The best Baldur's Gate 3 class options and how to use them (2023)

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Whatever your taste, there's a Baldur's Gate 3 class that will satisfy you!

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The best class of Baldur's Gate 3 can be made up of a variety of races, sub-races, sub-classes and more for you to choose from. It's hard to know who to be first, especially if you haven't played any of the previous games or D&D before! Ultimately, that doesn't really matter, because that's what we're here for: to lead you into the fantasy character you've always wanted to be.

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Before you start, you should ask yourself: what kind of character do you want to be and what kind of game are you looking for? Are you here for the camouflage? The fight? Both? Want to find out on the go?

Don't worry, we've got the answers to everything, and if you're looking for more general help, check out theseBaldur's Gate 3 tips.


When you think of a villain, it's easy to think, "Oh, I have to be stealthy for this class." While that's true, you'll take more damage with sneak attacks, but that's not the only thing a rogue can focus on. Again, it ultimately depends on how you want your Rogue to be...

If you want to be a thief in the night, it's best to put the bulk of your points into your dexterity. This further increases your stealth, giving you a greater advantage when sneaking around unseen, giving you more than enough time to plunge your dagger into your enemy's unsuspecting back. As the second best stat with this build, we recommend Wisdom. Wisdom increases Perception, which is useful for spotting traps to disarm them in the first place. Dexterity and Wisdom are perfect stats for your Thief, as they allow you to play a more secondary role without becoming useless in a one-on-one battle. We recommend this type of rogue first because it's a lot of fun to play and if you value sneaking around you'll love this build.

Of course, if you'd rather be a more magical rogue, for example if you want to take the Arcane Trickster subclass when you reach level 3, then we'd recommend keeping Dexterity as your top stat for scoring points, but go for it the intelligence over wisdom. This is because Intelligence is much more useful for making spells do more damage, something you should really consider for a more magical rogue build.

As for your character's race, it doesn't matter for roleplaying, but does it matter for stats? We recommend choosing races like halflings and elves for both builds as both of these races have decent bonuses to Dexterity and/or Wisdom/Intelligence.


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In Dungeons & Dragons, the pattern that a warlock chooses, a creature that accompanies you, often changes your playstyle, but the warlock class in Baldur's Gate 3 is currently quite basic, with only two different patterns to choose from. Because of this, there's only one version of Warlock that we can recommend, and that's Warlock sponsored by The Fiend.

An underworld caster should choose the Charisma stat as their #1 stat, as Charisma increases both the damage and saving throws of a caster's spells. The higher it is, the better, because with this pattern comes the Blessing of the Dark skill. This ability grants the Warlock a few health points for each enemy he knocks down. Warlocks are known to be pretty muddy even if their second best stat is Constitution, so a skill that helps them get more HP? There's nothing to frown on, that's for sure!

As for the Warlock's offensive abilities, most Warlocks have the Eldritch Blast Cantrip (a spell that doesn't take up spell slots and can be used all the time), which is an incredibly effective damage dealer that gets stronger over time as you rising up. As a Fiend Patron Warlock, you also have Hellish Rebuke, a defensive and offensive spell that has the potential to deal a large amount of damage when hit by a character.

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If you are looking for a race to help you create a powerful warlock, we recommend you go for Tiefling because of its great charisma. Elves and humans are also an option, but they don't have as much charisma.


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Let's be frank that Ranger is arguably the weakest class in Dungeons & Dragons. So be thankful that Baldur's Gate 3 isn't the case and with the right preparation you can make your ranger a force to be reckoned with.

In terms of stats, we would say that both Dexterity and Strength could be your primary stats to increase your points. If you want to be a two-wielding ranger we'd say Strength, but if you prefer one-handed weapons and a bow then choose Dexterity, especially if you also want to be a little stealthy. However, if you want the best of both worlds, you can make Strength or Dexterity your second best stat, although we also recommend Wisdom as it aligns better with Ranger skills like animal handling and survival.

The ranger subclass to try when you reach level 3 is Beast Master. While The Hunter gives you more skill bonuses, you can summon animals as allies in a fight, which with the high HP of some animals can turn the tide in a fight very quickly. Role-playing animals are also useful, as certain animals like rats and crows can sneak around in ways even a villain can't.

In terms of race, Wood Elves are best suited to Rangers due to their high Wisdom and Dexterity stats. But any old elf will!


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Mages are puny in close quarters combat, but they're ridiculously powerful on the battlefield when given the chance to wreak havoc in the rear. And let's face it, that's why we chose a build that really rewards anyone who wants to become the biggest damage dealer in the group.

The two stats that any self-respecting mage should dedicate their time and energy to are intelligence and wisdom, possibly the constitution for mages who want their character to feel less like a glass. The reason for Intelligence is that all of your spell saving throws are based on it, and the higher the stat, the more your enemies will need to escape your magic and its effects. As for the purposes of the subclass, which starts at level 2 for casters, we recommend the summoner ability over the summoner shaping spell ability. Abjurers prioritizes protection, which a mage desperately needs when dealing with sticky situations. More importantly, sometimes the best offense is a great defense.

High elves are considered the favored race of wizards due to their high intelligence, but humans work just as well because, as expected of humans, they are good at almost everything. Other races to consider are the Asmodeous Tieflings, but they don't fare as well as the High Elves or other elven subraces.


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Clerics are a very interesting class in Baldur's Gate 3 because, like their D&D counterpart, you can play the class in different ways thanks to the three different domains offered. As of this writing, the domain that is proving to be the best for a cleric is the domain of life, a domain that allows players to cast healing spells more effectively and with their Channel Divinity they can heal allies without up to to consume a magic slot. We say that dominance over the others because unless you'd rather take Shadowheart with you everywhere you go, you won't get the healing you need unless you spend a ton of money on health potions. With that in mind, it goes without saying that the best build for the Cleric right now is a Healer build.

The first stat to look for to create your primary stat is Wisdom. Wisdom is essential for clerics, as your ability to cast spells and saving throws depend on this stat more than anything else. The next stat should be Constitution or Strength, depending on whether you want your cleric to remain a force to be reckoned with in close combat. We recommend Strength because while your cantrips can help, a backup mace/sword and shield will serve you well if your Strength stat is good.

The best race for the Cleric is the Gold Dwarf, due to their high Wisdom and Constitution scores. But don't count out half-elves or humans if you'd rather play something else: as long as they have plenty of wisdom, they make effective clerics!


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Fighters are undoubtedly the best class for players who just want to get close and fight through enemies. He is a class that combines brute strength with tactics and for this guide we are going to show you the ultimate build to make a warrior that enemies will take great effort to avoid.

Not surprisingly, the best stat for fighters is Strength. Strength helps with weapon damage, especially if you prefer two-handed weapons like big axes and big swords, and with a few hits (and hopefully lots of great dice rolls) you can shred your enemies pretty quickly. The next stat can be either Dexterity or Constitution. Dexterity if you'd rather have a higher chance of being first in battle, as well as bonuses to skills like Acrobatics and Dexterity or Constitution to make your flesh shield, well, meatier!

As for the Fighter subclass, only pick Eldritch Knight if you need more magical firepower in your party. For example, if your main party consists of Lae'zel, Astarion, and Wyll, then perhaps an Eldritch Knight would be for you. But considering that only Astarion and Lae'zel are your typical "melee" fighters, we doubt that's the case and you should choose the Battlemaster subclass instead. With Battle Master you get 4 superiority dice, which are d8s. You can spend these dice to perform special abilities like Menacing Attack, which has a chance to make enemies run.

Last but not least, the race for a fighter is different as both humans and half-elves have decent Strength stats. However, if you want to be the ultimate fighter, we recommend playing as Githyanki just for the added strength bonuses.

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What is the best class to start baldurs gate 3? ›

Fighter. It's the most straightforward, and intuitive class to play, in my opinion. They can use basically any weapon or armor in the game, and have a decent health pool. And once you get a feel of the game, maybe you will want to try others.

Do choices matter in Baldur's Gate 3? ›

Baldur's Gate 3 is filled with branching player choices that affect the game's story, but there are a few choices vastly more important than the rest. Baldur's Gate 3 places players at the center of the game's narrative, making each decision hold its own unique consequences.

What is the best caster class in Baldur's Gate 3? ›

The Sorcerer has the potential to be one of the strongest classes in Baldur's Gate 3, as their ability to call upon extra arcane power and alter their spells to their needs makes them the best spellcasters in a time of need, which tends to happen a lot in the game.

What is the best race for Wizard Baldur's Gate 3? ›

With the recent addition of Gnomes, they've become the best race for wizards. They are the only race with a +2 Intelligence bonus. I recommend the Deep Gnome subrace, as it gives a +1 dexterity bonus as well as superior darkvision and advantage on stealth checks. The other two races are viable as well.

What is the best alignment in Baldur's Gate? ›

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  • 7 Valygar Corlatha - Neutral Good.
  • 6 Keldorn Firecam - Lawful Good.
  • 5 Minsc - Chaotic Good.
  • 4 Nalia De'Arnise - Chaotic Good.
  • 3 Mazzy Fentan - Lawful Good.
  • 2 Aerie - Lawful Good.
  • 1 Imoen - Neutral Good.
Aug 1, 2020

Is confessor the best starting class? ›

Confessor. If it's a balanced beginners' class you're after, you won't do better than the Confessor. The Confessor has the highest starting level of any origin and starts the game with a decent shield, which is a valuable tool to have in hand if you're not quite up to speed with FromSoft combat yet.

Should I cripple the brain Baldur's Gate 3? ›

Remove the brain by whatever means, and when given the option to cripple or mutilate it, don't. After that, it'll follow you around and fight by your side.

Can you become a vampire in Baldur's Gate 3? ›

While many backgrounds are available for players in the early access version of Baldur's Gate III, the vampire spawn is not among them.

Will there be a paladin class in Baldur's Gate 3? ›

The paladin class is coming to the early access version of Baldur's Gate 3. It's the headline addition in Patch 9 which, I'm afraid, sounds like it will be the last major content update to the early access build before the game's full release in August 2023.

What is the strongest wizard subclass? ›

The Best Wizard Subclasses In Dungeons & Dragons, Ranked
  • 8 School Of Necromancy.
  • 7 Theurgy.
  • 6 War Magic.
  • 5 Chronurgy Magic.
  • 4 School Of Abjuration.
  • 3 School Of Evocation.
  • 2 Order Of Scribes.
  • 1 School Of Divination.
Aug 16, 2022

What race goes best with Wizard? ›

However, if you do want to try and optimize your abilities the following races provide some of the best synergies with the artificer class:
  • Elf (High Elf) ...
  • Genasi (Fire) ...
  • Gnome. ...
  • Hobgoblin. ...
  • Human. ...
  • Simic Hybrid. ...
  • Warforged. ...
  • Bladesinging.
Apr 17, 2019

What class should I start with in ds3? ›

For the players that are new to Dark Souls 3, we recommend that you choose the Knight as starting class. It has an excellent starting armor with a great weapon and shield that has 100% physical damage absorption. This starting class is by far the balanced one you can ask for in the game.

What is the best class for beginners In Dark Souls 3? ›

Knight. Our recommendation for new players is to begin with the Knight class. You get some of the best (and heaviest) starting armor, as well as a shield that absorbs 100 percent physical damage. That means you can block any physical attack and you won't take any damage from the hit.

Can you be a necromancer in baldurs Gate 3? ›

Necromancy spells are currently available, but the Necromancer school is not yet available as a Wizard subclass. It will be in the finished game. It is not possible to become a lich.


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