Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Release the Pixie?

What's the difference between releasing the Pixie and keeping it in Baldur's Gate 3?

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It’s apparent early in Act 2 that you need a way to nullify the effects of the Shadow Curse that covers the land. The NPCs at Last Light Inn know that followers of the Absolute have a way to cross the area. They don’t have to worry about the curse. However, it might be a method that’s a little less than humane. When you get the choice, should you release the Pixie from the Moon Lantern in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Should You Release the Pixie in Baldur’s Gate 3?

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Moon Lanterns are fueled by Pixies trapped inside them. There are positive and negative consequences for both freeing the Pixie and keeping it in the lantern.

Regardless of your choice between using the Mountain Pass or Underdark to arrive in Act 2, you’ll come across the need for a Moon Lantern immediately. Being in this land without a light source hurts. A regular torch is good enough to begin with, but a Moon Lantern is much more effective. You’ll be able to either kill Kar’niss and take his or convince him to give the lantern to you willingly. The options depends on your dialogue choices and skill checks.

What Happens If You Don’t Release the Pixie?

Leaving the Pixie in the Moon Lantern means that you have a set range to work with for battle positioning. Your characters need to stay in the light. However, you’ll be able to see Shadows and Wraiths with it. While seeing enemies that would otherwise be invisible is useful, the range of the lantern can feel rather limiting.

What Happens if You Release the Pixie?

Freeing the Pixie is the best option. You receive a blessing for your full party that prevents being affected by the Shadow Curse. This gives you more freedom with positioning during fights. However, the downside is that you won’t be able to always see Shadows and Wraiths when they’re obscured. If you’re doing an evil playthrough and have mixed feelings about helping the Pixie, you can kill it after it’s been released.

When you get to Act 2 and wonder if you should release the Pixie in Baldur’s Gate 3, the answer is: yes, you probably should. You’ll lose a bit of approval with Astarion if he’s in your party, and the ability to see certain enemies. However, the enemies aren’t hard to handle compared to the freedom of movement you get from the Pixie’s blessing. For help with more decisions, check out our BG3 guide hub for topics like should you let Yenna stay at your camp or should you kill Nightsong.

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Melissa Sarnowski

Melissa Sarnowski turned her hobbies of gaming and writing into a job through freelancing with the help of an English degree. If she isn't playing games and writing guides for them, she's spending time with her family or her dog.