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Baldur’s Gate 3: How to open the Vault Door in Act One’s Toll House in BG3

The key lies hidden nearby.

If you’ve found a locked Vault Door beneath the Ornate Wooden Hatch in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’re likely wondering if you can brute-force your way to the treasures inside. But the vault beneath the Toll Collector’s House on the Risen Road won’t hand over its wealth that easily.

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Here’s how you can open the Vault Door below the Toll Collector’s House in BG3.

Where to find the key to the Vault Door beneath the Ornate Wooden Hatch in the Toll Collector’s House?

The player character in Baldur's Gate 3 stands in front of a wooden hatch on the ground.
Venture into the Ornate Wooden Hatch to find the vault. Screenshot by Dot Esports

Unfortunately for all you quick-handed thieves out there, this Vault Door in the Toll Collector’s House isn’t one you can lockpick your way through. You’ll need to find a key, but there isn’t one hanging on a nearby hook in the cellar. Instead, you’ll have to put in a bit of leg work to find it.

The good news is you won’t have to travel far. You can find it by following these steps:

  1. Climb your way back up the ladder.
  2. Exit the building.
  3. Head south in the direction where you first meet Karlach.
  4. Down the hill, near a ladder leading up to the building will be a body named Dead Toll Collector.
  5. Cast the spell Speak to the Dead. You can ask him questions about where the key is. He’ll tell you he dropped it nearby. If you don’t have the Speak with the Dead spell, you can simply find the key roughly at the coordinates X:99 and Y:599.
  6. Continue south down the hill, as shown in the video below, and hit the Alt key on your PC or hold down your right analog stick (R3) on PlayStation and Xbox to highlight nearby items.
The Toll Collector’s Key isn’t far. Video by Dot Esports

You’ll very quickly see an item labeled Toll Collector’s Key. Pick this item up and head back to the vault.

Once at the vault, simply click on the door to interact with it, and it will open without a fuss. Tread cautiously, however; the room that lies in front of you is littered with circular traps on the ground. Your character will automatically roll a perception check, and if you pass, you can interact with the traps to disarm them.

How to open the room filled with gold

As you explore the second room, you may notice another chamber nearby filled with gold, weapons, and containers filled with treasure. But there is a problem: this chamber is walled off with seemingly no way of getting to the other side.

It took me a few minutes to figure out how to get through to this chamber, but the solution is simple if you follow this process:

  • Near the wall are two throne-like chairs. Have two of your party members sit in these chairs, as shown in the video below.
    • You may need to ungroup your companions to prevent them from automatically leaving. If you’re in a co-op playthrough, have your friend sit in one, while you sit in the other.
  • After both companions or players have sat in the chair, the wall will begin to lower, allowing you to waltz right in and scoop up all the loot the chamber has to offer.
Beware the traps. Video by Dot Esports

Approach the next room with caution, however. There will be two round traps on the floor, similar to those found in the other room, as well as a long rectangular vent that, when stepped on, will flood the room with poison. You’ll want to once again send in a character with a high Dexterity or Sleight of Hand stat to disarm these traps so you don’t die in the plundering process.

Rewards in the Toll Collector’s House vault

Man with shoulder-length hair in purple robe in BG3, waving a hand to the left as he talks to someone in the foreground.
If you don’t plan on using the gloves, give them to Gale to consume. Image via Larian Studios

Inside the vault, you’ll find plenty of gold, an arsenal of weapons, and a magical set of gloves: the Gloves of Heroism, which give you Warding Hands. This effect adds plus one to Strength-saving throws and grants its wearer Heroism after casting Channel Oath spells.

I chose to feed my gloves to Gale since I didn’t have any characters with those types of spells. Bon appétit, Gale!


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