Baldur’s Gate 3: How to get rare Staff of Cherished Necromancy

Stephanie Zucarelli
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The Staff of Cherished Necromancy is one of the most powerful weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3, but it’s also very easy to miss when exploring the city. Here’s where and how to get this rare quarterstaff.

Baldur’s Gate 3 has a long list of powerful weapons that players will surely stumble upon while exploring Faerun. However, there are a few that are locked behind hidden quests and grant unique buffs that can be crucial when trying out the game’s higher difficulties.

The Staff of Cherished Necromancy is a coveted quarterstaff that allows players to use their enemies’ Life Essence, among other skills. This weapon won’t be available for players until Act 3, but it’s surely one to look for before facing The Netherbrain.

If you’re curious about where to find the Staff of Cherished Necromancy in Baldur’s Gate 3, here’s what you need to do.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Where to find Staff of Cherished Necromancy

The Staff of Cherished Necromancy isn’t easy to obtain in Baldur’s Gate 3, since you’ll need to complete a quest chain that will take you around Baldur’s Gate City. Here’s everything you need to do to find it:

  1. In Act 3, go to Baldur’s Gate through the Basilisk Gate.
  2. Head to the building of Sorcerous Sundries (X:10, Y-90).
  3. Once you reach it, turn left and head south to find Philgrave Mansion (X:10, Y:160).
  4. Upon arrival, you’ll overhear some NPCs talking about a terrible odor. If you go to the right side of the building, you’ll need to pass a Perception Check to unveil a hidden door.
  5. Enter through that door (you’ll need to unlock it with a 20 DC Dexterity Check), and you’ll meet a merchant called Mystic Carrion.
  6. Start a conversation with him and pick up the Find Mystic Carrion’s Servant quest. You’ll need to complete it to get the Staff of Cherished Necromancy.

If you don’t want to complete Mystic Carrion’s quest, you can try looting it from him. However, to do so, you’ll first need to discover his immortality secret. Only once after killing Thrumbo (his undead servant) and destroying its heart, you’ll be able to kill the merchant.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Staff of Cherished Necromancy explained

The Staff of Cherished Necromancy is one of the most powerful weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3. It won’t only widely enhance Necromancy and Spellcasting abilities, but it also has the “Life Essence Harvest” ability.

The “Life Essence Harvest” ability allows the user to absorb an enemy’s energy in the form of Life Essence, which will be retained by the wielder until their next Long Rest.

Staff of Cherished Necromancy
This quarterstaff can grant unique buffs to any spellcaster in Baldur’s Gate 3.

The classes that can get the best out of this weapon are Bard, Warlock, Ranger, Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, and Paladin. The companions that will get the best out of Staff of Cherished Necromancy are Astarion, Wyll, Lae’zel, Shadowheart, and Minsc, although it will heavily depend on how you have built them.

Here’s every buff and enhancement you’ll get by equipping the Staff of Cherished Necromancy in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Type: Quarterstaff
  • Damage: 1D8 Bludgeoning + 1, +1D4 Necrotic
  • Requirements: Simple Weapons Proficiency
  • Weight: 1.8 kg
  • Heightened Necromancy: Creatures have Disadvantage on Saving Throws against your Necromancy spells.
  • Life Essence Harvest: When the wielder kills a hostile creature with a spell, they greedily absorb its energy and gain Life Essence until their next Long Rest.
  • Weapon Enchantment +2

And that’s everything about the Staff of Cherished Necromancy in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you want to know more about Larian Studio’s RPG, you can check our guides below:

How to craft Potions in Baldur’s Gate 3: All recipes & ingredients | Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Karlach companion build | Best Paladin build in Baldur’s Gate 3 | Best Wizard build in Baldur’s Gate 3 | Baldur’s Gate 3: How to get Us companion 

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Stephanie is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. After graduating as a journalist, she started working as a tech writer for Infobae, Channel 9, and Rolling Stone. She's currently focused on covering Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Fortnite, but can't resist anything related to The Sims 4 and Stardew Valley. You can contact her at [email protected].