Once you've freed Volo from his goblin clutches, he miraculously reappears at camp. If you allow him to examine you, he discovers the mind flayer parasite and offers to research a solution. After a few well-deserved rests, Volo excitedly announces his discovery—a way to remove the parasite. Armed with a needle, he's ready to perform the surgery immediately. Brace yourself, because saying yes to Volo's proposal leads to some intriguing consequences.
Before we delve into the surgical madness, let's address the disapproval you'll face. Every single companion in Baldur's Gate 3 will shake their heads in dismay if you agree to Volo's procedure. Wyll, in particular, offers a cute piece of unique dialogue, welcoming you to the "one-eye club." But no amount of cuteness can mend the affinity you've lost with your companions. However, Volo is already poised with his needle as the disapproval fades away.
A series of dialogue choices ensues. You can attempt to stop Volo mid-procedure, allowing you to escape the operating table unscathed. But if you let Volo proceed, he moves on from the needle to a more "robust" instrument—an ice pick. Thankfully, the scene mercifully cuts away before anything too gory occurs. Throughout the procedure, you're free to curse, shout, or mumble in agony until Volo triumphantly raises his ice pick. But what's on the end of it isn't a parasite—it's your right eye!
How you choose to respond is inconsequential, but panic and rage are appropriate measures. The would-be surgeon cowers before you, and as a form of apology, presents you with a lovely prosthesis called Volo's Ersatz Eye. This eye, when equipped, boasts two permanent effects. First, it's purely cosmetic—it glows a mesmerizing blue, regardless of the eye color you selected during character creation. Second, it grants you the permanent ability to see invisibility. Now, you have the power to reveal hidden objects and enemies to your party.
But hold on, there's a temporary debuff associated with Volo's surgery. You'll find yourself with two stacks of the Bleeding Eye effect, which imposes disadvantage on all Perception checks. Don't fret, though; guilt-ridden (or perhaps fearing retaliation), Volo flees the camp, never to be seen again. While you may still be infected with the parasite, you're free to explore other treatment options. However, if you let Volo take your eye, you won't be able to accept Auntie Ethel's help later in the game.
Interestingly, when you turn down Volo's surgery, the entire party approves. Little do they know, they're missing out on the incredible see invisibility effect that Volo's eye provides. But fear not, because this effect can still be achieved through spells, scrolls, or powerful magic items in Baldur's Gate 3. Regardless of your decision, Volo departs from the camp, and you can still consider Auntie Ethel's alternative eye offer or explore different parasite remedies.
If you never engage in Volo's eye operation, he will remain in camp for a much longer duration. While this may not have much practical use, it does provide an extra target for pickpocketing—always handy for those with nimble fingers.
Baldur's Gate 3 offers an alternative solution—the possibility of finding a cure for the parasite at a Githyanki crèche. Lae'zel fervently supports this idea as the best way forward. It's worth checking out, if only for the progression of her story. Don't worry if you initially bypassed the crèche by taking the Underdark route into Act 2. You can always circle back and explore it by finding the other end of the path in Act 2.
Ultimately, it's in Tav's best interest to let Volo take their eye. The disgust and disapproval from companions are minimal and easily regained by focusing on their personal quests. It may sound counterintuitive, but Volo's Eye-Popping Adventure in Baldur's Gate 3 adds a unique twist to the game. While the surgical misadventure may result in the loss of an eye, it grants Tav a mesmerizing prosthesis and the ability to see invisibility. The consequences of this decision, as well as alternative remedies for the parasite, provide players with a variety of paths to explore. Whether you choose to trust Volo's surgical skills or seek other options, the adventure in Baldur's Gate 3 is sure to captivate and challenge players.