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Baldur’s Gate 3: Is the Oathbreaker Subclass Good? Answered

Baldur’s Gate 3: Is Oathbreaker Good?

Baldur’s Gate 3 gives players the freedom to play however they like. If they are sticklers for rules and like to play ‘by the book’, they can. If they feel that rules are made to be broken, they can choose to go against what’s expected of them. It is this kind of freedom that allows Baldur’s Gate 3 players to become Oathbreakers, a Subclass of the Paladin. With that said, is the Oathbreaker subclass good in Baldur’s Gate 3? Is it worth following this path for your Paladin? Or should you keep your oath and remain ‘pure’? Let’s find out!

Is the Oathbreaker Paladin a Good Option in BG3?

The Paladin is one of the most powerful classes in Baldur’s Gate 3, which is probably why it’s also the most popular choice. As a Paladin, you have to take an oath and stick to the ‘rules’ of that oath. This oath represents your character’s personality and influences the way you play the game.

However, many players feel that having an oath is limiting their experience, and as such they decide to take actions that cause them to break their oath. When you become an Oathbreaker Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3, you forgo the abilities associated with your initially chosen oath. In return, you’ll get new powers and unlock new dialogues.

Keep in mind that Oathbreakers are not seen as evil because they broke their oath. Instead, it’s an indication that your character chose not to follow the path associated with the oath they made. This can make your gameplay more interesting.

You can also become an Oathbreaker by accident when you make a choice that feels right to you but goes against your oath. But don’t worry, being an Oathbreaker Paladin comes with good enough perks that this isn’t a bad thing.

In short, whether or not the Oathbreaker Paladin is good in Baldur’s Gate 3 comes down to how you feel about breaking your oath. It can be a fun Subclass, but only if it’s really what you want for your character.

Does Oathbreaker Feel Good to Play in BG3?

Most players find that the Oathbreaker is really good to play in BG3 because of the Abilities and Skills they get access to. Paladins are already strong and impressive, and when they’re Oathbreakers they make gameplay quite a bit more exhilarating. 

Doing AoE on enemies and causing lots of damage is one of the main appeals of an Oathbreaker Paladin. If you’re looking for a tanky powerhouse, this may be just the Class for you.

Players who want to enjoy an evil playthrough will also find the Oathbreaker to be a fantastic roleplay option that enhances their gameplay.

How Do You Break the Paladin’s Oath in BG3 and Become an Oathbreaker?

Essentially, doing something that doesn’t befit your Paladin will lead to you breaking your oath. If you show mercy to the wrong character or fail to uphold justice, you can break your oath in BG3. Some acts are more forgivable than others, of course, but there are specific actions you can take in Baldur’s Gate 3 that will definitely break your chosen oath.

Paladins who took the Oath of Devotion, for example, will have to be compassionate and courageous, while being bound to their duty. They must always help those weaker than them and fearlessly charge into battle. Should you take the life of an innocent, for whatever reason, you will become an Oathbreaker.

A Paladin under the Oath of Vengeance has sworn to strike down the wicked and cruel without mercy. They must deliver righteous judgment and never falter. As such, if you decide to spare the life of an evil character, you’ll be breaking your oath. An example of such an act is failing to take the evil Hag’s life.

If your Paladin took the Oath of the Ancients, you must be a champion of kindness and love. You should spread this kindness wherever you go and never do anything to harm good creatures. So, if you let Arabella get killed, or harm any innocent wildlife (such as the Owlbear cub) for example, you’ll have broken your oath.

Building an Oathbreaker Paladin in BG3

Once you’ve broken your oath in BG3, you’ll find that the Oathbreaker Paladin focuses primarily on two abilities: Strength and Charisma.

Naturally, Strength is a Paladin’s main ability and this doesn’t change when you break your oath. And the Charisma of a Paladin affects their spellcasting ability, which means it’s still very important even after becoming an Oathbreaker.

With that said, it’s recommended that you push your Charisma and Strength to 16 each and put 14 points into your Constitution. The other Abilities aren’t as important.

For the Oathbreaker Paladin, Athletics and Insight are two important factors. Of course, you can choose whichever Skills you want, but these two will enhance your Oathbreaker and make your gameplay experience a bit better.

As you level up your Oathbreaker Paladin, it’s a good idea to consider taking the Ability Improvement Feat so you can improve your most important Abilities (Charisma/Strength).

Choosing to become a Great Weapon Master is also a great idea as you’ll be able to make an extra Melee Attack as a Bonus Action and you’ll likely get more Critical Attacks as well.

When you reach the higher levels, choosing a Feat like Defensive Duelist is highly recommended. This lets you use your Reaction to temporarily increase your AC by 2 when enemies make a Melee Attack against you (Keep in mind that you need to be proficient in Finesse Weapons for this Feat).

Oathbreaker Spells

As for spells, the Oathbreaker has quite a few really nice ones in BG3. You’ll get Hellish Rebuke at Level 3, which inflicts 2d10 Fire Damage against your attacker. Inflict Wounds deals 3d10 Necrotic Damage against enemies, making it a great option as well.

When you reach Level 4, you get Shield of Faith that allows you to increase your Armour Class by 2. At Level 9 you get quite a number of spells to choose from and enjoy. Elemental Weapon is one of the more notable spells that will give you +1 to your Attack Rolls. It also lets you deal 1d4 extra Damage of your choice.

And that is all you need to know about the Oathbeaker Paladin subclass being any good in Baldur’s Gate 3. Check out other interesting BG3 guides and articles:

Based in Sasolburg, South Africa, Desere Davis is a Freelance Writer for Raider King.
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