Get2DAString(string, string, int)

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Retrieves a string value from a *.2da file on a server.

string Get2DAString(
    string s2DA,
    string sColumn,
    int nRow


Name of the *.2DA file on the server.
Name of the column within the *.2DA file.
Row number within the *.2DA file.


Returns the value of a string in the given location of a specified *.2da file. Returns an empty string if file, column, or row is not found. Returns "" (empty string) for "****" entries in the *.2da.

Get2daString() now is cached the first time it is called, into the memory of the computer. Basically - you can now use this function in a loop with a lot less noticeable loss of speed!

Obviously now you cannot change 2da files dynamically out of game, and see changes in-game.


You can now loop using this function. It will now work (or should work) as fast as the game would itself getting information from a 2da file. Likely, there now should be no noticeable loss of speed compared to pre-1.64. If there is loss of speed - it'll be greatly improved upon pre-1.64.

Do not prefix your own *.2da files with the prefix "des_".

The maximum length for a *.2da file is 16 characters. If you specify a longer file name, the function will fail without warning.

Most game 2da files are up to 65535 entries as of NWN:EE, some exceptions from clippy:

  • classes.2da is up to 254 entries
  • skills.2da also goes up to 255 max, though there's a few quirks there
  • spells.2da goes up to 65535, but in 1.69 any spells above 4096 would not be usable from the radial menu (fixed in NWN:EE)
  • races.2da may be capped up to 255 max
  • body parts are limited to 255 for network reasons

A few things go even above 65535 up to 4 billion, but 65535 is quite a high limit regardless of a custom or game used 2da file.

If you create custom 2da files there is the settings in settings.tml that relate to this function:

  • 2da-engine-cache-size = 11
  • 2da-user-cache-size = 10

If you use more than this amount of custom 2da files it would be recommended to up this number appropriately since it's still stuck in 2002-era values.

Known Bugs

The maximum length of a field within a *.2da file is 267 characters. Anything longer than that will cause NWN to crash.

Although not a bug, the changes to this in 1.64 means you cannot change a 2da file out-of-game, and it change the results in-game. This is intended 1.64 behavior.




// Return TRUE if weapon does bludgeoning damage
// Uses Get2DAString

int GetDoesBludgeoningDamage(object oWeapon)
    int nBaseType = GetBaseItemType(oWeapon);
    return (StringToInt(Get2DAString("baseitems", "WeaponType", nBaseType)) == 2);
    // 2 = bludgeoning

See Also

 author: Charles Feduke, editor: Jasperre, additional contributor(s): Georg Zoeller, Bob Flaherty, Jasperre