Larian just keeps on giving. Baldur’s Gate 3 has continued to see huge success, but its developer hasn’t just let it sit. November 30’s Patch 5 has been the biggest one to hit the game yet, and it brings with it some features fans (I) have been waiting on.
Baldur’s Gate 3 Patch #5 — Finally A Happy Ending
Baldur’s Gate 3 has seen some big patches since its August release. They’ve all packed in a whole pile of big fixes, and Patch #5 is no exception. However, there’s some icing on this tasty cake.
Patch 5 is massive, coming in at 26 GB. But that size is warranted because the update adds three particular features that players have been asking for over the past few months:
- New difficulty modes.
- A new epilogue for those who didn’t give in to their darker urges.
- The ability to woo Minthara without having to wipe out the Tieflings in Emerald Grove.
BG3’s New Epilogue
Being able to romance Minthara without having to slaughter a bunch of innocents is a big deal, but a bigger deal is that we can finally pal around with our companions after everything’s said and done.
Baldur’s Gate 3‘s endings left many players, myself included, wishing for some closure with the characters they’d come to know and care for through the course of their adventure. Particularly evil characters won’t get this invitation, but you’ll get one after the final fight if you’re mostly on the up-and-up.
New BG3 Difficulty Modes
The two new difficulty modes, Honour and Custom, allow for a very hardcore experience or one just to your liking, respectively. Honour Mode is especially difficult and holds you to a single save file for a playthrough. Custom’s options allow you to tweak an array of values, like enemy aggression levels and loadouts, trader price values, combat mechanics, and even more. There’s a whole lot to adjust in the Custom, and a heck of a lot of challenge to be had in Honour.
The full list of patch notes for Baldur’s Gate Patch #5 is huge. There’s far more there than I could cover here. If you’ve played the game to fruition and were waiting for a little something extra to come back, this may very well be it. If nothing else, to at least reinstall and get your epilogue and companion closure.
Those are the main takeaways from Patch 5 to Baldur’s Gate 3. We have a very healthy library of BG3 guides here on GameSkinny, consider checking them out. You can learn how to get worshiped by the Kuo-toa, how to get the Jack of All Trades achievement, or how to get the Sword of Chaos.