This item appears in Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

Manuals of Gainful Exercise are magical tomes which increase Strength by one point (up to a maximum of 25) and are consumed when the point is added. It can be used by all classes. It has a weight of 25 lbs.

The point increase skips the derivations of 18 Strength, and will increase Strength to 19.


  • In the Candlekeep Catacombs on the first floor. This can be found in a container just past the Phase Spider room. Watch out for traps. It is in a locked container which also has a trap on it. (Note: I was unable to open the lock with a strength of 21, but 24 opened it)


A typical Manual of Gainful Exercise provides the reader with a strictly regimented routine of daily stretches and tests designed to increase muscle bulk. As if this wasn't enough, the manual is also magically enhanced, thereby allowing an individual to raise his or her Strength by a single point. Unfortunately, the manual will disappear after a single use.


  • See Strength for more information about Strength.