Should You Side With Raphael or Yurgir in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3)? – Answered

Will you master the art of combat, persuasion, or rat-speak?

Side With Raphael or Yurgir in Baldur's Gate 3

After meeting the mysterious devil, Raphael, in Baldur’s Gate 3, he purposely leaves you with some offers that are difficult to refuse. While the first involves particularly bothersome tadpoles, the second targets Asterion’s identity and past. However, you’d have to defeat his old enemy and report back to gain more information. Should you kill Yurgir or betray Raphael by helping him? It’s time for a quick chat about whether you should side with Raphael or Yurgir in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 – Should You Side With Raphael or Yurgir?

Photo of Yurgir in Baldur's Gate 3

If you want to improve your relationship with Asterion, siding with Raphael and defeating Yurgir is your best option. However, sparing Yurgir and helping him break the contract will grant you him as a powerful ally during battle, allowing you to turn the tides if you’re up against strong enemies.

The quests Kill Raphael’s Old Enemy and Break Yurgir’s Contract both take place in the Shadow Cursed Lands. These are part of the quest The Pale Elf and will unlock naturally as you continue to help Astarion.

In short, you have three options you can go for, depending on the outcome you want.

Kill Yurgir and his army of minions in battle

Defeating Yurgir in battle requires careful coordination and a lot of power from your party, as you’ll be up against numerous minions alongside him as the main boss. You can use AoE spells, such as the Glyph of Warding, to attack Yurgir with damage he can’t avoid. Positioning is going to be key in this fight as well. You can also use Karlach to hurl bombs at him too. Try to get Yurgir and his followers to ground level.

Persuade him to defeat himself

This is by far the easiest way to defeat him. You’ll need to pass a series of persuasion checks to convince him to kill himself. Here’s the most reliable dialogue tree:

  1. “Put that thing down. I’m here to talk”
  2. “Wait – you know Raphael?”
  3. “He wants you dead.”
  4. “Let’s share our experiences about Raphael. Perhaps we can help each other.”
  5. “Show me this contract. Perhaps there’s something you missed.

After that, you’ll need to pass a second set of dialogue checks

  1. “Your contract is a song?”
  2. [PERSUSASION] The lyrics are a trick. You’ve always had an audience – your followers. Get rid of them.
  3. [PERSUSASION] You’re not finished yet – the displacer can hear you, can’t she? Kill her.
  4. [PERSUSASION] Exactly. Kill yourself, complete the contract, and you’ll be reborn in Avernus. Free.

Once that is done, he and his followers will kill themselves.

Break his contract by defeating every enemy in the area

This one is going to be difficult, but doable. You’ll first need to read a book called “one becomes many,” which will tell you to “speak Itori Mustag thrice.” After this, you’ll need to interact with the broken effigy on the ground, which will spawn a rat. This will then spawn waves of rats, and you will need to defeat all of them to break the contract. There are many, many rats, so be warned. Be sure to take advantage of spirit guardians during this fight.

If you aim to strengthen your numbers in battle, the third choice may be best for you. Otherwise, if you have a powerful party or strong persuasion skills, you can swiftly take out Yurgir, satisfying your deal with Raphael and obtaining the information Asterion wants.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on PC and soon on Mac, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. To learn more about the game, check out how to fix the Broken Moon lantern in BG3, or click the game tag below to discover our growing content list.

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Madison Benson

Madison is a staff writer at Prima Games who has played video games for over twenty years and written about them for over two years. Her love for video games started with turn-based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic and has since extended to casual farming sims, MMORPGs, and action-adventure RPGs.