Image Via. Larian Studios

Baldur’s Gate 3: How To Examine Enemy Stats

Baldur's Gate 3 lets you learn an enemy's stats with the press of a button.

Knowledge is power, and that’s especially true in Baldur’s Gate 3, as the game can be brutally hard for those who don’t prepare well for battle. You can make combat a lot easier by examining foes, preferably before blades are drawn, so you know their strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to make the most of your resources.

Recommended Videos

Baldur’s Gate 3 is based on the Dungeons & Dragons 5E rules. In D&D, the Dungeon Master usually doesn’t tell the players the stats of the enemies they’re fighting, as the player characters typically wouldn’t have a way to gain that information. However, Baldur’s Gate 3 does offer players vital knowledge about the monsters in the game, even before a battle begins.

Related: Baldur’s Gate 2’s Slayer Form Makes Surprise Return In Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3: Why You Need To Check Enemy Stats

Screenshot By Gamepur

If you want to learn information about an enemy, you can right-click on it with the mouse to bring up the Context Menu, then select Examine. To do this on a controller, hit L3 to bring up cursor mode, then hit down on the D-pad when hovering over the enemy. If done correctly, it will bring up a page similar to the one shown in the screenshot above.

The UI in Baldur’s Gate 3 usually tells you an enemy’s current hit points and level, giving you an idea of their threat level. The benefit of using Examine on an enemy is that it gives you even more information, including its stats, resistances, Armor Class score, and any special attributes it has, such as Darkvision.

Knowing these stats is important in Baldur’s Gate 3 because it’ll give you the information you need to tailor your approach in combat. If you don’t know an enemy has Fire Resistance, you might waste an action hitting it with a Fire Bolt and barely doing any damage. If the enemy has a deceptively high Armor Class score, then you’ll know to hit it with guaranteed attacks, like Magic Missile, or to attempt to hit it with saving throw spells, such as Sacred Flame, which ignore Armor Class. Knowing its stats is also important, as you can see where it’s weakest and choose spells accordingly.

Related: Baldur’s Gate 3: What’s The Level Cap?

Baldur’s Gate 3 can be a difficult game, especially for those who are unfamiliar with D&D 5E rules. The enemies in the game go hard, and you’re expected to use every tool available to you to overcome them. As such, you should use the information provided to exploit an enemy’s weaknesses and score an easy victory.


Gamepur is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
related content
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Class for Archery Builds
Best Mods BG3
Best Mods BG3
Best Mods BG3
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Win at Akabi’s Jackpot & Get Nyrulna Legendary in BG3
Win AKabi's Spinning Wheel Circus in BG3
Win AKabi's Spinning Wheel Circus in BG3
Win AKabi's Spinning Wheel Circus in BG3
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3: Every Spell Scroll & How to Get Them
Baldur's Gate 3 All Spell Scrolls
Baldur's Gate 3 All Spell Scrolls
Baldur's Gate 3 All Spell Scrolls
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3 – How to Find & Beat the Orthon in the Gauntlet of Shar
Orthon Yurgir Baldur's Gate 3
Orthon Yurgir Baldur's Gate 3
Orthon Yurgir Baldur's Gate 3
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Make a Deal with Gortash in BG3?
Lord Gortash in Baldur's Gate 3
Lord Gortash in Baldur's Gate 3
Lord Gortash in Baldur's Gate 3
Related Content
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Class for Archery Builds
Best Mods BG3
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Win at Akabi’s Jackpot & Get Nyrulna Legendary in BG3
Win AKabi's Spinning Wheel Circus in BG3
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3: Every Spell Scroll & How to Get Them
Baldur's Gate 3 All Spell Scrolls
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3 – How to Find & Beat the Orthon in the Gauntlet of Shar
Orthon Yurgir Baldur's Gate 3
Read Article Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Make a Deal with Gortash in BG3?
Lord Gortash in Baldur's Gate 3
Author
Scott Baird
Scott has been writing for Gamepur since 2023, having been a former contributor to websites like Cracked, Dorkly, Topless Robot, Screen Rant, The Gamer, and TopTenz. A graduate of Edge Hill University in the UK, Scott started as a film student before moving into journalism. Scott covers Dungeons & Dragons, Final Fantasy, Pokémon, and MTG. He can be contacted on LinkedIn.