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Baldur’s Gate 3 Laezel companion guide

Our guide covers where to find the fierce Githyanki fighter BG3 Laezel as well as her starting equipment and an optimal early-game build.

Lae'zel official art in Baldur's Gate 3

Who is Baldur’s Gate 3 Laezel? Every adventuring party needs a Fighter, and in Baldur’s Gate 3, Laezel fills that role quite well. Those familiar with the series’ lore will know that the Githyanki are incredible fighters, and BG3 Laezel is no different. With the right build, she’ll make mincemeat of your foes while keeping your squishier party members safe.

To see whether or not your own character synergizes with this powerful ally, our coverage of all the BG3 classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a must-read, along with a complete understanding of the in-game skills and feats. Don’t forget to check out our Baldur’s Gate 3 review to learn more about the game. With all that knowledge under your belt, you’ll be set for adventure with a balanced party in Faerun.

 Lae'zel is worried during dialogue in Baldur's Gate 3

How to recruit Laezel

You’ll find Laezel on the Nautiloid ship during the prologue. She’ll be the first party member you recruit and instrumental in your escape. However, after the prologue is complete, she will leave your party, requiring you to find her again on the Ravaged Beach, not far north of the Roadside Cliffs.

You will have to rescue her from being held prisoner by two Tieflings. Side with her against the Tieflings, and she’ll join up with you. If you do not recruit her immediately, it’s possible to find her dead near other Githyanki.

Laezel’s attributes, starting equipment, and skills

Laezel’s high strength stat makes her great at cleaving foes in two, though she lacks in some other departments.

Here are Laezel’s stats:

  • Strength: 17
  • Dexterity: 13
  • Constitution: 14
  • Intelligence: 11
  • Wisdom: 12
  • Charisma: 8

Here is Laezel’s starting equipment:

  • Longsword
  • Shortbow
  • Githyank Half Plate
  • Leather Boots

Here are Laezel’s skills:

  • Acrobatics
  • Arcana
  • Athletics
  • Survival
  • Intimidation

Laezel only truly benefits from athletics; the other skills aren’t based on her high strength stat. In fact, despite being quite the intimidating Githyanki, her low charisma score makes intimidation checks a risky endeavor. Keep her bashing skulls instead and out of dialogue checks.

Lae'Zel stands on a balcony in Baldur's Gate 3

How to complete Laezel’s companion quest

Laezel’s quest, The Githyanki Warrior, will begin once she joins your party after rescuing her from the Tieflings. Of all the companion quests, it’s the most straightforward: the Githyanki knows how to cure the tadpole infesting you and your party; you must find a Githyank creche.

After interrogating a Tiefling at Druid Grove, you will learn of a Githyanki patrol at The Risen Road. Go there, and after fighting the Githyanki, an item they drop will reveal to you the location of the creche.

How to raise Laezel’s approval rating

Fierce and prideful, Laezel likes it when you show your martial strength, dominate others, and are generally cruel. She and Shadowheart frequently butt heads, so if you prefer one character over the other, be warned you may lose approval fast. She also prefers the Githyanki way of removing the tadpole, rejecting the other options your party comes upon. Laezel is definitely a ‘fight now and speak later’ type of character who relishes small cruelties, thus, she does not appreciate any sign of weakness.

How Laezel 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.

Laezel has a Soldier background, which means actions that show combat prowess will often net an inspiration point. These include killing five enemies in a single turn or defeating a cultist leader. The more impressive your party’s battles, the more likely she’ll net you some inspiration.

How to romance Laezel

To romance the ferocious and standoffish Laezel, you must have a high enough approval rating with her. For more on approval, read the above section.

Laezel is the most straightforward companion to romance as, if she has a high enough approval of you; she’ll basically proposition you for sex should you speak with her in camp during the celebration. It’s terrifying how hard she comes onto you, but if you’re into it, simply accepting her offer to spend the night will suffice.

Approach your bedroll and select Laezel as your romance partner. She’ll lure you to an abandoned stone ruin; you’ll have the option to intimidate her into submitting to you or letting Laezel have her way with you. Kinky. Either way, you’ll wake up sore.

Lae'zel prepares to attack in Baldur's Gate 3

Best Laezel build

Laezel begins with the Great Weapon Fighting style, meaning she’s great at attacking with two-handed weapons rather than with a shield or dual-wielding. As Fighters are pretty straightforward, it isn’t until level 3 that you’ll have to make a choice about her build, as she’ll have two subclasses to choose from: Battle Master or Eldritch Knight. For Laezel, it’s highly recommended to go the Battle Master route, as she lacks sufficient Intelligence to make the most of the magic-wielding Eldritch Knight.

As a level 3 Battle Master, you will choose three maneuvers for her which are powered by subclass-specific superiority dice. We recommend choosing the following:

  • Menacing Attack, to have a chance to frighten enemies
  • Riposte, deals massive damage if an opponent misses you
  • Trip Attack (Melee), to knock an opponent prone

At level 4, it’s recommended to choose ability improvement to buff your strength up by two points. At 19 strength, her maneuvers will be quite fearsome. Finally, level 5 will grant her an extra attack – you have nothing extra to add here.

And that’s all you need to know to get an early jump on making the most of Laezel’s abilities. As a cruel character, she might not always mesh with your party when it comes to dialogue, making choices, and chilling at the BG3 camp, but she certainly will pull her own weight and then some in battle.

For more information on the many, many gameplay systems Laezel will need to take advantage of, be sure to read our overview of Baldur’s Gate 3 abilities and Baldur’s Gate 3 proficiencies. If you’re curious about what her Githyanki race is all about, we highly recommend checking out all playable Baldur’s Gate 3 races in Baldur’s Gate 3 and their subraces, bonus stats, and perks.