What are the best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods? The modding community working on Larian games has a storied history when it comes to DOS and Baldur’s Gate, and the BG3 community is no different thanks to official mod support for the DnD game. We’ve delved into the BG3 mods that are available to add even more to the already massively entertaining game to find the very best ones.
As we tell you in our Baldur’s Gate 3 review, the RPG game is filled with interesting and unique experiences, including hours of content that most players will likely never see, which includes most of the Baldur’s Gate 3 endings. Somehow, though, the modding community has still found gaps worth filling in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods
Here are our picks for the best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods:
If you’re knowledgeable on Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition already and find that there just aren’t enough Baldur’s Gate 3 spells, then you’re in luck, as the 5e spells mod adds many additional spells from levels 1 to 6. 7th to 9th level spells were also included originally and will be added back in at some point, and spells from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything are included, so there’s plenty more to choose from.
JWL Histories and Occupations
While the default set of Baldur’s Gate 3 backgrounds is fairly comprehensive, what do you do if you want to be a fearless bounty hunter? Or an archaeologist? Or a degenerate gambler? Well, thankfully, the JWL Histories and Occupations adds 26 new backgrounds for you to apply to your BG3 character.
WASD Character Movement
If you want to turn your BG3 experience into a third-person adventure game, then the WASD Character Movement mod is for you. Use your keyboard to move your character around the map, then when combat starts, the game transitions back to the traditional control method – and back again once your fracas is over.
This impressive BG3 mod adds a ton of new races to the character creation screen. You’ll no longer be hamstrung by the selection on offer, or even the BG3 universe, as some of these new races come from Eorzea, Etharis, and Krynn. The Fantastical Multiverse is a perfect addition for those who are planning on multiple playthroughs of the RPG.
One of our favorites since early access, Customizer’s Compendium has now been updated to work with the full game, though the creator has said there is still more to come. The mod adds a trove of new additions to the customizer, including some hairstyles and options that were previously only seen on NPCs. If any new haircuts, horns, ears, and colors seem to be missing right now, hopefully, they’ll be added in a future update to the mod.
This is quite a subtle mod, but fixes a problem that has been infuriating some players. Improved UI cleans up the game’s interface, including dialogue option screens and removing the version number, which some players have found irritating.
Carry Extra Weight
No doubt this one will be among the most popular Baldur’s Gate 3 mods – just don’t forget that you won’t earn achievements with any of these equipped. Carry Extra Weight does exactly what it says on the tin, adding an incredible amount of slots to your inventory – looking at the image above you can see that the player is carrying 848 items instead of 85.
Mark books as read
If you’re super into BG3 lore (and let’s be honest, who isn’t) it can be difficult to keep track of which books you’ve consumed and which are on the to-read pile. With the Mark books as read mod, anything you’ve opened and read will be marked as green in your inventory, so you’ll always know what’s next on the list. As we all know, there isn’t anything better than a good book before turning in for the night.
There are 11 base BG3 races (not including subraces), and they’re all wildly different, so picking between them can be tough. However, thanks to modder Mharius’ Unleashed mods, you can add some non-existent features to your favorite race. Want a Dragonborn with Darkvision? Then Dragonborn Unleashed could be the mod for you. Playing a Drow but want to be even more intimidating? Then give Drow Unleashed a try!
The option to multiclass your BG3 character is already available in the base game but is sadly locked for anyone playing in the game’s easiest mode, Explorer. Well, fret not if you’re an explorer wishing to multiclass, as Multiclass Unlocker is here to change that. Again, don’t forget that adding mods disables achievements, but if you’re not bothered about that, this mod can completely overhaul your easy mode experience.
Installing Baldur’s Gate 3 mods technically prevents you from earning any achievements in the DnD game, but modder Duke the Dropkicker came along and changed all that. Their Achievement Enabler mod allows you to earn achievements as normal with any number of mods running, including this one.
It’s possible to highlight items in BG3 already, by simply holding down the left alt key, but this only works with certain things meaning that items such as containers or secrets can often be left unseen. This Highlight Everything mod fixes the problem and highlights every interactable item by holding down the left alt key, rather than just the default options. This will make finding those sneaky, hidden items easier.
AI Party Control
This AI Party Control mod will help those feeling intimidated by the complex Baldur’s Gate 3 combat options. It grants your character a spell that causes party members to be controlled by AI during combat. Keep an eye on health bars and available spell slots, as its capability doesn’t extend to keeping everyone alive, but it’ll grant you the space to focus on your own character during those big, intense battles that BG3 is so well-known for.
Tav’s Hair Salon
The hair options in Baldur’s Gate 3 are limited, to say the least. This Tav’s Hair Salon mod will give a bunch of new customization options, and with the addition of the mirror in Baldur’s Gate 3 meaning you can adjust your appearance at any time, you might well find yourself with a hairstyle for each day of the week. Do note though that you’ll need to install ImprovedUI and the Patch 3 Mod Fixer for this one to work in-game.
Character Creation Presets
This Character Creation Presets mod does what it says on the tin. These presets for your custom characters include their own textures and don’t replace existing NPCs. The faces are said to be “unique” and whilst the mod is still a work in progress, there are plenty of fun options to expand the diversity of your party. It’s important to mention that if you don’t have animation details set on high in your settings, you will get floating heads, so be warned.
Party Limit Begone
In vanilla Baldur’s Gate 3, you’re limited in the amount of companions you’re allowed to take into the overworld. With Party Limit Begone, you can take a total of 16 party members on a jaunt at any one time, meaning that all of the main cast can be with you at all times, as well as several of the generic party members you can recruit from Withers. Party Limit Begone also increases your online party limit to eight, so you can bring all your buddies along for the ride.
Dice Set Expansion
If you want a bit more flair to your critical fails, the Dice Set Expansion mod gives you a host of new skins for your dice, so you can fail in style. Our personal favorite is Bhaalist Blood – we’re usually covered in it anyway, so why can’t our implements of destiny?
Where can you get more Baldur’s Gate 3 mods?
BG3 modders began their work early, taking full advantage of the three years of early access by uploading a huge amount of mods to Nexus Mods before the game was even officially released. You will find that some of those mods have now been updated to be available in the full version of the game, and we list the best of them above. Larian Studios has confirmed that there will be official mod support through Steam Workshop, but this doesn’t seem to be available in BG3 just yet.
How to install Baldur’s Gate 3 mods
To install any of the Baldur’s Gate mods to your game, download the required mod, and move the downloaded file to the mods folder on your PC. On Windows, you can find the Baldur’s Gate 3 mods folder location by following these steps:
- Type %AppData% into your search bar and hit enter to open the folder.
- Within app data, click the ‘Larian Studios’ folder, then the ‘Baldur’s Gate 3’ folder.
- Open the ‘Mods’ folder, and paste or move your download here.
Those are some of the best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods, and we’re sure there’ll be more to come as we get more time with one of the best PC games of 2023. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our BG3 companion guide to recruit new party members, and – more importantly – find out how to complete a Baldur’s Gate 3 romance, too.