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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

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

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn cover
Black Isle Studios
2000-2006 Interplay Entertainment
2006-2013 Atari
2013-present Beamdog
Retail (Japan) Sega
Mac OS, OS X MacPlay
Release dates
Windows September 24, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) October 15, 2001
macOS (OS X) December 5, 2003
Linux October 14, 2014
Metacritic 95
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Baldur's Gate
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Baldur's Gate
Subseries of Dungeons & Dragons
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
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2021
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II 2022
Baldur's Gate 3 2023

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric RPG game in the Baldur's Gate series.

General information

Unofficial Wiki Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Using most installation settings, the game will prompt a certain numbered disc to be used during gameplay in order to access the files needed for them. If installed using full settings, the user won't need to swap discs to progress, but will still need the first disc to play.
Mac OS
Complete edition; bundled with Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.[1]
macOS (OS X)
A free demo version is available from

Version differences

The Complete edition includes the base game and the Throne of Bhaal expansion.
The retail-only Collection edition additionally contains additional items, character portraits and soundtrack.
The version of the game from 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).[citation needed]


DLC and expansion packs

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

Essential improvements


The official patches for Shadows of Amn are available from Patches-Scrolls.
The official patches for Throne of Bhaal (26498 and 26499 beta) are available from Patches-Scrolls.
Mirrors for both are available from

Skip intro videos

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

Baldur's Gate II Fixpack

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.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
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

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Widescreen Mod.
Use Widescreen Mod.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Causes screen flickering on Nvidia cards, see Screen flickering.
60 FPS and 120+ 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.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Character sound settings.
Character sound settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Ambient, sound effects, voice, music and video.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0,[2] EAX 2[3]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation by Avengers of Balduran - link
Official localization by «Akella» – local retail and version.
Fan translation by Refilerlink
An improved translation by Clan DLAN is available.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Co-op
Online play
6 Co-op
The official service has been shut down.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Assertion Failed

ChDimm.cpp at line number 805 or 834[4]
Appears if the installation directory shifted or the game is moved across systems.
  1. Open baldur.ini, and check the [alias] section
  2. Change the installation folders to match the installation directory, and save changes
  3. Relaunch the game.

If it still fails, it should be corrected on a reinstall.

Screen flickering

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 bgmain.exe.
  5. Manually disable v-sync and triple buffering.
  6. Accept

"Not enough free disk space" error followed by shut down on large capacity partitions

Install Windows compatibility fix
  1. Download custom compatibility fix from here.
  2. Either use command line to install the compatibility file or run the batch file as an administrator to do it automatically.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 2.0
OpenGL 1.2
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes


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.[5]
The 'Trilogy' mod (also referred to 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).[6]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5.0 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).