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BG3 The Emperor: Should You Help Him Or Not?

Siding with the Emperor Mindflayer in BG3 or attacking him? Check out our guide to find out if you should help the Emperor in Baldur's Gate 3.

If you are confused about whether you should help the Emperor in Baldur’s Gate 3 or not, it might be due to his nefarious antagonist looks. Considering all the choices have an outcome, don’t judge a book by its cover. Even though the Emperor reveals himself to be a Mindflayer, he implies to be your ally from the beginning. But should you trust the Emperor by siding with him? Regardless of the outcome, we recommend players for Save Scumming to experience both outcomes. So, check out our guide to find out if you should help the Emperor in BG3 or attack him.

Disclaimer: The following guide contains heavy spoilers about the storyline and gameplay. 

Should You Help the Emperor or Not in BG3?

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Yes, you should help the Emperor in BG3 if you want to survive the Githyanki forces at the end of Act 2. He will share that he is the Dream Visitor and the Guardian that has been protecting you. If you can’t trust him, you can ask him to Prove that he is what he says. And you can also try to read the Mind Flayer Emperor’s thoughts through the DC15 Intelligence check.

As you fight with the Emperor, you will battle against the hostile Githyanki enemies. In addition to the Emperor, the brain creatures aka the Intellect Devourers will also help you during the fight. If you have Lae’zel in your party, she will disapprove to aid a Mind Flayer. However, the Emperor will convince her to join forces for her own survival.

Unless you want to experience and finish the game with an early defeat, we recommend helping the Emperor in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you chose to attack the Emperor and let him die, it will end the game. With the Giths and Intellect Devourer against your party, a cutscene will be triggered. Your character hears the voice of an Absolute while they lose control of the Tadpole stuck inside their head. Since the Emperor is dead, your body will burst as a new Mind Flayer is born from your flesh.

So, we recommend players opt to help the Mind Flayer Emperor. Once you win the battle, talk to Emperor and he will reward you with the Astral Touched Tadpole. If you choose to consume this tadpole, you will evolve as half Illithid and unlock more Illithid powers.

That’s all about if you should help the Emperor in Baldur’s Gate 3 or not. If you liked this guide, check out our guides to find out if you should save or kill the dying Mind Flayer, what to do if the Pixie Blessing is lost, and explore more Baldur’s Gate 3 Guides right here on Gamer Tweak.