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Balthazar is an Undead necromancer in service to Ketheric Thorm, who can first be encountered in the Gauntlet of Shar during Act Two.

We're still close. She's in a jar on the shelf over there.
Balthazar explaining where his mother is

Contents

  • 1 Overview
    • 1.1 Background
  • 2 Involvement
  • 3 Combat
    • 3.1 Attacks and abilities
      • 3.1.1 Honour mode
    • 3.2 Notable Loot
  • 4 Related quests
  • 5 Gallery
  • 6 Related literature
    • 6.1 Written by Balthazar
  • 7 Notes
  • 8 External links

Overview[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Balthazar is a necromancer in service to General Ketheric Thorm, sent to the Gauntlet of Shar to retrieve the Nightsong; the source of Ketheric's immortality.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Main article: Find Ketheric Thorm's Relic

Balthazar can first be encountered in the Gauntlet of Shar, behind a locked door guarded by his undead servants.

Approaching the door and/or his servants, wherever they are found, will generally trigger a conversation. A combat encounter will always trigger on conclusion of this conversation, where Dark Justiciar Avengers attack both the undead servants and the party. Once this combat resolves, the party may have the opportunity to speak to Balthazar further and learn more about the relic he is searching for. There is also the option to simply attack and kill Balthazar at any time after this encounter.It is also possible to fully avoid contact with Balthazar and his servants until entering the Shadowfell.

When the party did not kill him and crosses the threshold into the Shadowfell the party will meet Balthazar there for a second time. If the party have not yet met Balthazar at this point, he will simply introduce himself and give the party the opportunity to help him finish his mission.

Once the party finally meet Balthazar, they are generally allowed to choose at several points if they want to kill him or help him finish his mission.

If the party help Balthazar obtain the Nightsong and later meet with Ketheric, Ketheric will take the party as prisoners. They will wake up in Balthazar's lab at the Mind Flayer Colony, where Balthazaar prepares to find a way to remove the artefact from the party's possession. Eventually, a fight between the party and Balthazar will break out.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Balthazar will use a Potion of Speed at the start of his turn to gain Hasted unless you buy it off him during dialogue first (use the Trade button).

Attacks and abilities[edit | edit source]

Animate Dead (Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (4))

Awaken the dead from their century-long slumber.

Cast as a unique Level 6 variant, only when confronted in the Nightsong's Prison, to reanimate an army of skeletons from the surrounding bones.

Bone Chill (Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (7))

Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (8) 1d8 (1~8) Necrotic damage

Prevent the target from healing until your next turn. An undead target receives Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (10) Disadvantage on Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (11)Attack rolls.
Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (12)Range: 18 m / 60 ft

Cloudkill (Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (15))

Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (16) 5d8 (5~40) Poison damage

Craft a large cloud that inflicts 5d8Poison damage per turn. You can reposition the cloud every turn.
Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (19) CON Save
Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (20)Range: 18 m / 60 ft

No Rest for the Wicked (Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (23))

Death is but a temporary inconvenience - raise a fallen undead with half of its hit points.
Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (24)Range: 3 m / 10 ft

Ray of Sickness (Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (27))

Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (28) 2d8 (2~16) Poison damage

Possibly Poisons the target.
Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (31) CON Save
Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (32)Range: 18 m / 60 ft

Misty Step (Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (35))

Surrounded by silver mist, you teleport to an unoccupied space you can see.
Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (36)Range: 18 m / 60 ft

Honour mode[edit | edit source]

The Dead Wastes

Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (39) 4d6 (4~24) Necrotic damage

+

Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (41) 4d6 (4~24) Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (42)hit points

Open a necrotic rift from a new corpse that heals Undead 4d6Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (43)hit points and deals 4d6Necrotic to living creatures at the start of their turns.
Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (45)Range: 18 m / 60 ft

Notable Loot[edit | edit source]

  • Circle of Bones

Related quests[edit | edit source]

  • Find Ketheric Thorm's Relic
  • The Chosen of Shar
  • Defeat Ketheric Thorm
  • Find the Nightsong

Gallery[edit | edit source]

  • Digital Artbook concept art.

  • Digital Artbook concept art.

  • Model

Related literature[edit | edit source]

  • Stained Book (Thorm Mausoleum)
  • Diary of Ketheric Thorm, Vol 2
  • Tissue and Organ Register
  • Unsent Letter
  • Ornate Letter

Written by Balthazar[edit | edit source]

  • Attention Acolytes
  • Balthazar Personal Notes: 2
  • Balthazar Personal Notes: 3
  • Balthazar's Notes
  • Clasped Book (Moonrise Towers)
  • Research Notes (Balthazar)
  • Orders from B

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Balthazar's name (and ribs) were taken from the monk Balthazar - Baldur's Gate 3 Wiki (66) Balthazar, a character from Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal.

External links[edit | edit source]

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Gauntlet of Shar

Characters
  • Balthazar
  • Dame Aylin
  • Flesh
  • Lyrthindor
  • Nessa
  • Yurgir
Locations
  • Faith-Leap Trial
  • Silent Library
  • Self-Same Trial
  • Shadowfell
  • Soft-Step Trial
Quests
  • Break Yurgir's Contract
  • Find Ketheric Thorm's Relic
  • Find the Nightsong
  • Kill Raphael's Old Enemy
  • Lift the Shadow Curse
  • The Chosen of Shar
  • v
  • t
  • e

Mind Flayer Colony

Characters
  • Apostle of Myrkul
  • Balthazar
  • Chop
  • Gortash
  • Hairy Henry
  • Ironfinger
  • Ketheric Thorm
  • Kressa Bonedaughter
  • Maghtew Budj
  • Mizora
  • Orin
  • The Netherbrain
  • Ulder Ravengard
  • Us
  • Yeva
  • Zevlor
  • Zombie Dror Ragzlin
  • Zombie Minthara
  • Zombie Wulbren
Locations
  • Barracks
  • Tadpoling Centre
  • Morgue
  • Necrotic Laboratory
Quests
  • Defeat Ketheric Thorm
  • Find Mol
  • Find Zevlor
  • Lift the Shadow Curse
  • The Blade of Frontiers
  • The Grand Duke
  • The Wizard of Waterdeep
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