Baldur’s Gate 3 trick I never considered makes tough boss fight easy

Emily Stander
Balthazar in Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 throws you into fights that are not for the faint of heart, but there are many ways you can work around powerful spells and weapons your enemies use against you – including taking a quick nap. 

Balthazar is one of the enemies who can really mess up your day in Baldur’s Gate 3. He is difficult to kill, can raise an army of the dead, and he has some incredibly powerful spells in his arsenal.  

Reddit user ‘Zoeybm1’ discovered an interesting way to bypass this difficult fight, though, and the trick is quite simple. “300h in and I only just learned that not only can you lie in beds during battle, but that Balthazar’s bed is apparently a safe zone from his Cloudkill,” they explained in a post.

What makes Cloudkill so difficult to deal with, especially in a small room if you decide to take the fight on so early, is that it has a large area of effect where you get poisoned every turn and cannot use your full range of motion. 

Either way, a bed in this room serves as a small refuge against Cloudkill. Not hiding behind it, but directing your characters to actually lie in it, even in the midst of battle. 

I had never considered using the bed when navigating this fight, instead sticking to turning Balthazar into a sheep and throwing him off the side of the cliff in Shar’s Domain, but this new trick is a strategy that works. Even just to wait it out for a bit, because Cloudkill does dissipate after 10 turns. 

Alternatively, Cloudkill does require concentration. So, if you manage to hit Balthazar enough times, you can break his concentration and the spell will disappear earlier. Either way, taking a quick nap does help you ensure that at least one of your party members survives the fight long enough to not have to try and deal with the spell alone.

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Emily is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. Most of the time, you can find her playing RPGs and platformers - but she enjoys engaging in the rage of Overwatch 2 or Apex Legends from time to time. Emily has a Masters in Media Studies and has been working as a journalist for over 5 years, both freelance and full-time. You can contact her at [email protected]