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A Special Troubleshooting Guide for Baldur’s Gate 3. This manual is merely a troubleshooting guide.
Consider reverting to an earlier version only as a last resort.
Please bear in mind that it does not apply to multiplayer functionality.
Note: To maintain compatibility with your save games, refrain from creating any new saves using the latest version of the game before using this guide.
I recommend you make backups of your savegame files.
Savegame Files Location
%LocalAppData%\Larian Studios\Baldur's Gate 3\PlayerProfiles\Public\Savegames\Story
For your convenience, you can copy & paste the link into the address bar of your Windows Explorer, as shown in this screenshot.
Download Previous Version
1. Login with SteamDB
Allow your Steam account to be linked with SteamDB – [steamdb.info] ( https://steamdb.info – [steamdb.info] ) for this process. That way, you do not need to enter your credentials separately, and your account stays safe. You can also unlink afterward.
The link is needed to allow you to download the so-called “depot” files – archived Steamfiles on the Steam servers. You logging in is equal to you telling Steam you own the game so you are allowed to download those files. Consider it a legal confirmation of ownership of your license.
2. Find on SteamDB the version you are looking for
Look for Depot – App ID 1086940 (from Steam Store link)
Identify the correct packages – here 1086941 and 1419652
We want the game files and the executables; the launcher is not required
At the time this guide was written, the latest version got released at 16.08.2023 v22.214.171.12448072 – so our previous version is from 11.08.2023 v126.96.36.19936828 -> ManifestID 7737665803684070003 for package 1086941
Manifest ID 1700697061887386011 for package 1419652
3. Access the Steam Console
You either put this line of code in your client browser’s address bar or in your standard browser’s address bar, which will redirect you correctly to the special Steam Console tab.
4. Download the previous version of the game
We start by downloading the game files.
Enter this command into the console
download_depot 1086940 1086941 7737665803684070003
That will download the version 188.8.131.5236828 from 11.08.2023
The download will not be shown in the download bar. Once finished there will be a console message. The download cannot be paused by normal means, but it will continue when you lose your internet connection. However, it will be aborted if you close your Steam client. You would have to restart the download from the beginning in such case.
What do the numbers mean?
The command means loosely translated “download files from game 1086940 (Baldur’s Gate 3) from files storage 1086941 in the version saved as 7737665803684070003.
We continue with downloading the executables.
AFTER the first download has finished.
Anytime sooner than that might interrupt the first download.
Enter this command into the console
download_depot 1086940 1419652 1700697061887386011
5. The finished download is to be found in
Merge the contents of both folders into a single folder, which you name at your convenience – suggestion: BG3RollBackVersion
My Steam folder is located on a special SSD dedicated to games only. If you kept the default settings during installation of Steam, you might find yours on your OS’ storage drive within
C:\Program Files (x86)\
It would be something like this
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\content\app_1086940\depot_1086941
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\content\app_1086940\depot_1419652
6. Prepare your game’s cache
This step is necessary to avoid any file incompatibilities caused by the cache created with the latest version of the game
and delete the Launcher folder.
%LocalAppData%\Larian Studios\Baldur's Gate 3\
and delete there everything except PlayerProfiles folder
%LocalAppData%\Larian Studios\Baldur's Gate 3\PlayerProfiles\
and delete there all files except for the folders.
%LocalAppData%\Larian Studios\Baldur's Gate 3\PlayerProfiles\Public
and delete there everything except for the Savegames folder
7. Restart your PC
We are now very close to the finish line.
This step is necessary to outrule any missed background activity of the game which could cause the previous game version to start in debug profile mode.
8. Exit Steam and Launch the Game via the executable
We exit Steam first to prevent an accidental auto-update of the game.
Though this is just a precaution and might not be necessary.
But I still strongly recommend to disable Steam Cloud Services and Larian Studios’ Cross-Saves for Baldur’s Gate 3 to prevent any unwanted mixups while troubleshooting the game.
Right-click on the game’s entry in your Library -> Properties -> disable Steam Cloud for the game.
For the Larian Studios Cross-Save feature’s deactivation process, access the in-game settings and navigate to the first page, where you should locate the Cross-Save option within the Save Options section.
Ensure that you unselect the corresponding checkbox.
This option becomes visible exclusively when you are logged into your Larian Studios account. As I have not registered for a Larian Studios account myself, the option does not appear for me to begin with as you can play the game without the need for Larian Launcher or Larian Studios account.
Once everything is ready to go – time to start the game via the executable!
bg3.exe for Vulkan bg3_dx11.exe for DirectX 11
If you did everything correctly, the game will start in your desired version. Enjoy!
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