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Gandrel is a human Gur monster hunter who can be found just to the Southwest of the Riverside Teahouse waypoint. He has come to the Sunlit Wetlands to ask Auntie Ethel for help with his current hunt.


I wish I had half the power settled folk think my people possess. Alas, I am a simple wanderer.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Act One[edit | edit source]

If you pass a dialogue Skill Check or if Astarion is in your party, Gandrel will reveal he is hunting for Astarion. Gandrel believes he has information about a vampire spawn attack on a village and the abduction of a child.

You can choose to give Astarion up, or protect him. Giving up Astarion will, unsurprisingly, earn his disapproval and permanently remove him from your party.

Holding Astarion back from killing Gandrel will earn Astarion's disapproval. If spared, Gandrel will happily trade with you though offer little besides some Arrows, Torches, Potions of Healing and a Supply Pack.

If you talk with Gandrel, choosing not to betray Astarion, arrange it so Astarion dies, then speak with Gandrel again, you will not have the option to disclose who Astarion was. Should you arrange it such that Astarion is revived, and he is in proximity, you again get the option to betray Astarion.

Act Three[edit | edit source]

Ico knownSpells lvl 03.png Act 3 Spoilers! This section reveals details about the story of Baldur's Gate 3.

If you did not kill him in Act 1, Gandrel will appear with the Gur caravan in Act 3.

If you turned Astarion over to him in Act 1, he will be hostile and the rest of the Gur will be dead, having been slaughtered by Cazador when the vampire lord reclaimed Astarion for his diabolic ritual.

During the quest The Pale Elf, he will be at the elevator up from Cazador's Dungeon alongside the other Gur once the fight with Cazador has been concluded.

After this, if Astarion chose to free the thralls, he can be found in the Lower City Sewers with his children, Kass and Chessa. You can speak to him regarding his children's hunger.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Attacks and abilities[edit | edit source]

Main Hand Attack.webp
Main Hand Attack Main Hand Attack ()   –  Dagger
Normal weapon damage

Make a melee attack with your equipped weapon.
 Melee: 1.5 m / 5  ft
Ranged Attack.webp
Normal weapon damage

Make a ranged attack with your equipped weapon.
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft
Sacred Munitions.webp

Infuse your crossbow bolts with holy energy. For the rest of your turn, your ranged weapon attacks inflict Turned Turned against Undead.
 Range: Self
Boar Companion.webp

Gain a beast companion that accompanies you on your adventures and fights alongside you.
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft
Hail of Thorns.webp
Normal weapon damage
D10 Piercing.png 1d10 (1~10) Damage TypesPiercing damage

Shoot a volley of thorns. The thorns deal weapon damage to the target and then explode. The explosion deals an additional 1d10Damage TypesPiercing damage to the target and surrounding creatures. On miss, the thorns still explode. On save, targets still take half damage from the explosion.
DEX Save
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft
AoE: 2 m / 7 ft (Radius)
Hunter's Mark.webp

Mark a creature as your quarry to deal an additional 1d6Damage TypesWeapon damage whenever you hit it with a weapon attack.
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft
Misty Step.webp

Surrounded by silver mist, you teleport to an unoccupied space you can see.
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Despite fighting alone, Gandrel is a capable combatant thanks to his high Strength, Dexterity, Hit Points, and his ability to use an Extra Attack. He can also use any arrows in his inventory to hit party members who are bunched up. These become even more effective when he is low on health, as he will deal constant Critical Hits through his Scar of Fury passive. He can also use a variety of ranger spells, which can often apply negative conditions or deal AoE damage.

Beyond killing him through a cutscene, it is best to take this monster hunter by surprise. Since he relies on ranged attacks, keeping him constantly threatened will lower his attacks' chances to hit; though at lower levels he will likely land attacks anyway. If Astarion is in the party, Gandrel will focus attacks on him above everyone else, making Astarion a guaranteed distraction. Although a formidable foe, ensnaring him, or knocking him prone are effective ways to limit his mobility and keep him in melee range. Buying up all his arrows and potions beforehand, will prevent him from using them against you.

Notable loot[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If Astarion is in your party when meeting Gandrel, but he has not yet confessed to you that he is a vampire spawn, you may follow a dialogue tree to have Astarion kill Gandrel within a cutscene.
  • If you admit you know Astarion, but refuse to reveal his location, Gandrel remarks, good naturedly, that "Astarion has quite the friend in you."

External links[edit | edit source]

Gandrel on the Forgotten Realms Wiki