How to Get Cacophony in Baldur’s Gate 3

Cacophony is a nice early game quarterstaff with the Thunderous Smite spell you can purchase late in Act 1 of Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3).

Baldur's Gate 3 Cacophony BG3


In Baldur’s Gate 3 Cacophony is a quarterstaff for spellcasters with damage and bonuses centered around Thunder damage. First, the basic direct damage the staff does includes not only the typical Bludgeoning, but also will deal a bit of extra Thunder damage. Moreover, the staff will grant the user access to the Thunderous Smite spell. This is a Level 1 Evocation Spell which you can cast once per Short Rest.

BG3 Thunderous Smite

When using Thunderous Smite, your character will imbue their weapon with Thunder before striking their target. A successful hit will push the enemy 3 meters away and also has a chance of knocking it prone. This staff is a great way for non-Paladin classes to access this strong spell.

All Cacophony features in BG3:

  • Weapon Type: Quarterstaff
  • Damage: 1d8 (1d6)+5 Bludgeoning, +1d4 Thunder
  • Requirements: Simple Weapons Proficiency
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Location: Purchased from Lady Ester on the Rosymorn Monastery Trail, Act 1.
  • Weight: 1.8 kg
  • Value: 403
  • Bonuses:
    • Cast Thunderous Smite spell once per Short Rest.
    • Weapon Enchantment +1
  • Classes with Simple Weapons Proficiency: Druids, Sorcerers, Wizards
  • Companions Who Can Use This Weapon: Gale, Halsin, Jaheira

How to Get Cacophony in Baldur’s Gate 3

BG3 Mountain Pass

To get the Cacophony quarterstaff in Baldur’s Gate 3 you will need to find and use the Mountain Pass on the Act 1 map, and then find trader Lady Esther on the Rosymorn Monastery Trail. The Mountain Pass can be found in the far northwest corner of the main Act 1 map. However, you will likely not want to head straight there after landing on the beach. Using the Mountain Pass and entering the Rosymorn Monastery Trail can impact the state of some of the major story quests in Act 1. It’s better to wait and not enter this new region until after you have at least resolved the quests revolving around the Emerald/Druid Grove and the Goblin Camp.

Rosymorn Monastery Trail

Baldur's Gate 3 Rosymorn Monastery Trail location Lady Esther Elminster Blood of Lathander

Once you’re ready, head to the Mountain Pass exit and click to leave. This new area is the Rosymorn Monastery Trail and you can find Lady Esther just a short ways down the path. She’ll call out as you are passing by, and you can find her by turning to the right/east. She’ll have something to discuss in conversation with you first, but look out for a dialogue option which asks her if she has any equipment worth trading.

There are a few pieces of note here including the Periapt of Wound Closure and The Graceful Cloth. Finally, you’ll also be able to purchase the Cacophony quarterstaff from her, as well.

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