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Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Subclasses, Traits, Weapons, and More

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Subclasses, Traits, Weapons, and More
Images via Larian Studios

Written by 

Maya Hutchinson

Posted 

21st Apr 2022 23:01

There are plenty of Baldur's Gate 3 classes to choose from, as you'd expect from one of the most anticipated Fantasy RPG games of the last few years. Featuring an enormous world - based on Wizards of the Coasts’ Forgotten Realms - and an even bigger story, Baldur’s Gate 3 aims to bring the magic of Dungeons & Dragons to modern video games. That includes the many monsters, spells, and - the focal point of this guide - the Baldur's Gate 3 classes that help create the immersive and magical game.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes List

One of the most important elements Baldur's Gate 3 captures from the tabletop equivalent of the game is the customisability of player characters. From the very start, players can choose from a number of races, spells and classes. But, arguably one of the most important choices a player will make when embarking on their adventure is the class they’ll choose to play.

Their class choice will impact their gameplay as well as how they might choose to resolve certain encounters. Some classes are more suited for social encounters and interactions, whilst other classes are instead suited for combat-only. 

Although we will be going through each class in-depth, here you can find a general summary of all of the confirmed Baldur's Gate 3 classes. All the Player’s Handbook Classes have been confirmed for the Baldur’s Gate 3 full release but some subclasses have been omitted from the Early Access. 

Keep in mind that there is a Baldur’s Gate 3 max level cap in the Early Access, which will impact the way the classes are played. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Rogue

Rogues are the go-to for stealth and damage. Baldur’s Gate 3 rogues are lethal additions to a team, being able to Sneak Attack often leads them to dealing a substantial amount of damage on a single target. Astarion, one of the companion characters, is a rogue.

Rogues have the option between Assassin, Thief and Arcane Trickster. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Wizard

Mages in the Forgotten Realms are either taught magic, born with it or granted it by powerful beings. Wizards are one of the classes that learns to manipulate the Weave and hone their craft in spellcasting. As such, Wizards can constantly learn new spells, and have one of the biggest spell lists they can learn from. Gale, one of the companion characters, is a Wizard. 

Wizards can choose between the Abjuration or Evocation Subclass.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Warlock

Warlocks are bestowed their Eldritch abilities by a powerful being as part of some kind of deal. Fiends, Fey or other creatures might offer their aid to an individual in return for a favour or service. They are magical and have access to the class-unique Eldritch Invocations that help create powerful mages. Wyll, one of the companion characters, is a Fiend Warlock.

Warlocks can choose their patron, and thus their subclass. Their options are: Fiend, Great Old One or Archfey. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Sorcerer

Born with magic, Sorcerers are powerful individuals who have magic imbued into their very blood. They are powerful mages who have access to a number of damaging spells.

Sorcerers have the choice between Draconic Bloodline or Wild Magic Sorcery as their subclass. 

 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Cleric

Blessed by magic from a divine being, either good or bad, Clerics are extensions of their chosen Gods. Acting as intermediates between the mortal world and the plane of the Gods. Shadowheart, one of the companion characters, is a Cleric. 

Depending on the chosen God, the Cleric will receive different abilities. Clerics are tanks, and although they primarily use spells, they have a few weapon and shield proficiencies that lend aid to being a melee class too. They can choose their chosen domain from Knowledge, Life, Light, Nature, Tempest, Trickery or War Domain.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Barbarian

Fuelled by rage and fury, Barbarians are the tank of the game. They can take a hit as well as dish it out just as well, using their strength to intimidate and overpower their foes.

Barbarians use heavy and powerful weapons to level the battlefield, and they can stomach just about any hit thrown at them. Barbarians have the choice between the Berserker or Wild Heart subclass. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Paladin

Paladins have not been added to the game just yet but they will be in an upcoming patch. They will be available upon full release. 

Paladins are blessed with powers based on an oath they might take. This oath could lead them to serve a God, organization or perhaps even themselves. Paladins are a hybrid class, using a lot of melee weapons as well as spells, they are the one class who have access to the Smites. Spells that are used in addition to a melee weapon attack to deal extra damage. 

Paladins have the choice between the Devotion or Vengeance subclass. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Bard

Using magic to bolster their allies, Bards are a support class. Using their abilities, they can help their allies in more ways than just healing.

Whether they’re a scholar, poet or musician, bards use words or music to inspire their friends, demoralize foes, manipulate minds and even heal wounds. They are masters of speech and social interactions. Bards can choose between the College of Lore or the College of Valor for their subclass. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Fighter

Fighters are the all-rounder class, they have access to all weapons and armours, as such they can adapt their playstyle to whatever they want. Tank or DPS, the Fighter is a nice template class for anyone who might not want to focus on spells, and instead simply want to deal damage, slice through enemies and vanquish their foes. Lae'Zel, one of the companion characters, is a Fighter. 

Fighters can choose between the Champion, Eldritch Knight or Battle Master subclass.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Classes: Druid

Bridges between Man and Beast, Druids are mages who have the ability to turn into animals as well as communicate with them.

Druids can call forth the elemental forces of nature, they act as nature’s resilience, fury and cunning. They are extensions to nature’s will. Druids can choose between the Circle of Land or Moo subclass.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Ranger

Not unlike druids, Rangers are the bridge between the natural world and civilization. They are cunning people who roam the natural world, amid forests or deserts, Rangers are the careful watchers of nature and mankind. Seeing that the two can coexist in peace. Rangers can choose between Beast Master and the Hunter subclass. 

Baldur’s Gate 3: Monk 

Monks have not been added to the game just yet but they will be in an upcoming patch. They will be available upon full release. 

Monks use the energy within their bodies to magically bolster their abilities. They are proficient in martial arts and use their bodies to strike down foes in powerful displays of prowess. They use Ki, either to defend themselves or to disrupt the natural flow of energy in someone else. Monks can choose between the Four Elements, Open Hand or Shadow Subclass. 

There you have it for the Baldur's Gate 3 classes, if you're wondering whether Articifer has been confirmed, as of yet it has not. Though, depending on the Early Access development, Larian might choose to include Artificer later. In the meantime, there are 12 classes in total to choose from.