Should You Save the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3 Act 2?

If you’re nearing the end of Act 2, you might be wondering if you should save the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Should You Save the Nightsong in Baldur's Gate 3

The Nightsong is a major story focal point in Baldur’s Gate 3. You’ll encounter the Nightsong toward the end of Act 2. This is a major part of Shadowheart’s storyline, but you have a lot of agency in deciding if the Nightsong lives or dies. If you’re wondering if you should save the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3 Act 2, this guide is for you.

This guide will contain spoilers in Baldur’s Gate 3 Act 2.

What Is the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3?

The Nightsong is not an object like the story initially makes you think. The Nightsong is a person named Dame Aylin, a Paladin of Selune and her daughter. As the daughter of Selune, she is immortal and cannot die.

Baldur's Gate 3 Saving Nightsong

As an immortal being, the Nightsong is held captive by Shar as a way to give Ketheric Thorm his immortality. Shar is essentially siphoning the Nightsong’s immortality and imparting it into Ketheric.

Baldur's Gate 3 Ketheric Thorm screenshot

Finding the Nightsong

The Nightsong is the final test in the Gauntlet of Shar. The Gauntlet of Shar is a test for Shar worshippers, like Shadowheart, to become a Dark Justiciar.

How to Get Dark Justiciar Half-Plate (Very Rare) in Baldur’s Gate 3

If you haven’t completed the Gauntlet of Shar before, follow this walkthrough to learn the solutions to every puzzle.

Once you’re at the Gauntlet’s end, ensure you have Shadowheart in your party. If you meet the Nightsong without her and decide their fate, Shadowheart will immediately leave your party.

Should You Kill the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3?

When you arrive in Shadowfell, killing the Nightsong is considered an evil choice.

Shadowfell BG3

Benefits of Killing the Nightsong

If Balthazar is still alive, you’ll have to fight him before deciding the Nightsong’s fate. Then, you’ll have to push Shadowheart to kill the Nightsong.

Killing the Nightsong BG3

If you let Shadowheart kill the Nightsong, she will become a Dark Justiciar. This leads to some very gruesome and harrowing outcomes later in the story, but the entire personality of Shadowheart changes permanently. While a Dark Urge playthrough with a Dark Justiciar Shadowheart can make for a fantastic evil run, this isn’t what most people will want from their first play-through. You’ll also receive Shar’s Spear of Evening, a legendary spear.

Baldur's Gate 3 - Shar's Spear of Evening - Legendary Weapon

Consequences of Killing the Nightsong

One thing you might not consider is the shield protecting the Last Light Inn will immediately disintegrate. If you save Isobel earlier in the story, everyone at the Last Light Inn will immediately die if you kill the Nightsong. This includes Isobel, Jaheira, Dammon, and Art Cullahg.

Isobel Getting Taken BG3

The Nightsong also won’t be alive to help you assault the Moonrise Towers with the rest of the Last Light Inn. While you can still “romance” Shadowheart after becoming a Dark Justiciar, this is also much more limited, as she confesses Lady Shar demands all her heart.

Nightsong Death Consequences

The Nightsong also hints at future decisions that need to be made if Shadowheart follows through and kills her.

Should You Save the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Saving the Nightsong is the clear good choice in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Saving the Nightsong

Benefits of Saving the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3

Even if you let Shadowheart decide, she will throw the spear away and refuse to kill the Nightsong. Contrary to what you might expect, Shadowheart can’t bring herself to kill the Nightsong. Immediately, she will touch the Nightsong, freeing her. Dame Aylin will appear clothed in armor and give Shadowheart Selune’s Spear of Night.

BG3 Selune's Spear of Night - Baldur's Gate 3

The Nightsong will then begin the assault on the Moonrise Towers, bringing Act 2 close to its end.

Dame Aylin Attacking Moonrise Towers

Dame Aylin plays a pivotal role in Act 3 as well. If you save the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll have to make another decision concerning her fate in Act 3. Saving her will allow you to further interact with this part of the story in Act 3. This also leaves the possibility that she will aid your party in later encounters in the storyline.

Consequences of Saving the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3

There aren’t many immediate consequences to saving the Nightsong in Baldur’s Gate 3 Act 2. She will return in Act 3 with more questing options and can even help you in the final battle vs. the Elder Brain.

Consequences of Saving the Nightsong

Shadowheart is understandably shaken after the encounter and her ultimate failure of Lady Shar. While she can’t remember her past, she knows herself fully as a disciple of Lady Shar. She goes through all of the stages of grief if you save the Nightsong before she begins to heal later in the story.

While this isn’t necessarily a consequence, it does seem wrong on some level not to let Shadowheart complete what she’s set out to accomplish up until this point in the story.

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