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Baldur’s Gate 3 Guide: the best classes on Xbox Series X/S

The complete guide to all Baldur's Gate 3 classes to choose the best ones to start a new campaign on Xbox Series X/S

Baldur’s Gate 3 has finally landed, after Playstation 5 and PC, on Xbox Series X/S: the news arrived during The Game Awards 2023, the event in which the RPG developed by Larian Studios triumphed as Best Video Game of the Year (here’s all the winners for each category at The Game Awards 2023). Owners of Microsoft consoles will therefore also be able to begin their unforgettable fantasy journey: well begun is half done, and therefore, in this beginner’s guide I want to analyze all the classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 to suggest the best ones with which to start the campaign.

Baldur’s Gate 3, the launch trailer for the Xbox Series X/S version

Baldur’s Gate 3 classes: basics and Multiclassing

Before proceeding with the guide, some preliminary notions (meanwhile, here are 5 tips for starting Baldur’s Gate 3 campaign): the selectable base classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 are 12, Barbarian, Fighter, Paladin, Monk, Rogue, Bard, Ranger, Cleric, Druid, Sorcerer, Wizard and Warlock, each one customizable in virtually every respect, so much so that it is even possible to create a hybrid character that has the characteristics of two different classes, Multiclassing. Below there is a very basic example invented on the spot to give you a good understanding of what I mean.

I chose Barbarian and my character increased from Level 1 to Level 2. However, instead of spending the experience gathered in the said class, I decide to invest it in the Wizard class. My Barbarian will now be decidedly more versatile, able to cast spells and generally access a whole range of new abilities. Nevertheless, my overall power will still be lower than that of a Level 2 Barbarian because I have chosen to distribute the experience in the Wizard as well. Specifically, our hero will have a Character Level 2 but a Barbarian Level 1 and a Wizard Level 1.

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All this, of course, if you are a true build enthusiast. Alternatively, if you want to dive straight into the story without wasting too much time building your virtual alter ego, you can always opt for Baldur’s Gate 3’s Origin option and thus access a set of classes with predefined statistics already made available by Larian Studios. We have barely scratched the surface of the game, let us now dive into the analysis of all the classes.

Barbarian

Brutal and dedicated to hand-to-hand combat, the Barbarian, among the best classes of Baldur’s Gate 3, is the perfect choice if you like to jump into the fray to take a sledgehammer to anyone who comes your way. Relevant in this regard are the skills Wrath, which allows you to inflict heavy damage on opponents, and Initiative, which is obtained by leveling up and allows you to attack first.

Barbarian Baldur's Gate 3

Thanks to his Strength he can wield any kind of weapon but, contrary to what you might think, the Barbarian cannot wear heavy armor but only medium and light armor. Have no fear, because fortunately the Constitution intervenes for us, allowing our hero or heroine to have a skin as tough as armor. Consequently, its defense will increase simply by raising the value just mentioned.

Fighter

The Fighter is the standard choice for those who want to impersonate the skilled fighter in battle. He can heal himself, wear any kind of armor and wield any kind of sword. Particularly strong in one-on-one, he is in some ways very similar to the Barbarian: if you like to take a beating from every opponent, the Fighter then is the class in Baldur’s Gate 3 for you (as well as being one of the best, if not the best, in the entire game).

Fighter Baldur's Gate 3

Another aspect not to be underestimated then is the possibility, as you ascend to level 2, to unlock a very useful skill, Impetuous Action, which allows you to activate an additional action in combat: by doing so, for example, you will be able to attack the enemy twice in a row while inflicting considerable damage.

Paladin

Similar to the Fighter, even the Paladin can wear any armor and wield any melee weapon. This class, unlike its predecessor, is bound to one of four sacred oaths to be chosen at the beginning of the campaign (Devotion, Ancients, Vengeance, Apostate): they are unbreakable, at least on paper, and give the hero divine powers useful in helping his allies.

Paladin Baldur's Gate 3

The choice of Paladin obliges you to fulfill the sacred oath mentioned above so much so that if we make a wrong decision, it may be broken causing us to lose our powers. Nevertheless, the Paladin can also break the pact and pursue a dark path.

Monk

The Monk is one of the most interesting classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 because he is agile in battle, not surprisingly possessing the skill Step of the Wind, which allows you to double the character’s movement speed or move away from the enemy without suffering opportunity attacks; it is an martial arts expert and in hand-to-hand combat and can resist the poison, to diseases and can also block enemy projectiles and send them back.

Monk Baldur's Gate 3

Thanks to the use of Ki then, he can also pull off powerful special attacks, as well as rely on skills such as Flurry of Blows through which he can attack his opponent twice consecutively, even with his bare hands, taking advantage of ki points.

Rogue

The stealth classe of Baldur’s Gate 3: with the Rogue, you can hide behind enemies or position yourself in a place elevated above their position (without being seen) and strike them from behind dealing devastating damage. On the other hand, it will take time to be able to make the best use of it in battle.

Rogue Baldur's Gate 3

The skills of the Thief dictate that you play second fiddle, perhaps sending forward a more resistant class such as the Fighter, to try to escape the eyes of those who want you dead: only then will you be able to deal your stealthy blows. Initial abilities include Disengage Action, very similar to Monk’s Step of the Wind to which we add the ability to hide during one’s turn.

Bard

The artist of the group, able to empower other party members through his innate abilities and spells: the Bard can buff allies and weaken opponents instead, abilities that surely make him one of the best classes in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Bard Baldur's Gate 3

Another notable feature is the Bard’s art of oratory, through which to resolve particularly risky situations and dialogues without necessarily having to resort to combat. In general, this class should be present in every self-respecting company.

Ranger

The Ranger is your trusted scout, skilled with the bow, able to wield even two blades at once and cast spells. Among these, once level 2 is reached, we find the Hunter’s Mark, which allows a curse to be cast against the enemy.

We can say that the Ranger is a versatile class, somewhere between the Fighter and the Rogue: “Rangers are unparalleled explorers and hounds, honing a deep connection with nature to hunt their favorite prey“.

Cleric

All-rounder class that of the Cleric because it plays the dual role of party healer and adjunct fighter. Indeed, on the one hand, it allows allies to be healed and their abilities to be buffed. On the other, it can also be employed in combat: shields, medium armor and weapons can be safely equipped to have an excellent multifaceted character.

Of course, as you level up, you will be able to decide on which tracks to direct your character’s growth: whether to specialize primarily in supporting teammates or to remain somewhere in between buffing, healing party members, and fighting enemies.

Druid

If you have always dreamed of transforming yourself, for example, into a giant bear with boundless offensive capabilities, then your first Baldur’s Gate 3 campaign must necessarily begin with your choice of the Druid, a class that, thanks to the Wild Shape skill, can take on the guise of many different animals.

The Druid, therefore, is one of the best classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 because it is suitable for all game situations: it is able to face any battle, cast elemental spells (fog, earth, water and fire) and defend its companions.

Sorcerer

Both the Wizard and the Sorcerer are the pure magic classes featured in Baldur’s Gate 3. What differentiates the latter from the former is the ability to take advantage of Metamagic, which allows the Sorcerer to ‘modify’ his spells: with this class, it is possible, for example, to cast a spell by increasing its range or to cast twin spells that also hit two targets at once.

The Sorcerer, compared to its cousin the Wizard, is a predominantly offensive class due to the aforementioned Metamagic and it is therefore recommended to develop an attack-focused build given the high damage that can be inflicted.

Wizard

If you are really into magic and enjoy the study of spells well, the Wizard is the right choice to start. Unlike its cousin, in fact, this class can learn any magic in the game, not only by leveling up but also by reading the many scrolls that can be found in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Wizard Baldur's Gate 3

In short, the Wizard can count on an almost unlimited arsenal of enchantments. There is, however, one ‘limitation’ to take into consideration: you will not be able to equip all the spells learned during the course of the adventure. Of course, it will be up to you to choose which spells to take with you depending on the game situation you are going to face.

Warlock

We have finally come to the last of the classes in this guide to Baldur’s Gate 3, the Warlock, a warrior who has made a pact with a divine being in exchange for boundless magical powers (one of the most interesting and powerful abilities is Occult Deflagration): during character creation, you will choose whether to bind yourself to Immondo, Great Ancient, or Fey, and depending on your choice, you will develop the build differently.

In general, the Warlock is a class that can be very useful in both attack and defense, thanks in part to the ability to cast supporting spells. Finally, he is endowed with Charisma, which is useful for gaining the upper hand during key conversations that require mastering the trait in question to the best of one’s ability.

Andrea Baiocco

Amo la birra, il basket e i videogiochi. Sogno un'Ipa al pub con Kratos e una scampagnata con Nathan Drake. Scrivo su Lascimmiapensa e su Everyeye mentre provo a parlare su Freaking News.

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