Companion Approval in Baldur's Gate 3 changes based on the decisions you make throughout the course of the game. It may go up or down depending on what you do, and you can even Romance your Companions with high enough Approval. Below is a list of Approval by Companion, with some information about what will raise or lower it.

Companion Approval in Baldur's Gate 3

 

Astarion

 

Approval Up

  • Deceive Tieflings and ask Lae'zel to say "please" before freeing her from the cage OR Join Lae'zel against the tieflings if you persuade them to free her OR Attack Tieflings (in dialog) even if Lae'zel is still in the cage
  • Choose to attack Taman and Gimblelock in dialogue outside the Crypt.
  • Tell Auntie Ethel about a Tadpole in your head in the Druid Grove
  • Try to persuade the goblin Guard outside the Blighted Village
  • In the broken house opposite to the portal, Search the Cellar in the Blighted Village and Intimidate the Ornate Mirror
  • Decline the Devil's invitation to remove your Tadpole
  • Respond to Volo in the Goblin Camp with "-"
  • Kneel down and lick Novice Crusher's foot in the Goblin Camp (Starts a battle)
  • Let Astarion suck your blood in Camp
  • Support Astarion in the dialogue with the team after the bite in the Camp
  • Tell him he can feed on enemies
  • Persuade him to share his dream with you
  • Say you cover him up ( ... if he covers you” - also works) in the same dialogue
  • Kill Gandrel (the hunter who is located nearby Ethel's home)
  • Agree to help tiefling Karlach
  • In the conversation with Shadowheart (after the dream with the city in fire) support the Astarion's idea to continue usage of Tadpoles' power
  • (After the next dream) say to Wyll that you are not going to excuse for using Tadpoles' power
  • Let Arka kill Sazza in the Druid Camps Makeshift Prison.
  • Tell Zorru at the Druid Camp that he better bow to Lae'zel when she tells him too.
  • Tell Astarion that the refugees are desperate, and will do anything right after that.
  • Tell Mattis he's getting "Paid in experience ... " after pocketing the ring. 
  • Tell Kagha the Archdruid you enjoyed her show when she asks if you think she's a monster.
  • Choose to walk in on a bugbear and an ogre named Grukkoh and Buthir having sex at the north side of the Blighted Village in an abandoned barn.
  • Tell that it was fun right after that
  • Tell Mayrina's brothers they are on their own
  • “Baaa” back at redcaps pretending to be sheep (works the first and second time)
  • Resurrect Mayrina's husband, give her the staff and right after that tell Astarion that's funny
  • Talk to True Soul Gut in the Goblin Camp, after she knows you have a Tadpole as well say, "Can we talk privately? This is a sensitive matter." Follow her and talk to her in the chapel and say, "Change of plan. I'm going to kill you."
  • Demand boots in the dialogue with Tulla ( in the underdark, mushrooms camp)
  • Agree to kill dark dwarfs for “mushrooms” leader
  • Do not excuse for using the power of Tadpoles ( dialogue with the party at the Camp)
  • Tell Abdirak you're curious and agree to be tortured (the follower of Loviatar in the goblin camp)
  • Agree to open the gate for goblin raiders.
  • Open the Gate for goblin raiders
  • Join Minthara for the Grove raid ( It's possible without actual opening the Gates)
  • Fight the fake god Boooal in the Festering Cove OR Let the Koa-Toes bow to you as the Boooal's chosen
  • Ask for "Compensation for Effort" in dialogue with Bark Root (guy who was tied to the windmill)
  • Crush the tadpole that comes out of True Soul Edowin.
  • Say "They practically worshipped us. that could be useful" right after that
  • Attack the Druid Apprentice Nettie
  • Agree to share your bed with him at the Tiefling party at camp
  • Choose the option to "Bare your neck, inviting him" in the bed scene
  • Kill Githyanki patrol
  • Agree to kill duergars (dark dwarfs) for myconids leader
  • Intimidate or provoke human and Zevlor at the Druid Grove
  • Choose decapitation during night 2 dialogue at the Camp
  • Kill Gimblebock and the gang near the ruins
  • Give him the Necromancy of Thay.
  • Attack Goblin Camp
  • Volunteer to torture Liam at Goblin Camp
  • Agree to play chicken chase, at the Goblin Camp, then convince the owlbear to kill the goblins (“Animal handling: turn his gaze to the goblins – they deserve to die”)
  • Feed Owlbear at the Camp
  • Decline when Halsin asks to kill Goblin leaders
  • Laugh/Roar at Lorin (elf in Ethel's house) by pretending that you are the monster he sees
  • Choose to kill Kagha without trying to persuade her
  • Choose to spare Auntie Ethel when they surrender during the battle
  • In camp, giving your preferred method of death if you first answered that you didn't want to die.
  • (Upon speaking with Shadowheart after dream sequence) Say "The parasites have proved useful ..." when confronted by the camp.
  • After buying Oskar the artist in the Zhentarim Hideout (which gives Astarion approval down), call him your slave and say you don't make jokes with your slaves

Approval Down

  • Agree to help Wyll save the refugees in the Druid Grove
  • Question his attitude towards the controlled fishermen at Nautiloid wreckage
  • (Warlock Only) Say “He’s only a Cambion, we can handle him.” in camp dialogue after receiving the offer from the Devil.
  • Say that the Druids overreacted when speaking to Marriko and Locke in the Druid Grove
  • Insisting on continuing to be honest about having the tadpole in Dialogue with Shadowheart after killing Nettie.
  • Tell Silfy to "relax" after interrupting her attempt to pickpocket you. 
  • Agree to help Zevlor
  • Smear dung on your face for Sentinel Olak.
  • Let True Soul Gut in the Goblin Camp clear your mind OR Let True Soul Gut brand you
  • Take the poison from the Druid apprentice
  • Agree to help find Marina/Morina ( on the way to auntie Ethel)
  • Tell Mayrina that her brothers are dead "by your own hand"
  • Insist on helping Mayrina when talking to Auntie Ethel at her house.
  • Read the Necromancy of Thay or give it to Gale.
  • (After giving him the Necromancy of Thay) Say "Gale would take it off your hands" or "Then stop reading it!"
  • Persuade the Tiefling and Human to calm down when they're arguing at the Druid's Grove. It doesn't appear as though he will approve of any of the options available
  • Reveal his identity to the monster hunter.
  • Failing the persuasion check asking him to explain his dream
  • Killing Mayrina's zombie husband after bringing him back with the Hag's wand
  • Promise Nettie to take Wyvern Poison if you feel symptoms of the tadpole (after intimidating/persuading/decepting her).
  • At camp, when talking about your preferred method of death say you'd rather have one of the others do it, or that you don't have to choose.
  • At camp, when the owlbear cub comes with a dead bird as a gift, eat it.
  • At Grymforge, replying "I'll do what I can" to the two gnomes - Lunkbug and Apprentice Laridda - digging to free True Soul Nere and wanting to free their friends.
  • (Upon speaking with Shadowheart after dream sequence) Say "We should stop using the parasites ..." when confronted by the camp.
  • When speaking with Eight (child on the far eastern side of the goblin camp), Say "Sorry for your loss" after asking about a corpse. 
  • Buy Oskar the artist.
  • Give Oskar the artist gold after freeing him.

 

Shadowheart

 

Approval Up

  • Telling Shadowheart in Camp that making finding the healer your top priority rewards you with Approval
  • Calm the Scared Boar by the crash site (Animal Handling), or telling it to calm down (Speaks with Animals)
  • Succeed in a Religion check when reading the Book of Dead Gods.
  • Show Guex in the Druid Grove your sword fighting technique
  • Persuade Arka that killing Sazza means she'll take everything to the grave.
  • In the conversation with Shadowheart after speaking with Sazza and learning about Gut, "You're right. We have to investigate all leads, no matter how unsavoury."
  • After saving Nadira from the Bugbear Assassin in the Grove, use Deception to convince her to give you the soul coin.
  • Tell Andrick and Brynna to forget the Owlbear and leave.
  • Crush the Tadpole outside of the Druid Grove
  • Swear to Nettie you will take the poison
  • Convince the Owlbear not to kill you in its cave
  • Tell Scratch (dog) that he can come to your Camp if his friend doesn't wake up.
  • ”Baaa” back at redcaps pretending to be sheep (works the first and second time)
  • Resist during the first Dream sequence.
  • Fight the fake god Boooal in THE FESTERING COVE.
  • Decline the Devil's invitation to remove your Tadpole
  • Refuse to play chicken chase with the owlbear in the Goblin Camp, then speak to it and give it your scent to follow to camp
  • Make Novice Crusher kiss your foot in the Goblin Camp (approval both for passing the check to tell him to, and also the check to actually make him kiss it) OR Kiss his foot and steal the ring OR Lick his foot (Starts a battle) OR Give his foot a kiss and get it over with
  • Talk to True Soul Gut in the Goblin Camp, after she knows you have a Tadpole as well say, "Can we talk privately? This is a sensitive matter." Follow her and talk to her in the chapel and say, "Change of plan. I'm going to kill you."
  • Choosing Stay silent option when confronting Kagha about the fate of Arabella
  • Telling Silver (with animal talking potion on) that you talked to him just to give him your scent
  • (Upon speaking with Shadowheart after dream sequence) Say "We should stop using the parasites ..." when confronted by the camp.
  • When speaking with Eight (child on the far eastern side of the goblin camp), Say "Sorry for your loss" after asking about a corpse.
  • Intimidate or persuade Zarys in the Zhentarim hideout  (i.e., tell her to stand down or say you don't want trouble)
  • Say you want to buy Oskar the artist in the  Zhentarim hideout (“Fine, I’ll buy him. How much?”) and then successfully persuade or intimidate his slaver (Brem)

APPROVAL EXPLOIT:

After discovering a damaged helmet on a body in the Blighted Village and passing a few skill checks in dialogue with Shadowheart, you can get her to reveal her worship of Shar.
After this, the following dialogue option can be repeated in camp to gain infinite approval increase:

  • We should get to know each other better.
  • Tell me something about yourself besides Shar, besides tadpoles.
  • You'll have to point out night orchids to me if we ever pass some.

Approval Down

  • Join Lae'Zel against the Tieflings if you Persuade them to free her.
  • Agree to help Wyll save the refugees in the Druid Grove.
  • Tell Auntie Ethel you have a tadpol in your head at the Druid Grove.
  • Try to persuade the goblin guard outside the Goblin Camp.
  • Let True Soul Gut brand you.
  • Help Auntie Ethel when she's confronted by Johl and Demir
  • Agree to allow Auntie Ethel to remove your Tadpole.
  • Smear dung on your face for Sentinel Olak.
  • Shadowheart has a rivalry attitude towards Lae'zel, heed to Lae'zel's advice will upset her.
  • Telling her she's hiding something in Camp conversation will result in her displeasure.
  • If you choose to walk in on the two trolls having sex in the Blighted Village.
  • Read the Necromancer of Thay from Search the Cellar.
  • (Upon speaking with Shadowheart after dream sequence) Say "The parasites have proved useful ..." when confronted by the camp.
  • Give Oskar the artist gold after freeing him.

 

Gale

 

Approval Up

  • Convince Rolan to stay in the Druid Grove
  • Calm the Scared Boar by the crash site (Animal Handling), or telling it to calm down (Speaks with Animals)
  • Agree to help Wyll save the refugees in the Druid Grove
  • Show Guex in the Druid Grove your sword fighting technique
  • Say that the Druids overreacted when speaking to Marriko and Locke in the Druid Grove
  • Crush the Tadpole outside of the Druid Grove
  • Convince the Owlbear not to kill you in its cave
  • Tell Scratch (dog) that he can come to your Camp if his friend doesn't wake up.
  • Help Auntie Ethel when she's confronted by Johl and Demir
  • Tell Mayrina that her brothers are dead "by your own hand"
  • Insist on helping Mayrina when talking to Auntie Ethel at her house.
  • Agree to help Zevlor
  • Refuse to play chicken chase with the owlbear in the Goblin Camp, then speak to it and give it your scent to follow to camp
  • Make Novice Crusher kiss your foot in the Goblin Camp (approval both for passing the check to tell him to, and also the check to actually make him kiss it) 
  • Help Karlach in Hunt the Devil quest
  • Sympathetic behaviors.
  • Fight the fake god Boooal in THE FESTERING COVE.
  • (When discussing his "loss" around the campfire) Say "... I sympathize"
  • When speaking with Eight (child on the far eastern side of the goblin camp), Say "Sorry for your loss" after asking about a corpse.
  • Intimidate or persuade Zarys in the  Zhentarim hideout (i.e., tell her to stand down or say you don't want trouble)
  • Say you want to buy Oskar the artist in the Zhentarim hideout (“Fine, I’ll buy him. How much?”) and then successfully intimidate his slaver (Brem)
  • Buy Oskar the artist
  • Give Oskar the artist gold after freeing him

Approval Down

  • Join Lae'Zal against the Tieflings if you Persuade them to free her.
  • Smear dung on your face for Sentinel Olak.
  • Read the Necromancy of Thay or give it to Gale. 
  • Agree to open the gate for goblin raiders.
  • Threaten to smash the magic mirror during the Search the Cellar quest.
  • (When discussing his "loss" around the campfire) Say "Another fool pays for his arrogance ..."

 

Lae'Zel

 

Approval Up

  • Show Guex in the Druid Grove your sword fighting technique (Athletics check).
  • Choose to attack Taman and Gimblelock in dialogue outside the Crypt. (Astarion approves as well)
  • When talking to Zevlor the first time inside the Druid Grove, tell him you're sorry but you have no time to help him.
  • During dialogue with Lae'zel, after she describes ceremorphosis, tell her you will find a cure.
  • If Kagha's snake kills Arabella, tell her "She was just protecting her own." in dialogue afterwards.
  • Swear to Nettie you will take the poison.
  • Crush the Tadpole outside of the Druid Grove
  • Decline the Devil's invitation to remove your Tadpole
  • Respond to Volo in the Goblin Camp with "-"
  • Make Novice Crusher kiss your foot in the Goblin Camp (approval both for passing the check to tell him to, and also the check to actually make him kiss it) 
  • Resist during the first dream sequence.
  • Cruel behaviors.
  • Calm down the boat near the vampire
  • Fight the fake god Boooal in THE FESTERING COVE.
  • Allowing her to speak to her githyanki brothers/sisters
  • Choosing Stay silent option when confronting Kagha about the fate of Arabella
  • (Upon speaking with Shadowheart after dream sequence) Say "We should stop using the parasites ..." when confronted by the camp.
  • Say you want to buy Oskar the artist in the Zhentarim hideout (“Fine, I’ll buy him. How much?”) and then successfully persuade or intimidate his slaver (Brem)
  • After buying Oskar (which gives Lae'zel approval down), call him your slave and say you don't make jokes with your slaves

Approval Down

  • Convince the Owlbear not to kill you in its cave.
  • Try to persuade the goblin guard outside the Goblin Camp.
  • Smear dung on your face for Sentinel Olak.
  • Tell Mayrina that her brothers are dead "by your own hand".
  • Agree to allow Auntie Ethel to remove your Tadpole.
    • (After agreeing to allow Auntie Ethel to remove your Tadpole) There appears to be further disapproval when you select the eye (doesn't matter if you choose the right or the left)
  • Lae'zel has a rivalry attitude towards Shadowheart, heed to Shadowheart's advice will upset her.
  • Sympathetic behaviors.
  • Disapproves if you succeed in the persuasion check to stop Kagha from imprisoning the child.
  • (Upon speaking with Shadowheart after dream sequence) Say "The parasites have proved useful ..." when confronted by the camp.
  • Buy Oskar the artist

 

Wyll

Approval Up

  • Show Guex in the Druid Grove your sword fighting technique
  • Crush the Tadpole outside of the Druid Grove
  • Tell Scratch (dog) that he can come to your Camp if his friend doesn't wake up.
  • Try to persuade the goblin guard outside the Goblin Camp
  • Agree to fight Fezzerk in the Blighted Village
  • Decline the Devil's invitation to remove your Tadpole
  • Agree to help Zevlor
  • Make Novice Crusher kiss your foot in the Goblin Camp (approval both for passing the check to tell him to, and also the check to actually make him kiss it) 
  • Refuse to play chicken chase with the owlbear in the Goblin Camp, then speak to it and give it your scent to follow to camp
  • Tell Mayrina that her brothers are dead "by your own hand"
  • Insist on helping Mayrina when talking to Auntie Ethel at her house.
  • Help Karlach in Hunt the Devil quest
  • (Upon speaking with Shadowheart after dream sequence) Say "We should stop using the parasites ..." when confronted by the camp. 
  • Say you want to buy Oskar the artist in the Zhentarim hideout (“Fine, I’ll buy him. How much?”) and then successfully persuade or intimidate his slaver (Brem)
  • Buy Oskar the artist
  • Give Oskar the artist gold after freeing him

Approval Down

  • Smear dung on your face for Sentinel Olak.
  • If you choose to walk in on the two trolls having sex in the Blighted Village.
  • Agree to allow Auntie Ethel to remove your Tadpole.
    • (After agreeing to allow Auntie Ethel to remove your Tadpole) There appears to be further disapproval when you select the eye (doesn't matter if you choose the right or the left)
  • Cruel Behaviors.
  • Agree to open the gate for goblin raiders.
  • He will leave you if side with the goblins.
  • Allow Fezzerk to live after questioning him.
  • (Upon speaking with Shadowheart after dream sequence) Say "The parasites have proved useful ..." when confronted by the camp.
  • After buying Oskar the artist in the Zhentarim hideout, call him your slave and say you don't make jokes with your slaves.
  • Agree to help find the Zhentarim cargo for Zarys

 




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    • Pretty massive edits required on this page (missing approval changes, unclear and inconsistent descriptions, etc.), and the current setup is a bit messy and confusing. Would it be worth adding relevant location/other subheadings within each approval/disapproval column (e.g., >Astarion >Approval >Goblin camp)?
      I'm pretty new, so not sure if it's okay for me to be making those kinds of big structural edits but I'm happy to do it if it's alright/people think it would be helpful

      • Anonymous

        For posterity - I made two edits to this page as "Anon-74009" today. All future updates will be made under my official login.

        • Anonymous

          If you are a Cleric and select Shar as your deity you get extra dialog with Shadowheart as well as additional approval after discovering that she too is a follower of Shar via the Helm and statue of Selune near the Blighted Village.

          • Anonymous

            astarion approves if you use persuasion in his dialogue after you kill laezel during the first dream sequence

            • Anonymous

              If you swap characters before doing an action, is the approval based on the character who takes the action, or your player character?

              • Anonymous

                There's one in Astarion's Approval Up thats wrong. 'Make Novice Crusher kiss your foot' is supposed to be 'Kiss his foot, for now' and then steal the ring off his foot (not sure if stealing the ring part is what gives the approval, or if just simply kissing it does.).

                After that when walking towards the Heavy Oaken Doors that leads to the Shattered Sanctum a yellow question mark will appear above his head, you have to choose the last one answer in the dialog that says to enjoy the party and be careful of what blood he drinks.

                • Anonymous

                  Is there any way to tell how much an Approval action is worth? I've noticed that if you pet Scratch over and over in camp, the companion approval prompt will show in the corner each time but so far I haven't been able to tell if it is actually doing anything.

                  • Anonymous

                    ok, so after testing, these approvals are farmable, and many others exist not listed here. for instance, since Shadowheart is the only cleric/healer I have, I want her around a lot. in camp at a point after she admits to being a cleric of shar, there's an option to ask her to tell you about herself, beyond tadpoles, etc. she says she likes orchids and can't swin. choose to ask her to spot orchids for you (option 1) and she will approve. exit all the way out and restart the conversation. you can farm this until maxed approval. unsure what that is, but so far i've seen: neutral - medium - high - very high - exceptional.

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