Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get the Orphic Hammer (BG3)

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Orphic Hammer Baldur's Gate 3
Screenshot by Prima Games.

The Orphic Hammer is one of the most important items in Baldur’s Gate 3 if you plan on letting Orpheus go free, and getting a hold of the incredible weapon doesn’t come without some hefty obstacles. Whether you go down the easy road, or take the path full of demons, the hammer is a tough item to get, but I’m here to help you take it. Here’s how to get the Orphic Hammer in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Get the Orphic Hammer from Raphael in BG3

The easiest way to get the Orphic Hammer is by speaking to Raphael at Sharess’ Caress near Wyrm’s Crossing in Act 3. This is the first time you speak to the devil after Act 2, and he offers you the Oprhic Hammer. However, the hammer doesn’t come without cost. You need to sign a contract that states Raphael will get the crown from the Elder Brain when the story is over.

Screenshot by Prima Games.

If you sign the contract, the Orphic Hammer is placed into your inventory right then and there. You won’t need to take any extra steps. But that also means you may have doomed everyone in Baldur’s Gate 3. I decided to sign the contract because it makes going to the House of Hope even easier.

When you reach the House of Hope, you can rip up the contract and go back on your word. The other alternative for the hammer requires the same area, so the choice isn’t too detrimental.

How to Steal the Orphic Hammer in BG3

You can steal the Orphic Hammer by sneaking into the House of Hope and unlocking Raphael’s safe in his Boudoir. This process is for the players who refused the deal and still want to steal the hammer. You will need to enter the House of Hope, which I outline a full guide for. It has a few different steps, but it won’t take you too long.

Orphic Hammer Location. (Screenshot by Prima Games).

Once you are inside the House of Hope, Make sure to get a disguise from Hope or from the wardrobes in the hallways. Next, you need to make your way to the Archives at the end of the hall. Speak to the Archivist inside and either convince him for a pass to the Boudoir by posing as a guest or pickpocket him.

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With the pass in hand, head to the Boudoir in the House of Hope. Within Raphael’s room, you will find a demon named Haarlep. Like before, you either need to convince him for the key or you need to pickpocket the key. This whole process will require plenty of luck or plenty of save scumming to pull off without alerting the whole area.

Screenshot by Prima Games.

The final step is to interact with the painting near the bed on the left side of the wall with a button. You will notice the painting rises up and you can loot the safe. Now just take the Orphic Hammer and you can progress toward Orpheus in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to Use the Orphic Hammer in BG3

To use the Orphic Hammer, equip the weapon on one of your characters and smash the stones holding Orpheus with a standard attack. This all becomes available in the Astral Plane as the game comes to a close.

Before you use the hammer though, find out if you should really free Orpheus in BG3 or leave him behind.

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Daniel Wenerowicz

Dan has been writing gaming guides, news, and features for three years after graduating with a BA in writing . You can find him covering Call of Duty for eternity, action-adventure games, and nearly any other major release.