Baldur’s Gate 3: How to get Scratch companion

Lucas Simons
Scratch In Baldur's Gate 3Larian Studios

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll come across a lot of characters and companions that can guide and aid you through your adventure. Scratch is one of those companions and here’s how to get him in BG3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is Larian Studio’s latest RPG game based on Dungeons & Dragons lore, and it is full of secrets, places to explore, and companions to aid you on your adventure. Scratch is one of the many companions, and recruiting him can be a little tricky.

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With a little patience and the right choices, you can add this good boy to your camp. Here’s what you need to do to recruit Scratch as a companion in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to find Scratch companion in Baldur’s Gate 3

To find Scratch as a companion in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need to travel to the northwest area from Druid’s Grove, towards the Blighted Village. When you hit a bridge, turn to the right and follow the sinuous path until you come across a cave, ignore it and climb the crevice.

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Once there, you will find a forest section with another crossroad. In the middle of that crossroad, you’ll find a white dog, and a corpse lying down not too far from it.

Scratch Location Baldur's Gate 3Larian Studios
When traveling northeast from the Owlbear Cave, you will spot Scratch near his former owner’s body.

The dog, aka Scratch, is guarding his former owner’s body against looters (what a good boy!) and will only react poorly if you approach to loot the corpse.

How to recruit Scratch as a companion in Baldur’s Gate 3

To recruit Scratch as a companion in Baldur’s Gate 3, you first need to approach and talk to him. He won’t attack you unless you try to rob his master. To recruit him, it will help if you have a Potion of Animal Speaking, that allows you to talk to animals, or the Spell, if you are a Druid or a Ranger.

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That is the safest approach if you want to recruit Scratch easily. Ask him ‘What happened here?’, and he will tell you the sad story of his owner’s demise. Then you can convince him to follow your scent to your camp if his owner doesn’t wake up.

Scratch dialogue Baldur's Gate 3Larian Studios
Being under the effects of Speak to the Animals will help you to recruit Scratch.

Alternatively, if you do not have the Spell or Potion to talk to him, you can still pass some Skill checks including Handling Animal and Perception to calm him down. Here’s what you need to do in that case:

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  • Animal Handling: Kneel – you mean no harm.
  • Perception: Peer at his collar.
  • Intimidation: Stand down!
  • Leave.

Choosing any of the first 3 options will make Scratch more docile, and allow you to pet him. Follow up by choosing ‘Motion him to follow,’ and then ‘Hold out your hand so he can follow your scent to camp.’

After some time, Scratch will appear in your camp. We highly recommend you cast Animal Speaking (or drink the potion) before interacting with him, as you can follow the dialogue options to make him follow you outside of camp.

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Scratch has a high perception skill and the ‘Spot’ hidden trait, that allows him to pick up the scent of hidden enemies, and treasure. Don’t worry about combat, as you can always un-summon him as a free fast option.

The dog will often fetch items for you, and if you happen to have the Owlbear Cub in your camp, they have some heartwarming interactions between them.

That’s all you need to know about how to get Scratch as a companion in Baldur’s Gate 3. For more info and guides related to the game, you can also check out:

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