The early encounter with Commander Zhalk and Mind Flayer presents a difficult but rewarding challenge in Baldur’s Gate 3. Zhalk hits hard with his greatsword, has high HP, resistance to many damage types, and summons allies during the fight. However, with proper preparation and strategy, an intrepid adventurer can feel this devil and claim the uncommon Everburn Blade as a reward. So here’s our guide on how to kill Commander Zhalk in BG3 (Baldur’s Gate 3).
How to Kill Commander Zhalk in BG3
To kill Commander Zhalk in BG3 (Baldur’s Gate 3), first, ensure you have saved Shadowheart from the pod before initiating the fight. Her healing spells and buffs are crucial. Next, align yourself with the Mind Flayer by removing the tadpole from the Intellect Devourer. When the battle begins, focus fire on eliminating Zhalk’s imp minions first so they don’t flank or overwhelm you.
Keep your ranged characters at a distance while you attack Zhalk. Prioritize radiant damage and magic weapons if available. Use the environment – the balconies provide good elevated positions to rain down attacks. Meanwhile, send your melee fighter in only when needed to draw Zhalk’s attention. They should focus on hit-and-run tactics, using Disengage to avoid getting surrounded.
After defeating Commander Zhalk, head towards the ship’s control dock. Be prepared to face additional enemies along the way – a few weaker monsters will likely impede your progress. Keep an eye out for two Cambions that will come at you from the entrance. Try to avoid or quickly dispatch them as you make a run for the controls. To lock them down, you can use crowd control abilities like Web or Hypnotic Pattern.
With smart positioning, focused fire, crowd control, and a clever action economy, you can take down the devil commander and survive to claim your prize.
What is the Reward for Killing Commander Zhalk?
The Everburn Blade is an uncommon greatsword that can be obtained by killing Commander Zhalk. This formidable two-handed weapon deals 2d6 slashing damage plus an additional 1d4 fire damage on each hit. This extra fire damage can quickly add up, allowing the Everburn Blade to deal impressive damage.
The sword also enables three special greatsword attacks for those proficient with the weapon, giving further offensive capabilities. With its damage output and special attacks, the Everburn Blade is an excellent starter weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3.
That covers all about fighitng Commander Zhalk and the Mind Flayer in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3). If you find this guide useful, check out our other battle guides on Dream Visitor, Nightsong, Auntie Ethel, and more.