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You don’t need to mod Baldur’s Gate 3 to make it great, but we’ve collected some of the greatest to make your playthrough the best it can be. Here are the top must-need Baldur’s Gate 3 mods.
1. 5e Spells
Although you’d think you can be content with the game’s more than 600 spells, you can only use Fire Bolt or Blight so many times before you itch for something new. Luckily, 5e Spells adds over 80 new ones ranging from cantrips to fifth-levels. With spells like druidcraft, summon beast, charm monster and shadow blade, you’ll have a lot to experiment with.
2. Tav’s Hair Salon
Since patch 3 lets you change your Tav’s look mid-game, it’s only normal to want more customization options. Tav’s Hair Salon adds dozens of new hairstyles to the game — some even have physics.
3. Fantastical Multiverse
Being a human, Tiefling or Githyanki is great, but wouldn’t you love to be a Changeling, Aasimar, Shifter or Goblin instead? Fantastical Multiverse is among the top Baldur’s Gate 3 mods because it adds 54 new races.
4. Party Limit Begone
How are you supposed to choose between Karlach, Wyll, Shadowheart, Halsin, Lae’zel and Astarion? Well, what if you didn’t have to? The must-have Party Limit Begone mod lets you expand your party size to 16 to include everyone you find along the way. People who prefer playing with friends can now have up to 8 others in their party.
5. New Character Creation Presets WIP
After your second or third playthrough, the few faces you get aren’t as exciting. If you want something different, download this mod to get dozens of new presets. They’re unique to your Tav and Daisy, so you won’t see any NPCs walking around with your face.
6. WASD Character Movement
The constant point-and-click style movement can get tedious for those of us used to using the keyboard to move around. Thankfully, this mod lets you use WASD to navigate Faerun. IGN describes it as a classic MMO experience and recommends you pair it up with camera mods.
7. Level 20 (Multiclass)
This mod gives you the best of both worlds — you get multiclass improvements and can reach level 20. It gives you an all-powerful build, letting you progress through the acts as fast as you want. Careful, though, it can be pretty overpowered and skew game mechanics in your favor.
8. Carry Weight Increased
Any carry weight is too low when you can spend hours exploring a single part of Faerun. If you want to stop constantly reorganizing your inventory, get Carry Weight Increased. It’s a simple tweak that substantially improves gameplay, making it one of the best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods.
9. Horns of Faerun
Horns of Faerun gives you a whole new set of horns for character creation. Since it’s available for all races and body types, even guys who don’t play as Tieflings can snag a sweet pair.
10. Lone Wolf
Baldur’s Gate 3 emphasizes the importance of traveling as a party, but some people prefer being a lone wanderer. The Lone Wolf mod doubles your spell slots, sorcery points, main actions, bonus actions and XP gains. Even though the creator admitted they only playtested it for under one hour, it’s stable.
11. Aether’s Black Dye
The only black dye in Baldur’s Gate 3 is mixed with summer green, azure, jade green or furnace red. If you’re one of the guys who spent forever looking for solid black, you’ll love the Aether’s Black Dye mod. Finally, you can perfect your character’s look. It’s especially great for Durge players.
12. Gold Zero Weight
Did you know the gold in this game actually weighs something? If you carry too much, you’ll never have a high enough carry weight to keep all of the cool stuff you find. That’s what makes this one of the best quality-of-life Baldur’s Gate 3 mods out there.
13. AI Friends
Even though strategizing during combat is core to Baldur’s Gate 3, sometimes you just want to sit back and watch the chaos unfold. AI friends — the original artificial intelligence party mod — lets your companions do the fighting for you.
14. Appearance Edit
Playing as an origin character is great, but don’t you ever wish you could tweak their look? The Appearance Edit mod lets you do just that. As a bonus, it also lets you customize hirelings.
15. Fast XP
If you’ve ever tried to progress too fast, you get a warning describing the upcoming area as “bitterly difficult” for a party of your level. The Fast XP mod can save the day since it gives you a workaround. It’s like they say — what doesn’t kill you gives you double XP for the entire game.
16. Modular Equipment
Although Baldur’s Gate 3 has tons of armor and camp clothing to choose from, you can’t hyper-personalize your look. The Modular Equipment mod changes things. It lets you mix and match your equipment in different slots — you get belts, straps, vests, jackets and more. It’s only available for slim female characters currently, but the mod author might support male figures in the future.
17. Dice Set Expansion
While you can change your dice skin in-game if you bought the Collector’s or Digital Deluxe Edition, there’s no way to unlock any — that is, unless you get Dice Set Expansion. You get 14 new skins and the option to create your own. It’s simple, but it’s one of the best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods since you spend a good chunk of the game watching your dice roll around on screen.
18. Basket Full of Equipment
Basket Full of Equipment is for the guys on their second playthrough who don’t want to wait hours before they can get their go-to gear. It gives you two necklaces to summon clothes, armor, weapons and jewelry. There’s even an add-on to turn anything into camp clothing so you can sleep in style.
19. Eyes of the Beholder
Any new customization options are a more-than-welcome addition to a new playthrough. The Eyes of the Beholder mod adds custom textures, extra colors, pupil size adjustment and new glow styles.
20. ImprovedUI ReleaseReady
The ImprovedUI Release Ready mod eliminates annoying in-game warnings, improves character creation and makes minor visual tweaks throughout the game. While it’s essential for many great customization mods, you should also get it to improve the look of Baldur’s Gate 3.
Get Started Modding
This game is nearly perfect without mods, so it takes things to a whole new level when you use them. Whether you want to beef up your character or get more customization options, these are the best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods around.
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