Baldur’s Gate 3 – Investigate The Murders Guide

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There are many objectives in the Lower City of Baldur’s Gate 3. One of these tasks involves a killer on the loose. Naturally, you have to warn the would-be victims. Our Baldur’s Gate 3 Investigate the Murders guide discusses how you can help those that are on the kill list, as well as potential issues that you might encounter.

How to Complete Investigate the Murders in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Baldur’s Gate 3 Investigate the Murders quest occurs during the third act. Specifically, you need to finish the Open Hand Temple Murders quest beforehand. The objective leads you to Fraygo’s Flophouse in Rivington, where you’ll find the kill list. You’ll also talk to Inspector Valeria about the mysterious deaths that have been happening. She’ll task you with reporting to Gauntlet Devella.

The Kill List

When you first read the kill list, you’ll notice that several people have already been taken out. These include Duke Stelmane (the Emperor’s former partner), Father Lorgan (from the Open Hand Temple), and Dribbles the Clown (whose body parts have been scattered all over the city). You can learn more about that objective in our Find Dribbles the Clown guide.

A lot of people have been killed in the Lower City.

Gauntlet Devella Bug

Your task, for now, is to meet up with Gauntlet Devella in Elfsong Tavern, which is right next to the Basilisk Gate waypoint. Here’s the kicker: this segment might bug out completely. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Make sure you keep a backup save before entering the tavern.
  • Devella is in a second-floor suite, the one where Duke Stelmane was found murdered.
  • Talk to the two Flaming Fist guards so they let you go upstairs. If you enter the room and Devella is nowhere to be found, just reload your save.
  • If you enter and she’s there, talk to her about the killings. She’ll ask you to warn those that are on the list.

Note: You also have the option to go the evil route. Instead of warning potential victims, you can take them out instead and cut off their hands as proof of your deeds. This action will come into play soon enough (we discuss this part later in our Baldur’s Gate 3 Investigate the Murders guide).

You might need to reload a save if Gauntlet Devella isn’t there.

Which NPCs Can You Save

NPCs will be marked on your map, so make sure to check the icons. You could visit each location, though some of them are already dead by the time you arrive (i.e. Alexander Rainforest and Franc Peartree). Others, however, can still be saved.

Chef Roveer

  • Location: Elfsong Tavern Kitchen
  • Tell him that he’s on a kill list. He’s not too worried about it, and he asks you to kill some rats in the basement instead. The basement itself also leads to the Emperor’s Hideout.

Cora Highberry

  • Location: Wine Festival
  • Mention that a murderer is out to get her. The Dwarf next to her, Dolor, will panic. He’ll reveal himself as the culprit. This leads to a battle where you have to take out four of his copies.

Figaro Pennygood

  • Location: Facemaker’s Boutique
  • Upon arriving, you’ll see that Dolor has paralyzed both Devella and Figaro. Respond by telling them to stop so you can keep them both alive. If you dawdle around or stay quiet, the murderer will slay the victim and run off. But, if you tell him to stop, you can fight him and his goons.

From left to right: Figaro’s shop; Cora’s Wine Festival; Chef Roveer’s kitchen.

The Handbag

After taking out Dolor, you can pick up various goodies. The most important for the Baldur’s Gate 3 Investigate the Murders quest is a container. Inside, you’ll see your gory prize: four hands that have been cut off (that’s why it’s called a “handbag,” right?).

Dolor is the same person who killed Duke Stelmane, Father Lorgar, and the other two NPCs. He’s collecting their hands to prove himself worthy of a god’s blessing. You might know who that deity is. In any case, the next step is to seek the Murder Tribunal.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is filled to the brim with activities and secrets. You’ll no doubt be part of an adventure that can take countless hours to complete. For other tips, you can visit our BG3 guides hub.