Once you’re done with your initial playthrough or for some reason found out that Baldur’s Gate 3 mods exist and can’t help yourself, then you can head on over to our guide on how to mod Baldur’s Gate 3. We’ll now be recommending the best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods to enhance your experience.
These mods range from frameworks that allow other mods to more options for aesthetics or even quality-of-life improvements. There are also gameplay tweaks but we were careful what to consider as cheats, especially for those who haven’t finished the game yet.
We’ll assume you know how to mod the game already. Again, here’s our modding guide if our assumptions are incorrect. Check out our recommendations for the best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods before you go down, down, down by the river once more.
Baldur’s Gate 3 Mod Fixer
Before you can happily install all the mods that you want, you’re going to want to download and install this one first.
It fixes many incompatibility issues and other problems that might be preventing mods from working or causing the game to crash.
A lot of tabletop D&D mainstays were omitted in Baldur’s Gate 3 which is understandable given how some of the spells from rulebooks like Xanathar’s Guide to Everything are tough to balance. But if you do want some of those spells, then you can have them, thanks to the 5e Spells mod.
Quite simply, this mod dumps several spells from the other 5e (Fifth Edition) books since Baldur’s Gate 3 includes only the features and spells from the Player’s Handbook, which is the baseline needed for the tabletop game. These spells were not balanced, by the way, and they are added with the ‘rules as written’ guideline, meaning they might not fit well for video game standards.
Still, the more important thing is that they work.
Baldur’s Gate 3’s user interface isn’t perfect, nor is it the best representation of the 5e ruleset for D&D. You might even find some buttons too oddly placed or inconspicuous.
It’s time to make your life easier with the ImprovedUI ReleaseReady mod. It’s a mod that adds some strategic tweaks to the UI, particularly in the character creation screen. More importantly, it frees up some UI slots to accommodate more mods that change the UI and allow you to change your character’s appearance.
One of the glaring drawbacks of modding your Baldur’s Gate 3 installation is that Steam can and will detect these mods and might accordingly disable the achievements. That’s why we don’t recommend modding until you’ve finished the game at least once.
If you want to have your cake and eat it too, however, you can always opt for the Achievement Enabler mod, which will turn the Steam Achievements back on after they’re disabled. Feel free to mod now, even on your very first playthrough, though at the risk of ruining your experience.
Party Limit Begone
It’s understandable why this mod was created. Too many great and awesome companions are made available in Baldur’s Gate 3, and you can only bring three of them (though you can swap them out).
If you don’t want to keep going back to camp to swap out party members, then just get the Party Limit Begone mod as an improvised solution. Note that this is a cheat mod since more party members means more actions for you, and you can practically steamroll the fights.
You can restrict yourself to six-man parties like in the older Baldur’s Gate games if you still want to keep things under control. This also works in multiplayer for up to eight players.
Choose Your Stats (CYS) FullGameReady
Changing your ability scores in Baldur’s Gate 3 can be a daunting process since you’d have to respec, meaning you’ll also be allocating your spells and class features again. That’s quite inconvenient when you just want to reallocate some stats points, especially if you keep finding items that add to the stats.
So a modder came up with the Choose Your Stats mod, giving you a potion that exclusively lets you change your character’s ability score without having to respec back down to level 1. Now that’s a mod you want in your first playthrough.
Be warned, though; the mod’s added potion also does other things besides letting you change stats. It has other cheat effects; you can ignore those.
Tav’s Hair Salon
Baldur’s Gate 3 has some decent hair options, but people always want more hair options to better represent themselves in-game.
Tav’s Hair Salon mod gives that, and these include lovely and lengthy hair additions to the game. Some of the styles look rather flashy or impractical in combat, but that’s not really something you worry about in a fantasy fiction filled with dungeons… and dragons.
More than anything, they’re great for taking in-game images.
Faces of Faerun
Faces of Faerun is a lovely companion mod to Tav’s Hair Salon since it adds more faces for your characters. If your character is already created, however, you’re going to need the ImprovedUI mod above in order to be able to change your character’s appearance.
In any case, this mod is great if you want more flexibility in your character creation since the faces in Baldur’s Gate 3 can feel limited– especially the human-looking ones. This adds more variety and lets you look less like an NPC.
Bags Bags Bags
Baldur’s Gate 3’s inventory can get rather messy despite the sort function since there’s always that overbearing compulsion to loot everything you see.
Thankfully, the game lets you sort these items into ‘folders’ using the in-game bags. And if you need more of them, then the Bags Bags Bags mod lets you have, well, more bags. Not to be confused with the bags you get under your eyes from the prolonged Baldur’s Gate 3 gameplay binge.
No More Dirt And Blood (Release Version)
Look, the fresh-from-the-fight appearance in dialogs and cinematics can get old fast and is only really going to appeal to edgy roleplayers. Most of us actually want a clean-looking character, and while you can do that by splashing water on your whole party, it can get tedious doing that again and again after every fight.
So the No More Dirt And Blood mod fixes this issue. Your whole party will automatically be cleaned after a fight, making them picture-perfect adventurers who didn’t look like they almost got wiped by a bunch of bloated hyenas.