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 BG3 Cursed Monk’s curse?

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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.

You can get to the Adamantine Forge starting by ascending the stairs from your docking point, heading south, and then climbing subsequent stairs until you reach an open area filled with patrolling Duergar. The Adamantine Forge is located further southeast. Since there are a lot of blocked paths or hazardous terrain, consider jumping and climbing rubble to the left before you reach an archway. Proceed up an incline until you reach two levers, and look southeast for a giant metal gear across a gap. Jump to that ledge to access the next section. If you have a character with flying or Misty Step abilities, crossing wider gaps becomes easier without fall damage.

Having entered the next Grymforge section, descend stairs, unlocking the Ancient Forge waypoint. Follow southward stairs, and then jump across a gap to reach the Adamantine Forge. If you need to, you can use the forge while you’re 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 the Open Hand Temple, which is on the west side of Rivington in the Wyrm’s Crossing region. (Remember where the temple is, as it’s the location of an Act 3 quest).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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