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How to reach the Umbral Gem in Baldur’s Gate 3

Touch the gem to explore the Thorm Mausoleum

Baldur’s Gate 3 the Umbral Gem in the Gauntlet of Shar Image: Larian Studios via Polygon
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Deep in Baldurs Gate 3s Shadow-Cursed Lands, you’ll find the Thorm Mausoleum and the Gauntlet of Shar inside. Several quests will lead you there, but before you can do any of them, you’ll have to get past the mausoleum’s first puzzle — reaching an Umbral Gem.

Our Baldur’s Gate 3 Umbral Gem guide will walk you through disabling the force field around the gem so you can reach it and open the path to the Gauntlet of Shar below.

Touch the Umbral Gem

Your first stop inside the Thorm Mausoleum is a room with a glowing purple forcefield protecting an Umbral Gem. Your goal is just to interact with that gem, which means you’ll have to disable the force field.

Before you get started, lead your party with someone who has a high Wisdom and Perception; Astarion is good for this. There are traps everywhere in the rooms around the Umbral Gem. You don’t have to disarm them all, but you do need to at least spot them. That said, they’re all DC 10 to disarm, so they’re not too much of a challenge for a leveled-up Rogue.

Baldur’s Gate 3 map of the levers around the Umbral Gem and its forcefield Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Source images: Larian Studios via Polygon

In the four surrounding crypts — two on the left, and two on the right — you’ll find four levers. Interact with each to lower the eight purple-glowing braziers — called Mystic Thuribles — in the main room. When they’re lowered, interact with each to put it out.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Shadowheart navigating the path to the Umbral Gem in the Gauntlet of Shar Image: Larian Studios via Polygon

Once all eight are extinguished, you’ll see a path to the Umbral Gem.

For more information on the classes in Baldur’s Gate 3, consult our overviews on the Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Warlock, and Wizard classes. If you’re stumped by the choice, consult our guide on choosing a class.

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