BG3: 8 BEST One Handed Weapons [Hands-on Guide]

Learn everything there is about the best one handed weapon in BG3, the Duellist’s Prerogative, along with its location and abilities.

Baldur’s Gate 3 consists of many one-handed weapons, so it can be hard to choose from them. So, in this guide, I will discuss the top 8 best One-Handed Weapons In Baldur’s Gate 3. The BG3 Best One Handed Weapon among them will be the Duellist Prerogative, which has great piercing damage and deals Necrotic damage.

Key Takeaways
  • The BG3’s best one-handed weapon is a legendary rapier, Duellist’s Prerogative
  • The Blood of Lathander and Crimson Mischief are a great choice to wield as a one-handed weapon.
  • Most of the weapons listed in the guide are obtained after a long quest.
  • Getting the Devotee’s Mace can be a hard choice as it can be obtained by a skill that can be used only once.
  • Pelorsun Blade and Knife of the Undermountain King are not legendary weapons but are useful.
  • If players kill Nightsong, they won’t be able to get Selune’s Spear of Night.  

Best One-Handed Weapons In BG3

Here’s an overview of the best one-handed weapons you can find in Baldur’s Gate 3:

NameBest ForProficiencyQualityDamage
Duellist’s PrerogativeBest One Handed Weapon.MaritalLegendary1d8 Piercing, 1d4 Necrotic
The Blood of LathanderBest Early Game Weapon.SimpleLegendary1d6+7 Bludgeoning
Crimson MischiefBest One Handed Piercing Weapon.MaritalLegendary1d6 Piercing, 1d4 Necrotic, 1d4 Piercing (conditional)
Devotee’s MaceBest Weapon For Increased Survivability.SimpleLegendary1d6 Bludgeoning, 1d8 Radiant
Netherstone-Pomelled BloodthirstBest Agile Weapon.SimpleLegendary1d4 Piercing, 1d4 Necrotic
Selune’s Spear of NightBest Weapon For Wisdom Based Abilities.SimpleLegendary 1d6 + 3 (4~9) Piercing, 1d8 + 3 (4~11) Piercing
Pelorsun BladeBest Weapon For Fighting Against Undeads.MaritalVery Rare1d8 Piercing, 1d4 Radiant
Knife of the Undermountain KingBest Versatile Weapon.MaritalVery Rare1d6+2 Piercing

1. Duellist’s Prerogative

Best One Handed Weapon.
Duellist’s Prerogative (Image Credits: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The balanced attributes it provides on top of the versatile damage types.

Some players might prefer another weapon over the Duellist Prerogative, but I think this is the BG3 Best One Handed Weapon so far. Duellist Prerogative also possesses the Finesse weapon ability along with piercing damage of 1d8. Duellist Prerogative is overall a great choice as it deals the opponents with Necrotic damage, and you get additional damage depending on the proficiency bonus.

It has a range of 1.5m with a value of 1300, and you can get it without extreme effort.

You can get this weapon by doing the Save Vanra will start. To start the quest, you will have to talk to Lora and then defeat Auntie Ethel. The quest can take some of your time, but getting a Duellist Prerogative is going to be worth it.

  • Deals both piercing and necrotic damage.
  • Enhanced weapon accuracy and damage potential.
  • Easy acquisition.
  • Need of completing a specific questline.

2. The Blood Of Lathander

Best Early Game Weapon.
The Blood Of Lathander Mace (Image by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The exceptional versatility and utility this weapon provides early on in the game.

The Blood of Lathander is not the BG3 Best One-Handed Weapon, but it is surely one of the best that you can obtain early. However, getting the weapon can prove to be hard as it takes an extremely long quest line. This legendary weapon can be extremely useful as, except for having great abilities, it can save you from death once per a long rest. It also blinds enemies that stand close to you.

The Blood of Lathander is a great choice if you don’t want to use the Duellist Prerogative, which you get by obtaining the Dawnmaster’s Crest; however, the Duellist Prerogative weapon has its own benefits.

  • Has a crucial life saving ability.
  • Debuffs enemy combat effectiveness with blinding enemies in close proximity.
  • Is acquired early on in the game.
  • Limited usage.
  • Quest requirement for acquisition.

3. Crimson Mischief

Best One Handed Piercing Weapon.
Crimson Mischief (Screenshot Captured By eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The potent piercing capabilities it has on top of it being a legendary weapon.

Crimson Mischief is a legendary one-handed weapon that is wielded by Orin the Red. It is a useful weapon as it has great piercing abilities, and you can also do multiple piercing damage with it. To get this legendary shortsword, you will have to complete a long quest line and kill Orin inside the Temple of Bhaal. Once you are done with that, just loot her body and obtain the weapon.  

It has a range of 1.5m with a value of 640.

  • Exceptional power.
  • Has potent piercing abilities.
  • Limited availability.

4. Devotee’s Mace

Best Weapon For Increased Survivability.
Devotee’s Mace (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The combination of 3 powerful enchantments on top of the passive healing it provides increased survivability.

Devotee’s Mace is another mace on this list. It is also a legendary weapon that gives you three weapon enchantments along with a healing incense aura. Getting Devotee’s Mace is not hard but can be a tough choice. This weapon could be most valuable in Baldur’s Gate 3 as it is obtained by using a skill that can be used only once in-game. 

  1. To getDevotee’s Mace, you must need Cleric or Shadowheart and get them to level 10, as they will unlock a skill called Divine Intervention.
  2. Upon using the skill, you get four different options. 
  3. All the options will provide you with a different thing, but to get Devotee’s Mace, you have to choose Arm Thy Servant, and then you will get the Mace. 
  • Is a legendary weapon.
  • Contains 3 weapon enchantments.
  • Provides passive healing.
  • Limited accessibility due to the required skill level.

5. Netherstone-Pomelled Bloodthirst

Best Agile Weapon.
Netherstone-Pomelled Bloodthirst (Image Captured By eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The agile combat capabilities it provides with improved critical strikes.

Netherstone-Pomelled Bloodthirst is another weapon that Orin at the Bhaal Temple is wielding. It can be an extremely useful weapon if you play as a rouge, as it is lightweight and has improved critical strikes. It does not qualify as the BG3 Best One-Handed Weapon, but it is pretty good.

  • You can obtain Netherstone-Pomelled Bloodthirst by killing Orin at the Bhaal Temple and looting her body.
  • You won’t have to choose between Crimson Mischief and Bloodthirst, as you will get them both.
  • Lightweight.
  • Increased critical strike capabilities.
  • Well suited for rogue characters.
  • Limited availability.

6. Selune’s Spear of Night

Best Weapon For Wisdom Based Abilities.
Selune’s Spear Of Night (Image Captured By Us)
  • Why I Chose This: The enhancement in perception and decision making skills it provides.

Selune’s Spear of Night is a legendary spear that is pretty useful for a class based on wisdom. With this weapon, you gain an advantage on Wisdom and Perception checks. You can pair it with a shield as it goes well with it.

  • This legendary spear can be obtained in the Find the Nightsong questline.
  • It is a reward you can get at the end of Act 2 after sparing with Nightsong.
  • Killing her is not ideal as that way, you won’t get the weapon.  
  • Has wisdom and perception bonus.
  • Versatile.
  • Completion of a questline is needed for acquisition.

7. Pelorsun Blade

Best Weapon For Fighting Against Undeads.
Pelorsun Blade (Image Credits: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The rarity status and the superiority it provides against undead enemies is second to none.

Despite not being a legendary weapon, Pelorsun Blade is a great one-handed weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3. It is a very rare enhanced rapier that can deal additional radiant damage. With this weapon, you will also have an advantage against undead creatures.

  • You can find it while doing The Pale Elf.
  • Pelorsun Blade can be found in a secret room in Cazador’s Dungeon.
  • Additional radiant damage.
  • Advantages against undeads.
  • Very rare.
  • Not so strong against enemies except undeads.

8. Knife of the Undermountain King

Best Versatile Weapon.
Knife Of The Undermountain King (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The light and finesse properties allows for agile combat.

Knife of the Undermountain King is a cool-looking and one of the best shortswords in Baldur’s Gate 3. It can increase your character’s offensive capabilities. It is also a great choice for Rouges, Bards, and Rangers as it has the Light and Finesse properties.

  • Knife of the Undermountain King can be purchased from A’jak’nir Jeera in Creche Y’llek for 480g.
  • Enhanced offensive capabilities.
  • Adaptable to various situations.
  • Utilized dexterity modifier for damage and attack.
  • Less valuable later on in the game.

That’s almost everything you would want to know about the BG3 Best One-Handed Weapon. The top 8 weapons that are discussed in this guide are all excellent as they help you to improve your offensive capabilities. They also offer some unique abilities, so choose any of the weapons that you think will be best for you. While you are at it, you should read the guide on how to get Helldusk Armor, as it is a rare heavy armor that offers you some unique perks.

After that, check out the complete list of All Ritual Spells to know more about them. Also, make sure to visit the page of a step-by-step guide on how to get to the Underdark Region. Do not forget to check out the guide on how to clean house with Flowers Quest Marker to know more about Oliver’s background and the questline. Lastly, read the guide on the top 8 Best Feats for Rouge in Baldur’s Gate 3. 

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