Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Multiclass Barbarian Build

This Multiclass guide focuses on the Multiclass Barbarian in Baldur’s Gate 3, combined with the Paladin class, to create a powerful build.

Best BG3 Multiclass Barbarian Build Guide

This build has been updated for the patch 4 version of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Multiclass Barbarian Build Guide

Barbarians are the quintessential melee warriors, harnessing their innate strength and ferocity to crush their foes. When they enter a state of rage, their damage output and resilience soar. Their proficiency in all weapons and armour makes them versatile combatants, capable of adapting to any combat situation.

This Barbarian build is focused on multiclassing. Combining two classes (Paladin) together further increases the Barbarian’s potential in BG3 Combat. Moreover, this guide will walk you through creating the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Multiclass Barbarian Build Guide.

Multiclass Barbarian Build Features

The following list presents all the essential Multiclass Barbarian Build Mechanics and Features in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Primary Ability: Strength
  • Saving Throws: Strength and Constitution
  • Armour Proficiency: Light Armour, Medium Armour, Shield
  • Weapon Proficiency: Simple Weapon, Martial Weapons
  • Rage: Gain two extra damage with melee and have increased damage resistance.
  • Unarmoured Defence: Adds your Constitution modifier to your Armour Class and your Dexterity modifier when not wearing armour.
  • Extra Attack: allows two attacks with one action.
  • Channeled Oath Charges: Paladin-specific resource that allows the casting of spells and abilities.
  • Great Weapon Fighting: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack with a Two-Handed melee weapon, that die is rerolled once.
  • Lay on Hands: Paladin skill uses your blessed touch to heal a creature or cure it of all diseases and poisons.
  • Divine Sense: Gain Advantage on Attack Rolls against celestials, fiends, and undead.
  • Oath of Vengeance Subclass: subclass focused on damage and mobility.
  • Inquisitor’s Might: You or an ally’s weapon attacks deal an additional 2 Radiant damage and can Daze enemies for one turn.
  • Divine Smite: deals additional 2d8 Radiant damage on weapon damage.
  • Gain Divine Health: prevents the disease from affecting you (passive benefit).

Multiclassing Explained

BG3 How to Multiclass

Multiclassing in Baldur’s Gate 3 allows your character to gain a level in a new class instead of advancing in their current class. To Multiclass in BG3, hit the top right plus button to add a class, so that it will bring up a new screen with the other classes in Baldur’s Gate 3.  

Multiclassing grants most of the benefits of that new class, but there are some limitations. Your multiclassing character does not receive all the proficiencies of their new class, like Fighter heavy armour for example. You also cannot multiclass when playing on Explorer Difficult.  

Below is a list of Multiclass Proficiencies gained by taking one level in a new class:

ClassGained Proficiency
BarbarianShields, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
BardLight Armor, One skill, One instrument
ClericLight Armor, Medium Armor, Shields, Morningstars
DruidLight Armor, Medium Armor, Shields
FighterLight Armor, Medium Armor, Shields, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
MonkSimple Weapons, Shortswords
PaladinLight Armor, Medium Armor, Shields, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
RangerLight Armor, Medium Armor, Shields, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons, One skill
RogueLight Armor, One skill
WarlockLight armor, Simple Weapons
Multiclass Proficiencies in BG3

Best Barbarian Multiclass

Baldur's Gate 3 Vengeance Paladin Build

The best class for the Barbarian to multiclass into is the Paladin because you can access spellcasting, Divine Smite, and utility outside combat. Also, a secondary multiclass choice for Barbarians is the Fighter for access to a Fighting Style, Battle Master subclass, and Action Surge.

Here is the best multiclass choice for a Barbarian build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

SpellcastingAction Surge
Fighting StyleFighting Style
Divine SmiteBattle Manoeuvers

For this build, we recommend 3 levels of investment into the Paladin class. This will give you a Fighting Style, Subclass, Spellcasting, and Divine Smite. You will retain the most important benefits of the Barbarian class and the same playstyle identity. Furthermore, you want to create your character and level progression, followed by optimal gear setups using the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Multiclass Barbarian Build Guide.

Character Creation


Baldur's Gate 3 Half-Orc race example
Baldur's Gate 3 Tiefling race example

Half-Orc is the Best Race Choice for a multiclass Barbarian because you gain Relentless Endurance, Savage Attack, and Darkvision giving you a balanced racial choice for damage and survivability. However, a secondary choice is the Zariel Tiefling for fire resistance, two Smite spells, and Darkvision. 

Here is the best race choice for a multiclass Barbarian build in Baldur’s Gate 3:


The best Background for a Barbarian is Soldier because it has proficiency in Athletics and IntimidationBackgrounds in Baldur’s Gate 3 are a way to represent your character’s backstory and give them some starting skills and abilitiesAthletics scales in effectiveness with your main class’s primary statistic, Strength.

Ability Score

Best Multiclass Barbarian Ability Score Baldur's Gate 3

The Best Ability Score for multiclass Barbarian Build is a Strength of 16, Constitution of 16, Dexterity of 14, and Intelligence of 10. Strength is ideal for our weapon attacks, power, and a chance to land, Constitution determines health and AC along with Dexterity. Also, 10 Intelligence is important to learn more spells as you multiclass into the Paladin with Charisma, scaling the effectiveness of these spells.

Below is the best ability score for a multiclass Barbarian in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Strength – 16
  • Dexterity – 14
  • Constitution – 16
  • Intelligence – 10
  • Wisdom – 8
  • Charisma – 10


Animal Handling and Perception are the best skills for the multiclass Barbarian because they complement your build when exploring the environment.


The best companions for a Barbarian Multiclass build in BG3 are Shadowheart, Gale, and Astarion. This will give you a balanced team with a Cleric for support, a Wizard for area damage, and a Rogue for ranged damage and utility.

Multiclass Barbarian Build – Level Progression in Baldur’s Gate 3

Level 1

Best BG3 Multiclass Barbarian Build Guide

Level one follow our character creator to pick all correct backgroundraceskills, and ability distribution, focusing on Strength and Constitution. Use the character creation steps above and hit the appropriate ability score and race. You want to either use clothing ideally, and a two-handed weapon preferred a Greatsword. You can get a super powerful one in the tutorial Everburn Blade.

This is a multiclass build, and we will use the Barbarian from levels 1 to 5. The reason why, at level 4 you can select a feat, and at level 5 you earn Extra Attack. This is the point at which we switch to Paladin to unlock spell casting, then back to Barbarian to finish the build. I’ll walk you through the process, but if the build initially feels similar to a normal Barbarian, it is. Extra Attack allows you to attack twice per action, and it’s a priority to initially make you feel powerful. Below are the Barbarians level 1 class features and unlocks:

  • Unarmored Defense: While you are not wearing any armor, your Armor Class equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your Constitution modifier. You can use a shield and still gain this benefit.
  • Rage: While raging, you deal 2 extra damage with melee and improvised weapons, and when throwing objects. You also have Resistance to physical damage and Advantage on Strength checks and Saving Throws. Rage ends early if you don’t attack an enemy or take damage each turn. You can’t cast or concentrate on spells while raging.
BG3 Barbarian Rage

Unarmored Defense helps if you don’t plan on wearing medium armor. You can, however, strip Lae’zal’s armor and equip it with high dexterity for a higher Armour Class (AC). The advantage to using “clothing” not armor is the gear sets. Later as you develop, the game will incentivize you with clothing-based gear sets with the Wrath status effect, increasing melee damage. There are risk rewards to this. Less AC means you get hit more, but some of the gear sets are ultra-powerful damage. The Barbarian also has high damage reduction, so even if your AC is lower, you should stick with it as you progress and collect powerful sets as early as Act 1.

Rage is the bread-and-butter component of The Barbarian. You’ll want to use this on your first time with a bonus action and charge in. Make sure to equip a ranged weapon so you can always attack once per turn to keep it active. Rage also incentivizes you to hit or be hit. Rage also says, “You can’t cast or concentrate on spells while raging.” You can, however, still use Divine Smite (spell slot consumption) without dropping Rage, which becomes Frenzy later. Below is an example of a max-level attack.

BG3 Barbarian Divine Smite

The gameplay for the Barbarian is very simple, especially at the start. Simply use your bonus action to turn Rage on your first turn. Then, use your action to attack. On the second turn, you can use your bonus action for potions, jump, or shove. Your bonus action utility will go up with subclass and feat, and multiple attacks are coming as early as level four. Stay aggressive, and play as the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 multiclass Barbarian Build Guide.

Level 2

BG3 Barbarian Level 2
BG3 Barbarian Level 2 Features

At level two, the Barbarian will unlock Reckless Attack and Dangerous Sense:

  • Reckless Attack:  Reckless Attack feature, which allows you to gain Advantage on melee weapon attack rolls in exchange for granting advantage to enemies attacking you until your next turn. This should be used against an enemy you will either kill or won’t target your next turn.
  • Dangerous Sense: You have an Advantage on Dexterity Saving Throws against traps, spells, and surfaces. This is just passively applied to your character.

Reckless Attack is your main skill for damage. When you gain advantage, you can roll two dice rolls rather than one and the game selects the highest. This increases damage significantly. Be aware that the enemy will have the same advantage against you too. You can turn this on or off in the reactions tab of your character’s spellbook. This will automatically prompt you if you want to do the attack vs. a main hand.

You don’t want to use this because your main attack is retaliation and will likely kill you if the opposing enemies get to roll multiple dice. Gameplay at this level remains the same: stay aggressive and use Reckless Attack as your main ability.

Level 3

BG3 Berserker Barbarian Subclass
BG3 Berserker Level 3 Features

At level three, you will get to pick a subclass, and we recommend Berserker. It takes advantage of your bonus action and gives a great ranged damage ability. Here’s what you should do at level 3 with a multiclass Barbarian Build:

  • Take Berserker Subclass
  • Extra Rage Charge
  • Frenzied Strike skill unlocked: As a bonus action, make a melee attack with your equipped weapon.
  • Enraged Throw skill unlocked: Pick up an item or creature and throws it at a target, dealing Bludgeoning damage and knocking it Prone. Your Strength affects how much weight you can throw. Heavier items deal more damage. The damage of Thrown Weapons is the same as the Weapon’s melee damage. You also deal additional damage based on your Strength
  • Frenzy: grants you the ability to enter a frenzied rage as a bonus action, allowing you to make an additional melee weapon attack on each turn. Note that this feature also incurs one level of exhaustion once your rage ends.

Here, you can use your bonus actions to attack with a Frenzied Strike and an Enraged Throw. Ideally, on your first turn, you pop Frenzy (formally Rage) and charge into combat to either strike melee or at range. On your second turn, Frenzy should still be active. Here you can make an attack with your action and a second attack with a bonus action. And at levels 4 and 5 you can get even more attacks!

Enraged Throw is my favorite of the two new skills because you can stun or knock an enemy prone. The weakness of the Barbarian is the lack of crowd control, NOT the lack of damage. This skill is essential because it allows us to use primary damage Reckless Attack with our action and stun someone even at range with Enraged Throw. I carry a lot of daggers and spears and use those to throw and pick them up after the fight.

Using Enraged Throw and Frenzied Strike will cause Frenzied Strain, imposing a -1 penalty on attack rolls and stacks. This means you want to use your bonus action for these two skills, but sparingly to avoid this penalty. The gameplay is Frenzy with bonus action on the first turn, charge in for Reckless Attack. On the second turn, use your action first (Reckless), then a bonus action attack like Frenzied Strike or Enraged Throw.

Level 4

BG3 Great Weapon Master Feat
Baldur's Gate 3 Great Weapon Master All In Toggle

At level four, you can pick a Feat or ability improvement. Since we are using this Barbarian as a multiclass build, I recommend Great Weapon Master here. The Great Weapon Master feat increases your damage with the downside of lowering your chance to hit. You can turn the toggle off the increased damage and chance to miss via the passives section on your toolbar. You only want to do this if your percentage to hit is below 50%, and you desperately need to land one attack. Spells like Blessed help increase the percentage chance to hit, so use Shadowheart as a Life Cleric with Blessed.

If you kill an enemy or are critically hit, the Great Weapon Master feat allows you an additional attack using your bonus action. This is great because you have another tool for your bonus action and can avoid Frenized Strain using Frenized Strike repeatedly. At level 5, we get an Extra Attack, doubling our attacks and increasing the chance to trigger GWM bonus action attacks. Combat should, therefore, be initiated using your action first, saving your bonus action for a Great Weapons Master attack. Enraged Throw is still used for ranged crowd control and Frenzied Strike when you do not have a bonus action attack.

Level 5

BG3 Level 5 Barbarian
Baldur's Gate 3 Extra Attack

At level five, the Barbarian gains Extra Attack, which is a passive feature allowing you to make an additional attack when making an Attack Action. Fast Movement increases your movement speed by +5 while not wearing heavy armour. At level 5 the Barbarian becomes amazing with Extra Attack, Frenized Strike, and Great Weapon Master. This will allow you to attack multiple times with your actions and another with a bonus action. You can drink a Potion of Speed for a further effect and do a lot of damage in one turn.

This is where the Barbarians start to dominate. Your first turn is the standard bonus action to activate Rage/Frenzy and charge in with Reckless Attack. If you land the attack, you get an additional one. Usually, you want to use your secondary weapon-based skill like Lacerate to cause some bleeding damage. On the second turn, you will have a bonus action free to do 2x attacks, the first being Reckless, then use a bonus action strike depending on the range. That’s three attacks per turn. If you are doing a hard fight, use a Potion of Speed, and you add another 2 to that!

We want to pick up the Paladin with the next few levels at this stage. The Barbarian still gains access to powerful features beyond this level, but Paladin will help us pick up Divine Smite for further burst damage when using the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 multiclass Barbarian Build Guide.

Level 6

Baldur's Gate 3 Multiclass Barbarian Level 6

This is the point I suggest multiclassing. Paladin is the best choice due to access to Divine Smite. The Fighter class is also a good choice, mainly giving you Action Surge and the Battle Master Subclass utility Manoeuvers. I’ll walk you through the Paladin multiclass, but if you want to try something different, take 3 levels in Fighter, Battle Master subclass, then back to Barbarian until the maximum level of 12.

The main incentive to select the Paladin class with the Barbarian is Divine Smite, which will be unlocked later. Levels 2 and 3 are where most of the power from the Paladin comes. Below is what you unlock with one level in Paladin:

  • Channeled Oath Charges: Paladin-specific resource that allows the casting of spells and abilities.
  • Lay on Hands: Use your blessed touch to heal a creature or cure it of all diseases and poisons.
  • Divine Sense: Gain Advantage on Attack Rolls against celestials, fiends, and undead.
  • Oath of Vengeance Subclass: subclass focused on damage and mobility.
  • Inquisitor’s Might: You or an ally’s weapon attacks deal an additional 2 Radiant damage and can Daze enemies for 1 turn.
  • Oath of Vengeance Tenets: Fight the Greater Evil. Exerting your wisdom, identify the higher morality in any given instance, and fight for it—no Mercy for the Wicked.

The Paladin gives you a new resource with Channeled Oath Charges. You can use Lay on Hands for a weak heal but also curse diseases and poisons. Inquistors Might is helpful for bonus action utility, allowing you to do 1 more damage and dazing enemies. Also, your subclass choice is dependent on your behavior. Paladins, in nature, are “good” protectors and evil-fighting warriors. If you break your Oath, due to poor behavior, then you will unlock the Oathbreaker subclass, which is also powerful. This won’t change the build that much, but be aware that it will happen. With one level of Paladin, not much happens in terms of gameplay.

Level 7

BG3 Multiclass Barbarian Level 8 Spellbook
BG3 Paladin Great Weapon Fighting
BG3 Multiclass Barbarian Level 7 Spells

Your second level in Paladin gives a big spike in power due to Divine Smite and Fighting Style. This is a bit complex, but it is important for you to understand how the build works. Great Weapon Fighting when you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack with a Two-Handed melee weapon, that die is rerolled once. This isn’t accessible to the Barbarian passively and helps keep your damage consistent to avoid bad rolls. Fighters can also get this perk, and it’s the obvious choice for the Barbarian.

Divine Smite is a signature ability of the Paladin class in Baldur’s Gate 3. It allows Paladins to expend a spell slot to deal additional radiant damage to a creature they have hit with a melee weapon attack. The amount of extra damage is equal to 2d8 for a 1st-level spell slot, plus 1d8 for each spell level higher than 1st. The damage increases by 1d8 if the target is an undead or a fiend.

Baldur's Gate 3 Divine Smite
Baldur’s Gate 3 Divine Smite
BG3 Divine Smite Reaction
Baldur's Gate 3 Divine Smite Reaction
Baldur’s Gate 3 Divine Smite Reaction

Divine Smite can be toggled on or off in the reactions menu under the user interface. This allows you to decide whether or not to use it on a given attack. This is important because Paladins can quickly run out of spell slots, limiting their damage output. You don’t want to waste a spell slot on a weak creature. Divine Smite isn’t considered a spell and doesn’t require concentration. It simply adds damage with spell slot resources. This boosts the Barbarian and is a fun, unique way to play the class.

You can also pick two spells to use, which we aren’t going to use much. The reason is that they break Rage, or require concentration, and consume our spell slots. Consider spells that are utility or can help in specific situations. Divine Favour spell allows spellcasters to empower their Weapons to deal extra Radiant damage. Command spell allows spellcasters to order their target to flee, move closer, freeze, drop to the ground, or drop their weapon. Both are not considered used, but Command can be useful to drop weapons, though Enraged Throw is still a better crowd control ability.

I’ve written and explained this level a lot, but after you accept the level with our suggestions, you get a passive damage increase with Great Weapon Fighting and Divine Smite. Ensure to check the Ask boxes and only use them when you need them. You will have very few spell slots, but the burst is noticeable.

Level 8

BG3 Multiclass Barbarian Level 8

Our build is level 8 overall, and now 3 levels in Paladin. We take one more Paladin level to gain another level 1 spell slot up to three. Below are the unlocks at this level:

  • Gain Divine Health: prevents the disease from affecting you (passive benefit).
  • Abjure Enemy: Fighten an enemy. They’ll be easier to hit and cannot move. Fiends and undead have Disadvantage on this Saving Throw.
  • Vow of Enmity: Gain Advantage on Attack Rolls against an enemy.
  • Receives Bane: Up to 3 creatures receive a -1d4 penalty to Attack Rolls and Saving Throws.
  • Receives Hunter’s Mark: Mark a creature as your quarry to deal an additional 1d6 Slashing Damage whenever you hit it with a weapon attack. If the target dies before the spell ends, you can mark a new creature without expanding a Spell Slot.

Abjure Enemy and Vow Enmity are not technically spells and consume your Channeled Oath resource, so consider them a utility skill. Bane and Hunter’s Mark are useful spells, but both require concentration, so we will not use them. Mainly, we take this level to get another spell slot and more utility to add to our multiclas Barbarian. After this, I recommend finishing out the levels with Barbarian. Let’s continue with the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Multiclass Barbarian Build Guide.

Level 9

Baldur's Gate 3 Multiclass Barbarian Level 9

At level 9, I recommend returning to the Barbarian for the remaining levels. At this level, you get an additional Rage charge and a Berserker subclass feature, Mindless Rage. Your rage becomes all-consuming, repelling outside influence. While Frenzied, you can’t be Charmed or Frightened, and Calm Emotions no longer end your rage. This helps you become immune to annoying crowd control effects and keeps you from losing damage or missing turns. Outside of that, combat is more of the same at this point.

Level 10

BG3 Multiclass Barbarian Level 10

At level 1, with 7 levels into the Barbarian class, you unlock Feral Instinct. You have honed your instincts to the utmost degree. You gain a +3 bonus to Initiative and can’t be surprised. While this doesn’t seem big, it’s vital to the build. You will have a high Initiative and skip Surprised which eliminates your first turn. This means you are guaranteed to go during the first round of combat and will be among the first to start. You can then focus on stunning or eliminating the highest priority target and reduce damage for you and your team.

Level 11

BG3 Multiclass Barbarian Level 11
BG3 Savage Attacker Feat

With 8 levels into the Barbarian, you unlock a feat. The downside of multiclassing is losing out on a feat, which means less ability score. You can either increase your strength by +2 with ability improvement or Savage Attacker. When making melee weapon attacks, you roll your damage dice twice and use the highest result. This feat will increase your damage and stacks and augment other passives already added to this build, like Great Weapon Fighting, Great Weapon Master, etc. Since our strength is lower than other builds, you want to work on obtaining permeant bonuses, potions that increase your power, and gear sets that increase strength.

Elixir of Hill Giant Strength is a great potion because it will increase strength to 21 until long rest. There is a better version that gives 27 strength! The Mighty Cloth is a rare piece of Clothing that gives its wearer +2 Strength and can be bought from Talli the trader in Act 2. Lastly, we have Gauntlets of Hill Giant strength that give you 23 strength but come very late in the game. These options increase strength and complement the Paladin Divine Smite ability.

Level 12

BG3 Level 9 Barbarian

In the final level within The Barbarian, you unlock a class feature, Brutal Critical. When you land a Critical Hit, you roll an extra damage die and the normal additional critical dice. The gameplay is simple beyond this level, and there are few changes besides passive benefits like Brutal Critical. As you can imagine, this gives us even more damage and isn’t something we must activate, and it’s a passive feature. Making the Barbarian ultra-simple and powerful and with the Paladin even more burst.

In Games like Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll explore the world, loot chests and your enemies’ dead bodies, and complete quests and all those activities can reward you with useful items, potions, armor, weapons, scrolls, and much more. There are three Acts in BG3, and Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Multiclass Barbarian Build Guide includes suggested sets and alternatives for Act 1 and Act 3.

Beginner: Starting the Game

Baldur's Gate 3 Everburn Blade tooltip
Baldur's Gate 3 Haste Helm
BG3 Bloodguzzler Garb

Here’s the best beginner gear for Barbarian Multiclass Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Gear SlotBest Gear Item
HeadHaste Helm
ChestBloodguzzler Garb
GlovesBracers of Defence
BootsLinebreaker Boots
NecklaceAmulet of Misty Step
RingCrusher’s Ring
RingCaustic Band
Weapon 1 Main HandEverburn Blade
Weapon 2 Main HandGiantbreaker
Best Beginner Barbarian Armour in BG3
  • Haste Helm: At the start of combat, the wearer gains 1.5m movement speed for 3 turns. Locked chest near to the Ancient Rune Circle in the Blighted Village X 32, Y 403.
    • Alternative: Cap of Wrath gain Wrath when lower than 50% health.  Obtained in Gyrmforge dropped by Thudd.
  • Bloodguzzler Garb: 10 AC + Dexterity modifier and when an enemy damages the wearer, they gain Wrath for 1 Turn.  You can loot it from Bulette’s body in the Underdark.
  • Bracers of Defence: You gain a +2 bonus to Armour Class as long as you are not wearing armour or holding a shield.  In the Apothecary’s Cellar beneath the Blighted Village (X: -656 Y: -370).
    • Alternative: Gloves of the Growling Underdog: gain advantage on melee attacks with 2 or more foes nearby.  Obtained Found Inside Treasure chest in the Shattered Sanctum X 298 Y 66.
  • Linebreaker Boots: When the wearer Dashes or takes a similar action during combat, they gain Wrath for 3 turns.  Loot it from Beastmaster Zurk’s body in the Worg Pens.
    • Alternative: Disintegrating Night Walkers: wearer cannot be Enwebbed, Entangled, or Ensnared and can’t slip on Grease or Ice and gains Misty Step.  Obtained in Gyrmforge as part of Free True Soul Nere questline.
  • Amulet of Misty Step: Grants Misty Step Level 2 Conjuration Spell. You can find it in the chest behind the ogre Polma in the Defiled Temple within the Goblin Camp.
    • Alternative: Moondrop Pendant: 50% or lower don’t provoke attacks of opportunity. Obtained in Selûnite Glided Chest in Owlbear Nest.
  • Crusher’s Ring: Movement Speed +3m. Can be looted or stolen from Crusher in the Goblin camp in Act 1.
    • Alternative: Ring of Flinging wearer gains 1d4 bonus to throw damage.  Bought from Arron in Druid Grove.
  • Caustic Band: weapon gains +2 Acid damage.  Obtained from merchant Derryth Bonecloak in the Myconid Colony in the Underdark.
    • Alternative: The Sparkswall: The wearer cannot be electrocuted and gains resistance to lightning damage. Obtained in a chest in Arcane Tower, Underdark Act 1.
  • Everburn Blade: 2D6 Slashing + 1D4 Fire. Can be looted from Commander Zhalk during the prologue.
    • Alternative: Silver Sword of the Astral Plane – 2d6 + 3 slashing legendary weapon. In Act 1 can be obtained using the Command spell (drop) on Voss before the fight with the Githyanki at the Mountain Pass; use this guide.
  • Giantbreaker: 1D10 Piercing damage and heavy hitter passive send targets reeling. Obtained by merchant Brem in Zhentarim Hideout.
    • Alternative: Githyanki Crossbow: 1d10 + 1 piercing found during Githyanki fight on the Risen Road.

Advanced: End-Game

Baldur's Gate 3 Balduran's Giantslayer
Baldur's Gate 3 Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength
Bonespike Garb BG3

The following table presents the best advanced and end-game gear for Barbarian Multiclass Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Gear SlotBest Gear Item
HeadBonespike Helmet
CapeCindermoth Cloak
ChestBonespike Garb
GlovesGauntlets of Hill Giant Strength
BootsHelldusk Boots
NecklaceAmulet of Greater Health
RingKiller’s Sweetheart
RingRing Of Regeneration
Weapon 1 Main HandBalduran’s Giantslayer
Weapon 2 RangedFabricated Arbalest
Best Barbarian Armour BG3
  • Bonespike Helmet: When you Rage, do 2-8 Psychic damage in a 3m radius, +2 intimidation, and Menacing Attack. Obtained from Voiceless Penitent Bareki Merchant in Lower City Sewers Baldur’s Gate.
    • Alternative: Helm of Balduran: heals beginner of turn, cannot be stunned or critical struck, and +1 AC and saving throws. Obtained in Act 3, Dragon’s Sanctum on an altar X: 636 Y: -964.
  • Cindermoth Cloak: A creature that damages the wearer within 2m receives Burning.  Looted from Aelis Siryasius in the Lower City Sewers in Act 3.
    • Alternative: Fleshmelter when damage with melee, that creature takes 1d4 acid damage.  Obtained in Chest in House of Healing Morgue.
  • Bonespike Garb 10 AC + Dexterity Modifier, 15  15 temporary hit points whenever you Rage, and reduce all incoming damage by 2. Purchased from Exxvikyap at The Rivington General in Act 3.
    • Alternative: The Mighty Cloth is a rare piece of Clothing that gives its wearer +2 Strength. Act 2 Talli trader at Last Light Inn.
  • Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength: Wearer’s strength increased to 23. Obtained in Archive of the House of Hope.
    • Alternative: Bonespike Gloves Your attacks ignore Resistance to Slashing, Piercing, and Bludgeoning damage.  Looted from Strangler Luke in the Undercity Ruins during the quest Get Orin’s Netherstone.
  • Helldusk Boots: cannot be forcibly moved, use reaction on failed saving throws, gain Hellcrawler teleport ability.  Obtained in a locked chest, Wyrm’s Rock Fortress X: -32 Y: 219.
    • Alternative: Bonespike Boots: gain +1 AC and saving throw while not wearing armour of a shield and Brutal Leap ability. Looted from a trapped Wooden Chest in a secluded Passageway (X: -233, Y: 84) at the far end of the western trail leading away from the South Span Checkpoint in Act 3.
  • Amulet of Greater Health: Increases the wearer’s Constitution score to 23, Advantage on Constitution Saving Throws Checks. Can be found in the House of Hope in Baldur’s Gate City.
  • Killer’s Sweetheart: When you kill a creature, your next Attack Roll will be a Critical Hit. Obtained from the Self-Same Trial in the Gauntlet of Shar in Act 2.
    • Alternative: Ring of Protection Increase AC and Saving Throws +1.  Steal the Sacred Idol quest reward in Act 1.
  • Ring Of Regeneration: At the beginning of your turn, heal yourself for 1d4 HP.  Sold by Rolan at Sorcerous Sundries.
    • Alternative: Ring of Free Action cannot be Paralyzed, restrained and ignore difficult terrain.  Bought from Merchant Araj Oblodra in Moonrise Towers Act 2.
  • Balduran’s Giantslayer: double the damage from your Strength Modifier, grants you Advantage on Attack Rolls against Large, Huge, or Gargantuan creatures, and Giant Form ability. Obtained as a reward for completing the Wyrmway trials in Act 3.
    • Alternative: Sword of Chaos 2d6 + 2 slashing and gain 1-6 HP on hit.  Looted from Sarevok during Act 3.
  • Fabricated Arbalest: 1d10 + 2 piercing.  Gain Illuminating Shot, and Dazzling Ray weapon actions.  Looted from Enver Gortash in Wyrm’s Rock Fortress.
    • Alternative: Giantbreaker or Githyanki Crossbow

Best Consumables, Potions, and Items

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Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Multiclass Barbarian Build Guide Summary

Subclass: Berserker

Armor: Cloth

Weapons: Greatsword

Background: Soldier


Ability Score

  • Strength 16
  • Dexterity 14
  • Constitution 16
  • Intelligence 10
  • Wisdom 8
  • Charisma 10

Level Progression

  • Level 1 – Rage & Unarmored Defense
  • Level 2 – Reckless Attack
  • Level 3 – Berserker Subclass
  • Level 4 – Great Weapon Master
  • Level 5 – Extra Attack
  • Level 6 – Multiclass Paladin
  • Level 7 – Divine Smite
  • Level 8 – Paladin Level
  • Level 9 – Barbarian Level
  • Level 10 – Feral Instinct
  • Level 11 – Savage Attack
  • Level 12 – Brutal Critical

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