Baldur’s Gate 3 player uses simple trick to one-shot Act 2 boss with gold

Rajarshi Acharya
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Baldur’s Gate 3 offers countless ways to play the game, and not everything has to come down to combat. Sometimes, you can create specific conditions during or before combat that make the rest of the fight a breeze. Now, a Baldur’s Gate 3 player has defeated one of the toughest bosses in just one hit with such a trick.

Baldur’s Gate 3 offers great replayability thanks to how open-ended it is and how your decisions shape a unique playthrough every time. You can take on challenges in different ways, with both conventional and unconventional methods. Every companion has a different personality, every class provides a different outlook, and every quest has a slightly different solution.

You can choose between multiple routes to reach a similar outcome, which is why every Baldur’s Gate 3 player has a different experience with their characters. Now, one Baldur’s Gate 3 player successfully used gold to one-shot a boss with an ingenious method.

Player one-shots boss in Baldur’s Gate 3

A Redditor named GoldenThane used the special ability called Blood Money, granted by a unique weapon, the Twist of Fortune, on Ketheric Thorm. However, before doing so, they reverse-pickpocketed around 15,000 gold to Ketheric’s inventory to stack up the damage.

The Blood Money ability does an extra 3 piercing damage per 300 gold that the target is carrying.

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The player reverse-pickpocketed 15,000 gold into Ketheric Thorm’s inventory.

Their final attack dealt a whopping 150 additional damage to Ketheric, on top of the normal weapon damage. Ketheric had a HP stat of 145, according to the screenshots, so he had no chance of surviving the hit. However, his final form has 225 HP, so GoldenThane also made use of their Illithid power, Cull the Weak.

You get to fight Ketheric Thorm and his lackeys when you reach the end of Act 2. He’s holed up in the Moonrise Towers, so expect multiple encounters with him. The method that GoldenThane displayed in his Reddit post can only be used during the final encounter.

According to them, you can’t use this trick in the first fight without having triple the gold. This is because “Ketheric’s armor reduces all incoming damage by 2, and the damage from each 300 gold is calculated separately; so he takes 1s instead of 3s.”If you reverse-pickpocketed 15,000 gold to Ketheric’s inventory and used Blood Money, you would only get 50 additional damage.

That was how a Baldur’s Gate 3 player one-shotted a boss with a simple trick. Be sure to check out how another player defeated one of the toughest Baldur’s Gate 3 bosses in just two turns. You could also read about the mod that lets you reach level 20.