Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Let Volo Remove the Parasite? – Answered (BG3)

Sure, let the beat poet stab you with an ice pick.

There’s an absolute desperation that comes with having a ticking timebomb of a tadpole in your cranium. But should you actually let Volo, the self-proclaimed anthropologist and terrible poet, operate on your skull? Should you let Volo try and remove the parasite in your head in Baldur’s Gate 3?

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Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Let Volo Remove the Parasite? – Answered (BG3)

When it comes to trying to exterminate the parasite munching on your brain matter, quite a few options are presented. Very few of them are a good idea, with the results leading to death or worse. A permanent stat reduction. But when Volo offers his expertise in your camp, should you let him go to town on you with an ice pick?

The answer, surprisingly, is yes.

No, I’m not joking. While Volo brutally botches the surgery (which comes dangerously close to a lobotomy), he makes up for it by replacing your eye with a new magical item. A false eye that will allow you to see invisible creatures.

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This becomes particularly useful when you hit Act 2, and you find a few monsters that are really keen on the shadows.

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See Invisibility is generally a Level 2 Divination Spell you’d normally unlock at Level 10 as a wizard. But with Volo’s gifted eye, it’s a permanent passive. And the only downside is purely cosmetic. Your new eye will be a very normal blue and gold color, which happens to clash terribly with my edgy Tiefling’s broody purple and black aesthetic.

If you’re wondering about what other big choice might wait for you in the game, have you considered consuming the Mind Parasites in your inventory? Doing so will grant you some new abilities, but there are a few consequences to consider.

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Daphne Fama
A Staff Writer at Prima Games since 2022, Daphne Fama spends an inordinate amount playing games of all stripes but has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s an author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a debut novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but found she preferred fiction to contracts and forms