe its location. To find the Gnome’s backpack, go around the back of the windmill again. Here, you will be able to locate a hatch that leads to the windmill cellar. Once you are inside, you will find the Gnome’s Heavy Backpack. It will contain:

  • x1 Smokepowder Satchel
  • x4 Gold
  • x2 Red Apples
  • x1 Baguette

Along with the backpack, you will find a Heavy Chest inside, so make sure to loot it before heading back out.

That’s everything you need to know on how to stop the Windmill in Baldur’s Gate 3. We hope this helped you save the Gnome and locate his backpack. For more informative guides, tier lists and more, visit our Baldur’s Gate 3 section