Baldur’s Gate 3 player shares genius trick to bypass Gauntlet of Shar trials

Rajarshi Acharya
entrance to the trials of shar in baldur's gate 3

A Baldur’s Gate 3 player has revealed a clever trick to bypass one of the most frustrating sections of the game — the trials in the Gauntlet of Shar.

Baldur’s Gate 3 takes you on a long and beautifully crafted journey across the Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms setting from Dungeon and Dragons. The plot has you uncover a Mind Flayer conspiracy while exploring Druid-protected groves, Shadow-cursed lands, the Underdark, and even a Sharran sanctuary inside a mausoleum.

The Gauntlet of Shar is an important location in the game, as it intertwines the main quest with Shadowheart’s personal story. However, the Trials of Shar that you have to undertake there can be incredibly frustrating. These are designed in such a way that you can fail them easily, and the game seems to force you to use a trial-and-error approach.

Now, one player claims to have found an alternate way to complete these trials that avoids the frustrating, repetitive aspects. On the Baldur’s Gate 3 subreddit, user ‘m1lfr3d’ explained how to pass the Shar trials without breaking a sweat. “The challenges can all be entered prior to sacrificing blood,” they said.

This means that you won’t encounter any guards during the Soft-Step Trial, and since the floor won’t be invisible during the Faith-Step Trial, you won’t need to take a leap of faith. In both cases, simply unlink a companion and move them to where the orb appears. Then, donate blood with another party member who will be waiting at the basin.

The OP also advised placing your party members near the spots where their clones appear during the Self-Same Trial. However, other Baldur’s Gate 3 players came up with better alternatives for this particular trial. User ‘marmih’ suggested to only use one character, while ‘InevitablyBored’ added: “You can even take your gear off, walk up the stairs, re-equip, then two-shot your single clone and leave.”

One user remarked that Shar would approve of “all this cheating and trickery,” as deception is a key aspect of the Lady of Loss. With this in mind, fans feel you’re not technically cheating in the Trials of Shar; you’re simply doing as Shar intended.

For other Baldur’s Gate 3 content, be sure to check out how players shared the funniest ways to die, or read about the new game mode seemingly confirmed by a “mysterious” achievement.