Baldur’s Gate 3: The Most Overpowered Gloves You’re Not Using

Discover the most overpowered gloves you’re not using in Baldur’s Gate 3, Martial Exertion, granting an additional attack!

Baldur's Gate 3 The Most Overpowered Gloves You’re Not Using

In Baldur’s Gate 3, extra attacks and actions are the most dominant form of combat power. Moreover, certain classes take advantage of Extra Attack, giving them two attacks per action. You can wipe out an entire army with one character using a combination of classes, feat, potion, elixir, and the overpowered Marital Exertion gloves. In our guide, we share with you how to obtain these gloves, what you should use them, and how to dominate Act 3 of Baldur’s Gate 3.

The Most Overpowered Gloves You’re Not Using in Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 Martial Exertion Gloves BG3
Martial Exerition - Baldur's Gate 3

Martial Exertion Gloves are powerful because you gain an additional attack per turn and double your movement once per short rest. Once equipped, the gloves great the class action Martial Exertion. Activating it causes 6d6 Piercing damage to yourself, and you gain an additional attack per turn and double their movement speed. Most players avoid or are unfamiliar with these gloves because of the self-inflicted damage. However, at a max level of 12 in BG3, 36 possible damage isn’t much, considering you can one-shot an entire team.

The general idea behind unlocking the martial exertion gloves overpowered attack is using a fighter class. Fighters have “improved extra attack.” This feature allows you to make 2 additional attacks when making an Attack Action. Therefore, every action grants three potential attacks with a weapon! While the Marital Exertion class action doesn’t act like an action, it does grant an extra “attack.’ Thus, you gain three more attacks.

Overpowered Build Combination

Elixir of Bloodlust - Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur's Gate 3 Action Surge
BG3 Potion of Speed

The combination you want is increasing your actions to the maximum per turn. The Elixir of Bloodlust will grant you an additional action per kill. Next, Action Surge from the Fighter will give you another action. Lastly, you can use Potion of Speed or pre-buff with Haste for another action. Assuming you kill an enemy (and you will), that’s four actions in one turn!

How to use Martial Exertion Gloves in Baldur's Gate 3

You can get an additional time with the Great Weapon Master feat, assuming you critical hit, and yet one more with Martial Exertion. Here’s a list of all the attacks to illustrate:

  1. Attack (action 1)
  2. Attack (action 1 extra attack)
  3. Attack (action 1 improved extra attack)
  4. Attack (action 2 via Bloodlust proc)
  5. Attack (action 2 extra attack)
  6. Attack (action 2 improved extra attack)
  7. Attack (action 3 via Haste pre-buff)
  8. Attack (action 3 extra attack)
  9. Attack (action 3 improved extra attack)
  10. Attack (action 4 via action surge Fighter class action)
  11. Attack (action 4 extra attack)
  12. Attack (action 4 improved extra attack)
  13. Attack (via Great Weapon Master Bonus Action)
  14. Attack (via Martial Exertion)
Overpowered Baldur's Gate 3 Gloves Combat Logs

This combination works best with Illithid to gain Cull of the Weak and Fly. However, you can use this combination on any class that uses attacks, be it a Ranger, Rogue, or Barbarian. Now that I have you convinced these Gloves are truly Overpowered when combined with a FIghter build in Baldur’s Gate 3, let’s examine how to obtain them.

How to Acquire Martial Exertion

Baldur's Gate 3 Angleiron's Cellar location

Here are all the Martial Exertion Gloves features in BG3:

  • Armor: Gloves
  • Proficiency Requirement: N/A
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Weight: 0.5 kg
  • Value: 580
  • Location: Purchased from Bumpnagel in Angleiron’s Cellar, Rivington, Act 3
  • Bonuses:
    • Martial Exertion: Push past your physical limits, taking 6d6 Piercing damage to gain an additional attack per turn and to double your movement speed. Use once per Short Rest.
  • All Classes, Companions, and Races Can Use This Item

In Act 3, find the merchant Bumpnagel hidden away in Angleiron’s Cellar within Rivington to buy the Martial Exertion Gloves. There is a cave east of the South Span checkpoint; you can click on it to enter. Depending on previous decisions, you will find the Ironhand Gnomes, including Barcus Wroot. After you climb up the Cragged Rock just inside the safe entrance, walk into where the Gnomes live. Bumpnagel will be inside on the right, marked by a trader’s icon on the map. Purchase the gloves and get ready to dominate!


BG3 Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength
Legacy of the Masters - Baldur’s Gate 3 - BG3

The two Act 3 alternative gear choices used are typically Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength or Legacy of the Masters. Hill Giant is great for melee builds, but limited for range or spellcasters. Moreover, the Hill Giant gloves come late in the game and are eclipsed by Hill Giant Elixir, which grants 27 strength until a long rest. These gloves are ideal for pure damage but are obtained later in BG3 and don’t have another attack component.

Legacy of the Masters is a good alternative because they give a consistent +2 bonus to attacks and damage rolls. Master gloves are also easy to obtain in Act 3, though they are medium armor, which can limit light armour-wearing Rogues from the list of users.

The one downside to factor in for Martial Exertion is the damage does break concentration. This is relevant if you use the Dark Fire Shortbow to grant yourself, Haste. This helps free up your bonus action for Great Weapon Master rather than a potion of speed on turn one. However, these gloves are overpowered and you’re not using them because they are in an obscure location in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Build Tips

When building for sweaty damage in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need to take advantage of actions. Below are our suggestions:

  • Fighter/Barbarian/Ranger/Bard – these classes excel at weapon-based combat due to Extra Attack
  • Action Surge – the Fighter is beneficial to use two levels of multiclass purely for Action Surge
  • Elixir – always buff after a long rest with Bloodlust or Hill Giant Strength Elixir
  • Feat – Take Great Weapon Master or Sharpshooter feats to boost damage
  • Tadpole – though you make look ugly, the bonuses in combat are huge and helpful on honour mode
  • Summons – use Scratch and other allies to help soak up damage
  • Keep it simple – having too many spells and junk on your toolbar makes this overall complex, ATTACK

We hope this gives you some insight into how to become more overpowered in Baldur’s Gate 3. Often, items we originally think are worthless end up having value as we experiment and try new things. Keep trying. BG3 is endless fun, and we are always learning something new!

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