Best Warlock build in Baldur’s Gate 3: Race, skills, subclass & more

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Warlocks are a great class in Baldur’s Gate 3, but you’ll want to use the best build possible to get the most out of these deal-making fighters. Here’s the best Warlock build in Baldur’s Gate 3, including the subclass, race, spells, and the best multiclass options.

Capable of dealing tons of damage and with plenty of versatility Warlocks are an ideal class to have in any party. They’re able to destroy the enemy from far away with a simple Eldritch Blast but can also handle themselves extremely well in melee combat thanks to a higher AC.

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However, with so much versatility to their creation, making the best Warlock in the game can be pretty overwhelming. So, here’s everything you need to know about how to make the best Warlock build in Baldur’s Gate 3.


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

Altogether, we recommend choosing from these three races, each granting you an increase in Charisma, the Warlock’s main stat:

  • Half-Elf
  • Asmodeus Tiefling
  • Drow

While there are three different options, we recommend choosing the Drow for their Superior Darkvision, Advantage on Saving Throws, and the Faerie Fire spell they get access to at level 3.

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Best subclass for a Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Both current suggestions are pretty powerful, and it comes down to whether you want to incapacitate targets or get more hit points when you kill an enemy.

We recommend choosing The Great Old One for its manipulative spell-casting and support tactics. After all, when it comes to Baldur’s Gate 3, as long as you choose the right companions, a great build isn’t always about damage, but rather providing the opportunity to take an enemy down quickly and efficiently.

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Best skills for a Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Warlock is a Charisma-based class so you’ll want to prioritize gaining proficiency in skills that use such a stat, these are our recommendations:

  • Stealth
  • Acrobatics
  • Sleight of Hand

It’s best to pick a background that gives you proficiency in some of these skills, as that’ll make it easier down the line, like Urchin, for proficiency in Sleight of Hand and Stealth. Don’t worry about Intimidation, Deception, and Persuasion as you’ll get these proficiencies at level 2.

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Best Ability Score spread for a Warlock

It’s entirely reasonable to opt for the traditional Ability Score spread given to you when you choose the Warlock, but if you want to move bits around and truly get the most out of your character, pick these scores.

  • Strength: 8
  • Dexterity: 13
  • Constitution: 16
  • Wisdom: 10
  • Intelligence: 10
  • Charisma: 17

Naturally, Charisma is your highest as it’s your spellcasting modifier. Then, Constitution is responsible for your health, Dex is for your armor, and the rest is just to keep those save scores high.

Best spells for a Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3

Warlocks are magic users, but they’re not as heavy spell-casters as the Druid, Wizard, Sorcerer, or Bard. Nevertheless, there are some fantastic spells you’ll need, especially when controlling the enemy:

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  • Cantrip: Eldritch Blast
  • Cantrip: Poison Spray
  • 1st Level: Hex
  • 1st Level: Tasha’s Hideous Laughter
  • 1st Level: Dissonant Whispers
  • 1st Level: Charm Person
  • 2nd Level: Crown of Madness
  • 2nd Level: Phantasmal Force
  • 3rd Level: Hunger of Hadar
  • 3rd Level: Grant Flight
  • 3rd Level: Counterspell
  • 3rd Level: Remove Curse
  • 4th Level: Dimension Door
  • 4th Level: Banishment
  • 4th Level: Blight
  • 5th Level: Hold Monster

Best multiclass options for the Warlock

Warlock / Sorcerer

The Warlock and Sorcerer multiclass design has always been a popular and incredibly powerful choice in Dungeons & Dragons and remains as such in Baldur’s Gate 3. It has the powerful magic spells from the Sorcerer, better armor and protection from the Warlock, and overall makes a fantastically powerful spellcasting character.

Paladin / Sorcerer / Warlock

Multiclassing into three different classes isn’t advised in a game like Baldur’s Gate 3 where the level cap is only 12 – but this one is so powerful it’s hard to ignore.

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The Paladin should be the focus, bringing a great fighting style and some fantastic healing if needed. Then, the Sorcerer comes with powerful damaging magic, and the Warlock finished it all off with powerful offensives and a great cantrip, letting you dominate no matter the scenario. Plus, they’re all Charisma-based.

Best build for a Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Race: Drow

Background: Urchin

Skills: Acrobatics, Insight

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

Best Warlock build:

1Subclass: The Great Old One — Cantrips: Eldritch Blast, Blade Ward — Spells: Hex, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter
2Eldrich Invocation: Beguiling Influence, Agonizing Blast — Spell: Dissonant Whispers
3Pact Boon: Pact of the Chain, Spell: Crown of Madness
4Ability Improvement: Charisma +2, Spells: Cantrip – Hellish Rebuke — 2nd Level – Phantasmal Force
5Deepend PactEldritch Invocation: Sign of ill Omen — Spell: Hunger of Hadar
6Spell: Counterspell
7Eldritch Invocation: Mast of Many Faces — Spell: Dimension Door
8Ability Improvement: Charisma (max out) or Dexterity — Spell: Banishment
9Eldritch Invocation: Repelling Blast — Spell: Remove Curse
10Cantrip: Poison Spray — Spell: Grant Flight
11Mystic ArcanumSpell: Hold Monster
12Feat: Mobile — Spell: Blight

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

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