If you want to know what the best Baldur’s Gate 3 companions are, you’re in the right place. Well, of course, your choices will strongly depend on personal preferences, but there are at least a handful of NPCs that have relatively universal appeal. That’s why, on top of listing the companions, we’ll also tell you what they do in brief, so that you can make a more informed choice. Let’s begin.
Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Companions
In the list below, we are going to name the characters we believe to be the best companions in Baldur’s Gate 3. Obviously, your mileage may vary depending on what character you’re playing and many other factors, as we’ve said above. So, feel free to share your favorites in the comments. These are our picks.
- Shadowheart – High Half-Elf cleric of the Trickery domain. As a healer, she is vitally important to the party. You really want to have a healer. Plus, Shadowheart is the second companion you can enlist while still in the Nautiloid. Also, she’s really chill as a companion and has a cool background and quest.
- Lae’zel – The first companion you can get, this Githyanki fighter is one of the most ferocious people you can have. She is a formidable warrior, so if you want a melee damage dealer, she’s the way to go. Her usefulness will help look over her stern, somewhat grating personality.
- Minsc – This Human ranger needs no introduction if you’ve played previous Baldur’s Gate games. If you haven’t, he’s completely nuts and therefore always a good time. I mean, he has a hamster companion called Boo and is convinced Boo is secretly a giant hamster from space. Also, having a ranger as a companion can come in handy for many reasons.
- Astarion – First off, yes, he’s a High Elf vampire rogue. That does make him seem like a questionable choice. And he is. But also, he’s an extremely capable rogue, which means he can detect traps and do other sneaky stuff, and can hold his own in melee. Especially if you get him into position to backstab. You can meet him on Ravaged Beach.
- Jaheira – another returning character, Jaheira is a Half-Elf druid in Baldur’s Gate 3. She is a powerful ally, but she’s also very much nature-oriented. This makes her a little easy to make angry, but her abilities do have their advantages. You can find her in the Last Light Inn.
- Wyll – Human warlock that you can meet in the Druid’s Grove. Warlocks are notoriously powerful in 5E (so long as they can have a nap every five steps), and Wyll is no exception. He can even fight hand-to-hand, but his spells are where it’s at. Just don’t do anything to help goblins with him nearby.
- Gale – If you want a wizard in your party, Gale’s your guy. You can encounter him on Ravaged Beach, like Astarion, but closer to the center. He packs exactly no punch when it comes to melee combat, but then again, that’s not what wizards are for. He’s there to make a mess on the battlefield from afar.
- Halsin – Another druid that you can enlist, but is really second fiddle to Jaheira. He’s trapped in the Worg Pens in the Shattered Sanctum. By the way, having him in the party will make quite a few NPCs less likely to like you, to say the least.
- Minthara – Drow Paladin whose goal is to destroy the Grove. You can also find her in the Shattered Sanctum. She doesn’t mix well with many other characters, including potential allies, so… pick your poison.
- Karlach – Found on The Risen Road, this Zariel Tiefling barbarian was once enslaved and forced to fight in the Blood War. She is now out for revenge. If you need a really brutal fighter, she’s a pretty good choice.