High Half-Elf






Trickery Domain


















Shadowheart is a Companion in Baldur's Gate 3.Companions assist the player by joining his/her party and have their own backstories and unique characteristics. They all have their own Classes and starting equipment. Companions can also be selected in the Character Creation screen allowing players to play from their point of view.

A loyal cleric of Shar, Shadowheart is the sole survivor of a holy mission undertaken on the Mistress of the Night's behest. She alone must deliver a relic of immense power to her coven in Baldur's Gate, while threatened by a strange new magic that is burgeoning from within. 


One of Shar's dark disciples, Shadowheart was sent on a suicide mission to steal an item of great power. While wrestling with her faith and strange, untamed magic, Shadowheart has enemies on all sides - and a long-buried secret to uncover.

 Shadowheart Video Guide:



Starting Equipment

Shadowheart has the following starting equipment

Starting Skills

Shadowheart starts with proficiency in following Skills:

As a High Half-Elf, she also has racial features including DarkvisionFey Ancestry, and the Minor Illusion cantrip (Fire Bolt patch 9). 

Where to Find Shadowheart

  • Shadowheart can be freed from a pod during the prologue (Patch 5 and later) while you are aboard the Nautiloid. The pod can be unlocked by finding and placing a particular rune in the console nearby. Certain classes may have the option to bypass the need for the rune. She will then offer to accompany you to the helm. Once you exit the Nautiloid, you will find her unconscious on the Ravaged Beach nearby. She will thank you for freeing her earlier, and offer to join your party.
  • If Shadowheart is not freed from her pod on the Nautiloid, then she can be found at the entrance of the Dank Crypt (Abandoned Ruins) at the northern end of the Ravaged Beach, where she will offer to join your party. 
  • If you do not recruit her on the Ravaged Beach (whether you freed her or not), she will be found in the Druid's Grove, where she will be sitting on a rock near the training area in the Hollow. She will offer again to join your party, but if Lae'zel is present, convincing her will require a successful Persuasion check. 
  • Note: After you've acquired the Speak with Dead spell, you can go return to the Ravaged Beach and talk to the dead fishermen to learn more about Shadowheart.


Shadowheart Quests


Shadowheart Approval Guide


  • Telling Shadowheart in Camp that making finding the healer your top priority rewards you with Approval
  • Persuade the adventurers to leave outside of the Overgrown Ruins
  • Agree with Shadowheart after fighting the undead scribes in the Dank Crypt
  • Successfully make a Religion check on the Book of Dead Gods
  • Successfully Deceive Lae’zel captors when she’s in her cage.
  • Asking Lae’zel to say “please” before letting her out.
  • Show Guex in the Druid Grove your sword fighting technique
  • Persuade Zevlor and Aradin to stop fighting in Druid's Grove
  • After saving Nadira from the Bugbear Assassin in the Grove, use Deception to convince her to give you the soul coin.
  • Crush the Tadpole outside of the Druid Grove
  • Convince the Owlbear not to kill you in its cave
  • Let the Owlbear Cub live after killing the mother in its cave
  • Tell Scratch (dog) that he can come to your Camp if his friend doesn't wake up.
  • Decline the Devil's invitation to remove your Tadpole
  • Make Novice Crusher kiss your foot in the Goblin Camp
  • Resist during the first Dream sequence.
  • Fight the fake god Boooal in THE FESTERING COVE.
  • When the player emulates the roar of a mind flayer while talking to Lorin.
  • Telling the follows of True Soul Edowin to leave. 
  • Either passing an Animal Handling check on the frightened Boar or telling it to calm down
  • Prevent the Tieflings from killing the caged Goblin Sazza, because she's worth more information alive
  • Within the Emerald Grove, allow Silver(wolf) to take your scent.(speak with animals needed)
  • Prevent Astarion from killing the monster hunter.
  • Successfully persuade Kagha to let Arabella go
  • Tell Kagha that protecting your own sometimes requires cruelty
  • Swear to use the vial of Wyvern poison Poison Nettie gives you
  • Agree with Shadowheart after you swear to use the poison
  • Using the bard interactions at the bird making its nest in the grove while using speak with animals
  • Take the Boots of Speed from Thulla


  • Join Lae'Zal against the Tieflings if you Persuade them to free her.
  • Agree to help Wyll save the refugees in the Druid Grove
  • Tell Auntie Ethel you have a tadpole in your head at the Druid Grove
  • Try to persuade the goblin guard outside the Goblin Camp
  • Help Auntie Ethel when she's confronted by Johl and Demir
  • Smear dung on your face when Sentinel Olak askes you to
  • Shadowheart has a rivalry attitude towards Lae'zel, heed to Lae'zel's advice will upset her.
  • Telling her she's keeping something back in "what will you do, if we manage to remove the tadpoles" conversation will result in her displeasure. As of patch 3, this can be repeated infinitely.
  • If you choose to walk in on the two trolls having sex in the Blighted Village.
  • Tell Raphael  you would do anything to remove the tadpole.
  • Insist on helping Mayrina when talking to Auntie Ethel at her house.
  • Telling the group you trust Astarion, after letting him drink your blood during a long rest.

Shadowheart Inspirations


  • Born Innocent (Save the owlbear cub from the goblins.)
  • Pyramid Scheme (Convince the ogres to work for you without giving them gold.)
  • Not on my watch (Save Arabella from Kagha and her serpent.)
  • Slaying the Piper (Rescure Mirkon from the harpies.)
  • What Price Dignity? (Steal the toe ring from Crusher without getting caught.)
  • Hunger Never Fades (Fill your plate at Raphael's House of Hope)
  • Protect your Own (Protect the child who took the locket from Barth)
  • Mercenary (Get some coin out of the Zhentarim survivors)
  • The Allure of Coin (Steal from a child charmed by harpies)
  • Artful Dodger (Earn Mattis' respect by taking his Rings)
  • Family Comes First (Encourage Meli to tell the truth about the Amulet)
  • Idolatry (Help Mol steal the Idol of Silvanus)


Shadowheart Tips and Notes


Astarion  ♦  Gale  ♦  Jaheira  ♦  Lae'zel  ♦  Wyll

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    • Anonymous

      Approval up if you listen to Shadowheart when tells she tells you leave the Selûne chest alone in the owlbear cave. Approvel down for Lae’zel if she is in the party when you listen to Shadowheart about the chest.

      • Anonymous

        "Persuade the adventurers to leave outside of the Overgrown Ruins" This does not give approval for SH. She still comments on it, but there is no actual approval gain.

        • Anonymous

          Right now with Wizards learning Healing Word and other Cleric spells, Clerics are honestly kind of useless...

          • Anonymous

            If you make Novice Crusher kiss your foot in the Goblin Camp you get +2 bumps (have to pass 2 intimidation checks).
            If you kiss his foot and steal his ring you get the ring, +1 inspiration, +1 approval from Shadowheart and some xp.

            • Anonymous

              The bard interaction (Performance Check) you can use in exchange for the ring of mind shielding during the conversation with Omeluum in the underdark.

              • Anonymous

                Using the bard interactions at the bird making its nest in the grove while using speak with animals gains approval

                • Anonymous

                  She fell out of boundary and dead back to the camp, ask Wither to ressurect her and
                  + Approval from Shadowheart(ded), Astarion, and Gale somehow.... 200 gold tho

                  • Anonymous

                    Grove route, celebration night, choosing to spend night with her, passing insight check
                    + Approval : You know there's a chance you should take it (smth like that)

                    • Anonymous

                      Goblin route:
                      In celebration camp:
                      +approval If you talk something along the lines would you like to share something on your mind
                      +dissaprove if you end the night with Minthara

                      • Anonymous

                        + approval if you choose to through the Underdark rather than going from above (Risen Road).

                        How to get: Release Halsin in Worg Pen but let him stay there, explore and solve Defiled Temple Puzzle (entrance near the Trader in Sanctum), go down the ladder and enter Underdark. Go back up and talk to Halsin again, pick Underdark route when asked

                        • Anonymous

                          Silver interaction in Druid Grove, if you're playing as Druid, you dont need to have Animal Speaking to pet him, just pick the Druid option after the first interaction. Shadowheart approves

                          • Anonymous

                            gain approval if you tell her you don't care if she worships shar when you find the damaged statue next to the gnome windmill

                            • Anonymous

                              You get approval if you are Drow and tell the goblins hiding on top of the buildings in the blighted village that you should pluck their eyes out.

                              • Anonymous

                                Smearing dung on your own face makes her Approval go up, not down. Trying to throw it is what makes her Approval go down.

                                • Anonymous

                                  You lose approval with Shadowheart from giving Oskar, the artist, 200 gold to ease his journey back to Baldur's Gate but (as with all the companions) you gain approval if you try to persuade Brem to free Oskar before the topic of buying him ever comes up.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Don't you think that Shadowheart's personality is more like a warlock than a cleric?
                                    Wyll's voice and personality remind me of Alistair in Dragon Age Origins.
                                    He loves to be the hero (eg. fight at grove's entrance) and
                                    to protect (eg. he cares about those tiefling kids).
                                    Although he seems happy with slaughtering all those goblins, I think he is a better fit for that class.
                                    To be honest, Shadowhearth seems quite evil, very secretive, and enjoys deceiving very much.
                                    I mean you won't even find out about her being a Shar disciple at least 3 hours in.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      If you go through the door she's pounding on from the inside before encountering her, either via lockpicking or just doing the "puzzle" in the ruins, she apparently gets shy and vanishes from our reality.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I just found out, that if you play "lone wolf" without any members in your party shadowheart will go Insane and appear in your camp and try to kill you incase it isnt known yet.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Near the chapel where you meet her at the bandits on the hill if you manage to con the group into leaving. You will gain approval.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Shadowheart approves if you convince the 3 ogres to join you. (I used persuade not sure about other options)

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Approval if you choose: "We need to follow any leads we can" and Disapproval if you choose: "Wandering into a goblin camp sounds risky at best" when following up leads about a healer.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Shadowheart also approves when you succeed animal handling check on that frightened boar that spawns next to Astarion second time you pass the area.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Approval, convince memnos (yellow tiefling in the grove) to fight in "raid the grove quest". you need "fighter" trait.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    God the 9 Dex REALLY bothers me. Even if she's a Str build rather than Dex build for weapon diversity in the party (Gale and Wyll don't lift, but apparently Astarion is drinking protein shakes to wash the blood down, I mean 12 Str on a Rogue, jesus) having -1 AC for most of Act 1 is pretty terrible. No wonder she's the party member who dies the most, according to Larian's data.

                                                    The worst part is that getting rid of the -1 AC would be trivial:
                                                    Just bump Str down 1, freeing up 2 points
                                                    Put those 2 points into Dex
                                                    Then use the freed up racial bonus stat point to get Str back to a nice even 14 (she starts with 14 Str, not 15 as the wiki currently states)

                                                    tldr: Shadowheart is a scrub at character gen, and Larian will probably fix it in the future.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Yes, I think they will change her stats allocation in future builds. Problem is they used default cleric stat allocation when you use pregen chars, they didn't mold her to suit her character and default half elf stat increases dex and wis. I couldn't watch trickery domain cleric with dex 9 so I changed it :).

                                                      I don't care much about stats, but they don't suit her. She is an urchin, she has trickery domain and she is clumsier than me. Charisma should be like 12, she isn't very likable, but is still a half-elf, and she looks petite, certainly not str 14.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Each time you enter the camp, you can pet Scratch (dog). It will gain you approval with Shadowheart, Gale and Wyll each time.
                                                        Don't know is it a bug or not. Looks normal

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Based on Baldur's Gate 3 developer interviews and previews released on youtube. I speculate that Shadowheart may be Neera from previous BG:EE games. Becoming a Shar follower is entirely in line with her general Character arc from previous games.

                                                          Knows about wild magic.
                                                          Suicide mission- CN unwise decision making highly aligned with her BG character arc.
                                                          Has a big secret. - Wild mage in hiding from discrimination and red wizards.

                                                          And the biggest:
                                                          Shouted "Half-Elf" in response to other character calling her an elf in a youtube preview of a video of a cut/dialogue scene

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            There's a theory going around that Shadowheart is a disguised drow, just like in BG2 where


                                                            You infiltrate the drow Underdark as a disguised drow.
                                                            That's pretty hot.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              It would be very interesting if her backstory involves Thultanthar and the shades. She's basically a priestess for the evil goddess Shar and Gale did say he saw shadow in her eyes at first meeting. I hope they don't skip the chance at exploring the plane of shadow with her too. I'm thinking (Neverwinter Nights, Tim Burton, Soul Reaver) style mashup for the shadow plane and her potential dark appearance changes, if any.

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