Starting a romance with Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3 is at the top of many players’ to-do lists. Therefore, here’s a guide that shows you how to successfully get close to the wizard during all acts.
Here’s the deal: Gale is a human companion in Baldur’s Gate 3, who is pulled out of a medium-sized rock at the beginning of the role-playing game. Yes, Gale may be a wizard by trade, but his magical excursions apparently don’t always go quite smoothly. I wonder if it’s because a large part of the gaming community wants to start a romance with Gale.
Anyway, how easy or difficult it will be for you to end up with Gale depends, of course, on what kind of character and what kind of attidude you travel Faerûn with. Also important is how you behave towards Gale in the course of the romance. In Baldur’s Gate 3, romances, just like the story, extend over several acts, so even after you have conquered him, you can do some things wrong.
But we’re here to help, so the following guide will tell you how to start a romance with Gale and stay on cloud nine with him in the long run.
How to Start a Romance with Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3
First of all, it is helpful to know that Gale is one of the morally upright companions. Perhaps he is even the “best person” of them all, at least in the here and now. And you should know that about Gale, because the basis of any romance in Baldur’s Gate 3 is the general consent of the beloved.
In other words, your actions and words should match the personal attitude of the beloved. Logical, because a murdering scoundrel with a bad-weather disposition, for example, will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to win the heart of a contrary character.
You get Gale’s approval by …
- … the use of your intelligence. No surprise here, since you are dealing with a master magician.
- … “good deeds”. Gale appreciates it when you don’t stab everything and everyone in conflict situations, when you act carefully in dialogues and when you help others. Such heroic deeds can also be the subject of dialogue from time to time. For example, after you have brought the Tieflling children to safety in the “Investigate the Beach” quest, it comes up in the dialogue with Gale.
- … the non-judgment of his condition or the condition of others in comparable situations. By his “condition”, of course, is meant the involuntary ravenousness for magical artifacts.
- … curiosity. As a member of the magical guild, Gale is very open to exploring the mystery.
- … active use of dice answers in dialogues. Gale especially likes responses based on knowledge of science, art, and poetry.
Gale’s relationships with others: As I’m sure you’ve noticed, Shadowheart and Lae’zel are practically mortal enemies who would tear each other apart without a mediator. Gale is not bothered by such a personal feud, even though he could imagine nicer things than sharing camp with a vampire, Astarion. Still, Gale shows some understanding for Astarion’s situation. Therefore, you only get minus points for isolated, morally questionable answers that you give to your cronies in Gale’s presence.
|Note: The guide is not yet complete. Baldur’s Gate 3 is a complex game, every decision can change the course of the game. We are gathering information from the game and other sources to give you the most accurate guide possible on how to start and continue the romance with Gale.|
In summary, it can be said that Gale’s “yes” is the easiest to earn of all the competitors. With a little tact and your civilized socialization, you should hardly have any problems getting Gale’s approval rating to swing to the right into the green area. At most, your character’s background as a “Folk Hero” will give you a small advantage.
If, despite everything, you should ever screw up an answer terribly, you probably know that Baldur’s Gate 3 has a quick-save function (the keys F5 to save and F8 to load the last game state). It’s also interesting to know that you’re more likely to slip up during intimate moments with Shadowheart than in “sober” situations.
The Romance with Gale in Act 1
While in Early Access of Baldur’s Gate 3 it was not yet possible to start a romance with Gale before the quest “Save the refugees”, this is now easily possible in the full version. Dialogues with Gale include romance options not only during rests, but sometimes during your journey as well.
By the way, if you approach the stone-traveling narcissist late in the game, you don’t have to worry about missing your chance. At least in the first act, you can always steer your relationship with Gale in the direction of a romance. The only thing to keep in mind is that Gale’s sympathy will be easier to gain if you haven’t started his personal quest yet.
The beginning of the romance with Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3 presents a certain camp situation in which the wizard has an astral female head floating above his hand and obviously needs to talk (seen, as always, by the exclamation mark above his head). Talk to him and show interest in his projection. Curiosity is also appropriate at this moment.
Your goal here is to literally experience a magic moment with the good Gale, that is, to learn a spell from him (with the support of Gale as your magic “channel”, of course). He will offer this to you relatively quickly, as long as you have accumulated enough sympathy points with him.
In the course of the enchanting date, several dice tests are necessary, but their difficulty is consistently low (5 points). Use answers and actions from categories that Gale is fond of. In this case, Arcane Lore, Intelligence, and History. Minor variations such as “Detect Thoughts” also work if you’re just trying to focus on something harmonious.
By the way, in case of success, you won’t be as quick on the lips with Gale as with Shadowheart. You won’t get a kiss on this first date, but your magical crush will make it clear that he’s not averse to your advances; quite the opposite, in fact.
Here’s an example of what answers and deeds you’ll be successful with:
- That is beautiful.
- Who is the woman you have summoned? (…) Do you miss her?
- You don’t have that look on your face when it’s nobody. (Persuasion role 5)
- Yes, I do.
- Imitate the gesture slowly and as accurately as possible. (Arcane)
- Repeat the words, slowly and carefully. (Intelligence)
- Think about the here and now. (…) (History)
- Magical. Sensual even.
- Capture this moment. (…)
- Imagine a romantic walk with Gale. (…) Or: imagine kissing him. (…)
The Romance with Gale in Act 2
In the second act of Baldur’s Gate 3 comes the moment when you’ll be able to decisively advance the romance with Gale. You’ll do this as part of his companion quest, whose part is to talk to Elminster and invite him to the camp. Then, after you have completed the Gauntlet of Shar, the next round of your romance with Gale will arise.
The scene here is once again the camp; return there just before the final battle of the second act. You will then find a mirror image of Gale in the place where he usually hangs out. Follow the mirrored Gale to trigger the next scene.
There Gale is sitting on a meadow, you will automatically keep him company. Thereupon the next dialogue between you begins and again it’s quite easy to give the right answers. Basically, it’s an extended confession scene followed by a, you know, pillow fight in a canopy bed. I guess Wizards do have their advantages.
Here’s an example of what answers you’ll be successful with:
- I’m not going anywhere, Gale. (…)
- Leaning in for a kiss or replying “I’m in love with you too.”
- I think that sounds delightful, but I don’t see a bed.
- Show me more. Show it to me all.
- I want the real Gale, not illusions.
The Romance with Gale in Act 3
We can’t say for sure at the moment whether the romance with Gale will continue in the third act, but it can be assumed. We will of course continue to play Baldur’s Gate 3 and update this section as soon as we have clarity on the matter.