How To Disable The Steel Watch Foundry In Baldurs Gate 3
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How to disable the Steel Watch Foundry in Baldur’s Gate 3

A lengthy but worthwhile quest.

The Steel Watchers are one of the most oppressive forces in Baldur’s Gate. We’ll explain how to disable the Steel Watch Foundry in Baldur’s Gate 3 to get rid of those large robot guards.

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They’re annoying, as they’ll stop you from heading into certain places around the city. This is why getting rid of them sooner rather than later is a good idea. Here’s how to disable the Steel Watch Foundry in BG3.

Baldur’s Gate 3: “Disable the Steel Watch” quest guide

To defeat Gortash, you should take on the “Disable the Steel Watch” quest. I found this quest by stumbling upon the Ironhands, and they asked me to bomb the Gondians in the Foundry. There are many ways to find this quest; one is to walk into the Steel Foundry and destroy everything.

How you disable the Steel Watch Foundry in Baldur’s Gate 3 takes quite a lot of steps and many combat encounters, so let’s dive right in. It took me and a group of friends a few failed attempts before we found a strategy that worked for us.

How to find the Steel Watch Foundry in BG3

The first step to this quest is heading to the Steel Watch Foundry itself. You can find this building in the southwestern corner of the Lower City. It’s quite huge, you can’t miss it. The entire building is fenced in, but you can unlock the front gates by using Thieves’ Tools, or the “Knock” spell. Just be wary of the Steel Watcher making its rounds guarding the entrance. Wait until it makes its way around the corner, and then run in. You’ll also need to unlock the front doors.

How To Disable The Steel Watch Foundry In Baldurs Gate 3 Gondian
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In this entire Foundry, you’ll be attacked on sight by most guards. Walk to the center of the room, and a cutscene begins where you see the Gondians are forced to work with purple rings around their necks. Although the Ironhands wanted me to bomb the entire place, I decided to try and save the Gondians. They were slaves, after all, so I convinced them to fight back, and the fight ensued.

There’s one thing to note about these fights. Certain guards hold Motivators, which are devices that help control the Gondians. Upon killing a guard, they’ll drop a Motivator, and you’ll want to disable it before it activates.

Zanner Toobin
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Once you take them out, head to the back of the room, and you’ll meet Zanner Toobin, a Gondian with cloth covering his eyes. He expresses his worries about their families now being in danger. Gortash had not only taken the Gondians but took their families hostage underwater. You can now decide to help save the Gondians’ families.

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Unfortunately, you won’t find out where the prison is unless you discover clues. At the lab level, climb up the ladder in the northwestern corner of the room. There will be a wooden shelf with scattered parchments lying around. Read the one called “Vessel Identified” sitting on the shelf.

You’ll discover they’re holding the hostages at the Iron Throne, which is underwater. This will start an entirely new quest. You should now know exactly where to start by looking at your map, which points you towards Flymm’s Cargo.

Ways to destroy the Steel Watch Foundry in BG3

We recommend destroying the Steel Watch Foundry by going against the Ironhands and saving the Gondian Hostages. You’ll find out soon enough during the Iron Throne quest that other people you may know are trapped underwater as well. Of course, it’s easier to just explode the building, but then you’d be killing innocent Gondians.

Before you go and save the families, you must find the source of the Steel Watchers to destroy them. You can decide to save the families first, then destroy the Foundry, but in this case, let’s take care of the Steel Watch first.

Further into the Steel Watch Foundry, you’ll find large groups of enemies. Not only are there plenty of Steel Watchers, but your typical fighters, and even spellcasters. Make sure you’re starting this quest after a nice Long Rest because you’ll need those two Short Rests.

How To Disable The Steel Watch Foundry In Baldurs Gate 3 Self Destruct
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Taking down these Steel Watchers may be difficult if you don’t know the right ways to beat them. Once they get to a certain amount of HP, they’ll detonate on their next turn. Make sure all your characters are out of harm’s way before it happens.

These Steel Watchers may be tanky in health, but they have a huge vulnerability. I highly recommend bringing along a few spellcasters who have spells that deal lightning damage. Since they’re made of metal, when you hit them with your lightning spells, they’ll deal more damage than normal. I used spells like Lightning Bolt and Call Lightning.

How to beat the Steel Watch Titan boss in BG3

In the final room — I recommend leaving and taking a long rest before this — after you leave the lab level, there will be one final difficult fight. This time, you’ll face off against a few Hellfire Watchers, and one large Steel Watch Titan. You should take out the smaller Watchers before focusing on the Steel Watch Titan. Keep those lightning spells on hand, as they’ll come in handy against these metal foes.

Steel Watch Titan
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Also, be wary of when they may self-destruct, since they can initiate it on any turn, but then they’ll destruct on their own turn. Make sure you’re standing far from their blast radius before their turn begins. Use all of your most powerful spells and attacks on the Steel Watch Titan, there are no more battles after this one.

After you beat the Steel Watch Titan and its allies, it’ll drop Gontr Mael, a Legendary Longbow, which is my favorite bow in the game. With this done, you can now focus on completing the Stop the Presses quest. Here are the stats for Gontr Mael:

  • 1d8 Piercing damage
  • Weapon Enchantment +3
  • Promised Victory: On a hit, possibly inflict Guiding Bolt on the target.
  • Gontr Mael Glowing: This object shines with a glowing light with a radius of 6m.
  • Celestial Haste: Level 3 Transmutation spell
Neurocitor
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Finally, you can reach the Neurocitor at the end of this room and disable the Steel Watch Foundry! Except you don’t know how to use it. Luckily, Zanner knows, so head back to him for some answers. If you already rescued the hostages before doing this, he’ll ask that you take him right away.

How to save the Gondian families in BG3

But if you, like me, didn’t save the families yet, he’ll ask that you do so first. We have a full guide on how to Save the Gondians and I recommend you read that since it’s a long, but fun, quest. After that’s complete, bring him to the Neurocitor, and the Steel Watch Foundry will explode. All the Steel Watchers across Baldur’s Gate will completely shut down.

How to quickly disable the Steel Watch Foundry in BG3

Unlike Anyka, the original author of this article, me and my friend group didn’t care about saving the Gondians or their families. Instead, we sped through the Steel Watch Foundry by killing everything in sight. This is obviously the more chaotic playthrough, but it’s a quicker way of getting through the quest. My outcome saw Zanner leaving Baldur’s Gate and us blowing up the Steel Watch.

Another thing you can accomplish in the city is finding the Cloak of the Weave, which we have a Baldur’s Gate 3 guide on how to get.


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Anyka Pettigrew
Anyka Pettigrew has been a Staff Writer for PC Invasion since November 2023 and a Contributing Writer since February 2023. She is a Canadian graduate of a Bachelor of Arts degree who has been writing in games journalism for four years. Anyka is an avid guides writer but also enjoys writing anything from news pieces, to reviews, and even opinion pieces. Having a never-ending passion for video games for as long as she can remember got her into a plethora of genres like action adventure, RPGs, horror, survival etc. Some of her favorite franchises are God of War, Persona, The Last of Us, Zelda, and Resident Evil. She also enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi books, as well as drawing digital art. Anyka also regularly listens to podcasts on gaming news from 'Kinda Funny Games', and 'Play, Watch, Listen'.