Who Is the Guardian in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Baldur's Gate 3 Gurdian

As you finalize your character in Baldur's Gate 3, you're immediately met with a second character customization screen. The game asks you to personalize your Guardian, but they don't immediately explain who this individual is and what part they play in the story. It's drip-fed to you throughout the game's lengthy story. So, who is the Guardian in Baldur's Gate 3?

Who Is the Guardian in Baldur's Gate 3?

The Guardian is a non-playable character who appears in cutscenes and dream sequences. Initially, they are known as the Dream Visitor before eventually revealing their true purpose: to keep the player alive so that they do not succumb to the Mind Flayer Parasite. As you progress through the game's storyline, you'll find the Guardian plays a more significant role in the overarching plot.

Baldur's Gate 3 Guardian Customization
Image Credit: Brandon Morgan, Wealth of Geeks.

You can fully customize your Guardian to your liking, choosing:

  • Race
  • Subrace
  • Body Art
  • Eyes
  • Makeup
  • Hair
  • Facial Hair
  • Voice
  • Tattoos

Almost every option available to you during character creation for your main character is here for the Guardian, too.

But enough about their appearance. The Guardian will occasionally come to you in dream sequences when you take a long rest back at camp. The first scene occurs in Act 1, after your first long rest, and they'll occasionally visit during dreams and dialogue as you move through the story. The key, however, is that you must give in to their requests to use your Illithid Powers.

Can You Romance the Guardian in Baldur's Gate 3?

Overall, Baldur's Gate 3 is quite clear about its romanceable companions and the occasional tryst with a few Drow, a Mindflayer, and a bear, alongside the usual companions who hang around your campsite. But there's one that everyone is curious about, and that is the Guardian!

As it turns out, you may indeed romance the Guardian in Baldur's Gate 3. You must progress to Act 3, where you will learn more about your Dream Guardian and their motives, including their identity and personality. If you show interest during dialogue, you'll open up the opportunity to romance them. 

Author: Brandon Morgan

Title: Guide Writer



Video game guide writer, copywriter, SEO, author, digital marketing specialist

  • Expertise: Gaming, game guides, role-playing games, horror, strategy, creative writing
  • Education: High School Diploma
  • Professional writer since 2012
  • Credits include Prima Games, DualShockers, OnlySP, MP1st, The Nerd Stash, GameSkinny, and more
  • Worked in digital marketing from 2016-2023

Experience: Brandon Morgan began writing in 2012, immediately jumping into video games. He started with small sites, like Press X to Respawn and 6aming, before diving into OnlySP, which helped jumpstart his game journalism career. He went on to write for GameSkinny, The Nerd Stash, DualShockers, Prima Games, and Wealth of Geeks. But not before a short stint in digital marketing, starting in 2016, where he learned all about the ins and outs of search engine optimization and copywriting. These techniques helped him perfect his game journalism work, which he returned to in 2023 with a specialization in video game guides. Since then, Brandon has covered the launches of Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Pain, Starfield, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and countless others.

Outside of game guides, Brandon is a published author, content creator, husband, father, and homeowner who values a fair work-life balance above all else. In his limited spare time, he's working through his extensive backlog of games, with titles such as The Last of Us Remastered, Resident Evil 4 Remake, and Callisto Protocol.