Baldur’s Gate 3 Free True Soul Nere Guide

Making choices, facing challenges, and consequences in the Underdark Cave-in.

By GamesRecon

Baldur’s Gate 3 Free True Soul Nere side quest is a thrilling ride and quite an urgent mission. But fret not! we are here to guide you through it. Whether you’re looking to free or rescue Nere in the blink of an eye or are just curious about the ripple effects of your decisions, this walkthrough has got your back.

Starting the Free True Soul Nere in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3)

As you’re wandering around, you’ll find yourself in Grymforge, this scary place in the Underdark (quite the scenic route, if you ask me, minus the dangers). As soon as you set foot there, you’ll hear whispers and tales about another True Soul trapped. If you’re like me, hearing of someone in distress is like a siren call to adventure. Then, the quest magically appears in your journal. But before you dash off to play the hero (or villain, no judgment here), let’s get a lay of the land and see what we’re up against.

Baldur's Gate 3 Free True Soul Nere Map Location

Journey to the Cave-In Location

From Grymforge, set your sights on the south. It’s hard to miss the cave-in location—just keep an eye out for some rumble and rubble.

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Now, here’s where things get a little spicy. On your way, you’ll bump into a duo of duergar. One of them goes by the name Elder Brithvar. A word of caution: these guys have a bone to pick. They’ll try to corner you about some debts Nere owes them. But, we’re savvy adventurers! With some quick wit (and maybe a sprinkle of deceit), you can convince them you’re neither a fan of Nere nor a part of his True Soul gang.

If you play your cards right, they’ll toss a proposition your way: get rid of Nere for them. And the cherry on top is that you get to split Nere’s treasures. Whether you decide to side with them or not, just entertaining this deal might give you a leg up when things heat up later on. Because let’s be real, in the unpredictable world of Baldur’s Gate 3, having a few extra allies in a tight spot is always a great thing. Keep those feet moving and let’s see where this path leads.

Gathering Intel and Preparing for the Rescue

Talk with Sergeant Thrinn in BG3

Going further into this quest, you’re about to meet a cast of characters that’ll make your head spin. First up, you’ve got Sergeant Thrinn and a bunch of talkative gnomes; these fellas can be a goldmine of information if you lend them an ear.

If your path hasn’t crossed with them yet, the gnomes will spill the beans on where to get some explosive runepowder from Philomeen. And then there’s Thrinn – she’s your go-to for the lowdown on what’s been happening. If you want to get on her good side, fetch her those boots Thulla made off with. Little tip: Keep an eye out for Barcus, the gnome who might’ve had a windmill mishap earlier on (if you’ve been on that particular adventure). He’s among the gnomes here and might just have something useful to share.

But for now, the main thing on our to-do list is that explosive runepowder. Because, let’s face it, a good explosion can solve a lot of problems (though maybe not in real life, so don’t get any wild ideas).

Finding the Explosives

Find the Explosives Quest Location on Map

So, when you land in Grymforge, head south around the dock. You’re on the lookout for a somewhat morbid scene—a couple of duergar casually tossing bodies into the water. But, you’ve got the gift of gab. Woo them, distract them, or convince them you’re the new body disposal expert; whatever gets them to skedaddle.

Once they’re gone, you’ll spot these grand double doors. Now, I know they look imposing, but with a little lock-picking magic, you will be able to enter. Inside, make a beeline for the northeast corner. Keep those eagle eyes of yours sharp for a sneaky button on the wall. Give it a push, and you will come across a hidden door. As you waltz in, you’ll be greeted by a set of stairs and some suspicious acid puddles. And there are Ochre Jellies lurking about, so keep those weapons handy.

At the top of the stairs, hang a left, do a bit of cliff hopping, and you’ll find another set of doors. They might look high-security, but again some lock-picking finesse, and you’re golden.

Getting Philomeen's runepowder with some nice chat

Inside, there is Philomeen gnome and her stash of explosive runepowder. She’s a bit on edge, threatening to light the whole place up. But with a bit of charm (and maybe some smooth talking), you can get a vial of that coveted powder. Word to the wise: handle with care. Deciding Philomeen’s fate and nabbing the runepowder might just be the most explosive part of your day.

Rescue the Nere

Make your way back to that massive pile of rocks trapping our “dear” Nere. By interacting with the rubble, you can actually mind-link with Nere, seeing what he’s up to on the other side. Remember, it might not be the heartwarming reunion you’re expecting.

Rescueing Nere by rubble explosion with runepowder

Once you’re done with the mind games, let’s get physical. Place the runepowder near the rubble and then, it’s time to light it up. You can go traditional with a fiery cantrip or get fancy with a flaming arrow. And if you’ve got spells like Shatter up your sleeve, even better. Just remember to save some of your mojo for the drama that’s about to unfold.

With a bang and a burst, Nere is free! But don’t expect him to be all gratitude and rainbows. Without spoiling too much, let’s just say he has a peculiar way of showing appreciation to his fellow cave-mates.

The moment of truth: do you let Nere go on his merry, sinister way, or do you decide he’s better off… well, not breathing? The choices you make here ripple through the rest of your adventure with the end consequences. But whatever you decide, remember to loot, scout, and always keep one hand on your sword (or staff, or wand). The Underdark is full of surprises, after all.

Should You Side With Nere or Kill Him? The Consequences

Nere Baldur's Gate 3

Choice number one: If you’re feeling merciful or see some sort of upside to letting Nere strut around, you could choose to join forces. But remember that deal you might’ve made with Brithvar? Yes, that could come back to haunt you. First off, you’re looking at a throwdown with Brithvar and his crew. But, don’t sweat it too much, because Nere’s got your back, and you might have a few duergars on your side if they’re chummy with Thrinn. After you’ve sorted that mess out, Nere gets a little… well, nasty. He’s got a mean streak for those gnomes. You can try your mind tricks on him to spare them, but heads up: if it backfires, he’s gonna call you out for the double-cross, and you’re in for another brawl—this time with Nere and his gang.

On the flip side, if you skipped that chat with Brithvar or just turned him down, things look different. Nere’s the only pal you’ve got, and you’re up against all the duergar. Sure, Nere’s a powerhouse, but those duergar aren’t pushovers. That’s gonna be one uphill battle. Once you’ve sorted all that drama out and the fight ends, Nere’s got one more task for you. He’ll send you off to meet General Thorm over at Moonrise Towers. Finish that up, and that’s all in this side quest – you’ve got yourself an illithid parasite as a final reward.

Choice number two: Maybe you’ve decided the world’s better off without this Nere in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you’ve got Brithvar’s offer in your back pocket, now’s the time to cash in. Of course, Nere’s no pushover, so be ready for a tussle. If you decide to pull the plug on him, not only does the Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3) Free True Soul Nere wrap up, but you can grab all the cool loot from Nere, Thrinn, and their duergar buddies. And, a little tip between us? Nere’s got an illithid parasite that could spice up your abilities.

If you shook hands with the duergar on a deal, you’ll find yourself a few gold coins richer—like, up to 500 of them. If you’re on a special mission from Soverign Spaw in Myconid Colony, you can even claim Nere’s head. But, if you skipped the chat with Brithvar or just weren’t feeling his offer, be prepared. You’re up against Nere and the whole duergar squad. Let me tell you, that fight’s a beast! Seriously, you might wanna reconsider Brithvar’s offer—it could save your skin.

Now, I won’t spill all the beans here but remember: every choice has its end effect. Side quests, alliances, and even your wallet could feel the impact of this decision. So, take a deep breath, weigh your options, and make the call. Whichever path you choose, keep those wits sharp and that armor polished.