Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get the Annals of Karsus (BG3)

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Annals of Karsus Baldur's Gate 3
Screenshot by Prima Games.

Gale wants the Annals of Karsus so he can better understand the Crown of Karsus in Baldur’s Gate 3, but that requires more than a trip to the local bookstore. To get a hold of forbidden knowledge, you need to break into the depths of the Sorcerous Sundries Vault, and I’m here to help you navigate all those doors.

Where to Find the Annals of Karsus in BG3

To find the Annals of Karsus, you need to break into the Sorcerous Vault within Sorcerous Sundries and then head through the magical doors on the far side of the vault. There are two rooms within the vault that are impossible to lockpick, and that means you need to play along with any traps in your way. The book itself is found by using the path to the right under the Silver Hand.

The entrance to the Sorcerous Vault. (Screenshot by Prima Games).

If you are just starting the quest in general, you can find the Sorcerous Vault by going to Tolna Tome-Monger in Sorcerous Sundries. She will provide some information with enough persuasion, and then you can head to her office on the second floor.

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Make sure to have a solo party member sneak or go invisible, then have them lockpick the office. Pull the clasped book on the shelf directly to the right and you will be given a portal directly to the Sorcerous Vault in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to Get the Annals of Karsus in BG3

The Annals of Karsus can be unlocked by heading through the Silverhand door, followed by the Abjuration door in the Sorcerous Vault. When you enter the end of the vault, you are met with three paths. Two of them are locked, but the Silverhand door ahead is available to open. Walking through will teleport you to an identical room.

Open the Silver door. (Screenshot by Prima Games).

From here, you need to use the right door, or you will reset the room. Go to the right through the Abjuration door. You can tell it’s the correct room because it’s full of demon head traps that shoot red fire instead of blue. The last step is to turn around and walk through the door with a simple “Silver” label. This will lead to a lever that will shine when pulled.

How to Get the Annals of Karsus:

  • Enter the Sorcerous Vault.
  • Head to the end of the hallway and open the Silverhand door ahead.
  • Take a right in the new room and open the Abjuration door.
  • In the next room, turn around and open the Silver door.
  • Walk inside and pull the level.
  • Reset the rooms and head through the Karsus door on the right.
  • Claim the Annals of Karus.

Now head back to the doors and reset the room. You will be brought back to the start, but the Karsus door will be wide open on the right. Head on in and claim the Annals of Karsus on the shelf so Gale can read through in Baldur’s Gate 3.

If you are just prepping this quest before you get started, make sure to read through my guide on how to enter the Sorcerous Vault in BG3.

About the Author

Daniel Wenerowicz

Dan has been writing gaming guides and news as a staff writer and freelancer since he graduated from Westfield State University in 2020. You can find him covering the FPS and Battle Royale space at Prima Games.