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Baldur’s Gate 3 fans are brainstorming a salami-only run

Because why not?
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Oh, Baldur’s Gate 3. Larian Studios’ CRPG is full of adventure, mystery, danger, and epic loot, but also harbors – in the best Dungeons & Dragons manner – a ton of ridiculous shenanigans. One of these is the fact that salami, a food that ordinarily would be used as camp supplies for your next Long Rest, can be used as a club in melee combat. Yeah, you can take your salami out and slap it into other people’s faces.

Now, 1d4-1 Bludgeoning Damage not very effective, but determined gamers – be they of the tabletop or video games variety – have never shied away from a silly challenge, which is why a couple of fans have been brainstorming the best way of doing a salami-only run in Baldur’s Gate 3 on a subreddit centered around coming up with builds for the game.

Baldur's Gate 3 salami stick.

Salami is both food and a weapon in Baldur's Gate 3. Oh, the possibilities.

Many ideas have been thrown around there and elsewhere with people suggesting using the Monk or exploiting the Rogue’s off-hand attacks for maximizing the power of the weapon, while others think that a salami-only run would best be executed as a Druid.

This class has access to a Cantrip called Shillelagh, which can imbue a staff of club – and do remember, the salami counts as the latter – with magic, making it deal 1d8+Wisdom Modifier Bludgeoning Damage. It also uses the character’s Spellcasting Ability for Attack Rolls instead of Strength. It’s a good early Cantrip to know as a Druid in general, but truly shines on the salami run, greatly expanding the weapon’s damage.

Shillelagh is also accessible with the Magic Initiate: Druid Feat you can take as any other class or with one level in Nature Cleric, expanding your options in terms of base classes.

Baldur's Gate 3 warrior with a salami in hand.

It's not a very impressive looking weapon, is it?

Another idea thrown around is that of a salami-wielding Eldritch Knight with the Tavern Brawler Feat. Tavern Brawler adds a character’s Strength Modifier twice to attack and damage rolls with improvised weapons – and a salami isn’t exactly a sophisticated weapon, is it? The Eldritch Knight is a subclass of Fighter, offering you lots of melee-centric abilities and boons alongside Weapon Bond at level 3, which in turn allows you to throw your salami and have it returned to your hand automatically. That’s right: salami boomerang, baby!

We’re just a few days into Baldur’s Gate 3 and people are already coming up with stuff like this, so the next couple of months and, indeed, years are going to be very entertaining. Check out our Baldur’s Gate 3 class tier list for a more general overview over the available character types and learn how to master the Adamantine Forge if you want some more powerful weapons than a stick of salami.