Larian Studios Overhauls Companion Classes in Baldur’s Gate 3

Companion Classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 are an important consideration when choosing party members for your adventure!

Baldur's Gate 3 Meeting Astarion
Baldur’s Gate 3: Meeting Astarion
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Larian Studios Overhauls Companion Classes in Baldur’s Gate 3

Anyone who has played Baldur’s Gate 3 in Early Access on Steam knows just how important companions are to both the story and gameplay. The game features a diverse cast of companions, each with their own unique personalities, backgrounds, and abilities. These companions play a crucial role in shaping the player’s journey and offer engaging interactions throughout the game. You’ll meet these companions at different points throughout the game, for some, if you miss recruiting them once you may get a second chance.

Each of the companions has their own questlines, secrets, and personal stories that can profoundly impact the player’s journey. Through interactions and decisions, players can develop deep connections with these characters, unlocking their full potential, and discovering the depths of their personalities while exploring the fascinating world of Baldur’s Gate 3.

In Early Access each of the companions also had their own specific classes. Lae’zel is a Fighter, Astarion is a Rogue, Gale a Wizard, and Shadowheart a Cleric, for example. As you progress through the first Act of the game and gather your allies, you’ll discover the importance of managing your party to maximize your effectiveness both in combat and exploration. Ideally, you want the class of your party members to compliment your own, rather than have three or four characters with lots of overlapping and similar abilities and skills.

Baldur's Gate 3 Gale
Baldur’s Gate 3: Gale
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Changing Companion Classes

In order to help players with party balance, it appears that Larian Studios will allow players to respec their companions to a different class. A recent video by Fextralife describes playing some of the full release version of the game and sharing what he experienced. In it, he mentions the ability to respec your character by visiting an early game NPC, something that Larian Studios had previously announced. What they didn’t mention at the time, but what seems will now be a possibility in the full release of the game is to bring a companion with you to this respec NPC and you will be able to respec them into a different class.

While this might seem like a strange option for the developers to offer players, it may actually help greatly with roleplay and party balance. If you have chosen to play as a Wizard character, for example, then you may not want to duplicate that role in your party. Thus, you may find yourself leaving Gale behind at camp all of the time. If you really like his character, however, and want to hear his dialogue and explore his personal story then bringing him along anyway may result in a bit of difficulty in combat.

By respecing his class, you can give him a different role, allowing you to bring him along on your adventures without weakening your party structure. There is one major consequence that players should be aware of before doing this, however. Should you choose to respec and main companion’s class, this could result in a change in some dialogue options. Specifics examples or how extensive these changes are have not been made available yet, but it’s something to keep in mind if you are considering making that change.

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