Strange Ox

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Strange Creature
Strange Ox
Strange Ox.png
Stats
Level 3

STR

18
(+4)

DEX

10

CON

14
(+2)

INT

2
(-4)

WIS

10

CHA

4
(-3)
Bg3 content hr.png
Creature Race Icon.png  Race Beast
Creature Type Icon.png  Type Beast
HP Icon.png  HP 15
Creature AC Icon.png  AC 10
Creature Speed Icon.png  Movement Speed 9m / 30ft
Creature Size Icon.png  Size Large
Weight Icon.png  Weight 600kg / 1200 lbs
Passive features
Resistances
Slashing R.pngAcid Immunity.pngLightning R.png
Character information
Location The Hollow, Druid Grove
Last Light Inn
Rivington
Model
Ox Model.png

Moo!

— Strange Ox

The Strange Ox is a mysterious ox first encountered in The Hollow.[note 1]

Act One[edit | edit source]

Walking past the Strange Ox will prompt a DC 10 Insight check to notice its oddity. A character who passes the check can talk to the Strange Ox and make a DC 10 Arcana check to investigate further. Passing this check confirms the creature isn't what it appears to be.

The player can talk to the Ox if the player has the ability to talk to animals, which player can get by drinking a potion from a closed chest at the cart near the ox. If the player successfully passes the dice roll checks, the Ox will say that he is heading to Baldur's gate.

Attacking the Strange Ox in Act One will cause its caretaker and neighboring oxen to become hostile. The ox drops pools of acid when damaged; on death, it drops a Glyph of Warding: Acid Glyph of Warding: Acid that immediately explodes for 8d8Damage Typesacid damage. Killing the ox at this point yields the Shapeshifter's Boon Ring.

Note that even if you choose to Raid the Emerald Grove and attack the refugees, the Strange Ox disappears along with the other oxen when the grove goes into siege preparation mode, and will survive to be encountered later.

Act Two[edit | edit source]

Ico knownSpells lvl 02.png Act 2 Spoilers! This section reveals details about the story of Baldur's Gate 3.

Walking towards the Strange Ox in the stables of the Last Light Inn will prompt a DC 10 Insight check whether you've seen it before; passing this check is not necessary to talk to the Strange Ox. With Speak with Animals, you continue the conversation you started in the Druid Grove. Regardless of what option you choose, you will need to pass a DC 14 Persuasion, Perception, or Nature check to continue.

Succeeding results in the Ox telepathically showing you images of disfigured corpses with the sound of screaming in the background. Failing the check causes the conversation to end, but you are still able to continue speaking with the Ox, essentially skipping the check.

Pushing it further results in the Ox threatening you. You can choose to either end it here, or continue questioning him. Questioning him further will result in the Ox turning hostile, deforming into a cyan version of an Ochre Jelly and entering combat with your party. Before doing so he tells the player he was only looking for a simple life of hay and a clean stable to live in. Telling the creature that its secrets are safe with you will end the conversation amicably (Shadowheart approves +1 Astarion approves +1).

If the player character is The Dark Urge, they will relate to the ox's revelations and have the option to tell it about their own murderous nature, to which it will remark that the player may be a kindred spirit, but it only wishes to be an ox. The player can either respect it or chastise it for not giving in to its bloodlust - the latter option will cause the player to brutally attack the creature mid-dialogue, killing it without initiating combat as it struggles to retain its ox form until the very end.

Act Three[edit | edit source]

Ico knownSpells lvl 03.png Act 3 Spoilers! This section reveals details about the story of Baldur's Gate 3.

Hail Cyric!

— The real meaning of 'Moo'

If you didn't kill the strange ox during Act Two, then you can find him again at the beginning of Act Three in RivingtonX: 36 Y: -149 on a hill west of the requisitioned barn. Approaching him will again trigger a DC 10 Insight check check to confirm his likeness. This time, the Ox is glad to see you. He was worried about your mental health since your last encounter with him, but perhaps he's just faking it because he needs something from you.

Just like in Act Two, you can question the Ox about his true nature and just like the last time, this will trigger him to become hostile and deform into his natural shape. Any other conversation path will lead to you obtaining the quest Help the Devilish Ox. If you decide to actually help the Ox, he will turn into an apple on the stable floor that can be picked up. The moment you enter the Lower City with him inside your inventory the quest ends and he disappears, leaving behind his ring and a Slightly Slimy Note.

If called as an ally during Confront the Elder Brain, he will appear by default as his Ooze form, but can shift into a variety of different monsters with unique abilities during combat.

Attacks and Abilities when called as an ally

Ochre Sputum Ochre Sputum

  • Spit out an acidic substance and create an Acid surface on impact.
D6 Acid.png 2d6 (2~12) Damage Types Acid damage

Range: 12 m / 24 ft

Pseudopod Pseudopod

  • Lash out with a slimy grey tentacle.
D6 Bludgeoning.png 3d6 + 2 (5~20) Damage Types Bludgeoning damage
D6 Acid.png 1d6 (1~6) Damage Types Acid damage

Alternate Form: Minotaur Alternate Form: Minotaur

  • Assume the form of a minotaur. (100 turns)
  • Gain abilities of a minotaur.

Bonus action

Alternate Form: Shadow Mastiff Alternate Form: Shadow Mastiff

  • Assume the form of a shadow mastiff. (100 turns)
  • Gain abilities of a shadow mastiff.

Bonus action

Alternate Form: Dire Wolf Alternate Form: Dire Wolf

  • Assume the form of a dire wolf. (100 turns)
  • Gain abilities of a dire wolf.

Bonus action

Alternate Form: Phase Spider Alternate Form: Phase Spider

  • Assume the form of a phase spider. (100 turns)
  • Gain abilities of a phase spider.

Bonus action

Notable Loot[edit | edit source]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. The strange ox's real name is Zlorb.