Best Karlach build in Baldur’s Gate 3

Best Karlach Build In Baldurs Gate 3
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Karlach is probably the strongest and toughest party member in Baldur’s Gate 3. Sure, Lae’zel is a powerful fighter, but Karlach can dominate most fights even on her own. If you’re about to dive into a tough boss battle, you must bring Karlach. But there are three unique Barbarian subclasses to choose from, and there’s always multiclassing. The options are endless, what do you even do with her? Let me outline the best Karlach build in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Note: If you’re wondering how to respec in Baldur’s Gate 3 to create this Karlach build, read our guide to find out.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Berserker Barbarian/Battle Master Fighter multiclass Karlach build

Honestly, I think the Berserker Barbarian is great on its own. But this Karlach build is another step up if you multiclass her as a Battle Master Fighter as well. Both classes rely on Strength, and they both have unique abilities that Karlach can utilize to her advantage. Here’s how you can craft the best Karlach multiclass build in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Karlach Berserker Barbarian/Battle Master Fighter multiclass leveling guide

  • Level 1: Barbarian 1
    • Unarmored Defense: Add CON modifier to AC when not wearing armor.
    • Rage: Gain resistance to Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing damage, and advantage on Strength checks and saving throws. Also gain bonus damage to attacks.
  • Level 2: Barbarian 2
    • Danger Sense: Gain advantage on Dexterity saving throws against traps, spells, and surfaces.
    • Reckless Attack: Until your next turn, you gain advantage on attack rolls, but enemies also have advantage against you.
  • Level 3: Barbarian 3
    • Pick Berserker subclass
      • Frenzy: Rage turns into a frenzy, and you gain Frenzied Strike and Enraged Throw.
      • Frenzied Strike: Make a melee weapon attack.
      • Enraged Throw: Pick up a nearby item and throw it to deal Bludgeoning damage and knock target prone.
  • Level 4: Barbarian 4
    • Feat: Ability Score Improvement
      • Increase Strength score by +2
  • Level 5: Barbarian 4, Fighter 1
    • Pick a Fighting Style: Great Weapon Fighting
      • When you roll a one or two on a damage die with a two-handed weapon, die is rerolled once.
    • Second Wind: Heal yourself for 1d10 + Fighter level HP
  • Level 6: Barbarian 5, Fighter 1
    • Extra Attack: Make an additional free attack after making a weapon or unarmed attack.
    • Fast Movement: Movement speed increases by 3m while not wearing Heavy Armor.
  • Level 7: Barbarian 5, Fighter 2
    • Action Surge: Gain an extra Action to use during your turn.
  • Level 8: Barbarian 5, Fighter 3
    • Pick Battle Master subclass
      • Superiority Dice: Four
      • Choose three Maneuvers:
        • Disarming Attack: Attack that deals damage and possibly forces target to drop weapons.
        • Goading Attack: Deal an additional 1d8 damage and attempt to goad target into attacking you.
        • Riposte: When a hostile creature misses an attack on you, expend a superiority die to strike back with 1d8 damage.
  • Level 9: Barbarian 5, Fighter 4
    • Feat: Savage Attacker
      • When making a melee weapon attack, roll your damage die twice and use the highest result.
  • Level 10: Barbarian 6, Fighter 4
    • Additional Rage Charge
    • Mindless Rage: While Frenzied, you cannot be Charmed, Frightened, and Calm Emotions won’t end your rage.
  • Level 11: Barbarian 7, Fighter 4
    • Feral Instinct: Gain a +3 to Initiative and cannot be surprised.
  • Level 12: Barbarian 8, Fighter 4
    • Feat: Tough
      • Hit point maximum increased by two for every level gained.

Best playstyle for the Barbarian/Fighter multiclass Karlach build

With this build, Karlach can still have three feats, amazing combat maneuvers, and plenty of attacks to hit during one turn. The Savage Attacker feat is amazing for dealing the most damage, and Tough helps Karlach stay alive on the battlefield. Since she’ll be targeted most, I want Karlach healthy, but also a brutal attacker. When choosing combat maneuvers, you can really go for any of them. I just chose those three, which I highly recommend you trying out.

Make sure to always keep her rage up, and expend the Superiority Die or Frenzied Strikes on the toughest enemies. It’s also important to use Goading Attack to get the enemies’ eyes on her instead of her more squishy companions. She works best with a two-handed weapon, so I gave her the Great Weapon Fighting Style. Just make sure to keep Karlach unarmored, since she can only rage without armor. Luckily, you can find clothes through Baldur’s Gate 3 with amazing abilities for Karlach to compensate for low AC.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on Steam and the PlayStation 5.

Anyka Pettigrew
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