Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Accept the Cursed Monk’s Curse? – Answered (BG3)


It’s hard not to pity the Cursed Monk, who’s very flesh was sundered, his mad soul trapped in an amulet. But should you actually help him find his relative? Pity should give way to practicality. Is it a good idea to accept the Cursed Monk’s curse in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Where to Find the Cursed Monk

The Adamantine Chest with the Sentient Amulet in Baldur's Gate 3.
Astarion at the Adamantine Chest. Screenshot by Prima Games.

The cursed monk and the Sentient Amulet will be found in a chess at these coordinates (X: -626, Y: 224). He is near the Adamantine Forge in a very dangerous place full of unforgivable lava. Make sure you’re able to jump far in this area, as dying could be detrimental here.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Inherit the Cursed Monk’s Curse? – Answered

The purple ghost Cursed Monk in Baldur's Gate 3.
The Cursed Monk. Screenshot by Prima Games.

After holding onto the Monk’s Cursed amulet from Act 1, it is time to finally reunite him with his last relative in Rivington in Act 3, Shirra. This is where inheriting the monk’s curse conversation will come up.

Where to Find Shirra

Shirra is found in Rivington in the Open Hand Temple. The only problem? She’s been dead for a long, long time. And now, the Cursed Monk’s only hope for freedom is you. The Cursed Monk possesses Shirra’s body, desperately pleading you to take on his curse. But what are the consequences (and benefits) of doing so?

What Happens if You Inherit the Monk’s Curse

If you pass a 15 Arcana check, you’ll learn that by inheriting the curse, you’ll gain Tasha’s Hideous Laughter. It’s a good spell that can leave your enemies prone in laughing fits. But is it worth it?

By choosing the option “If it will bring you peace, I will bear the madness.” The laughing madness will spread through you. You will have to pass two saving throws:

  • A Wisdom or Constitution check to avoid taking a permanent Wisdom debuff
  • Another Wisdom or Constitution check at 15

The Barbarian class has an advantage on the medium DC Wisdom saving throw.

The monk will then be liberated from his madness and can be at peace. Your team will then get 200 exp.

What Happens if You Don’t Inherit the Monk’s Curse

If you say, “God no, I don’t want your curse.” the possessed body will attack you, along with the three other bodies in the crypt. Predictable.

  • You can kill the possessed body of the spirit’s ancestor to end the fight preemptively
  • The monk will then be forever cursed, as his bloodline is permanently dead, and the amulet gone

If you don’t care about the spell, or feeling bad, then the fight’s the way to go. You’ll get way more experience points.

And while you’re down in the Open Temple’s basement, why not solve a whole murder case?

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