Baldur’s Gate 3 Hirelings guide – what are Hirelings in BG3?

Baldur’s Gate 3 Hirelings guide – what are Hirelings in BG3?
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The Baldur’s Gate 3 Hirelings are an interesting type of character you can encounter in Larian Studios’ Dungeons and Dragons RPG. But what exactly are they?

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the Baldur’s Gate 3 Hirelings, what they are, where you can find them, and what they do. You’ll need a lot of gold, so make sure you know how to get to the treasure in the Baldur’s Gate 3 Goblin Camp. Figure out how to complete the Baldur’s Gate 3 Search the Cellar quest if you need to scrape together some coin and loot too.

What are Hirelings in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3)?

Hirelings are a hireable type of NPC that you can recruit to fight for you in exchange for a small amount of gold. They don’t have personalities or personal quests, and you’re not going to be able to romance them (though it’s not like you’re short for choice in that department).

Essentially, a Hireling is an extra pair of hands to help out in combat. You can upgrade them however you like, so they’re great for testing out new classes and subclasses without needing to commit one of your main Baldur’s Gate 3 companions to the role. Here’s how to respec in Baldur’s Gate 3. They’re not going to match up to Gale, Karlach, Astarion, Lae’zel or Shadowheart, but they can still hold their own in a fight nonetheless.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Hirelings guide: Withers speaks to the player after arriving at their camp.

How to recruit Hirelings in Baldur’s Gate 3

To recruit a Hireling, you’ll first need to find Withers in Baldur’s Gate 3. Find him in the Baldur’s Gate 3 Dank Crypt and add him to your camp. Withers is the one that you’ll be able to recruit Hirelings from. Like usual, Wither’s actions are cryptic. It seems that some of the souls on offer as recruits were previously bandits of an Absolute warband, while others may have been victims. Whatever happened, they’re now effectively his property, and he’ll sell them to you for your use in combat. They’ll cost 100 gold each, but will take up a slot in your party.

There are a few other things to keep in mind when recruiting a Hireling:

  • It costs 100 gold for each Hireling
  • You need an open space in your party when you talk to Withers in order to recruit a Hireling.
  • You can Hire up to three Hirelings at once.
  • You can order Hirelings to wait at camp, or dismiss them entirely. You can still recruit the same Hirelings back again, but you’ll have to pay the recruitment fee once more.
  • Hirelings will be recruited at Level One but can level up immediately. They will always gain the same amount of XP as your main character.
  • Hirelings can use Wither’s services to change class, just like other party members.
  • You cannot change a Hireling’s appearance, background, or race.
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Hireling equipment pave a road to profit

Considering their cheap cost, it’s surprising that each Hireling has two Healing Potions and a Scroll of Revivify. You could use these to revive more important story companions.

Best Hirelings to recruit in BG3

Here’s a list of the best Hirelings you can pick from in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Zenith Feur’sel is a Light Domain Cleric who is great at supporting the party in combat. While Shadowheart is a great Cleric too, the Trickery Domain offers a different ability set altogether.
  • Eldra Luthrinn is a Gold Dwarf who happens to be a Barbarian. You also get to pick their subclass. It’s a great pick for players who killed Karlach instead of recruiting her.
  • Kerz is a Half-Orc Paladin that costs 100 Gold while Minthara costs players the entire Druid Grove, Tieflings and all. Their tanky nature pairs well with heal spells that can sustain the party’s health during long battles.
Baldur’s Gate 3 Hirelings guide: the Hireling selection screen menu.

All Hirelings in Baldur’s Gate 3

Although the Hirelings might not have distinctive personalities, they are still separate characters, each with specific names, and starting stats. Here’s a full breakdown of all the Hirelings on offer.

DantonMephistopheles TieflingDruid10141417812
Eldra LuthrinnGold DwarfBarbarian17131512810
Maddala DeadeyeHumanRogue81714131310
Varanna SunblossomWood Half-Elf Fighter17131512108
Kree DerryckDuergarWarlock81413101317
Brinna BrightsongLightfoot HalflingBard81513101217
Zenith Feur’selHigh ElfCleric11141317812
JacelynHigh Half-ElfSorcerer81315101217
Ver’yll WenkiirLolth-Sworn DrowRanger12171315812
Sir FuzzalumpRock GnomeWizard81315101712

List of Hirelings in Baldur’s Gate 3

Here are the in-game descriptions of the Hirelings in BG3:

  • Danton – Danton was a refined druid and rearer of peacoks until he thought transforming into one would help him escape Absolutist mauraders. He was wrong.
  • Kerz – Kerz lived many years as a paladin and mercenary, years which took a hard toll on them. Befriending a group of pleasant ogres, they laid down their weapon and were taught a rudimentary etiquette class before the ogres were attacked one night and Kerz once more took up their steel.
  • Eldra Luthrinn – Eldra Luthrinn, slayer of people, monsters, and cups of sweet pear tea, was shown a watery grave when hunting Absolutists in the valleys of the Chionthar.
  • Maddala Deadeye – Maddala’s blindness was cured by another True Soul passing through her village so they could watch it being burnt to the ground around them. Such was the price of refusing the Absolute.
  • Varanna Sunblossom – Once a battle-worn veteran fighting for the Absolute, Varanna learnt that loyalty to the would-be god did not protect you from the murderous whims of jealous generals.
  • Kree Derryck – Kree’s penchant for killing folk with a mere whisper was prized in the Absolute’s ranks, but the utter devotion to her patron was met with lethal disapproval.
  • Sina’zith – Sina’zith’s monastic preferences marked her a misfit among her kin. As did the illithid tadpole an Absolutist forced in her mind. For this, the githyanki slew her as an aberration.
  • Brinna Brightsong – Brinna Brightsong’s bawdy crooning was silenced by an Absolute bloodbutcher after a controversial performance in a Triel tavern.
  • Zenith Feur’sel – Zenith, once an optimistic Evereskan Graycloak, journeyed to Faerûn in search of a new sunrise. An Absolute warband proved his dour father right: Zenith was doomed!
  • Jacelyn – Jacelyn was born a sorcerer, the seventh son of a seventh son. The agent of the Absolute that killed him knew this, and is rumored to have remarked, ‘Probably should’ve left it at six.’
  • Ver’yll Wenkiir – Ver’yll spent his twilights scribbling odes to leafy canopies, bushels, and the merits of the noble hedgehog. When he refused to join the Absolute, its forces tore his forest and body apart.
  • Sir Fuzzalump – Sir Fuzzalump was much mocked amongst his playful kind for his dour demeanour and single-minded devotion to the magical investigation of cave moss. He claims not to have giggled in over a decade, and has never frolicked.

That covers everything you need to know about Baldur’s Gate 3 Hirelings. If you’re wanting to use them to test out different classes, why not have a look at our tips on best Baldur’s Gate 3 ranger build or best Baldur’s Gate 3 warlock build to help optimise your buildcrafting?

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What are hirelings in BG3?

Hirelings are allies you can recruit to join you in BG3.

Can you customize hirelings baldurs gate 3?

Yes, you can customize the build of hirelings in Baldur’s Gate 3.