Baldur's Gate 3 - How to release Shadowheart

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If you're seeking guidance on how to release Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3, you're in luck! This guide will provide the necessary steps to free her from the pod on the Mind Flayer ship, ensuring you gain a valuable ally for your adventures.

For those unfamiliar with Shadowheart, she is a domain cleric companion who can be discovered early on during the Nautiloid section of Baldur's Gate 3's prologue. Her appearance is that of a half-elf woman, blessed with various skills such as dark vision and stealth. This makes her a versatile and potent addition to your party. While releasing Shadowheart from her pod is not a compulsory task, having her on your side proves advantageous as the game progresses. Her exceptional abilities and contributions can greatly aid you in your journey.

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How to release Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3

To release Shadowheart in Baldur's Gate 3, you must first locate her. You'll find her trapped inside a pod on the Mind Flayer ship's upper chamber, following the tutorial encounter with Lae'zel.

Upon initiating a conversation with her, Shadowheart will request your help in freeing her, while Lae'zel may advise you to ignore her due to the ship's looming state. Ultimately, the decision rests with you, and you can choose to heed her plea or leave her for now.

If you decide to free her, head immediately to the door located right off the control panel. Inside, you'll come across an unconscious Mind Flayer with an Elaborate Key on their body. This key is essential for the next step.

Elaborate Key in Baldur's Gate 3 for saving Shadowheart
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Now, search for the chest named "Elaborate Reliquary," situated in the same room as Shadowheart's pod. Opening this chest will reveal an Eldritch Rune, a crucial item for rescuing Shadowheart.

Chest containing Eldritch Rune
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Using the Eldritch Rune, interact with the console located to the left of Shadowheart's pod and follow the instructions prompted. This action will liberate Shadowheart from her captivity.

Opening the pod using Eldritch Rune
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With Shadowheart free, you'll have the option to invite her to join your party as a companion. Choosing to recruit her is a wise decision, as her powerful abilities and skills will prove invaluable on your journey in Baldur's Gate 3.

That's all you need to know about how to release Shadowheart in Baldur's Gate 3. If you require a pause after hectic Nautiloid prologue, you can check out how to pause in Baldur's Gate 3. Moreover, if you are looking for the best class to recruit then you can check out Baldur’s Gate 3 class tier list.

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