Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity

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Controller Guide for Pillars of Eternity
By TheMoj
While there's no official controller support for PoE, it is still perfectly playable with one. This basic guide covers the button layout I've discovered since I haven't seen another guide elsewhere. I hope it helps and discourages people from avoiding buying this wonderful game due to no controller support listed!
Due to some personal circumstances I've recently been basically stuck to gaming on the couch with nVidia Shield to stream my games to the tv from my pc. As such I've sunk a good chunk of my time in PoE using a controller and I'm here to tell you it plays better than expected, listed support or not. It's by no means as efficient as a keyboard and mouse, but if you give yourself the time to get used to it and the button layout, then prepare to sit back and get comfortable while exploring Eora!
Button Layout
So here it is... the only thing that matters in this here basic ass guide: the button layout. As I said earlier, I use a Shield controller. They have a similar scheme as an XBox controller. I'm sure it's easy to figure out what does what with a Steam controller or PS controller based on this guide.

Right trigger = Left mouse click

Right bumper = Toggle Scouting mode

Left trigger = Right mouse click. Can also be used to quickly close item description windows rather than clicking the X.

Left bumper = Show lootables in the area (works like Tab). Also scrolls thru party members while in the Inventory screen.

Left thumb stick = Moves the screen. This is easier than dragging the pointer to the sides of the screen with the other thumbstick.

Right thumbstick = Moves mouse pointer.

B = Pause action.

Y = Select all party members.

A = Enter/select/Spacebar (mainly only works on dialogue options which can also be selected with the pointer of course). Useful for quickly continuing through dialogue.

X = Cycle thru party members

The right and up arrow buttons on the D-pad can also be used to scroll thru a characters abilities but I tend to just use the pointer most of the time.

The down and left arrows I think you can actually bind to abilities.

Select button opens Inventory and Start button opens up the main menu.
Well that's all. I hope this simple guide helps someone. As I said, this game works just fine on a controller. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Now cozy up on the couch and get adventuring!
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nin.21 Jul 24 @ 8:19am 
Sorry for being a bit Extreme there it just feels like NO-ONE really cares that controller support is a Must now days for CRPGs at the very least having this Option is Extremely Nice to say the least and is and will always be a deal breaker for me considering how much More game play I am able to crack out with fluid movement in comparison to the Slow rock till arthritis kicks in of Older Point and Click, that's all.
nin.21 Jul 24 @ 8:16am 
yeah but the whole point of having controller support is for the fluid movement that the actually joy sticks offer which Clearly this is not THAT at all! At Best it will still require your DARN Keyboard and Or Mouse just to SLOWLY Point and click to EVEN MOVE!!!!
MonthOLDpickle Oct 24, 2020 @ 3:40pm 

You do this through steam itself, not the game.
Rads_Pадс Jul 7, 2020 @ 8:43am 
Thanks for this guide. However, the game doesn't let me map my controller's keys to controls. I use a generic joypad with XInput for Xbox360 emulation, but the game doesn't let me do anything at all. Do you maybe know how I can fix this? Thanks!
TheMoj  [author] Jul 6, 2020 @ 3:06pm 
You're all very welcome. I've since returned to the glory of mouse and keyboard, but I'm glad to see my guide is still helping some people out.
ivorylizard Jul 5, 2020 @ 9:20pm 
Thanks. I think I'll finally try it. I picked it up a long time ago, but needed this.
TheRealFodder May 1, 2020 @ 5:15am 
Thanks very much for this. I've just spotted PoE on sale on another site and was tempted but I'm not really a big 'classic' RPG player - as in sit at your desk with one hand on the mouse and the other poised to press one of dozens of keys. Knowing this has joypad support now, I think I'll pick it up.
shadowrun4ever Apr 30, 2020 @ 3:07pm 
thanks !