Alright, adventurers, let’s talk about snagging the Orphic Hammer in Baldur’s Gate 3. This bad boy is crucial if you’re planning to set Orpheus free, but let me tell you, it’s not a walk in the park. Brace yourselves as we dive into the nitty-gritty of getting your hands on the Orphic Hammer!
Get the Orphic Hammer From Raphael in BG3
Your easiest ticket to the Orphic Hammer party is a little tête-à-tête with Raphael at Sharess’ Caress near Wyrm’s Crossing in Act 3. It’s your first chat with this devil after Act 2, and he’s all, “Hey, want this awesome hammer?” Of course, it’s not a freebie. You gotta sign a contract that basically says Raphael gets the crown from the Elder Brain once the story wraps up. Easy peasy, right?
Tip: Find Sharess’ Caress north of Rivington, right before the glorious city of Baldur’s Gate. Wyrm’s Crossing is where the action’s at. Get there using Flight spells or by getting thrown into jail by the guards. Choices, choices.
If you sign that dotted line, boom, the Orphic Hammer is yours. No extra steps needed. But hold your horses, you might’ve just doomed everyone in Baldur’s Gate 3. We took the plunge because, well, it makes going to the House of Hope a cakewalk.
And when you reach the House of Hope, you can rip up the contract and backtrack on your word. Another option for the hammer needs the same area, so it’s not the end of the world.
How to Steal the Orphic Hammer in BG3
Now, for the daring folks who said no to Raphael’s deal but still want that hammer, here’s the lowdown. Sneak into the House of Hope, hit up Raphael’s safe in his Boudoir, and snatch that hammer. First, make your way to the Devil’s Fee shop north in the Lower City. Strike a deal with the shopkeep, Helsik, to get through the portal to the House of Hope.
Inside, grab a disguise from Hope or the wardrobes, then head to the Archives at the end of the hall. Convince the Archivist for a pass or pickpocket him to reach the Boudoir. Deal with a demon named Haarlep to get the key to Raphael’s safe. It’s a risky business, so save often or have luck on your side.
Now, interact with the painting near the bed, loot the safe, and grab that Orphic Hammer. But before you make a run for it, loot the House of Hope for treasures, including Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength, Amulet of Greater Health, and more.
Defeating Raphael in BG3
Planning to give Raphael a taste of defeat? Brace yourself for a tough fight. Take out the Soul Pillars first, use Karlach or Lae’zel for the job, and handle his minions with AoE attacks. Hold Monster is gold against Raphael, leaving him helpless. Then, unleash slashing, thunder, or necrotic attacks for a quick takedown.
How to Use the Orphic Hammer in BG3
Equipping the Orphic Hammer turns your character into a force to be reckoned with in standard battles. But its real hero moment is the Unshackling Strike ability that frees Orpheus in the Astral Plane. Equip the hammer, select Unshackling Strike, and smash those red crystals holding Orpheus captive.
Orphic Hammer Stats
This legendary warhammer is a powerhouse. It gives you an advantage on Saving Throws against spells, making it a dream for melee fighters. Here’s the lowdown:
- Damage: 1d8+3 (4-11) + Strength modifier (One-handed); 1d10+3 (4-13) Strength modifier (Two-handed).
- Enchantment: +3
- Range: 1.5m
- Weight: 2.7kg
- Price: 770gp
- Spell Resistance: Advantage on Saving throws against spells.
- Unshackling Strike: Free a creature restrained, paralyzed, and stunned.
- Concussive Smash
- Weakening Strike
Before you go hammer-time, decide if you should free Orpheus or leave him hanging in BG3.