New Strategy for Recruiting Minthara in Baldur's Gate 3
A player of the popular video game Baldur's Gate 3 has discovered a method to recruit Minthara, a character that many find intriguing and want to continue interacting with throughout their game journey. However, some may see the new approach as immoral.
Traditional Approach to Recruiting Minthara
Baldur's Gate 3 requires players to enlist Minthara's assistance after a devastating attack against the Tieflings and Druids in Druid Grove. Participating in this massacre ensures Minthara becomes an ally and potential romantic partner, but it sets the main character on an evil path that may discourage other comrade interactions.
This route seems to put players who aim to maintain a heroic character build in an undesired position, particularly if they are also interested in exploring a future relationship with Minthara. Interestingly, an alternative way of recruiting the Drow Paladin Minthara has been discovered and labelled as an "innocent" path.
The "Innocent" Path to Minthara
A player found a way to complete Minthara's Druid Cove objective without the protagonist getting directly involved in hostilities. Instead of killing the Tieflings or Druids, the player steals the idol as requested and then departs, allowing the two factions to battle each other. Minthara still credits the player and joins their team even though the actual fighting is handled otherwise.
This player notes that rather than openly killing innocents, they can steal the idol, as requested by the Tiefling children, and then flee the scene, allowing the druids and Tieflings to fight among themselves. When they report the location to Minthara, she arrives to find most of the defenders dead. By the time the player arrives, the conflict has been resolved without their direct involvement. The player admits that while they don't overtly kill any innocent parties, they inadvertently start the conflict.
Others in the gaming community have appreciated the advice, although they don't believe this workaround for recruiting Minthara is any more ethically sound than the usual approach. This approach to recruitment has been met with some mockery and sarcasm, with one individual humorously stating, "Oh thank god. Desecrating cultural artifacts and framing children is much more my speed."
A user discusses a major concern with this tactical approach, noting how it unavoidably results in the loss of inhabitants which negatively impacts future gameplay experiences. An individual comments on the morality of this tactic, arguing it makes players appear less evil than they truly are, presenting it as being potentially more deceitful than the traditional route. As mentioned by the original poster, even this 'clean-hands' approach will not impress all companions, with characters like Wyll and Karlach deserting the party regardless of the particulars.
With this in mind, it's up to individual players to decide how valuable Minthara is to their game's long-term narrative.