How To Get Through The Gnarled Door In Baldur’s Gate 3 

Soldiers! March your way through the Gnarled Door in Baldur's Gate 3.

The ghoulishly looking gnarled door is a roadblock between the hag, Auntie Ethel, and you to save Mayrina in Baldur’s Gate 3. This door also guards the entrance to the Overgrown Tunnel, and passing it is a bit of a trick.

Once you reach Auntie Ethel’s Teahouse and confront her for the first time, she will run through the fireplace and disappear. This will be your cue to follow her. The next part is the entrance gallery, where a massive wooden door with a scary face blocks your path and refuses to let you on.

Let us guide you on how to easily pass through the Gnarled door in Baldur’s Gate 3

Go right through the door

While talking to the Gnarled door, it will reveal its history and beg you not to proceed. During the conversation, you will need to pass an Arcana check to discover that the Gnarled Door is an illusion, just like the fireplace before it. Make sure to save the game beforehand in case you fail.

Once you pass the arcana check, pan your camera (up key on the keyboard) to look past the door. The area on the other side will appear black, but don’t worry. Click on the other side, and your party will move past the Gnarled Door.

Use a Whispering Mask

This is a dangerous method for crossing the Gnarled Door in Baldur’s Gate 3. Many whispering masks lie in the entrance gallery, one on the table near the door. Pick up the mask and equip it. This will allow you to go through the Gnarled Door.

However, there is a catch. Whispering Masks induce madness in the wearer until they turn into the Hag’s minions. You must remove the mask when you cross the door, or your character will go mad. They will start attacking the party uncontrollably.


We recommend keeping the mask in your inventory. There is another Gnarled Door in the Underdark, and you can use the mask to get past it.

If you want to keep the mask equipped—we don’t understand why—equip it on a character with high dexterity. The character will need to pass a dexterity saving throw every few seconds to avoid the whispering mask’s influence.

All that is left between you and your quest to save Mayrina is Auntie Ethel and her four minions. 

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