Help:How to Contribute

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Hello there! You may have noticed that is a community volunteer effort.

Everything here is written and maintained by fans of the game. That could include you, if you're willing to contribute your time and game knowledge to help out. Every new page, note, or correction helps improve the wiki for future readers.

This page will help you get started on contributing to Note that this is not a comprehensive guide to wiki editing. If you're interested in diving deeper into a particular topic, check out the various MediaWiki help pages available online.

Creating an Account[edit | edit source]

Creating an account is an optional step that allows you to customize your wiki settings and attributes wiki edits to you. You can edit pages without an account, but your IP address will be publicly logged.

Identifying Areas in Need of Help[edit | edit source]

It's not always obvious where to start. If you're looking for inspiration, try checking the following:

  • Under Construction: Pages marked as under construction; check the page history and coordinate via the Discord server if a page is actively being worked on.
  • Stub pages: Incomplete pages, lacking key information.
  • Priority Pages: Stub pages considered a high priority for updating.
  • Pages that need to be rewritten: Pages that do not follow BG3 Wiki's guidelines or pages that are missing key templates.
  • BG3Wiki:Verification: Pages marked as having information that needs to be verified
  • Special:WantedPages: A list of pages that are linked to by other pages, but have not yet been created themselves
  • Special:AncientPages: Pages that have not been updated in a long time - check these for outdated information
  • Special:LonelyPages: Pages that aren't linked to by any other pages - try to find other appropriate pages to add links to them
  • Special:LongPages: Very long pages that might benefit from editing for brevity
  • Special:ShortPages: Very short pages that might benefit from adding more information

See Special:SpecialPages for a full list of Special pages.

Working with Pages[edit | edit source]

This is just a basic introduction to working with wiki pages. Refer to MediaWiki Help:Contents for overall MediaWiki help, or MediaWiki Help:Formatting for detailed help with MediaWiki markup.

First-Time Editors[edit | edit source]

If you are anxious about editing a wiki for the first time, don't be. If you are adding missing information, there is very little you can do wrong. A wiki page is designed to be a malleable document that can easily be edited and corrected, and usually should be. Any mistakes can easily be corrected by another editor, and the few things that might have repercussions are automatically locked behind permissions.

If you are unsure about your edit for any reason, you can leave a relevant comment on the talk page, via the 'Discussion' tab at the top of any page you are editing, or ask for guidance in the wiki Discord server. If you are acting in good-faith, all contributions are welcome. Read on for the specifics on how to make your first edit.

Create a New Page[edit | edit source]

Visual Editor and Source Editor buttons
Switching between editor types

To create a new page, either click on a broken (red) link or use your browser to type the URL of a page that doesn't yet exist (for example, If you're not automatically taken to the editor, click either Edit (to open the Visual Editor) or Edit source (to open the Source Editor).

  • The Visual Editor is helpful for contributors who are new or not yet familiar with wiki markup, but it doesn't allow you to directly manipulate wiki markup.
  • The Source Editor is more powerful and flexible, but requires at least a basic understanding of wiki markup.

Edit an Existing Page[edit | edit source]

Similarly, to edit an existing page, click either Edit (opens Visual Editor) or Edit source (opens Source Editor) above the page. Within either editor view, you can switch between the Visual Editor and the Source Editor at any time via the upper-right menu button.

When you've finished editing, be sure to add a brief Summary of your changes and click the Save changes button!

Want to give it a go? Check a random page and see if you can improve it!

Page History[edit | edit source]

Click the View history button above a page to see a history of edits performed on that page. Each line describes a revision of the page, including date/time, the contributor who made that edit, and (ideally) the reason for the edit. This can be helpful if you're not sure why an edit was made.

Remember: The wiki is a living project, and wiki editing is a collaborative effort! Be prepared for your contributions to be tweaked, copyedited, hacked to pieces, or completely deleted.

Finding Wiki Content[edit | edit source]

Bypassing Google Search[edit | edit source]

See Help:Searching for BG3Wiki for browser-specific instructions on how to more quickly and easily find wiki pages at any time.

Searching Like a Boss[edit | edit source]

Use the Multimedia option to search for images

The built-in Search function is also very powerful. You can use it to find pages, images, categories, templates, and more.

  • By default, Search results will only include content pages.
  • Use the Multimedia option to search for images.
  • Use the Everything option for a quick-and-dirty way to look through all possible results for your search term.
  • Use the Advanced option to filter your search to specific namespaces, like Category or Template.

Categories[edit | edit source]

Example of a Category

A Category is exactly what you'd expect: a page that collects all the pages that have been added to that Category.

Browsing Categories[edit | edit source]

The Everything search option includes Categories in the search results. You can also find them on the Special:Categories page. Categories can prove useful when looking for a specific image or page, particularly when you don't know the exact name of the thing you're looking for.

Adding a Page to a Category[edit | edit source]

Adding Categories in the Visual Editor

Categories are only useful when pages are actually added to them. This is handled automatically when using certain Page Creation Templates, but in many cases, you'll want to manually add pages to additional categories.

For example, Absolute's Warboard was automatically added to the Shields and Uncommon Items categories by the EquipmentPage template, but also manually added to the Absolute Equipment category to group it with closely related items.

To add a page to a category:

  • When using the Visual Editor, you can add a page to a category by clicking on the upper-right menu and selecting Categories. Start typing a category name in the provided box, and the editor will suggest autocomplete options for the category, if any exist.
  • When using the Source Editor, use the markup [[Category:Name of Category Here]] anywhere on the page (typically near the top or bottom, for organizational purposes) to add that page to a category. You can repeat this as many times as needed for additional categories.

How to Upload Images[edit | edit source]

Uploading a file

If you can't locate an image you need, it may not be uploaded to the wiki yet. In this case, you can upload an image from your computer using the Upload File function from the left-hand navigation toolbar.

Some guidelines to keep in mind when uploading images:

  • Licensing: Avoid uploading images from other websites, as the licensing for these images may be incompatible with the CC BY-NC-SA license used by
  • File formats: Use .png or .webp for icons, tooltips, and other illustrative images. The .jpg format is ideal for larger game screenshots. Animated .gif files should be used sparingly, generally only when an animated demonstration will add explanatory value to a page.
  • Compression: It's recommended to compress large files, both to conserve space and to improve page loading times for wiki readers.
  • Categories: Just like regular pages, you can and should edit an image to add it to one or more categories. This can greatly help other contributors find the image in the future.
How to use website

How to remove black backgrounds[edit | edit source]

For statblocks sometimes it's necessary to upload a transparent screenshot of an in-game model.

If you don't know your way around Photoshop you can just use website to do it for you for free. It scales the image down but it doesn't matter for infobox purposes.

  • Go to
  • Upload the image with backround you need to remove (either by drag and dropping or simply Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V).
  • Wait for result.
  • Click on the blue Download button.
  • Upload the image to the wiki and don't forget to rename it to Character_name_Model.png

If the result erased too much or not enough, you can Edit it on the website to Erase/Restore features.

In the Template:CharacterInfo you can add the Transparent Model images as the main image if it's a nameless Creature. Otherwise, if it's a named character you'll need to fill in these attributes:

| alt-name = Model
| alt-image = [[File:Character_name_Model.png|200px]]

Templates[edit | edit source]

A Template is a special type of page designed to be included within other pages. Templates are often used as 'shorthand' to automatically insert frequently-used images, code, and formatting on a page. We use templates extensively on

See the Template Quick Reference for an overview of the most commonly-used templates, or continue reading for examples of various templates.

Templates are powerful tools and can become very complex. For a much more in-depth look into templates, see MediaWiki Help:Templates.

Page Creation Templates[edit | edit source]

We use templates like WeaponPage to maintain a clean, consistent style across a large number of pages that share similar properties, such as Spells, Weapons, and other Equipment. These templates take your input in the form of standard parameters and use it to generate a pre-formatted page, optimise the page for search engines and embedded social media links, and add the page to the appropriate categories.


Another great benefit of this approach is that it allows us to populate database tables with the provided information. For example, every time you add a new item to the wiki using the appropriate page template, it automatically adds the item to a database table which can be queried from elsewhere. This is, for example, how the lists on weapon type pages like Longswords are generated.

Data Querying Templates[edit | edit source]

When information is added to the wiki using an appropriate page creation template, the information is also made available in a database table. These tables can be queried from other pages, to display the data there as well, instead of having to link the user to the original page, or having to copy-paste the content.

For example, when you visit the page of a spell that inflicts Bleeding, you want to see the effects of the condition right then and there, instead of having to navigate to another page. If we copy-pasted the description of the condition into every page that mentions it, we would have a lot of work to do if a patch for the game changed how the condition works! For this reason, the condition is defined once, using the Condition Page template, and other pages query the data to display it.

Writing these queries can be quite complicated. So, the wiki offers templates that do the heavy lifting for you. A primary example is the Condition template, which you provide with the name of a condition, and it queries the data for you, displaying the effects of that condition in a nice format.

Other Templates[edit | edit source]

Other templates can be used in a more focused fashion to insert frequently used, pre-formatted information or to add visual flair to a page, such as {{MediumArmour}} ( Medium Armour) or {{action|bonus}} ( Bonus Action). These types of templates are often embedded within other, larger templates like Page Creation Templates, but they can and should also be used on their own where appropriate.

Additional template examples:

Using Templates[edit | edit source]

Add a Template to a Page[edit | edit source]

Inserting a template with the Visual Editor
  • When using the Visual Editor, select Insert > Template from the toolbar and start typing a template name. The visual editor may not always display documentation for the template or its parameters, so be sure to open the template's page for usage information.
  • When using the Source Editor, you can either copy and paste template code from an existing page, or newly invoke a template you're already familiar with by enclosing the template name in {{double curly braces}}. For example:
    • Code: This attack has {{Advantage}}
    • Result: This attack has Advantage Icon.png Advantage

Template Parameters[edit | edit source]

Some templates have optional or required parameters that change the output of the template, giving it more versatility.

When invoking a template with parameters, separate each parameter with a pipe symbol |.

  • Template with one parameter:
    • Code: {{enchantment|+1}}
    • Result: Enchantment: + 1
  • Template with multiple parameters:
    • Code: {{Resistances|Slashing=Resistant|Fire=Immune|Cold=Vulnerable}}
    • Result:
Damage Types SlashingResistant
Damage Types ColdVulnerable
Damage Types FireImmune

Template Documentation[edit | edit source]

Template creators are encouraged to document (on the template's page itself as well as via the TemplateData button on the same page) how to use that template, including usage examples and accepted values for any template parameters. If you're unfamiliar with a particular template, navigate to its page to learn how it works. If a template page does not show any usage instructions, it could still be a work in progress, and you may want to check with its creator before using it.

See All Pages (Template namespace) for a full list of available templates on

More Template Examples[edit | edit source]

  • The {{DamageInfo}} and {{DamageText}} templates can insert pre-formatted damage information based on the parameters you provide, like so:
    • {{DamageInfo|2d6+1|Slashing|modifier=melee}} displays
      D6 Slashing.png 2d6 + 1 (3~13) + Strength Modifier Damage Types Slashing
    • {{DamageText|1d4|Fire}} displays 1d4Damage TypesFire, better for compact or inline usage
  • The {{Icon}} and {{SmallIcon}} templates help you add an icon to represent a spell or item, like so:

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Check out the Style Guide for more information on style guidelines followed by

Join the BG3Wiki Discord to discuss wiki editing with other contributors! Or, if you prefer not to join the Discord, you can leave messages via the Discussion link at the top of any page (including any user's page, if you want to contact them).