Exploring the Complexities and Opportunities of Multiclassing in Baldur's Gate 3

  • Ella Hyam
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Exploring the Complexities and Opportunities of Multiclassing in Baldur's Gate 3

The hotly anticipated Baldur's Gate 3 from Larian Studios has finally confirmed the inclusion of multiclassing, a detail that hardcore fans have been speculating about and demanding since the game's early access period. The combination of classes may prove to be a double-edged sword - offering the potential of strengthening your character but also the risk of getting them back if not handled strategically.

For the uninitiated, multiclassing in the realm of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) means gaining experience from more than one class simultaneously. This invariably slows down your leveling rate, but in return, you get the potential to wield an incredible blend of abilities from different classes. It's a beloved feature in previous editions of Baldur's Gate, yet the implementation in the third installment may be a challenge due to the game's relatively low maximum level of 12.

The multiclassing concept is not without its counterparts and complexities. The original Baldur's Gate series also introduced the concept of "dual classing," a system where you gain levels in one class, switch to another, and have to accrue enough experience to regain the abilities of both classes. There's also the system used in D&D's third and 3.5 editions, which streamlines dual classing but causes its share of confusion. Multiclassing, in these versions, involves picking the class you want to level up each time you gain a level.

In Baldur's Gate 3, the 5th Edition D&D's rules have been utilized, which somewhat resemble those of the third edition. However, restrictions on attribute and ability progression, coupled with the level 12 cap, might reduce the incentives for chaotic multiclass choices. The margin for errors may also be greater, potentially missing out on attribute points or feats compared to single-class characters. Yet, a strategic dip into another class, such as the second-level Fighter's "Action Surge" ability, could prove beneficial and interesting.

In conclusion, while the days of insane 3rd edition D&D multiclass combinations are probably behind us, the multiclassing feature in Baldur's Gate 3 is far from being less intriguing. It's likely to offer fans an interesting layer of depth and strategy to the gameplay, provided they are willing to navigate its potential risks and rewards. With the game set to launch on August 3, it will be exciting to see the creative combinations players come up with using the multiclassing feature.