Baldur’s Gate 3 is here, and it’s a grand old time. Things in the Sword Coast are a mess, and it’s up to your heroic band of weirdos to put things right. As part of your adventures, you’re going to encounter a lot more bizarre and evil characters. One of the stranger ones is Volo, and he’s a really weird guy. He even offers to help with your tadpole problem. So should you let Volo extract The Parasite?
You first meet Volo the bard in the Emerald Grove, where he rambles about his writing and musings about various creatures. Honestly, he seems completely off his rocker.
Volo is found as part of the Goblin Camp infiltration. Freeing him from Gribbo will allow you to recruit him. Once you do so and do one Long Rest, he shows up at your camp. If you’re going for elements like the Defiled Temple puzzle, this is a pretty good thing to do. That’s due to the buff that Volo can give you, read on to learn more.
What Happens If You Let Volo Extract The Parasite In Baldur’s Gate 3?
The extraction is offered the first time you speak to him in camp, as he will ask to examine your parasite, initially disbelieving that you’ve been infected with an illithid tadpole. If you choose to allow this process and long rest, he will come to you that night, asking to examine your eye.
That night, he will attempt to remove your parasIte with a literal ice pick. So it is pretty safe to say that Volo has no idea what he is doing. After he gauges out your eye, he will replace it with a magical one not that dissimilar from Wyll’s. The eye that Volo gives you will allow you to always see invisible creatures, pretty handy in various parts of the game.
If you do decide to let Volo extract The Parasite, you will lock yourself out of another option later on. The Hag encounter in the Wetlands during Act 1 also has an option to surrender your eye to allow you to “treat” your parasite. If you take that deal, you will not be able to have Volo take your eye to gain the buff. It’s a one or the other type of deal, and Volo’s is much better.