Tweaks Anthology Content Changes

These components make alterations to content in order to provide a better player experience.

More Interjections

One of the more common triggers for dialogue interjections does not quite work as well as intended--Irenicus not realizing Yoshimo is in your party at Spellhold is a common example in Baldur's Gate II. This component will interactively replace these faulty triggers with a simple in-party check, similar to the Valen or Solaufein mods. The net result is that some characters may be chiming in on conversations from half-a-map away, but it also means no more silliness such as Irenicus missing Yoshimo when he's standing four feet away. If party members are in another area, this component could cause some dialogues to exit early. This component will affect all dialogues and scripts in the game, including ones introduced by mods that use the IsValidForPartyDialogue trigger, provided this component is installed after them.

Alter HP Triggers for NPC Wounded Dialogues

Many NPCs have banters for when they are wounded. However, the triggers are typically for HP levels so low that many players never see them. This component will raise the HP trigger level so that the player has a better chance of seeing these dialogues.

Reveal Wilderness Areas Before Chapter Six

This component will allow you to travel to the three wilderness areas from the City Gates area at any point in the game. Previously, the Small Teeth Pass, North Forest, and Forest of Tethyr areas were not available until chapter six. Please note that while not incompatible per se, this may cause conflicts with mods that set encounters in these areas that assume you've completed the story through chapter six.

Make Cloakwood Areas Available Before Completing the Bandit Camp

This component will allow you to travel to the Cloakwood forest from a nearby area prior to completing the Bandit Camp. This will allow you to explore, complete Cloakwood quests, and pick up Cloakwood NPCs earlier in the game. The component has two options: open up the first area only (with the lodge and Aldeth Sashenstar) or open up all four wilderness areas, leaving just the mines themselves inaccessible until after the Bandit Camp.

This functionality is also available from the BG1 NPC Project.

Improved Athkatlan City Guard

The Amnish guards aren't really tough enough to keep the peace in the cities, what with all the thieves and vampires around. This component makes the various Amnish guards and the like slightly tougher, and gives them a chance of summoning backup in the form of either another guard, a Sanctioned Wizard or a Militia Cleric.

Please note that the guards aren't amazing killing machines, and this isn't aiming to make the game a hardcore battle experience. You won't get much XP or loot for randomly going around killing soldiers, either. But it might make such activities a little more interesting.

Gradual Drow Item Disintegration

Rather than your drow items turning to dust immediately upon exiting the Underdark, they will gradually degrade over time. They also have a chance to break every time they are used in combat. Please note that this component adds a number of item checks to the main game script; as such it can cause slowdowns when you have a very large number of items in your inventory and bags of holding.

Breakable Nonmagical Armor, Helms, and Shields

The iron crisis in the Sword Coast means that nonmagical iron weapons can break when used in combat. This component will extend the same vulnerability to nonmagical iron armor, helmets, and shields to close an oversight by the game.

This tweak is not available for Baldur's Gate Trilogy as it contains this functionality by default.

Improved Multi-Player Kick-out Dialogues
BGEE, BG2EE, IWDEE, EET, BG (requires TotSC), BG2, BGT, Tutu, IWD-in-BG2

This allows you to ask multi-player created NPCs to "wait here" or go to a nearby meeting place. For BG2EE/EET/BG2/BGT, options are added to send NPCs to the Copper Coronet or the Pocket Plane. For BGEE/EET/BG/Tutu, options are added to send NPCs to the Friendly Arms Inn, Jovial Juggler in Beregost, the Temple of Helm in Nashkel, or the Elfsong in Baldur's Gate. For IWDEE/IWD-in-BG2, options are added for the Winter's Cradle Tavern in Easthaven, the Root Cellar in Kuldahar, or the Whistling Gallows in Lonelywood.

Send BioWare NPCs to an Inn (DavidW/Zed Nocear)
BG (requires TotSC)

"One of the nice features of BG2 is the ability to ask NPCs to meet you somewhere else, rather than just getting them to stand around forlornly. This component introduces this feature for the "core" BG NPCs. You can send them to the Friendly Arm Inn, the Elfsong Tavern in Baldur's Gate (from chapter 5), the Nashkel Inn (if you've been to Nashkel), or the Jovial Juggler in Beregost (if you've been to Beregost). You can't send them there from Balduran's Isle, the Ice Island, the Candlekeep dungeons, or the lower levels of Durlag's Tower.

"To send someone to an inn, first kick them out of the party. Then talk to them - you should be given the opportunity to ask them to go to an inn and await you there."

If you would like this component for other platforms, check out BG1 NPC or Sword Coast Stratagems.

Add Bags of Holding
BGEE, BG2EE, EET, BG2, IWD (requires Heart of Winter), BGT, Tutu, IWD-in-BG2

For Baldur's Gate content, this component will add a gem bag to the Friendly Arm Inn store, a scroll case at the High Hedge, an ammo belt to Thunderhammer Smithy, a potion case to the Nashkel General Store, and a bag of holding at the Sorcerous Sundries in Baldur's Gate.

For Baldur's Gate II content, this component adds potion cases to the stores of Roger the Fence and Mrs. Cragmoon and ammo belts to the stores of the Trademeet blacksmith and Perter.

For Icewind Dale content, Heart of Winter added support for bags of holding, and scattered a few scroll cases and gem bags about the game. Trials of the Luremaster added bags of holding, but only to its new areas. This component adds ammo belts throughout the game as well as adding some bags of holding to the original Icewind Dale and Heart of Winter areas. This component also alters normal bags of holding (both the TotLM ones as well as the new ones) to hold any type of items. By default, you could not place armor, miscellaneous items, and some shields into them. Ammo belts are added to Conlan, Lehland, Emmeric, and Hobart (TotLM) and Bags of Holding are added to Orrick the Grey, Bandoth, and Kiernan Nye (TotLM).

Portable Containers (Zed Nocear)
BG (requires TotSC)

When Baldur's Gate was created, it was not designed with bags of holding in mind. Tioma's Ease-of-Use and Chosen of Mystra's Dark Side of the Sword Coast have methods that worked but were limited. Now there is another. Using Zed Nocear's work from the Polish mod Tajemnice Wybrzeza Mieczy (Mysteries of the Sword Coast), this component adds five portable containers to the game. These are different from containers in other games such as BG2 because of engine differences.

Exotic Items Pack

This component adds a handful of weapons and items available in Baldur's Gate II and scatters them throughout stores, creatures, and containers in the Baldur's Gate portion of the game. Items include katanas, wakizashis, scimitars, ninja-tos, bags/quivers of plenty, ioun stones, and a handful of spell scrolls. However, please note that the items have been placed with an eye towards balance and likelihood that they would be on the Sword Coast at all. The exceptions are scimitars, which are definitely less exotic than the other items and hence more plentiful.

This component also fixes a known bug in the game, in that the merchant at Gullykin and the Helm temple in Nashkel shared the same store file.

Reveal City Maps

In Baldur's Gate II, city maps were revealed as soon as you entered the area. For Baldur's Gate content, this component will reveal the maps of Baldur's Gate, Nashkel, Beregost, Candlekeep, and (if Tales of the Sword Coast is installed) Ulgoth's Beard. For Icewind Dale content, the maps of Easthaven, Kuldahar, and Lonelywood will be revealed.

Do Not Reveal City Maps

In Baldur's Gate II, city maps were revealed as soon as you entered the area. This component will change BG2 city maps to no longer be revealed, forcing exploration of the area.

Add Map Notes
Tutu, IWD-in-BG2

This component will add map notes to many areas throughout the game, including some wilderness areas. This process is done interactively, so no areas are overwritten.

Stores Sell Larger Stacks of Items
All games except PsT, PsTEE

This component will alter all stores in the game to use higher stacks of arrows, bolts, bullets, darts, throwing axes, throwing daggers, and (where available) throwing hammers. This component will affect all stores in the game, including ones introduced by mods.

Reputation Resets at Beginning of BG2

When making the transition from the end of Baldur's Gate to the beginning of Baldur's Gate II, this component will reset the party's reputation back to its default value (from 8-12, depending on the protagonist's alignment). It doesn't make sense that the party could emerge from the opening dungeon, head over to the Adventurer's Mart, and get hero discounts (or villain markups) from Ribald. Despite the events of Baldur's Gate, the protagonist and the party are more or less unknown in Amn.

Gems and Potions Require Identification
All games except PsT, PsTEE

This component assigns a lore value to gems and potions, meaning that they now require identification. Lore value is calculated by an algorithm based on the value of the item, but smaller gems and lesser potions should still be fairly easy to identify by the party. The component has the option to be applied to just gems, just potions, or both.

Shapeshifter Rebalancing (Weimer)

Please note that this is a legacy component from Wes Weimer's Ease of Use mod. Wes typically designed for balance under the assumption that people would have the Tactics mod installed, so this is probably overpowered for most normal games. The rest of the description is from the original Ease of Use readme:

Shapeshifter abilities now create "symbolic paws". When you wield one you turn into a Werewolf, when you remove it you're human again. There are no possible exploits and you may choose whether to put the paw in your on-hand or off-hand. Since your off-hand THAC0 as a pure druid is, shall we say, sub-optimal, I recommend the on-hand. This fixes the bug where the Shapeshifter's paws could be dispelled and then any weapon could be put in their place. That exploit essentially gave you two extra attacks with whatever you wanted, plus all the werewolf powers.

This also fixes a "bug" where attributes of the CRE file for "PC polymorphed into a Werewolf" were not actually given to the PC by the Polymorph opcode. For a normal werewolf:

You Were Supposed to Receive... You Actually Received...
Base magic resistance 20% Magic resistance locked at 20%
Immunity to normal weapons Nothing
Paw does 1d12 slashing damage Paw does 1d6 piercing damage

For the greater werewolf:

You Were Supposed to Receive... You Actually Received...
THAC0 of 6 Nothing
Saves 1/1/1/2/1 Nothing
Base elemental resistance of 50% Elemental resistance locked at 50%
Base magic resistance of 40% Magic resistance locked at 40%
Immunity to normal weapons Nothing
Paw is +3 weapon Paw is +2 weapon
Paw does 2d8 slashing damage Paw does 1d6 piercing damage
Regeneration of 3 HP per second Nothing

To see this for yourself, check out werewodr.cre, weregrdr.cre, brbrp.itm, etc.

The "Rebalancing" gives a greater werewolf shapeshifter the +7 HP per Level due to a fighter with 25 CON (before you just got +2). Most importantly, shapeshifters may now cast spells while shapechanged. Yuan-Ti, Githyanki, Sahuagin, etc. can all cast spells--why not wolfmen?

In addition, the Druid spell choices were a bit weak in some areas, so some Priest-only spells were made Priest-Druid: Sanctuary (sylvan sanctuaries abound), Chant (they got Bless, why not Chant?), Zone of Sweet Air (sounds nature-y to me!), Glyph of Warding (no excuse, but they need a damaging spell here that isn't Call Lightning), Righteous Magic (listen to Jaheira for a while and tell me she's not Righteous ... more importantly, if they're going to tank around they need some extra help).

Finally, 99% of all sixth-level druid spell slots go to "Summon Fire Elemental". You can get a 24 hit dice monster with +4 claws that lasts for hours with that spell. It's so much better than the 7th level "Summon Earth Elemental" that it isn't funny. The other 6th-level summons just don't come close. To give you some actual choices, "Conjure Animals" has been changed to summon two 20 HD Greater Bearweres (they're like Greater Wolfweres). However, the duration remains 4 turns. Do you want Fire Elementals forever or Mighty Big Tanks for a short time? You decide.

Multiple Strongholds (Sabre, Baldurdash, Weimer)

This component comes in two variants. The first is the original from Ease of Use, which allows any character, regardless of class, to acquire as many strongholds as wanted. The second variant is similar, but retains the class restrictions--so a fighter-mage can acquire the Planar Sphere and de'Arnise Keep, but would not be offered the Thieves' Guild or membership in the Noble Order of the Radiant Heart. In the original game, you were also not able to decline the Five Flagons Playhouse, the cabin in the Umar Hills, or the Druid Grove. In either variant of this component, the player can now decline these strongholds when offered.

Bonus Merchants (Baldurdash, Weimer)

This adds Joluv and Diedre to the Copper Coronet and Ribald's Mart, respectively.

Female Edwina (Davide Carte, Wendy Yung, Weimer)

This patch gives Edwina a female portrait to go with her female soundset and female paper doll. This patch was originally written by Davide Carte. This version includes Wendy Yung's "Edwina" portrait, a modified version of the original BG2 art (thus it looks seamlessly like part of the original game).

You can override the portrait by putting your own Royo4L.bmp and Royo4S.bmp files in the override directory.

Romance Bug Fixes (Sabre, Richardson)
Skipped if already fixed by the BG2 Fixpack

This module applies some bug fixes to the romance scripts. It's highly recommended that you at least install this module to fix a few glitches in the original game romance scripts. If the BG2 Fixpack is installed, this component will be skipped as this fix is already included in the Fixpack Core Fixes.

Imoen ToB Dialogue Fix (jcompton)
BG2 (requires ToB), BGT
Skipped if already fixed by the BG2 Fixpack

This fixes about 15 places where Imoen had banter dialogue in ToB but you couldn't see it because of a spelling error in the game. If the BG2 Fixpack is installed, this component will be skipped as this fix is already included in the Fixpack Core Fixes.

Use BG Walking Speeds

From Tutufix, this will make humanoids walk slower, as they did in the original Baldur's Gate. While it's most useful for Tutu and BGT players, you will be able to install it on several other platforms. Because the animations were not meant to walk at these slower speeds, the player may experience some quirkiness when interacting with haste/slow effects or polymorphs.

Allow Cromwell to Upgrade Watcher's Keep Items
BG2EE, EET, BG2 (requires ToB), BGT

It's never made sense to me that Cromwell can forge armor out of red dragon scales, ankheg shells, and shadow dragon armor--but doesn't even acknowledge the white dragon scales you can acquire in Watcher's Keep. This component will allow Cromwell to forge items found in Watcher's Keep using the same formulae as Cespenar. (Note that only the formulae using items you can legally obtain in SoA are implemented; if you cheat in a component from Sendai's Enclave you'll still be out of luck.) This component will allow the party to obtain some high-level items in Shadows of Amn, so be warned that this may ruin the balance in SoA and make the remainder of the game fairly easy. The component will make one minor tweak to Cespenar as well--normally, he can only add the electric head to the Flail of Ages after the poison head has been attached. This component will allow him to add the heads in any order.

Adjust Cromwell's Forging Time

When you commission Cromwell for a special item, he says the forging will take a day to complete. In BG2, the forging is actually instant and in BG2EE the forging actually takes 24 hours (16 hours of work plus 8 hours of sleep). This component allows you to choose the length of forging time to be instant (like BG2), a full 24 hours (like BG2EE), or a third option that takes a workday (eight hours) to forge items.

Give Cespenar Cromwell's Recipes
BG2EE, EET, BG2 (requires ToB), BGT

Much like the previous component, Cespenar's inability to forge shadow or red dragon scales into armor is nonsensical. This component will allow Cespenar to forge the same eight items that Cromwell can, with the same components and prices. Also like the previous components, this will make one minor tweak to Cespenar as well--normally, he can only add the electric head to the Flail of Ages after the poison head has been attached. This component will allow him to add the heads in any order.

Friendly Arm Inn Hidden Container Restoration (plainab)
BG (without TotSC)

There is a hidden container with a magic ring in early versions of Baldur's Gate. It was removed with the 4315 patch, then restored with Tales of the Sword Coast. If you don't have the official expansion, then this will restore this very helpful Easter egg.

Move NPCs from Baldur's Gate

Adapted from the BG1 NPC Project mod, this component moves Alora, Quayle and Tiax so they can be found earlier in the game, and is compatible with Send BioWare NPC's to an Inn. You must start a new game for these changes to take effect on non-BGT games.

Alora will be found in Gullykin, near the winery door. Her initial dialog has been changed to reflect her new location. (Note: Dialog may not change in games without Tales of the Sword Coast installed.)

Quayle will be available at the Nashkel Carnival near the Great Gazib. No change to his initial dialog was required or made.

Tiax will start on the first floor of Feldpost's Inn. There is no change to his initial dialog.

Bardic Reputation Adjustment
BG (requires TotSC)

This component was also modified from the BG1 NPC Project. From the Readme:

This component places three Bards in three inns scattered on the Sword Coast. Each can be hired to spread your fearsome reputation around, decreasing your reputation. The amount of money this costs is dependent on your current reputation and how much of a reputation hit you seek. This allows players to manipulate reputation both upwards through temple donations, and downwards through the spread of rumors (for those of us who hate killing an innocent just to keep neutral or evil NPCs happy).

Change Cloakwood Mine Chapter End Change Trigger to Non-TotSC Behavior (plainab) (BETA)
BGEE, EET, BG (requires TotSC), BGT, Tutu

In basic Baldur's Gate the Cloakwood Mine chapter did not end with the death of Daveorn. It ended when you tried to leave the level after his death, whether by the lift or back up the stairs. This component restores that method, allowing you to plunder his lair first.

NOTE: This component is considered BETA because it has had only limited testing.

Game Ends When the Main Character Dies

By default, in IWD-in-BG2 - as with the original IWD - the game ends only when the whole party is killed. If you install this component, the game instead behaves like Baldur's Gate: if your main character dies, it's game over.

NPCs Respond to the Main Character, Not to Whichever Character Talks to Them

By default, in IWD-in-BG2 - as with the original IWD - people you talk to address their comments to whichever party member started the conversation. If you install this component, the game instead behaves like Baldur's Gate: all NPCs talk to your main character, even if you initiate conversation using some other character.

Make Heart of Winter Accessible at Any Level
IWDEE, IWD (requires HoW), IWD-in-BG2

With this component installed, Hjollder will no longer refuse to take you to Lonelywood if you are too-low level.

Restore BG2 Spells and Make Scrolls Available

By default, IWD-in-BG2 contains only Icewind Dale spells: no Contingencies, Timestops, and the like. This component restores the BG2 spells not already found in Icewind Dale. (Spells that function differently in IWD continue to function differently.)

The component also places exactly one scroll of each restored wizard spell in a store. Spells of level 6 or below are found in Orrick the Grey's store. Higher-level spells are distributed randomly between Edion, Bandoth, Kieran, and Nym.

Note that the BG2 spells have a different artistic style from the IWD spells, which may appear jarring.

The "Find Familiar" spell is restored, but I don't recommend using it, as the familiars summoned will be over-powerful for the early stages of the game.