Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Complete the Soft-Step Trial (BG3)

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Soft-Step Trial Baldur's Gate 3
Screenshot by Prima Games.

As you walk down the path of the Gauntlet of Shar in Baldur’s Gate 3, there is a set of challenges that need to be completed before reaching the end, and that set begins with the Soft-Step Trial. This initial jump into the Gauntlet of Shar challenges your stealth, and I went through with my own Rogue so you know exactly how to beat it. Here’s how to complete the Soft Step Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to Beat the Soft-Step Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3

To beat the Soft-Step Trial, you need to get through the maze without being caught in stealth mode. The maze has all kinds of traps, two shadows that are searching for you, and locked doors. Reaching the other side can be a challenge, but there is an easy way to complete the full trial.

Before you give any blood to the sacrificial bowl, you can go into the maze and check out the area. I went in with my Rogue Astarion and prepared the whole maze. I was able to deactivate nearly every trap, unlock every door, and pull levers that blocked pathways. After deactivating everything, you can head back to the sacrificial bowl and give some blood.

Avoid the shadows. (Screenshot by Prima Games).

Once blood is given, it’s time to activate your stealth. I recommend only taking one character that has the best stealth checks or abilities. After hiding, move to the left side of the maze and wait for the first shadow to pass. Then go into the middle hallway and hide behind the doorway on the other side. As the second shadow passes, go into the final hallway and reach the end of the trial.

You also can make great use of any Invisibility spells or scrolls you have on hand. If you aren’t careful, it’s still possible to get caught. However, Invisibility is an extra safety net as you move, it lasts for 10 turns at a time, and Rogues like Astarion have easy access to it.

Related: Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Get the Blood of Lathander Mace in BG3

How to Solve the Soft-Step Trial in BG3:

  • Deactivate all traps and open all doors before starting.
  • Sacrifice some blood at the start.
  • Go into hiding with your best stealth character alone.
  • Move to the left side of the maze and wait for the first shadow to pass.
  • Move down the middle hallway and hide behind the door.
  • The second shadow will pass and you can end the trial in the next room.

Upon completion of the Soft-Step Trial, all the braziers will light up in the final room and the shrine to Shar will provide another Umbral Gem. These are integral to getting through the entire Temple of Shar in Baldur’s Gate 3.

For more stealth challenges, check out my guide on how to beat Oliver in Hide and Seek within BG3.

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Dan has been writing gaming guides, news, and features for three years after graduating with a BA in writing . You can find him covering Call of Duty for eternity, action-adventure games, and nearly any other major release.