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Campfire Chronicles: Extraordinary Companions in Baldur's Gate 3

Now, let me update you with the latest news from the realm of gaming. Sharnelle Earle, the renowned game aficionado, has played through Baldur's Gate ...

Marloes Valentina Stella

Jan 19, 2024

Campfire Chronicles: Extraordinary Companions in Baldur's Gate 3

Now, let me update you with the latest news from the realm of gaming. Sharnelle Earle, the renowned game aficionado, has played through Baldur's Gate 3 multiple times and discovered even more characters who can join your camp. Some become official companions, ready to fight by your side and perhaps even find love in the midst of chaos. Others are camp followers, NPCs who grace your camp with their presence, offering valuable insights and participating in side quests, but alas, they won't stick around forever. Let's unveil the grand list of NPCs with the ability to camp with you!

First, let me introduce you to Tara, a mythical creature whose appearance depends on whether you choose to play as Gale or not. If you've chatted with Gale about his personal interests, you'll discover that Tara is his beloved companion and pet. As the fates decree, should you play as Gale, you'll encounter Tara in Act One at your camp. But fear not, non-Gale players, for Tara shall grace you with her presence in Act Three atop the rooftops of the Open Hand Temple in Rivington, her location mysteriously shifting throughout Baldur's Gate. Oh, the wonders of mythical friendships!

Now, let's talk about Scratch, the most famous furry baby in the game. Everyone wants this precious critter in their camp. However, convincing Scratch to join you is no easy task. He's fiercely protective of his deceased owner, firmly believing they're just having a long nap. To win him over, you'll need either a good Nature score or an uncanny ability to speak with animals, or perhaps a Speaking With Animals potion to bridge the communication gap. Scratch can be found right outside the Blighted Village in Act One, waiting for the right adventurer to come along.

But wait, there's more to Scratch's story! Once he's part of your camp, get ready for some fetch sessions and daily petting sessions. Rumor has it that certain companions might even grow fonder of you if you shower Scratch with affection. It's a win-win situation, my friends!

Ah, here's a fascinating twist in the game, one that requires true strategic prowess—the Owlbear Cub. Picture this: a unique pet that can join your camp and befriend Scratch if you already have him. It's a match made in gaming heaven! The journey to acquire the Owlbear Cub demands cunning and courage. In Act One, within a cave near the Blighted Village, you'll encounter the cub and its mother along a steady stream. Survive their fierce battle, and you'll discover the Owlbear Cub trapped in the Goblin Camp, awaiting your rescue. Unleash your inner hero, my friends!

Now, let me introduce you to Volo, a unique and hilarious character bound to bring laughter to your campfire tales. Early in the game, you'll have the pleasure of meeting this enthusiastic writer and Bard. Volo's dream is to collect all the juicy details about goblins and your thrilling adventures, weaving them into a mesmerizing story accompanied by delightful music. Though he can't become an official companion, you can recruit him as a camp follower, ensuring your camp remains lively and entertaining.

In your quest to find Volo, journey to the Druid Grove, where the protectors of the Idol reside. Engage in a conversation with him, and he'll reveal his plan to venture into the Goblin Camp, seeking more information. Later, you'll stumble upon him in the courtyard of the Goblin Camp, performing as a jester and enslaved Bard. Fear not, for you possess the power to rescue him from the clutches of goblins and welcome him into your camp. Let the stories and melodies begin!

Now, let's delve into the realm of usefulness with a character named Withers. Oh, dear adventurers, Withers is a treasure trove of benefits and gifts. When your dear companions fall in battle and you lack the means to restore them with Revivify spells, fear not! Withers comes to your aid, reviving fallen comrades for a modest fee of gold. Need more muscle in your band of adventurers? Withers can provide you with hirelings to bolster your forces. And if you fancy a change of class, Withers is the one to make it happen. He's a true gem, folks!

In the Early Access version, finding Withers was an elaborate quest called "Exploring The Ruinsof the Moonrise Towers." However, be aware that game updates may have altered his location and the method of recruiting him. Keep your eyes peeled, my friends!

Last but certainly not least, let me introduce you to the adorable Boo. Yes, the legendary miniature giant space hamster from the Baldur's Gate series makes a delightful cameo in Baldur's Gate 3. Boo is the beloved pet of Minsc, a fan-favorite character from previous games. While Minsc himself doesn't make an appearance in the Early Access version, Boo steals the show as a temporary camp follower.

To encounter Boo, venture to the Blighted Village in Act One. There, you'll come across a trapped goblin named Rat King. Free him from his predicament, and he'll reward you by summoning Boo to your camp. Boo will stay with you until you reach the Goblin Camp, where he'll bid you farewell, promising to reunite with Minsc someday. Oh, the joy of meeting a legendary hamster!

Dear adventurers, these are the extraordinary companions and camp followers you can encounter in Baldur's Gate 3. Each character brings a unique flavor to your camp and offers valuable interactions and quests. Whether it's the mythical presence of Tara, the loyal Scratch and his potential friend, the Owlbear Cub, the entertaining Volo, the versatile Withers, or the legendary Boo, they all contribute to the rich tapestry of your adventure.

So, when you find yourself huddled around the campfire, weary from your battles and in need of respite, remember the extraordinary companions who stand by your side, ready to share their stories and lend a helping hand. May your journey in Baldur's Gate 3 be filled with camaraderie, laughter, and unforgettable memories with these remarkable characters. Happy adventuring, my friends!

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