All Baldur’s Gate 3 classes are front-loaded; their most definitive skills, nuances, and strengths can be obtained in the first few levels (usually). This means you’re free to multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3 for a third or even half of your characters’ total level (max level is 12).
For those who are new to the franchise or new to the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset, which the game had adapted, multiclassing in Baldur’s Gate 3 can get confusing. So, we’re here to help you with that endeavor.
Important note: In order to multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need to be in the ‘Balanced’ or ‘Tactician’ difficulty level. The ‘Explorer’ difficulty sadly does not allow for multiclassing (at the moment).
There is a workaround tip for this, however. You can adjust your difficulty level at any time in the game. If you’re in Explorer difficulty, you can change to Balanced difficulty by pausing the game and selecting ‘Difficulty’ in the main menu.
This will allow you to multiclass since you’re now in the Balanced difficulty. After you’re done with your multiclass choices, you can simply swap back to a lower difficulty and you’ll retain the multiclass. With that out of the way, here are the specifics of how to multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3.
How to Multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3
Multiclassing happens on the level-up screen only. You need to keep this in mind every time you level up.
When you level up, just look for this icon in the corner of the level-up panel:
It’s a bit counterintuitive for the UI and something the developers need to address, but nothing too major. Just click the icon, and the game will allow you to pick another class you want to dip into.
You can multiclass as many times as you like– you can even multiclass all 12 classes in the game. The caveat is that if you multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3, the class you picked for multiclassing will start at level 1.
You also have to be wise with your multiclass choices, or you might come up with a suboptimal character. Low levels are still weak despite being definitive to a class in Baldur’s Gate 3. For best results, limit your multiclassing to three classes at most (with one or two classes being the primary ones) since Baldur’s Gate 3 is limited to 12 levels.
How to level up your multiclassed classes
Once you have picked your multiclass options, you can then pick the class icon every time you level up if you want to level up a specific class. Here’s what it looks like:
You can pick the class you want to strengthen further. Every level up shows what you can obtain for that specific level for the class, and you can plan out your multiclassing more carefully. Sadly, the game doesn’t lay out all the class features that can allow you to plan multiple levels ahead; you’ll have to check with sites like these to plan several levels ahead.
Why Multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3?
If multiclassing in Baldur’s Gate 3 can go wrong in many ways for newbies who don’t follow build paths, why do it?
Well, that’s because some classes can get rather bland. Fighters, for example, merely just let you attack per turn, and for some, this can get old. Simply attacking per turn limits a character’s utility and flexibility in combat or even in skill checks.
Moreover, sticking to a single class can sometimes have diminishing returns the higher your levels go. This is the case for some classes like the Monk, Rogue, Fighter, Barbarian, or even the Paladin.
Don’t feel pressured to multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3 though
With RPGs like these, there’s really no wrong or right way to play, however. It’s up to your preference on whether you want to multiclass or not.
Multiclassing in Baldur’s Gate 3 is not necessary if you want to overcome the toughest content in the game. It’s just something a lot of intermediate RPG or Dungeons & Dragons players like to do to make their characters more unique or varied.
In any case, making mistakes or experimenting in Baldur’s Gate 3 is easy and accommodating since you can quick save as many times as you like, and there are always good old Withers to re-spec your trainwreck of a multiclassed Bard-Barian.