Should You Save the Brain in Baldur’s Gate 3?

The choice is yours!

By GamesRecon

In the exciting start of Baldur’s Gate 3, things take a dark twist when a Mindflayer implants a tadpole in your character’s eye. As you scramble to escape its doomed ship, a mysterious voice beckons. But rather than a helpless maiden, you find a man chained to a chair, with his head pulled aside to expose his bruised brain. Given the nature of the game, you’re presented with a dilemma: Do you save the Baldur’s Gate 3 Bbrain, leave it, or destroy it? Let’s take about the possible options and see what makes the most sense in that situation.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Should You Save the Brain?

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In Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll come across a rather unique object – a talking brain. Should you save it? To put it simply: Yes! Here’s a quick breakdown:

This brain claims to be controlled by the Mindflayer and is capable of psychic interaction. It begs you to take it away from its helpless victim. dubbing itself “Us” and calling you “Friend”. It sounds like it might be beneficial to have such a, well, unique ally. If you have Perception or Arcana skills in your inventory, you’ll get some extra dialogue that may be useful in making your choice. Then, you will have three choices:

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  1. Destroy the brain.
  2. Leave it be.
  3. Save it.

To extract the brain, you’ll use one of the following abilities: Medicine, Strength, or Dexterity. You’ll need to roll the dice, so pick an ability you’re good at! For instance, if you have a high Dexterity, that’s probably your best bet. If you succeed, you’ll delicately extract the brain. There’s also an optional Investigation roll that offers some valuable insights.

Failed the Roll? Don’t worry, you can either reload your game to try again or choose another option. If you opt to destroy the brain, it’s a simple task – simply squash it down. If you decide to walk away, the quest completes, and you’ll miss out on the brain, aka “Us”, joining your party.

Should You Eliminate the Brain or Not?

After successfully extracting the brain in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’re met with another decision: do you damage it to prevent potential threats? Because you can anytime mutilate it in case it turns violent. While it might sound tempting, it’s generally not the best move. Here’s why:

Once freed, the brain (affectionately known as “Us”) grows legs and claws and becomes a party member. And believe us when we say that he strengthens your squad. Even though he’s a little out of the ordinary, Us’s high hit point total makes him a reliable companion.

Sure, there’s an option to injure the brain – requiring a successful Dexterity roll – or even eliminate it after setting it free. But given its potential as a party member, it might be wise to embrace the weird and welcome Us aboard.

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