Baldur’s Gate 3 Counting House Vault Guide

The Counting House in Baldur's Gate 3 is full of treasures and provide you an opportunity to recruit Minsc as your party member.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Lower City is filled with interesting quests and puzzles, which offer players considerable loot. Unlike other rewards, the Counting House Vault in Baldur’s Gate 3 offers someone special behind the locked doors. The person in question is Minsc, Jaheira’s Old friend from the previous games.  

In this guide, we will tell you how to solve the Counting House Vault puzzle by stepping on the right tiles and freeing Minsc to recruit him in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Bg3 The Counting House location

The Counting House in Baldur’s Gate 3 is in the southern part of Lower City. These are the exact coordinates of the Counting House (X: -98, Y: -148). You can simply reach this area by going to the coordinates mentioned above or as a part of the High Harper companion quest of Jaheira.  

Talk to the nine-fingers gang and their leader Keene (X: 60, Y: -100) to learn that Minsc is inside the Counting House. This will mark the location of the Counting House house on your map.

Bg3 Counting House walkthrough

At the Counting House, talk with the Head Clerk Meadhoney. He will hand over a pass that allows you to freely roam the Counting House. However, you need to pass IntimidationPersuasion, and Deception checks on Meadhoney to do so.

There are a lot of small vaults inside the Counting House in Baldur’s Gate 3. All of these vaults are locked and require you to use a lockpick with a DC15 check. But our primary focus is the larger vault, Vault 9, at the end of the corridor with some marked tiles (digits) in front of it. To solve the Counting House Vault puzzle in Baldur’s Gate 3, enter the correct code by stepping on the tiles in order.

How to find the Counting House Vault code

To find the Counting House Vault 9 code in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need to enter the Head Banker’s office on the second floor. This area is protected by two sentries who will immediately kick you out if you fail the DC25 persuasion check. There are multiple ways to avoid this situation. 

  • Cast the Greater Invisibility spell on your party member with the highest stealth (Astarion in our case). This will allow you to enter the Head banker’s office undetected by using a lockpick
  • Use the polymorph spell on Jaheira to change her into a cat. There is a broken pipe downstairs near the stairs leading to the vault. Use this pipe as a cat to reach the Head Banker’s office. 
  • Fight your way through, which we seriously don’t recommend because of grave consequences in this instance. 

Once you are inside the office, find a book that describes the events of a specific year, 1356. So, the code to solve the Counting House vault puzzle in Baldur’s Gate 3 is 1-3-5-6 in order. 

How to open Vault 9 inside Counting House

After getting the code, head back to the Counting House Vault Puzzle location. Disband your party and make them stand on the plates in the following order. 

  • First-person stands on the top left plate marked 1. 
  • The second person stands on the top right plate marked 3. 
  • The third person stands on the center plate marked 5. 
  • The final party member on the plate to the right marked 6.

You can also use only one character to press the buttons in order. If you make any mistakes, you will have to start from the beginning. This will solve the Counting House Vault puzzle in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to defeat the Bhaalists and recruit Minsc

Once you enter the vault, you will meet Minsc, who doesn’t seem to be his self. Minsc will attack you alongside some Bhaal cultists. Defeat Minsc and his partners to make him run away. Minsc will appear inside the sewers, where you can defeat him again and recruit him once and for all. 

The vault 9 inside the Counting House contains a treasure chest that you can loot to obtain Elegant studded leather, which grants you light armor and an advantage on your stealth checks.

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