Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Command the Arcane Tower’s Construct Bernard

Bernard commands Baldur's Gate 3

The Arcane Tower in Baldur’s Gate 3 hides a unique robotic character named Bernard that can be given specific commands found throughout the dungeon. Here’s how to locate all the command phrases and what rewards Bernard can give you.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Bernard NPC and Commands

Interacting with Bernard involves presenting him with specific command phrases obtained from poems throughout the Arcane Tower. Here are the five available commands that can be given to Bernard:

  • “Or art thou friend, a rescue from my lonely wake?” – Makes Bernard friendly so you can speak with him.
  • “The silence stretches on – I’m all alone. Please, can I hold your hands, for just a while?” – Bernard gives you a hug.
  • “How can I trust? How will I ever know? How can I show myself, the darkest me?” – Bernard provides the Guiding Light magic ring.
  • “These empty sheets are all that’s left of you. The last of all the thoughtless gifts you gave.” – Bernard gives a Scroll of Prayer of Healing.
  • “There is a light in every living thing. It’s crawling t’wards the surface to survive.” – Bernard turns hostile and attacks.

The poetry fragments containing Bernard’s commands are found in books scattered around the tower:

  • Basement: The Roads to Darkness – Pacify command
  • Bedroom: Torn Out Paper – Hug command
  • Entrance: Dusty Book – Hostile command
  • Lab: Threadbare Book – Guiding Light ring
  • Rooftop: Patched Parchment – Prayer of Healing scroll

Defeating Bernard: Strategy and Rewards

Intriguingly, players can also choose to engage Bernard in combat. However, doing so requires careful consideration, as Bernard possesses unique resistances and attributes.

In case you opt to face Bernard in combat, strategic considerations come into play:

  • Bernard resists slashing, piercing, bludgeoning, fire, lightning, psychic, and poison damage.
  • Utilize saving throw attacks to overcome his high Armor Class.
  • Shoving him off the tower can deal substantial damage or incapacitate him.
  • Employ a Sussar Bloom to incapacitate Bernard by interrupting his magical power source.
  • Keep your distance from Bernard and his Armor constructs to mitigate ranged attacks.
  • Counter the prevalent lightning damage by summoning resistance abilities.

Upon victory, you’ll reap the following rewards:

  • Light of Creation (Martial two-handed melee weapon)
  • Guiding Light (Uncommon Ring)
  • Scroll of Prayer of Healing (Magical Scroll)
  • Antique key

Bernard’s interactions offer a unique experience in Baldur’s Gate 3, showcasing the game’s depth and intricacies. By following the correct commands and preparing for combat, players can reap valuable rewards from this one-of-a-kind encounter.