Baldur’s Gate 3: When Should You Call Forth Allies?

As the final battle for Baldur’s Gate 3 unravels, you may be tempted by that shiny “Gather Allies” button on your screen. You’ll want every last man, woman, and owlbear to help face the forces of the Absolute, most certainly, but where will they most excel? When is the best time to call for aid?


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While many summons are re-summonable for every part of your final journey, there are a few notable exceptions. We’ll walk you through these exceptions and which summons will be best suited for certain occasions along your ascent to the Netherbrain. Though, of course, no journey will be complete without your friendly Armored-and-Enlarged Owlbear Cub.


When To Use Call Forth Allies

Player Drow Cleric blows horn to call forth allies at High Hall Courtyard in Baldur's Gate 3

Your allies at High Hall will all be available for use as soon as your first instance of combat begins. For most people, this will be as soon as you walk through the main gate doors into the High Hall Courtyard.

There are generally three areas of combat where you can summon allies:

  1. High Hall Courtyard.
  2. Tower To The Netherbrain.
  3. Atop The Netherbrain.

We do not recommend fighting at all or using Call Forth Allies during the ascent of the tower to the Netherbrain. It is best to avoid most combat here and just rush for the door at the top.

Allied Yurgir uses Infernal Dagger to strike enemy in High Hall Courtyard in Baldur's Gate 3

During these fights, you can summon all allies whenever and wherever you wish within range.

Most of your allies will be re-summonable in future instances of combat so long as they were not defeated and killed during their previous summon. This means you should be careful about putting certain summons into dangerous situations if you plan to use them later.

With Patch 5, allies who died in the final instance of combat may not leave you a letter during the epilogue. Similarly, the Owlbear Cub will not return to the Epilogue if he died in combat. Protect him at all costs.

Allied Nightsong Dame Aylin strikes enemy with sword during fight at High Hall Courtyard in Baldur's Gate 3

Due to their resummonable nature, we recommend using this ability more liberally than you think you need.

We do not, however, recommend summoning all units. While this can easily overwhelm the enemy, it may also overwhelm your computer’s system and the time it takes to complete a round of combat.

Place defensive units like Florrick’s Cohort or the Watch towards the front of battle while supporting units like the Gur or Harpers can be placed on the back or sidelines (especially on the walls in the Courtyard).

One-Time Use Summons

Gale summons Isobel to use Balm of the Moonmaiden with call forth allies beside Netherbrain Crown of Karsus in Baldur's Gate 3

There are four exceptions to the resummoning rule:

Summon

Ability

Best Used When…

Isobel allies with player during final fight in Baldur's Gate 3

Isobel

Balm of the Moonmaiden – Heal Allies

High Hall Courtyard to heal both your team and your other summoned allies.

Auntie Ethel in hag form smiling deviously.

Auntie Ethel

Veil of the Weird – Cast Mass Invisibility

Ascent to the Netherbrain to avoid combat up to the top.

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Kith’rak Voss

Githyanki Inferno – Cast powerful Fire Wall

  1. High Hall Courtyard main stairs against the Spectator and goblins.
  2. Atop the Netherbrain against Dream Warriors, tendrils, and (possibly) the Emperor.
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Rolan or Lorroakan

Firestorm – Rain down Fire Balls in a large area

Atop the Netherbrain against Dream Warriors, tendrils, and (possibly) the Emperor.

These special abilities can only be used once per adventure instead of per battle.

While other allies can be summoned liberally, we recommend holding onto these summons until the right opportunity presents itself. As the most powerful summons, you won’t want these allies to go to waste.

Be careful using Rolan, Lorroakan, or Voss in the final battle atop the Netherbrain. These summons will not deal any damage against the Red Dragon due to its Immunity to Fire damage.

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