Control the battlefield with the fearless Fighter class in Baldur's Gate 3
Among Baldur's Gate 3's many achievements as a D&D sim is the flawless translation of its iconic character class system in the videogame medium. Among them are Fighters, daring adventurers who do one thing really well. And while this choice seems lackluster at first glance, there are tons of perks that make this classic role the most dependable choice in Larian Games' latest masterpiece.
With that, let's take a look at what makes Fighter the finest choice for beginners and veterans alike. Here are the biggest reasons why the Fighter is the best class in Baldur's Gate 3.
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Fighters in Baldur’s Gate 3 Are Beginner-Friendly and Straightforward
Starting out as an adventurer can be tough, so why not begin your career with a little bit of everything? Players who choose the Fighter class at level 1 will start their Bladur's Gate 3 playthrough with a wide range of helpful proficiencies. On top of that, Fighters start the game with great gear and fighting specialties, ensuring tons of versatility in every build, so beginners are immediately given plenty of reasons to feel safe in their decision to play as a Fighter, including:
- a 1d10 hit die
- high AC with Scale Mail
- proficiency in Light Armor, Medium Armor, Heavy Armor and Shields
- proficiency in Simple and Martial weapons
- a self-heal ability that refreshes every short rest
- 6 Fighting Styles to choose from to define what kind of Fighter you want to play
It's hard to regret choosing one of the most optimizable jobs in the game, but that isn't to say that they're flawless. Other players may be able to spot hidden traps or dungeon entrances better than you can. However with the proper builds, Fighters can absolutely dominate any skirmish, especially at higher levels. To learn everything about Baldur's Gate 3's best combat class, read out complete overview on the class here!
Fighters Get More Feats Than Any Other Class
Fighters get 4 feats at Level 12, one more than the rest of Baldur's Gate 3's classes. That said, is it really a big deal? Just one additional feat won't seem like very much at the outset. But if you're into tricking out your intrepid hero with all of the best abilities Larian Games' title can offer, then you can see the potential here.
Larian Games Put the Best Fighter Subclasses in the Game
The Fighter subclasses in Baldur's Gate 3 include Battlemaster, Eldritch Knight and Champion. These specializations give you more skills that help you build the combat expert of your dreams. Luckily for us, the game developers decided to include only the best Fighter subclasses from D&D 5th edition, so let's take a look at what makes each of them unique.
- Battlemaster – Perfect the martial arts with tactical supremacy and special maneuvers to control every fight
- Eldritch Knight – Take on powerful arcane secrets to bolster your weaponry with destructive spells and protective magics.
- Champion – Master mind and body to excel both in physical endeavors and aiding your attacks with deadlier precision.
Dipping into the Fighter class for 2 levels is a widely popular multiclass option in Baldur's Gate 3's source material, and it's for one very good reason: Action Surge.
Action Surge is a level 2 Fighter skill that lets you perform one additional Action. Furthermore, a Fighter gets more uses with this ability as they level up, and regains all of their Action Surges after a short rest. Long story short, this is an extremely useful skill if you want to do more on your turns.
Most important decisions you make in and out of combat are considered Actions, and getting to do more than one per turn is huge, especially when you find yourself in a tough spot, or if you simply want to bonk the Bugbear on the head with your Greatclub twice in one initiative because it insulted your sensibilities, which leads us to our next point.
Fighters Are Kings of Action Economy
Getting good at turn-based games means looking for the most optimal way to play. In other words, you'll have more fun winning if you make the most out of your turns. This is what “action economy” is all about.
For all intents and purposes, action economy is the Fighter's superpower. Getting to attack more targets with Extra Attack, and being able to do it all over again with multiple uses of Action Surge makes the class an awesome sight to behold. Consequently, the fighter gets even more powerful with its 3 subclasses, and how they increase survivability tenfold.
All in all, Fighter is so good that even if you didn't start as one, Baldur's Gate 3's best class still lands at the top of the list when people consider dipping their toes into other roles. Additionally, the class shines even at early levels, and offers heaps of variety if you consider the possible combinations among fighting styles, feats and subclasses. With any luck, your only problem in the late-game may just be your Fighter being too dependable.
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