Baldur’s Gate 3: How to summon hidden Ooze Monster

Stephanie Zucarelli
Ooze Monster pet companion

The Ooze Monster in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a hidden companion that is easily missed when traveling through Faerun. However, it can become a great ally while battling the Mind Flayers, so here’s how to recruit and summon the hidden Ooze Monster in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 has a long list of pet companions and summons you can recruit to stop the Mind Flayers’ invasion. While you can recruit some fairly easily, as with Scratch or the Owlbear cub, others are hidden through the map.

The Ooze Monster is a great creature to recruit since its shapeshifting abilities turn it into a powerful being and has especially strong long-range attacks. However, this pet companion is one of the most difficult to summon, since you can easily miss your chance to interact with it if you’re not paying close attention.

Here’s everything on how to recruit and summon the Ooze Monster in Baldur’s Gate 3.

What is the Ooze Monster in Baldur’s Gate 3?

The Ooze Monster of Baldur’s Gate 3 is disguised as the Strange Ox, an animal you can find several times in different parts of Faerun.

You’ll first find the Strange Ox in the Emerald Grove in Act 1, along with two other oxen at the entrance of the Druid’s Sanctuary. You’ll get to interact with it if you can use the “Speak With Animals” spell, use the Potion of Animal Speaking, or transform into an animal (if you’re a Druid).

Try not to anger the Strange Ox as you’re interacting with it during Act 2.

If you can pass a quick Arcana Check while speaking with it, you’ll notice something strange about the animal, although it won’t admit it.

You’ll find it again in the Last Light Inn in Act 2, in the stable near Dammon’s shop. The Strange Ox will try to dismiss you immediately, but if you insist, it will turn into a huge Ooze Monster and attack you. However, if you haven’t angered it, you’ll be able to recruit him as a companion later.

How to summon Ooze Monster (Strange Ox) in Baldur’s Gate 3?

You’ll get a chance to recruit the Ooze Monster as a companion during Act 3 of Baldur’s Gate 3. If you’ve ignored it in Act 2, you’ll encounter it shapeshifted as the Strange Ox in Rivington. Here’s what you’ve got to do to recruit it and then summon him in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Use “Speak With Animals” to talk to it in Rivington (X: 41 Y: -143).
  • Choose the “I suppose so. What form will you take?” dialogue option.
  • After the Strange Ox shapeshift into a Strange Apple, you can pick it up.
  • Get the Strange Apple to Baldur’s Gate Lower City, where he’ll thank you and offer to help you.
  • From then, you’ll be able to summon the Ooze Monster with the ability “An Apple a Day”.

If you choose to kill the Ooze Monster during the first Acts, you’ll get the Shapeshifter’s Boon Ring, and Hat of Fire Acuity as a reward. However, if you choose to recruit it, you’ll get a strong companion that can shapeshift into a Minotaur, Direwolf, Phase Spider, and a Shadow Mastiff.

And that’s everything you needed to know on how to summon the hidden Ooze Monster in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you want to know more about the game, check our guides below:

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Stephanie is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. After graduating as a journalist, she started working as a tech writer for Infobae, Channel 9, and Rolling Stone. She's currently focused on covering Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Fortnite, but can't resist anything related to The Sims 4 and Stardew Valley. You can contact her at [email protected].