Secret item makes tough Baldur’s Gate 3 fights easy but there’s a twist

Emily Stander
A Beholder in Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 has a large array of items and gear that can make you a powerful entity, but there’s one that can instantly make fights easier – even though it has a bit of a twist.

The Iron Flask in Baldur’s Gate 3 is an interesting item you can get quite early on in the game. Along the Risen Road in Act 1, you will come across some travelers who need your help against Gnolls. 

They also have a secret, though, as The Iron Flask is tucked away in a chest in the same cave they’re using to hide from the Gnolls. You can get into this chest after you’ve defeated the Gnolls, although it may take a few tries. 

If you don’t manage to get it here, you can also find it in The Guildhall in Act 3. Either way, once you get hold of it, you can use either open it or throw it as a grenade to free the Spectator that lives inside. 

“There’s not a single area or encounter that is not improved by throwing this Beholder into the fray at any point in the game,” ‘UsernameLaugh’ shared on Reddit.

The Iron Flask in Baldur's Gate 3
The Iron Flask holds a Spectator that can make fights much easier.

If you open or throw the Iron Flask, a Spectator spawns and will join you in a fight you’re in. So, it can become a really strong temporary companion when you’re in a sticky situation. 

Some players even use it in the House of Grief before they go in themselves. “I usually chuck it in the House of Grief. It’s such a hard fight but this way it does some damage and takes some too,” one player explained.

The twist with using The Iron Flask like this is that the Spectator inside is not quite your friend. Once all enemies have been eliminated, it will turn on you. So, make sure to get ready to kill it yourself once it has caused chaos among your foes.

Alternatively, if you are playing an Oathbreaker Paladin, you can also use Control Undead on the Spectator (once it has died, of course) to have it follow you and attack your enemies at will. With this, you essentially have multiple easy fights for the price of one.

Lastly, you can also throw The Iron Flask into a building and use Arcane Lock on the door to make sure you don’t get the brunt of the battle and the Spectator does your work for you.

Whatever you decide to do with it, make sure that you pick up The Iron Flask and get creative with how to use it. Whether it’s for XP, an undead follower, or to help you in some of the most difficult Baldur’s Gate 3 fights, it’s definitely worth picking it up.