Baldur's Gate 3: 10 NPCs Whose Loot is Worth Committing Murder For
The equipment in Baldur's Gate 3 plays an important role in your progression and power level. Certain items can give you a tremendous power boost, and...
The equipment in Baldur's Gate 3 plays an important role in your progression and power level. Certain items can give you a tremendous power boost, and others may even be worth a class and abilities reset to fully maximize their potential.
While you can find some of the best items in the game by completing quests, killing bosses, and trading with merchants, there are great options that most players are likely to miss, as these items can only be looted by killing certain NPCs. Keep this in mind the next time you encounter these NPCs and decide whether violence is the better or at least the more profitable option.
Abdirak is a priest of Loviatar whom you can encounter in the goblin camp during the first act. As a follower of the Goddess of Pain and an advisor on torture among the goblins, he offers interesting dialogues and thought-provoking cutscenes if you engage with his specialty. You can even receive a powerful buff if you endure his torture and appease his goddess.
More importantly, he carries a unique battle axe that can be very powerful in the early game if you're willing to kill him before or even after interacting with him. The Scourge of Loviatar is an unusual battle axe that grants you resistance to necrotic damage and has a unique action that allows you to deal minor necrotic damage to everyone around you, including yourself.
9 Guantlet Yeva
You can meet Guantlet Yeva in Waukeen's Rest, the burning tavern, during the first act. They are one of the Flaming Fists, trying to break down the door and save those trapped inside the burning building. If you're feeling particularly wicked, instead of helping them, you can attack the soldiers in the area and obtain valuable loot.
In particular, the greatsword on Guantlet Yeva is an excellent weapon for the early game if you missed the chance to defeat Commander Zhalk and obtain the Blade of the Eternal Flame. Svartlebee's Woundseeker is a greatsword with a +1 enchantment and adds 1d4 to your attack rolls if your target has already taken damage. Essentially, this grants you the effect of the Bless spell for free.
8 Corsair Graymon
When you take the boat to Grymforge in the Underdark, you will come across a Duregar ship led by Corsair Graymon. You have several options to avoid a fight and follow him to your destination, but if you fail your Charisma check or choose to initiate aggression, you can plunder two powerful weapons.
The first one is the Shimmering Skullstaff, a +1 light hammer that deals an additional 1d4 radiant damage with each attack. While not the most powerful weapon in the game, it deals more than twice the damage of its non-magical counterparts. The more important piece is the Banshee's Bow, a shortbow that can intimidate your targets and grants you 1d4 to your attack rolls against frightened creatures. Fear is one of the most powerful conditions in Baldur's Gate 3, and this weapon is a great option for your ranged combat characters.
7 Elder Brithvar
You encounter Elder Brithvar in the Duregar camp in the Underdark, and you can collaborate with him to turn against the true soul Nere and involve him and his followers in the fight. If you choose to help Nere or opt for the "murder-hobo" approach from the beginning, you can plunder a great one-handed weapon.
The Deep Delver is an uncommon warhammer that deals an additional 1d4 damage against a target after your first attack. It is a great weapon for martial classes who haven't found a better option in the early stages of the game, and the additional damage can add up against strong enemies.
Bernard is a construct that guards the top floor of the Arcane Tower in the Underdark. If you have thoroughly explored the tower before encountering him, you will gain access to dialogue options to avoid a difficult fight. However, if you manage to defeat him, the reward could be worth the effort.
The Light of Creation is a +1 glaive that you can plunder from Bernard after defeating him. This weapon deals additional lightning damage, but it has a harsh drawback: it may stun the user for a round unless they are a construct. However, you can purchase the Gloves of the Automaton from a merchant in the Last Light Tavern, which negate this drawback and provide a temporary advantage to all attack rolls. This turns the weapon into a powerful option with significant additional damage.
In Act One, you can encounter a monster hunter near Aunt Ethel's hut who is searching for a vampire spawn. His target is Astarion, our rogue companion, and while we can talk our way out of a confrontation or even betray him through deception, we can also choose to kill the hunter to obtain a powerful weapon and earn the approval of our pale friend.
Gandrel's Pursuit is a fantastic crossbow and one of the best heavy crossbows you can find in the early to mid-game. It can inflict the "turned" condition on undead enemies and grants you an advantage on attack rolls against monstrosities. The best part about this effect is that you don't even have to attack with the crossbow to gain the advantage. As long as it is equipped in your ranged weapon slot, you receive the advantage even on melee attacks, making this item valuable for both melee and ranged combat characters.
4 Lump The Enlightened
One of the most interesting NPCs you can encounter in the Blighted Village is Klump the Enlightened. Smarter than the average ogre, he can offer you assistance in the fight against the goblins if you manage to persuade him. There are dialogue options that can lead to a fight, or you can even initiate an attack before the conversation. In any case, his loot is worth the effort.
Clump wears the Distorted Headband of Intelligence, an item that increases your intelligence score to 16. This explains his special attributes compared to other ogres we find in the game, but more importantly, it is a crucial item for certain hybrid builds. Eldritch Knights and Arcane Tricksters require high intelligence for their spellcasting, but it is difficult to allocate enough points for this value early in the game. So, if you choose these subclasses or perhaps multiclass into a wizard, you will need this item to make the build as powerful as possible.
3 Kith'rak Voss
Kith'rak Voss is an important NPC in Lae'zel's story, and we encounter him multiple times throughout the game. His weapon, Voss' Silver Sword, is one of the best longswords in the game. It deals additional psychic damage, becomes even more powerful against various enemy types, and grants access to the spell Furious Strike.
The easiest way to obtain this weapon is for Lae'zel to side with him and complete his questline in the final act of the game. However, if you are confident in your abilities and have no qualms about utilizing some shady mechanics, you can defeat him in a deadly battle at the end of the first act.
Isoble is a cleric of Selûne and the one who protects the Last Light Inn from the Shadow Curse in the second act. If you prefer an evil playstyle or wish to succumb to the Dark Temptation, you can kill her to obtain some very powerful and unique clothing.
The Moon Devotion Robe is the best clothing option for wizards and mages in the second act. It grants you +1 to all saving throws and advantages on Constitution saving throws. Additionally, it allows you free access to the spell Mage Armor and the cantrip Produce Flame. Furthermore, whenever you succeed on a saving throw against a spell or effect while Mage Armor is active, you deal a small amount of radiant damage to the source. Killing Isobel will have far-reaching consequences for the rest of the game, but the Moon Devotion Robe is a very tempting trade-off.
Lucretious is one of the most interesting NPCs in the outskirts of Baldur's Gate. They are a necromancer who runs the Circus of Last Days in Rivington and offers a quest to search for Dribbles the Clown. However, if you yourself are a necromancer, killing Lucretious might be the better option, as their staff will be of invaluable worth.
The Staff of the Hollow grants you access to the spell Arms of Hadar and imposes disadvantage on saving throws against your necromancy spells for other creatures. In the game, there are some very powerful necromancy spells, especially when your target fails its saving throw. So, if you rely heavily on these spells, you should consider this item as soon as you make your way to the circus.