Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Kill Monster Hunter Gandrel in BG3

Will the choice of letting Gandrel go in Baldur’s Gate 3 come back to haunt you in the future?

Monster Hunter in Baldur's Gate 3

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With all the horrific creatures roaming the world, Monster Hunters are all too common in Baldur’s Gate 3. In fact, one of them is amongst your potential companions, Wyll. However, the one Monster Hunter that you should be concerned about for now is Gandrel, a smelly-looking Grud found in the Putrid Bog. After some chatter, he reveals he’s hunting for a Vampire Spawn called Astarion. And since we’ve got someone in our party who perfectly matches that description, it’s time to make some choices.

Kill Monster Hunter Gandrel in Baldur’s Gate 3

Astarion wants to kill the Monster Hunter
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Upon realizing Gandrel is after his tail, Astarion insists on killing the monster hunter. Give in to his advice — or accidentally choose a dialogue option with Astarion‘s name, like I did — and you will engage in battle. 

Upon defeat, Monster Hunter Grandel drops the following items:

  • Grandrel’s Aspiration, a 3-12 damage crossbow
  • Arrow of Acid
  • Arrow of Fire
  • 2 Healing Potions
  • 2 Torches

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Alas, there’s no hasty note with ominous initials revealing who hired him. However, it’s highly suspected that Cazador, Astarion’s master, is behind the hunt.

Let Monster Hunter Gandrel Go in Baldur’s Gate 3

Monster Hunter location in Baldur's Gate 3
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Here’s the thing: besides the stink, Gandrel comes off as a pretty friendly guy. Unless you’re going for a ruthless character or are entirely set on eliminating all possible threats for the future, it’s hard to decide to kill him off.

Not killing Gadrel during this first encounter opens the possibility of him returning after you and Astarion with Auntie Ethel’s help. It’s a loose end you’re leaving open just to spare this monster hunter’s life. 

Speak with Astarion after this encounter to find out more about how he became a Vampire Spawn and why his master, Cazador, could possibly be chasing him. 

During Act 3, Monster Hunter Gandrel makes a comeback. In Rivington’s Gur tribe camp, he greets Astarion and joins the Gur leader, Ulma, in a request to free the children trapped in Cazador’s castle. As long as Astarion helps them in freeing the children druing his companion quest, The Pale Elf, Gandrel won’t kill Astarion.