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A character's class in Baldur's Gate 3 is one of their primary defining features. Each class represents a different calling, and each offers a number of unique abilities, powers, and skills that influence how that character is able to interact with the world. Classes determine most of a character's abilities - both in and out of combat. As a character advances in levels in a class they will gain incredible new powers and abilities.

The maximum character level in Baldur's Gate 3 is level 12.

Each class grants characters special dialogue choices only available to that class. Each class also has unique spellcasting animations (while attack animations are based on race).

See also: Character Creation

Game mechanics[edit | edit source]

Experience[edit | edit source]

All characters start at level 1, and level up when they receive enough experience. Leveling up allows a character to take another level in a class. After reaching level 12, no further levels are gained.

Experience is gained through completing quests, succeeding at tasks and discovering new locations, as well as by defeating enemies.

When a character gains inspiration, they earn a small amount of experience. Experience from all other sources is earned by all characters that have joined the player, whether they are in the active party or at camp.

Experience Table
Level Cumulative Exp. XP for Next Level Pack Combatant Elite Miniboss Boss
1 0 300 3 10 15 20 30
2 300 600 5 15 25 40 75
3 900 1,800 10 20 40 50 100
4 2,700 3,800 20 40 75 100 150
5 6,500 6,500 40 75 90 150 250
6 13,000 8,000 50 90 150 230 320
7 21,000 9,000 60 110 180 280 400
8 30,000 12,000 75 140 220 350 500
9 42,000 14,000 110 200 315 500 700
10 56,000 20,000 135 250 400 640 875
11 76,000 24,000 170 320 510 800 1120
12 100,000 N/A 210 400 640 1000 1400

Subclasses[edit | edit source]

When a character reaches a certain level in a class they must select a subclass. The level that this choice is made at varies from class to class.

Subclasses allow characters to further specialize their character by imparting powerful new abilities focused around enhancing the central theme of the subclass. Choosing a subclass does not cause a character to stop gaining the normal benefits of a class when advancing in level - the benefits of a subclass are on top of the normal class abilities.

See below for a list of classes and their subclasses.

Multiclassing[edit | edit source]

The location of the Add Class button on the Level Up screen

A character's choice of class is not permanent. When gaining a new level, a character can choose to continue advancing in level in a class they already have levels in, or they can choose to gain a level in an entirely new class. This is called multiclassing. Doing so will grant most of the benefits of advancing in level in that additional class, with some limitations.

  • A multiclassed character's spell slots are dependent on the Effective Spellcaster Level of the character.
  • A multiclassed character will use the spellcasting modifier from the most recent new class taken for item spellcasting.
  • A multiclassed character does not receive all of the proficiencies of their new class. Multiclassing never grants saving throw proficiencies. A multiclassed character's proficiency bonus increases as normal, however.
  • A multiclassed character adds their total level in all classes together to determine their overall character level.
  • Players cannot multiclass when playing on "Explorer" difficulty.
  • A multiclassed character receives all proficiencies from a chosen subclass - for instance, while multiclassing into Fighter does not grant Heavy Armour proficiency, multiclassing into War Cleric does, since the proficiency belongs to the subclass rather than the main class.

Note that each new class gained through multiclassing begins at level one, and all chosen classes are levelled separately. For example, If a character has taken three levels in bard, and chooses to multiclass and takes one level of sorcerer, they will have access to traits for levels one through three of bard, and access to the traits for a level one sorcerer. They will not have access to level four traits of bard, despite being level four overall.

Multiclass proficiencies[edit | edit source]
Class Gained Proficiency Class Gained Proficiency
Barbarian Shields, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons Bard Light Armour, One skill, One instrument
Cleric Light Armour, Medium Armour, Shields, Morningstars Druid Light Armour, Medium Armour, Shields
Fighter Light Armour, Medium Armour, Shields, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons Monk Simple Weapons, Shortswords
Paladin Light Armour, Medium Armour, Shields, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons Ranger Light Armour, Medium Armour, Shields, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons, One skill
Rogue Light Armour, One skill Sorcerer Daggers, Light Crossbows, Quarterstaves
Warlock Light armour, Simple Weapons Wizard Daggers, Light Crossbows, Quarterstaves

Playable Classes[edit | edit source]

Barbarian[edit | edit source]

Class Barbarian Badge Icon.png

The strong embrace the wild that hides inside - keen instincts, primal physicality, and most of all, an unbridled, unquenchable rage.

Bard[edit | edit source]

Class Bard Badge Icon.png

You know music is more than a fancy - it is power. Through study and adventure, you have mastered song, speech, and the magic within.

Cleric[edit | edit source]

Class Cleric Badge Icon.png

Clerics are representatives of the gods they worship, wielding potent divine magic for good or ill.

Druid[edit | edit source]

Class Druid Badge Icon.png

Druids channel the elemental forces of nature and share a deep kinship with animals. Mastery of Wild Shape allows them to transform into beasts from all over the Realms.

Fighter[edit | edit source]

Class Fighter Badge Icon.png

Fighters have mastered the art of combat, wielding weapons with unmatched skill and wearing armour like a second skin.

Monk[edit | edit source]

Class Monk Badge Icon.png

Channel your cosmic enlightenment by deftly dodging and efficiently disassembling your foes through stunning strikes and a whirlwind of martial art attacks.

Paladin[edit | edit source]

Class Paladin Badge Icon.png

Fuelled by the Oath you swore to uphold justice and righteousness, you are a beacon of hope in dark times.

Ranger[edit | edit source]

Class Ranger Badge Icon.png

Rangers are unrivalled scouts and trackers, honing a deep connection with nature in order to hunt their favoured prey.

Rogue[edit | edit source]

Class Rogue Badge Icon.png

With stealth, skill, and uncanny reflexes, a rogue's versatility lets them get the upper hand in almost any situation.

Sorcerer[edit | edit source]

Class Sorcerer Badge Icon.png

Sorcerers are natural spellcasters, drawing on inherent magic from a gift or bloodline.

Warlock[edit | edit source]

Class Warlock Badge Icon.png

Bound by a pact to an all-powerful patron, Warlocks trade their loyalty for supernatural abilities and unique magic.

Wizard[edit | edit source]

Class Wizard Badge Icon.png

Wizards master the arcane by specialising in individual schools of magic, combining ancient spells with modern research.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

A-Jack-of-all-Trades.jpg Jack-of-all-Trades
Multiclass into every class in one playthrough without asking Withers to change your character.

Trivia[edit | edit source]