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Baldur's Gate 3

Should You Release the Pixie in BG3

By
Shane Williams

Once you step foot into the Shadowlands in Act 2 and obtain the Moon Lantern via defeating Kar’niss, you’ll be presented with the choice of freeing the Pixie which is trapped inside the lantern or not. This page will detail the pros and cons of both options.

You’ll be presented with the choice to free the Pixie when you obtain the Moonlantern.

Where to Find the Moonlantern in Baldur’s Gate 3

Before you can get this choice in your game you’ll need to look for the "Moonlantern" iconMoonlantern first and this can be obtained by defeating Kar’niss who can be found roaming around the "Ruined Battlefield" iconRuined Battlefield. This can be a tricky opponent due to his Sanctuary Ability making it invulnerable to your attacks. If you need help defeating this enemy, then checkout our How to Ambush and Defeat Kar’niss in BG3 page.

Once you’ve got your hands on the Moon Lantern, inspect it and a cheeky little Pixie will ask you to free them. Here your choice could make your time in the Shadowlands a lot easier. A large majority of the player base recommend freeing the pixie as it means you can explore the area more freely and don’t have to keep everyone within the vicinity of the lantern. Below we’ll provide you with the outcomes of both freeing the Pixie or keeping it trapped.

What’s The Reward For Freeing The Pixie in BG3

If you choose to free the Pixie, then you’ll be rewarded with a pro and a con. The pro is that the Pixie will put a spell on your party which will give them all the freedom to roam around the Shadowlands without needing to worry about the curse in the area depleting their health and you won’t have to keep everyone close to the lantern. However, the downside to freeing the Pixie is that you’ll no longer be able to see wraiths or shadows during battles which will make things slightly trickier.

What’s The Reward For Keeping The Pixie Trapped in BG3

(1 of 2) If you keep the Pixie trapped, then you’ll need to walk around with the lantern at all times.

If you keep the Pixie trapped, then you’ll need to walk around with the lantern at all times. (left), If you free the Pixie, then you can explore the Shadowlands more freely. (right)

If you choose to keep the Pixie trapped in the lantern, then you’ll be able to see the wraiths or shadows during fights which makes battles easier for the less experienced players, but the downside is that you’ll have to keep everyone close to the lantern in order to stop the curse from damaging them. This will make exploring more tedious, as you wouldn’t be able to ungroup the party too quickly to explore random areas. Additionally, someone in the group will need to hold the lantern, so they’ll lose the option to carry a weapon.

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  • Publisher
    Larian Studios
  • Platforms,
    Mac, PC, PS5, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Adventure, RPG
  • Guide Release
    6 April 2023
  • Last Updated
    14 June 2024
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Baldur’s Gate 3 is an immersive roleplaying game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. It features a rich story with multiple outcomes for almost every encounter, and plenty of character customization features including more races, classes, subclasses and party combinations than you are ever likely to explore. The seemingly endless possibilities and numerous choices that you can make throughout your journey make a helping hand always welcome, and that’s where we come in! This guide features the following:

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