Baldur’s Gate 3: How to save Shadowheart

Rishov Mukherjee
A screenshot of Shadowheart in Baldur's Gate 3

There are a lot of choices in Baldur’s Gate 3 and one of the first happens in the game’s prologue where you’ll have to decide whether to save Shadowheart or not. So, here’s what we’d recommend you should do.

There are a lot of decisions to be made in Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian Studios’ latest game, and you’ll have to think carefully about each one as they can affect your future in the world and how certain events turn out.

One of the earliest choices in the Dungeons and Dragons RPG involves a woman named Shadowheart. She is a High Elf and a Cleric belonging to the Trickery domain. She will come in handy in numerous situations as she can heal, deal damage and also raise ally defenses.

However, in the beginning, you’ll find her trapped in a pod and will have to opportunity to save her or leave. If you want to save her (which we recommend doing as she can become a powerful ally) here’s exactly what you need to do, including the most ideal classes for the job.

A screenshot of Shadowheart in Baldur's Gate 3
Shadowheart can be saved in two ways in Baldur’s Gate 3

How to save Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3

The steps that you need to follow in order to save Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3 have been provided below:

  1. Travel through the fleshy door and walk forward.
  2. Enter the room and obtain the Elaborate key from the dead Thrall.
  3. Come out of the room and open the Reliquary chest to obtain the Eldritch Rune.
  4. Use this rune to interact with the terminal next to the pod.
  5. Remember to select Illithid Wisdom.

Upon doing this Shadowheart will be freed. You can decide not to free her as well but she is a powerful Cleric and will offer buffs to your team. In fact, she will come in quite handy if you want to defeat Commander Zhalk and the Mindflayer.

However, there is a way where you can save her without using the Key or the Rune. This can be done only if you are using a Wizard or Warlock class. In such cases, you will need to pass the skill check. If this works, then you will be able to free Shadowheart without following any of the steps mentioned above.

Lastly, leaving Shadowheart does not have any repercussions as you will encounter her right after the prologue regardless. You will also have the option to romance her during your journey.

This concludes our guide to saving Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you found it informative, please look into some of our other guides at Dexerto.

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