A core component of Dungeons and Dragons, and by extension, Baldur’s Gate 3, are the dice rolls that help guide your campaign. Pure randomness like that of a normal dice roll can be chaotic and frustrating, so Larian added the Karmic Dice option to help avoid failure streaks.
What are Karmic Dice?
Karmic Dice is an option you can toggle in the Gameplay tab of the settings menu. When it is toggled on, you’ll find more forgiveness after failing several dice rolls consecutively. It impacts every dice roll, including saving throws, attack rolls, and the dialogue rolls you can see. Additionally, Karmic Dice will be enabled for enemies and other NPCs. After all, it wouldn’t be fair for only you to have better dice rolls.
Originally it was designed to counter both lucky and unlucky streaks, but this has since been changed after users discovered you would take significantly more damage with it on.
Karmic Dice On or Off?
It boils down to personal preference on using Karmic Dice or not, now that having it on doesn’t result in a harder campaign. If you want to have the classic Dungeons and Dragons experience, you should leave the setting off. Turning it off will leave dice rolls as completely random, similar to the real life tabletop game.
On the other hand, if you want to avoid being exceptionally unlucky or want to succeed with most of your dice rolls, you should turn on Karmic Dice. Both your party and your enemies will have boosted luck after several failures.
How to Turn Karmic Dice On or Off
To toggle Karmic Dice, navigate to the options menu and make sure the gameplay tab is open. Scroll down to user options and you should see Karmic Dice second to last in the section.
Will you be using Karmic Dice in your playthrough, or are you sticking with a classic DND setup? Let us know in the comments below!
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