Baldur’s Gate 3 Best Race For Paladin [Top 4]

This guide contains information about the most suitable races that can be used for the best Paladin Builds in Baldur's Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 features a total of 11 classes for its players to make builds of their own choice. It also offers nine races to select from, each with its own different sub-races. This guide can be useful for players who want to continue their journey as a Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3. But do not know which race can be the best for Paladins. Then there is nothing to worry about as here I will mention BG3’s Best Race for Paladins along with their features and traits. 

Key Takeaways
  • There are 10+ races featured in Baldur’s Gate 3.
  • Players can make builds of their own choice by different combinations of Classes and Races.

  • The best races that can be used in the Paladin Build are Dwarf, Half-Elf, Human, & Githyanki
  • Dwarf is included in the list due to its extraordinary race features, resilience, and combat skills.
  • The Dwarf subrace used for the Paladin build is the Shield Dwarf.
  • Half-Elf takes the second spot due to its versatile gameplay. 
  • There are two subraces of Half-Elf which are suitable for the Paladin Class:
    1. High Half-Elf
    2. Drow Half-Elf
  • The Human race is listed as third to its unbound growth strength.
  • The final spot is given to Githyanki due to its race Cantrips, which unlocks as players progress through the game.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Best Race For Paladin

Almost every race in Baldur’s Gate 3 can be used for Paladins build, but the four most suitable races that can be used for the best paladin builds are mentioned below, along with their most suitable sub-races:

Best Race for PaladinsSub-raceSubclass
DwarfShield DwarfOath of Devotion, Oath of Ancient
Half-ElfHigh Half-ElfOath of Devotion, Oath of Ancient
HumanNoneOath of Devotion, Oath of Ancient
GithyankiNoneOath of Devotion, Oath of Ancient

As for the Subclass, the Oath of Devotion is more focused on damage dealing, while the Oath of Ancient is more heal and sustain-focused subclass. Players can choose the subclasses according to their preferences.

1. Dwarf

Dwarf Race
Baldur’s Gate 3 Race: Dwarf

BG3 best race for Paladin is the Dwarf race. I start off things with my favorite race, Dwarf. Dwarves are a very old, proud, and stubborn race who mostly inhabit their mountain fortresses. They are known for their durability, resilience, and combat skills. If I talk about the subrace, then the fittest subrace of the Dwarf for the Paladin is the Shield Dwarf

Race Features

The following are the race features of the Dwarf, on the basis of which I think that the Dwarf race is a perfect fit for the Paladin Class.

  • Dwarven Resilience: This feature provides resistance to poisons.
  • Constitution +2: This feature can be used to increase the HP.
  • Darkvision: It grants the ability to see in the dark out to a range of 12m.
  • Battleaxe Proficiency
  • Handaxe Proficiency
  • Light Hammer Proficiency
  • Warhammer Proficiency 

Subrace Traits

Following are the traits of the Shield Dwarf subrace:

  • Base Racial Speed
  • Strength +2
  • Light Armor Proficiency
  • Medium Armor Proficiency

Ability Points Distribution 

Now, moving on to the Ability points distribution, you can assign the ability points however it seems fit for you. Still, if you are confused about point distribution, you can use the table below to assign points to all the available abilities. 


2. Half-Elf

Half-Elf Race
Baldur’s Gate 3 Race: Half-Elf

Now, moving on to the second best race for Paladins is the Half-Elf. The reason why I ranked it second on the list is due to its versatility. In the case of Half-Elf, there are two subraces that can be seen fit for the Paladin Class. These subraces include:

  • High Half-Elf
  • Drow Half-Elf

Race Features

  • +2 Ability Improvements 
  • Charisma +2
  • Darkvision
  • Fey Ancestry: This feature provides an advantage on saving throws against being Charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.

Subrace Traits

The subrace traits of High Half-Elf and Drow Half-Elf are mentioned as under:

High Half-Elf

  • Acid Splash: Hurl a bubble of acid that damages each creature it hits.
  • Blade Ward: Gain resistance to Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing damage from weapon attacks.
  • Bone Chill: Prevent the target from healing until your next turn. An undead target receives a disadvantage on Attack Rolls.
  • Dancing Lights: Create wisps of light that illuminate a 12m radius.
  • Fire Bolt: Hurl is a mote of fire that deals damage and creates a flammable surface.
  • Friends: Enchant a non-hostile creature to gain an advantage on Charisma checks against it.
  • Light: Infuse an object with an aura of light.
  • Mage Hand: Create a spectral hand to manipulate and interact with objects.
  • Minor Illusion: Create an illusory image that distracts nearby creatures, compelling them to investigate.
    You can remain hidden while casting this spell.
  • Poison Spray: Project a puff of toxic gas that deals Poisonous damage.
  • Ray of Frost: Call forth a frigid beam of blue-white light. This beam damages the enemies and reduces the target’s speed by 3m.
  • Shocking Grasp: The target cannot use reactions. This spell has an advantage over creatures with metal armor.
  • True Strike: Gain advantage on your next Attack Roll.

Drow Half-Elf

  • Base Racial Speed
  • Dancing Lights:  Create wisps of light that illuminate a 12m radius.

Ability Points Distribution

The ability points for both of the subraces of the Half-Elf can be distributed in the following manner:


3. Human

Human Race
Baldur’s Gate 3 Race: Human

On the third number, I have placed the Human race as a fit for the Paladin Class. The Human race might seem to be the most common race in Baldur’s Gate 3, and it does not have any subraces associated with it. However, the Human race is known for its tenacity, creativity, and endless capacity for growth.

Race Features

  • Base Racial Speed
  • Strength +1
  • Dexterity +1
  • Constitution +1
  • Intelligence +1
  • Wisdom +1
  • Charisma +1

Ability Point Distribution 

For the Human race, I have distributed the ability points in the following manner: 


4. Githyanki

Githyanki Race
Baldur’s Gate 3 Race: Githyanki

For the last race on the list, I have selected Githyanki as the fourth fit for the Paladin Class. Githyanki is a nice pick for the Paladin due to its +2 Strength feature that it provides as it will give you more power and damage. Apart from that, Githyanki has race Cantrips that will be unlocked over time. Just like the Human race, Githyanki also does not have any subrace. 

Race Features

  • Base Racial Speed
  • Intelligence 
  • Strength +2
  • Light Armor Proficiency
  • Medium Armor Proficiency
  • Shortsword Proficiency
  • Longsword Proficiency
  • Greatsword Proficiency

Ability Point Distribution

It is definitely a good idea to just press the Use Recommended button for the Githyanki, as it will give you a very balanced character. However, I have listed my point distribution below:


With all the information provided above, my guide on BG3 Best Race for Paladin ends. This guide contains the top 4 best races that can be used for building the Paladin Class in Baldur’s Gate 3. Although any race can be used for building the Paladin Class, the mentioned races are the most suitable of them all.

While you are at it, make sure to check out the other guides on Baldurs Gate 3. All of these guides can help you in different ways while you are on your journey in Baldurs Gate 3. Guides such as Best Sorcerer BuildAll Companions in Baldurs Gate 3, Best Druid Builds, and many more have been covered.


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