If there is one thing to like about Baldur's Gate 3 is that the gameplay feels smooth and seems to cater to almost everyone’s tastes. It shows how Larian spent time improving things, as the difficulty can be indeed modified if you are having trouble. Let’s find out all about how to change difficulty in Baldur’s Gate 3 and adapt the challenge to our needs.
Baldur’s Gate 3 offers many different possibilities, aiming to make as many gamers as possible happy. It’s definitely not by chance that you can also create your perfect custom character and also use some pretty great mods.
So, let’s take a look at how to change difficulty in Baldur’s Gate 3 and have a better gameplay experience.
How to change difficulty in Baldur’s Gate 3
If you’re playing Baldur’s Gate 3 in Early Access, there is no way to change difficulty once you have started your quest. But the full release will allow players to change on the fly. This unfortunately means that you will have to wait for the full release, if you are looking for a greater challenge or are having trouble.
Once the full release will be published, these are the steps you will need to follow:
- Open the Options menu (with ESC)
- Look for the Difficulty Settings option
- Choose between “Balanced”, “Explorer” and “Tactician”
- Close the menu
Each of these options will represent a different experience, which might indeed end up changing the overall hours you will spend in the game. Let’s look at how they function.
Baldur’s Gate 3 difficulty settings explained
If you are looking to play the original version of Baldur’s Gate 3, the developers mentioned that you should choose “Balanced”. That offers an overall right balance, as the name says, between challenge and a more relaxed experience. This should definitely please most RPG players.
Explorer mode will offer an easier experience, allowing players to enjoy the story and worry less about combat. The character will have some pretty strong starting bonus - which are normally awarded at level 9 - right out of the gate. This allows players who are not looking to spend much time in combat, to focus more on narrative and interacting with NPCs.
Finally, the “Tactician” difficulty setting will offer much more emphasis on combat. This setting expects players to be familiar with how Dungeons & Dragons work and how combat can be affected by dice throwing. Enemies will also adapt their ammo and weapons to your team, making them a bigger - but still fair - threat.
That is all you need to know on how to change difficulty in Baldur’s Gate 3. But if you are on the hunt for more information, definitely check out our guide on how to dual wield.