How To Steal In Baldur’s Gate 3 

Let us teach you how to become a master thief in Baldur's Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 allows you to steal any item and rob any person you want. However, stealing here is not as simple as in other RPGs. As a proper DnD game, two significant factors come into play whenever you try to rob someone: proper skill and tools.

This guide will explain how to master stealing in Baldur’s Gate 3, including stealing from NPCs and locked treasure chests.

How to Steal from NPCs 

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you can steal from any NPC or creature you encounter. However, the only way to achieve this goal is by pickpocketing.


You can steal from Withers by pickpocketing. All the gold that you’ve spent will be returned to you. However, you will need someone with high Dexterity like Astarion. Even if you get caught, Withers won’t get angry.

To pickpocket any creature, you must follow some steps religiously every time.

  • Ungroup and select the character with the highest Dexterity and proficiency in Sleight of Hand skill.
  • Crouch by pressing the C button and then enter turn-based mode.
  • Go behind the NPC you want to loot without stepping foot in their cone of vision.
  • Save right now so you can retry if you get caught.
  • Pickpocket the character and select the items you want.
  • Don’t exceed the limit and select pickpocket. If successful, the game will give you a prompt.
  • Exit the area as fast as you can. Don’t come into the view of the NPC you have looted for at least one minute.

This method is perfect for stealing costly scrolls and gear from merchants. It can also be used to steal keys and other important items from other NPCs.

How to Steal Items from your surroundings

Stealing items or gold from your surroundings is simple. When you come across a container or a dead body, simply click it to collect the items.

If the color appears golden, looting the item is not considered stealing. There will be no repercussions. However, if a container like a treasure chest or a dead body is marked red, you will face consequences for stealing from it.

The best way to steal from such items is by entering stealth and then looting them when you are not in the cone of vision of surrounding NPCs. You can also use the Invisibility spell to make things easier.

You can also right-click on the whole container and add it to the wares. This depends on the container’s weight and your strength. If you manage to pick up a treasure chest, take it away and then open it from your inventory.

Some treasure chests or furniture items are locked. You can steal from them by finding their keys or using Thieves Tools to lockpick them. Don’t try to lockpick in front of other NPCs, or they will get hostile.

What to do if you get caught stealing

The best course of action is to reload. If you don’t like to save scumming, you can either persuade the NPCs to let you go or sometimes pay heavy fines to avoid jail.

The least desirable method is to attack the person. This will result in a fight, and you must kill them. This will anger the upstanding members of your party and result in you losing their approval.

Why is stealing important in Baldur’s Gate 3

Stealing is a mechanic that can save you a lot of cash in Baldur’s Gate 3. Sometimes, it can also save you from the hassle of convincing NPCs or doing their errands to earn something. Some major side quests in the game where stealing plays a major role are.

  • Free the Artist. You can steal Mystic Carrion’s staff to complete the quest without going through the trouble of completing another quest.
  • Steal the Druids’ Sacred Idol. If you want to destroy Druid Grove and Tieflings, you can steal the Idol from Silvanus Grove. However, if you take it openly, this will result in an immensely difficult fight.
  • Steal the Githyanki Egg. Some of Ferun’s most powerful Githyanki Warriors are overlooking this egg. If you fail to persuade them, the only way left is to steal the egg via stealth.
  • Steal the Orphic Hammer. After refusing Raphael’s deal, the only way to free Orpheus is to steal the Orphic Hammer from the House of Hope. Though you will still be caught, avoiding some difficult enemies will save you a lot of hassle.
  • Steal from Philomeen. To clear the Grymforge rubble, you will need a Runepowder bomb. However, Philomeen is extremely skittish and will blow herself alongside the bombs if anything goes wrong. The best way is to enter stealth and steal the Runepowder Barrel and vial from her before she goes all ballistic.
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