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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..."
The Protagonist: "And we draw out STAG."
Nyte Blayde's Return intro
Pierce and The Protagonist, at the comic store.


The Protagonist 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 The Protagonist 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, The Protagonist 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 The Protagonist 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

Gameplay from the mission.

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 The Protagonist'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
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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 The Protagonist 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 The Protagonist.
  • 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 The Protagonist 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.



The Protagonist: "Pierce, you worked out a way to hurt STAG yet?"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Mumbles"
Phone Call: "Yeah, Viola's on her way to meet me now.."
The Protagonist: "Viola?"
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Sneers"
Phone Call: "We need her, uh...talents."
The Protagonist: "What are you planning..."
The Protagonist - 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..."
The Protagonist: "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?"
The Protagonist: "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."
The Protagonist: "Remind me to call Legal Lee about this."
The Protagonist: "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--!"
The Protagonist: "Works for me."
— Opening cutscene


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

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


Viola: "Very subtle."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Next time you punch him. It's very soothing."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Don't worry. It will be your turn to punch him next."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "I got a little excited."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "I know I just... really wanted to punch him."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "It was worth it."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "I'm going on instinct. ACTING!"
The Protagonist - 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?"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "He's taken thousands of hits on his show. He'll be fine."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "He'll be fine. I didn't hit him that hard."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Eh... I think so..."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "He'll be fine, he just can't take a punch for shit."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Uh, probably..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Eh... it's hard to tell. Probably."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Roars"
Viola: "And if he isn't?"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Then I'll feel bad for like two whole minutes."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "We aren't that lucky."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Then I'm gonna make a killing on those signed copies of Nyte Blayde."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Then I've done the world a favor."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "No one'll notice if the guy has brain damage..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Uh... Sorry I was just picturing being awarded the key to the city."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Sneers"
— "Office Combat"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Are all these guards just for Birk? Can you say "overkill"?"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "They act like they are guarding someone important!"
The Protagonist - Female 3: "They really went overboard with the security. It's just one guy."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "You'd think they were guarding someone important."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Damn, they really don't wanna lose this guy, huh?"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "You'd think they were guarding something vital..."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Groans"
Viola: "I'm not surprised. Publicity is the key to taking a city."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Some guns and a few high explosives tend to get the job done too."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Publicity is expensive. Guns are effective enough."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "I know a thing or two about that."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "I'll stick with guns."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "You know what also takes a city? Gratuitous violence."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Guns also work."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Growls"
Viola: "Yeah, a coma and 3 friends really worked out for you..."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Way to kill the mood..."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Point taken."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Point taken."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Alright, you got a point."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Yeah, fuck you, keep shooting!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Touche..."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Growls"
— "Lobby Combat"
Viola: "Looks like they're all over the entrance."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Then we keep heading down."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "We'll find another way down."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Let's see if there's another way down here."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Let's see if there's another way down here."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "New plan, follow me!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "There might be another way down here."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Grumbles"
— "Enter Lobby"
Viola: "Must be a way out in the garage."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "See, more elevators."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "More elevators, over there."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "There's more elevators."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "There's the elevator!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "There's more elevators."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Gargles"
— "See Elevator to"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Buckle that asshole in."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Stuff Birk in the car. Time to go."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Put Birk in the car and let's move!"
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Get Birk in the car and let's go."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Get him in here..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Put Birk in the car and let's go."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Grunts"
— "Get in"
Viola: "What now?"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "We get back to the crib and dump him with Pierce and Shaundi."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "I will drive back to the crib. You will make sure Birk stays quiet."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "We get him back to the crib."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Keep him quiet while we get back to the crib."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Alright, let's let him sleep until we get to the penthouse..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Make sure he's quiet until we reach the flat."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Mumbles"
Viola: "And if he wakes up?"
The Protagonist - Female 1: "With an outfit like that, use your imagination, honey."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Then you can practice a scene together."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "That's your problem, Bloody Cannoness."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "You're the Bloody Cannoness, you'll think of something."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "You're dressed like a leather clan nun, give him some discipline..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "You're the Bloody Cannoness... Improvise."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Roars"
Viola: "I'm killing Pierce."
— "Escape to HQ"
Josh: "Great work guys, that was classic Boal."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "You know this is a straight up kidnapping, right?"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Pay attention Birk. You are being kidnapped."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Oh for christ's sake. We kidnapped you, Birk."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Yeah about that... we're just kidnapping you."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "If "Boal" means kidnap and randsom, then sure."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Yeah... Right... Look, we kidnapped you."
The Protagonist - 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."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Nyte Blaydettes? Oh you don't wanna make Shaundi jealous, do you?"
The Protagonist - Female 2: "How unfortunate. Shaundi will be crushed to hear it."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Too bad. Shaundi was looking forward to saying hi."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "That's too bad, Shaundi was really lookin' forward to seeing you."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Man, Shaundi'll be bummed that she missed ya..."
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Too bad... Shaundi will be so very disappointed."
The Protagonist - 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."
The Protagonist - Female 1: "Find some stairs, then."
The Protagonist - Female 2: "Make for the staircase. We will find another one."
The Protagonist - Female 3: "Keep going 'til we find another one."
The Protagonist - Male 1: "Head downstairs, we'll find another one..."
The Protagonist - Male 2: "We gotta find another way out!"
The Protagonist - Male 3: "Go downstairs. Find another one."
The Protagonist - Zombie: "Roars"
— "Elevator Blocked"



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