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How To Save Mayrina in Baldur's Gate 3

Here's how to save Mayrina from Auntie Ethel in Baldur's Gate 3.
How To Save Mayrina in Baldur's Gate 3
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Are you desperate to save Mayrina from Auntie Ethel? Baldur's Gate 3 is a hardcore RPG that emphasizes storytelling and decision-making over everything else. Your actions have actual consequences in this game as opposed to the pseudo ones seen in most modern action RPGs. Saving Mayrina or letting her become the victim of fate is one of the toughest choices you're presented with early on in Baldur's Gate 3. 

You can find Mayrina imprisoned in the boss arena where you face off against Auntie Ethel, aka, the old hag. Sadly, Mayrina can die before you even finish the battle, which is why it's important to approach this encounter in the right way if you want to rescue her in Baldur's Gate 3.

How To Rescue Mayrina in Baldur's Gate 3

Dash to the control orb or use Create Water conjuration to protect Mayrina. (Picture: Shreyansh/LarianStudios)

As soon as the encounter commences, notice the control orb on the other end of the room beyond Mayrina's cage. The trick is to send one of your party members, preferably Astarion, because of the Stealth checks, from the right-hand side of the room to reach and interact with the button to bring Mayrina down before she burns. Use Dash with Astarion to reach the button in 2-3 turns. 

While the left-hand path is quicker, Ethel and its clones spawn in this area, and they will use Reaction on you if you try and run past them. As such, it's best to traverse from the right side. Alternatively, you can use Create Water conjuration to extinguish the flame on Mayrina's cage.

Once you press the button or extinguish the flame, Ethel will pull Mayrina from the cage and turn herself into her clone. Identifying the real Mayrina from the fake one isn't difficult because the real Mayrina will mention that she isn't Ethel. More importantly, Mayrina will now be out of danger, and you can finally focus on taking Ethel down. 

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Eventually, Ethel will transform herself into a clone of Mayrina. (Picture: Shreyansh/LarianStudios)

This fight isn't challenging if you have level 4 or 5 characters. You can use grease to hamper Ethel's mobility or imply Thunderstruck to throw her off the cliff altogether. Either way, once Mayrina is safe, there's not much to worry about in this battle. 

Saving Mayrina from Ethel won't exactly make her happy. (Picture: Shreyansh/LarianStudios)

Speaking of Mayrina, when Ehtel is finally done and dusted, you may want to have a word with the damsel in distress. Get ready for a surprise because Mayrina won't exactly be in the mood to say thank you. Revealing anything more will be venturing into spoiler territory, so we will let you discover Mayrina's relationship with Ethel yourself. 

And that concludes our guide on how to save Mayrina in Baldur's Gate 3.