Baldur’s Gate 3 may be the best DnD game ever made, but no game is perfect and, even before the game came out, a voracious Baldur’s Gate 3 mods community had already sprung up to build its own expansions, improvements, additions, and reimaginings to the game. We’ve tried out a fair few of them to bring you this guide to the best BG3 mods available.
Developer Larian Studios has always been pro-modding, and consistently promised Baldurs’ Gate 3 would have mod support upon full release, just like its previous Divinity Original Sin games. The community’s a little in flux in the immediate aftermath of release, but soon enough we’ll be seeing an explosion of new modding.
If you’re just getting started with BG3, we’d recommend holding off on too much modding, at least til you’ve learned the ropes. Why not start with our guides to Baldur’s Gate 3 classes and Baldur’s Gate 3 races, before learning about the ten BG3 companions and the BG3 romances your character can pursue?
For the mod-centric player, though..
The best Baldur’s Gate 3 mods are:
Unless you’re the DM (or responsible for bringing the snacks) the most important part of preparing for any D&D game is character creation. That’s true in Baldur’s Gate 3 as well, where you surely want to make the character you’ll be playing for hours look just right.
Baldur’s Gate 3 already has a pretty good character creator, but Customizer’s Compendium adds a ton of new options. With its help you’ll be able to give your tiefling horns that are the perfect kind of curvy, or provide your elf with the ideal haircut.
This includes providing new, more powerful spells for Wizards and other spellcasting classes, giving Fighters extra attacks, and a whole heap of other changes. If you want to make your BG3 character super powerful, this is the mod for you.
It’s worth noting that this mod is currently only compatible with Patch 7. Its creator says the new Patch 8 version will be released under a new name: BG3 Beyond.
Basket full of equipment
We always love mods that add more stuff to a game, and Basket Full of Equipment is just that for Baldur’s Gate 3. Adding over 500 new pieces of equipment to the game, this mod is perfect if you want to play dress up with your character. It’s updated to Patch 8, though the mod maker says the latest patch has messed up a lot of the colours of equipment.
There are a few custom spells in the basket – mostly cosmetic related, such as a spell to clean your party of blood and grime, or to hide a character while taking screenshots. There’s also a NSFW version of this mod that lets you dress up your characters (extra) sexy, if that’s your kinda thing.
We’ve said it previously, and we’ll say it again: Baldur’s Gate 3 does a brilliant job of emulating the feel of D&D 5e. That said, while it includes many of the best DnD spells, much of the spell list is missing. If only there was a mod, perhaps named something nice and straightforward like 5e spells, that could fill in the gaps.