Martial Exertion Gloves are an unlikely pair of rare gloves that can add an action, and you can buy them from a hidden merchant during Act 3 of Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3).
Martial Exertion Gloves
In Baldur’s Gate 3, the Martial Exertion Gloves are an unassuming gear piece that, when used in combination with the right class, gear, and consumables, can create a hugely powerful damage burst in combat. The only perk on these gloves is called Martial Exertion. This is a Class Action that can be used once per Short Rest. It allows the wearer to push past their physical limits, taking 6-36 Piercing damage to gain an additional attack per turn and double their movement speed.
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
- 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
How to Get Martial Exertion Gloves in Baldur’s Gate 3
To get the Martial Exertion Gloves in Baldur’s Gate 3 you will need to reach the Rivington area in early Act 3, and then find the merchant Bumpnagel hidden away in Angleiron’s Cellar. You can get these gloves early on in Act 3 because Rivington is the area you first enter once the game’s final act begins. The entrance to Angleiron’s Cellar is out of the way, however, so it’s easy to skip this merchant entirely.
To find him, you can travel north from the Rivington waypoint or south from the Wyrm’s Crossing waypoint. Head towards the Sword Coast Couriers establishment and then turn east down the path that goes around the side of it. Not too far down the path and you’ll want to turn north. There will be a rocky area and some ledges that you can climb or jump down. Once you’re down a few ledges, look around and you should find a pretty obvious crack in the rock face. This is the cave entrance to Angleiron’s Cellar.
Inside you will find the Ironhand Gnomes, including Barcus Wroot if you’ve saved him previously. The Gnome you’re interested in, however, is Bumpnagel. After you climb up the Cragged Rock just inside the safe entrance, walk forward into where the Gnomes are living. Bumpnagel will be just inside on the right, marked by a trader’s icon on the map. Speak to him and you can purchase the Martial Exertion Gloves.
How to Use Martial Exertion
This action is very similar to the Fighter’s Action Surge, which allows the character to take another action. While Martial Exertion does require an HP sacrifice, if used correctly the results can be worth it. For example, let’s say you put these on a Level 11 Fighter. Additionally, before a difficult fight, make sure they drink a Potion of Speed and an Elixir of Bloodlust.
The results: one regular action, a second action via Potion of Speed, a third action granted via Action Surge, and a fourth action taken with Martial Exertion. The HP sacrifice taken by Martial Exertion should be offset somewhat by the effects of the Elixir of Bloodlust, which restores 5HP once per turn when you kill an enemy. With all these actions available, you should clear out enemies left and right.
Unfortunately, the one major sacrifice you have to make to use these gloves is that you don’t equip the Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength, which would otherwise raise your Strength score to 23. However, you can offset this by trading out the Elixir of Bloodlust for the Elixir of Cloud Giant Strength, which will boost your Strength score to an impressive 27.
There is no reason why you couldn’t put these gloves on your Fighter, and the Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength on another heavy-hitting melee. With the two combined, you will have a party stacked with power.
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