Gale in BG3

Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get Rid of Necrotic Aura in BG3

Gale, stop being so stinky.

As you learn more about Gale and his condition, you’ll find out that he has another nasty surprise waiting for you if he passes on the battlefield: Necrotic Aura. Here’s how to get rid of Necrotic Aura in BG3.

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What is the Necrotic Aura?

Necrotic Aura is a damaging aura in BG3 that deals 1-4 Necrotic damage to nearby players each turn. And when Gale dies, he’ll emit the status effect Necrotic Aura. Gale will also come back as a ghost when he dies, which triggers a brief, hilarious quest to revive him. The damaging aura will persist until you revive him, so you’ll want to do this quest quickly.

How to Clear Necrotic Aura in Baldur’s Gate 3

To clear Gale’s Necrotic Aura in BG3, simply take a Long Rest. When this first happened to us in our playthrough, we were very confused as to what we should do. Pretty much nothing else will work on Gale except taking a Long Rest. We even tried water spells to no avail.

After we tried a Long Rest, it cured our favorite spell-caster and brought him back to feeling great once again. While there is a chance that you, yourself, may wake up with the Bloodless status effect, it’s great to see that our man of the hour is back to feeling like his spunky self and smelling much better.

Just make sure you revive Gale by the second day, or he’ll explode all over you. If you let Gale remain dead for three days, his Netherese orb will act up and trigger a devastating bomb that will wipe everything out, giving you an immediate Game Over.

How to Take a Long Rest in BG3

To take a Long Rest in Baldur’s Gate 3, find the big Campfire button on the bottom right of the user interface, then click the Moon icon. As it stands, a solid night of rest is all it really takes to get Gale back to feeling better. There aren’t any spells you can cast on the mainland that will get rid of his stench, so a cold shower isn’t going to do much here either. Just make sure you have enough Camp Supplies to get a proper night of Long Rest, and you’ll be ready to go.

How to Fix Necrotic Aura Bug

In your BG3 playthrough, you may encounter a bug that gives Gale a permanent Necrotic Aura that persists even after reviving him, making him nigh intolerable to be around. It seems to also sometimes happen if Gale is downed rather than dead, but somehow his Necrotic Aura was still triggered.

If this happens to you, you’ll likely want to reload a save file from before Gale died and started exuding a Necrotic Aura. It’s maybe a little drastic of an action and may cause you to lose some progress, but hopefully you didn’t get too far in your game before you decided to rectify this issue.

Some players have reported that simply removing Gale from the party and then Long Resting will do the job, but getting close enough to Gale and exhausting his dialogue to actually send him back to camp can be tricky while his Necrotic Aura is killing everyone in sight. It’s far safer to just reload a save.

That’s all we have on Necrotic Aura in BG3. No matter if you’re hoping to find out how to play Baldur’s Gate 3 with a controller, or if you want to find out our thoughts on the game, be sure to check out our Baldur’s Gate 3 section below to learn more about your new favorite experience. We’ve got you covered on every step of your journey.

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