Best Fighter build in Baldur’s Gate 3: Race, skills, Fighting Style & more

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Fighters may appear simple in Baldur’s Gate 3 – but you need the right build to get the most power our of this class. So, here’s the best Fighter build in Baldur’s Gate 3, including the best Fighting Style, race, multiclass options, and more.

Similar to the Barbarian, the Baldur’s Gate 3 Fighter is a brilliantly powerful class, capable of dealing incredible damage and usually being able to take most hits in return (although not as many as the Barbarian). Fighters usually take a more careful approach in Baldur’s Gate 3, using training and Fighting Styles to take down the enemy efficiently.

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With that in mind, many choose the Fighter class and expect it to be easy, only to be met with some rather tricky decisions. So, here’s the best Fighter build in Baldur’s Gate 3 to help you create a powerhouse of a character.


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Best race to choose for a Fighter in Baldur’s Gate 3

There are three different races that are perfect for a Fighter class in Baldur’s Gate 3. However, the focus will be on granting a boost to your hardiness, and damage dealt, the Fighter’s main priority.

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  • Gold Dwarf
  • Shield Dwarf
  • Githyanki

While these three classes are ideal for a Fighter, we recommend using the Gold Dwarf for its Dwarven Resilience and Dwarven Toughness.

Best Fighting Style for a Fighter in Baldur’s Gate 3

The best Fighting Style to go for in Baldur’s Gate 3 is Great Weapon Fighting.

This fighting style will give you an extra chance to hit the enemy when rolling a 1 or a 2, which can be lifesaving if those dice just aren’t rolling your way.

Best background for a Fighter in Baldur’s Gate 3

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There are tons of backgrounds in Baldur’s Gate 3, but the best for the Fighter is a Soldier. This will grant you proficiency in Athletics and Intimidation, two strength-based skills that are imperative for this class.

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After choosing your background, we recommend selecting as many of these skills as you can because these are useful no matter your class:

  • Survival
  • Perception
  • Insight

Best Ability Score spread for a Fighter

When it comes to choosing the best Ability Scores for your fighter, you can opt for the recommended spread, or you can choose these:

  • Strength: 16
  • Dexterity: 14
  • Constitution: 16
  • Wisdom: 10
  • Intelligence: 8
  • Charisma: 10

The most important stats to prioritize for a Fighter in Baldur’s Gate 3 is Strength and Constitution. You’re not really meant to be tanky in this class so instead you need high health and extremely high damage. However, Dexterity is an ideal third-highest stat.

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Best multiclass options for a Fighter

Fighter and Barbarian

This is a classic combination in both Dungeons & Dragons and Baldur’s Gate 3. It combines the fantastic HP pool and damage from the Barbarian and the high AC and multiattack from the Fighter, essentially making an extremely powerful tank.

We suggest heading into the subclass of Berserker and Battle Master for the added manipulation and support, as well as a nice bit of Action Surge combined with Rage.

Fighter and Wizard

At first, it seems rather unconventional to put a glass cannon like the Wizard with an up-close hitter like the Fighter. However, once you realize that this will essentially make you into just a cannon (thanks to the higher AC) then it becomes a no-brainer.

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Simply add the Fighters high AC and Action Surge to the Wizard’s fantastic offensive spells and you have a versatile character that can take down an enemy from up close or far away – and they can even do it more than once thanks to that Action Surge.

Best build for a Fighter in Baldur’s Gate 3

Race: Gold Dwarf

Background: Soldier

Skills: Survival, Insight

Ability order from highest to lowest: Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Wisdom, Charisma, Intelligence

Best Fighter build:

1Second WindFighting Style: Great Weapon Fighting
2Action Surge
3Superiority DiceManeuvres: Pushing Attack, Riposte, Trip Attack
4Ability Improvement: Strength (to nearest even number), Constitution (+1 or +2 depending on Strength increase)
5Extra Attack
6Feat: Great Weapon Master
8Feat: Martial Adept
10Fighting Style: Defence
11Improved Extra Attack
12Feat: Mobile

So there you have it, that’s the best Fighter build in Baldur’s Gate 3. While preparing for the next battle, take a look at some of our other handy Baldur’s Gate 3 guides and content:

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