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Baldur's Gate 3

How to Romance Gale in Baldur's Gate 3

Scott Peers

In Baldur’s Gate 3 there are plenty of options for romancing the various origin characters, each with their own temperament and background story that may entice you into pursuing a relationship with them. Of these characters, "Gale" iconGale has (arguably) the most naturally good disposition, so if that’s something you like to see in a romantic partner, you can’t go wrong here. It helps that Gale is also one of the easiest characters to romance if you’re roleplaying the noble, honorable type. Still, there are certain dialogue choices that you’ll want to get right to make the most of romancing him, and there are slight differences in how the relationship manifests based on your choices. On this page we’ll guide you through how to build approval with Gale, and the outcomes of different choices along the way.

Romancing Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to Recruit Gale in the Wilderness of Act 1

If you thoroughly explore the starting area after emerging from the crashed "Nautiloid" iconNautiloid at the beginning of the game, you’re pretty much guaranteed to encounter Gale early on. He’ll become one of the first companions that you recruit, so you can get a feel for his personality (and the mysterious, unanswered questions which are central to it) fairly quickly. If Gale dies at any point, there’s an elaborate method for bringing him back to life without using Withers in your camp. If you want to learn more about how to do this, see our How to Recruit and Revive Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3 page.

How to Build Approval With Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3

There are two main methods for building approval with Gale, summed up by doing good, and doing magic.

It’s Simple: Help People, Don’t Hurt Them

As mentioned above, Gale is a reasonably simple character to understand in terms of his temperament and disposition. He’s one of the few origin characters who seems to want to do good for the sake of doing good, without that intention being tethered to a religious commitment or a pact with devils, for example. He worships Mystra, the Mother of all Magic, but not necessarily as a blind follower. In fact, you’ll soon learn that Gale’s past life involves a little more than a romantic fling with this influential goddess. He still greatly respects and reveres Mystra, and that’s a powerful aspect of what drives his determination to do good in the world.

Outside of his pseudo-religious affiliations, Gale just seems like the kind of guy who wants to help as many people as possible with the time that he has left. There’s a sense of atonement for past transgressions in the way that he operates in the world, so he’s particularly sensitive to seeing good people being treated unfairly. If you do anything to take advantage of others, or especially if it causes them real harm, he’ll disapprove. On the flipside, if you help those in need and go the extra mile to protect them, especially at your own expense, this will greatly increase his approval of you. In general, when in doubt, try to diffuse confrontation with words, rather than immediately escalate with violence.

But There’s More…

The basics of building your relationship with Gale and maintaining a high approval rating are covered above, but there are more things you can do to improve it outside of his moral compass. This includes engaging with any encounter that explores magic in the world, such as solving puzzles using Intelligence or Arcana checks. You won’t always have the option to do this, but it’s obvious when present. Just make sure you have him in your party at the time. Gale will also be encouraged by you learning new magical abilities, but try to avoid tempting him to learn anything related to necromancy, as this can have negative consequences for his relationship with Mystra later on.

There’s also an aspect of Gale’s character which requires him to consume magical artifacts in order to stay healthy and stable. You’ll learn more about this as the story progresses, but you should indulge his requests early on if you want to build approval quickly. This condition of his doesn’t last forever, so you don’t need to worry about constantly hemorrhaging magical artifacts to keep him happy. Just do it for as long as you need to, or if you want to end the requirement as soon as possible, take a trip to the "Mountain Pass" iconMountain Pass and look for the wizard named Elminster. He’s on the path towards the Shadow-Cursed Lands, so difficult to miss.

How to Sleep With Gale in BG3

If you’ve done everything you can to please Gale and increase his approval of you, it’s only a matter of time before he’ll invite you to get more serious. This is most likely to happen during Act 2, especially after you’ve visited "Moonrise Towers" iconMoonrise Towers for the first time. Just make sure that you take enough Long Rests in the Shadowlands to trigger it before moving on. You should see an exclamation mark above Gale’s head at some point when you’re back in camp, but you’ll soon realize that it’s actually a mirror image projection of him, inviting you to join the real Gale in a more secluded place.

If you state that you’re interested to the projection of Gale, all you need to do is go to sleep using the nearby bedrolls in the camp. The scene will automatically trigger from this point, and you’ll have a couple of options to choose from.

Dialogue Choice: The Real Gale, or the Fantasy?

After a while of indulging Gale in conversation about his past, and how the vision of his future has changed since you came into his life, there will be two main options that you’ll need to choose from which result in you sleeping with Gale in different ways. You can either insist that you want to experience the real Gale, or you can accept his invitation to travel with him into a kind of ethereal fantasy, where he claims the potential for experiencing pleasure goes beyond the mortal flesh.

(1 of 2) You’ll find Gale’s mirror image in your camp at some point during Act 2.

You’ll find Gale’s mirror image in your camp at some point during Act 2. (left), You’ll need to choose between a real romantic experience with Gale, or a fantastical one. (right)

The fantasy version alludes to a more poetic version of lovemaking, while the “real Gale” is more carnal and impulsive. We tested both scenes… for science, of course, and we would highly recommend the fantasy scene. It’s far more interesting than the “real Gale” option, which only really leads to a bit of kissing and cuddling, before it fades to black. It also makes good use of the game’s technical capabilities, providing an almost cinematic experience in the cutscene. Trust us. Don’t bore yourself.

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  • Publisher
    Larian Studios
  • Platforms,
    Mac, PC, PS5, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Adventure, RPG
  • Guide Release
    6 April 2023
  • Last Updated
    14 June 2024
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Baldur’s Gate 3 is an immersive roleplaying game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. It features a rich story with multiple outcomes for almost every encounter, and plenty of character customization features including more races, classes, subclasses and party combinations than you are ever likely to explore. The seemingly endless possibilities and numerous choices that you can make throughout your journey make a helping hand always welcome, and that’s where we come in! This guide features the following:

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