Guardians of the Galaxy: Should You Sell Rocket or Groot?

What will it be? The tree or the racoon?

by Thomas Cunliffe


Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is full of choices; some are simple dialogue changes, but others can substantially affect how certain parts of the game play out. One of these choices is whether to sell Rocket or sell Groot to Lady Hellbender in order to pay the fine you owe to Nova Corps.

In this guide, we will explain what happens when either option is picked, so you can figure out which option you can choose on your playthrough. Be warned that this entire guide will contain spoilers for multiple chapters of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Should You Sell Rocket or Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy?

Choosing to sell Rocket or Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy results in different dialogue, some different scenes, and, most importantly, a different gameplay section before facing the first boss. Selling Rocket results in a combat section where you and your fellow Guardians attempt to escape Lady Hellbender’s fortress while fighting hordes of her guards through different levels. Choosing to sell Groot instead results in a much shorter stealth sequence that leads straight into the boss.


If you prefer action and/or want to gain extra experience to obtain Ability Points, choose Rocket. If you prefer stealth and/or want to complete the chapter quickly, choose Groot. If you have already chosen, there is an option to change who you want to sell just before entering the fortress. Other than the gameplay sections, your choice does not affect the rest of the game, nor the ending.

What Happens If You Sell Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy

Lady Hellbender is amused by Rocket and finds him cute, however, she isn’t interested in purchasing him and deems him “worthless” and asks for Groot instead. Rocket is infuriated by her claim that he isn’t worth the Credits and doesn’t want to put his best friend in danger, so he does what all reasonable individuals would do. Shoots at her. Lady Hellbender calls her army upon the Guardians, forcing them to break the floor and traverse her fortress while fighting off swarms of her goons. They reach a vault with more than enough Credits inside to pay off their fine but are locked in while gas is released into the vents. Eventually, they escape the vault and reach Dweller-in-Darkness, the first boss fight in the game.

What Happens If You Sell Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

Lady Hellbender offers enough credits to pay off the Guardian’s fine if Groot is chosen over Rocket. She takes Groot and the Guardians are given a room for the night, however, the only sleeping taking place is done by Lady Hellbender’s guards. A short stealth section takes place in which the Guardians must rescue Groot. The Groot they found was actually a shapeshifting creature, which leads them straight to Lady Hellbender and into the Dweller-in-Darkness boss fight. After this, there is no difference between the two choices, other than small dialogue changes.

If you need help defeating Lady Hellbender’s eldritch horror of a pet, visit our Dweller-in-Darkness boss guide.

Guardians of the Galaxy is now available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and GeForce Now.

- This article was updated on October 25th, 2021

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