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Baldur’s Gate 3 underwear feature is giving us life

If there’s one thing we should all acknowledge about Baldur’s Gate 3, it’s this: adventuring in Faerun is very serious business. I have a mind-flayer tadpole stuck in my head, I could turn into one any second, and I have a whole group of companions that are relying on me. All in all, I’ve got a lot on my shoulders. That, however, hasn’t stopped me from putting all of my favourite characters in Baldur’s Gate 3 in different underwear.

Before you think, ‘oh, this is a sex thing,’ let me just start by saying that curiosity should be rewarded and not kink-shamed. Anyhoo.

One of the great things about Larian Studio’s record-breaking CRPG is that it has very few limits. You can stack a ton of crates up to bypass a wall you can’t get over, you can dye your Githyanki companion’s armour in a horrible pinkish colour, and you can make sure every companion feels the lingering heat of another as you swap their underwear to see which suits them best.

Early on, it came to my attention that each companion had their own unique nightwear, which was pretty cute. What I didn’t know until much later was that they also had unique underwear, with a description attached to each slip of cloth that let us know exactly what sort of personality (or circumstances) surrounded each and every character. While completely useless in the scheme of things, I couldn’t help but be relentlessly charmed at just how different these characters were in even something as trivial as underwear.

Baldur's Gate 3 underwear

And then, after admiring the leather harness that hugged Lae’zel’s waist and chest, I decided that I’d like to see it on every single companion. The result was sticking Karlach in the harness and silently wondering if Larian knew they were creating monsters when they decided to make it possible for you to trade underwear with your companions like Yu-Gi-Oh cards.

As wild as it may be, there is something admirable about Larian Studio’s willingness to embrace something as silly as underwear descriptions. To me, it pretty much sums up what Dungeons and Dragon can be: an adventure between friends (or enemies) that has you rolling for the most bat-shit thing imaginable, and getting away with it because your DM finds it very funny. That’s me and swapping underwear in Baldur’s Gate 3. Harmless, stupid, and incredibly immature, yes, but also? It sure does make me laugh.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available to play now for PC. It will arrive on September 6 for PS5.

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