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Baldur’s Gate 3’s new patch adds a ‘no save scum’ mode with a handsome reward

Patch 5 can make your next Baldur’s Gate 3 run so much harder

Astarion wears Orin’s outfit in a screenshot from Baldur’s Gate 3 Image: Larian Studios
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The new patch for Baldur’s Gate 3 is a big one — big enough that Larian Studios says you might want to uninstall and reinstall the game, because downloading the update requires a huge chunk of storage space. Patch 5 for Baldur’s Gate 3 is full of new additions, though, including playable epilogues with “some of the most complex writing in the game thus far,” the option to play “a more realistic D&D experience,” and a brand-new difficulty option that’s anti-save scumming.

While some players may choose to save scum — aka saving excessively, thereby optimizing every dice roll and interaction — others may want to dive into Baldur’s Gate 3’s new Honour Mode. That new difficulty option, Larian says, “ups the intensity of what was previously our most challenging mode — Tactician — and not only makes the game more difficult in and out of combat, but also introduces over 30 new tweaks to all of Baldur’s Gate 3’s boss-fights, with a new Legendary Action system designed to catch players off-guard and increase the challenge.”

Honour Mode only allows for a single save file throughout its “fraught and deadly campaign.” It’s basically hardcore mode, where death means the end of your Honour Mode run. But seeing it through gives you a very nice reward: a golden D20. There’s also bragging rights.

The Custom Mode menu options in Baldur’s Gate 3 Image: Larian Studios

Another new difficulty option, Custom Mode, leaves the choice up to players. You can opt for a single save file restriction in Custom as well, or align your experience to a more realistic Dungeons & Dragons tabletop experience. You can hide the required roll to succeed dice checks, hide enemy hit points in battle, disable Death Saving Throws, and hide failed Perception Checks, among other things.

Baldur’s Gate 3 players who are near the end of the game (or doing a replay) can also enjoy new playable epilogues, which Larian describes as the “culmination of every choice and consequence that you’ve made since the very start of your adventure, a gigantic tree of permutations that leads to an opportunity to reflect on that journey before you say goodbye.”

There’s a whole lot more, including Orin’s revealing outfit (pictured above) as loot, sundry Act III performance improvements, and more convenient inventory management for characters who aren’t in your active party. More (spoiler-marked) details from Baldur’s Gate 3 patch 5 are in Larian’s patch highlights and full patch notes.

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