How to Cheat in Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

With the launch of the new Final Cut version of Disco Elysium, a ton of stuff has changed in the game. But at its core, it’s still the story-driven RPG that’s incredible. The addition of full voice-acting, more advanced controls and so much more has made this one of the best RPGs in a generation. And that’s all without combat. I won’t spoil anything, but this game makes playing a screw-up alcoholic cop the most fun it could possibly be.

Note: The mod that would normally make cheating very easy hasn’t been updated for Final Cut, hence this guide.

Stats can help make checks, both red and white checks, much easier. Keep in mind that red checks are a one-shot deal. Failing these means you fail the attached challenge permanently. Since you’re rolling d6 dice like a TTRPG, the max stat you can have is 12 in each of the four stats: Intellect, Psyche, Physique, Motorics.

There’s a very simple warning to point out before we explain how to cheat in Disco Elysium.

You really shouldn’t. Making a hacked character like the one in this guide will have a very predictable impact on the way the game plays you. Yes, the game, in effect, will force you into certain choices if your stats are too high. So if you really want to cheat, don’t max out all of your stats across the board.

The systems in the game are based on stats and substats. Each of the four baseline stats in Disco Elysium determines a variety of your character’s substats and skills. The higher or lower your stats, the more focused or useless your character is. Having a very high set of Logic stats can force your character into being unbearably obsessed with their idealized self-importance. The game will routinely force you into decisions that make it impossible to consider choices outside the most hyper-logical conclusions. A high stat in one area, in a manner of speaking, makes you much less human. If you insist, here’s how to go about modding your character.

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How to Cheat in Disco Elysium

Start a brand new game and finish character creation and save ASAP. The next thing you need to do is locate your save games folder, it will be located at the directory below on Windows 10.

  • C:\Users\(your user name)\AppData\LocalLow\ZAUM Studio\Disco Elysium\SaveGames

Look for the file that ends with “.2nd.ntwtf.json“. It’s inside a .ZIP archive that can be extracted, inside the folder listed above. Once you have extracted the json file, back it up somewhere before you edit it. Make a copy of the json file on your Desktop and open it. It’s recommended to open it with something like Notepad++ to help with formatting the code.

Now, look for the lines in the code that look like this:


You will see different lines in the save file labeled as INT, PSY, MOT and FYS.

Each of these stat blocks is associated with one of your main four stats. Edit the values listed below the “AbilityModifierCauseMap” to any number between 1 and 12 to alter your base stats. Remember the warning above when doing this. If you just want to make checks a  bit easier in some cases, maybe only modify two stats to values around 6 or so.

Once you’ve made your edits, place the modified file back in the .ZIP you extracted it from, and then reboot the game. When you load up your new save, you should see the modified stat value in-game. Make sure to let Steam re-sync your edited save via cloud saves so that the edit takes hold. It seems that Steam likes to monkey with the process a bit.

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