How To Get & Use Shovel in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3)

In Baldur’s Gate 3, there are tons of ways for you to get loot and one of these methods is to dig up hidden chests that may yield goodies.

This can be done once you have a Shovel in your inventory, which is later used to dig up Dirt Mounds that can be found in different areas.

This makes it necessary to have at least one of your party members bring a Shovel just in case you come across any Dirt Mounds.

Shovel in Baldur's Gate 3

How To Get Shovel?Shovels in inventory

Shovels can be obtained in many ways and are not that hard to obtain in Baldur’s Gate 3 as you can get them by opening containers, looting enemies, and buying them from a trader.

Some enemies and NPCs you may encounter may have Shovels with them which can be taken after killing them or pickpocketed.

An easy way to get your hands on a shovel as you can trade almost anything for it since it comes extremely cheap from traders.

Shovel UsesUsing Shovel

Shovels are used to dig up Dirt Mounds, which are piles of dirt that can be found from time to time, hinting that something has been buried.

Once you find a Dirt Mount, interact with it to dig it up but make sure the character you are using has a Shovel in their inventory or they won’t do anything.

You can use Shovels multiple times as digging up chests from Dirt Mounds does not consume them from your inventory.

Dirt Mounds

Dirt Mounds can be found in certain locations, and they will be revealed as your party passes by, which often causes a skill check.

Once a Dirt Mound has been discovered, any member of your party will be able to see it and may start digging it up if they have a Shovel.

You will not be able to dig up a Dirt Mound if you are during a battle and will have to defeat your foes first before using a Shovel.


There is a lot of loot to be found when you are out exploring, and Dirt Mounds are a good source for some items that can be helpful along the way.

Mostly you will find Gold and other useful items, which makes it seem that these were left behind as a stash by previous adventurers.

If ever you pass by a Dirt Mound and have no Shovel, you can always come back to it once you have one since it will still be right where you found it.

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