Baldur's Gate 2

Posted by: oldman

Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/11/13 06:56 AM

Hi all,

Anyone remember game enough to suggest some help?

I don't know what the heck is going on. I've been playing fine and have worked my way through several quests all the way into Chapter 2. I got to the Copper Coronet and was trying to fight the beasts in the slave area and my characters won't use their weapons. I've tried to get them to use swords, bows and what not and no dice. The wands and spells will work though.

Is there some type of setting that can be turned on and off to allow the use of weapons or something? I checked the manual and can't find any solution.

I started a game over again to see if the game will in fact react and when I got into the first combat I was able to use the swords. I reinstalled the game and then played the saves again from the Copper Coronet and the characters still won't use the weapons.

I even left the area and went to the city gates where I got ambushed and my characters still won't use their weapons.

I'm really getting frustrated.

Thanks in advance for any help.
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/11/13 09:36 AM

Oldman, if your save file corrupted, then using that file would not let you use the weapons even though you reinstalled the game. Also, if you are using a trainer, that can cause all sorts of strange bugs. Can you go back several saves and work yourself back to that area on a clean reinstall?
Posted by: Karsten

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/11/13 01:10 PM

Which version of BG2 are you using, Oldman?


The BG games are famous - or perhaps infamous? - for their corrupted save games. It usually helps to go into the temp save folder and delete the files in there, the files, that is, not the folder.
Posted by: oldman

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/11/13 01:37 PM

Karsten I have the complete BG2 download from GOG and I did the tweaks that were suggested on the GOG forum.

I have uninstalled the game completely and installed it again and decided to start over rather than try my old saves. I am back at the city once again. Haven't been to the Copper Coronet yet but am holding my breath.

If it happens this go around I will cuss profusely and give up on the game.
Posted by: Karsten

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/11/13 08:54 PM

Try to turn autosave off - would be my next suggestion. And save often.

I remember once in, I think BG1, or was it BG2?, I had played for about an hour, I think, and had made really good progess in the game. And then I saved, or rather I thought, I saved. And when I went into the game the next day, the save game wouldn't load. I deleted the save... and had to do it all again. (wiser at it, however, because I knew know what I was facing...)
Posted by: Drizzt

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/12/13 10:55 AM

Probably my favourite game of all time. Don't give up on it!

I've never heard of this problem before (or the corrupt saved games, maybe I'm just lucky?). Is the weapon slot empty, even though the weapon is equipped in the inventory?

It may be that for some reason the characters switched to an empty quickslot, therefore using their hands.
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/12/13 01:19 PM

Thanks Karsten, Thanks Drizzt...

I hope it works for you Oldman....
Posted by: oldman

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/12/13 04:14 PM

Drizzt, I don't know what the problem was in those previous saves but since I'm playing a new game with the new installation, I'm having no problems with the combat (other than my ineptness).

So evidently it was some corrupt saves on the old files. I've done a lot of quests in chapter 2 and it's working fine but I've been hesident to return to the particular quest that caused me problems. I may back up my present saves and venture into the slave pits once again to see if the problem repeats itself. Who knows?

Anyway, thanks all for the help and advice and I'll keep on trucking.

As a side note, I was wondering about the mods that are listed. Supposedly you can mod the two games so that you can play from Baldurs 1 right through all the Baldurs 2 and addons etc but when reading the instructions it had me install everything into the Baldurs Gate 2 folder. I was just wondering how that can happen. I mean it states that, after installing everything you can then delete the old Baldur's Gate 1 folder. Either I didn't get it installed right or I'm missing something because I can see no way to play from Baldurs 1 through the end of Baldurs 2 as stated in these instructions.
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/12/13 05:46 PM

Oldman, we didn't use any mods after the one trainer corrupted our saves. wave
Posted by: oldman

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/16/13 10:05 AM

Back again. I'm so stuck here that I may have to go to a previous save and skip this dungeon.

I'm in Chapter 5 in the underdark and am in the Mind flayers dungeon.

I'm stuck in this place and can't get out. I've awakened the mind flayers and have the collars from the machine that is supposed to control the mind flayers. For the life of me I can't figure out how to use the collars. hardwall

I put a collar in my quick slot and use it on a mind flayer just like a scroll or anything else. I get a sound indicating that the collar was used but the flayer won't follow me. Basically I can't figure out how to command the flayer to go and open a door as it is supposed to. Is there a trick to commanding them or have I run into a glitch?

Would appreciate any help.
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/16/13 02:21 PM

Oldman, are you in ToB or SoA?

There is a list of hints for defeating the mind flayers Here, though I didn't see anything that addresses your problem.
Posted by: oldman

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/16/13 04:36 PM

Thanks Looney I was doing something dumb (again). I finally figured it out and I was trying to control the slaves rather than the mind flayers. One of those duh moments. duh

Anyway thanks for the response.
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/16/13 08:21 PM

Oldman, glad you figured it out! rotfl wave
Posted by: hagatha

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/17/13 12:36 AM

I'm just finishing up a quick game of BG2SOA/TOB right now with my ranger/cleric. What character class are you playing, Oldman?
Posted by: oldman

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/17/13 10:00 AM

Hi Hagatha,

I just went with the basic Fighter. I use my companions for all the thief and magic stuff. This game really taxes your brain with all the options needed to cure various wounds received in combat like fear, confusion and the like.

Without the internet I'd be very lost,(or more lost than I already am) but I am enjoying this replay. It's been so long since I first played it that it's like finding a new game.
Posted by: hagatha

Re: Baldur's Gate 2 - 01/17/13 01:35 PM

Oldman, remember that the cleric classes have spells that prevent most of those conditions: Chaotic Commands is one spell I automatically cast on all party members after resting my party, and that spell lasts all "day". Remove Fear is another one - it removes fear from the party, but also prevents Fear (it's a blue heart). There is also a mage spell that prevents fear (blue heart in a blue circle). I cast it before every battle.

There is a mage spell - Remove Magic, I think it's called - that will remove most conditions from an affected party member. It looks like a white spiral. Also very useful for removing magic effects from an enemy.

Glad you're enjoying the game - I still do, too.