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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition cover
Release dates
Windows March 27, 2018
macOS (OS X) March 27, 2018
Linux March 27, 2018
OpenCritic 55
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Neverwinter Nights
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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Wikipedia
Neverwinter Nights
Subseries of Dungeons & Dragons
Neverwinter Nights (1991) 1991
Neverwinter Nights 2002
Neverwinter Nights 2 2006
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition 2018

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is an enhanced release of the 2002 fantasy role-playing game Neverwinter Nights and its following expansions: Shadows of Undrentide, Hordes of the Underdark and Kingmaker. The rest of the premium modules are sold as separate DLC. The changes include a visual upgrade, updated interface and gameplay changes based on community requests. Also included is a new master server lookup.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Blog about enhancements, modules, patches
Community Grand Central


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Limited local release.[1]
Developer website A Beamdog account is needed to download, as well as the Beamdog client.
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Includes Neverwinter Nights: Diamond.
The default Windows version is 64-bit; a separate set of 32-bit installers is also available.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Dark Dreams of Furiae
macOS (OS X)
Darkness Over Daggerford
macOS (OS X)
Heroes of Neverwinter
macOS (OS X)
Infinite Dungeons
macOS (OS X)
Pirates of the Sword Coast
macOS (OS X)
Tyrants of the Moonsea
macOS (OS X)
Wyvern Crown of Cormyr
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements

Enable Player Party Control

Set in settings.tml.[2][3]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Neverwinter Nights.
  2. Open settings.tml in a text editor.
  3. Change player-party-control = false to player-party-control = true.


Allows players to control their non-PC party members in the same way as DMs do. ie like the player character, but requiring holding keys to differentiate.
Hold Ctrl while clicking or dragging to select party member(s). Hold Shift to direct them like the player character.
Some commands such as use will still only command the player character; what works is mainly just telling party members where to go and what to attack.

Henchman Inventory & Battle AI Mod

Configurable mod to improve general AI and interactions with your AI companions.
Choosing AI options and installing.
  1. Download and run Main install exe.
  2. Change Destination Directory to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Neverwinter Nights\override
  3. Select which components of the AI mod you want to install.
  4. Select Install.


Includes improved battle tactics for all NPCs, especially with regard to weapon switching and spell casting.
Allows random roaming capability for monsters.
Enables access to the inventory of familiars and animal companions.
Allows for more useful henchman behavior (buffing, item-gathering) outside battle.
Improves feat and spell selection for The Wailing Death's companions.
Not enabled by default options include replacing Bag of Holding with Large Box, the ability for monsters to open and/or unlock doors, and K2's inventory stackable hak.

NWN Mod Installer Tool - NIT

Software made for ease of use in organizing and managing, installing, and uninstalling mods and their dependencies for the original and Enhanced Editions.
Can download mods directly from Neverwinter Vault Links.
Auto converts movie videos from BIK to WBM for the Enhanced Edition.
Constructs installers from many different formats while allowing for editing the installation files.
Handles the userpatch.ini automatically for what patch mods are installed.

Faster Rest

Shortens rest time from 10 seconds to 3 seconds for all player levels.
File can be opened in a text editor to edit rest times for each level, 1-60.

Helmet and Cloak Visibility Toggle Mod

Toggle via ingame chat.
  1. Save the github's files into %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Neverwinter Nights or use NIT, so that the scripts in the downloaded override folder are pasted into your installation's override folder.
  2. When ingame, enable debug mode by entering ##DebugMode 1 into the chat.
  3. Toggle helmet visibility by entering ##dm_runscript toggle_helmet into the chat, and/or toggle cloak visibility by entering ##dm_runscript toggle_cloak into the chat.
  4. Disable debug mode by entering ##DebugMode 0 into the chat.


These commands can be assigned to quickslot macros to toggle with ease.
Macros are part of save data, so they will be lost if you load an older save.
Visibility is applied to the gear you are wearing itself rather than the gear slot on your character. It will need to be reapplied each time you equip a new helmet and/or cloak, but that also means you can visibility toggle gear before giving it to your party members.

Inventory Sort

Provides an inventory manager that works with any NWN game (even ones in progress).
Sorts PC / henchmen inventory by placing items with same base type next to each other.
Has a secondary function for dropping useless inventory junk on ground.
Is implemented by adding a console command that will give the player character a feat called "Player Tool 10" to use to sort.
May cause plot of some modules to break when used, so keep a save before using it for the first time.

Game data

Game settings.
Game settings.
Feedback settings.
Feedback settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Neverwinter Nights\*.ini
macOS (OS X)
Linux $HOME/.local/share/Neverwinter Nights/
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 %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Neverwinter Nights\saves\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Documents/Neverwinter Nights/saves/
Linux $HOME/.local/share/Neverwinter Nights/saves/
Save files from the original Neverwinter Nights are compatible with the Enhanced Edition.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Update 1.69(A) 22 March 2017 on GOG Galaxy added support for cloud saves in GOG Galaxy 1.2 or newer.
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Basic video settings.
Basic video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Alt+ Enter to switch between fullscreen and windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)


Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Limited. Cannot rebind hotbar keys for example. Best workaround is autohotkey scripts.
Mouse acceleration
Follows windows settings. Called "Enhance pointer precision" in windows
Mouse sensitivity
Follows windows settings as long as hardware-pointer = true is on in settings.tml (It is by default)
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Basic audio settings.
Basic audio settings.
Advanced audio settings.
Advanced audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound Effects, Voices, Music
Surround sound
While DirectSound 3D and thus EAX support has been removed. The new audio system, wwise, has been set up correctly to run it through software. So most effects like ambient sounds are heard as 3D position sound sources still.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Does not mute by default. Can be enabled with Special K
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
64 Co-op, Versus
Co-op, PvP and even MMO like persistent worlds are available. The entire game was built to be playable in multiplayer co-op, but the expansions were not, though fan-mods exist to fix the issues presents in the expansions to allow them to completed in multiplayer as well. The enhanced edition has made it easier to play on persistent worlds by allowing automatic download of assets.

Issues fixed

(NVIDIA) NWN Toolset crashes when area view is loaded

Recent NVIDIA drivers cause the NWN Toolset area view to crash the entire toolset upon loading.[4]
Disable Threaded Optimization[5][6]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 3.3
Executable 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Support for 32-bit systems was discontinued on December 3, 2019 with patch 1.79.[7] The last 32-bit version is kept in a Steam beta branch and a bonus installer.
macOS (OS X)
Support for 32-bit systems was discontinued on December 3, 2019 with patch 1.79.[7] ARM support was added in 2021.[8]
Support for 32-bit systems was discontinued on December 3, 2019 with patch 1.79.[7]


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL Wwise audio package


Enhanced Player Portrait Pack

A large general purpose package of diverse portraits made for players of the Arelith persistent world mod.

Beamdog's HD Art Pack - With Community Fixes

The official HD model and texture pack for the Enhanced Edition with optimization and model fixes and additional effects by the community.
The same lead artist, Bill Harper, has been continuing to make HD assets for parts not covered already by the pack such as:

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-32xx
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) 2 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.3 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.11 (El Capitan)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-32xx
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) 2 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.3 compatible
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 18.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-32xx
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) 2 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.3 compatible


  1. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition - - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Youtube - How to control henchmen the new way - Let's Learn Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition - last accessed on May 2023
  3. Patch 8193.32: Apple M1 support, Performance Improvements & more! - last accessed on 31-08-2022
    "Added a setting that allows players to control their non-PC party members in the same way as DMs do (drag, Ctrl+click, etc). This is off by default, and can be enabled in server settings."
  4. NWN Toolset: Enhanced Edition. Try the new updates and share your feedback - last accessed on 2019-11-01
    "Hey guys, we hope you're enjoying it! We've confirmed an issue with the latest Nvidia drivers and the toolset, and it affects not only our update but the current stable release. If you have a Nvidia card and experience this, you can try rolling back your drivers to the last update and chance are you'll be back in the modding busines"
  5. Steam Community Discussion - NWN Toolset crashes when Area view is loaded (comment #2) - last accessed on 2019-11-01
    "Turn off Threaded Optimization in the Nvidia control panel"
  6. Verified by User:Expack3 on 2019-11-01
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Steam :: Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition :: Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition 1.79 Stable - last accessed on 2019-12-03
    "Both client and server are now 64bit binaries. We do not provide 32bit binaries anymore as of this patch."
  8. Patch 8193.33: Pathfinding Improvements & Bug Fixes - last accessed on 2021-11-04