Baldur’s Gate 3 Owlbear Boss Guide

Leave the cave dweller alone, you monster.

The Owlbear is a creature you will encounter during Act 1 of Baldur’s Gate 3, with her cub having a quest line of his own. The owlbear serves as the boss of an optional hidden cave, and you can kill her to obtain the Head of a Broken Spear.

While killing the Owlbear is not mandatory, she is extra hostile towards intruders. You may encounter her by accident or by following the cultists. Either way, this early-game boss poses a serious threat to the players.

We have listed all the choices you can make during this encounter and the best strategy to defeat Owlbear in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Owlbear Nest location in Baldur’s Gate 3

Owlbear, alongside her cub and unhatched egg, resides in a cave (X: 85, Y: 448) Northeast of the Blighted Village. The cave mouth is right next to a riverbank.

You can either reach this cave directly or meet two cultists on the way. One of their partners has been killed by Owlbear, and they ask for your help. You can persuade them to fight Owlbear, but this will diminish your chances of talking with the beast.

Follow the cultists to reach the cave. Once inside, your characters will do an Arcana Check. Upon success, they will realize it is an Owlbear Nest. The path to the right of the cave entrance leads to the nest.


You can take the left path to find the Selune Gilded Chest.

Owlbear Fight preparation

Owlbear fight is straightforward, and you can take her down with a level 3 or more party. Make sure to have Shadowheart and Karlach on your team. Lae’zel is also a good option for high single-target damage.

Keep a few potions in handy and use Scroll of Revivify in case a party member dies during combat.

Owlbear dialogue options

The Owlbear is only protecting her cub and the unhatched egg. She is severely injured, with the head of the broken spear inserted into her body. She will be hostile if you try to approach her cub or egg. However, if you use the Speak with the Animals spell, you can talk to her.

  • You’re injured – there is still half a spear lodged in your head.
  • Just allow me to leave. I am no threat to you or your cub. (allows you to back out and leave)
  • Come, then. Once I’ve plucked you, I’ll have your cub for dessert. (starts the fight)

As you threaten the Owlbear, she gives you a chance to leave her cave. However, you will commence the fight if you approach her despite her warnings. Once the fight is over, you will again have a few choices to make.

How to defeat Owlbear in Baldur’s Gate 3

Buff your party members with spells like Bless to gain an upper hand. As soon as the fight starts, spread your party across the cave as Mama Owlbear makes a massive slam attack.

This attack deals AoE damage and can knock out multiple party members. Remember not to attack the Owlbear Cub. If you are attacking Mama Owlbear alongside cultists, try to finish this fight as soon as possible.

As the Owlbear Cub will also join the fight, the cultists will kill it. However, killing mama owlbear stops the fight immediately. You can use Karlach and Lae’zel to finish the job instantly as this fight is neither difficult nor special.

What happens to Owlbear Cub

After finishing the boss fight, you will get two options. To either kill the Owlbear Cub or spare him.

We recommend that you spare him and later recruit him from the goblin camp. He will be an invaluable addition to your team and necessary to earn the You Have Two Hands for a Reason achievement/trophy.

Owlbear rewards and loot

You can loot Owlbear’s body to obtain the Head of the broken spear. Combine it with the shaft to craft the Vision of the Absolute spear.


You can’t get Head of the Broken Spear without killing the Owlbear.

Loot the Owlbear nest to obtain Owlbear Egg and The Oak Father’s Embrace medium armor, a match made in heaven for a Druid build.

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