Baldur's Gate 3 - Necromancy of Thay Walkthrough: Key and... (2024)

For those who worked their way through the Search The Cellar quest in the Blighted Village, you will have found a fancy legendary book, belonging to the Thay Liches and Necromancers. However, the book holds a lot of mystery; with it, you get a quest, with no real explanation as to what you need to do. However, we are here to help you find the Necromancy Of Thay Key, so you can begin to explore the book and learn of its dark and deathly secrets.

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Here is how to complete the Baldur’s Gate 3 Necromancy of Thay questline.

Necromancy Of Thay Key location in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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You can climb down this well in the Blighted Village if you wish to find the Necromancy of Thay Key.

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To find the Necromancy of Thay key, you must explore the Whispering Depths. The Blighted Village is built on top of a series of cave systems you can find in a few ways.

  1. One is via the Well in the Blighted Village
  2. The other is through a cellar door in one of the houses in the Blighted Village.

Pick which one you want to venture through, and you can enter the Withering Dark. The best one is the likely the well, as it gets you closer to the Necromancy Of Thay key deeper in the cave system.

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Once you’re inside the Withering Dark, you now need to do the following:

  1. Travel West from the Water Bucket and continue through the Wither Dark.
  2. You will encounter some Phase Spiders. They’ll be slightly tough, but you can short res or long rest ahead of the boss battle.
  3. Eventually, you’ll come across an area with many webbing bridges between several elevated positions. This is a boss fight room. We recommend Long Resting here so you can be prepared for the big battle to come.
  4. Around the boss fight room, you’ll notice a Dark Amethyst. This is the Necromancy of Thay key you must use when reading the book.

Fighting the Phase Spider Matriarch

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Here are the locations of the Necromancy of Thay Key and the boss that guards it.

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The boss battle in question is the Matriarch of the Phase Spiders. She will do variations of leap attacks and poison bites when you fight her. She will also call Phase Spider Hatchlings to her location. There could also be some Phase Spiders that get brought in to fight you too. So, we recommend you do some sabotage missions first. If you can take care of the nearby Phase Spiders, and maybe stealth kill some of the Spider Eggs around the room, you may have a better shot at this.

When you’re in combat, and the boss calls her Spiderlings to assist, they will likely swarm a character if they travel along a path near where an ally is positioned. Most often this is a ranged character. If you have someone in your party who can summons a creature, you can have them tank it, such as a Beast Master Ranger or Warlock Familiar. Alternatively, you can have a character with an AOE spell, or a weapon ability like Cleave, as that will make eliminating several targets much easier. Alternatively, you can throw some form of grenade at them from your inventory if you so wish. They have around 7 HP, so they should fry off no matter what method you use to handle the situation. Other times the spiders will likely jump to the odd character here or there. These can be ignored, as they won’t really do much damage. But, if you do handle them, you likely waste an action on them to kill them. Thief Rogues, however, are fine, as they will more than likely beat them with the double bonus action attacks.

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The other thing to be mindful of is the webbing bridges. You’re pretty much constantly rolling a saving throw against getting webbed. It’s something worth watching for if the boss paths to a web, as your ranged character will be better focused on the Matriarch. The jump action is great if you need to have melee characters jump into the boss’ melee range. It will make traversing the fight easier for melee characters, and reduce the risk of being webbed up.

Necromancy of Thay Walkthrough Continued

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(1 of 2) Be prepared to use buffs from your support classes like Paladin, Cleric, Druid and Bard to make the literacy session go in your favor.

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Be prepared to use buffs from your support classes like Paladin, Cleric, Druid and Bard to make the literacy session go in your favor. (left), Don’t be afraid to use some spare inspiration if you don’t fail the very difficult 20 roll. (right)

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Now that the fight is over, you pick up the Dark Amethyst key for the Necromancy of Thay. Now that it is in the inventory of the same person you plan on using the book with, you can go ahead and read it. You will now find a new option to open the book using the gem.

You will get a series of Wisdom saving throw checks to read the book when you open it. The first check requires a ten, the second 15, and the final one a 20. We highly recommend using the book on someone with a decent Wisdom score and who does not already have the power to Speak to the Dead. These options are typically Clerics, Druids and Rangers. If you manage to read all three pages, you will unlock that spell for the character who reads it.

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In addition, you can also get access to some good buffs here. You can get a few bonuses when you start the rolls to open the book and read the three pages. Things like Bless from Paladins and Clerics work great, while the Resistance Cantrip also works, which you can find from Clerics and the Circle of the Land Druids, among other classes. Shadowheart has access to both of these, making her a very good companion to use here. You can also use something like Owl’s Wisdom, which Clerics, Bards, Wizards and Sorcs can use.

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Now you’ve decided on the bonuses to use and who will read the book, it’s time to read. Make those three rolls, and you will have the book close itself on you. If you were successful, you unlock that character’s Speak to the Dead spell. It is unclear if you get the chance to open this book again in the full release of the game. Perhaps it could have interactions with the Necromancer subclass for Wizard, and it could become active again as the game progresses for more undead powers to appear.

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Necromancy of Thay in Act 3

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Once you’re in the room, break the case, and then grab yourself the book related to the Necromancy of Thay.

For those who make it to Act 3 with the book still intact, then there’s another piece to this puzzle. As you get to a place called !Sorcerer’s Sundries, you can find special Sorcerer Vaults inside, filled with traps and puzzles to solve. If you manage to complete the main puzzle for Elminster, then you will find a Codex inside the room. If you read it, you will then be able to open the final page of the Necromancy of Thay. Pass the check, and if you do, you will get some special powers to control multiple undead creatures at once.

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If you visit the Temple of Shar in Act 3, there is a feature called the Mirror of Loss. The Mirror of Loss can give you +2 to a chosen ability score if you manage to sacrifice something in return and pass some checks. One of the things you can sacrifice is the powers learned from the book. So, you can lose access to the Speak to Dead and the ghouls feature. We don’t recommend doing this, but its there if you want it to.

Destroy the Necromancy of Thay

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Dealing two radiant damage to this book will destroy its unholy aura.

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The final option in this entire ordeal is to not bother with the book and destroy it instead. The book is immune to all damage, except for Radiant damage. The only characters that use Radiant Damage are Clerics and Paladins. From level 1, Clerics can access Sacred Flame and Guiding Bolt, which deal Radiant damage. Paladins may also use Divine Favor and get a 1d4 radiant damage roll on attacks. Using any of these options is good enough to destroy the book.
If you do so, the entire quest end here.

With that said you now know how to complete the Necromancy of Thay quest in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Baldur's Gate 3 - Necromancy of Thay Walkthrough: Key and... (2024)


What is the key to the Necromancy of Thay? ›

To unlock the Necromancy of Thay book in Baldur's Gate 3, obtain it from the Apothecary's Cellar in the Blighted Village, then insert a Dark Amethyst found by slaying the Phase Spider Matriarch. Once completed, you can decide on one of three options with implications in Act 3.

How to fully read the Necromancy of Thay? ›

To open and read the Necromancy of Thay, you'll need an item called the Dark Amethyst to unlock it. Luckily, there's one pretty close by in the Whispering Depths underneath the Blighted Village, but you'll need to brave a bunch of Phase Spiders to find it.

Should you give Astarion the Necromancy of Thay? ›

Giving the book to Astarion increases his Approval and opens unique dialogues but ends the quest, leaving you unable to retrieve the book for yourself (or read it again later). Opening the book will prevent you from receiving the option to give the book to Gale.

What happens if you read The Necromancy of Thay BG3? ›

Reading the Necromancy of Thay

One success (of three): You gain the "Baleful Knowledge" curse (Disadvantage on Wisdom checks until Remove Curse is cast on you), and learn how to cast the Speak With Dead spell without casting a spell slot.

Why can't I read The Necromancy of Thay? ›

If you took the risk to read the Necromancy of Thay and it paid off, you're not quite done. There's one last part of the book you can't quite read yet, and won't get a chance to until Act 3. To do this, you're first going to have to get another book called The Tharciate Codex from the Sorcerous Vault.

Can you retry Necromancy of Thay? ›

Once the book has been opened by one party member, it will not open for any other party member. Once all three pages have been turned, the book will refuse to open again for anyone until more knowledge is gained later in Act Three. It will also no longer be possible to remove the book from the inventory of the reader.

Who should read The Necromancy of Thay BG3? ›

Having Gale read the Necromancy of Thay is a good option. As a Wizard, he can make Intelligence checks instead of Wisdom, and his naturally high Intelligence makes him extremely likely to pass them with ease. His low Wisdom of 10 could definitely use the boost from reading the book fully.

Should I destroy the ancient tome BG3? ›

When coming across the Ancient Tome, it's definitely best to avoid destroying it, no matter how dangerous the object might seem. Giving it to Astarion or Gale is the safest route for minor benefits, while reading it poses a certain risk but provides more benefits in the long run.

What is the first rule of Necromancy? ›

The basic principle of Necromancy is to attain immortality by separating a being from its own "death".

Should you let Astarion bite you? ›

Should you Let Astarion Bite You? Letting Astarion bite you is an easy way to get approval with him. The simple answer is yes, as the only downside is gaining the Bloodless debuff, while Astarion gains the Happy buff and his approval rating of you increases.

Can Astarion turn you? ›

As a non-vampire himself, Astarion doesn't have the ability to turn people completely, either, but that all changes in one very specific path in the game. During "The Pale Elf" quest, upon killing his former master, Cazador Szarr, Astarion will be granted the choice to finally ascend to full vampire status.

How to seduce Astarion? ›

How to romance Astarion in Baldur's Gate 3
  1. Supporting his whims.
  2. Showing support for him concerning his condition.
  3. Aligning with characters typically referred to as monsters, such as Goblins.
  4. Being ruthless.
  5. Displaying dramatics.
  6. Presenting displays of power.
  7. Appreciating fine things.
  8. Demonstrating cruelty.
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What happens if you give the hag your eye in BG3? ›

So, what do you get if you agree? First off, your character will visually get a whited out eye. This will give you the Paid the Price condition, meaning you have +1 on Intimidation checks but disadvantage on Perception checks or when you're fighting Hags.

Can you romance Halsin? ›

Once you reach Act 3, you'll finally be able to romance Halsin. Make your way through Wyrm Crossing. We had the prompt trigger when we were in the Lower City, but if your approval with Halsin is high enough, it may trigger before. Once you rest at camp and find Halsin has something to say to you, speak to him.

What does the Necromancer want? ›

He wants to reclaim his power. Necromancy, dominion over life and death and the ability to bend the universe to your will.

What is Necromancy weak to? ›

May be Weak against Animancy and other Life-Based powers. Filth Manipulation may be used against this power.

How do you get the way of the Necromancer? ›

Writing on Necromancy methods can be obtained from a text found in Skyhold's library just in front of Dorian's chair or from Willvan in Val Royeaux; reading it unlocks Codex entry: Way of the Necromancer.

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