Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Karlach companion build

Rajarshi Acharya
karlach in baldur's gate 3

Barbarians in Baldur’s Gate 3 are extremely strong vanguards, and if you had to pick one for your party, Karlach is the must-have companion. Here’s the best build for Karlach in BG3 that transforms her into an unstoppable tank.

Karlach the Barbarian in Baldur’s Gate 3 has a compelling questline that is also connected to Wyll‘s story. She is a Tiefling who escaped from Avernus, being hunted by Zariel’s minions.

While Karlach is one of the most powerful companions in terms of dealing raw damage with a melee weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3, to make the most out of her build, you need to respec her and alter her stats and skills.

With that in mind, here’s the best companion build for Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3 that helps you decide the ideal skills, subclass, abilities, and more.

Best subclass for Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3

The best subclass for Karlach’s Barbarian build in Baldur’s Gate 3 is Berserker, as it does more damage than any other melee-based subclass in the game.

The Berserker gets the ability to use a bonus action called Frenzy while raging, which adds an extra attack to your turns. Your offensive strength gets increased, enabling you to hit harder and attack more enemies at once.

Best Ability Score for Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3

Here’s what Karlach’s Ability Score should look like for her companion build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Strength: 16 (+2)
  • Dexterity: 16
  • Constitution: 16 (+1)
  • Intelligence: 8
  • Wisdom: 8
  • Charisma: 8
karlach in baldur's gate 3
Karlach is a Tiefling Barbarian who fought in Avernus.

The Barbarian is the most straightforward DPS class, and as such, your most important ability is Strength. You also need to focus on Constitution for survivability along with Dexterity to land your hits, so dumping Intelligence, Charisma and Wisdom won’t hurt Karlach at all. You don’t need her to be the face of the party, nor an investigator, just a killing machine with raw power.

Best skills for Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3

You should focus on the following skills for Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Athletics (Strength)
  • Survival (Wisdom)

The Barbarian class in Baldur’s Gate 3 relies primarily on Strength, which is why Athletics is a good pick. Meanwhile, Wisdom is one of the skills that you can pick but this Barbarian build for Karlach is not focused on using Survival and with the -2 penalty to its Wisdom stat, don’t count on it as a viable option, just a placeholder since Barbarians don’t get access to other skills.

Best build for Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3

Here’s the best companion build for Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3:

1Unarmored Defence – Rage
2Danger Sense -Reckless Attack
3Subclass: Berserker – Additional Rage Charge
4Ability Improvement: Strength +2 (or Savage Attacker Feat)
5Extra Attack – Fast Movement
6Additional Rage Charge
7Feral Instinct
8Feat: Great Weapon Master or Charger (This last Feat is tremendously useful)
9Brutal Critical
10Additional Health
11Relentless Rage
12Ability Improvement: Strength +2 (or Sentinel Feat)

Berserker mainly focuses on dealing lots of damage, using improvised weapons taken from the environment, and even throwing their enemies against each other. A useful tip would be placing Karlach in the middle of the battlefield, surrounded by enemies, triggering rage, and then wreaking havoc among their ranks by taking them down one by one and making use of her reaction to strike them down with Opportunity Attacks.

The Charger Feat is a great addition to the Berseker’s already empowered crowd control melee abilities and will turn Karlach into a train of pain, able to ram down groups of enemies, taking them down easily as she moves through the battlefield.

Savage Attacker and Sentinel Feats are great to have, but they will reduce Karlach’s total Strength Ability Score to either 18 (if you pick one of them) or leave it at 16 (if you pick both). Considering there are plenty of items you can use to make Karlach’s Strength stat climb up to 20 without spending your Feat on Ability Score increase, you should definitely go for it if you want to.

That was all the information you needed for the best Karlach companion build in Baldur’s Gate 3. Here are some more guides on the game you can check out:

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Rajarshi is a Writer at CharlieIntel who loves RPGs, racing games, FPS titles, and unique indie games that grab his attention. With a degree in English literature from Rabindra Bharati University, Rajarshi worked for Sportskeeda and KeenGamer before joining CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach him at [email protected].