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Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Free Shadowheart

Baldur's Gate 3 How to Free Shadowheart

Embark on a quest to free Shadowheart, the enigmatic cleric, from her pod in this expert guide for Baldur’s Gate 3. In this article, we provide you with step-by-step instructions and essential strategies to rescue this intriguing companion from her captivity. Delve into the depths of BG3’s intricate storyline and confront the challenges that lie ahead as you endeavor to free Shadowheart and unlock her potential as a valuable member of your party in the prologue. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a newcomer to the game, our guide will equip you with the knowledge and tactics needed to accomplish this mission and save Shadowheart from her scary pod.

How to Free Shadowheart in BG3

After you go through your first battle in Baldur’s Gate 3, you will enter a large room with thralls sleeping and a woman, Shadowheart, screaming for help from her pod, asking you to free her.

Don’t worry if you fail all of the options we have listed below, as you will still recruit her after you finish the prologue, even if it doesn’t work here.

If you approach her, you will realize that there are two ways to free her and get her out of the pod in BG3:

  • Get the Eldritch Rune and use the Illithid, Wisdom option.
  • Wizard/Warlock use the Arcana option.
  • Barbarian use the Strength option.

The most common way to free Shadowheart in BG3 from her pod in the prologue is to get the Eldritch Rune and activate the device next to her by passing a Wisdom check. Here is what you need to do to free Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3 under normal circumstances:

  1. Go inside the room to the East and loot the body (Dead Thrall) at the end of the room for the Eldritch Rune.
  2. Head back to Shadowheart and interact with the console next to her pod.
  3. Choose the “Insert the Rune into the Socket” option.
  4. “Place Your Hand on the Console.”
  5. Select the “(Illithid) (Wisdom): Will the pod to open” option and pass the check.

How to Free Shadowheart in BG3 as a Wizard, Warlock, or Barbarian Without the Eldritch Rune

If you are a Wizard/Warlock, you can choose the “There’s magic at work here. Determine what kind” option while talking to Shadowheart.

If you pass the Arcana check, then interact with the console next to her pod and you will see the “Inscribe the device with the glyphs you sensed from the pod’s warding runes” option. Select it and pass the second Arcana check to free Shadowheart in BG3.

If you are a Barbarian, you will have a choice while talking to Shadowheart to forcefully open the pod. Select it and you will first fail. A second option will appear to open it by passing a Strength check. If you pass the check, you will free Shadowheart without using the Eldritch Rune.


And that is all you need to know about how to free Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3. Check out other interesting BG3 guides and articles:

Based in Munich, Germany, Adrian Oprea is the Founder of Raider King. He is a writer with a passion for storytelling and a love for all things RPG. When not wielding a keyboard, he can be found exploring fantastical worlds, one quest at a time.
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