As Baldur's Gate 3 is a story-driven game, so of course, there are a plethora of special companions you can recruit on the journey. Some might fit your party well, and others might not—it all depends on how you want to play it! Each companion will be unique, all with their distinctive personalities, different stats, abilities, and equipment. In particular, I couldn't wait to learn more about their personalities and how they developed relationships with each other. In this guide, you will learn more about the Companions of Baldur's Gate 3, their history, and their goals.
List of all Companions in Baldur's Gate 3
Below is a list of all companions you can potentially recruit for your party in Baldur's Gate 3. Take note that the ones you choose might not like each other, as their alignments will clash, so it's not just their stats or class that matters.
Class: Cleric (Trickery)
Shadowheart is a High-Elf Tricker Domain Cleric and is a dark disciple of Shar. She was sent on a suicide mission to acquire an item of great power through theft. Due to inner conflicts with her faith and strange magic, Shadowheart has acquired many enemies all over Baldur's Gate. The High Elf also seems to be hiding a long-buried secret deep within. Shadowheart is the first companion you meet on your journey; she can be recruited right after the tutorial.
Class: Wizard (Evocation)
Gale is a Human Wizard, but he aims to be something much more. In fact, his goal was to become the greatest Wizard in all of Faerum. However, his thirst for power has led him to disaster. A highly destructive orb beats in his chest, which has the explosive capacity to level an entire city. How he got into this predicament is something you have to find out on your journey. You can recruit Gale not long after your first fight alongside Shadowheart.
Astarion is a High-Elf Rogue, who has a fascinating past. He was once a vampire spawn, serving a sadistic and extremely evil master until he was snatched away from that life. Now, he's trying to put his traumatic past behind him can walk in the light, but is that truly possible? Astarion can be found near your first battle after meeting Shadowheart. Be careful, as he has a particular taste when it comes to people, quite literally.
Lae'Zel is a Githyanki, a new race in Baldur's Gate 3. She's an extremely ferocious fighter, even to the standards of the Githyanki, but can she prove herself worthy of rejoining her people? Well, that's if they don't kill her first. Lae'Zel is actually one of the first people you meet! However, you cannot recruit her until later on in the game. She's found in a cage suspended in the air not long after you meet Gale.
Wyll is a Human Warlock who is also a Noble by way of birth, but he keeps his pact with his devil on the down low. Yet he's desperate to escape the bargain—even if that means saving what he hates, to potentially escape the deal that has been made. Wyll can be recruited in a camp where he's training a young Tiefling.
Karlach is a Barbarian Tiefling trained in the ways of a warrior from a young age when she was sold into infernal slavery by her parents. Her new master, Archdevil Zariel, put a hellfire engine in her chest, making her a prized soldier. Now that she escaped, she seeks revenge on the one that sold her into slavery ten years ago. You can recruit Karlach by exploring the Risen Road area, past the Blighted Village.
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