Baldur’s Gate 3: All BG3 companion locations – where to find all party members

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Your party members in Baldur’s Gate 3 are vital parts of your story. That said, finding all the companions in the game can be a bit of a chore. If you are wondering where you need to go to find them, you can find all BG3 companion locations below.

All BG3 companion locations

Wilderness Map and Legend

Map showing all companion locations in the Wilderness in Baldur's Gate 3
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ShadowheartFirst Encounter: On the Nautiloid ship.
Second Encounter: On the beach by the ship wreckage.
Third Encounter: Overgrown Ruins Waypoint.
Fourth Encounter: Druid Grove.
Fifth Encounter: Mountain Pass.
AstarionOnly Encounter: Near the western side of the Nautiloud ship wreckage on the beach. (X:165, Y:287).Rogue
GaleOnly Encounter: Trapped in a portal on the Roadside Cliffs. (X: 222, Y: 325).Wizard
Lae’zelFirst Encounter: The Nautiliod ship.
Second Encounter: North of the Roadside Cliffs trapped in a cage.
Third Encounter: By the Gith’yanki Patrol near Waukeen’s Rest. (X:-31 Y:577).
KarlachOnly Encounter: Near the Risen Road (X:110, Y:499).Barbarian
WyllFirst Encounter: Within Emerald Grove, helping train Tielfling Children.
Second Encounter: The after-party after saving the Tielflings.
Minthara First Encounter: In the Shattered Sanctum. (X:333, Y:46).
Second Encounter: Against Emerald Grove.
HalsinFirst Encounter: Needs to be rescued from the Goblin Camp.
Second Encounter: In the Druid Grove and later can be found in your camp.
– Cannot be recruited until after the lifting the Shadow Curse in Act Two.
MinscOnly Encounter: In the Sewers of Baldur’s Gate in Act Three. (X:-209, Y: 871).Ranger
JaheiraFirst Encounter: Last Night In within Act Two.Druid

You can gather up a party quite quickly in Baldur’s Gate 3 if you know where to go.


Shadowheart in Baldur's Gate 3 stands with her arms out in front of her.
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You first meet Shadowheart in the Nautiloid, where she will be trapped in a Mindflayer pod. Explore the next room to find a rune you can use to free her. If you do this, she will be found on the beach, just down from your own location, when you first arrive there. Wake her up and resist the urge to touch her artifact to keep her trust high.

If you don’t rescue her from the pod, she can be found much further down the beach near an abandoned chapel near the Overgrown Ruins waypoint. Regardless of when you recruit her to your party, make sure to equip her with the best Shadowheart build in BG3 to unlock her full potential.


Baldur's Gate 3's Astarion has his hand on his chin, pondering
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You can find Astarion to the southwest of the enormous wreck of the Nautiloid in BG3. The cheeky vampire can be found wandering around the paths near the cliffs. He will attempt a little ruse by claiming he has trapped one of the brain creatures nearby. He will ask for your help, and if you agree to it, he’ll pull a knife, like all good rogues.

His initial anger dissipates after you explain that you are also a victim of the Mindflayers. After a brief chat, he will agree to join your party as you look for a cure to the parasites that are currently dooming you and become a dominating force in your party with the best Astarion build in BG3.


Gale explaining how great he is in Baldur's Gate 3.
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On the cliff path that runs along the top of the crash Nautiloid in BG3, you will find a glowing purple sigil. This is a waypoint that is clearly malfunctioning somehow. Interact with to suddenly see a human arm stick out, then do what you can to help Gale. You can brute force it with strength or use your magical ability to soothe the raging portal. Once Gale is free, you will have a grateful new companion and a functioning portal to act as a waypoint called Roadside Cliffs.

This grateful companion will also turn into a powerful ally as you deck him out with the best Gale build in BG3.


Lae'zel in a cage in Baldur's Gate 3
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Lae’zel can be found trapped in a cage just to the north of Gale’s location. Two Tieflings are discussing what to do with her when you arrive. You will be able to get Lae’zel down by using a bow, but you also need to deal with the Tieflings. The best option is to simply lie to them, claim Lae’zel is very dangerous, and that they should leave. Before they go, claim you are injured and ask for the location of a nearby camp to make your life easier. Once they are gone, shoot the bottom of the cage she is in to free her.

If you don’t have a bow at this point, return to Astarion’s location and recruit him to your party, as he is armed with a bow and a dagger.


Karlach in Baldur's Gate 3, recognisable by red skin and demon features.
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You can find Karlach near the Risen Road in BG3. Wyll is actually looking to find her and has some information on her location if you speak with him. You will know you are close when you need to battle some Knolls. Karlach is a Barbarian, so if you are struggling to have a strong physical presence in fights, she is your savior.

With the best Karlach build in BG3, the companion becomes a vital part of your team, especially toward the later stages of the game.


Wyll from Baldur's Gate 3 in a wooded area with a sword.
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Wyll the Warlock can be found to the north of Roadside Cliffs. You will find a place called Emerald Grove. Some easy-to-spoiler things will happen there, and he will appear. After that, you can find him in Druid’s Grove proper, and you can chat with him to recruit him to your group.

Wyll is one of the few characters that can be both played as an origin character or a companion in BG3. Regardless of your choice, you can bolster him with the best Wyll build in BG3 and turn him into a force to be reckoned with in encounters.


The Druid Halsin is shown speaking to a woman with ginger hair in Baldur's Gate 3.
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Halsin is an unusual character as you will find him through a special quest, with some things you need to do while completing it. A major part of the story revolves around an enormous Goblin camp that you will need to deal with. Halsin can be found in the camp, in bear form, in some pens. After you free him, you will still need to kill all three Goblin leaders for him to join. When the task is done, he will be at Druid’s Grove, and you can recruit him there.


A woman with light colored hair and pointy ears wearing gold armor in Baldur's Gate 3
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You can find Minthara at the Goblin camp in BG3, so keep playing through the story quests until you reach it. She can be found in the Shattered Sanctum. You will need to make some pretty big decisions if you want her to join you. You can basically have her join by destroying the Emerald Grove, or you can have Wyll and Halsin join by not doing it. From what we can tell, you cannot have both, although you may run into further chances to do things further in the game.

During the Goblin camp campaign, players often face the question, “Should you kill Minthara in BG3,” and if you want her to join you later on, you’ll need to keep her alive.


An image of Minsc standing ready to talk to the player character in Baldur's Gate 3.
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Minsc is located in the Lower City of BG3. This companion appears late in the story, during Act Three, and you’ll need to be progressing through Jaheria’s questline.

During this questline, you will visit the Counting House where you’ll talk to one of the bankers. This dialogue will reveal Minsc’s location in the Sewers. You’ll need to make sure that Minsc survives through this questline so you can recruit him to your party.


Jaheira the Druid in Baldur's Gate 3 speaking to a character.
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You’ll find Jaheira at the Last Light Inn in the Shadow Cursed Lands area during Act Two of BG3. Jaheira can only be recruited after completing Act Two. Once the Act is concluded, she’ll appear in your camp.

If you decide to add Jaheira to your party, you can take the character to another level by implementing the best Jaheira build in BG3.

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