How To Beat the Self-Same Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3


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We’ll show you how to beat the Self-Same Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3.

How To Beat the Self-Same Trial in Baldur's Gate 3

The Self-Same Trial is one of three Trials in the Gauntlet of Shar area in Baldur’s Gate 3. Unsuspecting players will find themselves in a tough situation as they fight against exact copies of their party members in this Trial.

We have outlined everything you need to know about the Self-Same Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3, including a few cheeky cheese methods to breeze through the trial.

How to Complete the Self-Same Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3

To beat the Self-Same Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3, all you have to do is kill all the clones within the Self-Same Trial room. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, your enemies in the Self-Same Trial room will be exact copies of all your party members. This includes spells, feats, and equipment, making them an equally dangerous group.

A screenshot of the Sacrificial Bowl in the Self-Same Trial room in Baldur's Gate 3.

Self-Same Trial Strategy

Each clone will be as powerful as your party members, so whoever gets the first strike will have a higher chance of winning the fight. With this in mind, your party must get the jump on the clones. You can guarantee this by placing your party members around key spots in the room before starting any engagement.

All the copied clones will spawn in the same spots every time. If you have a full party of four characters, you will find a clone toward the left set of stairs, another in the right set of stairs, and the last two on the upper floor.

A screenshot showing all four clones in the Self-Same Trial room in Baldur's Gate 3.

Use Group Hide to keep your party members hidden while you place them in their ready positions. Then, split up your party members and put one party member against one enemy on the left set of stairs. This should keep the clone in the left stairs occupied and prevent it from helping its party members on the right wing.

Position the rest of your party near the clone on the right stairs. Use the three party members to gang up on the first clone in the rightmost area. After that, engage as you would normally. Attacking the lone target using three members should speed up the process. This will allow you to move on the two enemies on the upper floor.

Keeping most of your group together also ensures you can get to any downed party member to revive them. If you’re wondering how to revive your party members, check out our guide: How to Revive Companion Baldur’s Gate 3.

Remember to send your other party member from the left stairs to help as soon as they complete their engagement.

A screenshot showing a completed Self-Same Trial in Baldur's Gate 3.

After you clear the room of all the clones, interact with the Umbral Transporter to complete the Trial and teleport back to the Sacrificial Bowl area.

A screenshot of Umbral Transporter in Baldur's Gate 3.
A screenshot the Sacrificial Bowl room in Baldur's Gate 3.

How To Cheese the Self-Same Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3

Taking on the Self-Same Trial using the traditional method outlined above is a very plausible way to beat this Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3. But what if we told you that you could beat the same Trial faster by moving party members around before offering a blood sacrifice at the Sacrificial Bowl?

Below are some cheese methods to complete the Self-Same Trial faster in Baldur’s Gate 3.

A screenshot of the Sacrificial Bowl in Baldur's Gate 3.

4v1 Cheese Method

The Sacrificial Bowl will only clone party members currently within the Self-Same Trial area when you perform the blood sacrifice. You can use this to your advantage and send one party member (preferably the weakest member) to perform the blood sacrifice while the rest of the party waits outside the door.

A screenshot showing an open Bulky Door leading to the Self-Same Trial room.

After you perform the blood sacrifice, use the other party members to perform the Sleight of Hand DC20 to lockpick the door. If you can successfully open the door using this method, you can send the rest of your party members inside the room to help engage the lone clone in a 4v1.

No Gear Cheese Method

The 4v1 Cheese Method outlined in the previous section can be a hit or miss, as you will need to get a 20 Dice Roll to open the door successfully. If the above method doesn’t work for you, you can try another cheese strategy to make the Self-Same Trial much easier.

A screenshot showing a gearless party in Baldur's Gate 3.

To use this cheese method, gather all your party members and remove all their gear before you offer your blood sacrifice at the Sacrificial Bowl. This will significantly weaken the clones created by the Sacrificial Bowl, making the Self-Same Trial fights much easier.

You can re-equip your party members’ gear after you offer blood at the Sacrificial Bowl. Head to the middle of the room and fight against the gearless clones in the Self-Same Trial.

Where To Find the Self-Same Trial in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Self-Same Trial is in the northwest part of the Gauntlet of Shar in Baldur’s Gate 3. Before you can unlock the Gauntlet of Shar, you must complete the Grand Mausoleum puzzle in the Shadow-Cursed Lands.

A screenshot of the Self-Same Trial location.

When you first enter the Gauntlet of Shar, you must solve the Umbral Gem puzzle and defeat the Umbral Tremors and Dark Justiciars. After you complete these challenges, head down to the stars and look for a door that says “Her Most Hallowed Mercy. Enter the door to find the Self-Same Trial room.

A screenshot showing the Her Most Hallowed Mercy plaque.


Completing the Self-Same Trial can be tricky, as your enemies will have the same spells, feats, and equipment as your party members. While you can complete this trial by going into the Self-Same Trial room head first and engaging the clones like you would normally with most enemies in Baldur’s Gate 3, we suggest you take advantage of the cheese methods we have outlined in this guide so you can complete the Self-Same Trial quickly.

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