BG3 Pact Of The Blade: Warlock Subclass Changes

The Pact of the Blade is one of the Warlock Pacts that gives you the upper edge in offensive utlity with some armor to help in melee combat.

In Baldurs Gate 3, you have access to several different classes that you can pick from. If you pick the Warlock class, you can go for special boons, spell casting, or a melee DPS threat with a lot of offensive utility for your pacts. Our BG3 Pact of The Blade guide will go over most of what one of these new pacts offers and how useful it is.

Key Takeaways
  • The Pact of the Blade is a new Baldur’s Gate 3 build route for the Warlock Class.
  • It makes the Warlock Class much more viable because of its utility and usefulness.
  • The Pact of the Blade will allow you to summon a weapon or bind one you already own.
  • The damage of the weapon will scale off Spellcasting ability rather than Strength or Dexterity.
  • This pact allows you to attack with a weapon more frequently than with other builds.
  • The Pact may replace the Hexblade build path and merge with Thirsting Blade.

What Is The Pact Of The Blade In Baldur’s Gate 3?

Warlock Leveling Image
Warlock Class in BG3 [Image Credit: eXputer]
The Warlock Class in Baldurs Gate 3 is somewhat odd in my opinion. In a world of Mages and Special Beasts, the Warlock stands out and has faced many issues in the competitive scene. Recent changes to this class (in the pacts and modifiers) have made it way more favorable to pick among all the other classes.

If you opt for the Warlock class, I suggest you build among three different pacts. These pacts are based on providing different types of utility. The Pact of the Blade focuses more on the offensive utility with weapons, damage, a little bit of armor, and skills to give you the upper hand in melee or spell-casting fights.

The main pact for the Warlock is the Hexblade. It allows the player to enhance his weapons and deal more damage. The Pact of the Blade is somewhat replacing the Hexblade with additional attacks rather than damage. This is to make up for the relative lack of damage this pact used to offer.

Key Features Of The Pact

Warlock Pacts Image
Pact of the Blade [Image Credit: eXputer]
In our Baldur’s Gate 3 Pact of the Blade review, we’ll discuss aspects that may not be immediately present in the release. This pact replaces the disliked Hexblade pact and offers a martial class until Pact of the Blade is introduced. You can summon or empower a weapon, gaining increased attack speed and damage utility based on your stats. Damage scales off Spellcasting, which might be less effective for Warlocks with strength or dexterity-focused builds.

To enhance Warlock viability, in my opinion, a crucial change is the additional weapon attack, enabling effective combat against burst damage and optimal engagement with ranged adversaries in melee. This alteration significantly boosts Warlock’s playability. I suggest opting for this Pact if your party leans toward melee combat, as charisma-heavy builds show promise in terms of damage and sustainability. I advise you to keep in mind that, for frontline characters, supplementing this pact with a spell-like Hex is advisable for survival, given its limited armor benefits.

That is it for our BG3 Pact of the Blade guide. If there is something you wish to let us know, feel free to leave it in the comments below so other players may benefit from it.

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