Tools in Baldur's Gate 3 are items that can help a player do something they wouldn't otherwise be able to do, they are not tied to a specific ability. Tools are usually obtained through exploration, looting around from certain areas, killing Enemies, or given by NPCs.
BALDUR'S GATE 3 TOOLS COMPARISON TABLE
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|A simple canvas bag, perfect for carrying almost anything||Effect goes here|
|The varnish of this hammer's handle has been worn dull by hands||Effect goes here|
|In the right hands, these tools of the burglary trade will make quick work of any troublesome locks.||Thieve' Tools enable the owner to open locks based on their Sleight of Hand skill. Thieves' Tools are destroyed on failed use.|
|These tongs are fire-scorched and pitted with rust.||Effect goes here|
|A collection of hooks, blades, shears, and everything else needed to deal with potentially deadly traps.||This kit enables the owner to disarm traps/ based on. their Sleight of Hand skill.|
|??||Use to dig up buried stuff, like the dog collar in Underdark.|
|Rusted and slick with grime. The lure may be more valuable than the rod itself.||??|