BG3: BEST Fighter Build [Subclass, Weapons, & Skills]

After sinking more than 50 hours into BG3, I've crafted the ideal Fighter build to help you get through most of the in-game encounters.

To curate the best fighter build in Baldur’s Gate 3, it is essential to focus on close-range combat and use the bonus attacks that come with the class. Due to this reason, the subclass Battle Master is considered the best to use in your build. You can also utilize the fighter in multiclass and pair them up with classes like Thief, Ranger or Barbarian, and even Wizard

Key Takeaways
  • For the best fighter build, the Battle Master subclass is recommended. 
  • Backgrounds like Outlander and Soldier can provide proficiency in armor and weapons. 
  • For BG3 Fighter Build race, the best choice will be Wood Elf or Half-Orc.
  • Skills like Athletics and Acrobatics are optimal, and players should focus investing points in abilities like Strength and Constitution. 
  • Lastly, the best Fighter Build weapons will be the Sword of Chaos, the Everburn Blade, and the Adamantine Splint Armor. 

Best Fighter Build In BG3

The Best Tank-Enforcing Fighter Build In BG3.

Below, I have mentioned the ideal build for the fighter class, including some of the class’s best weapons, stats, and abilities:

BuildSubclassBackgroundRaceSkillsWeaponArmorGear
FighterBattlemasterSoldier or OutlanderHalf Orc or Wood ElfAthletics and AcrobaticsEverburn Blade or the Sword Of Chaos.Adamantine Splint armorGrymskull helm, Dissintegrating night-walkers, Cloak of Protection, and Gloves Of Power
  • Huge damage output and Strength.
  • Top-tier tank utilization.
  • Excels in close-range and long-range engagements.
  • Pushes dexterity and agility.
  • High Kill Ratio.
  • No support abilities.
  • Attacks might feel sluggish.
  • Why I Chose This: In my experience, this Fighter build helped me unlock and fully utilize the Fighter’s Strength-based aspects, giving me a ton of significant offensive advantages mid-combat.

Subclass 

For the subclass, I recommend choosing Battle Master if you aim to make an end-game fighter build. Battle Master is by far the most versatile sub-class you can choose if you are playing as a fighter.

Subclass
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They have great proficiency in weapons and armor and will allow you to choose 3 passives. Furthermore, you will also be able to choose 4 Superiority Dice. 

  • By choosing the Battle Master fighter subclass, you will be able to deal with extra attacks on your enemies, both melee and ranged.
  • Furthermore, your health will improve, but you must use the necessary equipment throughout your battles.
  • There isn’t much Bonus Action, and you won’t be able to cast any spells when using the class.

Background 

For background, I would recommend choosing either Soldier or Outlander. Both of these backgrounds are great for the Battle Master subclass.

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Both of these backgrounds will provide the players with proficiency in athletics skills. As a fighter, you will need athletics as much as possible, and only the Soldier and Outlander backgrounds offer strength-based skills. 

Below, I’ve given a comparison table of both Outlander and Soldier so you can choose the one you find best for your Fighter Build:

Outlander Soldier
Best for players who are focusing on survivability.
If fighting on the front lines and face-to-face combat is your play style, then you should definitely choose a soldier.
Background will give proficiency in animal handling and survival.
Background will provide proficiency in armor and weapons.
Help players with any environment and improve exploration.
Significantly improve your combat skills.

Race 

The race choice for Baldur’s Gate 3 best fighter build when choosing Battle Master as a subclass will be Half-Orc. However, you can also choose Wood Half-Elf or the Gold Dwarf for this particular build.

Best Fighter Build in Baldur's Gate 3
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In early access, race played a huge role when curating your build in Baldur’s Gate 3. However, now your ability scores won’t be affected no matter what race you choose, but you will still be able to use some passive abilities, including extra proficiency and HP. 

Half-Orc
Wood Half Elf Or Wood Elf
Allow you to stay 1 for a turn and prevent dropping to 0 hit points.
High mobility and movement speed.
When playing in the Underdark will provide dark vision and extra damage.
Increases survivability as well.
You will roll 3 damage dice whenever you perform a critical hit instead of two.
Has great melee abilities, perfect for fighter class.

Skills 

I will be focusing on two skills, athletics and acrobatics, to make the Baldur’s Gate 3 the best fighter build.

Skills
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These skills are extremely important for the fighter class as they directly affect your proficiency during combat. 

Acrobatics 

The acrobatic skill is focused on dexterity. It will directly affect your character’s agility as well as its ability to execute acrobatic moves, dodge, and maneuvers when necessary. Furthermore, it is also essential to maintain balance during combat. 

Athletics 

The athletics skill is a physical attribute that will impact your Strength and abilities, like grappling, swimming, climbing, and jumping. 

Ability Score 

For the Battle Master subclass fighter build, we will be focusing on Dexterity and Strength as well as a constitution&nbsp;in Baldur’s Gate 3.</p>

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Distributing your ability points in the right way can ultimately improve your gameplay a lot. Below is the ability score I will recommend for the Battle Master fighter build in Baldur’s Gate 3. 

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Recommended Points

Dexterity12Strength17Constitution14Charisma10Intelligence9Wisdom10

 

Focusing on Strength and Constitution will help players deal double the damage while maintaining their HP throughout the intensive battles.

Furthermore, investing ability points in these two stats will increase survivability as well. After that, we will focus on Dexterity so the kill ratio will be high and the damage reduction will be maximum. 

Class Progression 

As you level up, you will be unlocking a lot of battle maneuvers and feats that you can use in your build.

Best Fighter Build in Baldur's Gate 3
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Furthermore, later on, you will also unlock Illithid Powers. Below is the recommended class progression for Baldur’s Gate 3 best fighter build, along with the battle maneuvers and feats that you should use in your build. 

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Level Unlock
Level 1
In level 1, you will be able to select a fighting style. The Great Weapon Fighting Style is best for this build.
Level 2
You will unlock a powerful skill called the Action Surge which will allow you to gain one additional action during combat.
Level 3
In this level, you will be able to select your subclass, which will be the Battle Master subclass for this build. Furthermore, you will unlock battle maneuvers, and I recommend choosing Riposte, Trip Attack, and Menacing Attack for this build.
Level 4
In this level, you will be able to increase your ability score or choose a Feat, and for that, I will recommend the excellent weapon master feat.
Level 5
In this level, you will be able to unlock an extra attack. Furthermore, your chances of landing critical strikes will also increase.
Level 6
I will recommend using this level to improve your abilities; however, if you want to unlock a feat, I will recommend unlocking Sentinel.
Level 7
On this level, you can pick two additional battle maneuvers. I recommend choosing the Distracting Strike and the Precision Attack for the build.
Level 8
On this level, you will be able to select another Feat, and I will recommend choosing either charger or alert. Using the alert feat, you can obtain a + 5 bonus in the initiative.
Level 9
Here you can unlock the class feature indomitable, allowing you to roll again whenever you fail a saving throw during combat.
Level 10
You will be able to select two more battle maneuvers, and I will recommend selecting either the sweeping attack or the trip attack.
Level 11
On this level, you will get an improved extra attack which will allow you to use two attacks whenever you make use of the primary hand weapon in the battle.
Level 12
You will be able to choose another feat and improve your ability points. I would recommend choosing the savage attacker feat for the Battle Master build.

Best Equipment 

Below, I will recommend the best weapons, armor, and gear that you can use for the Battle Master Fighter build.:</p><h3>Weapon </h3>

 For weapons, I would recommend choosing the Everburn Blade or the Sword Of Chaos.

Weapons
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The Everburn Blade can be obtained from Commander Zhalk when you finish the prologue.

  • On the other hand, you can obtain the sword of chaos during act three as soon as you defeat Sarevok and the quest called Investigate The Murders.  
  • The Everburn Blade will grant you fire damage, while the Sword Of Chaos will help you deal Necrotic Damage and recover HP every time you attack the target. 
  • For long-range weapons, I would recommend using either a Longbow or a crossbow. You can use the Gontr Mael, also obtained in Act 3 from the Steel Watcher Titan in Steel Watcher Foundry. 

Armor 

For the armor, I recommend that you choose the Adamantine Splint armor, as this is capable of reducing incoming damage by 2. You can obtain the armor during the Adamantine Forge quest by visiting the Grymforge Area. The armor will also give you 17 AC. 

I’ve listed other parts of the armor below:

  • Grymskull Helm: Resistance against fire damage.
  • Disintegrating Night Walkers: Go to the Grymforge area and loot the True Soul Nere to get these boots. They grant immunity against Entangled, Ensnared, and Enwebbed.
  • Cloak of Protection: Obtainable from the Last Light Inn from the Quartermaster Talli. Grant you a plus-one bonus in saving throws and armor class.

Jewelry 

For jewelry, I will highly recommend choosing the Amulet Of Restoration, which you can get in the Underdark or the Fey Semblance Amulet. In rings, you can choose the Ring of Absolute Force and the Emerald ring.

Consumables And Potions 

For consumables, you can use the Potion Of Speed, Greater Healing Potion, and Basic Poison.

  • The potion of speed will significantly help in mobility and is one of the best consumables available.
  • You can use the more excellent healing potion to get a significant HP increase.
  • You can also use the Elixir Of Hill Giant Strength and Alchemist Fire for the build.

My Tips And Tricks For Using This Fighter Build

Fighter is one of the tankiest classes in Baldur’s Gate 3, and to use it effectively, I highly recommend The Battle Master subclass. It has excellent melee prowess and exceptional bonus actions that make it quite versatile to use with any weapon. Make sure to use bonus actions whenever you can. Also, I would recommend getting the Absolutes Talisman to make your build more robust and increase survivability. 

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While you can multiclass with fighter, the build I have mentioned above can perform significantly independently.  If you want to multiclass, you can always choose classes like Ranger, Thief, or Barbarian.  Wizard is also a great choice if you want to cast some spells during your gameplay. 

With this, I conclude my detailed guide on the best fighter build in Baldur’s Gate 3, along with weapons and skills. While at it, don’t forget to read the guide on finding your belongings walkthrough and Withers in Baldur’s Gate 3. Also, read the guide on how to get the Dawnmaster Crest and the best class for Githyanki in Baldur’s Gate 3. 


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Ibrahim Akhtar is a guides & features writer at eXputer. He uses his passion for gaming to provide insightful takes in his articles. Ibrahim spends most of his time defending Baldur's Gate from the forces of the Absolute. He has accumulated more than 15 years of gaming experience, having 1000 hours in The Witcher 3 and twice as much on Skyrim V. Ibrahim has previously worked at TopTierList. You can keep up with his Steam account to stay up to date on his latest explorations.

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