Volo's Ersatz Eye

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For the passive feature that can be obtained via surgery see Volo's Ersatz Eye (passive feature).

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Volo's Ersatz Eye is a common item.

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While the ersatz eye is embedded in your eye socket, you can see through the tiny orb as though it were a normal eye. Can't be removed once inserted. A hollow bead of white glass, carefully painted to resemble a realistic eye. Its tarnished brass fittings hum with a tinge of magic.



  • If received through dialogue grants See Invisibility See Invisibility permanently. Like the spell, this buff allows you to see creatures that are Invisible within 9 metres if they fail a Dexterity saving throw.
  • Otherwise, the item is a useless bauble.

Where to find

  • As an item, the eye can be looted from Volo's corpse. However in order to gain See Invisibility buff, the player must undergo the surgery.


  • To obtain Volo's Ersatz Eye (passive feature) the player must undergo surgery with Volo:
    • Once Volo has been rescued (see the quest Rescue Volo), you may tell him to find you in camp.
    • In camp, Volo can attempt to remove the player's tadpole via an experimental operation.
    • Needless to say - because Volo is a bumbling fool - this operation is unsuccessful and leaves the player character permanently blind in one eye. However, he gives you the ersatz eye, which negates the blindness and grants a permanent See Invisibility buff.
  • Unlike other companions, Wyll cannot undergo Volo's procedure.
  • In Early Access, the ersatz eye could be pickpocketed from Volo. In the full release of the game, the player must go through with his surgery in order to obtain the eye or kill him.
  • In Early Access, the ersatz eye provided +1 to Charisma icon.png Charisma and -1 to Intelligence icon.png Intelligence.