How to speak with animals in Baldur’s Gate 3

The best information often comes from the most unlikely source, here’s how to speak with animals in Baldur’s Gate 3, so you can talk to the local fauna.

Baldur's Gate 3 speak wioth animals: a man with long, tied back hair and red face paint.

How can you speak with animals in Baldur’s Gate 3? The amount of conversation to be had in BG3 is staggering; every person has a tale to tell and often a request to ask. What you may not realize is, however, that it isn’t just the various races of Faerun who have something to say, but the animals that inhabit the lands, too. Speaking with animals doesn’t come naturally to all, though, so how do you do it?

Check out our Baldur’s Gate review if you haven’t yet decided whether to dive into the world of Faerun, but for those of you who have, it’s time to get your talk on. There are some races who live in harmony with nature, and can converse freely with any animal they see, for most of us, however, it’s a little bit more difficult than that. Here’s how to speak with animals in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Baldur's Gate 3 speak with animals: a bluejays talks about they dislike eagles. A lot.

How to speak with animals

There are a few ways to gain the ability to speak with animals, most of them come with your chosen class and the spell that comes along with it. There’s also the Potion of Animal Speaking which will temporarily enable you to converse with the beasts.

The classes that can speak with animals are:

  • Barbarian (Wildheart subclass)
  • Bard
  • Druid
  • Paladin (Oath of the Ancients)
  • Ranger
  • Warlock (Beast Speech invocation)

The Forest Gnome race automatically gains the ability to speak with animals due to a racial trait. If you choose to play as this nature-lover, you gain animal speech from level one.

Now that you can speak with anyone and anything, it’s time to get out there and make some furry friends. If you’re wondering how to best build your character, we have guides on the best wizard build, the best monk build, and of course, the best bard build, for those who like to make sweet, sweet music.