Should You Become an Oathbreaker Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3)?

From breaking oath to wielding dark powers: is this the right Paladin path for you?

By GamesRecon

So, you’re at that crucial juncture, trying to pick a class and maybe even dabbling into the world of subclasses, right? Well, the choices can be mind-boggling, with each class offering its own flavor and playstyle. And if you’re leaning towards the path of a Paladin, there’s this intriguing subclass that might have caught your eye: the Oathbreaker. Not your everyday Paladin, is it? Let’s talk about this dark and mysterious subclass and see if it’s the right fit for your Baldur’s Gate 3 journey.

How to Unlock the Oathbreaker Subclass in Baldur’s Gate 3?

You see when you first roll a Paladin in BG3, the Oathbreaker option isn’t just sitting there on the menu, ready to be selected – it’s a bit more intricate than that. First things first, to even get a whiff of the Oathbreaker’s dark allure, you’d need to, well, break your Paladin oath. It’s like going rogue on your sacred commitments. It’s a journey from the light to the shadows.

So, when you’re starting out with your Paladin, you’ll have a few oaths (or subclasses) to choose from:

  1. Oath of the Ancients
  2. Oath of Vengeance
  3. Oath of Devotion

Choose one, but remember, if you’re planning to become the Oathbreaker Paladin in Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll need to intentionally shatter this chosen oath later on.

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Now, once you’ve done the (un)thinkable and broken your oath, a mysterious figure known as the Oathbreaker Knight will pay you a visit. And let me tell you, this dude’s got history! He was a Paladin who also broke his oath many moons ago. When he appears, he gives you this dramatic choice: either seek redemption and return to the light or dive deeper into the shadows and completely commit to the Oathbreaker subclass.

And if you take the plunge? Well, you’ll find yourself reshaping your Paladin’s abilities, selecting from a range of new and darker spells and powers exclusive to the Oathbreaker.

How to Unlock the Oathbreaker Subclass

Features and Spells of the Oathbreaker Paladin

So you’ve made the daring choice to turn to the dark side (or should I say the “dark knight” side?). Let’s get into the cool stuff that makes being an Oathbreaker so unique. First off, the Oathbreaker Paladin isn’t just a slightly modified version of the other Paladin subclasses. No, it’s like you’ve gotten a backstage pass to an entirely different concert. The spells and abilities that come with the Oathbreaker are distinct and pack quite a punch.

Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll get to play with as an Oathbreaker:

  • Level 1: You start off with Spiteful Suffering.
  • Level 3: You get Control Undead (because who doesn’t want to boss undead around?), Dreadful Aspect, and two fab Oath Spells: Hellish Rebuke and Inflict Wounds. Yes, it’s as wicked as it sounds.
  • Level 5: You get to add Crown of Madness and Darkness to your Oath Spell repertoire. Now, isn’t that royally sinister?
  • Level 7: Here comes the Aura of Hate – a little bit of a mood, if you ask me.
  • Level 9: Rounding things off, you get Bestow Curse and Animate Dead as your Oath Spells. Yes, you’re practically a necromancer at this point.

Even though you’ve got this whole new set of strong abilities, you still need to progress in your spells just like any Paladin in BG3. So you’re not missing out on the general Paladin goodies; you’re just adding a sprinkle (or maybe a downpour?) of darkness to the mix. So, all these new magic and tricks? They’re bound to make your adventures in Baldur’s Gate 3 a wild ride. Just remember to use them wisely, or, you know, wreak havoc. Your choice!

Evaluating the Oathbreaker Paladin’s Role in Baldur’s Gate 3

Oathbreaker Paladin standing in open area.

You’ve got the spells, the powers, and the moody backstory, but let’s break down what this actually means when you’re knee-deep in goblin troubles and dungeon dilemmas. So, how does the Oathbreaker stack up against the other Paladin subclasses in this game?

  1. Damage Dealer Deluxe: First off, the Oathbreaker ain’t your home’s Paladin. Instead of singing Kumbaya around a campfire and blessing everyone, you’re more about getting in the thick of it and dishing out the damage. Spells like Inflict Wounds, Hellish Rebuke, Control Undead, and Animate Dead are all about making things go extreme in various fun and dark ways.
  2. Healer? Maybe Not So Much: Remember that classic Paladin move, Lay on Hands, it’s where you channel your inner healer vibes and help out your comrades. Well, as an Oathbreaker, you’re trading in your healer’s hat for more of a damage-caster crown. So if your party’s strategy relies on you being the main medic, maybe reconsider this dark path—or at least make sure you have another healer in your crew.
  3. Team Dynamics: If you’ve already got a healer (or two) and are looking for someone to add a bit more firepower to your team, the Oathbreaker is perfect. Plus, with the Smite ability still in your arsenal, you’re not just a one-trick pony. You can adapt to different situations, keeping enemies on their toes.
  4. Party Composition: Think of the Oathbreaker as that spicy ingredient in a dish. It can be the star of the show, but you’ve got to balance it out with the right flavors (or, in this case, party members). If everyone’s a damage dealer, who’s gonna keep the party alive when things get dicey?

So, is the Oathbreaker Paladin good in BG3? Well, like all things in life (and gaming), it depends on your style and what you’re looking for.

Should You Become an Oathbreaker Paladin or Not?

To be an Oathbreaker or not, that’s the big question. Remember, gaming’s all about exploring, experimenting, and enjoying the narrative twists and turns. Maybe the Oathbreaker is the edgy Paladin you’ve always dreamt of playing. Or perhaps you’ve read all this and thought, “Nah, I’ll stick to my sunshine-and-rainbows Paladin vibes.”

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll find these tantalizing, heart-pounding situations that may drive you down the Oathbreaker road. There are certain choices that seem more clear-cut than others, but even those give you pause to consider alternative options. It’s like being in a movie and wanting to scream, “Don’t go into that creepy place!” However, you play the main character in this game, and there will be times when the haunted mansion looks too good to pass up.

Whichever path you choose, the beauty of Baldur’s Gate 3 is that there’s no one-size-fits-all. It’s your adventure, your story. And whether you’re wielding the powers of darkness or shining as a beacon of light, there’s a world of epic battles, tricky choices, and unforgettable moments waiting for you.