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Baldur’s Gate 3 is full of choices, some harder than others. An important choice in BG3 is whether or not you accept the Emperor’s tadpole, allowing him to evolve you.

The Emperor is not a very trustworthy character, which is why it can be difficult to know what option is best. Here’s everything you need to know about evolving your character in Baldur’s Gate 3.

What happens if the Emperor evolves you in BG3?

If you end up accepting the Emperor’s tadpole and the evolution that comes with it, you will be permanently changed for the rest of the game. The Astral-Touched tadpole will give you more Illithid abilities like Beast Shape, Fracture Psyche, and many more. You will also gain extra charisma without losing any points in other categories.

In return, you will develop black veins across your entire face and body. Your party members will also dislike your decision unless you can convince them to also accept the tadpole to enhance their own Illithid powers.

Should You Allow the Emperor to Evolve You in Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3)?  Explained

Should you accept the tadpole in BG3?

This all comes down to personal preference. Like a game of Dungeons & Dragons, you choose the way you play Baldur’s Gate 3. If you want to be a lawful good character, you should reject the Astral-Touched tadpole. But if you prefer to advance your Illithid powers, why not?

Will your choice impact the ending of BG3?

Overall, no. The only real difference will be your creepy black veins. Those cannot be removed.

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