Baldur’s Gate 3 Has Quietly Nerfed One Of The Game’s Cheesiest Weapons

Baldur's Gate 3 Has Quietly Nerfed One Of The Game's Cheesiest Weapons

Date: December 13, 2023

By Hanna Rose

Baldur’s Gate 3 has quietly put a stop to players one-shotting every boss with a massive bag of gold.

Baldur’s Gate 3 boasts numerous bosses susceptible to exploitation through various tactics, whether by slipping something sinister into their pockets pre-battle or barraging them with arrows and critical hits. One widely favored approach involved utilizing a weapon called Twist of Fortune, leveraging the Blood Money perk to inflict damage based on the enemy’s wealth. This method faced extensive abuse, prompting the game’s developer, Larian, to take action.

A Reddit user, Specialist-Spite, recounted their Twist of Fortune shenanigans on the Baldur’s Gate 3 subreddit. However, their routine exploits were abruptly curtailed by an unnoticed update rolled out by Larian in recent days, as reported by GamesRadar. Entrusting Shadowheart with the Twist of Fortune weapon, Specialist-Spite unexpectedly lost over 13,000 gold due to a seemingly revised Blood Money perk. Caution: spoilers ahead for Act 3.

With Shadowheart wielding Twist of Fortune, the player unintentionally entered the Self-Same Trial of Shar, a battle against clones of their party members. Shadowheart’s clone promptly struck the player, resulting in instant obliteration due to the 13,000 gold in their possession. While Specialist-Spite accepted the outcome, they were taken aback upon discovering their missing gold.

Evidently, a subtle alteration was made to the Blood Money mechanic in Baldur’s Gate 3’s latest patch. The Twist of Fortune now absorbs any gold on the struck character, likely implemented to prevent gamers from reverse pickpocketing gold onto enemies, using the weapon, and then reclaiming their gold for repeated use. Unfortunately, Specialist-Spite was unaware of this adjustment until their character and their gold were vaporized.

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While the era of effortlessly overpowering bosses with a single swing and a hefty sack of gold may be over, Larian opted not to eliminate the exploit entirely. Players can still reverse pickpocket 10,000 gold onto troublesome foes to unleash devastation, but they must now bear a substantial cost for such privileges. It seems fitting that Baldur’s Gate 3 now demands a hefty fee if you seek the explosive power akin to a nuke.

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