Baldur’s Gate 3 Best Versatile Weapons

Versatile weapons in Baldur's Gate 3 allow operation through multiple ways to different effects and we have a list of the best of them.

Versatile is a weapon property that is represented by an open hand symbol in Baldur’s Gate 3. Any weapon with this property can be both one-handed and two-handed, depending on your off-hand. However, these weapons deal a lot more damage in two hands as compared to holding them in your main hand only. 

Versatile weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3 make for great weapons if you don’t want to spend your Feats to unlock weapon proficiency. Below are our suggestions for some of the best versatile weapons you should consider if you aim to go for this weapon property for your builds.

1. Markoheshkir

Markoheshkir is a legendary quarterstaff that you can obtain during Act 3 by solving Ramazith’s Tower puzzle. The tower is located on the top of Sorcerous Sundries inside the Lower City. This versatile weapon deals 3-10 Bludgeoning damage and has the following weapon skills. 

  • Arcane Enchantment: Grants you a +1 bonus on spell save rolls and spell attack rolls. 
  • Arcane Battery: The next spell you cast doesn’t cost you a spell slot. 
  • Kareska’s Favour: This level 4 spell allows you to choose from 6 elements. You get resistance against the selected element and deal more damage with any spell of that element. You get two free spells for that element every short rest. 
  • Topple: This action allows you to knock a creature down to make it prone for 1 turn. 
  • Sale Value: 640 gold 
  • Best Class: Wizards and Sorcerers.

2. Selune’s Spear of Night

This legendary spear is a versatile weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3. To acquire Selune’s Spear of Night, you need to save Isobel from Last Light Inn in Shadow Cursed Lands and then complete Trials of Shar to defeat Ketheric Thorm and save Nightsong. This is all a part of Chosen of the Shar quest, and you will get this spear as a reward. It deals 4-11 piercing damage to enemies and has the following weapon skills. 

  • Selune’s Blessing: This passive skill grants you an advantage on Wisdom saving throws and checks. 
  • +3 weapon enchantment 
  • Moonbeam: This level 3 evocation spell does 2-20 radiant damage on enemies standing in the light. Enemies still take half the damage even on successful saving throws. 
  • Moonmote: This weapon cation creates an area of light around you. Enemies must pass a saving throw, or they will take 1-4 additional Radiant damage with melee attacks. 
  • Rush Attack: Deals 5-8 piercing damage and imbalances the enemy for the next 2 turns. 
  • Maiming Strike: Stops the enemies from moving on the ground for the next 2 turns. 
  • Sale Value: 640 gold. 
  • Best Class: Barbarian and Fighter. 

3. Adamantine Longsword

The next weapon on our versatile weapon list in Baldur’s Gate 3 is the Adamantine Longsword. This Longsword can only be obtained by crafting it inside the Grymforge during the Adamantine Forge side quest. You need to find its Mould and Mithral Ore to successfully craft this rare longsword. Adamantine Longsword deals 2-11 slashing damage and has the following weapon skills. 

  • Diamondsbane: If you hit any inorganic object with this sword, it is always a critical hit. 
  • Lethal Weapon: You ignore enemies’ slashing resistance. 
  • Pommel Strike: A non-lethal attack that deals 1-4 bludgeoning damage and makes the enemy dizzy for the next 2 turns. 
  • Lacerate: Deals 6-15 slashing damage and adds 1-4 psychic damage in addition to bleeding for the next 2 turns. 
  • Sale Value: 250 gold. 
  • Best Class: Barbarian.

4. Faithbreaker

This uncommon Warhammer is a versatile weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3. You can obtain this weapon by killing one of the goblin leaders, Dror Ragzlin, inside Goblin Camp. This weapon deals 2-11 bludgeoning damage and has the following weapon skills. 

  • +1 Weapon Enchantment. 
  • Absolute Power: Deals 1-6 additional force damage and pushes back the enemies up to 5m. 
  • Backbreaker: Deals 5-8 slashing damage and makes your enemies prone for the next 2 turns. 
  • Concussive Smash: Deals 6-15 slashing + 1-4 psychic damage. Enemies become dazed and lose the dexterity bonus for their AC. They can’t make reactions in this state either for the next 2 turns. 
  • Weakening Strike: This weapon action deals 5-8 slashing damage and inflicts the Weak Grip status effect. 
  • Sale Value: 300 gold. 
  • Best Class: Barbarian.

5. Vision of the Absolute

Vision of the Absolute is a versatile spear in Baldur’s Gate 3, which is a bit strange to obtain. The only way to find this weapon is by acquiring its parts and then combing them. Its Shaft can be looted from the body of Edowin (X: 130, Y: 450), West of Druid Grove. To obtain the head, you need to find and kill Owlbear in her nest. It is embedded in her body. 

This spear does 1-8 piercing damage and has the following weapon skills. 

  • Absolute Night: Chances to blind a target that fails DEX saving throw. You deal an additional 2-12 piercing damage to the blind enemy. 
  • Rush Attack: Deals 5-8 piercing damage and pushes enemies to make them Off Balance for the next 2 turns. 
  • Sale Value: 330 gold. 
  • Best Class: Paladin and Fighter. 
  • Thrown weapon. 

How to use Versatile Weapons in One Hand and Two Hands in Baldur’s Gate 3

Versatile Weapons are also two-handed if both of your hands are empty. There is no button or prompt to switch from two-hand to one-hand when wielding a Versatile weapon. 

The only way to switch is by equipping a shield, torch, or any other weapon in your off-hand. This will automatically put the Versatile weapon in your main hand, making it one-handed and effectively reducing its damage output. So, there is absolutely no way to One-hand versatile weapons unless you are holding something else in your off-hand. Removing the item from your off-hand will automatically put your versatile weapon in two-handed mode.

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