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Baldur's Gate 3: How to romance Minthara

Learn how to romance Minthara in Baldur's Gate 3

Minthara, the bloodthirsty drow in Baldur's Gate 3.
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Want to know how to romance Minthara in Baldur's Gate 3? Those committing to an evil playthrough in Baldur's Gate 3 will gain access to a unique companion: Minthara, a Drow Paladin and follower of the Absolute who serves as one of the Goblin Camp leaders in Act 1. However, wooing Minthara is no easy feat. You'll need to commit some particularly heinous acts, and only after following through will you get your shot at a steamy night of passion.

In this guide, we'll break down how to romance Minthara in Baldur's Gate 3. We'll cover initial actions that you should take to get her on your side, as well as a list of actions that will increase and decrease her approval rating.

Note: if you're unsure about how romance mechanics work in Baldur's Gate 3, read everything you need to know in our Baldur's Gate 3 romance guide!

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How to romance Minthara in Baldur's Gate 3

To romance Minthara in Baldur's Gate 3, you must follow the main story to make a vital alliance decision that results in horrific bloodshed. If you follow the correct steps, you will have an option for a night of passion with her and can even get her to join your party in Act 2. We'll explain how to do this in more detail below, but first, let's explore how to get Minthara on your good side so you can begin romancing her.

You'll first find Minthara in the Shattered Sanctum, and your interactions with her can lead to several branching storylines. If you encounter her and choose to side with the Tieflings and kill the Goblins, you will also have to kill her. However, if you choose to side with her, you will open up new threads that allow you to romance her immediately or have her join you as a companion. At that point, you can also attempt to romance her for a more permanent engagement.

Siding with her leads to the quest Raid the Grove. This quest involves raiding and defeating the Tieflings in the Druid Grove. Once you complete this, Minthara will engage you for a night of steamy passion upon your return to camp.

Minthara romance: dialogue choices

If you're up for meeting Minthara for a celebratory fling, then immediately after the raid, choose the following dialogue choices — while other lines may also work, you can count on these to be a safe bet:

  • It's been a privilege to fight alongside you.
  • Embrace the change.
  • Open your mind.

You'll then be able to invite her back to camp for a celebration. Once you return to camp, seal the deal by speaking with her and choosing these options.

  • Yes, I'm yours, Minthara.
  • Do as she says.
  • I want you.

This will lead you to one night of passion with Minthara. However, there's a twist! Later in the evening, she'll return to kill you. If you'd like to stay alive and potentially recruit her as a companion, you must convince her of your affiliation with the Absolute. Fail to do so, and you will have to kill her.

In that interaction, you must choose to focus on her desire and then must succeed in a persuasion check.

If, after the whole "I'm going to murder you in your sleep" fiasco, you manage to stay in Minthara's good graces, you can invite her to join your party in Act 2. Even if you do not engage her at the camp, you can still have her join your party as long as she remains alive.

Note that there are consequences in choosing a romance with Minthara. Gale and Shadowheart will strongly disapprove of your actions, and Wyll will dislike it so much he will abandon your party. Halsin will reject you, and you will have difficulty recruiting Karlach as well.

You can no longer engage Minthara in a proper romance after the brief affair, even if you manage to recruit her to your party and earn a high approval rating from her. She will have plenty of dialogue interactions throughout Act 3 as you explore the sprawling city of Baldur's Gate, but it seems that you cannot currently advance your relationship with her as far as you can with other companions.

Recruiting Minthara and gaining her approval

You'll reencounter Minthara in the Moonrise Towers Prison, where she stands trial for the raid. If you want to recruit her, you can follow dialogue options that cause her to pretend to be a slave and persuade her captors to let her follow you, or you can choose to kill her captors. Once she joins you as a companion, you can increase your approval rating with her.

Gain Minthara's approval by:

  • Demonstrating loyalty to the Absolute
  • Heeding her goals
  • Siding with the Goblins

You will lose Minthara's approval by:

  • Attempting to exert dominance over her
  • Cowardice
  • Disloyalty to her or her appeal to the Absolute
  • Siding with the Tieflings

That's everything you'll need to know to romance Minthara in Baldur's Gate 3. If you'd prefer your love interest to come with a lower dose of ravenous bloodlust, you can also see our guides to romancing Gale, Wyll, Lae'zel, Astarion, and Shadowheart, Karlach, and Halsin, too. For some ideas on making your party stronger, take a look at our list of the best Baldur's Gate 3 builds.

Disclosure: Former RPS deputy editor Adam Smith (RPS in peace) now works at Larian and is the lead writer for Baldur's Gate 3. Former contributor Emily Gera also works on it.

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