Best Magic Items in Baldur’s Gate 3 for the Early Game and Late Game

Wondering which items to aim for in the early and late game? Here are our top 10 best magic items in Baldur's Gate 3.

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There are plenty of powerful magic items throughout the three acts of BG3. I’m not counting weapons but useful items that can be used by multiple classes regardless of playstyle in both the early and late game. Here are my top 10 best magic items in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Best Early Game Magic Items in Baldur’s Gate 3 You Shouldn’t Sleep On

Amulet of Lost Voices

You’ll probably dive into the Dank Crypt as your first dungeon before reaching Druid Grove. This is the dungeon where you free Withers. The Amulet of Lost Voices is located just next to his sarcophagus in a chest. It will allow you to cast the Speak with Dead spell for free once per Long Rest, which is excellent for gathering information.

This is usually a 3rd-Level spell learned at Level 5 and it allows you to unlock so many interesting dialogue options throughout the game by casting it on corpses. Knowledge is power in BG3. And you should pick up this magic item ASAP.

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Gloves of Missile Snaring

While getting shot by Goblins from all sides in Act 1, having the ability to block ranged attacks each turn can be incredibly useful. This is where Gloves of Missile Snaring come in, providing you an unlimited Reaction by which you can reduce the damage of ranged weapon attacks by 1d10 plus your Dexterity modifier. Any class can use this and you should definitely get them as soon as you have the gold. You can buy them from Arron in the Druid Grove.

Bracers of Defence

The Bracers of Defence grant a hefty +2 AC bonus to anyone not wearing armor or using a shield. Essentially, any class that relies on Mage Armor or Unarmored Defense will love this BG3 magic item as it drastically increases your defenses. I would suggest putting it on Wizards, Sorcerers, and Warlocks who use the Mage Armor Eldritch Invocation. Furthermore, Monks and Barbarians who wield two-handed weapons can use these too.

Gloves of Power

These gauntlets give you the ability to impose a -1d4 penalty to Attack Rolls and Saving Throws whenever you hit a creature with melee attacks. This is an incredibly powerful ability that can keep occurring each time you hit a creature. That’s why I highly recommend equipping these gauntlets on melee attackers like Fighters, Paladins, and Barbarians. You can find it as a drop from Za’krug when you first arrive at Druid Grove.

Disintegrating Night Walkers

Rounding out the best early game magic items to get in Baldur’s Gate 3 are the Disintegrating Night Walkers. You’ll want plenty of mobility as mid and late-game slowly come around. These bad boys make it so you can’t be Enwebbed, Entangled, Ensnared, or knocked prone by grease or ice.

Furthermore, they grant you a free casting of Misty Step for a neat teleport option. I would highly recommend getting this item by defeating True Soul Nere at Grymforge. They remain useful throughout the game.

Best Late Game Magic Items to Get First in Baldur’s Gate 3

Helm of Balduran

Dropped by Ansur the undead dragon, this legendary Medium-Armor helm will make out-of-combat healing unnecessary. This is because it heals you 2 hit points every six seconds or one turn. Furthermore, it also boosts your AC and Saving Throws while making you immune to critical hits and the Stunned condition. I would say it’s a must-get item in the late game.

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Cloak Of Displacement

While not as flashy as the Helm of Balduran, the Cloak of Displacement is quite effective nonetheless, as it imposes Disadvantage on all attacks against you. This effect refreshes each turn and only goes away when you’re hit. Combine this with high AC builds from Heavy Armor or defensive spells like Shield, and you can keep it active throughout the fight. You can buy it from Entharl Danthelon, and it’s one of the game’s best late game magic items.

The Reviving Hands

Any late-game party should have a healer of some kind, or at least be utilizing healing and reviving items. The Reviving Hands will make it so that each creature you heal gains the Blade Ward effect and each creature you revive gains Death Ward. Blade Ward reduces all physical damage by half, and Death Ward saves you from dying once.

In addition, the gloves will also grant a free casting of Revivify which is universally powerful. You can get them from Vicar Humbletoes who’s at the Stormshore Tabernacle in the Lower City of Baldur’s Gate. Pair it with the Ring of Regeneration for an incredibly hard to kill build.

Amulet of Greater Health

While there are many stat-boosting items in Baldur’s Gate 3, they’re heavily dependent on your class to be effective. That said, Constitution is one stat that every class wants and the Amulet of Greater Health sets it to a whopping 23 while providing Advantage on Constitution Saving Throws. This not only greatly increases health but also allows your casters to maintain concentration on their spells more effectively. The Amulet is found in the House of Hope.

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Staff of Spellpower

Late-game fights can often become battles of attrition, where your high-level spell slots are incredibly impactful but limited by resources. Among other great bonuses, the Staff of Spellpower is a fantastic late game magic item and allows you to cast your highest-level spells for free. Imagine dropping a double Disintegrate on a boss or two Chain Lightning spells on a crowd, the second one’s free. Take the Dual Wielder feat and wield this along the Markoheshkir for some incredible burst damage potential.

Speaking of offensive power, we also have a list of the top 10 weapons and legendary items in the game. That concludes my list of the top 10 magic items in Baldur’s Gate 3 in both the early and late game. For more BG3 guides, check out our top multiclass builds and builds to survive Honour mode.

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