Baldurs Gate 3: Polearm Master Feat & Build

Let's dive into one of the best feats of the game and check out the powers of the Polearm Master.

Baldur's Gate 3 Polearm Master
Baldur's Gate 3 Polearm Master

If you are a fan of The Baldur’s Gate franchise and love spending your time in the forgotten realms of dungeons and dragons, then you must know about this very special feat in the game. Among a total of 41 feats, the essential  ‘Polearm Master’ will surprise you with what it can do to make your gameplay better. This guide will provide all the information you need about Polearm Master in Baldurs Gate 3 and guide you through victory with the one-of-a-kind feat.

Key Takeaways

  • To acquire the Polearm Master, you must reach Level 4. Once achieved, acquire the polearm feat instead of an Ability Improvement.
  • If you prefer a Tanky build and play as the muscles of your party, you should opt for the Polearm due to its Opportunity Attack and Bonus Action.
  • Choose Lae’zel or Karlach when choosing the Polearm Master; for custom builds, fighters and barbarians may be your best option.
  • Combine with the Sentinel feat for excellent results on Polearm Master with very special opportunity attacks overpowering both feats or increasing your Strength/Constitution for a ‘tough’ result.

If you like tanky builds, become the great wall of strength and damage between your enemy and your party; become the hero of your party using the Polearm Master. With Damage increasing due to Bonus action and the rear end of your weapon becoming usable as well, the Polearm master will have the melee weapons like glaives, halberds, quarterstaffs, or spears in your inventory overpowered with a special opportunity attack.

You will gain an insane amount of reach and crowd control with Polearm Master, which serves useful in blocking incoming forces, and you can be the front line for your party, so building up your character’s strength should be your main focus if you are pursuing the Polearm Master. The stronger your character, the better the defense, so leveling up your character’s strength should be your number 1 priority. Extra strength will also play a significant role in jumping from places.

Being on the front line with the Polearm Master will increase your gameplay quality and help your teammates prodigiously. As you know, Baldur’s Gate 3 is all about team play regarding hard boss fights and large armies marching towards you. You may try adding a shield to your build; it compliments the polearm feat and dramatically impacts your defense skills in challenging battles.

 A list of one of the best feats of Baldur’s Gate 3 we chose for you, along with the special attributes:

FeatsSpecial Attributes
Great Weapon Master2 Passive Attacks
SentinelSpecial Opportunity Attack
Polearm MasterBonus Action + Opportunity Attack
SkilledProficiency in any 3 skills
Toughincreases maximum hit points by two for every level

Unlocking Polearm Master

Polearm master
Polearm master feat unlock

After every four levels, you’ll be asked to unlock an ability improvement or a unique feat; you can choose the polearm master once you have upgraded to level 4. You can then use other feats and ability improvements with polearm master further in the game, which will reveal the true potential and wraith of the mighty polearm master.

Polearm Master Build

For your character, you can undoubtedly go for Lae’zel when choosing the polearm master because the Githyanki Fighter will provide you with the most strength and constitution with lethal weapon skills in war; that’s what you would need the most with this build.

Karlach can also be a good option because of their amazing tanking and battle skills, proven in wars. If you prefer creating your class, we suggest going with a fighter or barbarian class; they are one of the most powerful classes of Baldur’s Gate 3.

The best character for Polearm master

For Lae’zel’s fighting style, always go for great weapon fighting or defense, as they will perform the best with your polearm master build.

Lae’zel’s Fighting style


2nd best character for Polearm master

For your character’s race, try choosing the Gold Dwarf or the Shield Dwarf because of their great weapon fighting, including insane strength and constitution. Dwarfs are one the most fearless and strongest warriors of Baldur’s Gate 3, and you cannot go wrong with the pick. A Githyanki race can also handle the Polearm master’s potential pretty well.

gold dwarf
Best guardian for polearm master build

You cannot go wrong if you choose any glaive, halberd, quarterstaff, or spear because this special feat will power up each of them, but we’ve chosen the best weapons to choose from that go the best with Polearm Master. They have been categorized depending on their stats and abilities:

Light of Creation1d10+1 Slashing16-30 Damge2.5 mMartial
Despair of Athkatla1d6+2 Bludgeoning (One Handed)

1d8+2 Bludgeoning (Two Handed)
4-14 Damage1.5 mSimple
Hallberd Of Vigilance1d10+1Slashing + 1d4 Force9-21 Damage2.5 mMartial
Shar's Spear of Evening1d6+3 Piercing (One-handed)

1d8+3 Piercing (Two-handed)
7-20 Damage1.5 mSimple
Moonlight Slayer Glaive1d10+2 Slashing +1d4 Radian3-15 Damage2.5 mMartial
Monster Slayer Glaive1d10 Slashing3-12 Damage2.5 mMartial
Creation's Echo1d6+2 Bludgeoning (One Handed)

1d8+2 Bludgeoning (Two Handed)
3-10 Damage1.5 mSimple

Feats & Ability Improvements

If you decide to combine the polearm master with any other feat, don’t think anymore because the Sentinel Feat would get you a unique opportunity to attack when your enemies get too close to you. They would be stopped immediately when hit; the massive hit area of 5 feet around your character provides insane crowd control in sticky situations. This unique combination makes the Baldurs Gate 3 polearm master one of the most broken and devastating feats throughout the game when combined with the sentinel.

Lae'zel ability points
Ability points

For ability improvements, always go with max strength first and constitution second. Strength is the primary stat for most fighters and barbarians of the game and is a must-have with the polearm master.

On the other hand, Constitution increases your total health and buffs your character, helping tank massive damage for your squishy teammates. You should always consider putting some ability points in Constitution if you’re pursuing a tanky build.

Polearm Master Strength Ability
Ability Improvement [Strength]
Polearm Master Constitution
Ability Improvement [Constitution]
To bundle it all up, the Polearm Master feat’s performance depends on your character’s overall team composition, strength, and tankiness. You can defend your party and be on the front line demolishing armies using the unique polearm master.

Overpowering many special weapons with its special opportunity attack, the Polearm will surely shock you with its potential in the game when combined with other feats or ability improvement points. You can try different builds with it to recreate Baldur’s Gate 3 story on your terms.

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