Baldur's Gate 3 merchants: How to get better deals
Want better prices in Baldur’s Gate 3? Well, you’d better make the merchants like you. Your player character has a certain amount of charisma and persuasion ability, but you can improve your odds of getting the best prices by befriending the shopkeepers.
As you progress through the campaign, you learn more about your enemies and the world around you. However, one topic that could use more exploration is how to make the most out of your equipment. This is where Baldur’s Gate 3 merchants come in. Having the right equipment is crucial to surviving the Demi-Plane of Flesh, but befriending these shopkeepers is equally important. Thankfully, you can improve your odds of getting the best deals by raising their approval rating.
How to raise Baldur’s Gate 3 merchant attitude
To secure better deals in Baldur’s Gate, you need to raise your merchant’s approval rating. The higher this number is, the better prices you get when selling and buying items.
Each merchant has an approval rating, which dictates their starting attitude towards you. This ranges from -100 to 100, and starts at 0 by default. Thankfully, you don’t need to think about their attitude too much, as all you need to do is hand over some gold.
Each merchant has a certain attitude requirement to raise their approval rating. The gold you need to give to merchants increases based on your player level. If you’re not at the required player level, you can bypass this by resetting to level one with Withers at Camp.
It’s quite a hefty investment, but you’ll be thankful in the long run when you consistently plan to trade with a particular merchant.
Here’s the amount of gold needed to raise approval with Baldur’s Gate 3 traders:
Maximize approval with the traders you plan on using for a long time, like in the original Baldur’s Gate. If you get upset with someone, you can use this strategy to maximize their approval rating as well.
Each trader and character has their own merchant attitude, so chat with the same character if you want to get an idea of their attitude. Keep in mind that other factors also affect prices, such as your Persuasion bonus and the game’s difficulty.
Questline actions don’t affect merchant approval or ware prices, so don’t worry about repercussions from completing major story points. In fact, you can even use this strategy with non-trader characters you may have upset.
Now that you know how to raise Baldur’s Gate 3 merchant attitude, you can improve your junk-selling profits. These merchants have plenty of unique items to offer, so make sure you have enough gold before making a purchase. On top of that, you’ll want to get the best deals, which is where our merchant tips guide comes in.