Classes & Subclasses Guide: Baldur’s Gate 3 | Which one to choose?

In Baldur’s Gate 3, creating your own character is a huge aspect of the game that’ll affect your gameplay in a major way, and the most important choice that you’ll have to make is what class and subclass you’ll choose before beginning your journey.

Not all classes are the same. Each of them has their own playstyles, spells, skills, strengths, etc., and each of these classes has subclasses that help upgrade the initial class and unlock new abilities. There are a total of 12 classes and 46 subclasses.

Classes & Subclasses Guide: Baldur's Gate 3 | Which one to choose?
Classes Ranked – Baldur’s Gate 3

If you’re not sure of what class to go for, here’s a ranked list of all the classes available in the game:

11. Ranger

10. Rogue

9. Druid

8. Fighter

7. Barbarian

6. Wizard

5. Sorcerer

4. Paladin

3. Warlock

2. Bard

1. Cleric

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how you want to play the game. All of the classes are great and fun to play with, so go for the one that seems the most appealing and that you feel will help you massively in gameplay. Let’s get into the details of all these classes and what they do:

11. Ranger

Primary Attributes: Dexterity, Wisdom

Rangers are a good class as they have a variety of abilities to choose from, but they’re not anything special, hence they rank last on this list.

10. Rogue

Primary Attribute: Dexterity

While Rogues are a pretty high-damage class, they’re mostly involved with stealth. If you’re a player who doesn’t prefer stealth, then this class isn’t for you. Plus, its sneak attack isn’t that powerful.

9. Druid

Primary Attribute: Wisdom

Druid is a very fun to play class, and its spells are pretty useful, especially Wild Shape, which allows you to turn into animals and can be very effective in gameplay.

8. Fighter

Primary Attributes: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution

Fighter is essentially a strength-based class and is very useful in combat, allowing you to wear any armor or use any weapon you’d like. Outside of combat, though, they’re not that useful.

7. Barbarian

Primary Attributes: Strength, Constitution

Barbarian is another strength-based class and has the most health out of any class, which can be very helpful in combat. If you’re a fan of playing aggressively, then this is the class for you.

6. Wizard

Primary Attribute: Intelligence

Wizard is an extremely versatile spell-based class that can cast a variety of spells and permanently learn new spells too. They don’t often run out of spells, but when they do, that’s when they become less useful.

5. Sorcerer

Primary Attribute: Charisma

Sorcerer is another spell-based class, just like Wizard but not as versatile. They can do huge amounts of damage, and you can modify your spells using Metamagic. The downside is that they have low health, and their defense is as good as a wooden plank, so it’s pretty much a glass cannon class.

4. Paladin

Primary Attributes: Strength, Charisma

Paladins are very fun to use spellcasters, and they have a lot of uses outside of combat like supporting others, healing others, and obviously doing a good amount of damage to opponents. But they don’t have a wide variety of spells or good ranged attacks, which is their biggest downside.

3. Warlock

Primary Attribute: Charisma

Warlock is another versatile spellcaster who doesn’t have many spell slots, but they’ve got tricks up their sleeves for every situation, which makes them very useful. In addition to that, their spell slots have short refresh periods.

2. Bard

Primary Attributes: Charisma, Dexterity

Bards are incredibly fun to play with, as they have spells for any situation and are very good at manipulation. The biggest advantage is that you can completely avoid fighting enemies by using manipulation tactics and spells.

1. Cleric

Primary Attribute: Wisdom

Cleric is the best class in Baldur’s Gate 3, as they’re not only fantastic healers but also very versatile spellcasters with a great variety of spells. They’re useful in pretty much any situation, and their shields and armors are good enough to last in combat.

1. The Best Subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3

Here are the best subclasses for each of the classes in the game:

11. Ranger: Beast Master

10. Rogue: Thief

9. Druid: Circle of the Moon

8. Fighter: Battle Master

7. Barbarian: Berserker

6. Wizard: School of Evocation

5. Sorcerer: Draconic Bloodline

4. Paladin: Oath of the Ancients

3. Warlock: The Fiend

2. Bard: College of Valour

1. Cleric: Life Domain

These are all based on early access, which is why Monk is missing from this list, but this will help you narrow down the subclass that you want to choose for each of the classes.

2. How many classes and subclasses does Baldur’s Gate 3 have?

There are a total of 12 classes and 46 subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3. Here’s a table listing them all:

ClassesSubclassesDescription
BarbarianBerserker, Wildheart, Wild MagicThe strong embrace the wild that hides inside – keen instincts, primal physicality, and most of all, an unbridled, unquenchable rage.
FighterBattle Master, Eldritch Knight, ChampionFighters have mastered the art of combat, wielding weapons with unmatched skill and wearing armour like a second skin.
RogueArcane Trickster, Assassin, ThiefWith stealth, skill and uncanny reflexes, a rogue’s versatility lets them get the upper hand in almost any situation.
BardCollege of Lore, College of Valour, College of SwordsYou know music is more than fancy – it is power. Through study and adventure, you have mastered song, speech, and the magic within.
WarlockArchfey, The Fiend, The Great Old OneBound by a pact to an all-powerful patron, warlocks trade their loyalty for supernatural abilities and unique magic.
ClericKnowledge Domain, Life Domain, Light Domain, Nature Domain,Tempest Domaint, Trickery Domain, War DomainClerics are representatives of the gods they worship, wielding potent divine magic for good or ill.
DruidCircle of the Land, Circle of the Moon, Circle of SporesDruids channel the elemental forces of nature and share a deep kinship with animals. Mastery of Wild Shape allows them to transform into beasts from all over the Realms.
RangerHunter, Beast Master, Gloom StalkerRangers are unrivalled scouts and trackers, honing a deep connection with nature in order to hunt their favoured prey.
SorcererWild Magic, Draconic Bloodline, Storm SorcerySorcerers are natural spellcasters, drawing on inherent magic from a gift or bloodline.
MonkWay of the Open Hand, Way of Shadow, Way of the Four ElementsAvailable at Launch
PaladinOath of the Ancients, Oath of Devotion, Oath of Vengeance, OathbreakerFuelled by the Oaths you swore to uphold justice and righteousness, you are a beacon of hope in dark times.
WizardAbjuration School, Conjuration School, Divination School, Enchantment School, Evocation School, Necromancy School, Illusion School, Transmutation SchoolWizards master the arcane by specialising in individual schools of magic, combining ancient spells with modern research.

All of these classes and subclasses are very fun to play with, and each of them has their own different skillsets, spells, abilities, etc. None of the classes are useless per se, but some are more useful than others.

3. Can I multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3?

You can multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3. The developers themselves previously confirmed this on Reddit. Multiclass wasn’t available in early access but is expected to be available in the game’s full release in August.

They stated that the multiclass will be close to Dungeon & Dragons 5th Edition, meaning you’ll be able to switch to any class as long as you have the required stats. In this game, 13 units is the stat requirement.

4. What is the easiest class to play with in Baldur’s Gate 3?

According to a lot of players, Cleric and Fighter are the easiest classes to play with in Baldur’s Gate 3. Barbarian is a great and easy melee class for beginners too. Any class is fine for a beginner, as learning the ropes is quite simple.

It doesn’t really matter which class you choose to begin your journey with, as all of them are quite fun and easy to play. But if you do want an easy class that involves just hitting stuff and getting through the game, then go for Fighter or Barbarian.

5. Does Baldur’s Gate 3 have a Monk class?

Baldur’s Gate 3 does have a Monk class, and it’ll be available in the game upon release. In a recent interview with GamesRadar+, lead writer Adam Smith explained why one should go for Monk when choosing classes.

“A Monk’s great because they’re so quick,” Smith said. “Once you get to level six or seven, it feels like you’re taking five turns for anyone else’s one turn because you’re running around darting all over the place”.

6. About Baldur’s Gate III

Baldur’s Gate III is a role-playing game, developed and published by Larian Studios. It features both single and multiplayer gameplay.

Based on Dungeons & Dragons’ tabletop role-playing system, the game is chock full of twists and turns, friendship, betrayals, a never-ending quest for attaining absolute power, along with freedom of choice, letting you be whatever you wish to be!

Fighting against every odd, you will be required to shape the fate of the Forgotten Realms.

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