12 best Baldur's Gate 3 mods to download right now (2023)
If you're looking to add a little extra something to your Baldur's Gate 3 game, there are plenty of mods to download that are best suited for a second playthrough, or to add more customisation options for your character - so here are our top picks.
Baldur's Gate 3 has quickly become one of the most popular games of 2023, and while a modding scene was already present during early access, it's really kicking off as more creatives add new features to the game's already mammoth amount of content.
While official modding tools aren't yet released, BG3's community has released plenty of cool improvements and additions to the experience that you absolutely need to check out in a playthrough, so check out the best Baldur's Gate 3 mods so far below.
NOTE: Installing mods for Baldur's Gate 3 will disable achievements.
How to download & install mods in Baldur's Gate 3
There are various ways to install mods for Baldur's Gate 3, with the most common being to download the mod files and drag them into the 'Mods' folder located within the game's directory.
However, there is a much easier way of doing this if you are new to modding: utilising a mod manager. We'll cover this for the Baldur's Gate 3 Nexus, which is the best site for downloading mods for the game right now.
- Download the Vortex mod manager
- Open the app and authorise it by logging into your Nexus account
- In the Vortex dashboard, click "Select a game to manage"
- Vortex will scan your PC for installed games it supports, finding Baldur's Gate 3 automatically
- Next, select the BG3 image to enable mod management
- It will then recommend some necessary mods, so click 'Download' to get them
- Now head to the Nexus site to download the specific mods you want
- Under the 'Files' tab of a mod, select 'Mod Manager Download'
- After the download is done, you'll get a Vortex notification where you can click 'Install'
- Select 'Enable' to deploy the mod to your Baldur's Gate 3 folder
And that's it! You'll need to repeat this process to install more mods, but when you load up the game they should all be working as expected.
Additionally, to check what mods you have installed, you can select 'Mods' on the left-hand column of the Vortex app and see the list there.
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Best Baldur's Gate 3 mods
Baldur's Gate 3 Mod Fixer
Our first pick for one of the best mods for Baldur's Gate 3 is vital for some of the others on this list, as it enables them to work with the full game.
The Mod Fixer is essentially a utility feature that allows older pak mods from the early access to function with the new files, so make this mod your first priority if you plan on modding your game.
Party Limit Begone
It's worth noting this will unbalance the game, as you are only ever expected to have four members in a party (with allies), but if you can't decide who to leave back at camp, this makes it so you don't even have to choose.
Level 20 (Multiclass)
Currently, the level limit in Baldur's Gate 3 is 12, which is where things tend to start getting really crazy and unbalanced in Dungeons & Dragons - the TTRPG system the game is based on.
If you want to go beyond this though, Level 20 (Multiclass) allows you to reach level 12 with your main class, and level 8 with a secondary class thanks to the multiclass feature.
You can make some really overpowered and fun builds with this mod, and it really ups the potential for what you can do during an encounter.
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Customizer's Compendium - NPC Options Unlocker
Customizer's Compendium is easily one of the best Baldur's Gate 3 mods as it adds even more choice to the character creator with a series of new options that are only available for NPCs in the vanilla game.
While BG3 has a very in-depth character creation right out of the gate, this mod will be an absolute dream for those who like to start multiple playthroughs and are looking for some different options to utilise.
Pressing ALT in the game when using mouse and keyboard allows you to highlight the items you can pick up from the ground, making it easier to search among the clutter - but for some reason, it doesn't actually highlight everything.
The aptly named Highlight Everything remedies this, and ensures you can see every single item that can be picked up from the world.
Bags Bags Bags
It's fair to say the Baldur's Gate 3 inventory system is one of its worst aspects by far, and something many fans can't wait to be fixed - and that's why this mod is absolutely one of the best.
If you don't want to wait for the inevitable patch, Bags Bags Bags has you covered by adding a series of labelled containers to your inventory, allowing you to sort your weapons, armours, potions, gems, and much more with ease.
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Dice Set Expansion
You'll be making a lot of dice rolls throughout your playthrough in Baldur's Gate 3, but if you don't find any of the official dice skins appealing, Dice Set Expansion gives you more options to choose from.
With 14 unique skins based on many of the deities in the lore, it's perfect for those who want to add a little more customisation to the game, or for Clerics that want to represent their chosen god.
Transmog is one of the best Baldur's Gate 3 mods because it adds a simple feature that players almost always request in any game where you can change your armour: changing an armour's appearance.
Say you find a new piece of armour that has better stats but doesn't look as nice as what you currently have, the Transmog mod lets you keep your armour's appearance and boost your stats at the same time. Now all of Faerûn's fashion-forward denizens can show off their style while boasting some equally great stats.
WASD Character Movement
This mod is for the niche crowd of gamers in a CRPG who don't like the mouse controls for moving, but also don't want to use a controller.
WASD Character Movement does exactly what you would expect, letting you use the keyboard to directly move your party around the world, and is a great option if you're familiar with other games that have this feature.
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Native Camera Tweaks
Native Camera Tweaks is pretty essential for players using the previous mod, but even without it, it's a fantastic mod that makes the camera far more customisable.
Adding a series of options to the game for both keyboard, mouse, and controller, Native Camera Tweaks allows you to increase the rotation speed of the camera, override the FOV, change the vertical and horizontal offset, unlock the pitch, and much more. If you're not looking to use the more isometric camera style, this is one mod for Baldur's Gate 3 that you don't want to miss.
Vessnelle's Hair Collection
If you want even more customisation options for your character, Vessnelle's Hair Collection is a perfect mod for players. It adds a number of new unique hairstyles for Human, Elf, Drow, Githyanki, Half-Elf, and Tiefling characters, giving you more options than ever.
Camp Event Notifications
Another easy pick for the best Baldur's Gate 3 mods is Camp Event Notifications, which adds a visual notification to tell the player that they should Long Rest due to camp events or new dialogue options being available.
This is perfect if you're not quite sure when you can progress certain character relationships or quests, and a perfect quality of life modification.
So that's all for our breakdown of the best Baldur's Gate 3 mods, and now you know a series of modifications that will change the game for the better, or alter it to your own preferences.