Hey everyone, and welcome to the forums for Baldur's Gate 3!

Please read below for our FAQ for the game, including system specs, races, classes and the best ways to get in touch with us should you have any issues with the game.



What is Baldur’s Gate 3?
Baldur’s Gate 3 is a story-rich, party-based RPG set in the universe of Dungeons & Dragons where your choices shape a tale of fellowship & betrayal, survival & sacrifice, and the lure of absolute power.

Do I need to have played Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 to be able to enjoy Baldur’s Gate 3?
Baldur’s Gate 3 is a new adventure set in the Forgotten Realms and focuses on new characters. You’ll see some familiar places and faces if you’ve played Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2, but you don’t need to have played them to enjoy Baldur’s Gate 3.

When is Baldur’s Gate 3 coming out?
Baldur’s Gate 3 released August 3 2023 for PC, September 6 2023 for PS5, and September 22 2023 for macOS.

What platforms can I play the game on?
Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently available on PC (Steam, GOG, Nvidia GeForce Now), macOS, and PS5.
Cross-saves are available between these platforms

What other platforms is the game coming to? Will it release on Xbox?
Our goal is to bring our games to as many platforms as possible. We’re optimistic about Baldur’s Gate 3 on the Xbox Series X, but in order to announce and release the game on Xbox, we need to ensure that the game is performing without compromise across the entire Xbox X|S ecosystem in multiplayer and with split-screen. We’ve already put a lot of effort into making it work and will continue to do so. Like with the PS5 version, we’ll release it when it’s ready.

I have an issue, where can I get help?
Make sure you check out our Frequently Asked Questions page over at https://larian.com/support/
To get help and report any issues you have encountered please do so through our Support page.

Can I use a controller?
Baldur’s Gate 3 has full controller support on PC.

What languages is Baldur’s Gate 3 available in?
We’re proud to reveal Baldur’s Gate 3 on PC will be available in 13 subtitled languages: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America), Turkish, Portuguese-Brazil, Italian, and Ukrainian.

What are the system requirements for Windows?

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel i5-4690 / AMD FX 8350
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD RX 480 (4GB+ of VRAM)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 150 GB available space on an SSD
Additional Notes: Default API is Vulkan 1.1. Directx11 API also provided.

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel i7 8700K / AMD r5 3600
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia 2060 Super / AMD RX 5700 XT (8GB+ of VRAM)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 150 GB available space on an SSD
Additional Notes: Default API is Vulkan 1.1. Directx11 API also provided.

What are the system requirements for Mac?

OS: macOS 12 or newer
Processor: Apple M1
Memory: 8GB
Graphics: Apple M1
Storage: 150GB available space, SSD required
Additional Notes:
Min specs can run the game on low to medium settings. Splitscreen will not run at an acceptable level of performance.

OS: Latest macOS
Processor: Apple M1 Pro or better
Memory: 16GB
Graphics: Apple M1 Pro or better
Storage: 150GB available space, SSD required
Additional Notes:
Recommended specs can run the game on high or ultra settings.

How do I play Baldur’s Gate 3 through GeForce NOW?
You can now experience Baldur’s Gate 3 across more devices with GeForce NOW, from underpowered PCs to unsupported devices. All you have to do is head to NVidia’s website and follow their steps to create a membership (you will need to own the game in your Steam library): https://www.nvidia.com/en-gb/geforce-now/memberships/
You can find more information on NVidia’s GeForce NOW FAQ: https://www.nvidia.com/en-gb/geforce-now/faq

What's the difference between DX11 and Vulkan mode?
Vulkan presents a potential performance increase over DX11 in most cases, though may be slightly less stable for now. Baldur’s Gate 3 defaults to DX11.

Please note that Vulkan is driver-sensitive, and might need some experimentation to find which driver runs best.

What game engine is being used?
Baldur’s Gate 3 has been built using the new in-house Divinity 4.0 engine.

How long was Baldur’s Gate 3 in development?
A small team first started working on story and game design in late 2016. In January 2017 we received the official go from Wizards of the Coast in Seattle, while we were in the middle of Divinity: Original Sin 2's Early Access period. The team grew slowly before the whole team was briefed later in 2017 after the full release of DOS2 that September.


Does the macOS version support eGPU?
Yes it does.

Why do I have to upgrade my macOS version?
Baldur's Gate 3 is a native macOS application that requires Metal 2.3 features. Metal is Apple's own graphics and shader API included with macOS. To make full use of all its power, at least macOS 10.15.6 is required.

I'm interested in what's under the hood. What kind of MacOS port is this?
The macOS build of Baldur's Gate 3 does not use MoltenVK: it uses Metal 2.3. The Metal renderer is completely standalone. There is no Windows API code running, It's fully compiled by XCode 11.5.

Can I buy the game on the macOS App Store?
The macOS version is currently only available on Steam and GOG.


What is a Larian Account?
A Larian Studios account gives you access to our online services, such as Cross-Save, as well as exclusive content, such as Twitch Drops.

What are the benefits of signing up for a Larian account?
Your Larian account enables cross-saves, allowing you to carry on your progress between devices and platforms.
Streamers: Connecting your account to Twitch will allow you to enable the Baldur’s Gate 3 Twitch extension on your channel. Through the Twitch extension, your audience can check your inventory, pull up your character sheet, and even have a say in the choices you make in-game!

My Larian Account services are not working in-game. What should I do?
The following needs to happen for you to be logged into the services:
Your platform account needs to be linked to your current Larian Account.
You need to launch the game from the linked platform Account (Steam, GOG currently)
If you are launching the game manually without any platform client running, the services will not activate.

What are you collecting when I submit information and does it contain any personal information?
We gather data that helps us improve the game. How much gold do you have, when do you level up, where do you die, when do you equip a different weapon. We don't know your name, email address, IP address, your hardware details, or your Steam name, and we don't know your location. We are only interested in what goes on in the game. When you crash and you report it, only the crash dump is included. There is a text field where you can fill in details and you are responsible for what you fill in.

I don’t want to send gameplay data.
In the Larian Launcher, before starting the game, please click on the settings cog in the bottom left in the next screen there is a check box at the top that says “Send Stats” when you uncheck this box and save changes, you will no longer send us data.


What is an Origin character?
Origins are playable heroes, each with their own stories, desires, and attitudes towards the world around you. Whether you choose to experience the story of Baldur’s Gate 3 through an Origin’s perspective or recruit them to journey alongside you as companions, your choices as a player have a huge impact on the way their stories unfold.

If recruited as companions, their previous experiences and attitudes will influence their opinion about what you should do and how you should behave. Everything that you do or say might influence the course of your relationship with them, and determine whether you'll become friends, lovers, rivals, or bitter enemies.

What Origin Characters are available to play/recruit?
The Origin Characters are: Astarion, Gale, Lae’zel, Shadowheart, Karlach, Wyll and The Dark Urge.

Unlike Baldur’s Gate 3’s other playable protagonists, the Dark Urge is a fully customisable character: from your class and species, to your gender and overall appearance, and even your name. The Dark Urge will not be recruitable when not played.

Can I change the class of the Origin characters when I recruit them?
Yes! In Baldur’s Gate 3, you have the freedom to respec not only your chosen protagonist’s class but also that of your playable companions and pre-authored Origin characters.

Bear in mind that some characters' class is closely intertwined with their story, and respeccing them will not change this.

Can I create a custom character?
Yes, you can create a custom character.

If you create a custom character, you’ll have the freedom to define your race, class and appearance, and you'll still find yourself embedded in the story of Baldur's Gate 3 through personal connections to the events that unfold.

What is the final level cap in the game?
Level 12.

What Races are available?
The final list of available races is:
- Human
- Dwarf
--- Hill Dwarf
--- Mountain Dwarf
--- Duergar
- Githyanki
- Elf
--- High Elf
--- Wood Elf
- Drow
--- Seldarine Drow
--- Lolth Drow
- Tiefling
--- Asmodeus Tiefling
--- Mephistopheles Tiefling
--- Zariel Tiefling
- Halfling
--- Lightfoot Halfling
--- Strongheart Halfling
- Half Elf
--- Wood Half-Elf
--- High Half-Elf
--- Drow Half-Elf
- Gnome
--- Rock Gnome
--- Deep Gnome
--- Forest Gnome
- Half-Orc
- Dragonborn
--- Black Dragonborn
--- Blue Dragonborn
--- Brass Dragonborn
--- Bronze Dragonborn
--- Copper Dragonborn
--- Gold Dragonborn
--- Green Dragonborn
--- Red Dragonborn
--- Silver Dragonborn
--- White Dragonborn

What Classes are available?
The final list of classes and subclasses at launch includes:

- Barbarian
--- Berserker
--- Wildheart
--- Wild Magic
- Bard
--- Lore
--- Valor
--- Swords
- Cleric
--- Knowledge
--- Life
--- Light
--- Nature
--- Tempest
--- Trickery
- Druid
--- Circle of the Land
--- Circle of the Moon
--- Circle of Spores
- Fighter
--- Battle Master
--- Eldritch Knight
--- Champion
- Monk
--- Open Hand
--- Shadow
--- Four Elements
- Paladin
--- Ancients
--- Devotion
--- Vengeance
--- Oathbreaker
- Ranger
--- Hunter
--- Beast Master
--- Gloom Stalker
- Rogue
--- Arcane Trickster
--- Assassin
--- Thief
- Sorcerer
--- Wild Magic
--- Draconic Bloodline
--- Storm Sorcery
- Warlock
--- Archfey
--- Fiend
--- Great Old One
- Wizard
--- Abjuration
--- Conjuration
--- Divination
--- Enchantment
--- Evocation
--- Necromancy
--- Illusion
--- Transmutation

What difficulty options are available?
As well as the default Balanced mode, you will be able to play the game in Explorer Mode and Tactician Mode;

In Explorer mode, combat has been made more forgiving so players can fully immerse themselves in the narrative layer of this adventure. In this mode, friendly NPCs are harder to kill, trader prices are at a 20 percent discount, and you'll begin the game with a +2 starting proficiency bonus.

Tactician mode, then, is where to test your mettle. In this mode, enemy lethality is cranked up to Brutal, ensuring that enemy AI are stronger, will prioritise squishier targets with low AC, and will seize opportunities to go in for the kill. Additionally, many adjustments have been made to the fights themselves specifically for Tactician mode, with certain enemies receiving additional support through reinforcements, spells, or consumable items.

Will there be modding support?
Modding will be supported sometime after launch. We loved what our modding community did with DOS2, and we’re excited to see what they’ll do with BG3.

Can I Pet The Dog?
There are multiple dogs in the game and you will be able to pet some of them!


Is there multiplayer?
Yes, there is 4 player online multiplayer. In 4 player online multiplayer, players can either start a multiplayer journey together and both create their own custom character or join a friend’s single player game during the adventure.

Is there Cross Play?
Baldur’s Gate 3 currently supports cross-play between Steam and GOG on PC.

Is there split-screen co-op?


How can I enable the Twitch integration for my stream?
You can install the Twitch extension directly via Twitch. Here is a direct link to the download: https://dashboard.twitch.tv/extensions/sf4o3dj6bllwt1y4ndq2yaj5d9woh2. Alternatively, you can find the extension by going to your creator dashboard, clicking on the extension menu on the left and either direct search for Baldur’s Gate 3, or click on “extensions for games”. If you connect your Larian account to Twitch, it will automatically enable Baldur’s Gate 3 extension on your channel and link it to the game. This way, your audience can interact with you directly on the choices you make in the game!

Baldur’s Gate 3 contains Mature content, will there be an option to customise this content for streaming?
You will be able to customise your streaming experience so that when you hit ‘go live’, your stream isn’t interrupted by a bear, swear, or lack of underwear. Baldur’s Gate 3 has 3 different levels of streamer-friendly customisation. You can disable nudity, and explicit content separately (or together). You’ll be able to stream Baldur’s Gate 3 without any problems, regardless of how you play, thanks to these options.

How do I claim Twitch Drops?
Check our Twitch Drop announcement post for details!


Is it the sequel of Baldur's Gate 1 and 2?
Yes. The story takes place 100 years after the events in Baldur’s Gate 2 and shortly after the events of Descent into Avernus. We don’t want to spoil anything about the story, but it will be connected to the previous games in meaningful ways.

How is the storyline linked to D&D?
Baldur’s Gate 3 takes place right after the events of Descent into Avernus. The holy city of Elturel disappeared from the Forgotten Realms and descended into Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells. In our canon, it was saved by a party of heroes. The game is based on the 5th edition ruleset of D&D and was created closely together with Wizards of the Coast.

How do camps work in the game, and how big of a role do they play?
Camping plays an important role. Camp is where your party rests and recovers (HP and spells). You can also engage in dialogues with companions, including romance. You'll also find NPCs on your adventure who join the camp temporarily or on a more permanent basis, becoming camp followers. Some will offer services, others have a narrative function.

Is your party permanent or can you change members out throughout the adventure?
Recruited companions will be at camp when not in the adventuring party, and can be swapped in and out at camp.


For those buying the Collector’s Edition, how will the digital content be delivered?
For the Steam copy of the game, the digital content will be provided in three separate keys:
- Baldur's Gate 3 key
- Digital Deluxe Upgrade key
- Collector's Edition Dice Skin key
For the PS5 copy of the game, all digital content will be delivered with one single key.

What do I get if I buy the Digital Deluxe Edition?

Check the Digital Deluxe Edition store page for details!

Will there be physical PS5 copies of Baldur’s Gate 3?
There are no plans at the moment to release a physical edition of Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Last edited by Salo; 22/09/23 03:24 PM.