This thread is intended to assist anyone who would appreciate a quick guide on how to patch Sacred 2 Gold in order to get their best possible gaming experience from this vast, visually rich, immersive, and enthralling RPG. There are convenient clickable links throughout this post which are highlighted in bright silver for your convenience. If you still find yourself looking for answers to any question or questions not covered in this post, you are welcome to ask them below for assistance.
First, be certain that if the game has been previously installed on your PC. Uninstall the game and remove any leftover files. I must stress that this must be a "clean installation." Also, remove any previous save files as you will want to start a new character. Otherwise, their will doubtlessly be some bugged quests and certain other annoying glitches. Only ones chest files should be fine to retain and use.
Second, I highly recommend installing Sacred 2 Gold and then launching the game once to the start screen where you will the the Seraphim (default player character) appear unless you still have a previous saved character that you did not delete. Do not select a character yet. If the game launched, then go no further but to exit the game and proceed to the next step.
Third, download the Community Patch 160 here. Open the cm-patch0160 zip folder and click on cm-enable.exe and wait until you see the Ready to Patch screen display. This may take several moments (that may seem to last a lifetime). Now, click the Start button and it will automatically locate the Sacred 2 root folder and the installer will complete the latest patch. Wait until it completes the patch and then click Next and then Finish. This patch was very important for you to have installed. It fixes the game so that it should not crash, which is just one blessing among a host of other bug fixes and enhancements most surely to be to any player's delight. If you want the game to remain as close as possible to the "vanilla version," like an improved and patched version of Ice & Blood or Sacred 2 Gold, you should stop here. However, if you do not want the Community Items (jewelry, armor, and weapons) to drop in the game, then you will need to skip to the Fifth step, where you may add any desired Mods; here you will want to add the "Vanilla Drops" for CM Patch 160. If you choose to stop there, after the Vanilla Drops installation, the Community Items may be downloaded and used in the game but they will not drop as quest rewards or as loot.
Fourth, you may be adding, at your own discretion, either the Sacred 2 Enhanced Edition or the Community Patch Addendum, the two are mutually exclusive. We will be enabling either by using the Generic Mod Enabler in this step to add either one or the other. Flix's quote: "Sacred 2 Enhanced Edition - about 50% fixes, 40% quality of life changes, 10% "just cause I felt like it" changes (art, etc.)." (If you want the Sacred 2 Enhanced Edition which fixes some issues that could not be fully agreed to by the Mod Team) you will want to add the Sacred 2 Enhanced Edition. (Or, you may instead wish to add The Community Patch Optional Addendum, which also addresses some issues in a manner that was not fully agreed to by the Mod Team. If you prefer the Community Patch Optional Addendum, please skip to the Fifth step, below.) If you do not wish to add either the Sacred 2 Enhanced Edition or the Community Patch Optional Addendum you may skip to the Sixth Step to add some new cool music or Seventh step and add any other desired Mods. Continuing with this, the Forth step, proceed to install the Generic Mod Enabler available here. Follow the directions for adding Mods in the seventh step below, skipping step five. Congratulations, unless you want to add more mods or the optional music file, you are done here and you may go directly to the game and have fun.
Fifth, if you wish to add the Community Patch Addendum instead of the Sacred 2 Enhanced Edition, this step is for you. If you want to find out more about it please visit the topic in the link. To proceed to install the Sacred 2 Enhanced Edition, Follow the directions for adding Mods in the seventh step located below. Congratulations, unless you want to add more mods or optional music files, you are done here and may go directly to the eighth step.
Sixth, this step if for you if you wish to add the cool new music file. You may wish (I strongly advise) to retain a separate copy of the musichq2 folder located in the pak folder located inside the Sacred 2 root folder, in case you find later that you prefer the original music and wish to change back. Now, to add the new background music file just drop 139_bg_highelves_day5.ogg into the zip folder, musichq2, which is located in the pak folder. Unless you wish to add any additional Mods you may skip to the Eighth step.
Seventh, to add any Mods, you are best advised to download and employ the GME. For adding any Mods, like the Community Patch Optional Addendum, you are strongly advised to use the GME. However, for the the Elite Trimmed Textures, you may, unless you have a low-end rig, want to unzip the file directly into the pak folder because it's highly unlikely that you would prefer to return to lower quality image resolutions. You may download the GME here. To install any Mods follow the procedure to follow. Place and then extract the Generic Mod Enabler (GME) jsgme_2.6.0 zip file inside the Sacred 2 root folder and run it by extracting it in the Sacred 2 root folder and then run the GME once by clicking on jsme_setup.exe. Please, direct it to install to the Sacred 2 root folder. When it is has completed its task you may then close it and look inside the Sacred 2 root folder for the MODS folder the GME made. Now, place any of the mods zip folders inside the MODS folder For the GME to work, you must "Extract here" inside the MODS folder, each of them one by one. You should now see a separate folder for each mod by name. Open the GME again and any mod that you wish to activate click on it to select it and then activate it by using the > and the mods description will move to the activated section. The reverse process of clicking/highlighting the Mod and using the < will disable the Mod in question.
Eighth, so that the graphics circle for collection of loot matches the actual area of acquisition you will want to open the options.txt file and chance the values on this following line as indicated: Options.txt needs only this line changed: autoCollectRadius = 230
Congratulations to you are in order. I sincerely hope that you have found this guide useful and that you enjoy Sacred 2 Gold as close as possible to the way you prefer to play it.