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Fromnowonmorethanonegamevariant ....................................3
AlternativeBalancing("AB") ........................................................ 4

2.1
TurningtheAlternativeBalancingonandoff ........................ 4

2.2
Revisionofperksandmagicspells .........................................5
2.2.1 Fightingskills....................................................................5
2.2.2 Huntingskills ................................................................... 6
2.2.3 Magicskills ...................................................................... 6
2.2.4 Smithskills .......................................................................7
2.2.5 Thiefskills.........................................................................7
2.2.6 Alchemyskills .................................................................. 8
2.2.7 Otherskills....................................................................... 8
2.2.8 Magicofdominance ........................................................ 9
2.2.9 Transformationmagic ..................................................... 9
2.2.10 Summoningmagic..........................................................10

2.3
Revisionofweapons,armor,etc. .........................................10
2.3.1 Swords ...........................................................................10
2.3.2 Largeweapons ............................................................... 11
2.3.3 Staffs.............................................................................. 11
2.3.4 Bows...............................................................................12
2.3.5 Crossbows ......................................................................12
2.3.6 Arrowsandbolts.............................................................12
2.3.7 Armor ............................................................................. 13
2.3.8 Shields............................................................................14
2.3.9 Helmets ..........................................................................14
2.3.10 Potionswithpermanenteffects ......................................14
2.3.11 Artifacts..........................................................................14

2.4
Furtherchanges...................................................................14

NewMeleeAI ............................................................................. 16

3.1
TurningtheAlternativeAIonandoff .................................. 16

3.2
Features.............................................................................. 16
3.2.1 Blocksystem ...................................................................17
3.2.2 "Rage"andanimals .........................................................17
3.2.3 Variabledifficultylevel ....................................................17
WithAlternativeBalancingorAlternativeAI .............................. 18
Expandingonfurtherchanges .................................................... 18

5.1
Installation.......................................................................... 18

5.2
Newmenuoptions.............................................................. 18

5.3
Sound ................................................................................. 19

5.4
Graphics.............................................................................. 19

5.5
Dialogs................................................................................ 19

5.6
Quests ................................................................................ 19

5.7
Items .................................................................................. 20

5.8
NPCs................................................................................... 20

5.9
Balancingissues.................................................................. 21

Welcome to
Community Patch 1.7x

Withallthesethingsitistheowntastewhichhasthefinalsayofcourse.
Whatistooeasyorboringforoneplayer,appearstobeprettygoodfor
theother.AndtherearealwaysgamersforwhomGothic3istoo
difficult.

Asthereisnorealobjective"right"or"wrong"hereandsincethesub
jectsdealtwitharepartlyabsolutelyfundamental,wehavedecidedto
leavethe"normal"Gothic3intermsofbalancingasmuchasitwas
before.Inthere,weonlytweakedthebalancingincaseswherethere
wasaclearlyobviousmistake.

SurethoseofyouwhothoughtGothic3wastoosimpleuptonow
shouldalsonotfallshort.Thereforeweincludedtwonewoptions,
whichwewillelaborateuponinmoredetailinchapterstwotofour:
a)"AlternativeBalancing"("AB")
b)newmeleebehavior("AlternativeAI")forhumans,Orcs,animals
andmonsters.

Behindeachofthetermshidesawholepackageofchanges.Both
featurepackagescanbeturnedonandoffindependently.

Theseareexplicitlyjustoptions!Andjustoneconceptofmanytothink
of.Whodoesnotshareourtasteanddoesnotwanttousetheoptions,
canstillcontinueplayinglikebeforeandleavebothoptionsturnedoff.

Alltheotherfixesandchangesareindependentfromthesefeatures!

Thepatchcertainlywillraiseafewquestionshereyouwillfindthe
mostimportantanswers.
Beforeyoustarttowonderorevenangeraboutspecificthings,itwill
paytoreadthismanualatleasttheboltprintedparts.

1 Fromnowonmorethanonegamevariant

IntheGothic3forums(JoWooDforumandWorldofGothic)itcould
regularlybereadthatthegameistoounbalanced.Criticisedwerefor
example:
thatitisnotneededtokeepastrategyforfighting;itispossibletobe
successfulbymonotonouslypressingamousebutton,
thatthevaluesforweaponsarenotproperlybalancedagainstone
another(thesameholdsforarmorandsomeotheritems),
thatreadingthebookshelvesalonewouldsufficetogatherenough
pointsinalchemy,
thatthereisnearlynochallengewhentryingtolearnskillsandspells,
suchthattheheroeasilycanmastereverythingintheend,
thatsomeoftheskills,e.g.theregenerations,aretoopowerful
...andsoon

Whetheronewantstoplaywithorwithout"Alternative
Balancing",isafundamentalchoicewhichhastobetaken
beforethestartofanewgame.Itisnotpossibletochangethis
duringarunninggame!
ThesavedgameswithAlternativeBalancingarestrictly
separatedfromthosewithoutAB,asmixingupcouldleadto
malfunctions.
Thenewmeleebalancehowevercaneasilybechangedduringa
runninggame.

Acompleteexplanationaboutwhichpointshavebeenalteredbythe
AlternativeBalancingandwhichbytheAlternativeAIcanbefoundin
thechangelog.Inthefollowingwecompiledafewtopicsonwhichwe
wouldliketoexpandabit.

Browsethemanualwithouthurry,tryoutthefeaturesifyouare
interested,andthendecideforonevariantofgameplayonlyyou
yourselfknowwhetherAlternativeBalancingand/orAlternativeAIisto
yourliking.

JustonelastadviceregardingbalancingandalternativeAI:
IfyouusedtoplayGothic3withthedifficultylevel"easy"or"medium",
youshouldkeepitthatway.Ifyouthinkthatthiswastooeasyforyou,
youshouldstartwith"medium"anyway,justtogetusedtothenew
feelingofthegame.Onlythentakethepleasure(orpain)of"Hard".
Becausenowthismodedeservesitsname!

2 AlternativeBalancing("AB")

Uptonow,theherocouldlearnmostalltheskillsandatsomepoint
alsocarryanyweaponinthegame.Someplayersenjoyedtobecome
nearalmightyothersprefertheclassicalspecializationinroleplaying
games.Onceamage,alwaysamage.Withstaffandnotwithbowand
arrow.

2.1 TurningtheAlternativeBalancingonandoff

Aftertheinstallationofthepatch,theABistturnedoffbydefault.If
youwanttotryitout,youwillhavetoclickontheleftbuttoninthe
mainmenufirst:

2.2 Revisionofperksandmagicspells

Generalcolorlegend:
InformationinBLACKlettersrefertothevaluesintheregularversion
ofthegame,withoutAB.
ValuesthatareneworhavebeenchangedwithactivatedABare
coloredmainlyinBLUE.

Skillname
Swordfighter

StrongSwordfighter

Masterswordsman

Fightwithtwo
blades
Masteroftwoblades

2.2.1 Fightingskills

Orcslayer

Largeweapons

LargeweaponsII

LargeweaponsIII

Heavycrossbow

Crossbowman

Masterarcher

Shieldparry

Strongshieldparry

Paladin
Regeneration

Ancient
knowl.

Gold

100

Hunting
skill

10

150

2500

Strongswordfighter

20

200

5000

Strongswordfighter

15

170(150)

140(150)

2500

Fightwithtwo
blades
Largeweapons

25

190
(200)

5000

15

220
(200)
150

2500

10

150

1000

Largeweapons

20

200

2500

LargeweaponsII

30

250

5000

100

1000

Heavycrossbow

10

150

2500

Crossbowman

15

200

5000

StrongSwordfighter

10

150(125)

100

1000

Shieldparry

15

200(150)

125

2500

Masterswordsman

15

200(150)

50

30

300

5000

10000
(5000)

Requiredskill

LP

Strength

Swordfighter

2.2.2 Huntingskills

2.2.3 Magicskills

Skillname
Bow

Requiredskill

LP

Huntungskill

Gold

100

Skillname
Stafffighting

Requiredskill

LP

Ancientknowl.

Gold

50()

1000

Stafffighting

100(50)

2000(2500)

StafffightingII

150(100)

3000(5000)
2500

Bow

15

150

3500(2500)

StafffightingII

Masterarcher

Archer

25

225(200)

7000(5000)

StafffightingIII

Gamehunter

125()

1500(1000)

Magicstaves

Stafffighting

60(50)

Gamehunter

15

175(150)

2500

Improverobes

Learnquickly

15

125(100)

2500

Learnquickly

50(100)

3000(5000)

Improverobes

15

150(100)

5000

Manaregeneration

30

250(200)

7500(5000)

Archer

Biggamehunter
Orchunter

Biggamehunter

15

225(200)

3500(2500)

115(150)

1000

Takeanimalskins

Silenthunter

125(120)

500(1000)

Firemage

Takereptilehides

Silenthunter

130

500(1000)

Watermage

Manaregeneration

30

250(200)

7500(5000)

500(1000)

Darkmage

Manaregeneration

30

250(200)

7500(5000)

Learnquickly

30

200(250)

10000(5000)

Silenthunter

Teeth,claws,andhorns

Silenthunter

120(110)

Druid

Manaregeneration

2.2.4 Smithskills

2.2.5 Thiefskills

Skillname
Smith
Forgeoreweapons
Forgeweaponsfrompure
ore
Prospector
Honeblade
Improvearmor

Requiredskill

LP

Smithing

Gold

Requiredskill

LP

Thieving

Gold

10()

Skillname
Picksimplelocks

10()

Smith

25

2500

Pickdifficultlocks

Picksimplelocks

30

2500

Forgeoreweapons

10

50

5000

Pickimpossiblelocks

Pickdifficultlocks

60

5000

15()

1000

10

30()

1500(1000)

Honeblade

15

60(50)

5000

Simplepickpocketing

10()

1000

Difficultpickpocketing

Simplepickpocketing

40

2000(2500)

Impossiblepickpocketing

Difficultpickpocketing

80

4000(5000)

Sneak

Bargain
Makeexcuses
Knockdown
Murder
Masterthief

Makeexcuses

50(70)

2500

25(30)

1000

40(50)

1000

Knockdown

90

4000(5000)

Impossiblepickpocketing

12

100

5000

2.2.6 Alchemyskills

2.2.7 Otherskills

Requiredskill

LP

Alchemy

Gold

Skillname

Requiredskill

LP

Alchemy

Gold

10()

Acrobatics

10

1000

Brewmanapotions

Brewhealingpotions

20

1000

Enduranceofthewolf

18

1500(1000)

Potionswithpermanent
effects
Makepoison

Brewtransformation
potions

60(40)

4000(2500)

Resistancetocold

15

3000(1000)

35(20)

2000(2500)

Resistancetoheat

15

3000(1000)

Brewtransformation
potions
Poisonblade

Brewmanapotions

40(60)

2500(5000)

Resistancetodiseases

20

35()

2000(500)

Resistancetopoison

20

35()

2000(1000)

Makepoison

10

45(40)

1000

Makepoisonarrows

Makepoison

40

1500(1000)

30(20)

1500(1000)

Makefirearrows

10

80(60)

2500

5000

Skillname
Brewhealingpotions

Makefirearrows
Makeexplodingarrows
Makesharparrows

2.2.8 Magicofdominance

2.2.9 Transformationmagic

Mana
cost
10

Gold

God

Magicspell

Ancient
knowl.
5

500

Telekinesis

Light

15(10)

20

1000

Summonanimals

Light

15

45(50)

1000

Tameanimal

Curedisease

10

30

60

1700

Icelance

Healing

40

50(60)

1500(2500)

Sleep

Light

45

60

2500

Learnquickly

50

1530

1500(1000)

Banishevil

Light

110

Fireball

120(95)

4000
(5000)
7500(3500)

Flamewave

30100
(50100)
90(75)

Magicspell

Required
spell/skill

LP

Curedisease
Curepoison

Light

Healing
Healother
Summonflaming
sword
Fireball

Blessweapon

Banishevil

15

230

100

5000(3500)

Meteor

Flamewave

15

240

130(90)

7500(4500)

Summonflaming
sword
Firemage

15

210(250)

140(100)

N(Y)

25

250
(200)

300(90)

10000
(8000)
15000
(5000)

Wordof
dominance
Firerain

Mana
cost
35(50)

Gold

God

Ancient
knowl.
15(25)

500(2000)

20(15)

50

1000

Summonanimals

30(35)

40

1000(1500)

60

1530

1500(2000)

Telekinesis

60(100)

30

1500(3000)

SummonGoblin

Summonanimals

65(45)

40

2500(2000)

Animalform

Summonanimals

75

60

2500

Iceexplosion

Icelance

130

120

6000(7000)

Frostwave

Icelance

10

140(120)

135(90)

9000(8000)

Openlocks

Telekinesis

10

180(20)

4000(5000)

SummonGoblin

15

110(90)

7500

Sleep

15

200
(230)
250
(205)
240

120(100)

6500(5000)

N
(Y)
Y
(N)
Y

Watermage

25

250

300(90)

15000
(4000)

Timebubble
Hailstorm

LP

Learnquickly

SummonGolem

Y(N)

Required
spell/skill

2.2.10 Summoningmagic

2.3 Revisionofweapons,armor,etc.

Magicspell

2.3.1 Swords

1000(1500)

Transferdisease

25

25

1000(1500)

Learnquickly

50(30)

1530

1500(1000)

Amnesia

Transferdisease

50(80)

30

2000(2500)

Terror

Transferdisease

60

60

1500(1800)

Fog

Terror

65(50)

50(60)

2000(1000)

Bloodlust

Terror

70

50

3500(4000)

Summonskeleton

Terror

105

60

3500(3000)

Soultravel

15

175

80(40)

4000(3000)

Fog

220(240)

70

4500(3500)

Summonskeleton

10

220(210)

110(90)

9000(7500)

Summonlightning

Lightningbolt

15

230

100(80)

7500(3500)

Armyofdarkness

Darkmage

25

275(250)

250(100)

15000(10000)

Soultravel
Summondemon

Hunting

Gold

WrathofInnos

Paladin

180(150)

290(300)

75000

Allprotect.+10(+8)

155(135)

270

60000

P.a.elements+10

150(135)

666

Greatinquisitor

Lifeenergy+50

145(130)

260

45000

Headsman'ssword

P.a.blades+15

120(110)

220

30000

Allprotections+2

115(105)

210

20000

Ordersword

Lifeenergy+10

110(90)

180

10000

Twohander

75

150

500

Rustytwohander

60

120

60

SwordoftheAncest.
God

Nightintoday

Strength

Oretwohander

Gold

Lightningbolt

Damage

Demonsword

Mana
cost
40

Poison

Bonus

PoweroftheAncest.

Ancient
knowl.
20

Transferdisease

Weapon

Required
spell/skill

LP

Allprotections+5

135(120)

240

50000

King'ssword

130(150)

230

40000

Greatsword

P.a.blades+10

115(110)

220

30000

Mastersword

M.oftwoblades

110(105)

(210)

210()

30000

Runesword

Allprotections+5

110(105)

210

30000

Flamesword

R.t.fire+10

100

120

30000

Inquisitor

Lifeenergy+30

100(95)

190

27500

Masterswordsm.

95(90)

180

27500

90

170

20000

Lifeenergy+5

90(80)

160

8000

Barbariansword

85

170

12000

Cutlass

85

170

12000

Bastardsword

80(90)

180

16000

ElBastardo
Nordmariansword
Paladinsword

Iceblade

P.a.cold+10

80

160

10000

Endurance+15

80

160

8000

75(70)

140

1250

Longsword

75

150

2500

Rubyblade

Strongswordf.

75

150

8000

Katana
Hashishinsword

Weapon

Bonus

Damage

Strength

Hunting

Gold

Weapon

Broadsword

60

120

Crescent

60

120

750

Halberd

70

70

700

5000

Spikedcudgel

65

130

100

Endurance+5

60

120

800

KrushMilok

60

250

500

Moonblade

Wenzel'ssword

60(80)

120

5000

Rustybattleaxe

60

120

150

60(70)

160

8000

Spear

60

500

Orcslayer

50

100

600

Scythe

40

75

45(50)

80(100)

50

Woodcutter'saxe

35(50)

80(100)

40

Hashishinknife

35(45)

70(90)

350

Pickaxe

35(50)

80(100)

80

Rustysword

30

60

30

Heavybranch

25

50

Cudgel

15

10

10

Magicflamesword

70(60)

Rapier

Orcslayer
Sword

Bonus

Damage

Strength

Hunting

Gold

2.3.3 Staves

2.3.2 Largeweapons
Weapon

Weapon

Bonus

Damage

Strength

Hunting

Gold

Ogremorningstar

260(250)

450(500)

300

KrushTarach

210(200)

380(400)

800

KrushIrmak

210(200)

380(400)

1500

KrushAgash

180(175)

340(350)

900

Lifeenergy+60

170(150)

290

65000

KrushPach

160(150)

300

600

KrushMorok

160(150)

300

700

BerserkerAxe

Lifeenergy+40

140(135)

270

55000

130(125)

250

500

Orcslayer

125(120)

250

35000

Lifeenergy+20

125(120)

240

15000

Battleaxe

LargeweaponsIII

105(100)

200

21000

Meataxe

LargeweaponsII

90(85)

170

10000

Lifeenergy+10

85(80)

160

7000

75

150

150

Berserker'swrath

KrushVarok
Barbarianbattleaxe
Warhammer

Beardedaxe
Barbedcudgel

Gold

Staffofdeath

Manareg.,Darkmage

80(60)

Ancient
knowl.
260

Staffofdominance

Manareg.,Firemage

80(60)

260

60000

Staffofbalance

Manareg.,Watermage

80(60)

260

60000

Shaman'sstaff

50

100

60000

Allprotections+40

45

140

53000

Darkmage'sstaff

P.a.elements+40,Dm.

100(50)

40

160

30000

Firemage'sstaff

P.a.fire+40,Fm.

100(50)

40

100

30000

Staffofpower

Manaregeneration

40

150

26000

Watermage'sstaff

P.a.ice+40,Wm.

100(50)

40

160

30000

Staffofprotection

Allprotections+30

35

100

27500

Staffofnature

Lifeen.+50(+25),Druid

50(25)

30

100

12000

Staffofmagic

75(50)

30

100

12000

Staffofdarkness

Darkmage

25

80

15000

Staffoffire

Firemage

25

50

15000

Allprotections+15

25

60

12500

Watermage

25

80

15000

40(25)

20

50

4000

Staffofdefense
Staffofwater
Staffofsorcery

Damage

Mana
bonus

Staffofinvulnerab.

Bonus

Abbreviations:
"Dm"=Darkmage
"Fm"=Firemage
"Wm"=Watermage
"P.a."="Protectionagainst"

2.3.5 Crossbows

Note:Crossbowshavenotbeenchangedatall.

Weapon

Bonus

Damage

Strength

Gold

Judge'sstaff

P.a.blades+25

120(85)

130()

Ancient
knowl.
150()

Bladestaff

P.a.blades+15

95(70)

120(140)

100()

1000(18000)

Quarterstaff

P.a.blades+10

75(55)

110()

50()

180

2000

Weapon

2.3.4 Bows

Weapon

Bonus

Damage

Huntingskill

Gold

150(120)

290(250)

52000

Masterarcher

140(115)

270(240)

42000

Silentdeath

130(115)

250(230)

36000

Nimrod

120(110)

230(220)

30000

Deathbringer

115(105)

220(210)

52000(25000)

Hornbow

110(100)

210(200)

42000(20000)

Orcripper

Orchunter

105(95)

200(190)

21000

Battlebow

Archer

100(90)

190(180)

18000

Armybow

95(90)

180(170)

15000

Oakbow

90(80)

160(150)

12000

Biggamehunter

85

170(160)

13000(18500)

80(70)

130

5000

Gamehunter

80(75)

150(140)

9500

Longbow

75(70)

140(120)

3200

Compositebow

70(65)

120(110)

1600

Bonebow

60(55)

110(100)

800

Hashishinbow

55(50)

100(90)

400

Huntingbow

50(45)

90(80)

200

Bow

45(40)

80(70)

100

Demonbow
Runebow

Rangerbow
Warbow
Wolfripper

Bonus

Damage

Strength

Gold

KrashMorra

200

280

60000

Warcrossbow

190

265

45000

Heavycrossbow

180

250

35000

Rhinokiller

170

235

25500

Nordmariancrossbow

160

210

12800

Bloodharvest

150

195

6400

Mercenarycrossbow

140

180

3200

Slavedeath

130

165

1750

Headhunter'scrossbow

120

150

1000

Orccrossbow

110

135

750

Crossbow

100

100

500

2.3.6 Arrowsandbolts

Note:Inthiscase,thepricesinbracketsreferonlytopreviousversions
ofGothic3.WithCP1.7xyou'llfindthebluepricesalsowithoutAB.

Ammunition

Bonus

Damage

Gold

Sharparrow

35()

100()

Explodingarrow

Fire

30

200(250)

Headknockarrow

Knockoverenemy

20

60(80)

Fire

10

40(50)

Firearrow
Arrow

Poisonarrow

Poison

70(100)

Bladequarrel

20

20

Quarrel

2.3.7 Armor

Armor

Blade

Impact

Missile

Fire

Ice

Energy

Bonus

Reput.

Gold

Lightrebelarmor

Rebelarmor

30(20)

25(20)

25(10)

5000

40

40

40(20)

20(25)

Heavyrebelarmor

80(60)

80(60)

50(30)

40(50)

Ceremonialarmor

110(80)

110(80)

90(40)

50

Paladinarmor

150(100)

150(100)

150(100)

60(50)

45

45

20

30(15)

30

15

40(25)

30(20)

25(20)

25(10)

20000
(30000)
60000
(70000)
110000
(125000)
190000
(150000)
55000
(65000)
5000

50(40)

50(40)

40(20)

25

90(60)

90(60)

75(30)

50

150(100)

140(100)

130(100)

10(25)

10(25)

10(25)

75

30(20)

30(20)

25(15)

25000
(30000)
80000
(70000)
160000
(180000)
6000

60(40)

60(40)

50(20)

(10)

40(25)

40000

100(60)

100(60)

90(40)

20

(20)

15(20)

H+P

60(50)

LightNordmarian
armor

Nordmarianarmor

60(40)

60(40)

40(20)

30

25

140000
(90000)
35000

95(60)

95(60)

70(30)

45

50

HeavyNordmarian
armor
LightNomadclothes
(R)

Nomadclothes(R)

135(80)

130(80)

100(60)

60

60

20

20

15(10)

45(40)

45(40)

30(20)

40

HeavyNomadclothes
(R)
Waterrobe(R)

60

60

40(30)

30(10)

50

45

45

20

15(30)

30(15)

30(15)

40(25)

Ranger'sclothes(R)

35(30)

35(30)

30

SH

25

Druidrobe(R)

45(30)

45(30)

40(15)

20(10)

20(10)

20(10)

40(25)

Farmer'sclothes(R)

10(5)

10(5)

Leathergarb(R)

15(10)

15(10)

10(5)

AdanosRobe(R)
(300Ancient
knowledge)

55(40)

55(40)

50(40)

40

40

40

Firerobe(R)
Lightorcmercenary
armor
Orcmercenaryarmor
Heavyorcmercenary
armor
Orcarmor
LightHashishinarmor

Hashishinarmor

EliteHashishinarmor

Legend:
(R)=Armorcountsasrobe
H=Resistancetoheat
P=Resistancetopoison
C=Resistancetocold
D=Resistancetodiseases
SH=Silenthunter
W=WaterMage

100000
(64000)
165000
(120000)
6000

45000
(35000)
85000
(80000)
55000
(60000)
27000
(25000)
50000
(20000)
450
(300)
1500
(1000)
150000

2.3.8 Shields

2.3.10 Potionswithpermanenteffects

TouseaPaladin'sshield,King'sshieldorRuneshield,oneneedsthe
skill"Strongshieldparry",fortheothershieldsonlythebasicskill
"Shieldparry".

Shield

Blade

Impact

Missile

Strength

Gold

50(40)

Fire,ice,
energy

Royalshield

45(40)

45(40)

225

35

35(40)

15(10)

250

10

40(35)

200

20000
(21000)
22000
(20000)
10500

Runeshield

35

Paladin'sshield

30

Permanentpotion

Attributeincrease

Gold

3(2)

800

Huntingskill
Strength

3(2)

800

Lifeenergy

8(4)

800(600)

Mana

8(4)

800(600)

Endurance

8(4)

800(500)

2.3.11 Artifacts

Knight'sshield

25

25

35

175

8500

Skullshield

20

20

25

165

4500

Roundshield

15

15

25(20)

160

3000

Stonetablet

Leathershield

10

150

800

Woodenshield

500

Broken
woodenshield

500

Artifact

Gold

Increaseofancient
knowledge
3(5)

500(75)

Weatheredstonetablet

6(10)

1000(150)

Aidan'sbook

12(20)

1000

2.4 Furtherchanges

2.3.9 Helmets

Thefollowingchangesarejustexamplesforadditionalchangeswhen
ABisactivated.Thislistisnotcomplete!

"Theherohastoinvesttwiceasmuchgoldandlearningpointsto
increasestrength,huntingskillorancientknowledgeifhealreadyhas
250pointsormore":Thisisoneofmultiplemeasurestomakegold
andLearningpointsmore"valuable".Andinthiscasealsoplantsand
potionsthatincreasetheseattributespermanently.

35(40)

Fire,ice,
energy

Ancient
knowl.
250

10000

25(15)

5500

25(16)

15(10)

(10)

15()

10

4000
(6000)
2000

15(10)

3000

15(14)

10()

2000
(3000)

Helmet

Blade

Impact

Missile

CrownofAdanos

35(40)

35(40)

Ejnar'sHelmet

25(15)

Hornedhelmet
Helmetofthe
firstPaladin
Crownof
Myrtana
Lighthorned
helmet

Gold

"(Almosteveryofthe)Quests,forwhichtheherohastokillsomeone,
willbecancelledorcannotbesucceededanymore,whenthequest
giverdies":Thisadjustmentmakessurethattheherocannotsimply
killeveryNPChecomesacross,withouttherebysufferingthe
negativeconsequences.
Example:WhentheherokillsGunockbeforeGunock'squest"Kill
Torn"hasbeenresolved,itwillbeimpossibletostillfinishthisquest.
WhenkillingTornlateron,onewillnotreceiveadditionalexperience
forthequest.
Theadjustmentonlyaffectsatotalof35quests,inwhicha
cancellationofthequestwasjustifiableandtechnicallypossible.

"Theperk'Acrobatics'won'tmaketheheroimmortalwhenfalling":
Gothic3contradicteditselfinthisrespect.Inthedescriptionofthe
skillitiswrittenthattheherocannotdiebyasuddenfall,butthe
teachersexplicitlywarntheherothatthisskilldoesnotmakehim
immortal.
InAlternativeBalancingwehaveoptedformorerealism.

"ThespellsHailstorm,FirerainandTimebubblewilltakeeffect
aroundtheNPCinfocus,notaroundthehero":Thedestinationof
thesespellshasbeenchangedprimarilyforpracticalreasons.The
castingofthespelltooksolongthatattackingopponentsgenerally
couldalreadygetholdoftheheroandhithimbeforethecastinghad
finished.

"NewdamageandprotectioncalculationwhenNPCshitthehero
withmeleeweapons":
Inthenormalgame,thedamagethatanNPCcausesissolelybased
uponthestrengthorratherthe"level"oftheNPC.Andthearmor
protectionoftheheroissubtractedfromthisdamageaspercentage.
Thiswaytheherocouldreachamaximumprotectionof90%.Butthis
holdsforanattackbyascavengeraswellasforaanattackbyatroll,

suchthatthehero,wearingthebestarmotinthegame,stillreceives
somedamagefromascavenger,evenwhenitisjustaboutafew
hitpoints.
WithactivatedAB,thedamagecausedbyahumanorOrctothehero
isnotonlyconnectedtothestrengthoftheNPC,butalsoinfluenced
bythedamageoftheweapontheNPCuses.Whensomeoneattacks
onlywithfists,thatpersonisnowlessdangerousthanforexample
withabattleaxe.
Ontheotherhand,thearmoroftheherodoesn'tworkpercentually
anymore,butinabsolutefigures.Iftheherohasagoodarmor,then
weakopponentswillrarelybeabletowoundhimanymore.Tomake
surethattheherodoesnotbecomecompletelyimmuneagainst
attacksfromweakenemies,asmallpercentageoftheseattackswill
stillcausealittledamage.
NotchangedarethebattlesbetweenNPCsthemselvesandthe
attacksofthehero,noraretheformulaeforattackswithranged
weaponsormagic.

"Thehero'soponentssufferlessdamageduringarenafights":Goalof
thismeasureistomakearenafightssomewhatmoredifficultand
thustomakethemmoreinteresting.

"RearmamentofadisarmedNPCtoneddown":Whenonedefeatsan
NPCincombat,takeshisweaponandshieldandthenwalksfaraway,
thenexttimetheNPCismethewouldusuallyhavetheexactsame
weaponsequippedonhisbackasbefore.Itispossibletoexploitthis
togathermoneyquickly,forexamplewhentheherokeepshitting
downrangersandeverytimetakesawaytheexpensiveranger's
bows.
Tocounterthisexploitfromtheregulargame,thedefeatedNPCsdo
notreceivebacktheir"standard"weaponsincasetheABisturned
on.Insteadtheyarereequippedthroughapartlyrandomisedsystem
withrelativelysimpleweaponslikeclubs,rustyswords,simple

shields,bowsandcrossbows.
SometimestheNPCsstillregaintheiroriginalweaponsthough.
Theseexceptionsarethesevenoldfriendsofthehero(Angar,Diego,
Milten,Gorn,Lester,LeeandLares),allcompanionsoftheheroand
allopponentsinarenafights.

3 NewMeleeAI

Shortlydescribed,the"AlternativeAI"(AI="artificialintelligence")is
anattempttoimprovethebattletacticsofnonplayablecharacters
("NPCs")especiallyinmeleecombat,andtherebymakingthefights
moreappealingandinteresting.
NPCsarebothhumansandOrcsaswellasanimalsandmonsters.

"Someparticularlymightyweaponscan'tbeboughtfromtraders
anymore.Thosespecialitemsareonlybeavailablebylooting
chests":Theseweaponsare:"StaffoftheWatermage","Staffof
protection","ElBastardo"and"Warcrossbow"aswellasthebows
"SilentDeath"and"Nimrod".The"Barbarianbattleaxe"canonlybe
boughtfromexactlyonetradernow.

3.1 TurningtheAlternativeAIonandoff

ToactivatetheAlternativeAI,opentheGothic3optionsmenuand
enterthemenutosetthelevelofdifficulty.
HereitispossibletoactivateordeactivatetheAlternativeAIby
checkingoruncheckingtherelevanttickbox.

ThenewAIcanbedeactivatedeveninarunninggamewithout
causinganyincompatibilitieswithsavegamesorsomethinglike
this.Itcouldhoweverleadtosmallerrorsincombattacticsof
opponentsifthenewAIisturnedonoroffduringactualcombat!

3.2 Features

TheAlternativeAIisbasicallyawholenewlydefinedmeleetacticfor
NPCs.Atthesametimethefollowingfeaturesarecontainedinthe
package:

atthismoment.Ofcoursetheydotakedamage,butatthesametime
theycanhurttheiropponenttoo.
Iftheirattackissuccessful,theywillcalmdownfirst,untiltheyare
agitatedagain.

Thissystemshoulddecreasecontinuousquickattacksoftheheroand
givethemonstersa(small)chancetodefendthemselves.

Hint:Inpacks,animalsactmorecoherentandcontroltheirrage,
thereforeitislessdangeroustoapplyquickstrikesthere.

3.2.1 Blocksystem

WithactivatingtheAlternativeAItheblockparadesystemofGothic
3ischanged.

Inparademode(automaticallyactivatedbypressingtherightmouse
button),thefulldamageofanattackcannowbeblocked.Toachieve
this,theopponentfromwhomthisattackisblockedhastobevaguely
focusedupon.

Someattackscanstillpassthrough,namelythestabandthecleave
attacks,whichareusuallyactivatedbyextendedpressingoftheleft
mousebuttonwhileinparademode.Onlyaparadewhileholdingupa
shieldcanblockthosekindsofattacks.

Tobalancethefactthattheparadenowblocksthetotalamountofthe
damage,thedurationoftheparademodehasbeenreducedto2.5
seconds,afterwhichtheheroautomatically"relaxes"andhastostart
theparadeanew.

Warning:ThenewparaderulesalsoholdforNPCsinthecasethatthey
useweapons!

Inaddition,theheronowregenerateshisstaminaactuallyslowerwhile
beinginparademode.

3.2.3 Variabledifficultylevel

AfurtheradvantageoftheAlternativeAIisthevariabledifficultylevel.
Theprobabilityoffailuresandwrongdecisionsinbattleisdetermined
forOrcs,humansandsomeotheropponentsdependingonthe
situation.

Withthedifficultylevelsetto"low",itismorelikelythatanNPCmakes
awrongmoveorafalseattackthanforthedifficultylevels"medium"or
"hard"respectively.

ThedifficultyleveloftheAIfirstlydependsonthedifficultylevelofthe
overallgame,whichcanbesetinthemenu,secondaryonthelevelof
thehero,andfinallyontheindividualsituation.Duringarenabattles,
theopponentsaremoreconcentratedthanothertimes,thusthey
makelessfailures.

3.2.2 "Rage"andanimals

Animalsnowreact"agitated"whentheheroperformsmanystrikesina
shorttime.Insuchcasestheywillmakearapidcounterattackand
duringthiswillignoreanydamage.Also,theywillnotretreatwhenhit

4 WithAlternativeBalancingorAlternativeAI

5 Expandingonfurtherchanges

BesidesthechangeswhichareconnectedsolelywithABorsolelywith
theAlternativeAI,thereareahandfullofchangeswhichareeffective
inbothcases.
Themostimportantalterationsare:

"Theherocanbeattackedbyamaximumofone,twoorthreemelee
enemiesatthesametime(dependingonthelevelofdifficulty)":For
thenumberofactiveopponentsthereisasimpleformula:With
difficultylevel"easy"stillonlyasingleopponentattacks,with
"medium"amaximumoftwoattackers,andwith"hard"theyattack
ingroupsofmaximumthreeNPCs.

Theattackfrequencyofalmostallopponentshasbeenreduced.The
onlyexceptionsareMummiesandZombies.Thelightningfaststorm
ofattacksfromwolves,wildboars,templeguards,etc.areovernow.

Somemagesarenowabletosummoncreatureswhichsupportthem
intheirfightagainstthehero.Forexample,theshamanGrokcan
summonademon.

Inthefollowingyou'llfindafewdetailsfromchangelogentriesthat
needfurtherexplanationandhavenothingtodowithABorAlternative
AIwhatsoever,butratherwithallgamevariants.

5.1 Installation

"InstallationofDirectX9.0cofNovember2008ifithasn'tbeen
installedyet":Thissoftwarewillautomaticallybeinstalled,too,to
reducetherequestforsupportintheGothic3forums.Especially
VistausersaregenerallynotawarethatDirectX9hastobeinstalled
inadditiontoDirectX10.
Noworries:newerversionsofDirectX9willnotbeoverwrittenby
this!

5.2 Newmenuoptions

"Newsetting'Optimal'forresourcecache":Thissettingwillresultin
anindividualcalculationofthecachesettingsforthememory
managementdependingonwhichhardwareisusedtoplaythe
game.

"Newsetting'VeryHigh'forobjectdetails":Therewereactually
alwaysquitehighvaluesfortheobjectdetailstheycouldjustnotbe
activatedoverthemenu.Untilnowitwasnecessarytoeditthe.ini
filesmanuallyortousetheGothic3GameTool.

"'CartoonShader'notavailableanymore":Unfortunately,thisfeature
ofCP1.6hadtoberemoved,astheplacewasneededforfurther
shaderimprovements.

"RimlightingintegratedinShader3.0":ThroughRimlightingthe
edgesofobjectsroughlyspeakingwillbehighlightedalittlemore.
Thisoptionaleffecthasbeenkeptrelativelyunobtrusive.Iftheparts
whicharehighlightedbyRimlightingweretobepaintedred,the
gamewouldlooklikethis:

"EdgeSmoothingimplementedforShader2.0andhigher":Edge
SmoothingisakindofsoftwareversionofAntiAliasingthroughthe
shader.Itreducesthe"stepbuilding"ofthegraphicsthroughasoft
focuseffect.
Warning:Inprincipleit'spossibletoactivatethesoftwareedge
smoothingtogetherwiththeAntiAliasingofthegraphiccarddriver.
Wehoweveradvisenottodothis.

5.3 Sound

"Rainandwindcanbeheard":Therearestillsomeunsolvedtechnical
difficultieshere.Theweathersoundscanalsobeheardincaves,
furthermorethestartaswellastheendoftherain'snoisemany
timeswillnotfitwiththestartandendofthematchinggraphical
effects.

5.4 Graphics

"Fireeffectsoffireballsexchanged":Thismeasureonlyservesto
reducetheoldperformancedropwhencastingfireballs.

5.5 Dialogs

"FixedsmalllogicalerrorsindialogswithAbe,Asam,...andZapotek"
and"SeveraldialogswithAkrabor,Bogir,...andZapotekrespectively
broughtincorrectorder":Togiveanexamplefortheintentionsof
thesefixes:Therehavebeensituationsinwhichtheherowasableto
startadialogwithouthavinganyprerequiredknowledge,orinwhich
theplayercouldchosefromtwoanswerstoaquestion,butintheend
bothdialogswereactuallywindedoff.

5.6 Quests

Somequestshavealwaysbeeninconflictwitheachother.Inseveral
cases,thisaspectisnowmoreconsequentlyimplementedthan
before.Examples:Thequest"PromissorynotesforGonzales"will
nowbecancelledwhentheherohandsoverthepromissorynotesto

Warning:Ifaquickslotisautomaticallyassignedtoaweapon,it
couldhappenthatit'snottheexactsamespotinthequickslotlist
whereitwasbefore.Thiscanonlybeassuredwhenallotherslotsare
alreadyfilledupwithitems.

Masil,and"Howloyalaretheorcs'mercenaries?"willbecancelled
whenthemessagefromSanfordisgiventoRoland.
Inmostofthecases,theopposingquestsalwaysexcludedeachother
anyway,sinceoneofbothcouldnotbesolvedanymoreassoonas
theotherwasresolvedsuccessfully.Afterthat,theunsolvablequest
wouldstillbelistedinthemissionloginthesection"current"forthe
restofthegame.

5.8 NPCs

"BurningorpoisonedNPCsonlydiefromfireorpoisonwhentheyare
hostiletothehero":Thereasonforthischangewastheproblemthat
itwaspreviouslysometimespossibletotriggerarevolutionwhenthe
heroaccidentallysetfiretoaneutralorevenbefriendedNPC,orifhe
poisonedtheNPC.

"Respawnreactivatedandcorrected":Foranimalsandmonsters
whicharekilled,therenowisacertainchancethatthey"respawn"
somewhere,meaningthattheycomebacktolife.Thishappensafter
aminimumof120hoursafterthedeathoftherespectiveNPC,and
onlywithalimitedprobability.Sometypesofmonsters,forexample
dragonsandtrolls,areneverbroughtbacktolife.Orcsandhumans
willalsoneverrespawn.
Respawedanimalsandmonstersarenotdifferentfromtheoriginal
NPCs.Inotherwords,theherowillgetthefullamountofexperience
pointsforkillingthem.

TheproblemthatNPCsoccasionallyrunthroughwallsorrocksor
disappearbehindtexturesbysomemeansorothercouldnotbe
resolvedcompletely.However,theproblemshouldoccur
considerablylessoftennow.

5.7 Items

"Unwantedpoisoningorblessingofwrongitemsisnotpossible
anymore":The"wrongitems"thataremeanthereareshields,bows,
armor,potions,etc.thusitemsthatusuallycouldnotbepoisonedor
blessedanyways.Thiscouldaccidentallyhappenbeforeduetoan
error.
Ofcoursewecan'tpreventtheplayerfromaccidentallyclickingon
anotherweaponthanintended.

"Whentheheropicksupaweaponorashieldfromtheground,he'll
equipitrightawayifhefulfillsallrequirementsandhasafreeslotfor
theitem.Ifit'shisownweapon,thegamewilltrytoassigna
quickslot".
Inotherwords:Therearestillsituationsinwhichtheweaponthathe
pickedupdoesnotenduponthebackoftheherodirectly.Namely:
Whentheheroalreadyequippeddifferentweapons,whenhehasnot
enoughstrength,huntingskillorancientknowledgetousethe
weapon,orwhenhelacksarequiredskill.Forshieldsapplysimilar
rules;besidesthattheheroalreadyhastocarryaonehandweapon
onhisback,tomakesuretheshieldiscorrectlyequipped.
Thatweaponsorshieldsendupimmediatelyinthequickslotlist
whenbeingpickedup,isonlypossibleiftheherohaspreviously
droppedtheseexactitemshimself.

InsomesituationsNPCsbehavedifferentlyfrombefore.
Someexamples:
Whentheherotransformsintoashadowbeastoranother
dangerouscreature,hewillalsobeattackedbyOrcs.
Rangersontheotherhanddonotautomaticallyreacthostile
anymorewhentheherotransformsintoacreature.
Whentheherotellsacompanion"Waithere"andgetsintoafight
afterwards,thecompanionwillnotjoininthefight,butratherkeeps
onwaiting.
Onecannottakeeverycompanioneverywhereanymore,regardless
whoelsecouldbemet.OtherhumansandOrcswillattackthe
companionsiftheybelongtoanenemygroup.Asiswellknown,
Orcsandrebelsdonotgetalongwitheachother,andthesame
appliestoHashishinandnomads.
...andsoon.
ThesechangesweremadebecausetheoldbehavioroftheNPCs
wereeitherespeciallyillogicalorevencausedsometrouble.

"Cowscanbe'milked'":To"milk"acow,theherohastohavean
emptybottle(donotmistakewitha"vial").Afterclickingacow,a
dialogmenuopensinwhichtheoption"(Milkthecow)"isoffered.
Throughthisanemptybottlebecomesabottleofmilk.Amilkedcow
givesmilkagainafteratleast96hours.
TheonlycowswhichcannotbemilkedatallarethoseatDennis'
farmyardnexttoMontera.

forafallofmaximum1.2secondstherewouldbecompletelynoloss
ofhitpoints,for1.202secondssuddenly180points,foratotalof2
seconds240points,afterintotal4.2seconds385pointsandsoon.
Thisformulaseemedratherillogical,asthedamagestartedtoo
abruptlyandthenincreasedquiteslowly.
Withthenewdamagecalculation,hitpointswillalreadydeductedfor
theheroandtheNPCsslightlyearlier,butthedamagestartssmall
andthenincreasesmoreandmorevisiblysecondbysecond.Atafall
of0.9toonesecond,thefirsthitpointistaken,after1.2seconds15
points,aftertwoseconds190points,afterthreeseconds700points,
after4seconds1,530pointsandsoon.

"Whenopeningchests,thelockpickcanbreak"and"Lesslockpicks
canbefoundinchests":UntilnowthelockpicksinGothic3were
nearlyuseless:Theherohadenoughofthemintheinventory
anyway,becausethereweremuchmoreofthemtobefoundin
cheststhanneeded.Duetothementionedadjustments,lockpicks
becomemoreimportantnowandtheherowillpresumablyhaveto
buyafewduringthegame.Thereforetradersnowhavemore
lockpicksonoffer.
Iftheherohasmasteredtheskill"Picksimplelocks",thenhislockpick
willhavea30%chanceofbreakingwhilepickinga"simple"chest.If
hehasmastered"Pickdifficultlocks",thelockpickwillbreakwitha
30%certaintywhena"difficult"chestistobeopened.
Inallothercasesthelockpickfulfillsitstaskimmediately.

Somerecipeshavebeenreworked:Insomerecipes,theneeded
ingredientshavebeenmuchmorevaluableorrarethanthefinal
product.Withthispatch,thenumberofproduceditemswillbe
increasedinsomerecipes.Forexample:Withoneoftherarefire
golemhearts24explodingarrowswillbecreatednow,notjustone.
Thenumberoftheotheringredients(oreandarrows)hasbeen
increasedadequately.

5.9 Balancingissues

"Calculationofdamageafterfallschanged":Howmuchdamagethe
herooranNPCsuffersfromfalling,isconnectedtothedurationof
thefallandthevelocityachieved.Theformerformuladictatedthat

Insomecasestheingredientshavebeenexchanged,e.g.intherecipe
forstew.

SelectedNPCsarestrongernow:Merdarion,OsmundandTufailhave
beenmadestronger,astheseNPCspreviouslydiedtoofastortoo
manytimeswhiletheywerefightingtogetherwiththeherofora
questagainstotherNPCs.The"Undeadcommanders"attheTemple
ofMoraSulhoweverhavebeenmadestrongerbasedonpurelogic:
ascommanderstheyshouldatleastbesomewhatmoredangerous
thantheotherzombies.

2009bytheCommunityPatchTeam:
Marcel"ANNOmaniac"Trotzek
Marco"ArthusofKapDun"Wernicke
Peter"Glockenbeat"Schramm
Ralf"HansTrapp"Schulz
JohannMarkus"Humanforce"Hermann
Fabian"iks"Lempke
Tim"Kronos"Moser
Martin"mdahm"Dahm
Timo"Nameless2"Kuip
Sascha"raven"Holtbrgge
Axel"Reisswolf"Zur(untilCP1.6)
Maik"RoiDanton"Sillus
Andreas"Solandor"Becker
Marc"Urban"Mnchow
Adrian"Valfaris"Blecker
Zyankali~(untilCP1.6)

SpecialThankstoallothercontributors,translatorsandparticularlyour
excellenttesters!