Dec 11, 2023

Baldur's Gate 3

Try to survive the Shadow Curse in the hostile lands of Baldur's Gate 3.

By Jason Rodriguez on August 4, 2023 at 11:17AM PDT

There are many deadly magic spells in Baldur's Gate 3. One, in particular, affects a blighted region, and venturing deeper can lead to certain doom. Our guide discusses the Baldur's Gate 3 Shadow Curse, and how you can find a way to survive it.

The Baldur's Gate 3 Shadow Curse is an important mechanic during the game's second act. Once you're on your way to Moonrise Towers, you'll realize that the zone, the aptly named Shadow-Cursed Lands, causes a nasty effect to those who wander off.

Basically, if you stay too long in darker areas, your characters will quickly lose HP. The only exception, in some ways, is Shadowheart, as she's a follower of Shar. The rest, however, will die if you're not careful. As such, we list down the methods to find protection from the Shadow Curse in Baldur's Gate 3.

If you have a torch, equip it as a weapon to light the way. However, this will only work in areas that are closer to the entrance sections. Delve further into the region, and torches will be completely useless.

Upon arriving at Last Light Inn, you'll meet Jaheira. She also introduces you to Isobel, the Cleric who's put up a defensive barrier over the abode. This leads to a battle when agents of the Absolute decide to invade. Keep in mind that Isobel's survival is of tantamount importance. Her death will mean the destruction of Last Light Inn, as well as the demise of many of its inhabitants. Some will cause you to fail quests because there's no way to complete them anymore.

Moonlanterns, similar to torches, need to be equipped. The difference is that they'll completely negate the effects of the Shadow Curse. Kar'niss the Drider carries one, and you can either side with him or fight him depending on your choices. Later, if you can manage to infiltrate Moonrise Towers, you'll find another Moonlantern in Balthazar's room.

The best way to protect yourself from the Baldur's Gate 3 Shadow Curse is via the Pixie's Blessing. This is given to you by, you guessed it, a pixie. In our case, we found one by taking the Underdark/Grymforge route to the Shadow-Cursed Lands. Then, we joined up with the Harpers to ambush Kar'niss. Once he's dead, we picked up the Moonlantern, which triggered a dialogue sequence with the pixie. We chose to free her in exchange for her help.

The Pixie's Blessing is permanent while you're in the region, and you won't even need to equip a gear piece just to activate it. This means you're free to explore all the areas without any hassles.

In any case, these are the ways for you to find protection from the Shadow Curse in Baldur's Gate 3. Next up, you might want to visit the Gauntlet of Shar.

Baldur's Gate 3 is filled to the brim with activities and secrets. You'll no doubt be part of an adventure that can take countless hours to complete. For other tips, you can visit our BG3 guides hub.

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