Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Monk Subclass [Stats, Pros, & Cons]

After spending 140+ Hour's in-game, here are my thoughts on the Best Monk Subclass.

Selecting the Best Subclass for Monk can be hard in a game like Baldur’s Gate 3, and once you reach Level 3, you have to make a choice. The three subclass choices presented to the Monk are the Way of the Four Elements, the Way of the Open Hand, and the Way of Shadow.

Key Takeaways
  • Monk has three unique subclasses: Way of the Four Elements, Way of the Open Hand, and Way of Shadow.
  • Way of the Four Elements specializes in bending the Four Elements to deal damage.
  • Way of the Open Hand specializes in Unarmed Damage and using your Ki to heal yourself or hurt enemies.
  • Way of Shadow specializes in stealth to sneak around the battle and strike when it counts, similar to a Ninja.

Best Subclass for Monk in Baldur’s Gate 3

The table below has stat allocations for all three subclasses for Monk.

StatsWay of the Four ElementsWay of the Open HandWay of Shadow
Strength1088
Dexterity171717
Constitution131515
Intelligence1088
Wisdom161616
Charisma888

1. Way of the Open Hand

Best at dealing direct damage.
Baldur's Gate Way of the Open Hand Monk
Way of the Open Hand [image by me]
This subclass is probably the best subclass for a Monk. It might be generic as it represents the classic Monk, calm and collected, able to do a lot of damage. Not only can this subclass deal a ton of damage to a target, but with Ki-Resonance, they can resonate the Ki of an enemy and make them explode at will.

I will list a table below for the optimal stats.

Strength8
Dexterity17
Constitution15
Intelligence8
Wisdom16
Charisma8

Pros

  • It is versatile, as you can stun and put enemies in a prone state.
  • As a Reaction, you get resistance to falling damage.
  • You get self-healing by using Ki.
  • Ability to infuse your fists to do additional Necrotic, Psychic, or Radiant Damage.

Cons

  • It possesses limited range to deal with ranged enemies unless you use Ki-Resonance.
  • Monks are squishy as they wear Clothes to maximize their abilities.
Note: Ki is Recovered upon Short Rest for every subclass of Monk.

2. Way of the Four Elements

Best at crowd control.
Baldur's Gate 3 Way of the Four Elements Monk
Way of the Four Elements [image by me]
This subclass allows you to have all Four Elements at your command. Allowing you to deal with enemies from long range. This can range from Freezing Enemies to Burning them or combining spells with your other spellcaster for devastating area effects.

Here’s a table for the Optimal Stats.

Strength10
Dexterity17
Constitution13
Intelligence10
Wisdom16
Charisma8

Pros

  • Play to the enemy’s weakness by using the Four Elements.
  • Certain spells that allow you to fly, pull enemies, or push enemies away.
  • Deal with enemies with both Melee or Ranged attacks.

Cons

  • Spells are dependent on you, Ki, and you will run out of Ki.
  • Your skill points will be spent all around due to Spells.
    Note: Different Spells have different Spell Modifiers.
  • You will need to get specific equipment pieces to boost your Stats.

3. Way of Shadow

Best for stealthy approach.
Baldur's Gate 3 Way of Shadow Monk
Way of Shadow [image by me]
This subclass is basically similar to an Assassin, except that you wanna play a stealthy Monk. This subclass has some really unique stuff going on for it. Allowing you to hide in shadows and some  Abilities that allow you to remain undetected.

Finally, a table for the optimal stats

Strength8
Dexterity17
Constitution15
Intelligence8
Wisdom16
Charisma8

Pros

  • Specialization in stealth.
  • Teleport between shadows for advantageous situations to strike enemies.
  • It provides abilities to become Invisible, as well as Silence or Blind enemies.
  • Lastly, you can teleport behind unsuspecting enemies to deal with Psychic Damage.

Cons

  • This subclass is too dependent on stealth mechanics.
  • It gives you limited abilities related to attacking enemies directly.

My Thoughts On The Best Monk Subclass

BG3 My In-Game Time
My In-Game Time [image by me]
After putting in more than 40+ Hours into this game, I can say that Way of the Open Hand is the Best Monk Subclass in Baldur’s Gate 3. Not only can it deal a lot of damage, but it also provides you with a good amount of survivability without having to invest in other stats or being dependent on mechanics such as stealth in battles.

Lastly, I suggest you check out our review of the game by our expert Huzaifah. You should also look at how to get Gloves of Dexterity, which are excellent for any monk.

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