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

Udit Surve
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To excel as a Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3, it’s crucial to make thoughtful choices about your subclass, race, and abilities. Additionally, having the right set of spells and selecting the most useful skills is key. So here’s the best Warlock build in Baldur’s Gate 3 that has all the information you need.

Warlocks in Baldur’s Gate 3 are a special class, blending the characteristics of a melee-focused class like a Fighter with the magic abilities of a Wizard. What sets them apart from other magic users is that their magical prowess comes from a pact with a supernatural being. Their primary Ability is Charisma, aligning them closely with Paladins.

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Charisma-based classes are best suited for your main character in Baldur’s Gate 3, which is why you need the best build for it. This involves planning out the race, subclass, spells, and more in advance.

Here’s the best Warlock build in Baldur’s Gate 3 that will help you get the most out of this class.

Wyll in Baldur's Gate 3.Larian Studios
Wyll, who is a Warlock, can also be a companion in your party.

Best race for Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Mephistopheles Tiefling is the best race for a Warlock build in Baldur’s Gate 3, while Drow would be the second-best.

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Mephistopheles Tiefling:

  • Darkvision: Can see in the dark up to 12m.
  • Hellish Resistance: You are resistant to Fire and take only half the damage from it.
  • Legacy of Cania: Gain access to Mage Hand, Burning Hands, and Flame Hand.

While the other races are great, the Mephistopheles Tiefling remains our top pick because it has a lot of interesting traits, including Darkvision and Hellish Resistance. When it comes to abilities, you should prioritize Charisma and Dexterity (for Eldritch Blast checks).

Best subclass for Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Great Old One is the best subclass for Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3. This is because of its ability to cast spells that control and assist. Having the right companions in the game is more important than having a powerful build, and you want to create chances to defeat enemies fast and effectively.

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Both of the other options available in the game are strong, but it depends on whether you prefer to disable foes or gain more health when you slay them.

Best skills for Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3

As a Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3, you rely on Charisma, so you should focus on getting better at skills that use this stat. We suggest these skills:

  • Intimidation
  • Deception
  • Acrobatics

A good way to get proficiency in some of the other useful skills is to choose a background that gives them to you. The Guild Artisan background, for instance, makes you proficient in Insight and Persuasion.

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Best spells for Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3

The best spells for a Warlock in Baldur’s Gate 3 involves many cantrips as well as some free spells. While Warlocks use magic, they don’t cast as many spells as the Druid, Wizard, Sorcerer, or Bard. However, there are some amazing spells you’ll want, especially for manipulating the enemy:

  • Cantrip: Mage Hand
  • Cantrip: Eldritch Blast
  • Cantrip: Blade Ward
  • Cantrip: Poison Spray
  • Cantrip: Fire Bolt
  • Level 1: Hex
  • Level 1: Hellish Rebuke
  • Level 2: Tasha’s Hideous Laughter
  • Level 3: Misty Step
  • Level 3: Burning Hands
  • Level 4: Mirror Image
  • Level 5: Counterspell
  • Level 6: Hunger of Hadar
  • Level 7: Blight
  • Level 7: Chromatic Orb
  • Level 7: Ray of Sickness
  • Level 7: Silence
  • Level 8: Evard’s Black Tentacles
  • Level 9: Conjure Elemental
  • Level 10: Banishment
  • Level 11: Circle of Death
  • Level 11: Hold Monster
  • Level 12: Invisibility

Best Warlock build in Baldur’s Gate 3

Warlock character menu in Baldur's Gate 3.Larian Studios
Warlocks are known for their charisma.
  • Race: Mephistopheles Tiefling
  • Background: Guild Artisan
  • Skills: Intimidation, Deception
  • Ability Score: STR: 10, DEX: 16, CON: 14, INT: 8, WIS: 10, CHA: 16
LEVELFEATURE
1Cantrips: Mage Hand, Eldritch Blast, Blade Ward — Spells: Hex, Hellish Rebuke
2Eldritch Invocation: Agonising Blast, Repelling Blast — Spell: Tasha’s Hideous Laughter
3Pact Boon: Pact of the Chain — Spell: Misty Step, Burning Hands
4Feat: Spell Sniper — Cantrip: Poison Spray, Fire Bolt — Spell: Mirror Image
5Eldritch Invocation: One with Shadows — Spell: Counterspell
6Spell: Hunger of Hadar
7Eldritch Invocation: Book of Ancient Secrets — Spells: Blight, Chromatic Orb, Ray of Sickness, Silence
8Ability Improvement: Charisma +2 — Spell: Evard’s Black Tentacles
9Eldritch Invocation: Minions of Chaos — Spell: Conjure Elemental
10Cantrip: Minor Illusion — Spells: Banishment
11Spells: Circle of Death, Hold Monster
12Ability Improvement: Charisma +2 — Spell: Invisibility

That’s all for the best Warlock build in Baldur’s Gate 3. For more, check out our other Baldur’s Gate 3 guides:

Baldur’s Gate 3 best companions | Soul Coins in Baldur’s Gate 3 | How to beat the Phase Spider Matriarch in Baldur’s Gate 3 | Baldur’s Gate 3 PC system requirements | Baldur’s Gate 3 Feats list | Who are the Githyanki in Baldur’s Gate 3 | Can you multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3

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