Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Party Composition [Expert Picks]

Here are my suggestions for dependable party in Baldur's Gate 3 to 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. 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.

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After investing many hours, the parties listed below are some of the best picks. If you have any other questions, make sure to reach out without any hesitations.

– Shahzar Khalique

Key Takeaways

  • 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 position at 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.
  • 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.

Party 1

The Best Spell Caster Party Composition
TankSageMain Character
SpellcasterBerserker BarbarianKarlach
Damage DealerWizardGale

Spellcaster Composition Table.

Why did I Choose Sage?

As a background, Sage will give you the main character for this party composition. It is better not to use Shadowheart for tanking, as her spells will help with other essential 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 the most brutal 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

The Best Defensive Party Composition
TankPaladin Main Character
HealerCleric Shadowheart
SpellcasterWizard Gale
Damage DealerRogueAstarion

Defensive Party Composition Table. 

Why did I Choose Paladin?

As your Tank, Paladin will give you access to enough magical power to launch powerful offensives and work as your team’s primary 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

The Best Tank Party Composition
HealerBardMain Character
Damage DealerFighterLae'zel

Tank Party Composition Table. 

Why did I Choose Halsin?

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 from the Fighter class can deal with the most powerful single enemies with 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

The Best Offensive Party Composition
HealerDruidMain Character
Damage DealerRogueAstarion

Offensive Party Table.

Why did I Choose Jaheira?

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 conditions.

  • The Healer 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 seriously damage larger enemies – Image Credits: Gamesual.

Party 5

The Best Barbarian Party Composition
SpellcasterSorcererMain Character
Damage DealerRogueAstarion

Barbarian Party Table.

Why did I Choose Karlach?

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.

  • 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 severe damage to the opponents – Image Credits: Gamesual

Party 6

The Best Close Range Party Composition
SpellcasterWarlockMain Character
Damage DealerRangerMinsc

Close Range Party Table. 

Why did I Choose Fighter?

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.

How To Make Best Party Composition?

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. I highly recommend creating 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 functions 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 functions simultaneously. 

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.

Slot 1: Tank

Playing in the Balanced mode, a Tank can prove valuable for absorbing considerable damage from your opponents. I would consider the Tank as the main distraction. 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. 

They are generally 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. 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

I would consider no party composition complete without a healer. Getting hit constantly can be annoying, but it can never be more annoying than being unable to heal. 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 recover completely.

This could be frustrating, but 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. 

Healers can also deal significant magic damage or provide the team with necessary utilities. 

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

Slot 3: Spellcaster

Spellcasters are my favorite classes to play as they deal AoE damage and are masters of controlling crowds of enemies. These magic carriers launch powerful spells to annihilate opponents within seconds. Five classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 can deal magic damage. Two of these classes, Warlocks and Clerics, struggle to deal 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. 

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. I also consider a single hard-hitting attack to be equally important. 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. Choose the categories that can overcome these shortcomings. 

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

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.

My Pick For Party

I would consider the Barbarian Party Composition to be the best.

My favorite and most tested composition has to be the Barbarian Party Composition. I have Karlach as my first line of attack while having Shadowheart and Gale for magic. And if you need to sneak around, you also get a Rogue in this party.

I sometimes switched Karlach for Lae’zel as they played the same role in my party. 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.

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