Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Recruit Minthara?

What are the consequences of recruiting Minthara in Baldur's Gate 3?

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There are some serious consequences to siding with Minthara at the Goblin Camp and raiding the Hollow, the action solidifying the current playthrough as an “evil” one. Killing a bunch of refugees and Druids is pretty evil and fitting of a Drow. You won’t be able to recruit her until Act 2, but avoiding saving Halsin and participating in the raid will steer you towards recruitment later. So to the question: Should you recruit Minthara in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Should You Recruit Minthara in BG3?

Similar to the decision to free Sazza the Goblin or not, recruiting Minthara in Baldur’s Gate 3 means actively working against Emerald Grove and killing everyone within. There is simply no way around this part, since Minthara is working towards her own goals and for the Absolute.

To reiterate, taking the steps to recruit Minthara puts you on the evil side of the spectrum, as you have to murder innocents to initially prove yourself to her. She is a potential love interest later on in the game, and she is a strong Paladin to add to your ranks. The choice to aid her isn’t one to be taken lightly, however, because of the impacts it will have on your overall playthrough.

After the raid, Minthara will ask to spend the night with you after your first long rest. She can’t be actively recruited until Act 2, at Moonrise Towers.

Positive Consequences of Recruiting Minthara in BG3

The positive consequences here mean things that you gain through recruiting Minthara. Considering this is an immoral choice, you might not gain as much as you want.

  • Minthara as a companion and love interest.
  • A different approach to key portions of the story in later acts.

Negative Consequences of Recruiting Minthara in BG3

Then, there are the negative consequences, which are the things you lose by recruiting Minthara. As you might suspect, you lose quite a bit with this option.

  • You lose Wyll, Karlach, and Halsin as companions. Gale will try to leave and must be persuaded to stay.
  • You may have the face some of the consequences of your actions down the line, other than not being able to vend at Emerald Grove.

If you decide to recruit Minthara in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll have to be alright with attacking Emerald Grove, killing the Tieflings and Druids, missing out on three (potentially four) companions, and altering the course of the rest of your playthrough. I didn’t find this to be a worthwhile trade, so I left Minthara as my enemy and helped the Druids. But that might not be the case for you, and once you decide, you can check out our BG3 guide hub for topics like how to free Nere.

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Melissa Sarnowski

Melissa Sarnowski turned her hobbies of gaming and writing into a job through freelancing with the help of an English degree. If she isn't playing games and writing guides for them, she's spending time with her family or her dog.