Baldur’s Gate 3: Defiled Temple Puzzle Solution

Four Dark Moons lead the way in this puzzle of Baldur's Gate 3.

Defiled Temple refers to Selune’s temple beneath the Goblin Camp, an entry point to the Underdark in Baldur’s Gate 3. To go past this temple, you must first solve its disc puzzle.

However, finding and reaching the Defiled Temple is a more significant challenge than solving its puzzle in Baldur’s Gate 3. This guide will teach you how to navigate this treacherous area and skip the puzzle to save precious time.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Defiled Temple location

The Defiled Temple is located beneath the True Soul Gut chambers in the Shattered Sanctum area of the Goblin Camp. When you reach there, she will ask you to brand yourself with the Mark of the Absolute and follow her to her chambers. Follow her and kill her before you can call for reinforcements.

If you reach her place without her, the door to her chambers will be locked. You can open it with a lockpick or jump a gap to the right. As you cross the gap, turn back and look across the gap to find the clue to the Defiled Temple Moon puzzle.

The clue to this puzzle will be a full moon on top, half-moons to the side, and a black moon on the bottom. Remember this pattern for later use. A locked door in True Soul Gut’s chamber to the Northeast is right across the gap.

You can open this door with a lockpick or the Knock spell. As you enter the hall, you will encounter an Ogre named Polma, a bodyguard to the high priestess Gut. You can either convince or deceive her to pass the area without battle.


You can also pay Polma 2300 gold or kill her for safe passage.

Turn left and then go straight to reach the Defiled Temple. You will notice a unique pattern on the floor. There are four discs, each containing four circles, four in common overlapping areas (either white or black).

Defiled Temple Moon Puzzle solution

When you enter the Defiled Temple, stand so that the bright plate is at the bottom. The purpose of the puzzle is to arrange all the black dots on the bright disc. Now, you only need to rotate the discs in the following order.

  • Rotate the bottom plate once.
  • Rotate the plate on the right.
  • Now rotate the bottom plate once more.
  • Rotate the top plate followed by the right one.

This will make the bottom bright plate covered with all dark moons, the top plate with all bright moons, and the plates on the sides will become half-moons (white and black dots mixed). This matches the clue in the room adjacent to True Soul Gut’s chamber. A door will unlock, and you can enter to find a ladder leading you to the Selunite Outpost in the Underdark.


You can’t reset the discs to start from the beginning. If you struggle to solve the Defiled Temple puzzle, move to the next section.

There are no half-moon dots in the puzzle. The dots are either full white or full black, and the clue refers to the plates on which they are present.

Alternate way to solve the Defiled Temple puzzle

Go near the corner of the room, directly northeast of the bright plate under the stairs. A perception check will happen; upon passing it, you will find a lever there. This lever is of strange shape and is locked. It can only be unlocked with the Priestess Gut key.


You can obtain the key by looting True Soul Gut’s body after killing her.

However, you can also unlock the lever using a lockpick and passing a Dexterity check. Pressing the lever will open the door immediately without solving the puzzle.

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