In Baldur’s Gate 3, the Dragonborn race brings the essence of dragons to your character, offering unique abilities and attributes.
The Dragonborn race in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a powerful and versatile option for players who want to create a character with a strong physical presence. As a Dragonborn, you possess draconic traits that can significantly influence your playstyle and interactions with the world. This guide will provide an overview of how the Dragonborn race works and suggest some effective builds for your character.
Dragonborn in Baldur’s Gate 3
A proud race that values clan and skills above all else. Once enslaved by dragons, they strive to be self-sufficient, not wanting to be beholden to anyone, not even the gods.
Ability Score Increase:
Upon release of the full game, racial choices will no longer be tied to specific ability score bonuses. Each character will get a +2 and +1 bonus to spend on whatever ability stat they would like, regardless of race.
Consequently, this means that the non-ability score traits and racial features are vitally important selecting the appropriate build. Moreover, you won’t be as restricted to certain races when min-maxing by only being able to select a specific race for optimal ability score.
- Draconic Ancestry
- You are distantly related to a particular kind of dragon. Which type of dragon you choose will determine the damage type of your breath weapon as well as the type of resistance you gain.
- Breath Weapon
- Use this action to exhale destructive energy. It deals damage in an area according to your ancestry. Can be used once per rest.
The type or color of dragon you choose for you Dragonborn will grant them a resistance to certain types of environmental effects. This could be a handy trait to have, especially if you choose a type which has a resistance to something you more commonly encounter out in the world, such as fire or poison traps or goblins and all of the acid vials they like to use.
It also determines the type of damage your Breath Weapon will do. When you use your breath weapon, all creatures in the area must make a saving throw, the type of which is also determined by your ancestry. The various types of resistances, damage and saving throws are listed below:
|Resistance Types and Damage Types||Type of saves enemies will have to roll|
|Black – Acid||Black – Dexterity save|
|Blue – Lightning||Blue – Dexterity save|
|Brass – Fire||Brass – Dexterity save|
|Bronze – Lightning||Bronze – Dexterity save|
|Copper – Acid||Copper – Dexterity save|
|Gold – Fire||Gold – Dexterity save|
|Green – Poison||Green – Constitution save|
|Red – Fire||Red – Dexterity save|
|Silver – Cold||Silver – Constitution save|
|White – Cold||White – Constitution save|
Best Builds for Dragonborns
This build focuses on combining the Dragonborn’s divine heritage with the Paladin’s righteous powers. The recommended sub-class would be either the Oath of Devotion or Oath of Vengence.Their breath weapon complements the Paladin’s melee abilities, making you a formidable force in both ranged and close combat. Prioritize Strength and Charisma for ability score improvements.
Dragonborn Sorcerers are a great choice for players who want to create a character with a strong mix of magic and martial prowess. You can embrace your Dragonborn lineage by becoming a Sorcerer with a matching Draconic Bloodline. Your breath weapon and damage resistance synergize with your Sorcerer spells, granting you a versatile offensive repertoire. Focus on Charisma for spellcasting and Constitution for increased survivability.
Dragonborn Fighters are another excellent choice for players who want to create a powerful physical character. The Fighter revolves around mastering both martial combat and arcane abilities. Your breath weapon complements your melee prowess, while your Fighter abilities allow you to control the battlefield. Prioritize Strength and Intelligence for Eldritch Knight or Strength and Dexterity for Battle Master.
Dragonborn Warlocks are powerful ranged damage-dealers. This build explores a unique combination of the Dragonborn’s might and a pact with a powerful entity such as The Fiend or The Great Old One. The breath weapon serves as a potent eldritch attack, and your Warlock spells provide additional magical versatility. Prioritize Charisma for spellcasting and consider Dexterity for improved armor class.
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