BG3: 4 Best Honor Mode Builds [Expert’s Picks]

With several hours spent trying to obtain the Golden Die, these are my top builds for Honor Mode.

After starting a new playthrough, every time you reach Act 3, there comes a time when you try your luck at Honor mode. After all, with hundreds of hours spent protecting or destroying the Swords Coast, why shouldn’t you put your skills and wisdom to the test using one of these Best Honor Mode builds in BG3 to try and get the Golden Die?

Key Takeaways
  • Honor Mode is a more challenging experience in BG3 that gives enemies advantages and better equipment.
  • You only have access to one save file by default in Honor Mode, making the decision all the more critical.
  • The best builds for it are Gloomstalker Ranger, Storm Sorcerer, Berserker Barbarian, and Battlemaster Fighter.
  • The Battlemaster Barbarian is the most versatile build, with the Berserker Barbarian being the greatest damage.
  • Similarly, the Ranger build focuses on stealth and ranged damage, while the sorcerer focuses on massive AoE damage.
  • You have to play around with the best team composition and make sure you don’t engage in unwanted fights.

The Best Honor Mode Builds In BG3

Here is a quick summary of all the best builds for Honor Mode and their playstyles:

Build NameSubclassRaceBackgroundSkillsBest For
Gloomstalker RangerGloomstalkerWood Half-ElfOutlanderAnimal Handling
Nature
Insight
The Best Stealth Build
Battle Master FighterBattle MasterHalf-OrcSoldierAthletics
Acrobatics
The Most Versatile Damage Build
Berserker BarbarianBerserkerHalf-OrcSoldierAthletics
Survival
The Best Melee Damage Build
Storm SorcererStorm SorceryHigh Half-ElfNobleArcana
Persuasion
The Best Caster Build

1. Gloomstalker Ranger

The Best Stealth Build.
Best Ranger Honor Mode Build
Gloomstalker Ranger Build (Image Captured by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The Gloomstalker Ranger allows the player to use stealth to set up perfect fights and sneak around enemies who can’t be dealt with then.

Even though the Rangers aren’t as mighty as they once were, they are still one of the safest and most lethal classes in BG3. The playstyle focuses on being Stealthy and setting up the perfect ambush or surprise attack on unsuspecting forces, making it one of the best Honor Mode builds in BG3.

Important: The build features will only cater to the Half Wood-Elf race and not the alternative Githyanki race.

The key features of the Gloomstalker Ranger build are listed as follows:

  • Race: The optimal race choice is the Wood Half-Elf for stealth and dark vision, with Githyanki as the alternative.
  • Subclass: You will opt for Gloomstalker for your subclass for increased stealth and advantage on surprise attacks.
  • Background: The background will be Outlander for increased survivability and athletics (can be changed based on your playstyle).
  • Skills: The best Skills for a Gloomstalker Ranger are Animal Handling (Wisdom), Nature (Intelligence), and Insight (Wisdom).
  • Illithid Powers: In addition to that, you should go for Absorb Intellect, Shield of Thralls, and Repulsor as your Illithid Powers.
  • Level 1: You can build Bounty Hunter for more damage or Beast Tamer for more control in combat and exploration.
  • Level 4: you should opt for the Sharpshooter feat for better and more consistent damage.
  • Very high ranged damage.
  • Not super-reliant on equipment.
  • It is useless without a tough frontline.
  • Doomed if stuck in melee range.

2. Battle Master Fighter

The Most Versatile Damage Build.
Fighter Honor Mode Build
Battle Master Fighter Build (Image Credits: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The Battle Master Fighter is one of the easiest and the most versatile builds for Honor Mode, making it an optimal addition to the best Honor Mode Builds in BG3.

Unlike the Gloomstalker Ranger, the Battle Master fight involves technique and finesse to deal severe damage in closer ranges. As a fighter, you will serve as the formidable frontline and the damage dealer of your party composition with a highly aggressive playstyle.

The key features of the Battle Master Fighter build for Honor Mode are listed as follows:

  • Race: The optimal race choice is the Half-Orc for the Relentless Endurance feature with a bonus Savage Attack.
  • Subclass: The Battle Master fighter subclass is the best choice because of its adaptable and versatile play style.
  • Background: Similarly, you can build the Soldier Background if you want to focus on being the frontline for your party and tank a lot of damage.
  • Illithid Powers: If you choose that route, build Psionic Backlash, Ability Drain, and Repulsor.
  • Early Build: Start by building Second Wind to sustain you during fights.
  • Level 4: At this level, build the Great Weapon Master feat for a more offensive bonus action in fights.
  • Level 8: I recommend you build Alert to have a better initiative score whenever you are in combat.
  • Very high melee damage.
  • More attacks per turn.
  • Weak early game.
  • Reliant on equipment and gear.

3. Berserker Barbarian

The Best Melee Damage Build.
Barbarian Honor Mode Build
Berserker Barbarian Build (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The Berserker Barbarian is one of the greatest damage builds in BG3 with a very straightforward playstyle and easy-to-learn combos.

The Berserker Barbarian is one of the most fun builds if you hate planning and love swinging your weapons. However, it is one of the riskier builds to play, as you rely entirely on your equipment and how well-suited your team composition is to support you.

Some key features of the Berserker Barbarian build are listed as follows:

  • Race: Similar to the Fighter, the race for your Barbarian should be Half-Orc if you want more turns or Zarial-Tielfing if you want Hellish Resistance over the damage.
  • Subclass: As the name suggests, your Barbarian should have the Berserker subclass, which gives the most (predictable) damage.
  • Background: Being a Barbarian, you’ll most likely be the frontline for which the Soldier background is perfect as it suits Athletics and Intimidation.
  • Illithid Powers: Should you choose to use your Illithid powers, build Psionic Backlash, Repulsor, and Luck of the Far Realms for more critical hits.
  • Early Build: While you can build an Unarmored defense for the early game, I recommend sticking to Rage for more damage and attacks.
  • Level 8: You should build the Great Weapon Master feat for its additional attack despite the damage roll penalty.
  • Level 9: The penalty may seem like a lot, but at level 9, you get Brutal Critical, which adds damage upon landing a critical hit, making it more than worth it in the long run.
  • Very high melee damage.
  • Influential in the late game.
  • Weak early game.
  • Reliant on equipment and gear.

4. Storm Sorcerer

The Best Caster Build.
Sorcerer Build Honor Mode
Storm Sorcerer Build (Image Captured by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The Storm Sorcerer build focuses on AoE damage using the elemental power of lightning while having impeccable charisma for dialogue roleplay.

The Storm Sorcerer is my favorite build out of any build in BG3. Sorcerers have a typically weak early game, but they are late-game titans that can one-shot multiple enemies in one turn. Efficiently use the sorcery points and your spells at the right time; you’ll get that Golden Die quickly.

These are the key features of the Lightning Sorcerer Build:

  • Race: The High Half-Elf race is the optimal choice for a Sorcerer, with Human as a choice.
  • Subclass: Since the build focuses on lightning elemental damage, you should build Storm Sorcery over the Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer.
  • Skills: You should build Intimidation and Deception as the Skills for the best synergy with the Sorcerer build.
  • Illithid Powers: Should you wish to use tadpole powers, I recommend you use the Freecast, Repulsor, and Shield of Thralls Illithid powers.
  • Spells: Build AoE elemental damage spells with some Crowd Control spells to maximize ease in fights.
  • Damage: Your first level 5 spell should be Cloudkill, and Disintegrate should be a level 6 spell.
  • Very high burst ranged damage.
  • Sorcery Points for more attacks per turn.
  • Limited Spells.
  • Very squishy (Low Health).

My Tips For Honor Mode

BG3 Act 1 Progress
BG3 Save File (Image by eXputer)

I have spent a fair bit on Honor Mode using all of these builds, which all have a nice feel. Although I am biased towards casters, I love the Storm Sorcerer the most out of the four I discussed. I recommend focusing on completing every quest in Act 1, as the experience and loot go a long way in the following two acts. You can use the BG3 Act 1 checklist to keep up.

Additionally, try using dialogue options to avoid fights unless it’s vital based on your route. Especially in fights against Gerringothe Thorm or even Raphael’s old friend Yurgir, it can be fought purely through dialogue persuasion (it might take a while to reload the save file repeatedly because of failed rolls).

That concludes the Best Honor Mode Build guides for now. I recommend checking out Huzaifah’s review of BG3 to see why Honor mode is as challenging as you may have heard here and there.

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Ibrahim Akhtar is a guides writer at eXputer. He uses his passion for gaming to provide insightful takes in his guides. 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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