The Hooded Skeleton is a mysterious entity you’ll encounter early on in Baldur’s Gate 3. His motivations are unclear, at first, but you’ll have dealings with him later on. Here’s our mini-guide to help you out.
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Baldur’s Gate 3: The Hooded Skeleton
You’ll encounter the Hooded Skeleton during Act I of Baldur’s Gate 3 once you reach the Dank Crypt. To get there, you’ll need to find the chapel at the eastern edge of the map. There are a couple of treasure hunters here so handle them as you see fit.
Next, jump down the hole and be ready for a fight. Make sure you group up your party members again since the game will think they’ve been separated.
After the first encounter, activate the switch at one of the side rooms. This will open the locked door that leads further inside the ruins. In the next area, you’ll spot a sarcophagus with some loot. Before you grab that, check the other sarcophagi for items.
Once you pick up the loot inside the main sarcophagi (The Watcher’s Guide 2H weapon and an engraved key) the room will be filled with grease. Your characters could slip, and fire arrows will blow up the entire room too.
Exit that room as quickly as possible (or reload if everyone died), and open the other door with the key. This leads to an area that looks like a shrine.
If you go to the left-hand corner, there’s a Perception check which reveals a button. Pressing it spawns several skeleton warriors.
After you take them out, check the small room for The Amulet of Lost Voices (very rare; gives you the “Speak with Dead” spell).
Meanwhile, if you open the large sarcophagus, the Hooded Skeleton will rise. It’ll then ask you a question: “What is the worth of a single mortal life?”
I answered, “No one’s life is worth more than any other.” The Hooded Skeleton replied and said it was satisfied. It vowed to meet with my character again. Spooky.
The next time I encountered the Hooded Skeleton in Baldur’s Gate 3 was when I checked my party’s camp a bit later in the campaign. I believe he first appeared after I already entered the Goblin Camp.
Anyway, he mentions that he can resurrect any of your dead characters for 200 gold. I’m not sure if he’ll play a more important role later since this was towards the end of Baldur’s Gate 3‘s Early Access playthrough.