All difficulty options in Baldur's Gate 3 & how to change them

All difficulty options in Baldur's Gate 3 & how to change them
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Written by 

Dave McAdam

Published 

3rd Aug 2023 16:00

Baldur's Gate 3 difficulty options cater to all kinds of players, so you may need to change them. Baldur's Gate 3 appeals to both story fans and tactical gameplay fans, so difficulty options need to reflect that.

Choosing your difficulty setting when you start the game is important, but thankfully you can change it later. Here is everything you need to know about Baldur's Gate difficulty options.

All Baldur's Gate 3 difficulty options

The difficulty select screen in Baldur's Gate 3
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There are three difficulty options in Baldur's Gate 3, Explorer, Balanced, and Tactician. Fans of Divinity Original Sin 2 will pick up on the similarities in these options between these two games from the same developer. BG3 has simplified the options somewhat, with three difficulties instead of four, but the idea is still the same.

Explorer

Explorer is the mode you want if you aren't overly interested in challenging combat. If your priority is experiencing the story, interacting with the characters, or exploring the world, this is the mode for you.

Explorer gives you and your party massive advantages in every dice roll, ensuring you rarely if ever have to worry about failing.

Balanced

Balanced is exactly what it sounds like, a fair and even difficulty setting. This is the intended Baldur's Gate 3 difficulty setting, challenging but not punishing.

In Dungeons and Dragons terms, this is how the DM is supposed to run the game, the players are supposed to win but there is no guarantee they won't fail.

Tactician

Tactician mode is for those who want to push the gameplay mechanics to the limits. For Tactician mode, the developer tuned each combat encounter to increase the challenge.

Not only do enemies have more health and do more damage, but they are better equipped to fight you. Tactician isn't just a numerical increase, but a tailored cut of the game designed to test the best players who love to power game.

How to change difficulty in Baldur's Gate 3

The difficulty option in the pause menu of Baldur's Gate 3
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If you are not sure which Baldur's Gate 3 difficulty is for you, rest assured you can change it at any time. Simply open the pause menu by hitting Esc, or press Options on PlayStation 5, and if you look through the options there, you will see difficulty.

The difficulty menu is exactly the same as the one where you choose your difficulty at the beginning, so there truly isn't any reason to be shy about choosing one.

If you want to try Tactician but discover after making some progress that it isn't for you, you can change without issue.

That is it for our Baldur's Gate 3 difficulty options guide. For more, head to our Baldur's Gate 3 homepage, or check out our Baldur's Gate 3 download size guide.

Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.

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