Pathfinder is an isometric CRPG video game series that takes inspiration from the likes of Pillars of Eternity and Baldur’s Gate. The game franchise was adopted from the tabletop RPG of the same name, which was based on Dungeons & Dragons. Pathfinder has two main games. But between the two games, which one should you play first? Both games have different stories and characters, all completely unrelated, besides a couple of mentions in the first game’s events. Considering that both games do not correlate with one another, we will tackle the best way to play all of the Pathfinder games — and their DLC — in order.
How to play all the Pathfinder games in order
Should I choose Kingmaker or Wrath of the Righteous first?
We highly recommend doing Pathfinder: Kingmaker first, along with its DLC. Kingmaker has fewer mechanics to learn and will adequately introduce you to the universe of Pathfinder. Pathfinder: Kingmaker also came out before Wrath of the Righteous.
However, you can still freely enjoy WotR without playing Kingmaker. WotR is much more complex in terms of gameplay mechanics.
What order should I play all the Pathfinder Games in?
- Main Campaign
- Varnhold’s Lot DLC after ‘Season of Bloom’ in the Main Campaign
- Main Campaign continuation
- Beneath The Stolen Lands
- Main Campaign until the end
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
- Main Campaign Prologue
- Through the Ashes DLC after ‘A Stay of Execution’ quest
- Main Campaign until Chapter 3
- Treasure of the Midnight Isles
- Main Campaign until final boss
- Inevitable Excess DLC
- Main Campaign final boss
Which is better to start first: Kingmaker or Wrath of the Righteous?
This order might be confusing, but more or less, playing them in any order you want will not ruin the experience for you. Wrath of the Righteous feels like an expansion of Kingmaker. It expands all you’ve known in Kingmaker and makes it more complex.
Wrath of the Righteous also has many bugs, continuously suffering from the “2020 game syndrome.” Playing a fully fleshed-out game, Kingmaker will net you at least a hundred hours of playtime until the developers fix the bugs and glitches in WotR. If you’re interested, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous introduced its Season 2 pass, further developing the Through the Ashes DLC.