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Should you save or kill the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3?

And should do it again in act 3?

The Nightsong talks to a BG3 party who’s determining whether to save or kill the Nightsong in BG3. Image: Larian Studios via Polygon
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Once you finally meet the Nightsong in act 2 of Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll need to make a difficult choice: Do you let Shadowheart fulfill her lifelong duty and kill The Nightsong? Or do you create a crisis for your own party member and let Aylin live?

In this Baldur’s Gate 3 guide, we’ll tell you what happens if you save or kill The Nightsong, and what to do about Aylin when you reach Lorroakan in act 3.

Should you save or kill the Nightsong in BG3?

The Nightsong confronts Shadowheart in Baldur’s Gate 3 Image: Larian Studios via Polygon

Dame Aylin is very cool, and a little odd, and she’s been trapped for quite some time. Assuming you have Shadowheart with you, you’ll need to convince Shadowheart to let the Nightsong live. Here, you can either save or kill the Nightsong — as long as you have Shadowheart in your party for this quest.

  • If you kill the Nightsong — or, rather, push Shadowheart to kill the Nightsong — the Cleric ascends and becomes the Dark Justiciar (which does earn her some powerful loot). This will end the Nightsong quest early, and the Nightsong will not help you assault Moonrise Towers, defeat Kethric Thorm, or the game’s final boss fight. Moreover, killing the Nightsong will also cause the shield protecting Last Light Inn to shatter, turning all the living Harpers there into zombies. Baldur’s Gate 3 features some pretty morally gray choices, but this is the obvious “evil” choice.
  • If you save the Nightsong, Shadowheart will have a bit of a crisis of character. She ultimately forsakes Shar and her fair eventually turns bright white (This results in a good-aligned Shadowheart.) Dame Aylin will then escape the Shadowfell and lead an attack on Moonrise Towers and Ketheric Thorm. It also continues the quest, and paves the way for the Nightsong conclusion in act 3. This is the “good” choice, but not the good ending, as you can also do bad stuff to Aylin in act 3 if you want.

How to complete the Nightsong quest in BG3 act 3

A map of the Lower City in Baldur’s Gate 3 Image: Larian Studios via Polygon

After Moonrise Towers, Isobel and the Nightsong — who are lovers — will join your camp and kind of just hang out for a while. Neither of them can join your party, but you can talk to them both anytime you’re in camp.

In Baldur’s Gate, you’ll be able to visit Sorcerous Sundries, a massive, magical marketplace in the Lower City of Baldur’s Gate. Here, you’ll meet Lorroakan, the Wizard who sent Aradin to find the Nightsong at the beginning of the game.

Should you side with Aylin or Lorroakan in BG3?

Lorroakan channels a spell in Baldur’s Gate 3 Image: Larian Studios via Polygon

You now have to choose sides between Aylin or Lorroakan. Whatever your decision, this will finally end your quest to aid the Nightsong.

  • You can give Aylin up to Lorroakan and help him fight The Nightsong. If you give up Aylin, Lorroakan will pay you and also join you for the final battle. Lorroakan is clearly out for power, trying to steal Aylin’s mortality. It’s clear from his first scene that this dude sucks so this leads to the evil outcome for the quest.
  • You can tell Aylin that Lorroakan wants her immortality, causing the Nightsong to get mad and ask for your help killing the Wizard. If you end up aiding Aylin in killing Lorroakan, she and Isobel will thank you and join your crew for the final battle. This feels more like the “good” outcome for this quest. Aylin essentially goes on a revenge murder and you go with her, but Lorroakan is a dangerous Wizard, and he’s got to go, so don’t feel too bad about it.
  • You can also just lie to Lorroakan about not knowing the Nightsong and then lie to Aylin about Lorroakan. This leaves both characters alive but also is basically a non-conclusion, so it’s the gray choice.

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