Baldur’s Gate 3 Companions

While it’s theoretically possible to complete the game as a lone adventurer, most players will want to do their questing with a full party of 4 characters. This means that in addition to the player character, there will be 3 other characters in the party, acting as companions. There are 10 companions in total, 6 of which are Origin characters — characters with deep backstories and their own quests to follow. (When starting a new game, you can create a custom character, or play as one of the Origin characters.) The other 4 companions can be discovered, and potentially recruited, throughout the game.

Below, you’ll find all the game’s companions, along with some info on their class, race, background, and whether or not they’re an origin character. You can click on a character to see even more information, including how and where you can recruit them.

Companion
Class (Subclass)
Race
Origin
Background
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes

Note that there are 2 classes not represented by the available companions: Bard and Monk. Players trying to see the widest possible variety of spells and abilities, or players who simply want to have the most possible combination of classes in their party, may want to consider making their character one of the three missing classes.

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Kethoth
Kethoth
4 months ago

General Tips

Diverse Skill Set: Pick companions who offer a range of skills and abilities to handle different situations. This diversity allows your party to respond effectively to various challenges, both in combat and dialogues.
Complementary Abilities: Your companions should have abilities and skills that complement your main character’s strengths and weaknesses. If your character is weak in a particular area, choose a companion strong in that aspect.
Party Balance: A balanced party typically includes a tank (a character who can absorb damage), a healer (a character who can restore health), a damage dealer (a character who can inflict high damage), and a utility character (a character with useful skills and abilities for exploration and interaction).
Personal Preferences: Consider your play style and preferences. If you enjoy stealth and subterfuge, pick companions who excel in these areas. If you prefer direct combat, choose companions who are strong and resilient.

Best Companions

Shadowheart: As a High Half-Elf Cleric, she is an excellent support and healer. She is crucial if your main character isn’t a healer.
Astarion: The only Rogue companion, offering sub-DPS and utility in exploration. He is valuable for lockpicking, thievery, and stealth.
Gale: As a Human Wizard, Gale is a primary DPS and ranged caster, providing valuable offensive capabilities and social interaction skills.
Lae’zel: A Githyanki Fighter, great for tanking and dealing close-range damage. She is a solid choice if you need a character to absorb damage and lead the charge in combat.

Considerations

Party Synergy: Make sure the companions work well together, not just with your main character. Sometimes the interpersonal dynamics between companions can affect the game’s narrative and the effectiveness of your party in combat.
Adaptability: The game’s challenges may change as you progress, so be prepared to switch companions based on the evolving needs of your party and the tasks at hand.
Experimentation: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different companions to see who works best for your play style and strategy.

Remember, the “best” companions often depend on your character, play style, and personal preference. Always be open to adjusting your party as you play through the game.

Last edited 4 months ago by Kethoth