BG3: Complete Guide On The BEST Companions [Top 5]

Here are my top picks for the best companions after spending over 80 hours in BG3.

In Baldur’s Gate 3, players have the ability to choose a couple of companions to travel alongside them in the world. These companions are not only there to provide company, but they help in combat, exploration, and even dialogue. This, in turn, helps the gameplay be more interactive and a more enjoyable experience for all players. This guide has helped put together a BG3 Best Companions list so everyone can help benefit.

Key Takeaways
  • Baldurs Gate 3 has ten different companions to choose from, all of which have their own pros and cons.
  • Players must choose the best companion for their team depending on their playstyle or personal preference.

The 5 Best BG3 Companion choices are as follows:

    1. Shadowheart
    2. Astarion
    3. Gale
    4. Lae’Zel
    5. Minthara

  • Each of these options has its own pros for choosing them and cons for not. 
  • Players must not choose two same companions or a companion similar to their own character. 

The Best Baldurs Gate 3 Companions

The top 5 companions to choose from are as follows:

Companion NameSTRINTDEXWISCONCHABest For
Shadowheart121014161410Best Companion With The Cleric Class.
Astarion
81317131410Best Companion With The Rogue Class.
Gale91614111513Best Spells.
Lae'Zel17111312148Best Fighter.
Minthra151212191516Best Defensive Companion.

#1: Shadowheart

Best Companion With The Cleric Class.
shadowheart in bg3
BG3 Companion: Shadowheart
  • Why I Chose This: I went for Shadowheart because of her Spirit Guardians. It allowed me to get rid of so many fodder enemies without issues.

Race: High Half-Elf

Class Cleric
Gender Female
Subclass Trickery Domain
Background Urchin
Deity Shar
Strength 12
Intelligence  10
Dexterity 14
Wisdom 16
Constitution 14
Charisma 10

The top choice in the list of companions for Baldur’s Gate 3 is Shadowheart. It is a High Half-Elf Cleric, which not only makes it a great support for the team but also a great healer. A Cleric is also one of the best BG3 Classes, making this an even more desired option.

In the end, having Shadowheart as a companion may be for the best. Since it is the only companion with a Cleric class, it is in a prime position for any party compositions to be made. The table below has added all details about Shadowheart before picking her!

  • Offers great support.
  • Possesses good healing.
  • Spirit Guardians are incredibly helpful.

 

  • Some players might find her annoying.

 

#2: Astarion

Best Companion With The Rogue Class.
astarion as a bg3 comapnion
BG3 Best Companions: Astarion
  • Why I Chose This: Astarion has a very fascinating personality, in my opinion. Couple that with the good combat options and the rogue class, he becomes an obvious choice.
Race High Elf
Class Rogue
Gender Male
Subclass Arcane Trickster
Background Noble
Strength 8
Intelligence  13
Dexterity 17
Wisdom 13
Constitution 14
Charisma 10

Astarion is the only companion of the Rogue Class. This makes this companion highly desirable and a great addition to the team if selected, which is why it is second in this list of BG3 Best Companions!

The High Elf Rogue offers not only DPS potential during Combat but also great Utility during Exploration, making it so strong. A Rogue class also offers its own benefits, and some of the leading ones include Lockpicking, Theivery, and Stealth, all great additions to the already great Astarion Companion. 

If your own character is also a Rogue, then using the Astarion as a Companion would be wasteful. However, if not, Astarion would be the best addition to the team, providing help every step of the way. Use its talents to their full extent and make well use of the team.

  • Has high potential as a DPS.
  • Very useful during exploration.

 

  • Not a great choice for players with Rogue class characters.

 

#3: Gale

Best Spells.
gale in bg3 as a companion
BG3 Best Companions: Gale
  • Why I Chose This: Gale possesses some great stats, especially for a Wizard class. Just having a companion that can cast spells will give you a massive advantage.
Race Human
Class Wizard
Gender Male
Subclass N/A
Background Sage
Strength 9
Intelligence  16
Dexterity 14
Wisdom 11
Constitution 15
Charisma 13

This companion isn’t as Unique as the ones discussed before; however, it still has its own perks, which paved its way to third place in this list! Gale is a Human Wizard, so all spells are usually cast through him. All of the best spells in BG3 are easily available to Gale, allowing him to use them against any and all enemies. 

While having access to spells during a fight is great, that is not all there is to Gale. He can also use his Wizarding powers in social interactions, and as a Role-playing game, that comes in mighty handy!

  • Amazing spells.
  • Ability to use wizarding powers during interactions.

 

  • Some players might find him Manipulative and toxic.

 

#4: Lae’Zel

Best Fighter.
Lae'Zel in bg3
BG3 Best Companions: Lae’Zel
  • Why I Chose This: Lae’Zel has some of the highest damage in BG3, which is a game-changer. On top of that, she has one of the best character development.
Race Githyanki
Class Fighter
Gender Female
Subclass N/A
Background Soldier
Deity Vlaakith
Strength 17
Intelligence  11
Dexterity 13
Wisdom 12
Constitution 14
Charisma 8

The fourth in this lineup is Lae’Zel, a Githyanki Fighter. She is a great up-close fighter, providing as much damage as possible to her opponents, oftentimes leading to victory. Having a heavy bruiser such as Lae’Zel as a companion is a great addition to the team, as it will help win many battles to come! 

Similar to Lae’Zel, there is also Karlach, another companion. However, the reason why Lae’Zel is much more preferred is that it is a more easy companion to have. She is easier to recruit and also has great DPS potential as compared to its competitors.

  • High-damaging fighter.
  • Easy to recruit.
  • Very funny dialogue.

 

  • Can be slightly rude at the start.

 

#5: Minthara

Best Defensive Companion.
Race Drow
Class Paladin
Gender Female
Subclass N/A
Background N/A
Strength 15
Intelligence  12
Dexterity 12
Wisdom 19
Constitution 15
Charisma 16
  • Why I Chose This: If you don’t mind going for an evil playthrough, recruiting Minthara will be worth it. She has some of the best dialogue in BG3, coupled with some great abilities.

The last companion to make this list is Minthara, a Drow Paladin. She is an extremely valuable ally and a much-wanted companion in many teams. However, recruiting Minthara is quite an ordeal which is why many choose not to do this, but nevertheless, one of the BG3 Best Companions choices there are!

Minthara combines her Melee powers with the Healing abilities that she earned from her deity to make one of the fiercest companions out there. She can take hits and blow them back, all while keeping the whole team alive and well. Below can be found a table with all details needed to know about Minthara!

  • Has great combat options.
  • Offers healing.

 

  • Difficult to recruit.

 

Alternative Picks

There are some other viable companions in BG3 that can help you in the game, but I did not include them in my list because of personal preferences.

  • KarlachShe is unstoppable during combat because of her immense damage and survival rate, and she also gains extra attacks with each successive turn.
  • Wyll: He can prove good in both long-range and close-range combat, but as the game progresses, he might lag behind other companions.

My Thoughts

My favorite companion has to be Shadowheart. This could potentially be bias on my end, but she was my favorite companion to romance. The rest of the perks were the cherry on top.

That is all, folks; everything you need to know about BG3 Best Companions can be found in this whole guide! Make sure to check out the detailed readings below each heading before making a decision on what companions to choose.

A key insight is players do not want or need 2 Similar companions in their team, so if their own character is a Rogue, do not opt for a Rogue as a companion but rather a different Class. There are no bad Companions in Baldur’s Gate 3, but choosing the best one for your own team is what needs to be focused on!

Make sure to leave a comment down below if there are any queries! Meanwhile, check out other guides on Baldur’s Gate 3, such as the Best Paladin Build or the Top 10 Best Build In Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Ibrahim Akhtar is a guides writer at eXputer. He uses his passion for gaming to provide insightful takes in his guides. Ibrahim spends most of his time defending Baldur's Gate from the forces of the Absolute. He has accumulated more than 15 years of gaming experience, having 1000 hours in The Witcher 3 and twice as much on Skyrim V. Ibrahim has previously worked at TopTierList. You can keep up with his Steam account to stay up to date on his latest explorations.

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