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Baldur's Gate 3 Rescue the Gnome: how to stop the windmill

How to stop the windmill and complete Rescue the Gnome in Baldur's Gate 3

As you explore the Blighted Villiage, there are a lot of unique encounters to find (go into the barn, you’ll thank me later), but Rescue the Gnome is the hardest to miss. You’ll find a group of Goblins laughing and jeering at a poor Gnome that they’ve strapped to the end of the windmill.

While it is definitely funny, it’s probably best if you help the Gnome out, so we’ll help you with this Rescue the Gnome walkthrough.

We can help with other areas of Baldur's Gate 3 too. Our class tier list will show you how to build the perfect party, our stone dial puzzle guide will help you solve one of the game's stranger puzzles, and the Karmic Dice guide will explain one of the game's most important settings.

Clear out the Goblins – Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 Gnome tied to a windmill

If you feel like using your Illithid powers you can just order the Goblins to clear off, but if you’d rather do things the old-fashioned way, prepare for a fight. While there are quite a few Goblins in this area, none of them are particularly strong, so as long as you’re careful, this should be an easy fight.

Afterward, all that remains is stopping the windmill.

How to stop the windmill - Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldu's Gate 3 windmill break lever

Go around the back of the windmill and you’ll see all of the gears turning. On the base of the mechanism, there are two very small levers that are hard to spot, but you can mouse over them to highlight them. One is the brake, and the other releases the brake.

Pull the brake lever to stop the windmill, then go back around the front and get the Gnome down to get your reward. He’ll then be on his way.