Baldur’s Gate 3: How To Change Shadowheart’s Hair


It is possible to change Shadowheart’s hair in Baldur’s Gate 3 if they follow a specific set of actions during Act 2. The customization of companions is not possible in the game, with the obvious exception being their outfit changes through gear. Of course, it is possible to change your own custom character’s appearance through the Magic Mirror feature added with Patch 3 of Baldur’s Gate 3. Even if you cannot change their companion’s appearance at will, they can nudge Shadowheart into a makeover.



This article contains spoilers for major events that take place in Act 2 of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Shadowheart can change her hairstyle, notably losing the bangs and altering her hair color from black to silver following important events in Act 2. These events are related to the Nightsong quest in Baldur’s Gate 3. Depending on what transpires within Shadowfell, the beloved cleric companion will make some big changes to her life – and that involves the reflection of that on her appearance. It is possible to make her stay the same, but that involves going down a darker and much more evil path.

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Shadowheart’s Hairstyle Change In Baldur’s Gate 3 May Occur In Act 3

Shadowheart from Baldurs Gate 3 in a white dress superimposed over a blurred image of Shadowfell.

Triggering Shadowheart’s hairstyle change in Baldur’s Gate 3 depends on whether you allow her to kill or spare Nightsong withing Shadowfell. If you enabled Shadowheart to kill Nightsong or even allowed Balthazar to take her away to Ketheric Thorm, then the change will not happen – in fact, if Nightsong is taken away, Shadowheart leaves your party permanently. To make her change her hairstyle in Act 3, Shadowheart must spare Nightsong’s life in Act 2.

You can nudge Shadowheart into sparing Nightsong. She already knows that this is the right thing to do, but it is more easily done if you have a good approval rate with the character.

This will lead Shadowheart to confront her own faith in the goddess Shar, thus being shunned by the Lady of Darkness. This is the right moral decision to make, as Shar is an evil-aligned entity who has been manipulating Shadowheart to do her dirty deeds.

By sparing Nightsong, Shadowheart renounces Shar and initiates a short period of internal conflict in Baldur’s Gate 3, where she questions herself. Although this may seem immediately negative, it is actually very positive – and the key to changing her hairstyle.

Once Shadowheart comes to terms with her big decision at the end of Act 2, she will learn more about her past and eventually embrace Selûne as the goddess worthy of her devotion. To reflect her newly recovered faith, Shadowheart will then change her hair color from black to silver and get rid of her bangs.

This change occurs at the beginning of Act 3, where she will also progress her relationship with your character if you are romancing her. Her shift in faith is the major turning point in Shadowheart’s companion story in Baldur’s Gate 3 and one that is pleasantly accompanied by a pleasant makeover.

  • Baldur’s Gate 3

    Baldur’s Gate

    macOS, Microsoft Windows


    Larian Studios

    Larian Studios


    Larian Studios


    Baldur’s Gate 3 is a long-anticipated sequel to Baldur’s Gate 2, released in 2000 from BioWare and now being handled by Larian Studios. Set 120 years after the events of Shadows of Amn, Baldur’s Gate 3 puts players in the role of a customizable protagonist who has been captured and infected with a parasite that will turn them into a mind flayer. Before the process is complete, the ship they are on crashes, leaving them on a quest to cure themselves as they meet up with other survivors. Gameplay is turn-based and can be played co-operatively online or tackled alone in a single-player campaign with NPC allies. 

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