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There is no doubt about it—Paladin is my favorite class in Dungeons and Dragons, so naturally, my first Baldur’s Gate 3 character is a Paladin. I remember when I first made my Dexterity-based Paladin in 5E, and I recreated this character for my first playthrough of BG3. That said, I tweaked and respeced a few things to make my Paladin build more optimal.
Best Paladin Build in Baldur’s Gate 3
Paladins are the holy knights of Baldur’s Gate 3. They excel at melee combat but have plenty of versatility with support spells and healing. That said, you’ll likely find your Paladin doing burst damage through Divine Smite. Let’s explore the best Paladin build in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Best Stats and Race for Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3
The most important stats for Paladins are Constitution, Charisma, and Strength or Dexterity. Strength is the most common focus, but I prefer Dex-based Paladins myself. A high Constitution will ensure you have large pools of health while increasing Charisma makes your spells more effective.
For race, I recommend either Half-Orc, Zariel Tiefling, or Githyanki. Half-Orcs gain Relentless Endurance, which allows you to shake off death and stay in the fight longer. On the other hand, Zariel Tieflings get smites through their racial abilities, allowing you to free up your spells. Finally, Githyanki gain powerful mobility options as they level up, which can alleviate some of a Paladin’s lack of mobility.
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- Race – Half-Orc, Tiefling (Zariel), Githyanki
- Strength – 16 – 17
- Dexterity – 10
- Constitution – 14 – 16
- Intelligence – 8
- Wisdom – 10
- Charisma – 14 -16
Best Subclass for Paladin Baldur’s Gate 3
Oath of the Ancients is by far the best subclass for Paladin. Their level seven Aura alone makes this choice obvious. Aura of Warding provides you and any ally within the aura with resistance to spells, effectively halving any damage you take from spells. This is an incredible passive ability that can nullify some of the most powerful spellcasters.
While the other perks gained from Oath of the Ancient aren’t as good as its aura, this doesn’t detract from how powerful it is. Combining the subclasses tankiness and ability to deal massive amounts of damage with instant spell damage resistance make it a force to be reckoned with.
Best Skills for Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3
When it comes to Paladin skills, you’ll want proficiency in Athletics for certain. This ensures your Paladin can hang in the front lines. Outside of this, Insight, Intimidation, Persuasion, Perception, Medicine, and Religion all fit the theme of a holy knight and come in handy. Whether you choose to be a charming Paladin or a wrathful one is up to you.
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Best Paladin Features and Feats – Baldur’s Gate 3
Paladins benefit from feats like Ability Score Improvement, Alert, Sentinel, Tough, and Mobile. Paladins are naturally somewhat slow, making Mobile great for increasing your movement speed and Alert excellent for increasing your initiative roll. Ability Score Improvement and Tough are perfect for rounding out your stats or getting more health. And finally, Sentinel allows you to lock down the battlefield by making more attacks and preventing creatures from fleeing your melee range.
|Level 1||Lay on Hands
Channel Oath Charges
|Level 2||Divine Smite
|Level 3||Divine Health|
|Level 4||Lay on Hands Improvement
|Level 5||Extra Attack|
|Level 6-8||Oath Aura|
|Level 10||Lay on Hands Improvement|
|Level 11||Improved Divine Smite|
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