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BG3 Shadowfell Warning: All Essential Quests To Complete Before The Fatal Step

Embarking on the Gauntlet of Shar in Baldur’s Gate 3 is an exciting adventure that leads you to the entrance of Shadowfell, a realm associated with the dark goddess Shar. Before delving into this mysterious realm, it is crucial to tie up any loose ends and complete all relevant quests. Ignoring this step could result in missing out on important storylines. In this article, we will guide you on which quests to complete before accepting the ‘Shadowfell point of no return’ notification.

Completing Quests before Entering Shadowfell in BG3

Entering the Shadowfell in Baldur’s Gate 3 marks a significant point of no return in the game. Once you proceed, you will be unable to access previously available areas, and the world around you may change. Therefore, it is highly recommended to prioritize completing all side quests and exploring all accessible areas before entering Shadowfell.

By finishing side quests and exploring thoroughly during Act 1 and Act 2, you can ensure that you don’t miss out on any encounters or valuable items. It’s important to note that any encounters or items not obtained before entering Shadowfell will be permanently lost.

Additionally, entering Shadowfell will lead you to several challenging battles, starting with Balthazar (depending on your choices), followed by Z’rell, and finally Ketheric. If you haven’t completed enough quests to gain experience points (EXP) and increase your level, you may find these battles extremely difficult to win. Therefore, it is crucial to take on enough quests and level up adequately before proceeding.

Here are some quests within Act 2 that you should consider completing before entering Shadowfell:

  • Avenge Glut’s Circle
  • Decide Minthara’s fate
  • Help Omeluum Investigate the Parasite
  • Seek Protection from the Shadow Curse
  • Find Arabella’s Parents
  • Find Zevlor
  • Find Rolan in the Shadows
  • Kill Raphael’s Old Enemy / Break Yurgir’s Contract
  • The Hellion’s Heart
  • Find the Githyanki Creche
  • Lift the Shadow Curse
  • Punish the Wicked
  • Rescue Wulbren and Tieflings
  • Wake Up Art Cullagh
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In addition to quests, make sure to thoroughly scavenge all previous areas, such as Emerald Grove, the Underdark, the Mountain Pass, and the Shadow-Cursed Lands, for valuable items. This may be your only opportunity to acquire these items throughout your playthrough. While not every item is essential, here are a few powerful items that you should prioritize:

  • Warped Headband of Intellect: Increases the wearer’s INT score to 17. Obtained from Lump the Enlightened’s body at Blighted Village.
  • Gloves of Dexterity: Increases the wearer’s DEX score to 18. Can be purchased or looted from A’jak’nir Jeera at the Githyanki Creche.
  • Amulet of Restoration: Grants usage of the spells Healing Word and Mass Healing Word. Available for purchase from Derryth Bonecloak at the Myconid Colony in the Underdark.
  • The Blood of Lathander: Once per Long Rest, when your hit points are reduced to 0, you regain 2d12 HP. Allies within the radius also regain 1d6 HP. Sheds holy light in a 6m radius. In combat, fiends and undead standing in the light are blinded, unless they succeed a Constitution Saving Throw. Obtained by completing the Find the Blood of Lathander quest in the Githyanki Creche.
  • Potent Robe: Your cantrips deal additional damage equal to your Charisma Modifier. At the beginning of the wearer’s turn, the robe activates, granting them temporary hit points equal to their Charisma Modifier. You can acquire this robe as a thank you gift from Alfira for saving the Tieflings from Moonrise Towers.

Before entering Shadowfell in Baldur’s Gate 3, ensure that you have completed all relevant quests and collected valuable items from previous areas. By doing so, you will be prepared for the challenges that await you in Shar’s realm, and you won’t miss out on any crucial storylines or powerful items.

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Are you ready to embark on an exciting quest in Baldur’s Gate 3? If so, knowing the best time to enter the Shadowfell is crucial for success. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the optimal strategy, ensuring you have the best experience possible.

Firstly, let’s talk about the Find Ketheric Thorm’s Relic side quest. This quest is directly linked to the entrance of the Shadowfell. Your task is to uncover the source of Ketheric’s invulnerability. To maximize your experience, it is recommended to visit Moonrise Towers first. By doing so, you will receive a mission that directs you to the Shadowfell, granting you additional experience points along the way.

But that’s not all. It is highly advised to prioritize the rescue of Wulbren and the Tieflings from the dungeon. If you complete the Shadowfell before rescuing them, the prisoners will perish, and you will automatically fail the side quest. To prevent this outcome, ensure you save them before delving into the Shadowfell.

Exploring the Moonrise Towers before venturing into the Shadowfell is also beneficial for the overall story. Not only will you have the opportunity to interact with unique characters, such as the intriguing Araj Oblodra, but you can also avail yourself of multiple vendors to upgrade your gear. Spend your hard-earned gold wisely or even try your hand at pickpocketing. Once you enter the Shadowfell, your freedom to explore Moonrise Towers will become limited as the story progresses towards the epic boss fight against Ketheric, marking the end of Act 2.

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After completing the quest inside the Shadowfell, you will be prompted to rush straight to Moonrise Towers for the intense combat that awaits, and then continue into Act 3. Therefore, it is crucial to only enter the Shadowfell once you feel content with your party’s level, have completed any desired quests, and have engaged in all relevant conversations and gathered important items from the people at Moonrise.

Now, armed with this knowledge of the optimal time to enter the Shadowfell, you can confidently venture forth and tackle the challenges that lie ahead. If you need further guidance on Baldur’s Gate 3 or want to explore more gaming content, be sure to check out our other guides on Twinfinite. And remember, a thrilling adventure awaits!

About the author

Gabriela Jessica

Gabriela has been a freelance writer for Twinfinite since 2023. With a passion for gaming, she specializes in covering Genshin Impact and enjoys trying out new games. Some of her all-time favorites include TOTK, Stardew Valley, RDR2, The Witcher 3, and RE4 Remake. Armed with a BA in English Literature from Ma Chung University, Gabriela spends her free time indulging in novels and manga/anime.


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