Benefits of Playing a Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3

Benefits of Playing a Paladin in Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3: Temptations, Consequences, and Unholy Paladins

“It’s no secret that many players tend to go for the good options and/or endings with role-playing games; there’s just something about doing the evil thing that just doesn’t mesh with a lot of players. That doesn’t mean there’s no temptation, though, as many a good Shepard in Mass Effect has punched a certain somebody. That temptation is part of the process, and indeed, the upcoming release of Baldur’s Gate 3 tempts players with power right from the onset. Not only do players have the option to side with the Absolute and embrace the Illithid Tadpole in their head, but character creation includes the Dark Urge origin character and temptation is built right into some of the classes.”

Ah, Paladins, those holier-than-thou soldiers of their God who are often the bane of many-a-rogue in a Dungeons and Dragons party. But hey, they do add a beautiful roleplaying element! In Baldur’s Gate 3, Paladins are more open-ended than you think. They can be the good guys, striving to do the right thing with an unwavering commitment to lawful interpretation. But hey, Paladins can also fall from grace! It’s all built right into the mechanics, giving players a chance to explore the consequences of their actions.

Paladins are often misunderstood, thought to only be capable of overzealous worship, righteous indignation, and over-the-top devotion. But in Baldur’s Gate 3, players can represent someone who struggles with their Oath through their actions. It’s not just about blindly sticking to the Oath, but also facing the moral consequences that come with it. Breaking the Oath doesn’t mean they’ve failed, necessarily. Players can pay penance and have their Oaths restored or continue down a new path, embracing the darkness within.

Your race choice in Baldur’s Gate 3 adds another layer to the Paladin character. A Dragonborn Paladin and a Human Paladin will have completely different options, giving you even more temptation to navigate. And let’s not forget about the companions! They represent a wide range of characters, from do-gooders to ne’er-do-wells. How your relationships form with them adds another dimension to your Paladin’s journey. Trying to get someone on the right path is easier said than done, and companions can often be a good enough reason to go down the wrong one.

In terms of gameplay, Oaths aren’t just roleplaying elements, they also add certain options as subclasses to any Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3. Let’s take a look:

Subclass Description
Oath of Devotion Knights of honor who protect the weak.
Oath of the Ancients Followers of the Light who seek to protect nature and life, in general.
Oath of Vengeance This oath deals with the pursuit of justice, even putting aside one’s own goodness for this.
Oathbreaker When players break an oath, they will meet an Oathbreaker in camp who can restore it for GP or enable the pursuit of this subclass.

In Baldur’s Gate 3, how you choose to represent or engage with your Oath translates to gameplay. It’s a symbiotic relationship between your abilities and your actions. And the starting features of the Paladin class are powerful and all-encompassing. You have a high hit-die for health, melee power, healing abilities, combat magic, and the ability to wield a shield and wear heavy armor.

With so many options, you can lean into one playstyle or another, ensuring you have a lot of combat options on the backburner. But remember, you also need to balance your roleplaying options carefully (or not so carefully) based on how you want your story to unfold. So, if you want to resist temptation at every turn (or embrace it), while ensuring you have a little something for most scenarios, you can’t go wrong with a Paladin, Oathbreaker or otherwise.

Baldur’s Gate 3 releases on August 3 for PC and on September 6 for PS5.