Baldur’s Gate 3 Mind Flayers explained: Who are the Illithids?

Aditi Joshi
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Baldur’s Gate 3 is packed with iconic characters from Dragons and Dungeons.
Mind Flayers, also known as Illithids, are one of the most dangerous villains in the franchise.
Their reproduction process, called ‘ceremorphosis’ is central to the story as the game begins with players being infected with an Illithid tadpole.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is the third installment in the popular Baldur’s Gate franchise. Based on Dragons and Dungeons, many characters are traversing the role playing world of Baldur’s Gate 3. These include the iconic and powerful villains, the Mind Flayers, from the fantasy world of Dragons and Dungeons. 

Mind Flayers bear a gruesome appearance, resembling octopuses with their ghastly tentacles, and are known as Illithids in Baldur’s Gate 3. They wield the sinister ability to drain intelligence and are notorious for their mind-control powers. There is much to know about them, where they can be found, and how they reproduce. 

Mind Flayers: All You Need to Know

Mind Flayers, also known as Illithids, are monstrous humanoid creatures that possess psionic powers. They lie at the core of the Baldur’s Gate 3 storyline and are one of the most feared villains in the Dragons and Dungeons world. Strangers Things fans would have spotted a different interpretation of the Mind Flayer in Season 2.

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Players of Baldur’s Gate 2 may have already met them during the Underdark segment of the game. 

Where Can I Find Mind Flayers in Baldur's Gate 3?

In Baldur’s Gate 3, though, they mark an early presence in the intro scene of the game, aboard a Nautiloid. It is a living, biomechanical ship that Mind Flayers use. This time, they are coming to invade the land of the Forgotten Realms. Players must team up and try to find a way to tackle them.

These creatures can be found in a variety of other places. They usually have enslaved enthralls under their control around them. Encounters with these monsters are not easy, as their terrifying looks and damaging abilities can make them formidable foes. 

Mind Flayers contain abundant destructive powers that can make the fantasy world of Baldur’s Gate 3 extremely challenging, starting with their reproduction process. Unlike other humanoids, Mind Flayers reproduce through the terrifying process called ‘Ceremorphosis’. 

This process entails planting an Illithid tadpole into the host’s eye, which gradually overtakes the host and starts devouring the brain. Players must find a way to combat this and fight against the Mind Flayers. 

Ceremorphosis is central to the lore of Baldur’s Gate 3, as players find themselves infected with an Illithid tadpole at the beginning of the game. 


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Aditi Joshi is an English Literature student who indulges in the world of gaming when she's not working. She finds enjoyment in the immersive world of gaming.

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