Which Mind Flayer tadpoled you in Baldur’s Gate 3? Players find conflicting dialogue

Stephanie Zucarelli
Baldur's Gate 3 Tadpole

Larian Studios left quite a few clues to point out who is really responsible for infecting the main character with the Illithid’s parasite at the beginning of Baldur’s Gate 3. Here’s what Baldur’s Gate 3 players have discovered.

Baldur’s Gate 3 main story starts right after the main character gets abducted by Mind Flyers, a mysterious race that infects them with tadpoles. These parasites could eventually turn every character into one of these Illithids, although it’s not clear initially why they chose the player or any of the companions.

In a Reddit post titled “The Mind Flayer who tadpoled you is not who people think,” a Baldur’s Gate 3 fan discovered that the Illithid that infected the main character might appear sooner than most think. Since players began debating about events later in the game, keep in mind there might be some spoilers ahead.

The Emperor in Baldur's Gate 3
Most players seem to believe is The Emperor who infected Tav during Baldur’s Gate 3 Act I.

“I’ve seen a lot of posts discussing that the Emperor is the one who tadpoled the party in the opening sequence. I’ve found that’s not the case,” described Reddit user ‘1_Medizinstudent’ who then explained that speaking with the dead Mind Flyer in the Goblin Camp during Act 1 triggers a special dialogue.

“The Narrator will tell you: ‘There’s no doubt- this creature is responsible for your parasite. And it’s waiting for your questions,” the user added. However, some players commented there are different dialogue options and that you’ll get a different line if you approach the Mind Flyer’s corpse after killing the leaders in Act 1.

“To add to that, the Narrator isn’t a reliable source of information. Narration is your narration. It’s meant to convey inner thoughts obvious to Tav (the main character), but not accessible to the player,” Reddit user ‘capi1500’ explained.

Other Baldur’s Gate 3 players also point out that the source of the infection changed “based on origin” and that fans who played a Dark Urge playthrough have a completely different story.

“If you play as the Dark Urge, there’s a lady you can meet in Act 2 after the first fight with Ketheric. She mentions how you were one of the first people that she had experimented on, and you were her favorite cause you always fought back and resisted,” said Redditur ‘Head-Gur-2656.’

And that’s everything on who is really behind the Mind Flayers’ infection in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you want to know more about Larian Studios’ RPG, you can check every new feature introduced with Patch 5 or which is the pettiest thing you can do in Faerun according Baldur’s Gate 3 players.

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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].