How to fix Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed error

Rajarshi Acharya

Baldur’s Gate 3 supports multiplayer via co-op sessions, but a “Joining Failed” error can prevent you from doing so. Here’s how to fix the Baldur’s Gate 3 “Joining Failed: You are already connected” error.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is a single-player RPG that takes you on a journey across the Forgotten Realms, where you play alongside multiple recruitable companions. However, you can also let your friends join you if you want to. The game allows you to play multiplayer co-op with three other players.

Unfortunately, the online functionality of the game can take a hit sometimes due to an annoying error. The game shows an error message that reads, “Joining Failed: You are already connected.” This bug is mostly faced by console players, but PC players have reported it as well, especially when playing over LAN.

So here’s a step-by-step process of how to prevent the “Joining Failed” error in Baldur’s Gate 3.

All methods for fixing the Joining Failed error in Baldur’s Gate 3

According to Larian Support, the Joining Failed error for Baldur’s Gate 3 occurs because “your player manifest in appdata contains the other person’s UUID, which can happen if you are sharing a PC, account, or saves.” When it comes to consoles, it appears to be caused by issues with Larian’s servers. On PC, it might also be due to an issue with your net configuration itself.

Here are all the different solutions you can try out to fix this error.

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This error has been affecting both PC and console players.

Delete the local appdata folder of Baldur’s Gate 3

You can wipe out your BG3 data folder to see if it fixes the Joining Failed error. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Disable cloud saves from the Steam settings.
  2. Back up your saves in C:\Users\
  3. Delete the entire game folder, then launch the game again to regenerate the folder.
  4. Put back the backed-up save files that you wish to keep, and play the game.
  5. Run two instances of Baldur’s Gate 3

    Running two different instances of Baldur’s Gate 3 can eliminate the Joining Failed error. Here’s how you run two instances and create your own lobby:

    1. Launch Baldur’s Gate 3 and press Alt+Enter to switch to Windowed Mode.
    2. Select Multiplayer from the Main Menu and click on the LAN tab to create a lobby (or Online for direct connections).
    3. On Lobby Settings, tick LAN Connections (or Direct Connections).
    4. Once this is done, open the game directory and launch the game again through any of these executables — bg3.exe or bg3_dx11.exe
    5. Now switch to the LAN tab and try joining the session you just created.
    6. Close the earlier instance if the joining works.

    How to disable LariLauncher for Baldur’s Gate 3

    You can try to run Baldur’s Gate 3 after disabling the launcher as it can fix the Joining Failed issue for some players. Here’s how you turn it off.

    1. Right-click on Baldur’s Gate 3 in your Steam Library and select Properties.
    2. Under General, go down to Launch Options and add the command “–skip-launcher”
    3. Try launching the game.

    So that’s all you need to know about fixing the Joining Failed error in Baldur’s Gate 3. We’ll update this article if new information comes out. Until then, check out more guides on the game here:

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