Baldur’s Gate 3 – Wizarding Sundries Vault Guide

You’ll stumble upon many secrets in Baldur’s Gate 3. A few of them can be found in Sorcerous Sundries, a quaint shop for magic users that you can visit during the game’s third act. Our Baldur’s Gate 3 Sorcerous Guide Sundries Vault explains how to enter this area, the rewards you can find there, and how to remove the Tharchiate Withering curse. Also, remember that this article contains spoilers.

How to Solve the Wizarding Sundries Vault Puzzle in Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 Sorcerous Sundries store is in Lower Town. It’s one of the largest buildings in the area, adorned with stained glass and an entrance arch, so you can’t miss it. Soon you will realize that the location hides many tomes and scrolls, including one that Gale is desperately looking for.

Since this is also part of Gale Waterdeep Wizard’s Companion Quest, you absolutely want to take it. Also, you should have Astarion with you, or a character with a high sleight of hand skill, due to all the locked traps and containers you’ll come across.

Wizarding Sundries Vault Entrance

To enter the Baldur’s Gate 3 Sorcerous Sundries Vault, you must speak to the Librarian, Tolna Tome-Monger. Ask him questions about forbidden books (be sure to “whisper” when you answer). Select the option that lets you learn more about Karsus’ crown and convince her to give you additional information. She will reveal that there is a key in her room.

Tolna’s room is on the second floor, right next to Lorroakan’s projection and sentries. You can get spotted here, so we suggest using the Great Invisibility spell on Astarion, or anyone with high stealth and sleight of hand.

Open the door with a pickpick and quickly grab the key to the Sorcerous Sundries basement chest on the desk. Then, quickly interact with a curious book in the corner shelf, which will reveal a portal. Note that there is another key placed inside the shelf.

Your team must go through the portal, although the sentry will likely find you. This means that you must pass a DC22 test for various Charisma-based skills.

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Left: Tolna Tome-Monger; Right: Entrance gate.

Silverhand, Elminster and Karsus doors

If you succeed, you will be able to go through the portal. The vault complex has several chests along the sides. You can walk to them because the ground is magical. Be warned, however, that the place holds many traps. We suggest ungrouping your team so that Astarion can disarm traps without accidentally triggering them.

In the back room, you’ll find the Red Knight’s final scheme. This nets you a Scroll of Artistry of War: Summon six spawns that hit a target of your choice, dealing 18-78 force damage.

You can collect the Scroll of the Art of War.
You can collect the Scroll of the Art of War.

Then, if you head to the opposite section, you’ll come to a chamber with three doors named after three powerful wizards: Silverhand, Elminster, and Karsus.

Only the Silverhand door is open and the other two are locked. Upon entering it, you will find yourself in another small room full of traps. These can be disarmed manually, or by interacting with a lever on the wall. Also, going through certain doors will take you to a different area, akin to a simple maze.

The Elminster and Karsus gates are locked, but you can still go through the Silverhand gate.  Just watch out for the traps.
The Elminster and Karsus gates are locked, but you can still go through the Silverhand gate. Just watch out for the traps.

Gate of Karsus: The Annals of Karsus

For this section of our Baldur’s Gate 3 Sorcerous Sundries Vault guide, we take a look at how we can acquire the Annals of Karsus. This book is required to progress in Gale’s Wizard of Waterdeep quest. To get it, enter the Silverhand room, and go through the following doors:

  • Abjuration – This takes you to the next chamber.
  • Silver – There is a hallway here that leads to a lever. Interact with him to unlock Karsus’ door.
  • Savage – Exit through this door to return to the entrance.

Enter Karsus’ room to find several goodies:

  • Foebreaker – Inflicts 3 to 13 damage; ignores blunt resistance; +2 weapon enchantment; when you miss an attack, you still deal 1 point of bludgeoning damage.
  • Scroll of Dethrone – Shoot the strands of the weave to deal 30-80 damage.
The Annals of Karsus contain secrets about his magical artifacts.
The Annals of Karsus contain secrets about his magical artifacts.

Our main focus here, however, is the Annals of Karsus. This allows you to discover three artifacts that grant incalculable power to their wearer: the Crown of Karsus, the Scepter of Karsus, and the Orb of Karsus.

You also have three choices on what you would do once you have these items. We suggest you choose the third option – “Better not to rush, the crown is still out of reach” – because it’s going to be a while before we actually get this very important item.

Don't jump into a decision right away.
Don’t jump into a decision right away.

Elminster Gate: The Tharchiate Codex

We are not finished yet since there is still another room. Back in the main area, go through the Silverhand Gate. Then go through the following:

  • Evocation – This takes you to the next chamber.
  • Wish – This has a hallway and a lever that unlocks the Elminster door.
  • Foresight – This takes you back to the master bedroom.

With the Elminster Gate open, you can grab the Pyroquickness Hat, which causes you to get burned if you deal fire damage with a leveled spell. However, it also grants a bonus action during this turn. The room also contains a pile of scrolls, as well as the Tharchiate Codex inside a display case.

The Tharchiate Codex causes a debilitating debuff, but it can be cleared soon enough.
The Tharchiate Codex causes a debilitating debuff, but it can be cleared soon enough.

How to Remove the Tharchiate Withering Curse

On reading the codex, you are told of unparalleled magic to control the dead. Unfortunately, the character you have chosen is also afflicted with the Tharchiate Withering curse, which reduces his Constitution by 5 points.

Fortunately, you can cast Remove Curse on this character to undo the effect. This grants the Tharchiate Vigor passive, which adds +20 temporary HP until your next long rest.

One last thing to note is that there may be additional spells that are automatically granted to your character when reading the codex. Unfortunately, we haven’t received anything else at this time. Either way, upon exiting Baldur’s Gate 3 Sorcerous Sundries Vault, you’ll be greeted by Elminster, and he’ll provide the next step in Gale’s quest.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is full of activities and secrets. You will undoubtedly be part of an adventure that can take countless hours. For more tips, you can visit our BG3 guides hub.

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