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Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get Woe

How to get Woe, a very rare staff, in Baldur's Gate 3!

If you want an item bonus that gives you health back for your spellcasters, I present Woe. You can get this staff after a particularly brutal battle, assuming that you don’t fall victim to the bugs associated with it. Here’s how to get Woe in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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How to Get Woe in Baldur’s Gate 3

Woe gives its wielder:

  • +1 to Spell Save DCs and Spell Attack Rolls.
  • 1d4 Hit Point recovery when creatures affected by your spells fail associated Saving Throws.
  • A free use of the Blight Spell.
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Enter Szarr Palace

To get Woe, you need Astarion. He doesn’t need to be in your party, but he must be recruited and you have to be on “The Pale Elf” questline. Specifically, the end of his quest. Then, make your way to Szarr Palace. Explore the lower level to get the ring Godey has on him, along with the dictionary in the wardrobe closest to the bed in the room with the necrotic body on the floor.

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Stop Cazador’s Ritual

These items let you open the enchanted door and head to Cazador’s ritual site. Interrupt the ritual and kill Cazador, then you can loot Woe from his body. However, some players run into a bug where Woe doesn’t drop. It should drop whether Astarion Ascends or not. If it doesn’t, you might need to reload a save file and fight him again to get it.

Bugs with Getting Woe

Other bugs with this staff include Blight not properly showing as an available spell and knocking Cazador off the platform resulting in the staff not dropping either. As of right now, the only fix seems to be reloading and fighting him again for these problems as well.

But that covers how to get Woe in Baldur’s Gate 3. While it’s unfortunate that this weapon is a bit buggy, the Arcane Vampirism helps keep your spellcasters alive a bit longer in battles. From here, check our BG3 guide hub for more topics like how to get the Helm of Balduran and how to get Viconia’s Walking Fortress.

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Melissa Sarnowski has been working as a gaming writer professionally for two years, having been at GameSkinny for over a year now as a horror beat writer. She has an English degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison. While she focuses on all things horror, she also enjoys cozy games, MMOs like FFXIV and WoW, and any and everything in between.