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What Are Lightning Charges in BG3 – Condition Explained

Baldur’s Gate 3 is full of various secrets and amazing features that make the combat so much deeper and more intense. This guide will explain how Lighting Charges in BG3 work and how to master the combat mechanic to get an advantage over foes.

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How do Lightning Charges work in BG3?

First and foremost, before you can start using lightning charges, you need to understand them. Lightning charges are a condition, much like poison. However, it is a positive condition for the affected person, much like a buff in a way. Whenever you have lightning charges, the electricity passes through you, and you gain the following buffs:

  • A general +1 to all attack rolls
  • An extra 1 lightning damage for each related spell and skill
  • Optional: If you reach five charges in total at once, you also gain an additional 1d8 lightning damage per attack

The catch with all of this is you lose a lightning charge each round of battle. As such, it can be difficult to keep this condition up.

BG3 lightning charges condition explained
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How to get Lightning Charges in BG3

If you want to start applying lightning charges in BG3 to your magical character, there are only a few ways to do so. You’ll have to find specific weapons and armor that have additional effects that grant this condition. Here are all of the weapons and armor that help the player gain lightning charges:

  • Markoheshkir (weapon): Whenever the player deals spell damage with Bolts of Doom, they get two lightning charges.
  • The Joltshooter (weapon): Dealing damage with this weapon gains charges.
  • The Sparky Points (weapon): Dealing damage with this weapon gets charges.
  • Spellsparkler (weapon): Dealing damage with a spell or cantrip gains charges.
  • Sparkle Hands (armor): Hitting an enemy with an unarmed attack gains charges.
  • Speedy Lightfeet (armor): Dashes or similar actions gain charges.
  • Watersparkers (armor): Starting a turn on an electrified surface will gain the player three charges.

There are also certain armor pieces that do certain actions like give the player hit points whenever they have charges, such as The Lifebringer armor.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available now for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.


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