Guides and Walkthrough - Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

Craft a powerful warrior and embark on an epic quest with our Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire walkthrough, guides, strategies, hints, and more.


Peerless old-school CRPG action returns in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, the bigger and bolder sequel to Obsidian Entertainment's wildly popular crowdfunded role playing game. Players dropping into the latest title are in for a real treat, especially those looking to get lost in an absolutely tremendous world filled with richly detailed lore and morally ambiguous circumstances. Staying on top of everything the game has on offer will be quite the challenge, which is why we've put together a number of guides to help players through the beginning stages of character creation all the way through the game's big finale.

This guide hub is a work in progress, but fear not: future content will be crafted and uploaded at a pace suitable to the game's immense level of detail.

The Basics: Attributes, Classes, Skills, Weapons, and More

There are a lot of interrelated mechanics in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, and players who want to make the absolute most out of the game will want to understand how the likes of active skills, passive skills, attributes, weapons, weapon proficiency, and more all tie into the experience. In this section we examine the core statistics that influence everything from power in battle to how some non-player characters respond to the hero.

Complete List of All Active and Passive Skills
Learn about how passive and active skills in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire exert influence on just about every major aspect of the game.

Complete List of All Attributes and Defenses
The capabilities inherent to any Pillars of Eternity 2 character come down to their base attributes and defenses, and we've got all of them explained, plus we've detailed the relationship and differences between them.

Character Creation Jobs and Background Skill Bonuses
More than just a bit of flavor, jobs and backgrounds in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire give players a chance to round out their character with different bonuses to active and passive skills.

Races, Subraces, and Attribute Bonuses
One of the major determining factors in the Pillars 2 character creation process is the choice of race and subrace, the likes of which offer up loads of different abilities and play styles.

Cultures, Origin Locations, and Character Bonuses
All Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire heroes will have different skill buffs depending on the culture selection chosen by the player during the character creation process.

Classes, Subclasses, Bonuses, and Penalties
By far the most important decisions players will make when creating a new hero is selecting the character's class and subclass. Take a look at our guide to learn about all the different class and subclass options, plus learn about the abilities and skill bonuses and penalties for each class type.

Multiclass Names and Combinations
Learn more about the different multiclass hero options in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire with our guide to names and relevant class combinations.

Weapon Types, Weapon Proficiency, Modal Abilities, and Effects
There are a lot of options for weapons and fight styles in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, and players who want to make the most of the game's battle system would do well to check out the different weapon types, proficiency effects, and modal abilities available in-game.

List of Companions and Sidekicks
It's dangerous to go alone, so take some of these Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire companions and sidekicks along for the adventure.

Ship Mechanics and Terms

A big part of the Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire experience revolves around the game's ships and ship combat. Like many of the game's other mechanics, ship management and combat aren't necessarily easy to understand, but with practice, players will be out attacking and plundering in no time.

How Ship Combat, Naval Exploration, and Crew Management Works
The sea is a new and nefarious obstacle for players in Pillars of Eternity 2, so we've put together a guide on how to handle the game's new naval exploration and combat.

List of Ship Crew Members in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
Wondering where to find some new crew members in Deadfire? We break down all of the ship crew members available to recruit in game and provide details about their locations.

How to Upgrade The Ship
Part of Deadfire's naval-oriented experience involves upgrading the player's ship with weapons like canons, hull and sail upgrades, plus other cosmetic options.

Ship Terms and Navigation
Don't get lost in the sea of nautical jargon — learn all the must-know sailing vernacular with our guide to ship terms and navigation in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire.

Achievements, Save Files, and other Miscellaneous Guides

Looking for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire guide content that doesn't quite fit into any specific mold? This is the place.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Review: Sailing into Superiority
Shacknews' own Charles Singletary dives into Obsidian Entertainment's latest RPG to see how Deadfire stacks up against the high standards established by the previous Pillars of Eternity release.

What is the Pillars of Eternity Story So Far?
Keep on top of the story in Obsidian's latest RPG by going back over the biggest events and plot details from the previous Pillars of Eternity release.

How to Import Your Save File in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
Part of the Deadfire character creation process involves choosing from a selection of different Histories; barring that choice, Pillars of Eternity players can also load their previous game save to continue down the path they forged in the prior release.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Character Creation Guide
We break down character creation process in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, highlighting all of the most important decisions players will have to make when creating their new hero.

All Achievements List for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
More than a way to show off their gaming prowess, players who look into the list of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire achievements will have a greater sense of which goals and objectives they should be working toward.

List of Cheats and Console Commands
Players looking to get some free items or become invulnerable can use console commands to access various functions and cheats, just note that doing so will disable achievements.

What Are Achievement Blessings in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire?
Curious about those little icons next to Deadfire achievements? Here's what they mean and what they unlock.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Platforms and System Requirements

  • Title: Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Versus Evil
  • Release Date:
    • May 8, 2018 (PC, Mac, Linux)
    • Q4 2018 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
  • Minimum PC System Requirements:
    • 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Intel Core i3-2100T / AMD Phenom II X3 B73
    • 4 GB System RAM
    • DirectX 11 compatible graphics
    • 45 GB storage
  • Recommended System Specifications:
    • 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Intel Core i5-2400 / AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
    • 8 GB System RAM
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics
    • 45 GB storage

This isn't all of our Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire coverage. Keep checking back over the coming days and weeks as we continue to fill out this page with more guides centering on quests, companions, and more. Also be sure to head over to our Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire homepage to stay fresh on the latest news and developments from the team at Obsidian Entertainment.

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