Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Arcane Archer Fighter build: Multiclass, equipment, more

Rajarshi Acharya
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Since Baldur’s Gate 3 does not feature all the original D&D classes, you will need to build a Fighter/Ranger multiclass to build the legendary Archane Archer. Here’s a full rundown on the best Arcane Archer build in Baldur’s Gate 3 along with the best class choices and equipment.

Baldur’s Gate 3 offers 12 classes and 46 subclasses, all borrowed from Dungeons & Dragons, but not all of them are in the game. That’s why players use mods to play as some of the subclasses that aren’t available.

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One such subclass of the Fighter is the Arcane Archer, and despite its uniqueness, it wasn’t included in the game. However, all you need is the multiclass feature to make your own Arcane Archer build.

Here’s the best Arcane Archer build for Baldur’s Gate 3, with details on the race, abilities, equipment, and more. Note that multi-classing is restricted to Balanced and Tactician difficulties.

Baldur’s Gate 3 best Arcane Archer Fighter build

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The Arcane Archer is quite an underrated class.

Since Baldur’s Gate 3 doesn’t have any spellcasting abilities specific to the Arcane Archer, you’ll have to improvise a lot for this build. Pick High Elf as your race for proficiency with Longbows. Start with Fighter and pick Eldritch Knight as a subclass. This will give you some potent spells that are specialized for weapons-based combat.

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Dexterity will be the most crucial stat for this build, followed by Intelligence and Constitution. Take Fighter to level 8, and then pick Ranger with the Hunter subclass. Raise the Ranger class to level 4.

Here’s the level progression for your Arcane Archer Fighter build in BG3:

BG3 LevelFeatures
Fighter 1STR: 8, DEX: 17, CON: 14, INT: 15, WIS: 8, CHA: 12 — Skills: Acrobatics — Cantrip: Fire Bolt
Fighter 2Fighting Style: Archery
Fighter 3Subclass: Eldritch Knight — Cantrips: True Strike, Blade Ward — Spells: Shield, Protection from Evil and Good, Find Familiar
Fighter 4Spell: Thunderwave — Ability Improvement: Dexterity +2
Fighter 6Ability Improvement: Dexterity +1, Intelligence +1
Fighter 7Spells: Darkness, Misty Step
Fighter 8Spell: Mirror Image — Feat: Sharpshooter
Ranger 1Favored Enemy: Ranger Knight — Natural Explorer: Urban Tracker
Ranger 2Spells: Hunter’s Mark, Hail of Thorns — Fighting Style: Defence
Ranger 3Spell: Ensnaring Strike — Subclass: Hunter — Hunter’s Prey: Colossus Slayer
Ranger 4Feat: Tough/Crossbow Expert

For the best Arcane Archer Fighter build in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need at least three unique items. You can find all the details about these items below:

  • Gontr Mael – Gontr Mael is a Legendary Longbow that can inflict Guiding Bolt on a successful hit. You can get it by defeating the Steel Watcher Titan at the Steel Watch Foundry in Act 3.
  • Disintegrating Night Walkers – These boots allow you to use the Misty Step spell once per Short Rest. You find it on True Soul Nere at the Grymforge in Act 1.
  • Adamantine Scale Mail – One of the best medium armors in Baldur’s Gate 3, this armor reduces all incoming damage by 1. You need the Scale Mail Mould and Mithral Ore to forge the Adamantine Scale Mail at the Grymforge.
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You’ll need some of the best equipment for this build.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Arcane Archer Fighter best combat strategy

The Arcane Archer Fighter build in BG3 is for players who prefer to take their targets out from a distance. While you’re not exactly a glass cannon with this build, you still need to move away for your bow to work. This is where the Misty Step spell comes in handy, as it allows you to reposition yourself on the battlefield.

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If you’re planning on using Illithid powers, choose Luck of the Far Realms. This allows you to change a successful attack to a critical hit once per Long Rest.

That was everything you need to know about the Arcane Archer Fighter build in BG3. If you wish to learn more about the game, check out our guides below:

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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].