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Baldur’s Gate 3 Halsin location and how to recruit

As a Druid, Halsin will make for a powerful ally in Baldur’s Gate 3, with ferocious offensive power, and enough support to keep your party alive.

Baldur's gate 3 Halsin stands with leaf adorned shoulders and long brown hair with pointed ears

Where is Halsin in Baldur’s Gate 3? Halsin is one of the many companions you’ll be able to recruit to take along with you on your adventures through Faerûn. As a shape-shifting Druid, he can turn into many a terrifying beast to shred your foes – or you, should you make an enemy of him. As one of the most versatile classes in the game, having a good idea of what Druids can do will help immensely when battling demons, goblins, dragons, and more.

For more information on the myriad of BG3 classes and their subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3, check out our comprehensive guide. As BG3 Halsin is another Elf companion, you may have heard in our Baldur’s Gate 3 review that more diverse races exist, such as the regal Dragonborn or boisterous Halflings. If that’s the case, our overview of all the Baldur’s Gate 3 races has you covered. Read on to find out all there currently is to know about Halsin.

Where do you rescue the Druid Halsin?

To trigger the ‘Rescue the Druid Halsin’ quest and meet the Druid so that you can invite him back to camp, you must find him where he was captured at the Worg Pens:

  • Head west from Emerald Grove to the Blighted Village.
  • Continue west to the goblin camp and south to the courtyard.
  • Head through the Shattered Sanctum, keep walking, and go across the bridge. 
  • Enter the door ahead and go down the stairs to the right.
  • You’ll find three children with a caged bear – this is Halsin.

He can join you briefly as you clear out the goblin leaders from the goblin camp. However, after that, he will return to Druid Grove and provide information on Moonrise Towers, which progresses the main scenario.

If you want to recruit Halsin, you need to attack the goblins when you find him. If you’d prefer to attack Emerald Grove, kill Halsin here.

Baldur's Gate 3 Halsin as a druid can shape shift into a bear for any scenario including combat

Halsin abilities, starting equipment, and skills

Surprisingly for his… size, Halsin isn’t proficient in Strength, as his Druid class focuses more on wisdom. If you want more rounded stats for Halsin, you could increase his intelligence and strength when leveling up.

Here are Halsin’s stats:

  • Strength: 10
  • Dexterity: 14
  • Constitution: 14
  • Intelligence: 8
  • Wisdom: 17
  • Charisma: 12

Halsin starts with proficiency in the following Baldur’s Gate 3 skills: Athletics, Stealth, Nature, Animal Handling, Perception, and Survival.

Halsin’s starting equipment:

  • Druid Leather Armor
  • Druidic Bracers
  • Grovetender Boots
  • Torch
  • Quarterstaff
  • Halsin’s Grove Garments
  • Tasteful Boots
  • Halsin’s Underwear

How to get Halsin to join your party

After rescuing Halsin from the Goblin Camp he comes to reside at your camp, but cannot be immediately recruited. As you progress through the main quest, you’ll find Art Cullagh at the Last Light Inn, and this triggers Halsin’s companion quest. Eventually, he will join your party. It’s worth noting that if you do not help Art Cullagh, Halsin will not join your party, instead opting to stay behind in the Shadow-Cursed Lands.

Baldur's Gate 3 Halsin as a druid can shape shift into a bear

How to raise Halsin’s approval rating

As a Druid, protecting nature and animals and being kind to others raises Halsin’s approval rating. Other Druids hold him in high regard, and he strives to help others.

How Halsin gains inspiration

Inspiration points can be gained by both your own character and your companions based on your background. These points can then be used to reroll ability checks during key moments.

How to romance Halsin

You’ve probably heard of, if not seen, one of your options when romancing Halsin, as Astarion was seen getting intimate with the Druid’s bear form during a pre-launch broadcast.

Whether you want to roll around in the grass with the human or hairy Halsin variant, you must increase his approval rating to be able to trigger a romantic scene with him from camp.

Baldur's Gate 3 Halsin stands amongst the trees topless

Best Halsin build

The Druid is perhaps the most versatile class in D&D 5e, as it has proficiency in a plethora of weapon and armor types, access to powerful defensive-based spells, and the ability to shapeshift.

At level 2, Druids can pick a subclass, and Halsin may be a part of the Circle of the Moon given his bear form, though he can also slot into the Circle of Spores subclass. Here’s a list of spells to prepare after each long rest that make great use of Halsin’s abilities:

Level 2

  • Poison Spray

Level 3

  • Underdark

Level 4

  • Guidance
  • Mobile

Level 5

  • Coast

Level 7

  • Swamp

Level 8

  • Tough

Level 9

  • Forest

Level 10

  • Resistance

Level 12

  • Alert

Because Druids can change their spells frequently, feel free to experiment with what works for your party makeup. Until level 5, this build will have Halsin primarily supporting your party, making it easier to hit enemies, and can be modified to use more healing spells such as Cure Wounds.

If an enemy gets in close to Halsin and you do not want to use a charge of Wild Shape, the Cantrip Shillelagh can power up his club or staff to deal extra damage in close.

To get a better idea of how he fits into your party, check out our BG3 companion guides on Gale the Wizard, Laezel the Fighter, Astarion the Rogue, and Wyll the Warlock. When built well together, you should have no problem taking on the dangers of Faerun.