With all the weapon types in Baldur’s Gate 3, it’s hard to decide what your character should wield. Sure, you need to wield what you’re proficient in, but as the game goes on, you’ll find and unlock rarer weapons. Sometimes, what you’re not used to is actually better buff-wise. If you’re looking for Finesse weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3, here are the best of the best.
Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3): Best Finesse weapons and how to get them
Finesse weapons is a weapon type that applies to Daggers, Darts, Scimitars, Shortswords, and Rapiers. They also use your Dexterity score instead of Strength. If you’re playing a Bard, Druid, Monk, Rogue, Sorcerer, or Wizard, you can use either all or some Finesse weapons. Now, let’s jump into the best Finesse weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3.
This rare one-handed Scimitar deals 1d6 Slashing damage. If you have proficiency with this weapon, you can perform the Flourish and Lacerate weapon actions. Although there are only two actions, the Swift Hitter ability makes this a very unique Finesse weapon.
- Swift Hitter: Your weapon hits hard enough to send your target Reeling for one turn. Reeling means they have a -1 penalty to attack rolls.
How you can get the Adamantine Scimitar is through crafting it at the Adamantine Forge in Act 1. You just need to place a Mould—found at the Forge—and Mithral Ore into the Forge.
It may seem like just your normal one-handed melee weapon, but this Ritual Dagger is more special than you realize. While only dealing 1d4 Piercing damage, it has some intense abilities.
- The Pain Maiden’s Blessing: After a successful attack with this dagger, you’ll receive a 1d4 bonus to attack rolls and saving throws until the end of your next turn.
- Blood Sacrifice: Forces you to take 1d4 Slashing damage to receive the 1d4 bonus.
It’s definitely a worthwhile sacrifice. Although with proficiency you only gain Piercing Strike, The Pain Maiden’s Blessing is a great ability for a Finesse weapon. You can find the Ritual Dagger in the Shattered Sanctum in the Goblin Camp, right on the table near Abdirak. He’s the Loviatar worshipper.
This legendary rapier is a beautiful weapon that deals 1d8 Piercing, and 1d4 Necrotic damage. With a +3 Weapon Enchantment, and two amazing abilities, it’s worthy of its legendary status.
- Elegant Duellist (main hand only): Your Critical Hit score lowers to a 19 instead of a 20. You also gain an additional reaction each turn.
- Withering Cut: Use a reaction to deal additional Necrotic damage on a successful hit.
We’re not done yet. You get the spell ‘Challenge to Duel‘. You can challenge an enemy to only attack you, which can inflict Bleeding on the target. Also, you get the Bonus Action ‘Dueller’s Enthusiasm‘. When not dual-wielding, you can make an additional melee attack. Alongside Flourish, Piercing Strike and Weakening Strike if you have proficiency, this may be the best Finesse weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3. The only way to get Duellist’s Prerogative is to rescue Vanra from Auntie Ethel in Act 3. This is from the ‘Save Vanra’ side quest.
If you’re looking to add a weapon to your sneaky and speedy character, look no further. Speedy Reply is an uncommon one-handed Scimitar that deals 1d6 Slashing damage.
- Nimble Attack: When you hit an enemy with Speedy Reply, you gain Momentum for two turns.
Momentum increases your movement speed by 3m. So for two turns, you can more quite a long distance. You also gain Flourish and Lacerate with proficiency, so don’t miss out on this weapon. How you can get your hands on Speedy Reply is at the Risen Road. On a corpse of a caravan agent near the gnoll cave, you’ll find this Scimitar.
Here’s another amazing legendary Finesse weapon. Crimson Mischief is a Shortsword that deals 1d6+2 Piercing and 1d4 Necrotic damage. It has Weapon Enchantment +2, and a few interesting abilities.
- Prey Upon the Weak: Deals an additional 1d4 Piercing damage against targets with 50% of their HP or less.
- Redvein Savagery (main hand only): When you make an attack at Advantage, target takes additional 7 Piercing damage.
- Crimson Weapon (off-hand only): When you attack with off-hand weapon, you can add your Ability Modifier to attack damage.
It’s interesting to see two differing abilities depending on which hand Crimson Mischief is in. You can it switch between hands depending on the situation. You’ll find this weapon on Orin’s body once you kill her in the Temple of Bhaal.
Shortsword of First Blood
This uncommon one-handed Shortsword that deals 1d6 Piercing damage will deal more damage than you think. With proficiency, you also gain Piercing Strike and Flourish. It’s great for characters who are high in the Initiative order. I’d recommend having the wielder of this weapon always strike first to deal damaging blows, as you’ll see with this ability.
- Break the Unbroken: Deals an additional 1d8 Piercing damage to targets with all their hitpoints.
You can find Shortsword of First Blood in the Decrepit Village in the Underdark. It’ll be on a deep gnome’s corpse by the village entrance.
More legendary weapons, yay! Bloodthirst is a dagger that deals 1d4+2 Piercing damage and has a +2 Weapon Enchantment. There are a few amazing abilities this dagger has.
- Improved Critical: Number you need to roll a Critical Hit reduces by one.
- Exploit Weakness (main hand only): Creatures hit with this weapon receive Vulnerability to Piercing Damage.
- True Strike Riposte (off-hand only): When a creature misses you with a melee attack, you can retaliate and gain True Strike (cantrip).
- Armor Class +1
The things you can get away with while wielding this weapon is incredible. You’ll also find Bloodthirst on Orin’s body, and she’s wielding both Bloodthirst and Crimson Mischief. It seems that it’s intended for you to use both of Orin’s legendary weapons, and you can swap which hands are holding each at any point for different abilities.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on Steam.