Pillars of Eternity

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Pillars of Eternity
Pillars of Eternity cover
Obsidian Entertainment
Paradox Interactive
Unity 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows March 26, 2015
macOS (OS X) March 26, 2015
Linux March 26, 2015
Metacritic 89
OpenCritic 89
Monetization Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Isometric
Controls Point and select
Genres RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Pillars of Eternity
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General information

Official Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Official forums at Obsidian.net


Version differences[edit]

The Hero Edition contains the Base Game.
The Champion Edition contains the Base Game, the Digital Original Soundtrack, the Digital Campaign Almanac, a Digital Hi-Res Game Map, the "Making Of" Documentary, Wallpapers, and Ringtones.
The Royal Edition contains the Champion Edition and a Digital Novella by Chris Avellone, a Digital Collector's Book PDF, Hi-Res Concept Art, and a Digital Strategy Guide.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Champion Edition Upgrade Pack
macOS (OS X)
Royal Edition Upgrade Pack
macOS (OS X)
The White March
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Obsidian Entertainment\Pillars of Eternity\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\ParadoxInteractive.PillarsofEternity-MicrosoftStor_zfnrdv2de78ny\SystemAppData\Helium
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Preferences/unity.Obsidian Entertainment.Pillars of Eternity.plist
Linux $HOME/.config/unity3d/Obsidian Entertainment/Pillars of Eternity/
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Pillars of Eternity\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Pillars of Eternity/Saved Games/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/PillarsOfEternity/SavedGames/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Cross-platform sync between Mac and Windows not yet implemented (as of version 3.07)
Xbox Cloud


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
The "Fullscreen" ingame option is actually borderless windowed mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Added in Patch 1.03 as the "Graphics Quality" slider
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Color blind mode


Input settings.
Input settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Slider for master, music, effects and voice volume.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashing at start[edit]

Delete corrupted fonts[2]
  1. Start command line as administrator, command line can be found at Start menu.
  2. Enter command attrib -r -s c:/Windows/Fonts
  3. Navigate to the Windows font folder: C:/Windows/Fonts
  4. Locate font called UNCL and delete it.
  5. Return to the command line window and enter command attrib +r +s c:/Windows/Fonts to restore attributes of the Fonts folder.


If the game still doesn't start, locate and open game's error.log file. At the beginning of the file there should be list of files with .TTF extension, use guide above to remove these files from Fonts folder.

Cage cursor option not working[edit]

There seems to be an issue with Cage cursor option, where the game is not locking mouse cursor to the game window/screen on multi-monitor system each time player changes location.
Alt-tab from the game and return back[citation needed]

Blurred image[edit]

The game does not support anti-aliasing, forcing AA via drivers will cause undesirably strong image blur.
Disable anti-aliasing in the graphics driver[3]

No ultra wide screen resolution on Linux[edit]

Some Linux distributions have reported that they can't set ultra widescreen resolutions (21:9) in the options menu.
Work around[citation needed]
  1. Set the resolution to 1280x720 and untick the Fullscreen box.
  2. Maximize the windows
  3. It should now have adjusted to fit your native resolution. It work after restart as well.


This was tested on a tiling window manager (i3) and steps might vary depending on the window manager.

Slow loading screens on some system configurations[edit]

The auto-save feature cannot be disabled and will save during every area transition. As the game progresses and the save file size increases, this can cause loading times to increase.
Update and mod[citation needed]
  1. On the title screen of Pillars of Eternity, in the lower left corner is the game's version number.
  2. Download IE Mod for that version.
  3. Follow instructions for installation of the mod.
  4. Run the game, start a new game or load a saved game.
  5. Enter the menu and press the IE Mod button.
  6. Change Autosave Frequency as desired.


Only download the mod made for your current version. There may not be one for your version if you've recently updated. Using an older version can cause the game to crash.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-2100T 2.5 GHz
AMD Phenom II X3 B73 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 4850
512 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.3 Leopard 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-540M 2.53 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 330M
ATI Radeon HD 6750M
1 GB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-2100T 2.5 GHz
AMD Phenom II X3 B73 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 4850
512 MB of VRAM


  1. Unity engine build: 4.7.0f1[1]