Thrown Weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3 – How to use

Thrown Weapons in BG3 – Even though for Strength-based characters, Thrown weapons can be a great way to get a ranged option in the latest Baldur’s Gate 3, they can be tricky to use. Given that the game works exactly as it does in a session of Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition, which means that the players have access to a huge range of diverse systems, rules, and features from it, resulting in players having great freedom in both combat and exploration too!

One of the Fifth Edition rules often overlooked is the weapon property players can find on certain melee weapons. In the game Baldur’s Gate 3, and on the tabletop, players can hurl a Thrown weapon to deal at range, its full damage. However, throwing a weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3 is not as easy as it sounds. 

Thrown Weapons in Baldur's Gate 3 - How to use

How to use a thrown weapon

Although players can place weapons with Thrown property in the character’s melee weapon slot, remember that this is merely for performing melee attacks and not necessarily for throwing. In place, players need to make use of the Throw action. Simply selecting Throw will replace your character’s hotbar and show you a list of all the items you have in your inventory that can be thrown, and this also includes any of the Thrown weapons you might have equipped at that moment. At the far left of the hotbar, you will always see the Thrown weapon appearing, thus making them quite easy to find. 

To throw the weapon, select the weapon from the list that appears and then choose your desired target. Doing this will make an Attack Roll against your chosen target, using either your strength or, if the thrown weapon has the Finesse property, using the highest strength and dexterity. Interestingly, currently, all the characters, when using throw, add up their Proficiency bonus, which applies even when the character does not have Proficiency in the weapon being thrown. However, this may be a bug in the game. 

Even though for the features such as the Fighter’s Archery Fighting Style, the thrown weapons in the game do not count as ranged weapons, being on high ground gives you a +2 bonus and for being on low ground, a -2 bonus. If compared to the target’s AC, the Attack Roll of the Thrown weapon exceeds it, then the weapon will deal the usual damage, adding the Dexterity or the Strength depending on the Ability used for the Attack Roll. 

Tips on Thrown Weapon

In Baldur’s Gate 3, only a few melee weapons, by default, have the Throw property. They are Dagger(Finesse), Handaxe, Javelin, Light Hammer, Spear and Trident. 

In the game, magical weapons add the property of thrown and others that will return to your character’s hand after you throw it. Although all characters can throw weapons, throwing can be significantly improved by two features. While raging, barbarians with the Berserker subclass gain the Enraged Throw ability, which turns a simple Throw into a Bonus Action and adds probability to knock the target Prone. With Tavern Brawler Feat, this great combo enables you to double the Strength modifier bonus to damage rolls of the Thrown weapon and attack. 

That pretty much sums up everything there is to know about Thrown Weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Last Updated on August 15, 2023

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