Baldur’s Gate 3 Oathbreaker Guide – How to break Paladin Oath (BG3)


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    From the beginning, I knew I would be playing a Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3. I also knew what Oath I would take, but one thing that interested me was whether or not you could become an Oathbreaker Paladin. As it turns out, Larian Studios included this subclass, though it is secret, and you cannot choose it from the beginning. This may leave you wondering how to break your Oath as a Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3.

    How to become an Oathbreaker Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3

    Breaking your Oath in Baldur’s Gate 3 is surprisingly easy, though it may change depending on which Oath you select. A good rule of thumb is that if you kill an innocent person, kill an innocent animal, break a commitment you’ve made, or commit a crime. Once you do this, the Oathbreaker Knight, a mysterious knight, visits you and tells you he will be waiting at your camp.

    Once you speak to him, you can accept your status as an Oathbreaker or go through the rites of redemption. If you choose the first option, you will unlock the hidden Oathbreaker subclass for Paladin. I’ve listed decisions and actions that can turn you into an Oathbreaker, but the list is incomplete and will be updated. I am playing an Oath of the Ancients Paladin, so let me know if you encounter an Oathbreaker path I’ve missed!

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    All Oathbreaker Choices in BG3

    Choice/Action Oath of Ancients Oath of Devotion Oath of Vengeance
    Kill an innocent. Yes Yes Yes
    Free Sazza in Emerald Grove. Yes Yes
    Kill the Owlbear mother and cub. Yes
    Torture Liam in the Shattered Sanctum. Yes
    Kill the Tieflings holding Lae’zel captive. Yes
    Kill Pandima in Emerald Grove. Yes
    Allow Auntie Ethel to take Marina. Yes
    Bring Mayrina’s Husband to life with Auntie Ethel’s wand. Yes
    Allow Arka to kill Sazza in Emerald Grove. Yes
    Attack the Goblin Camp after convincing Minthara to spare Emerald Grove. Yes
    Attack Zarys unprovoked after peacefully entering the Zhentarim Hideout. Yes

    How to restore your Paladin Oath in Baldur’s Gate 3

    Restoring your Paladin Oath is also surprisingly easy. After breaking your Oath, the Oathbreaker Knight awaits you at camp. Speak to him, and eventually, you can choose the option to restore your Oath. Select this option and pay the required number of gold. For me it was 1,000 gold, but this may differ on your Oath and level. Answer why you wish to take your Oath back up, and you will regain your previous Oath. You cannot use this to switch your Oath, and you must do this every time you dishonor your Oath. You also cannot use Withers to restore your Oath.

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    Is breaking your Oath permanent in Baldur’s Gate 3?

    Breaking your Oath is not permanent. The Oathbreaker Knight will await you at camp when you break your Oath, and you can retake your Oath by speaking to him. You must pay the required gold and express your sorrow and reasons for restoring your Oath. After this, you will once again be a Paladin of your chosen Oath.

    Should I break my Oath in Baldur’s Gate 3?

    Personally, I do not recommend breaking your Oath in Baldur’s Gate 3, but the choice is yours. Oath of the Ancients is one of the strongest Paladin Oaths, but even still, Devotion and Vengeance are good as well. Oathbreaker provides you with abilities that let you control hate, fear, darkness, and the Undead. This is perfect if you are playing an evil character or want to be a death knight, but I prefer my Paladin to be good.

    Baldur’s Gate 3 – Oathbreaker Subclass Explained

    Level Feature
    Level 1 Spiteful Suffering
    Level 2 Fighting Style
    Level 3 Oath Spells (Control Undead, Dreadful Aspect, Hellish Rebuke, Inflict Wounds)
    Level 4 Feat/ASI
    Level 5 Extra Attack
    Oath Spells (Crown of Madness, Darkness)
    Level 7 Aura of Hate
    Level 8 Feat/ASI
    Level 9 Oath Spells (Bestow Curse, Animate Dead)
    Level 12 Feat/ASI

    For more information on Baldur’s Gate 3, check out BG3 Best Feats Tier List – Baldur’s Gate 3 and Baldur’s Gate 3 Infernal Iron – How to Give it to Dammon on MyFullGames.


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