Baldur’s Gate 3 Difficulty Settings Explained

Choose the right one for you.

Difficulty Options BG3
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Baldur’s Gate 3 offers different difficulty settings that can change the way you approach the game entirely, and with only a few options, choosing one can be a big jump. Before you get into your first character, find out what each difficulty option entails and which one might be the right fit for you.

Which Difficulty Setting Should You Pick in Baldur’s Gate 3?

There are three difficulty settings in Baldur’s Gate 3: Explorer, Balanced, and Tactician. These aren’t just small increments of enemy HP, either. Each one can drastically change how you approach BG3, and there are tradeoffs. If you are new to CRPGs or just want to focus on the story, then Explorer is for you. I recommend Balanced for nearly everyone else.

Only a select group of players will want to get through Baldur’s Gate 3 on Tactician difficulty. The mode is incredibly challenging, even when you play your cards right. With positioning, strategy, and random dice rolls being so important, the room for error is tiny at that difficulty. And even then, the random nature of some aspects of the game will certainly get you killed.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Difficulty Settings:

  • Explorer – The easiest option is meant for players who want to focus on the story. It still has some challenges, but Multiclass use isn’t allowed.
  • Balanced – This is the best mode for players who want a mix of story and challenge. But be warned; it’s not easy by any means.
  • Tactician – An unforgiving difficulty for players with plenty of experience in this genre.

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Even after you choose your difficulty, you can still go back into the menu of your save and change the settings. However, if you are playing on Balanced and decide to move down to Explorer, you will lose the option to use Multiclass specs on your characters. There is always a tradeoff in these choices.

As you jump into Baldur’s Gate 3, you also need to know how to hide your helmet. Fashion is always the most important.

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