- Many of the previous playable characters from earlier games in the Baldur’s Gate series do not return in Baldur’s Gate 3.
- Some characters, like Imoen and Edwin, could still be alive in Baldur’s Gate 3 due to extended lifespans or magical abilities.
- Larian Studios has the potential to bring back former companions as playable characters, NPCs, or antagonists in future DLC or sequels.
Baldur’s Gate 3 sees the return of several popular characters from earlier games, including companions Minsc and Jaheira and antagonists Sarevok Anchev and Viconia deVir. However, many of the previous games’ dozens of playable characters do not return. Although nothing has been confirmed in most cases, several could be alive in Baldur’s Gate 3 due to naturally long lifespans, magic, or other reasons.
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Baldur’s Gate Companions
- Imoen – Bhaalspawn / Possible partial vampire
- Edwin Odesseiron – Red Wizard
- Xan – Elf
- Kivan – Elf
- Coran – Elf
- Yeslick – Dwarf
- Kagain – Dwarf
- Quayle – Gnome
- Neera – Half-elf / Wild Mage
- Baeloth Barrityll – Drow
Imoen is a human, but her Bhaalspawn nature and exposure to vampire blood in Baldur’s Gate 2 could extend her lifespan. Notably, she appears as the leader of the Shadow Thieves in the potentially canon “Shadows of Athkatla” High Rollers DND game, interacting with Karlach and Astarion.
As a Red Wizard of Thay, Edwin could use magic to extend his lifespan. DND 5e material Minsc and Boo’s Journal of Villainy claims that he is hiding under the false identity of Sorcerous Sundries owner Lorroakan, but Baldur’s Gate 3 neither confirms nor denies this.
This dour elf was an ambassador from Evereska, and was bound to the sentient sword Moonblade. He could easily still be alive one hundred years later – though he likely wouldn’t be happy about it. Xan does get a brief mention in 3 as the subject of a racy romance novel pairing him with the Moonblade itself.
Another elf, Kivan desired revenge against Baldur’s Gate antagonist Tazok for the murder of his wife Deherianna. Kivan is one of the companions who appeared in Minsc and Boo’s Journal of Villainy. He had taken Baldur’s Gate 2 companion Cernd as his husband, although he likely would have outlived the human Cernd by the time of Baldur’s Gate 3.
The most cheeful of Baldur’s Gate’s elves, Coran was happy-go-lucky and loved nothing more than flirting with every woman he met. He turned against the party in Baldur’s Gate 2, but was rather hapless as an antagonist. Seeing Coran attempt to flirt with Baldur’s Gate 3 characters such as Shadowheart or Lae’zel would be hilarious.
The noble Yeslick could rectify Baldur’s Gate 3’s lack of a short race companion should he appear in future material. His personality is not the most standout, as he’s a fairly straightforward Lawful Good dwarf, though his dislike of evil could bring him into conflict with characters like Minthara or the Dark Urge.
Yeslick’s opposite, Kagain was an evil dwarven fighter with a mercenary outlook. He was motivated primarily by his desire for gold, and disliked doing good deeds. Minsc and Boo’s Journal of Villainy states that Kagain turned to Bhaal worship, so any future appearances he makes would likely be as an antagonist.
This gnome illusionist was infamous as one of Baldur’s Gate’s weakest party members, boasting of his own genius but possessing absolutely abysmal stats. Later in his life, Quayle ran a circus, which could possibly have evolved into Baldur’s Gate 3’s Circus of the Last Days, and became a foster father to Aerie.
Appearing only in the Enhanced Edition of Baldur’s Gate and its sequel, Neera was a romance option for the player character. She struggled to control her wild magic, which caused her to be pursued by Edwin and the Red Wizards of Thay as an experimental guinea pig. If she appeared, she could rectify Baldur’s Gate 3’s lack of playable Sorcerers.
Baeloth the Entertainer was introduced as part of the side adventure The Black Pits, where he began as an antagonist before ultimately becoming recruitable – although he never abandoned his evil ways. He was a grandiose emcee with a flair for the dramatic, and loved nothing more than watching his captives fight and kill each other for sport.
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Baldur’s Gate 2 and Siege of Dragonspear Companions
- Aerie – Avariel (Winged elf)
- Korgan Bloodaxe – Dwarf
- Jan Jansen – Gnome
- Hexxat – Vampire
- Glint Gardnersonson – Gnome
An avariel – a type of elf with wings – Aerie was one of the romantic options for the player character in Baldur’s Gate 2. She formed a close friendship with Minsc, who saw her as a replacement “witch” he needed to protect after the death of his original charge Dynaheir. Due to her close connection to Minsc, many fans were surprised she did not return in Baldur’s Gate 3.
This dwarven berserker loved violence and had quite the foul mouth. As he got into fights at every possible opportunity, it’s definitely possible that Korgan fell in battle between games rather than living out his natural dwarven lifespan.
The quirky Jan Jansen created and sold bizarre weapons and ammunition, although his true love was his precious turnips. After spending so much time with Jan, Minsc still despises turnips as of Baldur’s Gate 3. Jan’s status as an inventor could be used to introduce the Artificer class should he appear in later material.
An immortal vampire, Hexxat was exclusive to the Enhanced Edition of Baldur’s Gate 2 and was a romance option for female player characters. Her potential inclusion in Baldur’s Gate 3 would be an interesting one, as she would likely have unique interactions with vampire spawn companion Astarion.
One of the few party members exclusive to Siege of Dragonspear, Glint was a kindhearted family man who could romance male player characters. His good-natured optimism was a refreshing inclusion in Siege’s generally dark plot, although his limited role means that not much is known about this cheery gnome.
Any of these characters could be an interesting inclusion in future Baldur’s Gate 3 DLC or sequels, whether as a playable character, helpful NPC, or antagonist. Seeing them again would be a treat for fans of the previous games, and could lead to new dialogue and interactions for Minsc and Jaheira. With so many long-lived former companions to choose from, Larian Studios could definitely bring back any number of these – or at least provide some confirmation about whether they are truly still around and active or passed away during the large gap between games.
Baldur’s Gate 3
- Baldur’s Gate
- August 3, 2023
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 30 Hours
- Split Screen Orientation
- Vertical Only
- Number of Players
- PS Plus Availability
- Local Co-Op Support
- 1-2 Players