Baldur's Gate 3 - how to pass the Soft-Step Trial in BG3

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Baldur's Gate 3 Soft-Step Trial - An image of Astarion in BG3

If you have been struggling with the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur's Gate 3, we are here to guide you through the steps and give you tips so you can beat it more easily.

The objective of the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur's Gate 3 is to navigate the maze and collect an Umbral Gem without being noticed by two wandering ghosts. If you’re spotted by one of the ghosts, you will get sent back to the start instantly.

In this guide, we'll demonstrate the tactics you can use to pass the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur's Gate 3 successfully. Before that, make sure you know the best weapons in Baldur's Gate 3.

How to pass the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur's Gate 3

To pass the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3) easily, consider using an invisibility spell or potion (if you have it) on your character. This way, you can move undetected to the maze's end, grab the gem, and teleport back.

In case you don't have an invisibility spell or potion, here are some useful tips to pass the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur's Gate 3:

  • Begin by using only a single character, as having multiple participants during the trial will significantly increase the likelihood of getting detected. Use your stealthiest character to improve your chances of passing.
  • Use your sneakiest character to go into the maze while crouching to stay hidden. Your aim is to move at the right moments so that you can pass between the ghosts while they're following their paths.
  • Now, attempt to closely follow one of the ghosts from behind. If you need to hide, find a corner and stay still. Even if a ghost spots you with its red glare, a dice roll will decide if you stay hidden or not.

Keep following this exact process until you successfully reach the end and complete the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur's Gate 3. If you're unsure about which Baldur's Gate 3 character to choose, we suggest opting for Astarion, as his stealth stat is exceptionally high.

Baldur's Gate 3 Soft-Step Trial no gem

The Trials of Shar consist of three distinct challenges. After effectively completing each trial, you will receive an Umbral Gem. However, numerous players have raised concerns about missing a gem despite their success.

Firstly, it's important to clarify that this issue is due to user oversight and not a bug. There's a possibility that you inadvertently overlooked collecting one of the Umbral Gems during your trial - particularly during the trial where you fight copies or mirrors of your team.

It's not entirely your fault, as numerous individuals have shared that the Umbral Gem wasn't easily discernible or visible. They had to press and hold their controller's button while walking through the entire area to locate it.


So if there is no Gem or you're missing one in Baldur's Gate 3, return to the Self-Same trial and examine the area where you defeated your enemies. Be sure to inspect the upper section of the staircase on the left as well.

And with that, we are wrapping up our guide on the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3). While you are here, check out where to find the Drow Twins and Ellyka in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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