Baldur’s Gate 3 isn’t fully out yet. It’s currently available as an Early Access title on Steam with around 30 hours worth of gameplay, give or take. However, despite how relatively short the game’s content is right now compared to what it will eventually have when it’s fully launched, Larian Studios has done well to make this early glimpse quite the meaty experience. Now, in anticipation of its full release, make sure to get some Steam Wallet Codes as you wait.
Case in point, Baldur’s Gate 3 already has quite an interesting set of companions. The best part? Gone is the previous Bioware-style handling of relationships.
This time around, you’ll really have to get to know who your companions are. You’ll have to take the time to figure out what’s important to them. You’ll even have to find out which ones like who and which ones hate each other’s guts.
TLDR; there’s a lot to find out about every companion in Baldur’s Gate 3 that’s available so far.
Let us help ease your burdens by letting you know which ones are already available and how you can get them.
Class: Cleric (Trickery)
Location: You’ll find her just after you finish playing through the tutorial trying to get through a door at the far end of a corpse-filled beach.
Shadowheart is arguably the most useful companion available in Baldur’s Gate 3 so far. Perhaps this is why the developers made it a point to let you meet her first. She’s a fantastic healer that can dish out as much punishment as she helps you recover from. She’ll be the difference-maker in battles more often than you’d like to admit.
Unfortunately, you’d hate to admit just how useful she is in battle considering how cold she is outside of it.
Shadowheart could be a stump outside of battles and we wouldn’t mind it. Not because she’s literally useless. Rather, because of how cold she is. She’s like a robot, if robots ever existed in this world, and not the kind that’ll be willing to serve you either.
Shadowheart might not provide much companionship outside of battles but she’ll be the one you want on your side the most when things get rough. As a side note, good luck making Shadowheart happy.
This cold-hearted cleric won’t like it if you take your time exploring.
Class: Wizard (Evocation)
Location: Waiting for you at a warp point following your first fight after picking up Shadowheart as your first companion.
Gale is your stereotypical sleazebag of a companion that’s with you because, well, you don’t really know.
Right from the very moment you meet him, you’ll feel like wanting to punch him in the face and leave him in the dirt. Unfortunately, as much as you’d want to hate this douchebag, you’d have to admit he’ll come in pretty handy. He has a strong thirst for magic and has a Netherese Destruction Orb embedded in his chest, one that could level a whole city – risky. He’s a really strong magician when it comes to battle, so that’s a plus point.
Gale might not be as versatile as Shadowheart, but when you need pure firepower, Gale delivers and then some.
Location: Hiding from a monster nearby your first enemy encounter following your first meeting with Shadowheart.
Whereas Gale is your stereotypical douchebag creepy guy, Astarion is your standard edition playboy. If, of course, that flirtatious womanizer was a backstabbing rogue who also just happens to be a vampire.
You can’t really help but love Astarion with the way he carries himself. He’s a gentleman no doubt, and probably one who’s lived a more sheltered life than most people. Plus, he comes in extremely handy when you don’t want to get your hands that dirty.
Astarion’s ability to catch enemies by surprise, pick locks and pockets, as well as charm his way through the most difficult situations, is a godsend.
Just try not to trust Astarion too much. Else, you might find yourself with a knife to your neck.
Location: Suspended up in the air inside a cage following your encounter with Gale.
Lae’zel is technically the first companion that you’ll meet in Baldur’s Gate 3. She’ll even save you from a rather unfortunate situation. However, you won’t be able to get her to join you until much later in the game. By then, it’ll be up to you to do the saving as she finds herself caged up by Teiflings.
As far as companions go, Lae’zel is as basic as they come. She’s a fighter. Literally.
Lae’zel is good for one thing and one thing alone — bashing enemy heads in.
Sure, Lae’zel will come to learn new abilities eventually, as is the case with the rest of your party members. But, at her very core, Lae’zel’s true joy lies in her ability to concave enemy heads and smack the life out of everything she encounters.
Just be careful when you talk to her because she’s indiscriminate in her love for making mincemeat out of things.
Unless you agree with her all the time, she’ll probably be pissed at you. On the other hand, if you choose her side more often than not, prepare to take the brunt of every one of your companion’s irk.
Location: Found in a camp training a Tiefling.
A sword-fighting warlock. That’s Wyll in a nutshell.
As the Blade of Frontiers, Wyll is a friendly and honorable gentleman who you’ll find in a camp training a young Tiefling. However, Wyll isn’t just good with the sword. As already mentioned, he’s a warlock. This means that he’s good friends with some unsavory characters. Namely, demons.
Depending on how you utilize him, or if you ever utilize him at all, Wyll could be the most dangerous powerhouse on your squad. He can hit hard and close with his sword as well as from afar with his spells.
Unfortunately, if you’re the sort to resort to the occasional unsavory deed, you’ll find yourself at odds with Wyll more often than not.
Considering how powerful he is, I recommend walking on the straight path if you want Wyll to be on your side.
For now, that’s all we know about the companions in Baldur’s Gate 3. However, as soon as the developers start adding another one or two, like the rumored “Helia” and “Karlach”, you best expect that we’ll add them to your list.
With that said, there are a couple things that we’d like to remind you of.
First, these companions won’t just react to you. They’ll react to each other too and how you react to the other companions. Second, they’ll also react to what your chosen race and class are, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing. Third, they’ll react to the decisions you’ll make in-game.
Best keep these in mind if you want your merry band of misfits to get along well.
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