Baldur’s Gate 3 How to Enable Tactical Top-Down View

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Want to learn how to enable top-down view in Baldur’s Gate 3? No problem. Read on for an overview of the process to give yourself a better vantage point on your playthrough.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is a game of strategy and, at times, chance. Based on the lore popularized by Dungeons & Dragons, the third instalment to the fantasy RPG series brings the tabletop game to life in a beautifully animated turn-based format. What’s more, each decision you make can impact your party as you venture through Faerûn. While your difficulty setting can certainly influence how the game plays out, it’s ultimately up to you to decide the paths you’ll take as you move forward. How you interact with the world around you is of the utmost importance, making a top-down view particularly advantageous in Baldur’s Gate 3. Here’s how to enable it.

How Do I Switch to Top-Down View in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Regardless of personal preference, being able to toggle to top-down view (or tactical camera view) can give you the upper hand in Baldur’s Gate 3. Fortunately, this is easily accomplished whether you’re playing with a keyboard and mouse or a controller. Here’s a quick rundown of the process for both.

  • To enable top-down with a keyboard, simply pressing O key. Zoom in and out with the wheel of your mouse to adjust the camera angle to your liking.
  • To enable top-down with a controller, zoom all the way out with your right joystick. Adjust the camera angle to your preference while doing this.

This third-person perspective and tactical top-down view in camera modes can be easily exited. If you want to use the option toggle tactical camera to exit bird’s eye view you just have to use the O key again to recenter to your desired perspective and your player’s preference.

When to Use Tactical View in Baldur’s Gate 3

As you progress through Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll find a top down camera view to be tactical and can be especially helpful in battle, as it allows you to survey the area with ease in this mode. Switch between views throughout the game to achieve the best angle under various circumstances.

This strategic camera angle is more reminiscent of traditional TTRPG maps.

Adjusting to this view can also be helpful to fix Baldur’s Gate 3 camera stuck glitch issues without having to mess around in the camera control game files.

For more help on your Baldur’s Gate 3 playthrough, check out these related guides from our team: Baldur’s Gate 3 – Is Mouse and Keyboard the way to play? and Baldur’s Gate 3 – How to Get to the Nautiloid Helm.


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