If getting to explore the Sword Coast with a party of colorful characters isn’t exciting enough, Baldur’s Gate 3 allows you to romance several characters you come across. From long-term committed relationships to one-night arrangements, there’s something for everyone who wants to add a bit more character to their playthrough.
Gale is a much-beloved character, despite the annoyance of his early in-game need for magic. He has a rich character arc that grows like many of the other party members the more you spend time with him. Pursuing the romance is worthwhile, especially if you love a little bit of magic.
How To Earn Approval With Gale
Earning approval with Gale isn’t too hard if you’re open-minded and ultimately not an evil character. He’s the resident wizard in the party, so long as you didn’t take off his hand as the Dark Urge, and he has a thirst for knowledge and power.
Approval is essential to romancing a character in Baldur’s Gate 3 and aiming to make decisions that earn favor with your desired companion is the best way to pursue a romance.
Unlike some members of the party, Gale is morally good. While there are moments where his morality wavers in favor of learning secrets of the arcane, he is a wise and open-minded man.
Making Good Choices
Gale approves of many things, especially if they’re good-aligned decisions. He approves of the following:
- Acts of heroism and kindness, especially when you have nothing to gain.
- Kindness towards animals in general, like Scratch and the owlbear cub.
- Interest and respect towards the arcane, even when it may seem dangerous.
- Avoiding violence when possible.
Giving Gale Magical Artifacts
To gain Gale’s approval, progress with his personal quest, and keep him alive, you’ll need to give Gale magical artifacts. Throughout Act One, you’ll only need to give him three to sate his appetite.
If you’re not sure what artifacts to give Gale, most items are safe if you have no use for them.
This romance guide contains minor spoilers for each act. Proceed at your own risk.
How To Romance Gale In Act One
After saving the Druid camp, you’ll have a celebration for your next long rest. Here, you can speak to many of your companions, some of whom will want to share the night with you if you have enough approval with them.
Head over to Gale and speak with him first to prevent any miscommunications. When he asks if you want to practice magic with him, accept the offer. Afterwards, when you go to your bedroll, the scene will start.
When you approach Gale, you’ll be able to talk to him about his love for his goddess, Mystra, and his devotion to the arcane. He’ll ask again if you want to try manipulating the weave for yourself.
You’ll have to pass a series of small checks that have a low DC of five. Passing them will create a comforting and intimate atmosphere.
Don’t worry about being perfect. Gale is a patient and excited teacher who’s just happy you’re going along with the lesson and trying something new.
Gale will ask how it feels to manipulate the weave like he does. Answer with either choice:
- You’re a good teacher.
When the moment feels intimate, you have the opportunity to release your grasp on the weave or savor the atmosphere. Hold on to the moment and imagine one of two things:
- Kissing Gale.
- A romantic walk.
Either option will startle him (in a good way), and you’ll end the evening with a bashful Gale and your relationship on the right track. Even though you won’t spend the night together, everything is set in motion.
How To Romance Gale In Act Two
In Act Two, after learning the truth in the Gauntlet of Shar, Gale will send a Mirror Image to speak with you at camp during your next long rest. Agree to follow along, and you’ll find Gale waiting for you in a meadow. You’ll talk about his fears and concerns and have the opportunity to comfort him.
When prompted, answer:
- “I’m not going anywhere, Gale.”
- Lean in for a kiss or say “I’m in love with you, too”.
This moves the scene forward, and there are two options: the illusion of magic to create a perfect moment or Gale just as he is now.
Embrace The Illusion
To proceed with the illusion, ask Gale to show you the perfect night in Waterdeep. You’ll get a glimpse of his life before your adventure started. Answer however you like to build a rapport, then answer when prompted:
- “I think that sounds delightful–but I don’t see a bed.”
- “Show me more. Show me it all.”
This will initiate a night among the stars–literally–where your bond with Gale will deepen.
Embrace The Real Gale
At any point, you can ask Gale to stop the illusion so that you can spend the night with the man in front of you. He’ll snap his fingers and end the illusion, bringing you back to the meadow for a much more subdued scene.
Choosing to stop the illusion will not prevent you from continuing the romance in Act Three.
During the fight against Ketheric Thorm in Act Two, you’ll need to talk Gale out of doing something reckless to continue.
How To Romance Gale In Act Three
Before entering the city, you can enjoy the Circus of Last Days and explore the Trial of Love with Gale. While this is optional, it’s highly encouraged to build on Gale’s story and gain additional approval.
Later in Act Three, Gale will ask you to find Sorcerous Sundries. You’ll need to find a specific book and read it to learn more about the crown that controls the Elderbrain.
This scene can easily be missed if you take a long rest after reading the book or if you head to the Stormshore Tabernacle like Elminster asked.
Gale can speak with Elminster, but do not proceed until talking to Gale at camp. Otherwise, you may miss this important scene.
After reading the book, “The Anals of Karsus”, Gale will want to speak to you at camp. He’s excited about the potential the future holds, especially if you support him. When prompted to, close your eyes.
Answer however you’d like until it comes time to support Gale or talk him down.
Supporting Gale’s Quest
When Gale looks to you for support, offer it. Tell him the following:
- I feel the same. Whatever you need of me, consider it done.
- Kiss him.
This will provide support to Gale’s endeavor with you as his closest ally.
Talking Gale Down
If you don’t want to support Gale’s ambitions, you can talk him down. To do so, bring him down gently:
- “This sounds dangerous.”
- “I can’t, Gale. This is best forgotten. I love you as you are.”
- “You’re already everything I need you to be.”
This will bring Gale back down a little, but the gentler option will allow you to spare his feelings a bit more.
Both options lead to the same scene, though talking Gale down dampens the excitement a little. Feel free to encourage him here.
Thankfully, this conversation won’t impact your ending. Whether you support him or talk him down, Gale will ask to speak with you another night to tell you that he’s having second thoughts. The decision will be yours to make for him later.
With that, you’ve completed all of Gale’s romance scenes before reaching the end of the game.
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