Baldur’s Gate 3 Defiled Temple floor puzzle – how to solve it

Baldur's Gate 3 Defiled Temple floor puzzle Astarion

Baldur's Gate 3 Defiled Temple floor puzzle Astarion

Having trouble with the Baldur’s Gate 3 Defiled Temple floor puzzle? In video games, it’s common to have a boss fight to stop you from continuing your journey. However, there are some cases where having a puzzle bar your path can be just as effective.

We know that puzzles aren’t for everyone, so we’ve come up with this guide to help you solve the one in the Defiled Temple. You can stumble onto the Defiled Temple in a number of ways since it is below the Goblin Camp where you can find Halsin.

So, set aside those weapons for a bit, and let’s go over how to solve the Baldur’s Gate 3 Defiled Temple floor puzzle.

How to solve the Defiled Temple floor puzzle

To solve the Defiled Temple floor puzzle, you’ll need to rotate four overlapping circular plates with black and white dots so that one specific plate has all the black dots. Easier said than done, right?

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to solve the puzzle:

  • Face the puzzle on the floor from the entrance. From this position, the bottom plate will need to have all of the black dots.
  • Rotate the bottom plate three times.
  • Next, rotate the plate on the left once.
  • Rotate the bottom plate one more time.
  • After that, rotate the top plate once.
  • Rotate the left plate three times.
  • And finally, rotate the right plate twice.

If done correctly, you will hear something click and your character will say something about how this “goes very far down”. Time to proceed, then.

What do you get from solving the Defiled Temple floor puzzle?

Solving the Defiled Temple floor puzzle will open up a secret door that leads to the Underdark. This is one quite big underground area with several other entrances.

You can find this secret entrance by going up the stairs that are directly in front of the puzzle. The Underdark has a lot of quests that will lead you to things like Noblestalk and the Adamantine Forge, so it’s definitely worth exploring.

However, take note that entering the Underdark through the Defiled Temple will lead you to the Selunite Outpost. This entrance to the Underdark is guarded by two statues that will try to blast anyone that approaches.

Can you bypass the Defiled Temple floor puzzle?

Yes, you can bypass the Defiled Temple floor puzzle with enough Perception and Dexterity. Doing this will grant you access to the Underdark entrance without having to spin a single stone plate.

To skip the puzzle, go up the stairs that lead to the northeast corner of the room with the rotating plates for a Perception check. Pass this Perception check and you will find a locked lever.

Successfully pick the lock and you can pull the lever to open the door to the Underdark. Picking the lock requires a fair bit of Dexterity, so your best bet is to attempt this with Astarion if your character isn’t built with nimble fingers.

And that’s our guide on the Defiled Temple floor puzzle in Baldur’s Gate 3. To help prepare for your exploration of the Underdark, have a look at our guides on some of the best weapons in the Dungeons and Dragons game and how to dual-wield them.

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