Baldurs Gate 3: Best Items [Expert Picks]

With over weeks of playthrough expereince, here are my top 20 best items in Baldurs Gate 3.

Baldur's Gate 3 Best items.
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Players can find nine categories of items: Potions, Scroll, Quest items, Food and Drinks, Ammunition, Books and Lore, Ingredients, Misc, and Tools. There are many different ways I was able to get these items.

You can get them by looting crates and chests, defeating enemies and bosses, buying from merchants, crafting through alchemy, or as rewards for completion quests.

Key Takeaways

Here are my top picks for the best items you can get from any of the categories:

  1. Arrow Of Ilmater:
    • Ammo items deal Piercing and Necrotic damage.
    • Denies target’s ability to regain hit points.
    • Effective against enemies, providing a strategic advantage.
  2. Smokepowder Satchel:
    • Explosive quest item with a 6-meter radius.
    • Causes force damage with a Dexterity saving throw.
    • Found in Gymforge and used for significant damage or clearing paths.
  3. Potion Of Invisibility:
    • Grants invisibility for 1 minute.
    • Useful for stealth and avoiding enemies.
    • Obtained through trading or buying from specific merchants.
  4. Scroll Of Hold Person:
    • Uncommon scroll paralyzing humanoid creatures.
    • Can be used to freeze enemies completely.
    • Destruction upon use, but wizards can learn the spell.
  5. Runepowder Barrel:
    • Explosive quest item with an 18-meter radius.
    • Causes significant force damage with a Dexterity saving throw.
    • Found in Gymforge and used for powerful AoE damage.
  6. Scroll Of Thunderwave:
    • Unleashes a powerful wave of thunder, dealing damage.
    • Creates space in combat and pushes away creatures.
    • Destruction upon use, but wizards can learn the spell.

Author’s Trust

During my playthrough, I came across various items in Baldur’s Gate 3. However, knowing what items are useful is important, which is why I listed my twenty favorites that can prove incredibly useful.

– Shahzar Khalique

The choice of items is critical because it directly impacts your gameplay. Since there are slots for items, you have to consider what you equip. In certain instances, the game may make this choice for you, requiring a specific item to advance.

Arrow Of Ilmater

Best Arrow Item.
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Why did I Choose Arrow of Illmater?

I would consider this the best type of ammunition due to its ability to cripple an enemy and grant certain victories entirely.

This arrow deals 1d6+1 Piercing damage and a bonus 1d4 Necrotic damage. This also denies the target’s ability to regain hit points until the start of the next turn.

DammonThe Hollow, Druid Grove200 Gold Pieces.
CryelThe Risen Road Toll House200 Gold Pieces

Arrow of Ilmater Location Table.

  • High damage potential.
  • Denies enemy HP regeneration.

  • Limited availability, requires purchase.

Smokepowder Satchel

Best Explosive Item.
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Why did I Choose the Smokepowder Satchel?

The Smokepowder Satchel is a quest item. Once ignited, it explodes within a 6-meter radius. Creatures targeted by the explosion must make a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw or suffer 3d4 + 9 force damage.

They still take half of the damage if they succeed in the save. I was able to find one inside a hidden room in Gymforge if you can free Barcus and find his belongings. He will give you the Smoke powder satchel.

  • Explosive AoE force damage.
  • Versatile for combat and exploration.

  • One-time use.

Potion Of Invisibility

Best Stealth Item.
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Why did I Choose Potion of Invisibility?

This Potion is weightless and valued at 100 Gold pieces. After drinking the potion, the player becomes invisible for 1 minute.

The status ends if they attack or cast spells. This is why I recommend using this to get yourself in an advantageous position before you make a move. It can be bought or traded from the following merchants.

Auntie EthelDruid GroveTrade with equal or higher value items.
Roah MoonglowShattered Sanctum100 Gold Pieces.
Derryth BonecloakMyconid Village, Under Dark100 Gold Pieces.
BremZhentarim Hideout100 Gold Pieces.

Potion of Invisibility Location table. 

After completing the Find The Missing Shipment quest, Brem will only sell the Potion of Invisibility. Players can gain the recipe to craft this potion by reading the book “Shadeless One” and passing an Insight and Magic check. The book can be found while exploring the Ruined Tower in the Underdark.

It is considered one of the best options, as you can use it to perform several quests. Secondly, it can also help you dodge attacks during battles. Lastly, it can also sneak past stronger enemies without any combat.

  • Grants invisibility for strategic advantages.
  • Useful for stealth and avoiding combat.

  • Limited duration; ends on attack or spell cast.

Scroll Of Hold Person

Best Enemy Controlling Item.
Scroll of Hold Person Stats
Scroll of Hold Person

Why did I Choose Scroll of Hold Person?

The Scroll of Hold Person is of uncommon rarity. It paralyzes a Humanoid creature. The creature can attempt to free itself at the end of each of its turns.

Using the scroll results in its destruction. Additionally, wizards can use it to learn this spell. Once you return to Druid Grove with Halsin to get this scroll, visit Rath in the small room beside the grove.

After talking to Rath, he’ll give you a wolf rune to access the Hidden Vault. 

I consider it one of the best scrolls available due to its unique power to completely freeze an enemy. You can utilize this time to inflict damage, restore health, or reposition during combat.

  • Paralyzes humanoid creatures for crowd control.
  • Strategic use in combat.

  • Consumed on use; limited availability.

Runepowder Barrel

Best AOE Damage Item.
RunePowder Barrel
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Why did I Choose Runepowder Barrel?

Once ignited, the barrel explodes within an 18-meter radius. Creatures targeted by the explosion must make a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw or endure 10d8+36 force damage. If they successfully save, they will still take half of the damage.

Found in Gymforge. To gain this item, one of your companions must steal Runepowder Barrel from Philomeen while you keep her busy talking. Philomeen is a Gnome that escaped from the Duegar with the Runepowder Barrel. 

In the Quest “Free True Soul Nere,” players can use this quest item. During the quest, True Soul Nere becomes trapped behind the cave-in, and the player needs to utilize the Runepowder Barrel to blow up the rubble and free Nere. 

I mean, what’s better than an exploding barrel that can blow up your enemies into smithereens? Players can instantly end the battle without engaging in actual combat. In addition, Runepowder can be used to clear pathways and reveal hidden areas.

  • High AoE damage potential.
  • Versatile for combat and exploration.

  • Consumed on use; limited availability.

Scroll Of Thunderwave

Best Crowd Control Item.
The image shows the player performing the thunderwave attack
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Why did I Choose Scroll of Thunderwave?

The Scroll of Thunderwave unleashes a powerful wave of thunder. It deals 2D8 damage and pushes away creatures and objects. If the save is successful, creatures only take half of the damage. Using the scroll destroys it.

I recommend using it near cliffs or high positions where you can push your enemies down.

Wizards can also use it to learn this spell. Thunderwave is widely regarded as one of the best scrolls due to its ability to make space in combat and damage several creatures.

ArronDruid Grove400 Gold Pieces

Scroll of Thunderwave Location table. 

  • Clears space in combat and deals damage.
  • Great for controlling the battlefield.

  • Consumed on use; limited availability.

Idol Of Silvanus

Best Animal Handling Item.
Idol of Silvanus
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Why do I Prefere Idol of Silvanus?

This quest item grants Silvanus’s Blessing, providing proficiency in Animal handling and nature when held. Animal handling allows you to interact with animals and communicate. You can find this quest item at Druid Grove during the Steal the Sacred Idol quest.

To initiate the quest, talk to Mol. By rescuing the Tieflings in the Investigate the Beach quest, you’ll gain access to the secret entrance of the Tiefling hideout.

Speak to Mol to start the quest. At Druid Grove, you can safely steal the idol by placing it in a different chest and walking away or using Shadow of Menzoberranzan‘s special ability to remain cloaked while stealing.

  • Grants proficiency in Animal Handling and Nature.
  • Part of a quest that contributes to the storyline.

  • Specific use; benefits certain builds.

Acid Vial

Best Versatile Acid Item.
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Why did I Choose Acid Vial?

An Acid Vial is a throwable(ammo) item. This ammo can be thrown at an enemy, which deals 2D6 Acidic damage. 

Derryth BonecloakMycnoid Village, Underdark10 Gold Pieces.

Acid Vial location table.

I was also rewarded this vial upon defeating Torturer Spike.

  • Deals Acidic damage.
  • Versatile ranged attack.

  • Damage Varies.

Trap Disarm Toolkit

Best Puzzle-Solving Item.
Trap Disarm Toolkit.
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Why did I Choose Trap Disarm Toolkit?

The Trap Disarm toolkit comprises a selection of hooks, blades, shears, and other essential tools designed to handle potentially lethal traps. This kit allows the player to disarm traps based on their sleight-of-hand skill.

I can not emphasize enough how important this item becomes, especially when you are exploring deadly dungeons. Bought from the following merchants for ten gold pieces. 

Roah MoonglowShattered Sanctum
Derryth BonecloakMyconid Village, Underdark
Mattis and ArronHollow, Druid Grove
BremZhentarim Hideout
CyrelRisen Road, Toll House

Trap Disarm Location table. 

It can be found inside an open crate at Risen Roade. In addition, it is dropped upon defeating Taman at the Chapel Entrance. It is a useful tool to solve puzzles and unlock areas blocked by traps. 

  • Essential for disarming traps and progressing quests.
  • Versatile for exploration.

  • Consumed on use; limited availability.

Arrow Of Darkness

Best Blinding Item.
The image shows stats of Arrow of Darkness
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Why did I Choose Arrow of Darkness?

The Arrow of Darkness is an ammo item. Firing an arrow inflicts 1d6+2 piercing damage and, upon impact, generates a dark cloud at the target location.

I would encourage using this arrow because of its ability to create a dark cloud and take away enemy vision for combat advantage. This cloud blinds enemies and can also be used to provide cover for yourself.

Dammon and ArronThe Hollow, Druid Grove200 Gold Pieces.

Arrow of Darkness location table. 

It can also be found in Owlbear’s nest.

  • Creates a dark cloud for blinding enemies.
  • Versatile for strategic advantages.

  • Limited availability; requires purchase.

Thieves Tool

Best Unlocking Item.
Thieves Tool stats
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Why did I Choose Thieves Tool?

Thieve’s tools allow the player to open locks based on their sleight of hand skill. If the lockpicking attempt fails, these tools are destroyed, so I suggest letting your Rogues try lockpicking.

Moreover, this tool is essential to progress quests or unlock areas. It can be bought from the following merchants for 20gp.

Roah MoonglowShattered Sanctum
Derryth BonecloakMyconid Village, Underdark
Mattis and ArronHollow, Druid Grove
BremZhentarim Hideout
CyrelRisen Road, Toll House

Thieves Tool location table. 

It is also dropped upon defeating Mari and Taman. Also found inside a wooden barrel on The Risen Road.

  • Essential for opening locks and progressing quests.
  • Versatile for exploration.

  • Consumed on use; limited availability.


Best Currency Item.
The image shows a pile of gold
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Why did I Choose Pile of Gold?

In Baldurs Gate 3, gold is the main currency and has numerous applications, including weapon upgrades, modifications, and general purchases. Players can acquire gold through various means, such as looting, enemy drops, or selling items.

  • The main currency for purchases and upgrades.
  • Useful for transactions.

  • Takes up inventory space; no direct combat use.

Supply Pack

Best Resting Item.
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Why do I Prefer Supply Pack?

A supply pack is a pack of food items. It is a collection that includes cured meats, dried fruits, kindling, and all other essentials needed to survive life on the road.

Players may use it to take a long rest and restore hit points and spell slots. From my experience, it is essential to collect food in case you need rest. A single pack can feed your entire party. It weighs 5 kg and can be bought from the following merchants for 100gp.

Grat the TradeGoblin Camp
Derryth BonecloakMyconid Village, Underdark

Supply Pack location table. 

  • Restores hit points and spell slots during long rest.
  • Feeds the entire party.

  • Takes more space in Inventory.


Best Food Item.
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Why did I Choose Poutine?

Since players should generally carry food that provides at least twenty Camp supplies per Kilogram, Poutine provides the best supply-to-weight ratio in the game. It provides an astonishing twenty Camp Supplies while weighing only one-quarter of a kilogram.

  • Efficient supply-to-weight ratio.
  • Sustains the party during the journey.

  • Consumed on use; limited availability.

Potion Of Sleep

Best Unconcious Status Effect Item.
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Why did I Choose Potion of Sleep?

The Potion of Sleep makes the character unconscious for three turns, but the status ends if they take damage or perform a help action. It weighs 0.2kg and is valued at 70 gold pieces.

During my playthrough, True Soul Gut dropped the Potion of Sleep. In addition, True Soul Gut is a boss in Baldurs Gate 3 during the quest Removing the Parasites in Act 1 and can be found at Shattered Sanctum. Her information is as follows.

RaceGoblin (Humanoid)
Armor Class16
Base Speed9m

True Soul Gut details table.

Upon defeating her, you will receive a reward of 50xp, a Potion of Sleep, and various other items. You can find the recipe to craft Potion of Sleep through alchemy in the Alchemy Lab located in the Ruined Village.

  • Renders enemies unconscious for strategic advantages.
  • Valuable in certain situations.

  • limited duration.

Haste Spore Flask

Best Combat Buff Item.
The Image shows Haste Spore Flash stats
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Why did I Choose Haste Spore Flash?

It gives Creatures a +2 bonus to Armour Class and an advantage on dexterity saving throws. It doubles Movement speed and grants one additional Action per turn. Players can purchase it from merchants for 250 Gold Pieces.

  • Provides buffs
  • Enhancing combat abilities.

  • Consumed on use

Scroll Of Web

Best Battlefield Control Item.
Scroll of Web
Scroll of Web

Why did I Choose Scroll of Web?

Baldurs Gate 3’s Scroll of the Web is classified as an uncommon scroll. It creates a thick, flammable webbing that can entangle creatures within the covered area.

An Enwebbed creature cannot move, which I think is the best option against some of the quick enemy types. Attack rolls against it have an advantage, while attack rolls have a disadvantage.

In addition, it also has a disadvantage on dexterity saving throws. However, an ally can use the Help action to try to remove the web. Using the scroll results in its destruction.

Additionally, wizards can use it to learn this spell. Bought from the merchant Arron, found at Druid Grove, and costs 400 Gold pieces.

Due to its ability to completely dismember a group of enemies and function as a stalling technique, players consider Scroll of Web as the best scroll. Additionally, utilizing this item to restore health or revive a

friend, etc.

  • Creates webbing for crowd control.
  • Useful for controlling the battlefield.

  • One-time use.

Disintegrating Night Walkers

Best Exploration Item.
The image reads Disintegrating Night Walkers stats and description.
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Why did I Choose Disintegrating Night Walkers?

The Disintegrating night walkers are one of my favorite boots in Baldurs Gate 3. You can place Boots on your character’s feet in the specific inventory slot, and they will grant various effects. The ability to cast Misty Step makes this boot the best quest item.

For those unaware, Misty step lets you teleport to an unoccupied space you can see. In addition, Enwebbed, Entangled, or Ensnared status doesn’t affect these shoes, and they can’t slip on grease or ice.

During the “Free True Soul Nere” quest, players can find Disintegrating Night Walkers in the Grymforge. To start the quest, speak with Sergeant Thrinn in the Grymforge. As you progress, you’ll clear the path to Nere’s body, where you can loot and discover the Disintegrating Night Walkers.

  • Grants Misty Step, enhancing mobility.
  • Immunity to certain status effects.

  • Requires specific quest completion.

Necromancy Of Thay

Best Speak to the Dead Item.
The image shows a screaming book
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Why did I Choose Necromancy of Thay?

By reading it, the item grants the ability to cast the Speak the Dead spell. This spell allows you to ask up to 5 questions to corpses that still have their mouth intact.

While on the Search the Cellar quest, players can find the item within the Blighted Village, specifically in the doctor’s building.

Upon entering the cellar, locate the secret switch concealed behind three chests. This will reveal a magic mirror that will ask you questions. Answer the questions correctly to access an interior chamber housing the book.

Once you have obtained the book, place an item of equivalent weight on the pedestal to avoid triggering a trap.

  • Grants Speak the Dead spell for unique interactions.
  • Part of a quest that contributes to the storyline.

  • Requires specific quest completion.

Potion Of Superior Healing

Best Healing Item.
Potion of Superior Healing Icon
Potion of Superior Healing

Why did I Choose Potion of Superior Healing?

Superior Healing is the most powerful of the three healing potions. It heals the drinker or target(when thrown at him) for 8d4+8 hp. It has a value of 500 gold pieces. Reading the Cure for the Disease book reveals the crafting recipe.

Derryth BonecloakMyconid Village, Under Dark500 Gold Pieces.

Potion of Superior Healing location table. 

Due to its ability to help a player survive extreme conditions, it positions as the best item. You could have low HP and be about to lose to a boss, but you can use this Potion to come back in the battle instantly.

  • The most powerful healing potion
  • Extremely valuable.

  • Not easy to find.

What Would I Consider The Best?

I would consider Disintegrating Night Walker the best item.

Baldurs Gate 3 has many items, and I understand that at first, the strange names and ten different classifications might seem confusing. However, as you progress through the game, it becomes more evident, and soon, you’ll find yourself managing and combining items to create powerful synergies.

In my opinion, the Night Walker Boots has to be one of the best items during my playthrough. Not only did it make a world of difference for my exploration, but it also helped me find newer ways to get to certain places. However, there are plenty of items in the game, and I do realize that every player would lean on one specific item that they would consider useful for them.

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