How to Highlight Objects – Baldur’s Gate 3

There is a ton of stuff in the world of Baldur’s Gate 3. From treasure chests to worldbuilding novels to plants, players have plenty of items to collect during their campaign. Fortunately, Larian has included a few tools to make finding everything easier.

In order to highlight objects in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll want to hold down the right analog stick on controllers or the left-alt key on a keyboard and mouse. This will highlight any corpses in the area, with unlooted corpses being marked with an * while their looted counterparts will have “Empty” beside their name. Containers will only be highlighted if they have loot inside, so they have nothing denoting if they’ve been looted. If you want to change the key, it can be found in controls under “Show Item Labels.”

It is important to note that this does not highlight every object. Some containers with loot and anything your character cannot perceive will not be highlighted.

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For players using a controller, you can automatically loot around you by holding down the bottom face button: A on Xbox or X on PlayStation. While the button is held down, a circle will start spreading from you that signifies the area you are looting from. At 100%, release the button and you’ll see a list of everything you can loot or interact with. Be careful with looting this way in populated areas, you wouldn’t want to accidentally steal something!

Adventurers using keyboard and mouse can press the tilde key ` to highlight every character or creature with a bright outline. Different categories of creatures will have a different outline:

  • Your avatar will have a white outline
  • Party members have a blue outline
  • Normal NPCs have a yellow outline
  • Enemies will be outlined in red

Your character will have a white outline, party members have a blue one, normal NPCs are yellow, and enemies will be outlined in red.

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Hopefully these tips will be useful to you as you navigate Faerûn. Have any other tips or methods for looting in Baldur’s Gate 3? Leave them in the comments below!

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