How To Get The Moon Lantern In Baldur’s Gate 3

Light your way through the Shadow Cursed lands of Baldur's Gate 3 with our help.

A journey through the lands of Faerun in Baldur’s Gate 3 is perilous and sometimes downright life-threatening. One such area is Shadow Cursed Lands, which is oppressive and dangerous. You can’t traverse this area of Baldur’s Gate 3 without having a unique light source known as the Moon Lantern.

The Shadow Curse during Act 2 will gradually hurt you and kill you. To avoid this fate, you need some source of light. While torches and some light spells may work in areas where the curse is not intense, you will require the ultimate light source, Moon Lantern, to survive the rest of the Shadow Cursed Lands.

There are two types of Moon Lanterns in Baldur’s Gate 3: complete and broken. We will cover both in detail and tell you how to fix the broken one.

Working Moon Lantern Locations

We know of at least two working Moon lanterns. However, both can only be obtained once you reach the Shado-cursed Lands in Act 2. 

  • The easiest way to obtain a working Moon Lantern is by going to the Moonrise Towers. Once you reach there, go to Balthazar’s room on the first floor. You can loot it from there.
  • The second working Moon Lantern is with the Drider, Kar’niss. If you reach the Shadow Cursed Lands from the Mountain Pass, you will meet this spider-like creature holding a Moonlantern. You can either convince him to give it to you or kill him to loot it. We recommend you wait and join the Harper ambush to take advantage. Harpers will take the Moon Lantern. Go to the Last Light Inn and talk to Isobel. This will start a fight with Marcus. Defeat him and save Isobel to obtain the lantern as a reward.

If you first reach the Last Light Inn, join forces with Jaheira and ambush Kar’niss. The rest plays out as above.

Keep the Moon Lantern or release the Pixie?

Once you obtain the Moon Lantern, check it from inventory. You will realize it is hosting a Pixie. We recommend that you free the Pixie to gain Pixie’s Blessing. It works similarly and protects your whole party from the Shadow Curse.


You will get an eye icon named “Examine Moon Lantern” in your action bar. It will only appear once you equip the lantern.

Broken Moon Lantern in Baldur’s Gate 3

If you decide to go through the Underdark to reach the Shadow Cursed Lands, your last pit stop will be the Grymforge. You can kill Nere to obtain a broken Moon Lantern from his body.

Another way to find some more broken Moon Lanterns is by finding a secret room inside Balthazar’s Chamber (Moonrise Towers). We got around two broken Moon Lanterns from this area.

Can you fix the Broken Moon Lantern in Baldur’s Gate 3?

As the broken Moon Lantern is a lantern without Pixie dust, you can always fix it. Remember that you don’t need a living Pixie to fix the Moon Lantern in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Once you find the hidden room in Balthazar’s Chambers, you will notice many dead Pixies inside the Ritual Circle. Apparently, he was experimenting on them, resulting in killing them all.

All you need to do is pick up Pixie Dust and combine it with the broken Lantern from your inventory. While we recommend freeing Dolly Thrice, the Pixie, we still want you to own a working Moon Lantern so you can see clearly in the dark areas.

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