Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Let Gale Reforge the Crown in BG3?

To forge anew or return to Mystra?

By GamesRecon

Baldur’s Gate 3 is a game that’s as sprawling as it is intricate, offering players a variety of choices, each weaving into the next to create a uniquely personal narrative. One of the crucial decisions you’ll face involves Gale: The Wizard of Waterdeep, a wizard companion with a penchant for the dramatic and the arcane. Specifically, the question at hand is: should you let Gale reforge the Crown of Karsus? Before we discuss this, be warned: spoilers for Acts 2 and Act 3, along with Gale’s storyline, are ahead. So, if you’re wary of spoilers, it might be best to bookmark this page for later. Want to stick with us? Great, let’s dive into the heart of the matter.

The Crown of Karsus Conundrum

During your adventures, particularly in Act 2, Gale stumbles upon the lore of the Crown of Karsus after an encounter with the Elder Brain. This is no ordinary crown; it’s steeped in history and magic. The Annals of Karsus, a tome you come across, piques Gale’s interest, leading him to propose studying it further to uncover the crown’s secrets—and perhaps, its maker’s intentions.

Here’s where your path with Gale can diverge significantly. During your talk with him, you will get many dialogue choices to let him reforge the crown and stop him from that. These options don’t just influence Gale’s immediate decisions but have lasting impacts that unfold in Act 3, post-Elder Brain confrontation.

Should You Let Gale Reforge the Crown in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3)?

Should You Let Gale Reforge the Crown in BG3

If you’ve encouraged Gale’s aspirations to reforge the Crown of Karsus, he’ll go on a quest to do that. He promises a reunion afterward, hinting at newfound powers and, if romance is in the air, even suggesting he might elevate you alongside his ascension. It’s a tempting offer, wrapped in the allure of ascension and power.

But, is it the best path? If your goal is to unlock every narrative crevice and cutscene, particularly an extra one, the answer leans towards “no.” Guiding Gale to return the crown to goddess Mystra instead of reforging it opens up a different route—one that arguably aligns more closely with the greater good and offers a resolution more befitting a guardian of Faerûn.

Whether Gale acts as your Origin character or your companion influences this decision to some extent, the choice of letting Gale reforge the Crown of Karsus or convincing him to return it ultimately hinges on the storyline you’re chasing. If you’re enticed by the possibility of exploring every aspect the game has to offer, then steering Gale away from reforging the crown is recommended. Well, Baldur’s Gate 3 thrives on the complexity of its choices, the depth of its characters, and the ripple effects of every decision.

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