Baldur’s Gate 3 offers a large world with many interesting locations, such as the Moonrise Towers. However, what this game offers that others don’t is that there are actually multiple routes that you can take to reach Moonrise Towers, which is an important location for Act 2. We’ve made this guide to show you how to reach the Moonrise Towers in BG3, detailing all the routes you can take.
How to reach Moonrise Towers in Baldur’s Gate 3
You can either use the overland Mountain Pass route or travel through the Underdark tunnels to get to the Moonrise Towers. Both routes involve going through the Shadow-Cursed lands to reach the Moonrise Towers and each have their own hurdles to overcome.
Looking at the description of the quest to get to the Moonrise Towers you’re given the option to take the mountain pass via the Risen Road or the tunnels of the Underdark. Both routes are fine but what you really need to worry about is the Shadow Curse at the end of each. Going through this will quickly drain your party’s HP so you’ll need to find a way to survive it. Here’s what you need to do for both paths:
Choosing The Overland Route
If you choose to travel using the overland route, make sure you get the Spider’s Lute from Minthara. She’ll give it to you if you sided with her against the Tieflings or you can loot it from her corpse instead if you decided to save them. On the overland path, you can show the Spider’s Lute to an NPC named Kar’niss who carries a Moonlantern that can negate the effects of the Shadow Curse. He’ll guide you through whether Minthara is alive or not. If you don’t have the Spider’s Lute, you have to fight him for it.
Once you’ve made the decision to travel using the overland route, head to the Mountain Pass. Follow the stone bridge west of the Githyanki Patrol. You’ll eventually arrive in Rosymorn Monastary Trail. When you’re here, your next step is to follow the path northwest until you reach a ravine filled with dead plants and animals. This is where you’ll enter the zone transition to enter the Shadow-Cursed lands.
Choosing The Underdark Route
If you choose to travel using the Underdark, you’ll have to go through the many entrances available. The easiest one that is story related is through the Goblin Camp which leads you to the Defiled Temple. Once you solve the Moon Puzzle, the door will open that leads directly to the Underdark.
When you’re doing the Find the Nightsong quest, you’ll eventually find yourself here. There are a lot of quests to do in the Underdark, but in order to get to the Moonrise Towers make your way to the center of the area where you’ll find a ship that takes you to Grymforge.
The Grymfroge is the main base of Duergar slavers. There are tough enemies here and bosses you can fight like Grym in the Adamantine Forge. You can skip past all of this and just take the elevator across the corridor to get immediately to the Shadow-Cursed lands. Once you emerge from the Underdark, you’ll meet the Harpers who will take you to the Last Light Inn. This route will eventually get you to meet Kar’niss but you’re in a better position for the ambush.
Overhead or Underdark: Which Route Is Better?
Out of the two, the overhead route is faster but you’ll be in a harder position to fight Kar’niss unless you picked up the Spider’s Lute from Minthara. This is the better way to go out of the two since it poses the least risk and you can finish some companion quests along the way.
On the other hand, the Underdark route lets you meet Jaheira sooner because he’s in the Last Light Inn. You’ll also get the chance to explore the Adamantine Forge and beat Grym if you’re prepared for it.