Only some of us will be affected by this.
There's a quest called "Take the Biscuit!"
A goblin called Garnuff will ask you to go into a bandit camp and rescue his mooncalf that got kidnapped.
Problem is, if you are an avid open-world explorer like me, you probably cleared that camp before the quest was given to you, and if you happen to do that, there are no mooncalves in the cage by that point. If you open the cage anyway and THEN get the quest....
SURPRISE! There's no padlock in there, and you can't free the mooncalves.
The devs are already working on a solution, but there's a way you can edit your save file to fix this without losing any progress at all.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU FULLY READ THIS BEFORE EVERYTHING:I DO NOT own any responsibility for broken save files or any damage you could incur to your computer, steam account, etc. for this guide requires final user operation and while it should work perfectly if the instructions are followed carefully, it's still possible to commit human mistakes.
Make a backup of your save files first, as I'll instruct in the next step.
Step 1 - Make A MANUAL Save And Locate It.
Simply go into the in-game Configuration screen, click "Save Game" and save it on a new file or overwrite it. Make sure to look at your WINDOWS SYSTEM CLOCK to check at what time you did it.
Remember you have to HOLD the saving box to overwrite / make a new save.
Now CLOSE the game.
Open any folder on your computer and replace the address bar with this and hit enter:
Inside there should be one or more folders with a series of numbers as name, those are Steam IDs of people who played this game on your computer, including you.
So usually there should be only one. But in case there's more, and you want to be double sure, this website will tell you your Steam ID by just pasting your Steam URL or login in:
It's the one labeled as "Steam3".
Now make a copy of your steam ID folder and place it somewhere else, like the desktop
This is our control folder. If something messes up, just overwrite the save file location with your backup, simple as that.
When performing the operations, do it straight in the destination.
DO NOT EDIT THE BACKUP.
Step 2 - Download The Required Software
You're only gonna have to download two things:
DB Browser SQLiteThis guy will help us do the proper fixing in the save file.
Download the Standard installer corresponding to your system.
I believe everyone here is using 64-bit windows as I doubt this game would run in a 32-bit system.
Ps.: While installing, make sure to tick the "Desktop shortcut" option so you have a way to quickly find it, as it's not there by default.
Save Editor Mod by kjivnhyjhnrzfzggkvThis is basically a HTML file that you can open in any browser of yours.
You'll download a zip file. Extract it using your favorite extractor (I recommend 7-zip[www.7-zip.org] , but any will do) and then you can open it on your browser.
Step 3 - Generate The SQLite Databases
This game runs in a UE4 engine where your save information is stored in SQLite.
What we're gonna do right now is convert your .sav file into .sqlite databases so we can edit them.
Alright, there's a bunch of .sav files here, which one to use?
Simply put, it should be the one with the most recent editting date and hour, told by windows.
Unless you made several save files, it should be the HL-00-00.sav, the other ones are usually auto-saves made by the game itself.
Now, open the Save File editor HTML file
You can open it with any browser, here I'm using Brave. But Chrome or Firefox should work as well. I'd not recommend opening it with internet explorer but I can't also say if it works or not.
- Now, press Upload Save button, locate your correct save, and open it
- Your details should appear on the left. Now go all the way down into the "Save File" option.
- Press "Download Database 1" and "Download Database 2".
- You should get two files named "sqldb1.sqlite" and "sqldb2.sqlite". Keep them somewhere where you can remember. After this fix is done, they will be useless, so you can delete them later.
Step 4 - Edit The Databases
Now open the "DB Browser" from SQLite. There should be a shortcut on your desktop if you did as I explained during the installation.
Click "Open Database" and point the "sqldb1.sqlite" file.
Alternatively, you can also physically drag the "sqldb1.sqlite" file into the DB Browser screen.
Now please follow every step carefully, this is the critical part
Click in "Browse Data" and then on the select box below, pick the option "LockableComponentsDynamic"
Next, there should be a search box right below that select box. Input this value:
One result should appear, click on it to select it, then press that button tagged as "2" in the image below to delete the entry.
Lastly, click "Write changes" on the top.
What you're doing here is deleting the value that confirms the padlock has been opened before. Thus causing the game to spawn the padlock again.
YOU'RE NOT DONE! NOW REDO THE SAME TWO PROCESSES ABOVE FOR THE "sqldb2.sqlite" FILE AS WELL!
Step 5 - Convert It Back Into Save Format
If we don't do this there's no way the game can read it.
Go back to your trusty save file editor screen. You probably noticed a box called "Custom DB Upload". We're gonna use that now.
Just place the sqlite1 and 2 in there as shown in the image. Simple as that. Then press GENERATE SAVE FILE.
You should now get a file called "hlcustomsave.sav". You need to rename it to the same name used by your file in your save file folder.
In my case, that should be "HL-00-00.sav". After doing that, just overwrite your bugged savefile with this new one.
Important: If your file APPEARED was "hlcustomsave" WITHOUT THE .SAV EXTENSION, THEN DONT ADD .SAV TO THE "HL-00-00" AS WELL. IF YOU MESS THIS UP IT WON'T WORK.
AND MAKE SURE TO NOT REPLACE THE BACKUP I MENTIONED DOING IT IN THE BEGINNING. REPLACE THE FINAL DESTINATION FOLDER.
Step 6 - You're Done!
You can now open the game, load your save, and the padlock should be there, allowing you to complete the quest!
"OMG IT DIDN'T WORK YOU [EXPELETIVE] CRINGE"
So, either one (or more) of the things happened:
You didn't follow the guide properly
You didn't pick the correct save file
You didn't even do a manual save file to begin with
You did this with the game open and expect it to work as magic (I know it's a wizard game but cmon, restart your game)
Your save file has something peculiar about it and my steps wouldn't work anyway.
First things first, remember that backup I told you to make it?
Replace it back so you can at least play the game again.
If you play the game meanwhile retrying this guide, remember to REDO the backup (because you might advance into the game and your backup could be obsolete)
Now if you're sure about all the possibilities above don't fall with you (apart from the last one) feel free to leave a comment and tell me what happened to you. Maybe I could give you a hand when I have some free time. Just please, be nice about it.
You can also ZIP your whole folder of save files and upload it to a custom sharing website, a good example would be https://send-anywhere.com/
and send it to me. Feel free to add me as steam friends if you feel uncomfortable in sharing your save files publicly in the comments.
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