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Nyte Blayde's Return
Nyte Blayde's Return complete
"Nyte Blayde's Return" mission completion screen
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Viola DeWynter


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Convoy Decoy STAG Party

"Nyte Blayde's Return" is a mission in Saints Row: The Third.

Pierce: "STAG is using Nyte Blayde as their mascot. We snatch the punk..."
Playa: "And we draw out STAG."
Nyte Blayde's Return intro
Pierce and Playa, at the comic store.


Playa and Viola DeWynter meet Pierce at Steelport News. Pierce has discovered that STAG are using Josh Birk as Nyte Blayde as their mascot; in an effort to draw them out, he assembles a plan for Playa and Viola to sneak in dressed as characters from the show (as The Cardinal and The Bloody Canoness respectively) and kidnap Birk.

After capturing Birk, Playa and Viola are forced to fight their way out of the PR Center and flee to the Saints HQ. On the way, Birk claims that many will go after his kidnappers in retribution, but quickly says he'll play along when Playa tells him Shaundi will be there.

After discovering that the Saints managed to get to Birk, Cyrus Temple informs Monica Hughes of what transpired, but assures her that STAG will find him.


Nyte Blayde's Return - Escape the STAG building
Go to comic store
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Go to the PR Center

From Sunset Park Thunder Pump, drive to the PR Center.

Enter the PR Center

Head inside. If any weapons are current equipped, there is a ten seconds to put them away.

Go to the reception desk
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Enter the elevator
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Find Josh Birk
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Grab Josh Birk

Open reaching Josh Birk, he must be brought through the PR Center, repelling waves of STAG soldiers; this is challenging due to having Josh Birk slung over Playa's shoulder, which severely hamper maneuverability, as well as only allowing them to use a pistol, SMG, or rifle.

Escape the STAG building
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Enter the elevator

At this point Viola can get "stuck", unable to enter the room where you enter the elevator. You get the "abandoning follower" message. Ignore it, she reappears in the next scene.

Escape the STAG building
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Enter the elevator
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Steal a vehicle

After fighting through the multiple rooms down towards the car park, climb inside the Infuego.

Escape to the Saints HQ

Go back to the Saints HQ. The drive back is fairly uneventful and straightforward provided a Crusader tank is not encountered.

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  • Cash awarded at the end of the mission
  • The Cardinal outfit unlocked


Main article: Newscasts
Nyte Blayde's Return radio newscasts media 00022
Jane Valderamma: "Tween girls cried out in heartbreak as the rumor of Josh Birk's kidnapping spreads. The idolized actor, who portrays the vigilante vampire Nyte Blayde, was reportedly forced out of the studio at gunpoint and thrown into the back of a vehicle. At this time it is unclear if Birk is alive or dead. Support sites are popping up on the Internet by the hour begging those responsible to let the actor go, while opponents of the violence seen on the show are claiming this is karmic retribution. This is Jane Valderamma with your Steelport Celebrity Gossip."


  • This mission marks the first reference to Gangstas in Space, which is later used as the name of both a mission and a DLC.
  • The Bloody Canoness outfit which Viola DeWynter wears in this mission is part of the "Nyte Blayde Pack" offered free for buying the Season Pass DLC, and also appears in Saints Row IV.
  • There is a television screen inside the studio Josh Birk is rehearsing in that displays an animation featuring a cat named "Johnny Cat". The cat has Johnny Gat's hairdo and is playing on a piano, a reference to Keyboard Cat.
  • Viola states that Playa has had a coma and three friends dead, but there are four, Lin, Carlos, Aisha, and Johnny Gat. Aisha was likely omitted because her death of not directly the fault of Playa.
  • This mission bears many similarities with the Saints Row 2 mission "Assault on Precinct 31"; both missions involve dressing up to infiltrate a building and both have Playa fight through law enforcement.
  • This mission bears similarities to other Strongholds in Saints Row: The Third, as it takes place in an interior which is not available outside of the mission. In the game data files, there is a reference to an unused STAG Stronghold, which is likely to be the PR Center, to this mission and the Crib-like Garage below the building.
  • This mission was first revealed in Giant Bomb's "Quick Look" at the game.[1]
  • Damage is taken while holding Nyte Blayde, even if all Damage Upgrades are purchased.
  • Viola sometimes disappears you entering the "Office" area.[image?] This causes the elevator to not respond when you enter it. The only way to correct this, is to retry from checkpoint.
  • Sometimes, the second elevators on the ground level don't respond. The only way to move on to the next area is to retry from checkpoint.
  • If Smoked while holding Nyte Blayde, he walks around in the background as if unharmed, despite being knocked nearly unconscious.
  • Destroying the Infuego before getting into it does not fail the mission, but the "Steal a Vehicle" objective can never be completed, causing a stalemate. Sometimes, entering the marker places Josh into the destroyed Infuego, other times he acts as a normal Homie. It is not possible to enter any other vehicles in the garage, but vehicles outside can be stolen normally.



Playa: "Pierce, you worked out a way to hurt STAG yet?"
Playa - Zombie: "Mumbles"
Phone Call: "Yeah, Viola's on her way to meet me now.."
Playa: "Viola?"
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
Phone Call: "We need her, uh...talents."
Playa: "What are you planning..."
Playa - Zombie: "Babbles"
Phone Call: "Just swing by, I'll fill you in."
— Pre-mission phone call

Cutscene #1Edit

Viola: "Oh look - Pierce can read."
Pierce: "Girl, I don't gotta explain myself to you. STAG is using Nyte Blayde as their mascot. We snatch the punk..."
Playa: "And we draw out STAG."
Pierce: "Set it up right, we'll get the drop on those motherfuckers."
Kid: "Um... excuse me?"
Kid: "Could you sign this?"
Playa: "The fuck is this?"
Pierce: "Dude, it's Johnny's comic...he sold his likeness to Ultor, they're making a movie outta this shit."
Playa: "Remind me to call Legal Lee about this."
Playa: "So how do we find Birk? The chump could be anywhere."
Pierce: "We lay the right bait, he'll come to us. That's why I need you and the new girl."
Viola: "My name's Viola."
Pierce: "Your name's the Bloody Canoness."
Viola: "You can't be serious--!"
Playa: "Works for me."
— Opening cutscene


Viola: "I feel ridiculous."
Playa - Female 1: "You're workin' the slutty nun angle better than I would, trust me."
Playa - Female 2: "You have the right figure for that look."
Playa - Female 3: "What's wrong?"
Playa - Male 1: "Really? I think it's sexy. Slutty...but sexy."
Playa - Male 2: "Well you make rediculous look damn good..."
Playa - Male 3: "But you look fantastic."
Playa - Zombie: "Grunts"
Viola: "I didn't get a master's in economics to look like a slut."
Playa - Female 1: "What did you get a masters in economics for?"
Playa - Female 2: "No. That's what your BFA was for."
Playa - Female 3: "No, that's what the implants were for."
Playa - Male 1: "Isn't it nice to know you can surprise yourself?"
Playa - Male 2: "Who said slut, I didn't say slut."
Playa - Male 3: "Then consider yourself an outlier."
Playa - Zombie: "Roars"
— "Mission Start"
Viola: "Are we sure Birk will even be at the PR Center?"
Playa - Female 1: "I met this clown. He's probably on set doing "lion face, lemon face" right now."
Playa - Female 2: "You don't know Birk. If he is not asleep, he is in front of a camera."
Playa - Female 3: "The day Josh Birk doesn't want to be on camera is the day I stop waxing."
Playa - Male 1: "I've met this guy. He's probably practicing on camera already."
Playa - Male 2: "If Pierce says he's there, he's there..."
Playa - Male 3: "He practically sleeps there."
Playa - Zombie: "Garbled"
Viola: "He that serious about his work?"
Playa - Female 1: "No, he's that deluded about being Nyte Blayde. It's a sickness, believe me."
Playa - Female 2: "Work? No. Public image? Absolutely. Plus he's filming a PSA for Shaundi."
Playa - Female 3: "No, he's that obsessed with himself."
Playa - Male 1: "No, he's that in love with himself. Well, and Shaundi...the point is he'll be there"
Playa - Male 2: "Pierce knows I'll whoop his ass if he wasted my time. His information is good."
Playa - Male 3: "Yes, if you replace the word "work" with "self-promotion" and the word "serious" with "unhealthily obsessed""
Playa - Zombie: "Mumbles"
— "Begin Drive to Center"
Viola: "Is there a plan?"
Playa - Female 1: "As Nyte Blayde's arch enemies, we "act" out a kidnapping."
Playa - Female 2: "We walk in, we kidnap Birk, we walk out."
Playa - Female 3: "Yeah. Find Josh and leave."
Playa - Male 1: "Go in, find Josh, get out."
Playa - Male 2: "Yeah. Kidnap Josh."
Playa - Male 3: "Go inside, find Josh, leave... profit."
Playa - Zombie: "Garbled"
Viola: "I doubt it'll be that simple."
Playa - Female 1: "Well we could say we have Shaundi hostage, but that could just get weird..."
Playa - Female 2: "Please. I am never wrong."
Playa - Female 3: "OK, Debbie Downer..."
Playa - Male 1: "We're dressed as actors... we improvise."
Playa - Male 2: "He's an actor. How hard could it be?"
Playa - Male 3: "Not with that attitude it won't be."
Playa - Zombie: "Groans"
— "Drive to Center"
Playa - Female 1: "Keep your gun hidden... somewhere."
Playa - Female 2: "Actors are not armed. Hide your guns."
Playa - Female 3: "We don't want these guys seeing any weapons..."
Playa - Male 1: "Alright, we're here...lose the guns."
Playa - Male 2: "We can't be seen packin' while we're inside."
Playa - Male 3: "We're here. Lose the weapons."
Playa - Zombie: "Groans"
— "Hide"
Playa - Female 1: "Take us to our arch enemy, Nyte Blayde!"
Playa - Female 2: "We are here for the Nyte Blayde shoot. Is Josh Birk here yet?"
Playa - Female 3: "Here for the Nyte Blayde shoot. That's, uh, two y's and a d in there somewhere..."
Playa - Male 1: "Uh, we're here for the, um, the Nyte Blayde shoot."
Playa - Male 2: "Hey, we're, uh, we're with the Nyte Blayde shoot. You know I'm an actor with no ulterior motives."
Playa - Male 3: "Uh, we're supposed to be here for the... uh... Nyte... Nyte Blade shoot?"
Playa - Zombie: "Babbles"
STAG Receptionist: "Yeah, yeah, go in..."
— "Arrive at Center"
The shoot's up on seven. Nyte Blayde is already practicing.
— STAG receptionist

Playa - Female 1: "You flash a little skin, we can probably get into anywhere in the city."
Playa - Female 2: "The costume's working, Viola. They are too busy drooling to be shooting us."
Playa - Female 3: "I can't believe that worked..."
Playa - Male 1: "Not gonna lie, I thought this whole thing was a stunt for Pierce to see your tits, but it's actually working..."
Playa - Male 2: "Our boy Pierce seemed to hit this plan out of the park..."
Playa - Male 3: "This is perfect. With you here, nobody has even glanced at me."
Playa - Zombie: "Mumbles"
Viola: "I don't care if it works or not, I'm not making going out like this a habit."
Playa - Female 1: "Habit... *laughs*, oh that's too precious."
Playa - Female 2: "Was that a nun joke?"
Playa - Female 3: "Went right for the nun joke, didn't you?"
Playa - Male 1: "See? You're already making nun jokes, I knew you'd get into this."
Playa - Male 2: "Look at you getting into character, talking about habits and shit..."
Playa - Male 3: "Well I'm just supposed to ignore that? 'Habit'... 'nun'--"
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
Viola: "I hate you."
— "Too Easy"
This looks like the right place.
— Viola, "Found"

Cutscene #2Edit

Josh takes deep breaths and rehearses: "Josh Birk"
I am Nyte Blayde... I have no fear... I will save Marion and I will destroy Mr. X.: "Josh Birk"
You guys wanna do some warm ups before we shoot? Hey, you look familiar...: "Viola DeWynter"
Really?: "Playa"


Viola: "Very subtle."
Playa - Female 1: "Next time you punch him. It's very soothing."
Playa - Female 2: "Don't worry. It will be your turn to punch him next."
Playa - Female 3: "I got a little excited."
Playa - Male 1: "I know I just... really wanted to punch him."
Playa - Male 2: "It was worth it."
Playa - Male 3: "I'm going on instinct. ACTING!"
Playa - Zombie: "Moans"
— After grabbing Josh
Josh: "Wha... what's goin' on..."
Josh: "Don't... rip the outfit..."
Josh: "Are, are we rolling..."
Josh: "I... I think I fell..."
Josh: "Stop... stop the Cardinal..."
Josh: "Cannoness... is that you..."
Josh: "You'll never... stop me..."
Josh: "Cyprian... Order..."
Josh: "That wasn't... in the script..."
Josh: "Are we... improvising..."
— "Josh Stunned"
Viola: "Is he gonna be alright?"
Playa - Female 1: "He's taken thousands of hits on his show. He'll be fine."
Playa - Female 2: "He'll be fine. I didn't hit him that hard."
Playa - Female 3: "Eh... I think so..."
Playa - Male 1: "He'll be fine, he just can't take a punch for shit."
Playa - Male 2: "Uh, probably..."
Playa - Male 3: "Eh... it's hard to tell. Probably."
Playa - Zombie: "Roars"
Viola: "And if he isn't?"
Playa - Female 1: "Then I'll feel bad for like two whole minutes."
Playa - Female 2: "We aren't that lucky."
Playa - Female 3: "Then I'm gonna make a killing on those signed copies of Nyte Blayde."
Playa - Male 1: "Then I've done the world a favor."
Playa - Male 2: "No one'll notice if the guy has brain damage..."
Playa - Male 3: "Uh... Sorry I was just picturing being awarded the key to the city."
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
— "Office Combat"
Playa - Female 1: "Are all these guards just for Birk? Can you say "overkill"?"
Playa - Female 2: "They act like they are guarding someone important!"
Playa - Female 3: "They really went overboard with the security. It's just one guy."
Playa - Male 1: "You'd think they were guarding someone important."
Playa - Male 2: "Damn, they really don't wanna lose this guy, huh?"
Playa - Male 3: "You'd think they were guarding something vital..."
Playa - Zombie: "Groans"
Viola: "I'm not surprised. Publicity is the key to taking a city."
Playa - Female 1: "Some guns and a few high explosives tend to get the job done too."
Playa - Female 2: "Publicity is expensive. Guns are effective enough."
Playa - Female 3: "I know a thing or two about that."
Playa - Male 1: "I'll stick with guns."
Playa - Male 2: "You know what also takes a city? Gratuitous violence."
Playa - Male 3: "Guns also work."
Playa - Zombie: "Growls"
Viola: "Yeah, a coma and 3 friends really worked out for you..."
Playa - Female 1: "Way to kill the mood..."
Playa - Female 2: "Point taken."
Playa - Female 3: "Point taken."
Playa - Male 1: "Alright, you got a point."
Playa - Male 2: "Yeah, fuck you, keep shooting!"
Playa - Male 3: "Touche..."
Playa - Zombie: "Growls"
— "Lobby Combat"
Viola: "Looks like they're all over the entrance."
Playa - Female 1: "Then we keep heading down."
Playa - Female 2: "We'll find another way down."
Playa - Female 3: "Let's see if there's another way down here."
Playa - Male 1: "Let's see if there's another way down here."
Playa - Male 2: "New plan, follow me!"
Playa - Male 3: "There might be another way down here."
Playa - Zombie: "Grumbles"
— "Enter Lobby"
Viola: "Must be a way out in the garage."
Playa - Female 1: "See, more elevators."
Playa - Female 2: "More elevators, over there."
Playa - Male 1: "There's more elevators."
Playa - Male 2: "There's the elevator!"
Playa - Male 3: "There's more elevators."
Playa - Zombie: "Gargles"
— "See Elevator to"
Playa - Female 1: "Buckle that asshole in."
Playa - Female 2: "Stuff Birk in the car. Time to go."
Playa - Female 3: "Put Birk in the car and let's move!"
Playa - Male 1: "Get Birk in the car and let's go."
Playa - Male 2: "Get him in here..."
Playa - Male 3: "Put Birk in the car and let's go."
Playa - Zombie: "Grunts"
— "Get in"
Viola: "What now?"
Playa - Female 1: "We get back to the crib and dump him with Pierce and Shaundi."
Playa - Female 2: "I will drive back to the crib. You will make sure Birk stays quiet."
Playa - Female 3: "We get him back to the crib."
Playa - Male 1: "Keep him quiet while we get back to the crib."
Playa - Male 2: "Alright, let's let him sleep until we get to the penthouse..."
Playa - Male 3: "Make sure he's quiet until we reach the flat."
Playa - Zombie: "Mumbles"
Viola: "And if he wakes up?"
Playa - Female 1: "With an outfit like that, use your imagination, honey."
Playa - Female 2: "Then you can practice a scene together."
Playa - Female 3: "That's your problem, Bloody Cannoness."
Playa - Male 1: "You're the Bloody Cannoness, you'll think of something."
Playa - Male 2: "You're dressed like a leather clan nun, give him some discipline..."
Playa - Male 3: "You're the Bloody Cannoness... Improvise."
Playa - Zombie: "Roars"
Viola: "I'm killing Pierce."
— "Escape to HQ"
Josh: "Great work guys, that was classic Boal."
Playa - Female 1: "You know this is a straight up kidnapping, right?"
Playa - Female 2: "Pay attention Birk. You are being kidnapped."
Playa - Female 3: "Oh for christ's sake. We kidnapped you, Birk."
Playa - Male 1: "Yeah about that... we're just kidnapping you."
Playa - Male 2: "If "Boal" means kidnap and randsom, then sure."
Playa - Male 3: "Yeah... Right... Look, we kidnapped you."
Playa - Zombie: "Sneers"
Josh: "Wait, what? Why?"
Viola: "Really? Do we need to spell it out?"
Josh: "You'll never get away with this... STAG, my agent, the Nyte Blaydettes... they'll all come looking for me."
Playa - Female 1: "Nyte Blaydettes? Oh you don't wanna make Shaundi jealous, do you?"
Playa - Female 2: "How unfortunate. Shaundi will be crushed to hear it."
Playa - Female 3: "Too bad. Shaundi was looking forward to saying hi."
Playa - Male 1: "That's too bad, Shaundi was really lookin' forward to seeing you."
Playa - Male 2: "Man, Shaundi'll be bummed that she missed ya..."
Playa - Male 3: "Too bad... Shaundi will be so very disappointed."
Playa - Zombie: "Growls"
Josh: "Shaundi's here? I'll play your game."
— "Escape to HQ Nightblade"

Cutscene #3Edit

Cyrus: "Check the bodies."
Cyrus: "Get me Monica Hughes."
Cyrus: "They have Birk."
Cyrus: "I assure you, Ma'am--we'll get him back."
Monica: "What? Well find him, goddammit!"
— End cutscene


Viola: "Dammit, elevator's cut off."
Playa - Female 1: "Find some stairs, then."
Playa - Female 2: "Make for the staircase. We will find another one."
Playa - Female 3: "Keep going 'til we find another one."
Playa - Male 1: "Head downstairs, we'll find another one..."
Playa - Male 2: "We gotta find another way out!"
Playa - Male 3: "Go downstairs. Find another one."
Playa - Zombie: "Roars"
— "Elevator Blocked"


  • Viola DeWynter and Playa meet Pierce at Steelport News
  • A Jimmy Torbitson-esque fellow asks Playa for their autograph
  • Nyte Blayde's Return - Steelport News - Viola
  • Nyte Blayde's Return - Steelport News - comic
  • Viola DeWynter and Playa find Josh Birk at the STAG PR Center
  • Nyte Blayde's Return - Viola, Playa, Josh
  • Cyrus Temple has some STAG soldiers check the dead bodies at the PR Center to learn more of Birk's kidnapping
  • Cyrus Temple relays events to Monica Hughes
  • The final image used at the end of the mission
  • UI image used when saving immediately after this mission
  • Escape the STAG building

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