How To Help Your Protector In Baldur’s Gate 3

An effort to save Mind Flayer in BG3.

Help your Protector is a main story quest in BG3 that is directly related to the players’ character. This quest starts at the end of the second act and reveals the true identity of both the Protector and the Absolute. 

At this point in the game, you must know who the Absolute really is. It is just a massive brain that can control Mind Flayers at will. Apparently, Absolute is a pawn of some high entities who want to kill the Protector, also known as Guardian, once and for all in BG3.

How to complete Help Your Protector in Baldur’s Gate 3

To help your protector, you must convince Mind Flayer to finish the Githyanki Forces. This dialogue choice will happen in Astral Plane during the Wyrm Lookout fight between Githyanki and Intellect Devourers.

The quest begins once you hit the sack in your camp near Wyrm’s Lookout (X: 358, Y: 13). As soon as you try to sleep, the narrator starts talking about the Absolute and your plans. As enticing as it seems to control the big brain by defeating Dead Three and using it to conquer the world, this is not the purpose of my guide. I recommend sticking with the following option.

  • “When the moment comes, I will do what feels right.” 

This will prompt the Absolute to attack your brain and try to subdue you. The Protector or the Guardian in BG3 will ask you to enter the Astral Prism with the help of the Artefact and help them. A Githyanki group ambushes you as you make your way to the portal.

Enter the Astral Prism

I recommend avoiding this fight to save resources and your party members and enter the Astral Prism. Once inside, you will enter a battle between Githyanki and Illithid in Baldur’s Gate 3. We are here to help the BG3 Protector take down all Githyanki. Another cutscene begins.

A mind flayer has taken a Githyanki prisoner and has the Gith in some sort of energy prison. The rest of Githyanki are attacking him to free their comrade. At this point, the mind flayer will reveal their identity.

Help your Dream Visitor

They are the Dream Visitor or Guardian you made during character creation and have been protecting you from the Absolute’s influence. Carefully select the following options to save your Protector in BG3. 

  • “Prove to me that you are who you say.” 
  • “How do I help?” 
  • “Join the mind flayer’s fight.” 

This will earn you disapproval from Lae’zel and hamper your chances of romancing her in Baldur’s Gate 3. This is a tough fight, and you need to be prepared properly. Keep Intellect Devourers alive to gain some advantage against the attacking Githyanki.

As the battle concludes, the Protector will once again subdue the Githyanki, powering the machine that can thwart the Absolute’s control. Select the following option. 

  • “Tell me everything.” 

The Protector will reveal that he was an adventurer like us in the past. Mind Flayers infected him with the parasite and turned him into one. However, he broke free of the Absolute’s control and became the Emperor. Select the following option. 

  • Lord Gortash was one of the chosen in the colony.” 
  • “I didn’t realize mind flayers can be independent thinkers.” 
  • “So, are you going to tell me what this battle was all about?” 

The Protector will reveal Vlaakith’s plan and why it is crucial to keep the Githyanki prisoner in the Astral Realm. Select the following dialogue options during the Help Your Protector main quest in BG3. 

  • “Were you imprisoned here too?” 
  • “Was it you or Orpheus that Vlaakith wanted us to kill when she ordered us inside the prism?” 
  • “What happens if we free Orpheus?” 
  • “We are alike in other ways, too.” 
  • “I am trying to avoid becoming a mind flayer. I thought you agreed to protect me”. 


As you have managed to help your Protector in Baldur’s Gate 3, he will offer you a choice. This choice involves you either accepting his gift or rejecting it. If you accept the gift by selecting “Do it. I like to evolve“, Protector will grant you additional Illithid powers at the cost of a minor change in your appearance. You need to select two more options. 

  • “Do as it says”. 
  • “Open your mind to the tadpole”. 

You can also refuse the gift, which I don’t recommend. This will make you miss out on many interesting Illithid powers and Astral-Touched tadpoles (grants 5 additional points to invest in Illithid skills). Consuming this tadpole will turn you into a half-illithid and unlock the highest tier of Illithid Powers.

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