The companion Karlach in Baldur's Gate 3.
Screenshot by Dot Esports.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Karlach’s location and how to recruit them in BG3

Truly no hotter companion in the game.

Karlach Cliffgate is a Tiefling Barbarian who’s on a search to gain revenge against the man who sold her to the Archdevil and Warlord of Avernus, Zariel.

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She is headstrong, kind, loyal and ready to follow you wherever you might need to go. The big question is, where is she? This guide will not only detail Karlach’s location but also tell you a bit about her and her stats.

Karlach Origin Character: Who is Karlach in BG3?

Karlach the origin character in BG3
Karlach, an Origin Character in BG3. Image by Larian Studios.

Karlach, freshly escaped from the slave service of the Archdevil, Zariel, is a Tiefling Barbarian Origin Character with an energetic personality and a robust set of stats.

If you decide to take her on as a companion, you will learn that Her own heart was replaced with an infernal engine by Zariel and she was forced to serve him in the Blood War. Managing to escape Karlach promised herself that she would never return to Zariel’s service.

Karlach’s Origin Character Descritption from Baldur’s Gate 3:

“Fresh-escaped from Hell, Karlach is finally free of the archdevil Zariel – but not from the infernal engine Zariel planted in her chest. With her first taste of freedom in ten years, Karlach is eager to find a fix for the engine that’s burning hotter and hotter before it burns her out completely. But even more premier in her mind? Exploring, finding like-minded travelers, falling in love (or lust)… and taking revenge on the man who sold her to Zariel all those years ago.”

Karlach Origin Character Stats in BG3

Karlach, the Tiefling Barbarian. Image by Larian Studios.

As a companion, Karlach is an incredible combat asset. Her base stats can be found below.

RaceTiefling
ClassBarbarian
BackgroundOutlander
Armor Class13
Health Points14
STR17
DEX13
CON14
INT11
WIS12
CHAR8
ResistancesFire

As Barbarian, Karlach is equipped with high Strength, high Constitution, and high health points, allowing her to take and receive higher than normal amounts of damage. She has resistance to fire, as well as Advantage on Dexterity saving throws against traps, spells, and surfaces. And if you’re looking for a romantic partner that can pick you up with ease, there’s no one better.

Karlach’s location in BG3

A screenshot of Karlach at the end of the Risen Road.
Karlach at the end of the Risen Road. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

Karlach’s location is at the very southeast corner of the Risen Road, specifically at coordinates X:108, Y:516. Karlach can be found burning up on the other side of a bloody log that can be used to cross the river to reach her. Below you will learn Karlach’s location in detail:

  • After landing on the beach, make your way north through the ruins and the crashed Nautiloid ship until you reach the big fortified gate that leads to the Hollow and the Emerald Grove.
  • After the big goblin fight at the gate, make sure to go to the Hollow and recruit Wyll to your party, as he is currently hunting down Karlach, believing her to be a powerful devil that poses a danger to the entire Sword Coast.
  • Return to the outside of the big gate, then follow the path heading west into the Forest. After crossing the bridge, turn north at the pile of dead adventurers and goblins onto a dirt path.
  • Follow the path north until you meet Scratch, whom you can convince to come to your camp if you can Speak with Animals. Go past Scratch and use the rocks at X:79, Y:499 to jump across the river and reach the Risen Road.
  • After jumping across and reaching the Risen Road, immediately head east to find the bloody log and Karlach.
The companion Karlach's map location in Baldur's Gate 3.
Karlach’s location on the map. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

How to recruit Karlach as a companion in BG3

Choosing to bring Wyll with you when recruiting Karlach will put you in a situation of doing some convincing. When you first see Karlach, she will be Running Hot due to her infernal engine. Walk up to her, and the cutscene will begin.

The companion Karlach burning up during a Baldur's Gate 3 cutscene.
She’s heating up! Screenshot by Dot Esports.
  • With Wyll in your party, you’ll have to convince him to stand down. Just don’t select the third option in both dialogue choices, and Wyll will realize he’s been tricked and will back off. If Wyll’s not in your party, this same interaction will occur in camp at the end of the day; just don’t suggest attacking Karlach, and you’ll get the same result. Make sure to talk to Wyll after his first interaction with Karlach to progress his companion quest.
  • Without Wyll in your party, just don’t select the dialogue option of trying to kill Karlach, and your tadpole connection will allow you to discover that she was an unwilling participant of the Blood War.
  • After making introductions, Karlach will tell you about a group of hunters masquerading as the ‘Paladins of Tyr,’ who have been sent by Zariel to bring Karlach back. Agree to help her deal with them, and she will join your group.
  • If there’s no room in your party, she will head to your camp.

After this dialogue is over, Karlach will become an available companion.

A screenshot of the Origin character, Karlach from BG3.
The Hellion’s Heart. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
  • Head north towards the new objective on your map, marked “confront the paladins.” There will be a ladder to the right side of your path you can take straight up to where they are.
  • If Karlach is with you, level her up before reaching the paladins. We recommend equipping her with the Berserker subclass to unlock Frenzy, Frenzied Strike, and Enraged Throw. If she’s with you, a cutscene with the two of you and Anders will begin. Tell Anders repeatedly that you know who he is, and he will drop the charade, and combat will begin.
  • Without Karlach in the group, Anders will welcome you when you enter the tavern. You can either pressure him to reveal himself, attack him right away, or agree to kill Karlach for him in exchange for the Sword of Justice.

When Anders and the Paladins of Tyr are dead, Karlach will reveal more about the infernal engine in her heart. This will start her next companion quest, The Hellion’s Heart.


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