The Beast Master Ranger in Baldur's Gate 3 can summon a companion to aid in combat and travel with the party as an adorable ally. There is strength in numbers, and adding a powerful companion can be very helpful. I enjoy using different companions for different situations, but overall, some of the companions can be more helpful than others. With that, here are the best Beast Master companions in BG3.
How to summon a companion as a Beast Master in BG3
To summon a companion, you must first reach Ranger Level 3 and select Beast Master as your subclass, after which you will have access to the ability Ranger's Companion. With it, you can summon one of the five companions and regain the ability every Short Rest. Here are all the Beast Master Ranger abilities, including Ranger's Companion:
Companion's Bond is a great passive ability that adds your Proficiency Bonus to your Companion's AC and damage rolls. Exceptional Training allows your companion to Dash, Disengage, and Help as a bonus action. Bestial Fury will unlock an additional attack for your Companion, making them even more powerful in combat.
Best companions in BG3, ranked
The best companions for the Beast Master Ranger can depend on your playstyle and situations, but as the companions level up and get new abilities, some of them are better than the others for combat and utility.
5. Lupus The Wolf
The Wolf Companion is one of the weaker options for the Beast Master Ranger. The Wolf does not do well at higher levels, as its Level 5 Infectious Bite ability and Level 11 only replaces its Bite ability. The Wolf can be effective in combat, but the other Companions have much better abilities.
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4. Verres The Boar
The Boar can be a great companion for combat situations, especially at higher levels. When first summoning the Boar at Level 3, you will already have access to the Boar's Charge ability, which can be used to close in on enemies and knock them prone. The Boar's best ability comes at Level 5, when you can use Rage. The Boar's Rage works exactly like a Barbarian's, so you can dish a lot of damage. The only downside to the Boar is it has low health and AC, so you may end up losing them during combat.
3. Corvus The Dire Raven
Corvus is one of the best support companions you can summon. At Level 3, it can use the Rend Vision ability, which can blind enemies for two turns with no save. While the damage may not be at the level of the other companions, the Raven can debuff enemies extremely well. At Level 5, Corvus can use Bad Omen, a ranged attack that can Curse enemies, making attack rolls against them at Advantage. The Raven also has great mobility, so it can be used to scout locations and navigate difficult areas.
2. Aranea The Wolf Spider
The Wolf Spider is one of the best companions to have during tough combat situations. The Spider has great mobility with Jump and can control the flow of combat with Web. Where the Spider really shines is at Level 5 when it unlocks the Cocoon ability, which allows it to wrap an enemy in a cocoon for three turns as long as the enemy does not take damage or succeed at a Dexterity saving throw.
1. Ursa The Bear
Ursa The Bear is the best companion to have due to its damage, abilities, and health. The Bear can tank a lot of damage and keep enemies from attacking the party. Ursa has the Goading Roar, which can leave enemies Goaded, meaning they must attack Ursa for the next two turns. At Level 5, Ursa can use the Honeyed Paws ability, which can disarm enemies or knock them prone if they do not have a weapon (can be very helpful against powerful melee enemies). At Level 11, Ursa unlocks the ability to summon another Level 7 Bear, which means you can control the battle with two bears, tanking damage and leaving enemies without weapons.
Tips for Beast Master companions
Your companion will get stronger as you level up and will unlock new abilities, however, at lower levels, it will be important to try to keep your companion alive during combat, as you will need a Short Rest before summoning them again.
As a Beast Master Ranger, you can summon a Familiar and a Companion to have two allies with you. Following Patch #3, you can no longer summon your Companion again during combat, so make sure you either summon your Companion at the start of the day, or before combat. Luckily, Patch #3 added the ability for Companions to use the help action starting at Level 7.
Additionally, your summons will no longer cause NPCs to run away in fear following Patch #3. You will now be able to walk into populated areas with your Companions without much hassle.
For more on Baldur's Gate 3, check out Baldur’s Gate 3 Ranger Build Guide – Best Stats and Subclass here on Pro Game Guides.