Baldur’s Gate 3: The Ornate Mirror Quiz & Balsam Ointment



The Ornate Mirror in BG3 is a part of the “Search The Cellar” questline in the Belighted Village. The quest ends after you find a necromancer’s book called “The Necromancy of Thay.” While advancing the quest, you come across an ornate mirror guarding the entrance to the laboratory. The mirror asks you a series of questions regarding your identity and the Balsam Ointment BG3.

Important: You must correctly answer these questions to explore the area further and finish your quest.

Key Takeaways

  • The Ornate Mirror and Balsam Ointment in Baldur’s Gate 3 are a part of the “Search The Cellar” questline in Act One.
  • The mirror asks players five questions before letting them enter the laboratory it guards.
  • One of the questions from the mirror is about the balsam ointment and its use.
  • The best way to pass the dialogue is to use the origin character, Gale since he can pass the automatic checks within the dialogue.
  • The players’ character will also know the answer to the Balsam Ointment question if they have previously read the Healer’s Log in your playthrough. 
  • Answering all questions correctly will help proceed further with the quest in Baldur’s Gate 3. 

How To Correctly Answer the Ornate Mirror’s Questions?

You will find the Ornate Mirror and use the Balsam Ointment in the southeast section of the area where you read the Dark Journal (Journal of Ilyn Toth) during your quest in BG3. The mirror guards a secret behind it. To reveal its secret, you must convince the mirror that you are an ally of its master.

The mirror will ask you the following five questions upon interaction:

  • Speak your name. 
  • If you are his ally (Ilyn Toth), step forward and declare it.
  • What do you think of the Zulkir known as Saaz Tam?
  • Tell me why someone might use a balsam ointment.
  • If you could see anything in me, what would it be?

To proceed further into the laboratory, you must correctly answer the above questions. If you fail any question during the dialogue, the mirror will throw an exploding projectile towards you and destroy you. 

1. Speak Your Name

The responses to the mirror's first question in BG3.
Screenshot of responses for the first question.

To answer the question regarding balsam ointment in BG3, you must clear the first three questions. Upon starting the dialogue, the mirror will ask you to identify yourself. Four responses are available to all players regardless of their character’s backgrounds, races, and classes.

These responses are: 

  1. Repeat the name from the book you read: Ilyn Toth.
  2. Tell it your name. 
  3. (Chossen character race in BG3) I’m eh – (Name)
  4. Examine your appearance.

Here, it is recommended not to choose the first option because Ilyn Toth is the name of the mirror’s original master—the correct response to the first question is to select the third option that further progresses the dialogue. 

2. Declare Alliance To Ilyn Toth

The second question response to prove your alliance in BG3
The appropriate response to prove your alliance.

After you have revealed your identity to the ornate mirror, it gives you a description of its master. His master, Ilyn Toth, was a human described as pure and true by the mirror.

Once the mirror asks if you are an ally of his master, you are prompted with the following responses:

  1. Yes, I am an allay of your master. 
  2. I don’t have time for these games; let me pass. 
  3. (INTIMIDATION) Open, or I’ll smash you to pieces – bad luck be damned.
  4. Step back and say nothing.

Although you can try the intimidation option by rolling a Charisma check, you are still recommended not to test your luck. Alternatively, you can choose the first option, which works just as well. 

3. Give Your Opinion On Saaz Tam

Responses for Saaz Tam question in BG3
Replies about Saaz Tam.

Now that you have declared yourself an ally of Ilyn Toth, the ornate mirror will confirm your alliance by asking a counter-question, which will ask you your opinion about Saaz Tam. Here, any character in the dialogue will perform an automatic history check about the presented query. However, if you play with Gale, he will automatically pass the history check and provide extra lore around the question.

Regardless of how you do on your history check, you will have the following options:

  1. He is as fine a Zulkir as ever lived. 
  2. Saaz Tam is a foul, wretched creature. 
  3. (INTIMIDATION) I think seven years of bad luck sounds like a fair trade for smashing you. 

Again, you can try the Intimidation Check if you want, but the safe option is to select the second option.

The Balsam Ointment In BG3

Response for the balsam ointment in BG3
Responses about balsam ointment in BG3.

The Balsam Ointment BG3 is rarely mentioned within the in-game interactions. To determine your wisdom, the mirror will ask you about using the balsam ointment. The correct option will appear if your character has read the Healer’s Log from earlier. Reading the log beforehand will remind you that the ointment cleans a wound. 

The origin character, Gale, will also know the answer to this question.

Here are the options:

  1. I read a doctor’s journal – he used it to clean a wound.
  2. It treats burns?
  3. To clear a rash?

Once you have cleared the third question, the mirror will ask you the final question about what you want to see in it. A good answer to that question is that you would look for a spell that can rid you of the worm in your head. Mentioning your condition will lead the mirror to think that you seek to survive and seek power (an idea that the mirror approves.) 

The final response closes the dialogue and opens the hidden passage behind the mirror, which leads you into the laboratory.

The Ornate Mirror quiz and the Balsam Ointment BG3 is a short interaction in Act One. During the Search The Cellar questline, the mirror guards an area that contains the Necromancy of Thay. You must answer its question to prove your trustworthiness to enter the passage it guards. Although the interaction is brief and relatively short, it provides a great opportunity to explore the lore of Baldur’s Gate 3.

With that said, if you are looking for similar walk-throughs and guides for missions in BG3, then you should definitely consider reading about the House of Flowers Questmark or How to Rescue the Trapped Man. If you are into spell casting and wizardry, consider reading these recommended builds for Wizards and Sorcerers.


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