Whether chugging potions and elixirs or applying oils, there are tons of powerful consumables in BG3. Unlike the TTRPG, the CRPG consumables only take a Bonus Action to use, making them a must-have. Here are my Top 10 best consumable items to craft in Baldur’s Gate 3.
What are the Best Consumable Items to Craft in Baldur’s Gate 3?
10. Healing Potions
Healing potions are no-brainers that any adventuring party should stock. Chugging them takes a Bonus Action, and they heal the burning condition. You can buy them everywhere or craft them with the following ingredients:
- Potion of Healing: Salts Rogue’s Morsel and any Suspension.
- Potion of Greater Healing: Ashes of Balsam and any Salt.
- Potion of Superior Healing: Salts of Musk Creeper and any Suspension.
- Potion of Supreme Healing: Sublimate of Ki-Rin Hair and any Ashes.
You can find most potion ingredients throughout the world in their raw form. As with any of the following recipes, open the Alchemy tab and hit Extract to turn raw materials into their suspension and essence forms or any others. Extracting gives you the recipes, though books provide others.
Find your desired healing potion under “Potions,” and craft it. Have a steady stock and spread them around your party with the “Split” and “Send to” inventory options. One pro tip I have is to split and gather your party close out of combat. Then have one character throw the Healing Potions at your feet for some cheesy AoE healing.
9. Potion of Animal Speaking/Mind Reading
I put these two together because gather information similarly. I highly recommend using Animal Speaking during the Act 3 murder mystery quest, but it’s generally useful throughout the game. Mind Reading is similar. It shows an option during dialogue that requires an Intelligence check. That’s why I prefer drinking it on my Wizard, Eldritch Knight Fighter, and Arcane Trickster Rogue characters. Here’s how to craft both:
- Potion of Animal Speaking: Crafted with an Essence of Acorn Truffle and any Salt.
- Potion of Mind Reading: Crafted with a Suspension of Mergrass and any Sublimate.
Drink them at the beginning of the day. They last until you Long Rest and don’t require Concentration since they’re potions (as opposed to casting Detect Thoughts as a spell). Buy them from various merchants throughout the game.
8. Potion of Flying
Crafted from a Sublimate of Eagle Feathers and any Essence, these bad boys let you to fly for one minute or 10 combat turns. Your movement speed is 18 meters or 60 feet each turn. It’s doubled if you Dash. They’re useful for exploring unreachable surfaces or outmaneuvering melee enemies in combat.
Most bosses don’t have the best ranged options, so a Potion of Flying makes some fights much easier. Buy them from Auntie Ethel, Roah Moonglow, Derryth Bonecloak, or Brem.
7. Elixir of Heroism
This is an underrated Elixir that not only gives you 10 temporary HP but, more importantly, boosts each attack roll by 1d4. Know what else does that? The Bless spell that requires concentration. Elixir of Heroism not only gives you Bless, but it doesn’t require concentration, it’s a Bonus Action, and it lasts until you Long Rest.
I give these to characters who utilize the Great Weapon Master and Sharpshooter feat, because it offsets the attack penalty. They stack with Bless and the Oil of Accuracy.
Mol in the Tiefling Hideout sells them. Crafting them using a Sublimate of Pegasus Feathers and any Ashes is always the best bet. I suggest getting Pegasus Feathers from Blurg in the Myconid Colony. You can only have one Elixir effect active at a time.
6. Elixirs of Arcane Cultivation
Elixirs of Cultivation are cheap and accessible consumables that return spell slots during an adventuring day. While the benefits are different for each version, drinking the same one isn’t possible since Elixir effects of the same name don’t stack. The different versions and their recipes are as follows:
- Elixir of Arcane Cultivation (Level 1 slot): Vitriol of Weavemoss and any Sublimate.
- Greater Elixir of Arcane Cultivation (Level 2 slot): Suspension of Laculite and any Vitriol.
- Superior Elixir of Arcane Cultivation (Level 3 slot): Solution of Night Orchid and any Vitriol.
- Supreme Elixir of Arcane Cultivation (Level 4 slot): Essence of Beholder Eye and any Suspension.
Almost as common as health potions, Shopkeeps and vendors keep them in stock.
5. Oil of Accuracy
Similar to the Elixir of Heroism — but much more accessible — is the Oil of Accuracy. It boosts your attack rolls by +2 for 10 turns when applied, and it stacks with Bless and the Elixir of Heroism. In my opinion, this is better than the Oil of Bane. I generally recommend buffing yourself rather than depuffing enemies with Oils. It’s more reliable, especially if you have someone with the Great Weapon Master or Sharpshooter feat in your team.
4. Elixir Peerless Focus
This is your core consumable for casters. It’s more important than Arcane Cultivation. Maintaining Concentration on important spells during a tough boss fight is crucial to winning. I’m talking about game-winning control spells like Hold Person, Hypnotic Pattern, Slow, Banishment, Wall of Fire, etc.
Peerless Focus grants Advantage on Concentration checks and prevents you from being Charmed or put to Sleep. Sublimate of Belladonna and any Ashes are needed to craft it. Remember that drinking any other Elixir replaces this one.
3. Drow Poison
Damage-based poisons are useful, but the Drow Poison can really shutdown an enemy if it procs. That’s because it both poisons and puts the target to sleep if they fail a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. If you think that’s on the lower end, remember you’re forcing them to save on each of your attacks for 10 turns.
Eventually, they’ll fail, so I recommend these on multi-attacking characters like Fighters, Gloom Stalker Rangers, or Thief Rogues. Craft them with an Essence of Swarming Toadstool and any Salt. Remember that Poisons and Oils don’t stack on the same weapon. Dual Wielding allows for multiple applications.
2. Potion of Speed
One of the strongest ways to gain advantage over your enemies is to double your turns with the Haste spell. This swings the action economy in your favor and lets you cast multiple spells per turn. The Potion of Speed emulates Haste for three turns, giving you more actions, which both weapon-based and caster characters will love.
Just be careful of that Lethargic condition past your third turn. Have every character drink this on the same turn to avoid dead rounds. Get Potions of Speed by killing Hyenas, and using Ash of Hyena Ear and any Salt. The Haste Spore Grenade crafted from a Sublimate of Haste Spores and any Essence provides a similar effect but on multiple allies.
1. Elixir of Bloodlust
The Elixir of Bloodlust is a better Potion of Speed in the right circumstances. It lasts until your Long Rest. When you down an enemy to 0, you get an extra Action and temporary hit points. There’s no penalty, and as long as you down an enemy every two turns or so, your action economy increases.
The best part is that it stacks with the Potion of Speed. It’s also quite accessible through Ashes of Worg Fang and any Salt. I keep this active on my Fighters and Barbarians almost all the time.
Lastly, remember that you can always throw consumables to proc their effects on an ally from range. But that’s it for my guide on the Top 10 best consumable items to craft in Baldur’s Gate 3. For more BG3 tips, check out our best magic items and items that increase Strength.