Poison is a common status effect that causes characters to take damage over time. This dangerous affliction can quickly decimate your party’s health if you’re not prepared, but, thankfully, you can cure poison in Baldur’s Gate 3 by using items or magic. It can also be prevented entirely.
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How Poison Works in Baldur’s Gate 3
As you explore the world, you’ll sometimes stumble upon poisonous environments or be attacked by enemies with poison-coated weapons or items. Characters who are poisoned will take damage over time, and this irritating status effect can also interrupt spellcasting. The total damage dealt per turn will depend on the character’s Poison damage resistance stat.
Additionally, if your character is poisoned while under the effect of Haste, they will take more damage.
How poison impacts your character will depend on a number of factors, including how the poison was applied and the potency of the poison itself. It’s sometimes possible to avoid being poisoned by rolling a lucky Saving Throw or having high Magic resistance.
Poisoning your enemies is a great way to put a quick end to frustrating battles. You’ll stumble across many poison-inducing items and weapons on your journey, and magic users can also cast the Poison spell.
Which Items Cure Poison
You can quickly cure poisoning using an Antidote: one of the most common items in Baldur’s Gate 3. Although you can purchase Antidotes from many merchants throughout your travels, you likely won’t need to. Looting treasure and defeated enemies will yield plenty of this handy item.
Antidotes can also be crafted by combining three pieces of Mugwort to create Salts of Mugwort. Once this is done, blend it with any Suspension to add an Antidote to your inventory.
Other common items used to cure poisoning are Antitoxins and Potions of Vitality. You’ll find these useful potions in homes and villages, and some traders may also have some on offer.
How to Cure Poison With Magic and Abilities
When a character is poisoned, certain spells can be used to immediately rid them of their painful affliction. The Level 2 spell Lesser Restoration can be used to cure poison and can be learned by Bards, Clerics, Druids, Paladins, and Rangers. The more powerful Level 5 spell Greater Restoration is also effective against poison damage.
Several classes, including Clerics, Druids, Paladins, and Rangers, can also learn the Level 2 spell Protection from Poison. This neutralizes all poisons affecting a creature and grants Resistance to poison damage.
As you explore, you’ll sometimes stumble upon areas marred in a poisonous cloud. Passing through the cloud can cause damage to your party, but it’s possible to clear the impacted area by using magic. Using the spell Gust of Wind will clear a path through the noxious fumes, allowing you and your party to pass through safely. This spell is available to Druids, Sorcerers, and Wizards.
Furthermore, Poisonous clouds are also flammable, so using any fire spell or ability will cause the cloud to explode and dissipate.
How to Prevent Poisoning
Along with the aforementioned Protection from Poison spell, there are multiple ways to prevent poisoning before it becomes a headache. Drinking an Elixir of Poison Resistance will protect a character from poison damage until their next long rest. You can craft this convenient item by combining three pieces of Mud Mephit Wing to create a Suspension of Muddy Goo. After that’s done, combine it with any Sublimate.
Early in the game, you can also find a protective ring inside the Goblin Camp. Head to where Halsin was being kept inside the Shattered Sanctuary, marked below.
Outside the Warg Pens, you’ll see an open tomb. Loot the skeleton inside for the rare Ring of Poison Resistance, which grants the wearer full resistance to poison damage.
You won’t be able to avoid poison in Baldur’s Gate 3 entirely, but it’s an easy affliction to cure with the right skills and items. At the very least, be sure to keep your party members stocked up on Antidotes and you’ll have nothing to worry about.