Baldur’s Gate 3: All returning characters & where to find them
While Baldur’s Gate 3 has an entirely new plot that is unrelated to its predecessors, there are many returning characters from the series. So here’s a complete list of all returning characters in Baldur’s Gate 3 and where to find them.
The Baldur’s Gate franchise is well-known as being one of the most influential games in the CRPG genre. The story and characters featured in these games became fan favorites soon after they were released. With Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian Studios have paid homage to the original games and have brought back several of these characters.
You can meet all these characters in a single playthrough, and even recruit some of them as companions if you wish to. If you’re eager to learn more about them and where to see them in Baldur’s Gate 3, here’s how:
Volothamp Geddarm, popularly known as Volo, makes his return in Baldur’s Gate 3 as an NPC. He is one of the most iconic characters from the Forgotten Realms setting. Volo is also the fictional author of the “Volo’s Guide” D&D lore-book series.
He makes brief cameos in Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2’s expansion Throne of Bhaal. In these games, he shows up in taverns near the start of each campaign. In Throne of Bhaal, Volo tells your character that he’s writing a novel based on the events of the games.
Volo is found in the Druid Grove in Act 1 of Baldur’s Gate 3. When interacted with, he asks you a few questions and then states his plan of visiting the Goblin Camp. Later on, you can find him at the camp, being kept hostage by the goblins. If freed, he will join your camp and will offer to try and remove your parasite.
This obviously doesn’t go well but Volo offers a replacement eye called ‘Volo’s Ersatz Eye’ that allows you to see invisible creatures. This is a good upgrade for Intelligence-based builds like Wizards and Sorcerers, as the distance at which you detect invisible creatures depends on your Intelligence stat.
Elminster Aumar also returns in Baldur’s Gate 3 as an NPC. He is a popular character in the Forgotten Realms and is depicted as a powerful wizard who serves Mystra, the goddess of magic. Elminster, like his friend Volo, would occasionally pop up in the Baldur’s Gate games to check on your main character and offer advice.
You can find Elminster near the Mountain Pass in Act 1 of Baldur’s Gate 3. He will join your camp just to inform you that Mystra will pardon Gale if he blows himself up along with the Absolute cult on Moonrise Towers.
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Jaheira, the iconic companion from Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2, makes a comeback in Baldur’s Gate 3 as a recruitable companion. The Half-Elf Druid is a member of the Harpers, a group that fights to uphold good over evil and maintain a balance between civilization and nature.
You can find Jaheira defending the Last Light Inn in the Shadow-Cursed Lands when you move to Act 2 in Baldur’s Gate 3. She can be recruited as a companion after you finish her questline and defeat Ketheric Thorm near the end of the same Act.
Minsc, one of the most popular characters in the Baldur’s Gate franchise, also returns in Baldur’s Gate 3 as a recruitable companion. He is accompanied by his miniature giant space hamster named Boo. They were both voluntarily petrified, which explains how they survived for so long.
Minsc will be the last companion that you can recruit in Baldur’s Gate 3, which is why you’ll find him in Act 3. To recruit him, you will need to have already acquired Jaheira as a companion. You have to then progress in her questline ‘The High Harper.’ Your first encounter with Minsc & Boo will be at the Counting House Vault.
Viconia Devir was a recruitable companion in Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2, but she returns only as an NPC in Baldur’s Gate 3. She is a female Drow who worships Shar and has become the Mother Superior of the cult of Shar.
You can Viconia DeVir at the House of Grief, Lower City, in Act 3 of Baldur’s Gate 3. She is involved in Shadowheart’s personal quest, ‘Daughter of Darkness,’ and can be killed or spared.
Sarevok Anchev returns in Baldur’s Gate 3 after being the main antagonist in Baldur’s Gate and a recruitable companion in Baldur’s Gate 2. He is a major antagonist in the latest game as well, but he’s associated with your unique Origin questline if you’re playing as The Dark Urge.
You’ll find Sarevok at the Temple of Bhaal in Baldur’s Gate 3. The ‘Investigate the Murders’ questline in Act 3 leads to this location.
So that was all about the returning characters in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you want to know more about the game, check these out:
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