Equipment is one of the most important aspects of Baldur’s Gate 3. With the right armour and jewellery, you’ll boost your character’s potential through the roof, especially if you match them right. For Monks, movement means everything, so finding equipment that utilises that is important.
The best equipment depends on the way you play, but if it’s your first time playing Monk, or you’re just overwhelmed by how much there is to find, it can be confusing. There are lots of items to discover and collect and some will cater to a certain subclass. That being said, some are definitely worth grabbing the moment you can.
8 The Graceful Cloth
The Graceful Cloth is a rare clothing item that is an essential part of any Monk’s loadout. The piece gives you Cat’s Grace, that allows an advantage on dexterity checks and decreases your fall damage by half. Your dexterity score will increase by two to a maximum of 20, and you gain the Nimble As a Cat perk in which you gain a plus one bonus to dexterity saving throws and increase your jump distance by one and a half meters.
This clothing is sold by Lady Esther, who you can find in the mountains near the entrance of the mountain path. With the increase you gain to your dexterity score and the bonus to your movement, it’s one of the best pieces of equipment to get early on.
7 Sparkle Hands
The Sparkle Hands can be found on the south side of the map in the swamp. You’ll have to travel east of the Riverside Teahouse waypoint and make a few jumps south to come across an area filled with Wood Woads and Ancient Mud Mephits. After defeating them, the gloves will be in a chest near the water.
These gloves allow you to gain two lightning charges when you hit an enemy with an unarmed attack. With those lightning charges, any attacks against metal constructs or enemies with metal armour gain an advantage. Because of the lightning charges, these gloves can be really good when paired with other pieces of equipment, like the Lifebringer Circlet, which grants temporary Restoration health points.
6 Sentient Amulet
The Sentient Amulet, as well as giving you a hilarious companion to talk to every now and then, also grants some extra actions and a spell to help you out. The amulet is found in the Grymforge. If you head halfway down the steps to the Adamantine Forge, you can go left and into an extra area. The amulet is in a locked chest in a section surrounded by lava and guarded by a lava elemental.
This amulet is great for Monks as it gives the class action Ki Restoration, which allows you to restore two ki points, a helpful action in any battle. You also gain Shatter as a level two spell, which is a great help in any fight.
5 Gloves Of Soul Catching
These legendary gloves can’t be found until later in the game, but they are worth grabbing as soon as you reach Baldur’s Gate, especially for those running with Way of the Open Hand. They give a big boost to your unarmed attacks by granting an additional one to ten force damage. As well as that, you regain ten health points per turn after an unarmed attack, or you can gain advantage on attack rolls and saving throws. On top of all that, you get a plus two to your constitution.
The Gloves of Soul Catching are found in the House of Hope. To get there, you’ll need to head to the Devil’s Fee shop in Baldur’s Gate and begin a quest with Helsik.
4 Ring Of Free Action
The Ring of Free Action is a great addition to any Monk’s loadout, as it allows you to ignore the effects of difficult terrain and stops you from being paralysed or restrained. This ring makes it a lot easier to race around during fights without the fear of being held up for a few turns. Since Monks can have a pretty high damage output with great movement, you definitely want to make sure they stay in the fight as much as possible.
You can purchase the ring from Araj Oblodra, an alchemist and trader in Moonrise Towers. She sits in a room on the left-hand side when you enter Moonrise.
3 Haste Helm
The Haste Helm is a useful helmet that grants you momentum for three turns when you start combat. Momentum is great for Monks as it increases movement speed by three meters, so you can travel further during battle and get a few extra hits in. The increase is removed if you become restrained, incapacitated, prone, or slowed down. Pairing this with the Ring of Free Action, however, can help you maintain the movement speed by stopping you from being restrained or paralysed.
This helmet can be found in a wooden chest that sits next to a cart in the Blighted Village. The chest is a few steps north of the Blighted Village waypoint.
2 Crusher’s Ring
This ring is a great addition to any Monk’s loadout. Since Monks have great movement, there’s nothing wrong with adding another three meters on top. The ring permanently adds three meters to your movement speed, making it a nice piece of equipment to get since you don’t have to do anything for the increase to appear.
The ring is dropped by a goblin called the Novice Crusher who can be found telling stories near the waypoint on a small stage. You’ll have to have a conversation with him first, but eventually, you’ll have to kill him to get the ring from his inventory.
1 Helldusk Armour
Helldusk Armour is a great addition to any loadout. You can get your hands on this armour set by heading through the House of Hope. You’ll have to fight and defeat Raphael to get the armour, but it’s definitely worth it. The armour grants a caster Burning for three turns if you succeed a saving throw, and you have resistance to fire damage and cannot be Burned. On top of that, you take three less damage from all sources.
The best thing about this armour is that you’re considered proficient when using it, so you can have that extra bit of protection without being hindered by it. It’s a great piece of kit for Monks heading into the middle of a fight with just their bare fists.
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