How to get rare Woe Quarterstaff in Baldur’s Gate 3

Emily Stander
Cazador in Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 has a variety of interesting and powerful weapons you can acquire to make your party stronger than ever, and the Woe Quarterstaff is a rare one to find. Here is how you can get it. 

To find Woe in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’re going to need to play through the game up into Act 3. This is a strong weapon you find in a later stage of the game, so if you want it, you may need to practice some patience before you get it. 

Importantly, you also need to make sure you have Astarion’s quest. Once you have everyone’s favorite Elf and that good old patience, you’re good to go.

So, without further ado, here is how you can get Woe in Baldur’s Gate 3. 

How to get Woe in Baldur’s Gate 3

To get Woe in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need to make sure you follow Astarion’s ‘The Pale Elf’ quest and confront Cazador Szarr.  

Step by step, here is what you need to do when you get to Baldur’s Gate: 

  1. Locate Cazador’s Palace in the Lower City and enter it. 
  2. Head downstairs and look for a door that’s radiating a green aura
  3. Enter this room and use Remove Curse on the body inside
  4. Read the Kozakuran Dictionary
  5. Head back down the hallway until you find the Kennels
  6. Head inside the Kennels and defeat Godey
  7. Loot the Szarr Family Ring from Godey. 
  8. Head back upstairs to a sealed door radiating a red aura
  9. Enter the door and defeat the enemies inside
  10. Look for the door to the Office Hall and look for the dais in the right corner
  11. Once you are downstairs, enter through the sealed door straight ahead
  12. Speak to the prisoners
  13. Head through the last door straight ahead and defeat Cazador
  14. Receive the Woe Quarterstaff as a reward. 
Map of the Lower City in Baldur's Gate 3
You can locate Cazdor’s Palace on the Lower City map.

While you don’t need to be the best of friends with Astarion to get his backstory, you do need to make sure you speak with him regularly so you can progress his quest. ‘The Pale Elf’ will take you directly where you need to go to get Woe.

The most important thing about this quest is that you bring Astarion with you. The fight with Cazador can also be a tough one, so make sure you have some spells and weapons that use Radiant damage or spellcasters that can cast Daylight. 

Alongside Rhapsody, Woe is a reward you get for completing Astarion’s questline. There are a few things you need to do beforehand, however, to make sure you find Cazador and help Astarion make a choice that determines his fate. 

How to complete Astarion’s quest in Baldur’s Gate 3

To complete Astarion’s quest in Baldur’s Gate 3, players need to figure out what the runes on his back mean

Other than talking to Astarion to get more context about who he is, one of the main turning points of his quest is finding out what the runes on his back mean. There are two ways you can do this. 

Option one is to find Raphael in Last Light Inn when you reach the Shadow-Cursed Lands. Bring Astarion with you when you first find it, start a conversation with Raphael, and he will guide you to a place where he needs your help with something before he reveals what the runes mean. 

If you don’t want to help Raphael, however, you can wait until you reach Act 3. When you get to Wyrm’s Crossing, you should be able to find some vampire spawn talking in the Flophouse upstairs. Again, bring Astarion with you, and he will force information out of them that tells you what Cazador is planning. 

From here, you can find Cazador’s Palace and fight him, getting all the rewards that come with it. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Woe Quarterstaff stats and abilities

The Woe Quarterstaff in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a rare and powerful weapon that lets you cast Blight, cannot be knocked out of your hand, and heals you when enemies fail saving throws

Woe Quarterstaff in Baldur's Gate 3
Woe is one of the strongest staves you can get in the game.

The Woe Quarterstaff is truly one of the endgame weapons a lot of players covet when they get to Act 3 because of its powerful stats and extra abilities it grants. Here is everything you can get from using Woe: 

  • Arcane Enchantment: You gain a +1 bonus to Spell Save DC and Spell Attack Rolls.
  • Arcane Vampirism: When the creatures affected by your spells fail any associated Saving Throws regain 1d4 (1~4) HP.
  • Cast Blight once per Long Rest.
  • Bound Weapon: The weapon can’t be knocked out of the wielder’s hand, and automatically returns to its wielder when Thrown.

Other than this, Woe does 1d8 (1d6)+1 Bludgeoning damage. It’s super useful for any spellcasters in your party who are proficient with quarterstaffs, especially because it gives these squishy characters some extra healing power and it cannot be lost when you have it equipped. 

If you want to know more about all the Baldur’s Gate 3 weapons and items you can find, you can check out our handy guides list below.

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