How To Save The Distressed Patient In Baldur’s Gate 3

In Baldur's Gate 3, you'll come across the Distressed Patient when exploring the Shadow-Cursed Lands, at the House of Healing. He's seen better days, but the question remains, can you save him?

During Act 2 of Baldur’s Gate 3, you will encounter a lot of despicable sceneries, but the House of Healing takes the cake. Despite its name, House of Healing is nothing short of a large torture cell. When you visit the house of healing, you will encounter a depraved, undead doctor, Malus Thorm. He will be operating on a Distressed Patient in Baldur’s Gate 3.   

The patient has seen better days and will be getting tortured when you arrive. Thankfully, Thorm turns his attention towards you and your party and lets the poor man be. You will deal with the doctor and his nurses next and take them out of the picture. But the question remains: Can you do something for the Distressed Patient in the House of Healing? Can you save the poor man?

BG3 Distressed Patient Location 

The distressed patient is found in Act 2 of Baldur’s Gate 3. He will be inside the House of Healing in the Shadow Cursed Lands. You will arrive here after you pass through the Underdark area. Refer to the map to find where to find the House of Healing exactly. It is to the Southwest of Last Light Inn and West of Mason’ Guild. 

Enter through the double doors and then go deep into the building, where you will find an operation theatre. Malus Thorm and his nurses will be ”operating” on the distressed patient. You now need to take them out before doing anything. The boss fight with Malus Thorm is tough if you approach it conventionally. But if you pass a few conversation rolls, you can make Malus Thorm and his nurses kill themselves.

Can you save the Distressed Patient in Baldur’s Gate 3?

At launch, before patch 1, there was no way to save the distressed patient in the House of Healing of BG3. No matter what you do, he will always end up dying because of the severity of the injuries he has. 

However, Larian changed this quest a bit with patch 1. If you have updated your game to patch 1 or beyond (which you should), now there is a glimmer of hope for the distressed patient. Once you kill Malus Thorm and his nurses, search his body to find the key. This key can open the shackles of the Distressed Patient and free him from the House of Healing. 

You can also free the Distressed Patient in Baldur’s Gate 3 by using the Knock spell. It all comes down to personal preferences. Once you free the Distressed patient from the operating table, he will start running around in a panic. You can’t calm him down, and he will run away outside into the Shadow Cursed lands. A fate worse than dying at the hands of a mad scientist.

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