Note: For more information, check out our Baldur’s Gate 3 guides and features hub. Likewise, please be reminded that this guide is intended for the game’s Early Access stage. Some information and mechanics might change in due course.
Baldur’s Gate 3: The Defiled Temple and the Moon Puzzle guide
After eliminating High Priestess Gut, entering her chambers, and then defeating her ogre bodyguard Polma, you’ll find yourself in the Defiled Temple. Continue onward and you’ll be in a rather quaint, shrine-like area.
It’s peaceful, serene, and yet it has a curious-looking puzzle on the floor. This is what Baldur’s Gate 3 players have affectionately called the Moon Puzzle or the Moon Door Puzzle (a little Game of Thrones reference).
Note: Before doing this puzzle, split up your party so that only one character is interacting with the puzzle and others don’t get in the way.
As you can see in the image above, there are four large circular plates. There are also multiple smaller circles in these plates with various symbols: new moon (black), full moon (white), and half moon (black and white).
The objective is to rotate the plates so that the symbols are arranged in this manner:
- Top plate (the one with small Selûne markings) – all full moon symbols.
- Bottom plate (the one with the beam of light) – all new moon symbols.
- Side plates – the half moon symbols.
I found it best to simply move all the full moon symbols to the top first. Then, I moved the new moon symbols closer to the bottom plate (using the sides).
As much as possible, try not to realign the top plate if it’s got full moon symbols already. Instead, just use one of the side plates and the bottom plate if you need to rotate any of the remaining new moon and half moon symbols to be where they’re supposed to be.
Anyway, this is what the completed Moon Puzzle looks like:
When you’re done with the Moon Puzzle, the back wall will reveal a hidden passageway. It’s time to exit the Defiled Temple and go to the Underdark. This is where Baldur’s Gate 3‘s “Find the Nightsong” quest takes you to.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is available as part of Steam’s Early Access program. For more information, check out our guides and features hub.