Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Party Composition

Having a dependable party in Baldur's Gate 3 can help you achieve any of your exploratory or combat-related goals.

best party composition in baldur's gate 3
Best party composition in Baldur's Gate 3

Creating the best party composition has always been a problem for D&D 5E players, and now, Baldur’s Gate 3 presents the same problem for its players. It is not a difficult task, don’t get me wrong. However, the vast number of options in the game makes it more confusing than complex. To guide you and your group throughout your journey in the game, I have explained some tips to create great teams and a few of my favorite compositions.

Key Takeaways

  • A dependable party composition in Baldur’s Gate 3 can help you with your goals. However, picking the best candidates from many options is not so straightforward. 
  • To create an ideal party, all you need to do is fill in the slots with roles that overcome the shortcomings of others. Similarly, ensuring no two classes are duplicated and performing the same role in a party will make your work easier.
  • Spokesperson, Tank, Healer, Damage Dealer, Spellcaster, Burglar, and Investigator are some roles you can fulfill to create a team. However, as only four slots are available in the game, going with a Tank, a Healer, a Spellcaster, and a Damage Dealer will give the best results.
  • Testing various classes, subclasses, and their companions for these roles can help you rule out the weak links and replace them with solid options.

How To Make Best Party Composition?

There are a dozen classes and about forty-six subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3. Choosing between them to create an ideal party composition can become confusing, mainly because there are only four slots to fill in for a party. While the first slot is for the player’s character, the remaining three will require you to fill them with your character companions

companions in Baldur's Gate 3
Companions in Baldur’s Gate 3 – Image Credits: Gamesual

A balanced party composition ideally comprises a group equipped with useful spells, combat abilities, and skills in Baldur’s Gate 3. You will have to create one early on in the game, as many challenges in Act 1 can’t be tackled without a party.

Before making a combination, you should keep the following tips in mind:

  • When creating a party, the general rule is not to include two things with the same skill set.
  • You must avoid duplicating magic classes, as magic spells usually have a high recovery time to reuse.
  • Duplicating melee classes is not a good choice as they work best in close-range fights and have better alternatives.
  • Try to create a party in which every character fills in the gap created by the other characters.

Optimal Roles For Party Composition

There are many roles that you can choose from to create a solid party in Baldur’s Gate 3. However, you must skip many available roles with only four slots available. But that is not a big problem, as most of these slots allow you to utilize characters that can perform multiple roles simultaneously. Following are a few roles that you can equip your party with:

SpokespersonChief communicator of the team against NPCs.
TankLeads the team from the front to provide the team enough time to settle down.
HealerChief medic of the team.
Damage DealerTakes out most of the enemies from every range.
SpellcasterDeals magic damage to the opponents, paving the way for more rampage by Damage Dealers.
BurglarProtects the team from traps and smuggles them wherever they want.
InvestigatorThe book-worm of the team, knows everything.

With so many options, picking up the right combination becomes somewhat confusing. I suggest going with the following roles all the time:

Slot 1: Tank

Playing in the Balanced mode, a Tank can prove valuable for absorbing considerable damage from your opponents. It mostly acts as bait for your opponents. As they rush upon the Tank with all the damage they can deal, your remaining team will have enough time to settle down on the battlefield. Usually, Tanks lead the teams from the front. They are usually proficient in High Armor, but that is not always true.

It provides a pressure-free environment for the team to take their positions and prepare for dominance. Moreover, with someone taking away enemies’ attention, you will have more freedom to make mistakes and test various new strategies. Also, remember that Tanks do not work best in Tactician mode because of difficulty setting.

Usually, any class with a solid armor build makes a great Tank. However, the following are the best tank classes in Baldur’s Gate 3:

barbarian class in bg3
Barbarians make great Tanks – Image Credits: Gamesual

Slot 2: Healer

No party composition is complete without a healer in Baldur’s Gate 3. Usually, when you are down after many deadly blows from your opponents, you won’t be able to participate in the fight again unless you heal completely.

This could be a frustrating thing. However, not with a healer at your disposal all the time. 

While healing with potions is a good idea, it is nowhere near those long-range magic spells that can heal your team members, even from quite some distance apart. Similarly, magic-based healing is also a reliable option, as players usually never come in melee range with each other. Depending on the nature of the fight, healers can heal wounds, cure ailments, or remove curses.

Moreover, Healers can also deal significant magic damage or provide the team with necessary utilities. Here are the best healer classes in Baldur’s Gate 3:

best party composition in Baldur's gate 3
Druids can provide reliable Healers for the team – Image Credits: Gamesual

Slot 3: Spellcaster

Some team members often have to bear more responsibility than others. Spellcasters deal AoE damage and control crowds of enemies. These magic carriers launch powerful spells to annihilate opponents within seconds. There are five classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 that can deal magic damage. However, two of these classes, Warlocks and Clerics, struggle with dealing with direct magic damage.

An optimally powerful party composition should include a damage-focused spellcaster to deal with AoE damage and crowded situations. I suggest investing some time in selecting an excellent magic subclass for your party, as various subclasses offer various specializations. With various spellcasting options available, players can choose to kill, freeze, or electrocute their enemies.

 Here are the best classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 that make great spellcasters for any party composition:

wizard class in bg3
Wizards are great spellcasters – Image Credits: Gamesual

Slot 4: Damage Dealer

Spellcasters’ AoE attacks will help you deal with groups of enemies together. However, to deal with major enemies that deal significant damage on their own, you must fill in one slot with someone who can deal heavy damage. Moreover, single-target abilities look stylish in action and efficient on the ground, both in long and close range against every kind of enemy.

There isn’t any particular class choice for this role as, with some upgrades, any class can perform well. Moreover, you can choose the right class simply by looking at the overall shortcomings of your group. Choose the class that can overcome these shortcomings. Here is my choice of the best classes that can give you the best damage dealer for an optimal party composition in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Fighter class in bg3
Fighters are natural Damage Dealers because of their melee abilities – Image Credits: Gamesual
  • Fighter
  • Rogue
  • Ranger
  • Barbarian
  • Monk

Best Party Composition

Here are my favorite party compositions in Baldur’s Gate 3. You can choose to equip them as they are or make changes according to your choice by looking up from our guide above.

Party 1

TankSageMain Character
SpellcasterBerserker BarbarianKarlach
Damage DealerWizardGale
  • Sage, a background in Baldur’s Gate 3, will give you the main character for this party composition. The main character will also act as the Tank for the team. Moreover, it is better not to use Shadowheart for tanking, as her spells will help with other important tasks. Therefore, it is better not to risk her on the front.
  • Shadowheart, with Cleric’s class, will be the primary Healer for the team. It can also help with powerful Bless spells.
  • As the primary Damage Dealer for the team, Gale will ensure his excellent temperament deals with most of the hard enemies.
  • Regarding weak enemies, the Berserker subclass from the Barbarian class will handle them easily with a proper Karlach build.
Gale will be the Damage Dealer for the team. – Image Credits: Gamesual

Party 2

TankPaladin Main Character
HealerCleric Shadowheart
SpellcasterWizard Gale
Damage DealerRogueAstarion
  • This is a complete package. As your Tank, Paladin will provide you with enough magical power to launch powerful offensives and work as your team’s main spokesperson. Choosing the Oath of Vengeance subclass is the key to getting the best out of it.
  • Similarly, Clerics make good healers, and I don’t think I need to specify why I chose Shadowheart companion for this task here. It can effectively heal your team from every range and help Paladin with defensive purposes.
  • Astarion, your companion for the Rogue class, makes a great spellcaster. I chose it mainly because of its Burglar abilities.
  • Similarly, for the primary damage dealer, Gale’s Wizard’s Evocation School subclass gives a perfect candidate, Gale, who can launch decisive attacks against groups of enemies.
Shadowheart makes the best healer in Baldur’s Gate 3 – Image Credits: Gamesual.

Party 3

HealerBardMain Character
Damage DealerFighterLae'zel
  • Halsin, a companion in Druid’s class, handles most of the pressure for the team by providing enough cover for other teammates to settle down on the battlefield.
  • Your main character from the Bard class will play a crucial role as the main Healer of the team. It can hypnotize enemies to provide some space to breathe. During challenging situations, Bardic Inspiration also comes in very handy.
  • Wyll from the Warlock class will handle most of the crowd with its spellcasting abilities. He can also act as the primary burglar for the team to help the team deal with traps and open various chests.
  • Lae’zel, your companion from Fighter class, will deal with most of the powerful single enemies with its powerful melee attacks in close range.
Best party composition in Baldur's Gate 3
Lae’zel has some dangerous melee attacks in close range – Image Credits: Gamesual

Party 4

HealerDruidMain Character
Damage DealerRogueAstarion
  • This is a balanced party composition in Baldur’s Gate 3. With two melee classes for a robust close-range attack and two ranged classes to deal damage over a larger area from any distance, this combination will ensure your dominance in every situation. Jaheira, the half-elf companion for the Fighter class, will protect you in crowded situations.
  • The Healer, however, will be your main character from Druid’s class.
  • Gale will now be your companion with Wizard Class to provide you with powerful spells to handle multiple enemies easily.
  • Astarion will be your companion with Rogue class to deal with single powerful enemies from any range possible.
Astarion can deal some serious damage to larger enemies – Image Credits: Gamesual.

Party 5

SpellcasterSorcererMain Character
Damage DealerRogueAstarion
  • This is the first party with its Tank from the Barbarian class to protect the team at the initial stages of any fight in crowded conditions. Karlach will be the companion for this class simply because of her ferocity and ability to heal the team.
  • However, the primary Healer for the team will be Shadowheart with Cleric class, for obvious reasons, as explained above.
  • Your main character should be from the Sorcerer class for crowd-control situations, as it has some of the best spells in the game.
  • Rogue could provide a dependable damage dealer with Astarion as the companion. This class will provide stealth and flexibility to launch attacks from any distance.
Best party composition in Baldur's Gate 3
Karlach can be a great Tank as well as deal serious damage to the opponents – Image Credits: Gamesual

Party 6

SpellcasterWarlockMain Character
Damage DealerRangerMinsc
  • To have a better and more controlled hold of the crowded situation during a fight, Lae’zel with Fighter class is the best option. Lae’zel becomes a natural choice because of her tanking abilities with lethal DPS.
  • Choosing Minthara as the primary Healer of the team is a wise decision, mainly because of her fighter abilities.
  • Your main character should be from the Warlock class to utilize useful spells for AoE attacks.
  • Testing out with Minsc from the Rogue class could be an excellent option to deal with strong enemies. However, this position is flexible, and you can test out better alternatives.

These were the best combinations for party composition in Baldur’s Gate 3. Testing out various changes can help you find a suitable party for yourself. In the meantime, you can use any of these combinations, and I assure you that you will not find any specific problem. Have you tested any of these combinations? Or are you playing with a different composition? Tell us in the comments.

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