Boo is Minsc's pet and companion. According to Minsc, Boo is actually a 'Miniature Giant Space Hamster' who is intelligent and can clearly communicate with him.

Boo appears in one of Minsc's quick item boxes, which is where potions and scrolls would go. If the player clicks on Boo, he will make a squeak and will run away as you try to get him while Minsc will give you a harsh glare.

Some of Minsc's dialogue includes Boo in it. Examples:

  • "Go for the eyes, Boo. GO FOR THE EYES! RrraaaAAGHGHH!"[1]
  • "Camaraderie, adventure, and steel on steel. The stuff of legend! Right, Boo?"
  • "[Ahh!][2] We are all heroes, you and Boo and I! Hamsters and rangers everywhere, rejoice!"

Baldur's Gate IIEdit

In Baldur's Gate II, Boo will squeak when Minsc says certain quotes. The hamster is often mentioned when Minsc is engaged in dialog. For example, Imoen has one banter in which she reveals that she would like to have a hamster for her own. And Jan Jansen will try to steal Boo several times, without success.

If the mod Unfinished Business for Baldur's Gate II is installed, the player will have access to the quest The Kidnapping of Boo, which centres around recovering Boo after he goes missing.


  • When trying to shut down any Baldur's Gate game in the Bhaalspawn serie from the GUI, you get the following notification: "Are you sure you want to quit? Boo will miss you..."
  • There are several BioWare games in which references are made to Boo. In Mass Effect 2, Shepard can buy a space hamster in a pet shop.
  • Boo is also alluded to in Torment: Tides of Numenera, where you can meet a trader named Madelia Glittering who has three orbs orbiting her head, each containing a rodent. The rodents are named Bei, Bu and Bao, and are stated to be not for sale. Under certain conditions, however, it is possible to obtain Bao, who serves as an artifact providing a bonus to your damage at the expense of Intellect, along with allowing to blind enemies.
  • Gorion's Ward can unwittingly make an allusion to Boo, whether or not they have encountered Minsc before, when first meeting Melicamp the Chicken: "I fear I have taken one too many blows to the head. Next I'll be hearing hamsters speak."



  1. This line contains multiple exclamation marks in the original Baldur's Gate: "Go for the eyes Boo, GO FOR THE EYES!! RrraaaAAGHGHH!!!" As everybody knows, "multiple exclamation marks […] are a sure sign of a diseased mind." (Quote from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Eric.) The Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition removed these.
  2. Only present in the spoken line, not in the subtitle.
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