How To Get And Use Shovel In Baldur’s Gate 3

Time to dig up some dirt. No, we mean literally.

The shovel belongs to the miscellaneous items category in Baldur’s Gate 3 and is very helpful for the players to dig any dirt mounds. As you will come across many dirt mounds in the game at different locations, we have marked the locations of shovels in our guide for your easy access. 

These dirt piles can only be removed with a shovel. Underneath them are hidden treasure chests containing gold and valuable loot.


This guide is not about the familiar known as Shovel the Quasit. To find and summon Shovel Quasit using the scroll, follow our guide here.

Shovel Locations in Baldur’s Gate 3

Shovels are abundant in BG3 and can be found or purchased from merchants. The locations are described below with detailed images.

Ravaged Beach

You can get the first shovel in Baldur’s Gate 3 by moving north from the Injured Mind Flayer at the Ravaged Beach. You can also locate this area west of where the Tieflings have captured Lae’zel. Once you reach this area, you will find a dirt mound with a shovel stuck in it. Remove the shovel to acquire it.

Overgrown Ruins

This is the fastest way to obtain a shovel in Baldur’s Gate 3. Once you reach the Overgrown Ruins northeast of the crash site, you will meet a group of bandits. They will be hostile, but you can persuade them to leave. We don’t recommend fighting them right now.

Once you have removed them, proceed to the Chapel gate north of the Overgrown Ruins. The door is locked, and someone will approach from behind and ask about your identity. Look close to the right side of the door, and you will find a shovel.


There are three dirt mounds near or inside Overgrown Ruins that you can clear with the shovel to obtain useful spell scrolls. If you have a wizard at your party, Gale, you can make him learn these spells permanently.

From the Merchant Aaron

Once you reach the Druid Grove after killing the goblins at its gate, go to the Hollow. Here, you will meet the first merchant of the game, Aaron, a halfling. You can purchase a shovel from him for just nine gold.

Near the Blighted Village

Make your way West of the Druid Grove. Just before the entrance of the Blighted Village, you will come across a bridge with broken carts and scattered crates. Interact with the crates on the road to find another shovel.

How to use the shovel in Baldur’s Gate 3

The shovel is quite useful for digging up dirt mounds in Baldur’s Gate 3. Once you start exploring the locations, you will find many of them with impressive loot.

The shovel does not do any significant damage and can be thrown on the battlefield but the purpose of acquiring this item is to dig dirt piles.


There is no need to carry more than one shovel as it will end up encumbering you.

Once you come close to any dirt pile, you must pass a perception check, and a picture of the dirt pile will be shown to you. You need to interact with the dirt pile if you carry a Shovel in your inventory.

There is no need to equip the shovel. If the shovel is in your or a companion’s inventory, you can dig up the dirt mound. Your character will start digging the dirt pile with the shovel as you interact.

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