Best Paladin subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3, ranked (BG3)

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When it comes to playing as a Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3, choosing the right subclass is crucial. The subclass you select will determine your path and development throughout the game. In this article, we will rank the best Paladin subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Note: While playing as a Paladin, you are not limited to only one character class. You have the option to combine two or three classes. For more information on multiclassing in Baldur’s Gate 3, check out our comprehensive guide.

Best Paladin Subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3

Before you even begin your adventure, as a Paladin, you must swear an oath that aligns with your playstyle. Whether you prefer might or magic, it’s important to choose a subclass that complements your desired approach. Take some time to consider your options and select the Paladin subclass that suits your style.

Baldurs Gate 3 Paladin Subclass Oath Of The Ancients

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1. Oath of the Ancients (Best)

The Oath of the Ancients is ideal for players who value kindness, love, and light. By selecting this subclass, you gain the Healing Radiance ability, which allows you to heal yourself and nearby allies.

As you level up, you will gain access to various spells that enhance your abilities. At level three, you will obtain spells such as Speak with Animals and Ensnaring Strike. At level five, you will unlock Misty Step and Moonbeam. Additionally, at level seven, you will learn Aura of Warding, which reduces magical damage taken by your allies. Finally, at level nine, you will acquire Protection from Energy and Plant Growth.

2. Oath of Vengeance (Good)

The Oath of Vengeance is for those who have no mercy for evildoers. You uphold justice and dedicate yourself to eliminating villains that do not deserve to live. The Inquisitor’s Might ability grants you the power to deal Radiant damage, which can be applied to your own weapon or to a weapon wielded by an ally.

At level three, you will gain access to the Bane and Hunter’s Mark spells. As you reach level five, you will unlock Hold Person and Misty Step. At level seven, you will obtain Relentless Avenger, and at level nine, you will acquire Haste and Protection from Energy.

3. Oath of Devotion (Okay)

The Oath of Devotion requires a fearless, direct approach in the pursuit of goodness. Rather than running away from evil, you actively protect the weak from those who seek to harm them. With the Holy Rebuke ability, your party members will retaliate with Radiant damage when hit by enemy melee attacks.

As a Paladin of this subclass, you will gain access to spells such as Protection from Evil and Good and Sanctuary at level three. These defensive spells prove invaluable in keeping your allies safe during challenging encounters. At level five, you will learn Lesser Restoration, which can remove diseases or conditions, and Silence. Additionally, at level seven, you will receive the Aura of Devotion, protecting your allies from becoming charmed. Finally, at level nine, you will gain access to Remove Curse and Beacon of Hope, which aid cursed comrades and enhance positive effects they receive.

4. Oathbreaker (Worst?)

If you desire a Paladin with a darker side, the Oathbreaker subclass is the perfect choice for you. However, activating this subclass requires breaking your initial oath. For example, committing an act of violence or dabbling in necromancy may be necessary to embrace this path, depending on the oath you initially swore.

As an Oathbreaker Paladin, you will gain access to Hellish Rebuke and Inflict Wounds at level three, reflecting your deviation from the traditional path. By consorting with the lost and the undead, you unleash the power of Crown of Madness and Darkness at level five. While these abilities can make your character fearsome to play, it’s important to remember that embracing darkness comes at a cost. If you decide to return to the path of good, you will need to pay the Oathbreaker Knight 2,000 gold to restore your original oath.

While we have ranked the Paladin subclasses above, it’s important to note that all Paladins (excluding Oathbreakers) are viable options. Choose the subclass that aligns with your playstyle, and if you ever change your mind, refer to our guide on how to respec your characters with assistance from Withers.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on Steam.