Baldur’s Gate 3 has finally introduced Multiclassing, but fans still have questions. Keep reading this detailed Baldur’s Gate 3 Multiclassing Guide for everything you need to know.
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What is Multiclassing in Baldur’s Gate 3?
Multiclassing is the ability to choose other classes’ advantages to create the perfect character. It’s a vital part of Dungeons & Dragons and has been around since the tabletop game’s first edition. The feature encourages players to defy class restrictions and create untraditional characters.
Since Baldur’s Gate 3 is so heavily based on Dungeons & Dragons’ fifth edition, its final version released on August 3rd, 2023 also features the ability to multiclass. The game has a total of 12 classes. Leveling each class individually takes a lot of time and effort. Instead, you can mix the available classes together for thousands of unique combinations.
How Does it Work?
According to Larian Studios’ Creative Director, Swen Vincke, the Multiclassing rule in Balder’s gate 3 closely follows the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. Mainly, characters will have the choice to continue with their current class or pick a new class upon leveling up.
There is just one major difference. In Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition, players must have a minimum of 13 points in their new class’ key Ability Score to multiclass into it. Baldur’s Gate 3 removes this requirement, letting players multiclass without much thought to their Ability Scores.
This seemingly minor change removes the need to plan out potential class changes during character creation. And gives you the full set of options if you decide to multiclass later during Baldur’s Gate 3 story.
How to Multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3?
In the game, a special tutorial and NPC explains the process of multiclassing. The entire thing is quite simple. Just play the game normally until you gain a level. Then head to your character portrait and click the Level Up button there. Choose the class you want to put that level into and you’re done. You’ll get all the new class features at that level.
Since you no longer need a certain number of points in a particular skill to multiclass into that class, you can do this any way you want. But not all class combinations are equally good. Certain classes pair better thanks to their damage and class abilities depending on the same attribute.
Below are some of the most popular fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons multiclassing ideas for Baldur’s Gate 3:
- Bard & Warlock: Both of these are Charisma-based classes. As they share a spellcasting modifier, they are really good for multiclassing.
- Rogue & Ranger: Since you already have high dexterity, this dexterity-based combination works beautifully, dealing critical damage from both melee and ranged attacks.
- Sorcerer & Warlock: This is an extremely powerful combo. By combining the Eldritch Blast cantrip with Sorcerer meta magic, you’ll end up with a spellcasting robust build.
- Barbarian & Druid: The druids’ wild shape survivability and utility combined with the benefits of rage and damage reduction.
Multiclassing is a useful mechanic that grants players unlimited freedom in designing their character. But that doesn’t mean it’s all good. When done wrong, multiclassing can lead to subpar creations that quickly fall behind their single-class companions.
As you go through the game, you receive power boosts at certain levels. If you keep multiclassing, you may miss these all-important power boosts. So your character will be more versatile thanks to the other class features added on, but it will fall behind in terms of raw power. It’s important to consider these potential trade-offs against the benefits of increased versatility.
Additionally, multitasking grants you all available class features of your new class’ chosen level. But you do not receive new Saving Throw Proficiencies. Your Weapon and Armor Proficiencies are also reduced. And with the exception of the Rogue, Ranger, and Bard classes, you do not receive any additional Skill Proficiency either.
And last but not least, multiclassing can result in a mismatch between your character’s existing Ability Scores and what’s needed for the new class. This is extremely important and something you must pay attention to. Baldur’s gate 3 doesn’t limit what classes you can multiclass with, but trying to multiclass into Wizard with only 8 Intelligence is not going to go well in most cases.
When to Multiclass
As covered previously, multiclassing can result in missing some important power boosts. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, multiclass after these levels:
- Level 3
Level 3 features the first major power increase in Dungeons & Dragons and consequently, Baldur’s gate 3. In fact, this level is considered to be the end of the “tutorial levels” by many tabletop players.
The reason? Spellcasters get access to 2nd level spells at level 3. While most other classes gain a subclass that boosts their power at this level.
- Levels 4, 8, and 12
Levels 4, 8, and 12 grant Ability Score increases in Dungeons & Dragons and Baldur’s Gate 3. These allow players to either improve their key Ability Scores or get a powerful Feat to suit their build.
- Level 5
Level 5 is another significant level for power boosts. At this level, Martial classes gain Extra Attack to the point of often doubling their damage output. While spellcasters get access to 3rd-level spells.
Do note that Cantrip damage scales with character level instead of class level. This means that a Wizard 1/Fighter 4’s Cantrips will do the same amount of damage as a Wizard 5’s.
Multiclassing can add extra class benefits or classes to your primary class. The end result is a character with more than one class’ spells, attacks, and even dialogue options. We hope this Baldur’s Gate 3 Multiclassing Guide helps. As always, happy gaming!