Baldur’s Gate 3: Hag’s Bane, How to Find and Use it to Save Vanra

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If you are looking for some help with Auntie Ethel, look no further. This article explains how to find the Hag’s bane and how to use it to save Vanra in Baldur’s Gate 3.

One character that really loves popping up in Baldur’s Gate 3 is the old green Hag, Auntie Ethel. This immortal hag is always up to no good, and this time is no exception. After she has consumed a child, Vanra, you must venture to Ethel’s lair, in the cellar of the Blushing Mermaid, and free the child.

One of the few ways to do this is by using Hag’s Bane. If you’re confused about what Hag’s Bane does or how to find and use it, read our short and simple guide to take down Auntie Ethel and free the child.

How to Use Hag’s Bane in Baldur’s Gate 3

Hag’s Bane is an item that makes Auntie Ethel puke out Vanra after she has consumed her, a part of the Save Vanra quest. To do it, you have to throw the Hag’s Bane directly at Auntie Ethel after engaging her in a fight in the tavern’s basement. Then, you’ll see a black smoke effect start to surround her.

When Auntie Ethel is low on health, she’ll end up vomiting out Vanra. After that, you can defeat her for good, once you know that the child is safe.

Using Hag’s Bane in this scene isn’t the only way to accomplish your mission and save the child. However, it is the safest way to do it. That said, to get to this point, you need to know how to find and make Hag’s Bane. Otherwise, the entire quest is much more difficult. But the rewards are worth it: a legendary rapier – Duelist’s Prerogative and Amulet of Windrider.

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Where to Find Hag’s Bane Recipe

Finding the Hag’s Bane is a more tedious task than actually using it. That’s because you’ll need to get it from a Hag Survivors Group residing in Old Garlow’s place in Baldur’s Gate. Head downward from the Lower City Central Wall. There, east of the Counting House, you’ll find Old Garlow’s place, which is a semi-ruined building at the very bottom center of the map. You’ll notice that the building is run down and seems empty at first sight.

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You can get inside by barging in the front door or going around the back and moving or destroying debris to make a point of entry. Here, you’ll find the Hag Survivor group. It is a group of random strangers who came together because they were all affected by the Hags. In order to gain their trust, you must roll 15 or above when doing a Persuasion or Intimidation roll.

Next, you must go upstairs to find Mayrina, where you’ll encounter an enemy you must defeat to lift the curse. Mayrina will guide you to access to a chest and a Staff of Interruption. The chest is behind the stairs on the first floor. In this chest, you receive the basic ingredients for making Hag’s Bane as well as the recipe in the Tear-Stained Journal.

How to Craft Hag’s Bane

If you want to craft Hag’s Bane potion, here is what you need to do:

  • Open your Alchemy menu.
  • Double-click the Grenades (below the Potions) tab.
  • Find and select Hag’s Bane.
  • You will need Ashes of Dried Fey Flower and any Essence.
  • Press Craft and Hag’s Bane will be waiting in your inventory.

You can use this concoction without fear of it depleting since the item is extremely niche, and you won’t be needing it again. The ingredients required in this potion aren’t easy to find either, if you can find them again.

For more guides and information on Baldur’s Gate 3, check out our related pieces from our team: How to Change Difficulty, How to Remove Parasite, and How to Investigate Kagha and the Shadow Druids.

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