Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn cover
Black Isle Studios
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
Windows September 24, 2000
Mac OS September 2001
macOS (OS X) April 18, 2014[1]
Linux October 14, 2014
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Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate 1998
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2000
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 2012
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 2013

For the Enhanced Edition released in 2013, see Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.

Key points

The version is patched for compatibility with modern systems.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by default; increasing affects game speed.

General information

Baldur's Gate Wiki Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Mac OS
Bundled with Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.[2] Includes Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal expansion.
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

The version is pre-patched for modern systems and includes the expansion.
Older versions, such as the original release, may have issues running on newer machines.
The Dungeons & Dragons Classic Anthology has issues installing on newer operating systems and needs a workaround for the Tutu mod (see Baldur's Gate Tutu).

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Throne of Bhaal
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename Movies.bif[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename Movies.bif


Patches are available to fix various issues.


Baldur's Gate Tutu[edit]

The 'Tutu' mod known as BG1Tutu allows the importing of Baldur's Gate files into the Baldur's Gate II engine. For the Dungeons & Dragons Anthology: The Master Collection version copy BGate2.mpi from the CD into the installation folder prior to installing Tutu.[3]

Baldur's Gate II Fixpack[edit]

The BG2 Fixpack is a WeiDU compilation of fixes for Baldur's Gate II. Several modders began working on a new WeiDU fixpack to address the numerous bugs that have been identified. Fixpack currently includes all of the fixes addressed by Baldurdash (including the Game Text Update) and several hundred new bugfixes. The project is ongoing.

Baldur's Gate Trilogy[edit]

The 'Trilogy' mod known as BGT is an alternative to Tutu that also allows the importing of Baldur's Gate files into the Baldur's Gate II engine. In addition, BGT uses a dynamic system to transfer players from the end of Baldur's Gate to the beginning of Baldur's Gate II. For the Dungeons & Dragons Anthology: The Master Collection digital version, simply rename the Baldur's Gate folder to Baldurs Gate without the apostrophe to make it command-line syntax friendly. NOTE: Must have both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II installed and their correlating expansions (Tales of the Sword Coast and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal).[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Widescreen Mod.
Use Widescreen Mod.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Causes screen flickering on Nvidia cards, see Screen flickering.
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by default. Frame rate can be customized in the game's .ini file up to 60 FPS; however, frame rate is tied directly to the game's clock and changing it will change the game speed.
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Character sound settings.
Character sound settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Ambient, sound effects, voice, music and video.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0,[5] EAX 2[6]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Co-op
Online play
6 Co-op

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Screen flickering[edit]

Screen flickering on Nvidia cards[citation needed]
Turn off Vsync and triple buffering in driver control panel.
  1. Open driver control panel.
  2. Go to Manage 3D Settings (from the list on the left side) in Nvidia Control Panel.
  3. Select Program Settings Tab on the right window.
  4. Add baldur.exe (go to the folder where the game is intalled).
  5. Manually disable v-sync and triple buffering.
  6. Accept

Windows 10[edit]

  • the nvidia fix above is relevant, desktop+game becomes crazy slow without doing that
  • "sc [start|stop] secdrv" is needed [before|after] playing (this ms util allows games to access some hardware directly and may be needed for many older games)
  • in file Baldur edit in a new line "Full Screen=0"; you'll have better luck getting things running running in a window to begin with
  • have your CD in the drive when game starts, it will be asked for
  • as with any other old game, edit Properties of icon and select compatibility mode

It's worth noting there are cost effective re-releases and for ~ $15 I suggest don't be miserly and do that. I played Icewind Dale on a modern iMac: the screen resolution was better, the text more readable, and using a "magic mouse" to help navigation is quite nice. Quite pleasant compared to the "old un-maintained pc version".

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, XP 98, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 200 MHz 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5.0 compatible


  1. Mac versions, new language packs for D&D games and others -
  2. Update: 60% / 85% off Enhanced Editions: Baldur's Gate I & II, Icewind Dale Original & Enhanced to become the Definitive Edition Bundle -
  3. Dungeons and Dragons Anthology Installation and EasyTuTu - Pocket Plane Group forums
  4. Bought D&D Anthology from GamersGate, BG1TOTSC crashes before game loads - The BioWare Forum
  5. Bladur's Gate II sera A3D 2 -
  6. EAX® to EAX® 4.0 ADVANCED HD™ -