Baldur’s Gate 3’s Companions Switching Clothes Makes The Game So Much Better

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In any game where you can dress characters up, that’s what I will spend the majority of my time doing. I didn’t vibe with Cyberpunk 2077 on my first 25 hour playthrough, but after beating it again in a more in-depth 100 hour run, I enjoyed it a lot more by embracing the clothes and treating it as a fashion simulator. Gifting, making, and buying clothes was my favourite part of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Despite the sea of massive games ahead of us, I have already carved out time for Fashion Dreamer. If I can mess around in the wardrobe of my character, I’ll lose hours to it. That’s how it has gone in Baldur’s Gate 3, too.


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So far, the selection of clothes is not great. After recruiting six party members and clearing the Goblin Camp – which I looted so much, I became encumbered in the last lair – I had some decent armour I could swap into to give myself and my light-armoured friends a better armour class, but not much else. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been able to have a little bit of fun.

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A key decision you make in the Goblin Camp revolves around Minthara. Your mission in the camp is to kill her and the other two camp leaders in order to save the Grove and recruit Halsin. However, with Minthara, you can try to recruit her instead – either by sending her to kill the refugees you agreed to protect or by deceiving her and letting her think you’re helping her but instead sending her to the wrong place. I’m playing against type as a good-hearted Lolth-Sworn drow, so I didn’t want her in my ranks. I killed her and took her clothes. Those clothes are now my clothes.

Baldurs Gate 3 Astarion covered in blood shouting

The spiky leather of her tight uniform looks excellent on my own drow, and has become my standard attire when back at camp relaxing. That has freed me to give my old garb to Lae’zel, whose strange leather straps now adorn Astarion. In turn, his ruffled open shirt looks fetching on Karlach, while Gale serves in Karlach’s own ripped, muscular vest. They won’t all stay this way – Karlach’s look is perfect and belongs on her broad shoulders – but I’m hoping to find more casual clothes across my escapades to dress myself and my party up some more.

There’s already a nice set of armour in my chest, too. While some are repeats, as is natural when I’ve mainly been stealing them from dead goblins, there’s already a nice range. Karlach’s starting armour isn’t as impressive as it looks, so she’s now in a magical green shirt that looks like the sort of soft, fine silk Astarion would wear, but is actually much stronger than her rough and ready starter garb. Astarion, meanwhile, now has thicker metal armour more befitting of Lae’zel aesthetically, but is the best fit for his class and armour type.

Minthara at the Shattered Sanctum in Baldur's Gate 3

So far, I’ve mostly been making do with the clothes I either started with or can steal from others, but I’m hopeful that as I get further into the game, I’ll find an actual tailor and can start to imprint a bit of personality onto the game and have fun with it. In Dungeons & Dragons, I’ve mostly just used the clothes that my character is wearing in the picture I find on Pinterest, then bought the most effective, affordable armour during character building. In my own adventures though, I try to flavour merchants with a sense of fashion to aid with the world building, as well as selling potions and weapons. I’m yet to even reach Baldur’s Gate 3 itself, so hopefully a city so dense will have the drip I need.

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