The Warlock class in Baldur’s Gate 3 offers a unique and intriguing playstyle for those who seek to harness the power of ancient secrets through pacts with otherworldly beings. These extreme knowledge-seekers delve deep into the realms of the unknown to bolster their magical arsenal. However, to deal with such powerful creatures, Warlocks need to possess strong mental fortitude and the ability to make deals that come with grave consequences. In this guide, we will explore everything you need to know about the Warlock class and help you decide if it’s the right choice for your adventures in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Warlock Class Features
- Hit Dice: 1d8 per warlock level
- Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier
- Hit Points at Higher Levels: 5 + your Constitution modifier per warlock level after 1st
Warlocks start their journey with two cantrips from the Warlock cantrip list. These basic spells allow Warlocks to perform minor magical feats effortlessly.
As a Warlock, you begin your journey with two spells from the Warlock spell list, two of which are exclusive to your chosen subclass. These spells are the building blocks of your magical repertoire.
Warlocks possess a unique action known as “Fey Presence,” which is exclusive to The Archfey subclass. This ability allows you to charm or frighten foes in your vicinity, showcasing the influence you wield over the fey realm.
- Warlock Spell Slot: Warlock spells consume spell slots, which can be regained by taking a short rest. Mastering the usage of these spell slots is essential to maximize your magical potential.
As a Warlock, you gain proficiencies in the following areas:
- Weapons: Simple Weapons
- Armor: Light Armor
- Saving Throws: Wisdom and Charisma
- Skills: Choose two skills from Arcana, Deception, History, Intimidation, Investigation, Nature, and Religion
The Warlock class offers three unique subclasses, each granting access to different powers and abilities. Your choice of subclass will greatly influence your playstyle and the type of otherworldly patron you serve.
Warlocks who align themselves with The Fiend subclass have entered into a pact with a hellish fiend, who seeks to corrupt and destroy. By forging this pact, you gain access to a feature exclusive to The Fiend subclass called “Dark One’s Blessing.” This feature grants you temporary hit points whenever you defeat a hostile creature, empowering you to withstand the most grueling battles. Furthermore, The Fiend grants you two exclusive spells: Burning Hands and Command.
The Great Old One
Warlocks devoted to The Great Old One are bound to a mysterious entity from the Far Realm, an alien and unknowable dimension. Even though this entity may not be aware of your existence, it bestows upon you a feature exclusive to The Great Old One subclass called “Mortal Reminder.” This ability frightens creatures and nearby enemies after you land a critical hit, unless they succeed a Wisdom saving throw. Additionally, The Great Old One grants you two exclusive spells: Dissonant Whispers and Tasha’s Hideous Laughter.
Choosing The Archfey as your subclass means aligning yourself with a lord or lady of the fey, ancient beings predating mortal races. Bound to The Archfey, you gain the “Fey Presence” action, allowing you to charm or frighten nearby foes with your ethereal influence. The Archfey also grants you access to two exclusive spells: Faerie Fire and Sleep, which further enhance your fey-infused abilities.
For a comprehensive overview of all the classes in Baldur’s Gate 3, including Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, and Wizard, consult our detailed guides. If you are unsure which class to start with, our guide on choosing the right class will provide valuable insights.
Unleash the power of the Warlock class and embark on a journey that delves into the mystical secrets of otherworldly beings. The path of the Warlock is not for the faint-hearted, but for those who crave forbidden knowledge and are willing to pay the price. Are you ready to become a master of dark magic in the world of Baldur’s Gate 3? The choice is yours.