Baldur’s Gate 3 players reveal how to beat boss by making it “too dumb to fight”

Lucas Simons
Steel Watch Titan BG3

Adventurers are roaming through the Sword Coast and fighting a lot of incredible bosses in Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian Studios’ take on the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Some players have discovered that there is a mechanic that allows you to kill your enemies by making them too dumb to breathe.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is a game with a lot of content and a lot of secrets that remain to be uncovered. So, by now, it shouldn’t be a surprise that people keep discovering these small details that make the adventure alongside Shadowheart, Wyll, Gale, and the rest of the gang more enjoyable each time you play it.

For a veteran of the RPG genre, Baldur’s Gate 3 offers tons of interesting facts about the world of Faerûn and classic mechanics, alongside some of the new 5th Edition ones, merged seamlessly to provide a truly immersive D&D experience.

Reddit user ‘PengusKing’ posted on the Baldur’s Gate 3 subreddit, and it immediately sparked a heated debate about this mechanic that allows you to kill bosses by making them ‘too dumb to fight.’

The OP also provided a link to the moment where this happened, recorded on Twitch, and explained that they used ‘Absorb Intellect’ to drain the boss’ ability score: “Apparently when an entity reaches 0 in a stat, it just dies, and the boss happened to have 6 intelligence and alongside another debuff from my friend, we managed to make the boss too dumb to fight us, and straight up die.”

Some members of the community responded to the OP’s post by saying: “No rizz, need rezz.” And another user answered: “Poor lad forgot how to breathe.” Meanwhile, user ‘No_You6540’ pointed out: “Not only did it forget how to breathe, it also forgot that it doesn’t need to haha.”

And this might be spot on since the boss the OP and friends were fighting was none other than the Steel Watch Titan, a Baldur’s Gate 3 automaton Boss that doesn’t need to breathe.

In classic Dungeons & Dragons gameplay, if a creature reaches an ability score of 0, it suffers a huge penalty, which often leads to immediate death. For example, if the Constitution drops to 0 due to stacking up poison, sickness, or curse effects, the character instantly dies.

Traditionally, dropping the Intelligence value to 0 causes said character to fall into a deep coma or be stunned until it regains at least 1 point of intelligence score. In Baldur’s Gate, that mechanic is reflected as the enemy/character that suffers said value loss as an instant death effect, which is quite interesting.

So there you have it, next time you are roaming through Faerûn, you can try this strategy for yourself. And if you need a cool build to try this, why don’t you become a Necromancer? Of course, you can also play as a goodie-two-shoes character, and smite your foes with this Paladin build.

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About The Author

Lucas is a Games Writer for CharlieIntel, specializing in covering Pokemon, including Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, Pokemon Go, and Pokemon TCG. A former Game Reviewer and PR Liaison for HD Tecnologia (ARG), Lucas is also an Audiovisual Media Producer, Game Designer, Narrative Designer, and author, having published several books including Press Start, a guide to video game writing and world building. You can contact him at [email protected].