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
Interplay Entertainment
Mac OS MacPlay
OS X MacPlay
Japan Sega
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 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 EA

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

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Mac OS
Bundled with Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.[1] 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).

DLC and expansion packs

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.[2]

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).[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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.


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,[4] EAX 2[5]


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 ClanDLAN is available.


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Assertion Failed[edit]

ChDimm.cpp at line number 805 or 834[6]
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[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 bgmain.exe (go to the folder where the game is intalled).
  5. Manually disable v-sync and triple buffering.
  6. Accept

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

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

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes

System requirements[edit]

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).