How To Beat Balthazar in Baldur’s Gate 3

Are you struggling to beat Balthazar in Baldur’s Gate 3? Fighting Balthazar is one of the toughest challenges in Baldur’s Gate 3 due to the insane amount of enemies it spawns in the arena. To make matters worse, your party members risk being pushed into the abyss and killed instantly before they can even take their turn, which is incredibly frustrating. Since Balthazar can count on such inexpensive tactics, so can you. Here’s how to cheese the Balthazar encounter to completely skip the hardest part of the battle.

How To Cheese Balthazar’s Fight In Baldur’s Gate 3

There’s a comically simple way to beat Balthazar in Baldur’s Gate 3, but there’s no shame in using cheap tactics in a Dungeons & Dragons-based game. To cheese the fight, have a party member start the dialogue sequence with Balthazar before the fight, but choose nothing. Then switch to another party member, walk to Balthazar and use Shove to shove him to his death.Image: Attack of the Fanboy

You’ll need to have a high strength stat to push Balthazar far enough – or not at all – but there are other ways to move him. For example, you can use Gale and cast Gust of Wind to knock Balthazar off the platform.

The Sheep And Yeet

If you can’t push him to his death for whatever reason – maybe your party is too weak or the stampede roll never works in your favor – then there’s another way. This cheesy strategy will take out Balthazar in a single turn and prevent other enemies from spawning, avoiding combat altogether. It’s a little tactic I like to call “Mouton and Yeet.” »

How To Beat Balthazar in Baldur's Gate 3

Learn the polymorph

To do this, you will need to bring someone who knows the Polymorph spell. This is a level 4 transmutation spell that can be learned by Gale and Shadowheart at level 7. If you play as a bard, druid, or wizard, you can also take this spell at level 7. Be sure to check your inventory for everything Shapeshifter scrolls too, provided you didn’t sell them for quick cash.

Find your strength

For the second part of the Sheep and Yeet strategy, you need someone with a high strength stat like Karlach. If you own the Deluxe Edition of Baldur’s Gate 3, you can also drink an Elixir of Hill Giant Strength to increase your Strength score to 21.

Sheep And Yeet Strategy Execution

With these two key players in your party, approach Balthazar but don’t jump onto the platform to start the pre-battle dialogue sequence. Perform a quick save with your party just out of range, overlooking Balthazar from a safe distance.

Balthazar in Baldur's Gate 3

After performing a quick save, cast Polymorph on Balthazar to turn him into a helpless sheep. It’s unlikely to hit, but that’s what quick save is for. Save the scum and reload until it works. Once Balthazar has turned into a sheep, grab your strongest party member and use the Throw action to launch Balthazar into the abyss below.

The game may tell you that the “path is broken” or the location is “invalid”, but that’s talk of a quitter. I promise you there are places where this will allow you to cast Balthazar, and those places will say “Death”. Just move your cursor around until you see the right spot, then let it fly. Balthazar will instantly perish from the fall and none of the annoying skeletal enemies will appear.

Since Balthazar falls into the abyss, you won’t be able to loot it. You’ll miss three Scrolls of Speak with Dead plus a rare circle called Circle of Bones that lets you cast Undead Ward and Animate Dead. With Balthazar dead, however, you will be able to talk to Nightsong and continue the main story of Baldur’s Gate 3.

If you don’t have Shadowheart in your party, it might be a good idea to leave Shadowfell and return to camp to bring her in for a unique dialogue. Additionally, you should also have the Spear of Night in your inventory for this encounter, just in case you want to kill the Nightsong. If you missed it, return to the Gauntlet of Shar and check the silent library near the Faith Leap Trial.

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