In our BG3 Shadowheart Parents Choice, Save or Sacrifice guide, we are going to discuss what happens whether or not you save Shadowheart’s parents in the Baldur’s Gate 3 Daughter of Darkness quest. Needless to say, there will be SPOILERS from below the picture on. If you’re here, I’m going to assume that you don’t mind if you have some story points ruined so long as you make the “right” choice. So, let’s jump right into it.
BG3 Save Shadowheart Parents or Not Choice
The choice of whether you save or sacrifice Shadowheart’s parents in BG3 or Baldur’s Gate 3 happens during the Daughter of Darkness. Technically, you have four choices. The first one is “you should end their suffering, and yours.” If you go with this, Shadowheart will will turn her parents’ spirits into Moonmotes, which means that they will always be with her, even though they died. She will be very sad, but and will at one point cry in front of a statue of Selune. However, at least Shar’s stranglehold on your cleric will be lesser. At least, that’s what it seems like. The third and fourth choice (“This is your choice” and “Remain silent”) lead to the same outcome.
The second choice is the one where you save rather than sacrifice Shadowheart’s parents in BG3. You will have to make either a successful DC 20 Religion or Persuasion check right afterwards, and if you succeed, Arnell and Emmeline will come to live in your camp. After a long rest, you’ll go through a scene where Shadowheart and her parents will have a tearful reconciliation. While this is the happier end in many ways, it doesn’t seem like either choice will lock you away from the rest of Shadowheart’s quest. Also, she won’t leave the path of Seluna, from what I can tell. If I’m wrong, let me know in the comments. So, go with whatever seems the most satisfying option for you.
Now, there does seem to be a bug where Shadowheart still mentions her hand hurting even if you go the route where you turn her parents into motes of light. This is not supposed to happen, but it seems like you can safely ignore it. Don’t worry about it; you didn’t do anything wrong.