So, down in the depths below the Moonrise Towers in the Mind Flayer Colony, there’s a little something called the Necrotic Library puzzle in Baldur’s Gate 3. It’s not your everyday puzzle; it’s got layers, like peeling an onion. Let me walk you through it.
How Does the Necrotic Laboratory Puzzle Work?
Picture this – the Necrotic Lab is a bit of a madhouse. Minds are fragmented, things are haywire, and there’s a puzzle waiting to be cracked. But fear not, my friends, because if you choose the right path, you can stitch everything back together and open a magical door. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty.
To kick things off, head to the console in the back room (coordinates X:734, Y:-115) and give it a little love. There are four nodes – Memory (green), Reason (purple), Speech (blue), and Emotion (yellow) – that need your attention.
The trick to this puzzle is keeping it simple. Each starting node has a shape that matches a shape at the end of a white line. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify the white line connecting two nodes and create a complete, uninterrupted line for each color.
Click the node to activate it, let it glow, and then start selecting points along its white line. Move that camera around the shape to avoid any accidental clicks. Easy peasy, right?
Pro Tip: If you’re on PS5, hit that L3 while dealing with the console. It throws you into cursor mode, making node-clicking a breeze without your character doing the cha-cha.
Baldur’s Gate 3: Necrotic Lab Puzzle Solution (BG3)
You’ve danced your way through the puzzle once all shapes are matched with a glorious line of color. Check out the pictures below to witness the masterpiece. Oh, and don’t fret if there’s a single unused node hanging around afterward – that’s just the puzzle’s way of keeping you on your toes.
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Necrotic Laboratory Puzzle Rewards
Ta-da! Connect all four nodes, and the control panel will welcome you with open arms, unveiling a door leading to a small platform in front of a Desecrated Relief. Interact with the relief for a peek into the Grand Design.
Now, on that platform, there’s a treasure trove waiting for you:
- A rare longsword: Blade of Oppressed Souls.
- Braindrain Gloves: They’re like mental fatigue in a glove, causing a -1 penalty to Charisma, Intelligence, and Wisdom Saving Throws for two turns when dealing Psychic damage.
- Circlet of Mental Anguish: Heals you for 1d4 hit points when an enemy fails a Charisma, Intelligence, or Wisdom Saving Throw against your spells or cantrips.
- Waking Mind: A brain jar for a permanent buff – a little glitched quest but worth a shot.
Speaking of glitches, the Waking Mind connects to a quest in the Necrotic Lab that’s currently playing hard to get. If you manage to make it work, slot that bad boy into the Mind-Archive Interface nearby (coordinates X:697, Y:-117). Chat with the Slack-Skinned Head, choose to purge her mind, and voila – you’ve got the Githzerai Mind Barrier, a permanent buff granting Advantage to Intelligence Saving Throws.
Blade of Oppressed Souls Stats
Now, let’s talk about the star of the show – the Blade of Oppressed Souls. This bad boy dishes out 3-15 damage, slashes with a +1 enchantment, and throws in 1d4 Psychic damage for good measure. Versatile, with a range of 1.5, and it’s worth a cool 250. A solid reward for conquering the Necrotic Laboratory puzzle.
That’s a wrap for the Necrotic Laboratory in BG3. But hey, while you’re swimming in the pink, fleshy depths, don’t forget about Wyll’s patrol and the enigmatic Mizora.