One of the more essential, yet underrated items to have in your possession at all times in a CRPG is a shovel. Sometimes, your perception or survival skills will kick in and tell you where there is a chest or other object buried beneath the ground. While you know its location, the only way to dig it up is with a shovel.
If you have run into this situation already in Baldur’s Gate 3 or are simply preparing for it, then you will want to know how to find a shovel as quickly as possible. Fortunately, shovels are not in short supply in the world of Faerun.
Getting a shovel in Baldur’s Gate 3
There are numerous places you can acquire a shovel in the opening hours of Baldur’s Gate 3. I was able to find one sticking out of a dirt mound right near the wrecked nautiloid ship 30 minutes after crashing on the beach.
However, if you want a more reliable source of acquiring a shovel, I recommend simply going to a trader and buying one for a few gold. One of the first traders you will come across is a halfling named Arron, and they are located inside the walls of the Emerald Grove. You can reach them after defeating the goblin horde outside of the grove’s gates.
Once inside the gate, you will find Arron on the side of the path with a trader symbol over their head on the mini-map. Speak with them, and you can view their wares after some dialogue. Among the items for sale is a shovel for a single piece of gold. You can buy it, stick it in your inventory, and your character will now never have to worry about digging for an object ever again.
I suggest buying or finding a shovel for all members of your party. This is in the case of you splitting up with your party and one of your members being dead at the time a dirt mound appears.