Paladin

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

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Paladin is one of the Playable Classes of Baldur's Gate 3. Paladins are masters of a variety of weapons and armour. They channel the power of their sacred oath to heal the sick and injured and to smite their foes. Important Ability Scores for Paladins include Strength (or Dexterity), Charisma, and Constitution.

Class Information[edit | edit source]

Skills[edit | edit source]

You receive a bonus to every Skill that you are Proficient in. This bonus increases as you gain levels in your Class and applies to all Checks for those Skills.

Level 1 Proficiency Icon.png Proficiency Bonus: +2


Oaths and Oathbreaking[edit | edit source]

Keeping Your Oath[edit | edit source]

Your choice of subclass during Character Creation determines the Oath you have taken. See Oath of the Ancients or Oath of Devotion for the full text of each Oath. The basic tenets can also be found embroidered on your starting Armour.

As a Paladin, you must constantly adhere to the tenets of your Oath or you will lose the power it grants you. Taking any action that breaks your Oath will summon the Oathbreaker Knight and temporarily prevent you from using your Channel Oath Icon.png Channel Oath abilities.

Here are some examples of Oathbreaking actions. Note that the specific types of actions that break an Oath may change as Larian continues to develop the game.

  • Oath of the Ancients: Killing a non-aggressive animal or choosing an "Attack" dialogue option when more peaceful options are available.
  • Oath of Devotion: Attacking a non-hostile creature, refusing to defend someone who is obviously in need of aid, or deceiving your enemies (e.g. negotiating a peaceful resolution and then attacking anyway).

Becoming an Oathbreaker[edit | edit source]

*A spasm grips your chest. Your strength falters. An emptiness grows within you, Paladin. Something has been lost.*

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Oathbreaker

Unlike the other Paladin subclasses, the Oathbreaker subclass is not available during Character Creation. Once you have taken an action that breaks your Oath, the Oathbreaker Knight will appear before you and let you know he will be waiting in your Camp. Speak with him to learn about Oathbreaking and, if you so desire, unlock the Oathbreaker subclass. This replaces the Channel Oath Icon.png Channel Oath abilities and Spells from your previous Oath with new abilities and Spells available only to Oathbreaker.

Restoring Your Oath[edit | edit source]

If you broke your Oath by accident or otherwise wish to re-dedicate yourself to your Oath, speak to the Oathbreaker Knight in your Camp. He will offer to restore your Oath for a fee of 2000gp. This will allow you to once again use your Channel Oath Icon.png Channel Oath abilities.

Level Progression[edit | edit source]

Through experience, you acquire new power. You gain the following traits:

Level 1[edit | edit source]

  • Choose a subclass:
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Oath of the Ancients
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Oath of Devotion
  • Subclass Features:
Oath of the Ancients Oath of Devotion Oathbreaker

Channel Oath Abilities:

Channel Oath Abilities:

Channel Oath Abilities:

Level 2[edit | edit source]

  • Divine Smite Icon.png Divine Smite: Your weapon emanates divine might as you strike. When you hit with a Melee Weapon Attack, you may choose to expend a Spell Slot to inflict additional Damage Types Radiant damage. Divine Smite reaction settings can be configured in the Reactions menu (default hotkey: L).
  • Fighting Style (Choose 1):
    • Fighting Style Defence Icon.png Defence: You gain a +1 bonus to Armour Class while wearing armour.
    • Fighting Style Duelling Icon.png Duelling: When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no weapon in the other hand, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon.
    • Fighting Style Great Weapon Icon.png Great Weapon Fighting: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack with a Two-Handed melee weapon, that die is rerolled once.
    • Fighting Style Protection Icon.png Protection: When you have a shield, impose Disadvantage on an enemy who attacks one of your allies when you are within 5ft. You must be able to see the enemy. (This is a Reaction. Toggle a reaction during your turn. It will automatically execute when needed.)
  • 2 Level 1 Spell Slots.png Level 1 Spell Slots Unlocked: 2 (You gain two Level 1 Spell Slots.)
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  • Choose a number of Prepared Spells = 1 + Charisma Modifier (Minimum of 1 spell.)
  • New 1st Level Spells:

Level 3[edit | edit source]

  • Divine Health: The divine magic flowing within you prevents disease from affecting you.
  • 3 Level 1 Spell Slots.png Level 1 Spell Slots Unlocked: 3 (You gain an additional Level 1 Spell Slot.)
  • Choose a number of Prepared Spells = 1 + Charisma Modifier (Minimum of 1 spell.)
    • Spells: No new spells at this level, aside from those granted by your subclass
  • Subclass Features:
Oath of the Ancients Oath of Devotion Oathbreaker

Channel Oath Abilities:

Spells (Always Prepared):

Channel Oath Abilities:

Spells (Always Prepared):

Channel Oath Abilities:

Spells (Always Prepared):

Level 4[edit | edit source]

  • Ability Score Improvement or Feat (Choose 1):
    • Improve an Ability Score by 2 or improve two Ability Scores by 1 (Ability Scores can not be higher than 20 using this feature).
    • Choose a Feat.
  • Lay on Hands Resource Icon.png Lay on Hands Charges: 4 (You gain +1 Lay on Hands Charge.)
  • Choose a number of Prepared Spells = 2 + Charisma Modifier (Minimum of 1 spell.)
    • Spells: No new spells at this level

Level 5[edit | edit source]

  • Proficiency Icon.png Proficiency Bonus: +3 (You gain +1 to your Proficiency Bonus.)
  • Extra Attack Icon.png Extra Attack: You can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.
  • 4 Level 1 Spell Slots.png Level 1 Spell Slots Unlocked: 4 (You gain an additional Level 1 Spell Slot.)
  • 2 Level 2 Spell Slots.png Level 2 Spell Slots Unlocked: 2 (You gain two Level 2 Spell Slots.)
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  • Choose a number of Prepared Spells = 2 + Charisma Modifier (Minimum of 1 spell.)
  • New 2nd Level Spells:
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  • Subclass Features:
Oath of the Ancients Oath of Devotion Oathbreaker

Spells (Always Prepared):

Spells (Always Prepared):

Spells (Always Prepared):

Paladin Spell List[edit | edit source]

1st Level Spells 2nd Level Spells

Ancients only:

Devotion only:

Oathbreaker only:

Ancients only:

Devotion only:

Oathbreaker only: