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.


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


Shadowheart's Starting Equipment

Shadowheart has the following starting equipment

Shadowheart's Starting Skills

Shadowheart starts with proficiency in following Skills:

Where to find Shadowheart

  • She can be found at the entrance of the Dank Crypt (Also called Abandoned Ruins). As soon as you start the Chapter One after the Prologue, head straight through the beach and you'll find her in front of the ruins.
  • Note: After you learned the Speak with Dead spell, you can go back to Ravaged Beach, talk to the dead fisherman and learn more about Shadowheart.


Shadowheart Quest


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
  • 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



  • 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 tadpol 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 hiding something in Camp conversation will result in her displeasure.
  • 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.


Shadowheart Tips and Notes

  • As a half-elf, Shadowheart has Dark Vision. Switch your controlling character to her when you explore caves, ruins, or other dark places!
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Astarion  ♦  Gale  ♦  Lae'zel  ♦  Wyll

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    • Anonymous

      15 Nov 2020 15:12  

      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

        29 Oct 2020 09:24  

        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

          23 Oct 2020 14:27  

          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

            23 Oct 2020 04:08  

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

            • Anonymous

              22 Oct 2020 21:43  

              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

                19 Oct 2020 00:23  

                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

                  18 Oct 2020 02:50  

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

                  • Anonymous

                    16 Oct 2020 18:19  

                    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

                      11 Oct 2020 22:32  

                      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

                        11 Oct 2020 08:00  

                        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

                          27 Sep 2020 00:39  

                          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

                            30 Aug 2020 09:43  

                            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

                              11 Aug 2020 03:09  

                              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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