One of the early sidequests in Baldur’s Gate 3 is called “Hunt the Devil.” You can side with a tiefling named Karlach or the Paladins of Tyr led by Anders. Here’s our mini-guide to help you out.
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Baldur’s Gate 3: Hunt the Devil sidequest guide
You’ll encounter Karlach and Anders’ band once you’ve reached The Risen Road area in Baldur’s Gate 3. It’s further north past the Goblin Camp. However, you can take a shortcut if you go to the riverbed north of where you found Scratch the Dog. There are rocks here that you can jump on to cross to the opposite bank.
If you head south, the tiefling Karlach will warn you not to come closer. You can make her back down via a skill check (Intimidation or Persuasion). Next, Karlach will tell you that, just like the main character, she’s also infected by a tadpole. If you agree to help, Wyll and Astarion approve of this.
Note: I’ll venture a guess that Karlach might be a recruitable companion. Currently, there are five companions in Baldur’s Gate 3, but the only class that’s missing is the Hunter. Karlach happens to be a tiefling, she wields a crossbow, so who knows? We might eventually see a means of recruiting her as the game gets updated.
Anyway, if you speak with Anders inside the village, he’ll tell you that the “devil” is actually responsible for the murder of refugees. If you press further, Anders says that your clue is to find the “one-horned tiefling.” Karlach has two horns, but the “Hunt the Devil” quest info still says that she’s your actual target. Oh, well.
Note: There’s a corpse of a refugee inside this house. As mentioned by Chevalle in the comments, you can use the Speak with Dead spell (i.e., from the amulet found where the Hooded Skeleton is) to know what actually killed the guy. Sadly, I had already finished the sidequest when I found out about this, so I’m not sure how this would affect your decisions.
Anyway, it’s up to you to decide:
- If you side with Karlach – Go ahead and take out Anders and his merry band. You can loot the Sword of Justice, a rare two-handed weapon, from Anders’ corpse.
- If you side with Anders – Head back to Karlach and eliminate her. You have an option to examine the runes on her skin (Arcana skill check), and you also need to take her head. Bring it to Anders to obtain the Sword of Justice.