As amazing as Baldur’s Gate 3 is, don’t forget that it’s such a huge game that the developers themselves couldn’t anticipate all the potential problems. In this regard, if something suddenly goes wrong with the game itself or your computer, it would be a good idea to make a backup copy of your saves. But how to find them? In this article you will find out the answer to this pressing question.
Also, this point is especially important for everyone who has played Baldur’s Gate 3 since the early access days, since the developers themselves from Larian recommended deleting all saves before releasing the full game in order to prevent the occurrence of any system conflicts and critical errors. The good news is that there are several ways to protect yourself from these problems, and it’s relatively easy to do.
Deleting saves within the game
One of the coolest innovations in Baldur’s Gate 3 is the ability to save at absolutely any point in the game: during combat and even in dialogues. However, this useful feature comes at a price – the more times you save during a gaming session, the worse the game will perform. With this in mind, we recommend not to abuse the F5 key and periodically clean your save registry.
If you just want to delete unnecessary saves, and not copy them, then you can do this very simply right in the game menu, without having to go into the root folders. To do this, follow these steps:
- From the main menu, select “Load Game”.
- Select the desired save and in the lower right part of the screen click “Delete save” or simply do it using the Delete key on your keyboard.
Location of save files on different OSes
Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on multiple platforms and operating systems, including Windows, macOS and Linux. Therefore, the save files will be in different places. In addition, if you purchased the game on Steam, it will be installed in a special directory.
Here is the path to the save file for each individual case:
- Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%/Larian Studios/Baldur’s Gate 3/PlayerProfiles/Public/Savegames/Story
- macOS: $HOME/Documents/Larian Studios/Baldur’s Gate 3/PlayerProfiles/Public/Savegames/Story
- Linux: /steamapps/compatdata/1086940/pfx/
- Steam: /userdata/ /1086940/remote/_SAVE_Public/Savegames
How to back up your save files
As an experienced gamer, you should understand the importance of the security and integrity of your save files. All your game archives may be lost in the event of a system malfunction, hard drive failure, or virus attack.
Although owners of the Steam version of Baldur’s Gate 3 can always use the synchronization option with the Steam Cloud service, some users note that this function does not always work correctly and can cause unexpected problems with file synchronization, up to the need to replay many hours of the game.
To prevent this from happening, we recommend periodically manually backing up your save folder (we have already explained how to find it in the previous section), especially after the most important and key moments of the game.
Based on materials gamesradar.com