What is Karmic Dice in Baldur’s Gate 3 & should you use it?

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    Many players will be wondering what the Baldur’s Gate 3 Karmic Dice option is all about, and how exactly it affects dice rolls in the gameplay.

    Baldur’s Gate 3 is Dungeons & Dragons in video game form, and like the previous two games from over twenty years ago, dice rolls play a massive part in the gameplay. Any time you perform an attack in combat, make a Perception check while exploring, or use Persuasion to skip a fight during conversation, a die is rolled to decide the outcome of the action. 

    Karmic Dice in Baldur’s Gate 3 has an effect on how these dice rolls work, so it’s worth making sure you understand what the option does before starting the game.

    Baldur’s Gate 3 Karmic Dice explained

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    Karmic Dice in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a feature that balances out the good and bad results of dice rolls to make them more even, essentially tuning down the randomness a little bit. 

    It can be found in the ‘Gameplay‘ tab of the ‘Options‘ menu, with the description stating, “Karmic Dice avoid failure or success streaks, while keeping the results mostly random.

    For example, if you end up getting a few dice rolls that fail in a row, the Baldur’s Gate Karmic Dice feature will shift the odds so that you have a better chance of success for your next dice roll. 

    Should I use Karmic Dice?

    The Baldur’s Gate 3 Karmic Dice feature is enabled by default, and we personally suggest using it, as it will help you succeed a little more often and helps to retain the D&D power fantasy.

    However, if you prefer the complete randomness of dice rolls and want a more hardcore experience, it’s probably worth turning off. 

    That’s our full explanation of Karmic Dice in Baldur’s Gate 3, and now you know what the feature does and if you should use it.

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