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Can You Be Gay in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Baldur’s Gate 3 from Larian Studios is set in the vast and wonderful world of the Forgotten Realms from Dungeons and Dragons. Previous Baldur’s Gate games haven’t exactly been great at LGBTQ+ representation. It did try in the second game, but ultimately it wasn’t what people were looking for. Step in Larian Studios, who have confirmed that, like their Divinity Original Sin games, yes, you can be gay in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Players take on the role of a hero who ilithid Mind Flayers have kidnaped. Taken upon their ship, the Mind Flayers insert a tadpole in your head that, inevitably, will also transform you into a Mind Flayer unless you yoink that sucker out fast. With only a limited amount of time on your hands, you and your companions (who also have a tadpole in their heads) must venture further into the world to discover how to free yourself from the illithid’s influence.

Be aware that this guide may contain spoilers.

Can you be gay in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Baldur’s Gate 3 comes with character customization, and players are encouraged to create their own characters and background. Not only are you able to change your pronouns and voice, allowing you to play as a non-binary character if you so choose to, but you can customize your body shape and genitals too. This was similar to Cyberpunk 2077, but unlike CD Projekt Red’s game, customizing your genitals and voice does not automatically change your gender. All in all, Larian Studios have created a character creator that is vast and inventive. But how does that relate to whether or not you can be gay in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Throughout your time in the world of Faerûn, players will encounter companions that they can travel with, as well as NPCs, that they will be able to form romantic and/or sexual relationships. It has been confirmed that all of your companions that you can form romantic relationships with are pansexual, meaning that no matter whether you’re a non-binary dwarf or a femme fatale Dragonborn, the people you meet will fall in love with you.

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As far as we know, there will be 7 companions for you to romance. These are:

  • Astarion
  • Shadowheart
  • Lae’zel
  • Gale
  • Wyll
  • Karlach
  • Halsin
  • Minthara

Other companions that have been mentioned are Jaheira and Minsc, though neither of them are able to be romanced. We know, we’re gutted too.

Can you be polyamorous in Baldur’s Gate 3?

It has also been confirmed that Baldur’s Gate 3 will feature polyamory, however just because you’re up for having more than one romance option doesn’t mean your lover feels the same. So, as always, ask first!

As far as we know, these are the available combinations of polyamorous relationships:

  • Halsin/Shadowheart/Player
  • Astarion/Halsin/Player

Is there anything else to know about Baldur’s Gate 3?

While there are plenty of companions for you to get to know, the world of Baldur’s Gate 3 has more than its fair share of LGBTQ+ characters that play a prominent part in the world. There are multiple NPCs you can meet (Barcus Wroot, Lakrissa, Alfira, etc.) who are queer, and each has fascinating backstories that make them seem more real rather than just a backdrop.

What’s more, there is even a vital storyline in Act 2 that has the potential to have two star-crossed lovers reunite – both of whom are women. These are major and significant NPCs for several quests.

So, can you be gay in Baldur’s Gate 3? The answer is a resounding ‘yes!’

Article was updated on 17/01/2024 to add additional information.


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Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.

2 thoughts on “Can You Be Gay in Baldur’s Gate 3?

  • So there is not mention about male liking other male, just playersexual without gender mention.. well better than nothing I guess..

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