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Baldur’s Gate 3: Lightning Charges Explained

Baldur's Gate 3: Lightning Charges Explained

While playing Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll come across many interesting items that will make your experience more fun and fights more bearable. If you’re further along in the game, chances are you’ve already found equipment with Lightning Charges, but have no idea how to make the most of them. These powerful items sound amazing, but most of us have no idea how to actually use them properly. In this guide, we’ll look at what these Baldur’s Gate 3 Lightning Charges are and how exactly they work.

Lightning Charges in BG3 Explained

This equipment feature is an easy one to overlook if you don’t always read the descriptions of the loot you pick up. In this game, equipment features give players passive effects or conditions that can aid them in combat. Lightning Charges is a feature you’ll get by simply wielding the right items.

Once you’ve equipped the gear, you’ll start building up charges in different ways. This will give your character the Lightning Charges condition. Depending on the equipment you’re using, you’ll be able to deal Lightning damage in different ways.

The Joltshooter longbow, for example, gains 2 Lightning Charges when you damage an enemy. If you’re wearing the Blast Pendant, you can use those charges to bolster your next Lightning Spell or Cantrip.

Lightning Charges Effects in BG3

When you’ve built up Lightning Charges, lightning courses through you, giving you a +1 bonus to your Attack Rolls. You also deal an additional 1 Lightning damage. Once you’ve gained 5 charges, all the charges you’ve gathered will be consumed the next time you deal damage, giving you an extra 1d8 Lightning damage. 

You’ll lose 1 charge per turn—Larian’s way to keep you from becoming way too powerful. Also, if a target is wet, Lightning damage is doubled, making these items really awesome if you plan your fight encounters well.

BG3 Lightning Charges: All Charge-building Equipment

There are several items you can wear to build up Lightning Charges in BG3:

  • The Joltshooter (longbow) — Lets you gain 2 Lightning Charges when dealing damage
  • The Sparkle Hands (gloves) — Lets you gain 2 Lightning Charges if you make an unarmed attack
  • The Spellsparkler (quarterstaff) — Lets you gain 2 Lightning Charges when you deal damage with a Cantrip or Spell
  • The Watersparkers (boots) — Lets you gain 3 Lightning Charges if you start your turn on an Electrified Surface
  • The Sparky Points (trident) — Lets you gain 2 Lightning Charges when you deal damage
  • The Speedy Lightfeet (boots) — Lets you gain 3 Lightning Charges when you Dash in combat

BG3 Lightning Charges: All Charge-using Equipment

There are also several items you can equip that use these Lightning Charges in combat to give you an edge in BG3:

  • The Blast Pendant (amulet) — You can focus the electricity in your veins as a Bonus Action. As a result, your next Lightning Cantrip or Spell deals more Lightning damage. The damage is determined by how many Lightning Charges you have
  • The Real Sparky Sparkswall (shield) — This item gives you the Lightning Aura Action that uses 4 Lightning Charges. You’ll have an aura that damages nearby enemies
  • The Protecty Sparkswall (clothing) — You get +1 to your Armor Class as well as your Saving Throws as long as you have Lightning Charges built up
  • The Lifebringer (helmet) — When you gained Lightning Charges, you’ll also gain 3 temporary hit points, which will go away if you run out of charges
  • The Jolty Vest (medium armor) — When you have Lightning Charges built up and take melee damage, your attacker has to succeed a Dexterity Saving Throw or they will become Shocked
  • The Sparkle Hands (gloves) — When you make an unarmed attack, you gain 2 Lightning Charges, which will give you an Advantage against metal constructs and enemies wearing Metal Armor

And that is all you need to know about how Lightning Charges work in Baldur’s Gate 3. Check out other interesting BG3 guides and articles:

Based in Sasolburg, South Africa, Desere Davis is a Freelance Writer for Raider King.
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