Multiclassing in Baldur’s Gate 3 allows players to mix and match between the game’s twelve classes to gain new skills and abilities. Sticking with one class for a whole campaign has many advantages, including access to the game’s most powerful skills and spells. However, by multiclassing, you can develop deep character builds that draw power from interesting connections between the different classes.
Every time you level up in Baldur’s Gate 3, you can give your character a secondary class via the level-up menu. From that point on, you’ll be able to assign a level to any class you’ve chosen every time you level up, allowing you to pick abilities, spells, and feats from either. However, there’s a tradeoff, as multiclassing immediately prevents you from reaching the maximum level for any single class. It’s something to consider when thinking about the best multiclass combinations.
The Jack-of-All-Trades build is the only character build in the game tied to a specific achievement: Jack-of-All-Trades. Unlike other multiclass builds, which split character levels between two or three different classes, this assigns one level each to all twelve classes featured in the game. Character leveling is actually capped at Level 12 in-game, so this fits nicely.
Knowing which order to pick classes is incredibly important for a Baldur’s Gate 3 Jack-of-All-Trades build, and it’s highly recommended that players use the following order:
The only question remains: what might players expect from taking a page from every character class. There are several traditional and non-traditional spellcasting classes, so a Jack-of-All-Trades character has access to various spells and cantrips.
These include some basic damage-dealing spells, such as the Warlock’s Eldritch Blast, but also spells for healing, buffs, and debuffs, such as Vicious Mockery and Sanctuary from the Bard and Cleric classes. Aside from magic, a Jack-of-All-Trades character also gains some combat advantages, including proficiencies with weapons and heavy armor from the Fighter and Barbarian classes.
Starting off with a Baldur’s Gate 3 Fighter and Barbarian ensures that a character has a decent pool of health and survivability in the early game; spellcasters can deal plenty of damage, but poor positioning can prove fatal. It’s a highly versatile and unusual build with plenty of combat and exploration options.
Players can also expect to unlock many class-specific dialogue options, which is excellent for flexible roleplaying.
Rogues in Baldur’s Gate 3 specialize in attacking from stealth and tend to be weaker when they cannot hide. Enter the Ranger: another class that also relies on the Dexterity stat and has useful abilities and great subclasses for stealth-based builds. This build boosts the Rogue’s stealth attacks with Ranger class and subclass features to maximize the damage of your character’s stealth attacks.
It’s recommended that a Rogue/Ranger multiclass character takes the Gloom Stalker subclass from Baldur’s Gate 3’s Ranger build at Level 3. This comes with several useful abilities and actions, including the Dread Ambusher class feature, which gives the character a +3 bonus to Initiative, increased movement range, and an extra attack at the start of combat.
This plays nicely with the Rogue’s Assassin subclass, which is particularly good against enemies who haven’t yet taken their turn. Assassin Rogues gain certain abilities at Level 3, including Assassinate: Initiative, which grants them an Advantage on their Attack Rolls against enemies who haven’t taken their turn. The mix of the two classes creates a character capable of seizing the initiative and dishing out high amounts of single-target damage when combat begins.
This build works best during the first turn of combat, where a character can deal enough damage on a single target to eliminate many non-boss enemies instantly.
Sorcerers in Baldur’s Gate 3 are one of the best options for multiclassing, as they can use Sorcery Points to fuel powerful Metamagic abilities. When used, Metamagic abilities apply special effects to all spells. This includes Distant Spell, which increases the maximum range of spells by 50%, and Heightened Spell, which puts enemies targeted by spells at Disadvantage when making saving throws.
This plays fantastically well with any spellcasting class since spells can only become more powerful with Metamagic. However, for the best results, players should multiclass with Warlock. Both classes rely on Charisma for spellcasting, which produces some nice synergy that isn’t present when multiclassing with the Wizard. This build creates a powerful spellcaster capable of wielding great Warlock spells such as Eldritch Blast and some of Starfield’s most powerful Sorcerer spells.
When picking Eldritch Invocations for the Warlock class, make sure to select both Agonizing Blast and Repelling Blast to give Eldritch Blast extra damage and knockback.
Both classes rely on Charisma, but they can also gain bonuses for useful Charisma-based skills such as Persuasion, Deception, and Intimidation. For an even bigger bonus, you can also use Sorcery Points to refill Spell Slots to keep your character going even longer before they need to Long Rest.
Clerics and Baldur’s Gate 3’s Bards often fill party support roles, so multiclassing gives a character even more options for healing, buffs, and debuffs. The combination of the Bard and Cleric spell sets creates the ultimate support character, capable of laying down crowd control spells, healing the party, hitting enemies with debuffs, and even dealing some damage on the side.
Players have lots of choices when it comes to picking a Cleric Domain. For example, a Life Domain Cleric can gain Heavy Armor Proficiency and strong healing spells, allowing you to focus on picking other debuff spells when leveling up as a Bard. Alternatively, the War and Tempest Domains allow a Bard/Cleric character to deal some decent damage in combat.
Bards are fantastic support characters, but they tend to lack survivability and decent healing spells. Clerics can fill that gap almost perfectly, and picking the right Domain can drastically shift a character’s role in combat encounters.
It’s also worth noting that Bards are a fan-favorite class, while Clerics are currently the game’s least popular class, according to Larian Studios’ patch notes. Putting them together might just make playing a Cleric a bit more fun.
Fighters and Barbarians in Baldur’s Gate 3 are frontline warriors designed to deal damage to multiple targets and tanks. Multiclassing both produces characters who can dominate combat encounters, combining a Fighter’s extra actions with the Barbarian’s Rage ability for multiple high-damage melee attacks every turn.
Fighters gain extra actions through the Second Wind and Action Surge abilities, allowing them to move and hit multiple targets within the same turn. The Battle Master subclass also unlocks Maneuvers: special attacks with different effects, such as disarming enemies, knocking them back, or tripping them up.
You can combine this with the Barbarian’s Rage ability, which grants resistance against weapon damage and a straightforward bonus to weapon damage. Essentially, multiclassing with this build combines a Barbarian’s rage, damage output, and sheer survivability with the Fighter’s potent special attacks and mobility. The end result is a terrifying, unstoppable force of nature.
However, with 12 different character classes and even more subclasses, the opportunities for multiclassing are almost endless. Baldur’s Gate 3 can be extremely tough at higher difficulties, so multiclassing gives you options for flexible and unusual builds that can surprise your enemies and co-op party friends alike.
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- Baldur’s Gate 3 is a long-anticipated sequel to Baldur’s Gate 2, released in 2000 from BioWare and now being handled by Larian Studios. Set 120 years after the events of Shadows of Amn, Baldur’s Gate 3 puts players in the role of a customizable protagonist who has been captured and infected with a parasite that will turn them into a mind flayer. Before the process is complete, the ship they are on crashes, leaving them on a quest to cure themselves as they meet up with other survivors. Gameplay is turn-based and can be played co-operatively online or tackled alone in a single-player campaign with NPC allies.
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