Ranged weapons allow characters to fight from afar in Baldur’s Gate 3. You can build classes like Rogue and Ranger to specifically be dedicated archers. Even more melee-focused classes should carry around a crossbow in case the terrain becomes inhospitable.



The vast majority of ranged weapons utilize Dexterity for their attacks and damage. However, ones that are thrown rather than shot will instead use Strength. It is also a good idea to have a good backup melee weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3 for the times when enemies get too close for ranged attacks to be practical.

7 Joltshooter

Counsellor Florrick of Baldurs Gate 3

The Joltshooter is a possible reward for saving the people at Waukeen’s Rest. This is the same location where Miri is trapped in a burning building. Another victim is Counsellor Florrick, who is stuck in the eastern wing of the same lodge. If she is saved, you will be presented with several potential rewards. This includes Sparky Points, Spellsparkler, or Joltshooter. The other two items are meant for melee and casters, respectively. If one of the party members is a primary archer, then Joltshooter should be your selection.

The Joltshooter is a special Longbow in Baldur’s Gate 3 a it deals 1d8 piercing damage at its base but has no bonus to attack. However, it also stores two Lightning Charges per hit. Each charge grants one lightning damage per next attack. If you save up to five charges, this increases to 1d8 damage. Additionally, several other pieces of equipment can use charges. This includes the Lifebringer circlet, which gives temporary hitpoints.

6 Blightbringer

Entharl Danthelon merchant in Baldurs Gate 3

The Blightbringer is a scarce quality Shortbow found in Baldur’s Gate 3‘s Act 3. It is available for purchase from Entharl Danthelon, who runs Danthelon’s Dancing Axe in Wyrm’s Crossing. It has a base price of 600 gold but will be lowered if you first give Danthelon additional items to boost his mood. By Act 3, 600 gold should be next to nothing – unless you recently made several other purchases.

Blightbringer is a +1 Shortbow that deals a standard 1d6 to most targets. However, against Dwarves and Gnomes, the bow gets a 1d4 bonus to both attack and damage rolls. It also has the Prey Decelerator skill. When you land a critical hit, it also Slows the target. This makes it a fantastic option for builds focused on acute attacks, like a Champion Fighter.

5 Nyrulna

Akabi the Djinni from Baldurs Gate 3 extends his hand.

While not a bow or crossbow, Nyrulna is a Trident designed to primarily be thrown. It can be obtained by traveling to Chult. The most direct means is taking part in Akabi’s Jackpot. In most cases, you will lose the spin no matter what. However, it is possible to win every so often. If you piss off Akabi by any means, he will teleport you away. This can include stealing from him, accusing him of cheating, or both. Once in Chult’s jungles, sneak around and locate Nyrulna in a locked chest.

Nyrulna is a legendary +3 Trident, giving it flat bonuses to attack and damage. When thrown, the polearm will always return to its wielder. This is similar to the Eldritch Knight weapon bond feature. When the weapon is thrown, it triggers Zephyr Connection and deals 3d4 Thunder damage in a 6m radius. As this all uses Strength, it is not a typical archer weapon. Instead, you should give the Trident to a strong Fighter, Barbarian, or Paladin that is both in melee and at range.

4 Gontr Mael

Steel Watch Titan from Baldurs Gate 3

Gontr Mael is a powerful Longbow obtained from the Steel Watch Foundry. If you fully disable the Steel Watch in Baldur’s Gate 3, you will eventually have to fight its most powerful member, the Steel Watch Titan. It has a Toughness of 15, meaning that attacks of 14 or less will deal no damage. It will also self-detonate before defeat, so move at least 30m away to avoid the blast. Return to the Titan’s wreckage to loot the bow.

The Gontrl Mael is +3 Longbow which hits the target with the effects of a Cleric’s Guiding Bolt, giving Advantage to the next attack. The bow also grants Celestial Haste. This provides the Haste with status without becoming tired afterward. This option is excellent for consistently hitting foes, even if the damage isn’t always the highest.

3 Hellfire Engine Crossbow

Crafting a Crossbow in Baldurs Gate 3

The Hellfire Engine is another ranged weapon from the Steel Watch Foundry. It is not complete and needs to be crafted with several materials. These are all found close to each other and include the Steel Watch Arm, Targeting Module, and Watcher Crossbow Blueprint in the same workshop. Place them into the Crafting Table at x: -325, y: -134 to complete the weapon.

Hellfire Engine is a +2 Crossbow and has the standard 1d10 damage dice and the Reposition Malefactor skill. This drags the target 9m closer to you, even into potential hazards and allied spells like Cloud of Daggers or Firewall. The bow also allows access to the Ranger’s Lightning Arrow spell. This changes the standard arrow into a 4d6 Lightning bolt that shoots off another 2d6 to another nearby target.

2 Hellfire Hand Crossbow

Yurgir brandishes a crossbow in a screenshot from Baldur's Gate 3.

The Hellfire Hand Crossbow is the best one-handed ranged weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3. It is wielded by the Yurgir hiding in the Gauntlet of Shar. The demon Raphael requests that you subdue the creature by any means. To secure the Hand Crossbow, you have to defeat the Yurgir in open combat so that his corpse remains. If you talk him out of a whole fight, he will either plummet to his death or leave entirely. You can still use Diplomacy or Intimidation checks to have the Yurgir kill off his Merregon and Displacer Beast allies, making the fight easier.

The weapon is a +2 Hand Crossbow, dealing 1d6 damage. This doesn’t seem like much, but being equipped in the off-hand makes it an incredible weapon for Thief Rogues or College of Sword Bards. Use those bonus actions to add in all sorts of free damage. Additionally, the weapon grants the Wizard spell Scorching Ray. They can provide considerable extra Fire damage on up to four targets.

1 Dead Shot

Fytz the Firecracker in Lower City of Baldurs Gate 3

Dead Shot is another purchasable ranged weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3. This time, it can be bought from Fytz the Firecracker, who owns the Stormshore Armoury in the Lower City of Baldur’s Gate. The weapon costs 700 gold, which is a reasonable price. Fytz has a history with Karlach and may provide additional discounts if spoken to enough.

The Dead Shot is a +2 Longbow which adds their Proficiency Bonus twice when being used. This can mean a +8 to hit at level nine and above. The bow also deals critical damage when rolling a 19 instead of a 20. This makes the Dead Shot the most reliable and deadly bow for a pure archer who isn’t trying to bolster their allies further.

  • Baldur’s Gate 3

    Baldur’s Gate

    macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5


    Larian Studios

    Larian Studios


    Larian Studios


    Baldur’s Gate 3 is a long-anticipated sequel to Baldur’s Gate 2, released in 2000 from BioWare and now being handled by Larian Studios. Set 120 years after the events of Shadows of Amn, Baldur’s Gate 3 puts players in the role of a customizable protagonist who has been captured and infected with a parasite that will turn them into a mind flayer. Before the process is complete, the ship they are on crashes, leaving them on a quest to cure themselves as they meet up with other survivors. Gameplay is turn-based and can be played co-operatively online or tackled alone in a single-player campaign with NPC allies. 

    How Long To Beat:
    50 – 100 hours

    Baldur’s Gate 2

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