Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin class guide

The Paladin class in Baldur's Gate 3 is a versatile magic tank with the ability to cast spells, wear any armor or weapon, and deal damage to foes.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin class guide
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Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin class

Want to know more about the Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin class? The Paladin is a stalwart and reliable warrior who can take care of themselves and others. This versatile magic tank can cast spells and wear any armor or weapon, making them a solid choice for any adventuring party.

As a Paladin, you’re going to want to lead a charge or support your party from the back. This character’s high Strength and Charisma stats set them apart from the other mixed classes, making them a good option if you’re looking for a damage tank that can also support with healing. If you’re a beginner, the Paladin class can be a bit of a challenge, but the effort will be worth it for the bonuses and the satisfying Divine Smite ability.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin stats

The Paladin class has high health points and plenty of passive skills for checks in the RPG game. The starting equipment also provides good AC, with a warhammer and wooden shield as well as Scale Mail. You have proficiency in all armor and weapons, so you can customise your build and have a unique playstyle.

Class features

Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin spells

Paladins have access to the Cleric spell list but with a few differences. Firstly, Paladin spellcasting is unique, with its own spell list and preparation mechanic based on level. Secondly, Paladins have a spell slot pool of three levels higher than their Paladin level. This means you gain access to Level 3 spells at level 5 but with only three spell slots. You can increase your spell slots with Paladin level progression, but you won’t regain the ability to cast third-level spells until level 9.

These spells enhance your combat abilities and cover a range of scenarios, from enhancing your allies to forcing a creature to attack you. Spells like Bless, Command, Cure Wounds, and Divine Favor are perfect for a supporting Paladin, while Compelled Duel forces a creature to attack you, Heroism grants temporary hit points, and Protection from Good and Evil protects against certain creatures. Finally, the offensive Divine Smite deals extra radiant damage and does not expend a spell slot if your attack misses.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin fighting style

Paladins can choose a fighting style to suit their preferred combat style and gain Extra Attack at level 5. These are the fighting styles available to Paladins:

  • Aura of Protection grants a bonus to your allies’ saving throws.
  • Aura of Courage prevents the Frightened condition for you and any nearby allies.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin skills

There are a few skills to note with the Paladin in BG3. Firstly, you have proficiency in Religion and Medicine. Secondly, you can use Lay on Hands to heal yourself or an ally, which can be stacked with a cleric’s spells for additional healing. Thirdly, Divine Sense allows you to detect evil creatures and objects, which can come in handy for finding hidden treasure and lore.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Paladin traits

Finally, Paladins have a few traits to help out in specific situations. Compelled Duel forces a creature to attack you if you issue the challenge and it hears or can see you. Protection from Good and Evil protects against certain creatures (for example, devils and demons) and gives disadvantage on their attacks. Finally, Heroism grants you temporary hit points and immunity to the Frightened condition.

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