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Baldur’s Gate 3: How To Unlock All Party Members in BG3

There are multiple party members and companions you can unlock in Baldur's Gate 3, and this guide shows you where to find them all.

You can unlock several party members to join you on your adventure through Baldur’s Gate 3. These characters appear throughout the beginning of your story, and they will appear at different opportunities. At every encounter, there’s the choice of having the potential party member join your squad or if they’d rather not be with them.

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Many of these characters appear during the beginning, shortly after you touch down from the shipwreck, whereas others appear later on. Here’s what you need to know about how to unlock all party members in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Where to Find All Companions in Baldur’s Gate 3

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How to Unlock Astarion in Baldur’s Gate 3

Astarion is one of the beginning companions you can find shortly after leaving the shipwreck. You can find him close to the west road where you crash. When you initially meet him, he attempts to lure you close and ambush you using a pig as a distraction. He might grapple you and threaten to cut your threat, but your Skill Rolls might allow you to escape his clutch, and the two of you can agree to remain together in your travels.

How to Unlock Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3

Gale is another early companion that you can encounter during your Baldur’s Gate 3 playthrough. You can find him while exploring the Roadside Cliffs north of the shipwreck. When you approach the Roadside Cliffs Waypoints, his hand will pop out of the wall, and he asks for your assistance. You can pull him out of the portal or leave him there. Even when you pull him out of the portal, you have the option for him to remain where he’s at or have him join you.

How to Unlock Halsin in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Halsin is the head druid you can add to your party. You will need to rescue him from the goblin camp, where he’s been captured. After saving him from inside the goblin camp, he’s going to request that you take out the three leaders who are in charge of the goblins, in an attempt to take them away from the Emerald Grove assault and protect his people.

Upon doing this, Halsin will enter your camp, but he won’t be at your party yet. You’ll need to travel to Moonrise Tower and choose to go through the Underdark or the Risen Road while he is with you. He will join your party after you complete the Lift the Shadow Curse quest in Act 2.

How to Unlock Jaheira in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Jaheira will appear during the beginning of Act 2, as you get close to Moonrise Towers. Although she will be a major, protective character during this time at the Last Light Inn, she is not a playable companion. She won’t become available until the end of Act 2 when you siege Moonrise Towers, where you can ask her to join your Baldur’s Gate 3 party for a brief time. I recommend doing this, to make sure she can survive the assault on Moonrise Towers.

After you complete Moonrise Towers, speak with Jaheria at the base of the building. You can have the option to ask her to join you, and she’ll appear when you reach Baldur’s Gate, in Act 3.

How to Unlock Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Karlach is an unlikely party member you can encounter during your travels. When you first speak with Wyll and find him in Emerald Grove, he reveals he’s been looking for Karlach and has been hunting her. You can find her a short distance from the Emerald Grove, to the west, before you reach the goblin village. If you speak with her while Wyll is at the party, he will attempt to cut her down and murder her. However, if you listen to her story, you learn she has been manipulated and has been trying to find a way out.

Should you let Karlach live, she offers to join your party, and she’ll request you to take out a nearby group of Paladins who serve Tyr.

How to Unlock Lae’Zel in Baldur’s Gate 3

Lae’Zel is another starting party member, and you initially find her while on the Mind Flayer’s ship at the beginning. She offers to assist you in escaping the ship and helps you crashland at the beginning. You’ll separate from her for a bit, you can later find her caught in a trap near some tieflings. You can convince the tieflings to let you deal with her, and when they leave, you can destroy the trap to get her out. After this small event, Lae’Zel will join your party.

How to Unlock Minsc in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Minsc appears halfway through Act 3 in Baldur’s Gate 3. It turns out, he’s the Stone Lord that’s been acting against the Guild in the city, and you’ll have a chance to invite him, and recruit him alongside Jaheria, who will beg for your character to spare him. Should you agree, Minsc will join your party, and you can use him for the rest of the game, even though it’s relatively short compared to the other characters you can recruit for your party.

How to Unlock Minthara in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Minthara is one of the companions you can unlock at the start of Baldur’s Gate 3. However, she is an antagonist to the Emerald Grove and is actively seeking to destroy it. You can find her in the Goblin Camp, and provide her with the location of the Emerald Grove, gaining her trust. This does, however, prevent you from recruiting Halsin, but Minthara will join your party.

Alternatively, there is a way to recruit her and Halsin to your group. You will need to visit the Goblin Camp to speak with Halsin and set him free in prison. Next, rather than taking out the other Goblin Leaders, progress the story to the Underdark, and make your way to Moonrise Towers. When you reach Moonrise Towers, there’s the option to find Minthara in the prison and escape with her. Once you’ve done this, return to Halsin in the Goblin Camp, and you can talk to him about the Shadow Curse, and work on that storyline, unlocking them both for your party.

How to Unlock Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3

One of the first party members you can find after you crash the ship is Shadowheart. She’s also on the Mind Flayer ship at the beginning, and you can choose to free her onboard or not. She will remember your choice following the crash. You can bring her with you to your party, and she’ll agree to become one of your companions, depending on your interest in her artifact.

How to Unlock Wyll in Baldur’s Gate 3

When you make your way north from the Mind Flayer’s crashed ship to the Emerald Grove, the Grove will be under attack by a group of goblins. Wyll appears at the beginning of the battle and will assist you during this fight. After the encounter, you can find him close to the center of the Grove, teaching the tieflings how to defend themselves. You can choose to invite him to your party.


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