Baldur’s Gate 3: Which Weapons are Finesse?

Learn what Finesse does and where to find weapons that use it in Baldur's Gate 3!

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You might’ve noticed some weapons have the Finesse tag. However, the game doesn’t explain what this means. This trait is required for a certain powerful attack option. So, which weapons are Finesse Weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3, and what does that mean?

Which Weapons are Finesse in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Finesse weapons are generally one-handed, but there are a few two-handed categories, such as glaives, that might have it as a trait.

What is Finesse? Explained

Basically, Finesse means that your Dexterity will be added to your Attack and Damage Rolls instead of Strength. This is important for classes like Rogues, especially because only Finesse weapons can be used to perform a Sneak Attack.

However, Finesse only takes effect when your Dexterity score exceeds your Strength score. This means your Barbarian can have a Finesse Weapon without being at a disadvantage because it will scale from their Strength since that will be higher than Dexterity. Weapons let you know if they’re Finesse by mentioning it at the bottom where the type is included. If it’s not there, then the weapon doesn’t have it.

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BG3 Weapons with Finesse

Usually, Finesse Weapons are:

  • Daggers
  • Scimitars.
  • Shortswords.
  • Rapiers

But that doesn’t mean you won’t find other weapon types with this trait. A few longswords and glaives have it, along with at least two spears. Luckily, you don’t need to worry too much about making sure your characters have Finesse if they need it. In general, classes that benefit from Finesse tend to be proficient only in weapon types that have it.

And that covers which weapons are Finesse Weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3 and what that means. Finesse is a necessary trait to allow classes with high Dexterity to deal out damage alongside their Strength-based friends. From here, check our BG3 guide hub for more topics like all Legendary Weapons and how to get them or learn how One with Shadows and Invisibility are different.

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