BG3: BEST Oaths For Paladin With Expert’s Experience

Learn all about the Best Oath for your Paladin build in BG3, covering its perks, abilities, and benefits over other oaths and subclasses.

When you opt for the Paladin class, you can choose from several subclasses or Oaths. However, it is hard to decide which Oath to opt for because all of them offer buffs in different ways. As such, it may be vital to view a BG3 Best Oath guide that covers all of Paladin Oaths while discussing which is best suited for certain builds and playstyles.

Key Takeaways
  • There are a total of 4 Oaths (including the Oathbreaker Subclass) you can opt for when you play the Paladin Class in BG3.
  • Each Oath is focused on a different kind of playstyle, and the best Oath at the moment is the Oath of Ancients.
  • This Oath is one of the most popular builds in Baldurs Gate 3 as it focuses on dueling in melee range, ideally with a one-handed weapon and a shield.
  • In my opinion, Oath of Ancients is the best because it uses the close-range Legacy of Avernus Fire Smite, offering a lot of crowd control for locking down enemies effectively.

All Oaths For Paladins

Paladin Build
Paladin Build Details (Image Credits: eXputer)

Among the most popular subclasses that people go for are the Oath of Ancients or the Oath of Vengeance. However, the Oath of Ancients seems to be a more popular choice for most players.

Here is an overview of all the Paladin Subclass Oaths you can opt for, along with all of their pros and cons and ranked by best to worst:

Oaths of Ancients- High DPS Utility
- Makes the best use of Legacy of Avernus
- Solid Dueling Capability
- Quick movement
- Easy to use CC
- Power spike is after Level 5
- Does not offer too much sustain
- No ranged capabilities
Oath of Vengeance- Relatively High DPS
- Extremely aggressive dueling utlity
- Easy and Fast movement
- Very easy to chain CC on enemies
- Very late power spike
- Not good for ranged
- Does not offer a lot of healing or resistance
Oathbreaker- Necrotic Bonus damage
- Additional Charisma scaling on attacks
- Reanimates the dead for allies
- Crown of Madness ability that makes enemies strke their allies
- Costs 2000 gold to revert to any other oaths.
- Dialogue options are negative
- No healing or resitances
- Very dependant on luck
Oath of Devotion- Healing utility and sustain
- Boosts companions' combat power
- Useful from level 1
- Silence spell for quick CC
- Horrible damage throughout
- Relies heavily on ally damage
- Needs a lot of haste items to keep allies alive

What Are Paladin Oaths?

BG3 Paladin
Paladin Class Details (Image by eXputer)

Like all the classes in Baldurs Gate 3, the Paladin class also has subclasses that you will have to choose from. These subclasses are called Oaths and grant you bonuses in different ways. Currently, there are only three Oaths (excluding Oathbreaker) from which you can choose. You can find out all of their perks and progression in the following section.

Stats Distribution

Being a Paladin and a duelist, your ideal stats are focused on Charisma and Strength. You will also want a decent chunk of your points in Constitution. You should not be concerned with Wisdom, Dexterity, or Intelligence for the textbook build, but you can build them if you feel like experimenting.

All of these important stats with their distribution are given in the following list in order of importance:

  • Strength: 16(+3)
  • Charisma: 16(+3)
  • Constitution: 14(-1)
  • Dexterity: 10

1. Oath Of Ancients

Ancients Oath Paladin
Oath of Ancients (Screenshot taken by eXputer)

First up is the Oath of Ancients. It is an Oath based on defending Life and Nature, somewhat like a Druid. The Oath of Ancients is also one of the more popular Oaths and, so far, the best BG3 Best Oath. It starts out by giving you stable AoE healing through Healing Radiance. You can level it up and gain many more skills listed in the table below.

  • You get two extremely useful spells that can either heal you (Healing Radiance) or CC a target enemy (Nature’s Wrath.)
  • As you level up, you gain teleportation (Misty Step) and resistance spells (Protection from Energy, Aura of Warding) that create the perfect environment for dueling.
  • One of the most popular scaling builds with this oath has the following creation steps.

2. Oath Of Vengeance

Paladin Vengence Oath
Oath of Vengeance (Screenshot grab: eXputer)

The Oath of Vengeance is a self-sufficient oath that makes the use of solo skills and spells. Unlike the other Oaths, this Oath doesn’t rely on helping allies too much. Rather, it gives you the power to become an unstoppable foe for all your enemies. To see what this Oath has to offer, refer to the table below.

  • The Oath of Vengeance provides a similar but more aggressive dueling like the Oath of Ancients.
  • At level 1, you gain Inquistor’s Might, which allows you to deal bonus damage.
  • Later on, you learn Misty Step(teleport) along with Hold Person, which completely freezes the target.
  • Finally, at level 9, you’ll get Haste (additional actions) and Protection from Energy, making you resistant to one elemental damage type.

3. Oath Of Devotion

Paladin Devolution Oath
Oath of Devolution (Image Credits: eXputer)

The next Oath for the Paladin class is the Oath of Devotion. This Oath is your usual textbook Knight in Shining Armor. Full of honor and might, users are dedicated to fighting for the greater good and defending the weak. It’s the farthest possible thing from the BG3 Best Oath.

All the skills and spells you will learn under this Oath are listed below:

  • The path of Devotion is the support role for your allies.
  • All your abilities, like Lesser Restoration and Divine Rebuke, boost your allies’ health and combat power.
  • Silence is a key spell in your kit at level 5, which creates an area where every entity is silenced.
  • With level 9, you gain Beacon of Hope, which increases your healing, and Remove Curse, which removes all curses from your allies.

4. Oathbreaker

Oathbreaker Subclass
Paladin Oathbreaker (Image Captured by eXputer)

Oathbreaker isn’t necessarily an Oath, but it is a Paladin subclass; therefore, it is a viable candidate for one of the best Oaths in BG3. It is also a Paladin Subclass, but the only way to get it is not to pick any Oath at all. You can get your Oaths back by paying 2000 gold to the Knight.

The skills you can obtain as an Oathbreaker are listed as follows:

  • The Oathbreaker skills and spells are quite destructive and grim, owing to the evil nature of the subclass.
  • Your Level 1 spells include Control Undead, which gives you control of an undead being, and Spiteful Suffering, which allows you to deal necrotic damage to enemies.

Additional spells and skills that are unique to this path are listed as follows:

  • Crown of Madness will make enemies aggressive towards their allies.
  • Animate Undead will give you the ability to revive a fallen unit and use it as an ally.
  • Aura of Hate will add a Charisma modifier to your attacks.

What I Think

Paladin Oathbreaker
Paladin Oathbreaker Oath (Image Credits: eXputer)

As a dedicated player of Baldurs Gate 3, I have tested all of these builds, and my personal best seems to resonate with the majority. The Oath of Ancients is simply too helpful as a paladin because of the easily available misty step very early on and the insane healing. No more hunting for the perfect equipment 3 acts later.

Important: Some spoilers may be in the next section, so tread carefully..

Early Pros

The Oath of Ancients is particularly helpful against goblins and spiders in Act 1 because of the very early misty step. Additionally, the AoE healing is exceptionally helpful for your allies, especially if you saved Karlach, Wyll, or Gale.

It allows for great combat escapes in Act 2 regardless of whether you take the Mountains or traverse the Underdark. Either way, you will have a much easier time against many Minotaurs and the undead.

Early Cons

However, the utility you have as an Oath of Ancients Paladin is very similar to Shadowheart, so if you want to pursue her as an ally, it may be best to go Oath of Vengeance and siphon allies from the Wither to sacrifice for your full damage output. Secondly, your first few fights will be extra tough until you get Gale, Karlach, or Asterion for some DPS.

Finally, this concludes the BG3 Best Oath guide, covering the pros and cons of all Paladin Oaths and determining the one best suited for you. Since you’re here, consider checking out a similar guide, such as the Best Bard Subclasses. If that doesn’t sound fun, you can always check out how to unlock Withers in BG3. Lastly, if there is something you wish to let the readers know, feel free to leave it in the comments below.

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