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Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Bring Scratch To Your Camp in BG3

You can find a lonely dog in Baldur's Gate 3 named Scratch, and there's a way you can get him to join you at camp.

While adventuring in Baldur’s Gate 3, you may encounter Scratch, morbidly presiding over his dead master like any good, loyal dog. Unfortunately, his master, Gomwick, has fallen and will not be waking up, leaving Scratch without a home.

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If you prove yourself a worthy individual, you may be able to bring Scratch back to your camp to take care of them – but there are specific steps you need to take. Here’s what you need to know about bringing Scratch back to your camp in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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When you first approach Scratch, you can reach out to him, sidestep him to advance toward the corpse, or shoo him away. Of the choices, you want to reach out and pet him to avoid scaring him away.

I recommend making sure that one of your Baldur’s Gate 3 characters have the spell Speak With Animals active when interacting with Scratch. This will allow players to properly understand him, instead of simply watching him bark helplessly.

Next, use Animal Handling on Scratch, or take a look at this tag, to learn his name. You can call him Scratch and ask if he’d like to join your camp. He says he wants to stay with his master, who he does not believe to be dead. You want to avoid scaring Scratch in any way, so attempting to force Scratch to go with you or yelling at the dead man should be avoided when making any dialogue options during this Baldur’s Gate 3 encounter.

In my playthrough, I did my best to respect Scratch’s boundaries and offer him a spot at my camp should he ever want to return here. I also had the character speaking with Scratch offered their hand to him so he could find us later in our Baldur’s Gate 3 campaign.

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When you next return to your camp in your Baldur’s Gate 3 campaign, you’ll find Scratch wandering around the area. You can choose to approach him, and there should be an offer to pet him. When you do pet Scratch, several of your party members will approve of this behavior. Players can also play ball with Scratch.

Can Scratch Join Your Party in BG3

No, Scratch can not join your party in Baldur’s Gate 3. While he will occasionally bring back items, he resides entirely at camp. This is probably for the best, as the battlefield is no place for this friendly pup. He can stay safe and sound around the tents, offering players an adorable respite from the tragedies of BG3‘s storyline.

Need more advice? Check out Gamepur’s complete Baldur’s Gate 3 guide for battle strategies, story tips, and BG3 gameplay breakdowns.


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