Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Update Patch 5.0

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Update Patch 5.0

Celebrating their 1 year anniversary since the launch of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Obsidian have released the latest Patch 5.0 which according to their post is the last.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Update Patch 5.0

The latest Patch 5.0 brings a host of new features and bug fixes for Pillars of Eternity II which includes new Ship UI as well as bringing turn-based mode out of beta. There is also some new story content which has lead to new lines for Woedica and Eothas. There has also been some changes for the Anarchist Path, moving critical path items from Neketaka to other areas of Deadfire to help with the challenge that came with not adopting a faction at Ondra’s Mortar.

New Ship UI makes it easier to go into ship to ship combat – Image via Obsidian’s Patch 5 video

The patch also adds the final God Challenge called “The Ultimate” which enables all other previous God Challenges which includes Trial of Iron, Path of the Damned and Solo mode.

The Ultimate Challenge

Patch 5.0. also brings a new challenge which is described as “not for the faint of heart”. However the first 12 to be triumphant will have their name immortalised in the studio’s lobby for all to see and marvel at. Gaining one of these spots will gain Watchers their name, class and levels on the Deadfire Ultimate Challenge plaque to be featured at Obisidian.

But that’s not all, the first 50 players to complete the Ultimate Challenge will gain an exclusive patch so everyone can know about your victory.

If you’re one of the first 50 to complete the Ultimate Challenge, Patch 5.0 comes with an actual patch.

If you’re interested to submit your Ultimate Challenge to Obsidian you will need to provide evidence of your run, a video showing your entire journey completing the challenge. For the full rules and guidelines you can find them in Obsidian’s post.

Patch 5.0

You can find the patch notes below that cover all the changes that come with the update, for the full list of notes you can check out the post from Obsidian.

New Features

  • Ship Combat UI update – A new UI has been added that pops up when you encounter a ship, allowing for some immediate options. This bestows the ability to interact with ship combat for players that continue to enjoy it, while allowing a way to quickly choose a different options to avoid them such as boarding or parley.
  • Turn-based mode leaving Beta – Thank you to our players that have tested turn-based mode! This will now be set to live with the 5.0.0 patch.
  • The Book Of Woedica: Unfortunately, The Book of Woedica contains a bug that doesn’t allow for Woedica’s VO to be heard unless the player opens the book on the World Map due to technical limitations. We apologize for this inconvenience!
    • A Note from Narrative Designer Paul Kirsch:
      • After Deadfire’s launch and public reception, leadership and the writing team closely scrutinized some of the narrative issues which could have presented better or required some clarification. We distilled the most prevalent issues down to a couple of core factors: a lack of clarity regarding the metaphysics of Eora, and missing connectivity between Deadfire’s “god plot” and “faction plot,” for lack of a better term.
      • Shortly before launching The Forgotten Sanctum, those of us still attached to the project had some availability to address these concerns. A handful of developers pooled their efforts to execute on a plan that seeks to address these story problems through modestly-scoped, unobtrusive changes to the core game experience. What follows behind the Spoiler gate is a broad outline of the solutions we pursued. We hope you enjoy them. Thanks for reading, and thanks for playing!
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  • Expanded Eothas Dialogue – The end game with Eothas has had many new voiced lines added to address some pressing questions from the players.
  • The Ultimate Challenge – The Ultimate Challenge is now available for those adventurers that dare try to brave it. Those that manage to best the challenge may even find themselves with physical rewards!
    • The Ultimate Challenge requires the following to be enabled/completed:
      • Triple Crown – Expert Mode, Trial of Iron, Path of the Damned
      • Level Scaling (Only scale upwards)
      • Solo
      • All 11 God Challenges – Wael, Woedica, Hylea, Rymrgand, Ondra, Skaen, Abydon, Magran, Berath, Galawain, and Eothas.
      • All DLCs – Beast of Winter/ Seeker, Slayer Survivor/ Forgotten Sanctum.
      • All major enemies and boss battles completed.
    • The Ultimate Challenge requires the following to be disabled:
      • Console Command Cheats
      • Mods
      • Beraths Blessings
  • Anarchist Path – Changes have been added to the Anarchist path to allow for more of the game to be experienced before the player can attempt to finish the game.

Resolved Issues

Below you will find all the fixes that come with this patch:

  • Afflictions now work as expected for immunities, resistance, and suppression.
  • Players should no longer be experiencing low frame rates due to multiple NPC’s being on screen at once.
  • Terrified party members who cannot move will now pass their turn correctly.
  • Effect durations in breakdown tooltips are now displayed in Rounds when turn-based mode is enabled.
  • Caltrops traps will no longer cause the turn-based combat to become stuck in certain cases.
  • Pulsing spells are now displayed throughout their entire duration in the turn-based mode.
  • Resisted Afflictions will no longer progress in real time in turn-based mode.
  • Turn-based Combat Start banner behaves properly on ultra-widescreen resolutions.
  • Party AI can no longer continue to use quick items with no charges left.
  • Firearms users that act last in a round will no longer be incorrectly placed first in the next round.
  • Creature summoned with Berath’s Throwing Bones is now correctly queued in turn order in turn-based mode.
  • Attack abilities will now apply their effects to child attacks such as AOEs in addition to the character’s primary weapon attack.
  • Characters with unused engagements will now engage enemies that move in range even if they are not the primary target.
  • The description of Berath’s Challenge now describes the effects in turn-based mode.
  • Berath’s Challenge will now show an effect icon and timer on unconscious party members.
  • Wall spells now apply their effects on the turns of the characters affected by them.
  • Imp Tricksters will no longer become stuck when attempting to use certain abilities in turn-based mode.
  • Characters using Whispers of the Wind in turn-based mode will no longer remaining invisible until their next turn.
  • Beam spells now deal the same damage per second in turn-based mode as they do in Real-Time with Pause.
  • Turn-based movement indicator will correctly show the unreachable segments when targeting an enemy.
  • Turn-based movement indicator will show a better estimate of the character’s final position when using ranged attacks.
  • Turn-based movement indicator will now be more accurate when attempting to move through a narrow space between multiple enemies.
  • Invisible characters will no longer block movement.
  • The player can no longer briefly switch weapon sets after hitting with an attack in turn-based mode.
  • Cancelling the animation during a full attack no longer prevents Initiative from being set in turn-based mode.
  • Creatures summoned with Figurines now appear for the correct number of turns.
  • Priest’s “Symbol of Eothas” has been adjusted to turn-based mode.
  • Ability tooltips will clearly show “Not Your Turn” when it isn’t the selected character’s turn.
  • Modal abilities cannot be toggled unless it’s the caster’s turn.
  • With Berath’s Challenge enabled in turn-based mode, enemies will never exit the turn order.
  • Consuming drugs properly sets the character’s initiative in turn-based mode.
  • Priest’s “Blessing of Wael” has been adjusted to turn-based mode.
  • Camera in turn-based mode no longer moves to dead enemies between turns.
  • Blade Turning now ends early if the monk moves.
  • Monk’s “Whispers of the Wind” ability now correctly uses an action point in turn-based mode.
  • Characters that are naturally neutral to the player will no longer drop out of turn-based combat when they are all charmed.
  • Brilliant Tactician’s effects will work correctly when there are multiple Tacticians in the party.
  • Fixed the flanked condition rarely persisting after combat ends.
  • The Miss glossary entry now has the correct threshold value in turn-based mode.
  • The End Game Slides “Continue” button will no longer permanently disappear.
  • In turn-based mode, pulsing AoEs no longer pulse in real-time when the caster dies.
  • Cost numbers on the ability bar will no longer occasionally show when the ability bar is hidden.
  • Combats in turn-based mode will more reliably pull nearby enemies.
  • Resurrection’s “Cannot Die” effect is now applied for correct amount of turns in turn-based mode.
  • Enemies will no longer lock up when attempting to target destructibles with certain attacks in turn-based mode.
  • Auras are now updated in real time in turn-based mode.
  • Passive abilities will no longer show “Action Type: Free” in the ability tree.
  • Immobile creatures will now switch to ranged weapons if necessary in turn-based combat.
  • Barks of the enemy ships’ captains are properly assigned to them instead of to theWatcher.
  • Camera in turn-based mode with Hylea’s Challenge enabled no longer moves away from party.
  • Option to disable camera centering on active character in turn-based mode has been added to the game.
  • Characters will play a visual-only flinch animation when they are bumped by allies.
  • Relentless Storm in turn-based mode will now Daze by default, and its Daze attacks that critically hit will upgrade to Stuns.
  • Gaze of Adragan has had it second redundant defense roll removed.
  • “Llengrath’s Safeguard” no longer can be cast out of combat.
  • Combat Attack Results tutorial has been updated to reflect new Graze range.
  • Mortification of the Soul is a free action in turn-based mode.

You can also watch the update video below:

Be sure to visit the Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Wiki you can also check out our guides section which covers a range of Turn-based Builds as well as some class guides.


News Editor at Fextralife. Yuria is an avid PC gamer and Twitch streamer who enjoys online multi-player games and believes games should have amazing storylines not just great graphics.

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