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Fighter Build BG3

The Best Fighter Build BG3, that is using Two Handed Weapons to deal massive melee damage and destroy your enemies in Baldur’s Gate 3! The Fighter is a versatile class that can focus on different play styles and help you enjoy the game more. It is also one of the Best Classes to pick as a Beginner, along with the Barbarian, if you wish to have a smooth playthrough without complex spells and options to pick. This 2H Fighter BG3 Guide will show you the best options for this Class, in order to create a powerful melee character!

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Fighter Class Mechanics Guide BG3

The Fighter is a versatile Class that can pick from a variety of fighting styles, to suit your preferred play style! Fighters have the freedom to choose their favorite weapon and focus on its appropriate play style. To achieve this you can choose a fighting Style when you create your character. The available play styles are:

  • Archery – Bonus to Ranged Weapon Attacks
  • Defense – bonus to Armor Class
  • Dueling – Damage Bonus to attacks when equipped with one only weapon(non 2H or Versatile weapon)
  • Great Weapon Fighting – reroll when your initial roll is low
  • Protection – When carrying a shield, impose disadvantage to enemies attacking allies near you.
  • Two-Weapon Fighting – add ability modifier to your off hand attacks.

So it is possible to create an archer, a tank and a variety of other melee characters with the Fighter Class. For the purposes of the 2H Fighter Build, you should pick the Great Weapon Fighting style! Additionally, Fighters also get the Second Wind action, which allows them to heal themselves once every short rest!

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Second Wind Action

Best Subclass for 2H Fighter Build in BG3

The Best Subclass for the Fighter is Battlemaster! Battle Master is an easy Subclass to play that lets you pick Maneuvers to aid you in combat but also adds a Superiority Dice that determines how effective your maneuvers are! At level 3 you get your first Superiority Dice and can choose three Maneuvers. At level 7 you get another Superiority Dice and two more Maneuvers. Finally at level 10 you get an upgraded Dice and two more Maneuvers.

Superiority Dice

Best Race for Fighter Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Best Race for the 2H Fighter Build in BG3 is the Half Orc! An excellent Race for melee based characters thanks to its Relentless Endurance feature, that grants one extra hit point when you reach 0, so you can avoid being Downed. Half Orcs also have the Darkvision and Savage Attacks features. Darkvision allows you to see in the dark while Savage Attacks deal an extra dice of weapon damage when you land a Critical hit with a melee weapon! A few more good Races you can pick for a Fighter 2H Build in BG3 are:

  • Githyanki
  • Dwarf
  • Human

You can pick any of the eleven available Races in BG3 and still have success with the Build! To find out more about all Baldur’s Gate 3 Races and their Sub Races, you can read my Baldur’s Gate 3 Best Race Guide!

Best Abilities for Fighter 2H Build BG3

Strength is the main Ability for 2H Fighter in Baldur’s Gate 3. What that means is that the higher Strength is, the more effective your Fighter Build will be in BG3! Constitution and Dexterity are also very important abilities that will help you stay alive but also get better initiative in battle! You can use the recommended abilities setup or adjust them to get high Strength and good enough Dexterity and Constitution. For a powerful 2H Fighter Build that also has good initiative and survivability, you can use the following abilities setup:

  • Strength – 17
  • Dexterity – 15
  • Constitution – 16
  • Intelligence – 8
  • Wisdom – 8
  • Charisma – 8

Best Background for 2H Fighter Build BG3

The most important ability for the 2H Fighter is Strength. To maximize the efficiency of the build you should pick a background that gives access to Skills that rely on Strength! The Best Backgrounds for the Fighter Build in BG3 are Soldier or Outlander! Soldier gives you access to Athletics(strength) and Intimidation(Charisma), while Outlander gives you access to Athletics(Strength) and Survival(Wisdom). Athletics is the most important skill for the Fighter so you can pick either depending on which of the other non-strength skills you wish to have. To find more about all available Backgrounds you can read my Baldur’s Gate 3 Backgrounds Guide!

Best Skills for Fighter Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

Skill proficiencies allow you to pursue different paths when picking dialogue option and can help you solve situations in a variety of ways. When you create your character you can pick two more skills to increase your proficiency with them. Athletics and Acrobatics are the best skills to have. For the other two you can pick any you like from the available skills. You can follow this example or boost the skills of your choice. Skills do not matter in combat but they are always nice to have to advance storytelling.

2H Fighter Skills

Fighter Build Leveling Guide in Baldur’s Gate 3

Below you can find the Best options for the Fighter 2H Build in BG3 for every Level! There are 12 Levels in total and each one unlocks new powerful actions and passives for your Fighter Build!

Level 1 Best options for Fighter Build BG3

Level 1 is basically Character Creation for your Fighter Build in BG3! Pick your Race, Background, Abilities and Skills as shown above.

Level 2 Best Options for Fighter Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

At level 2 you unlock Action Surge! A powerful action that allows you to gain an extra Action to use this turn every Short Rest! Action Surge is what makes the Fighter Class an excellent option for Multiclassing!

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Action Surge

Level 3 Best Options for Fighter 2H Build BG3

At Level 3 you can choose a Subclass(Battle Master is the best for the reasons we have explained above). Battle Master allows you to choose three Manuevers. You should pick:

  • Menacing Attack – Fear melee and ranged attack
  • Maneuvering Attack – Melee attack
  • Disarming Attack – Melee and Ranged Disarming attack
Menacing Attack

Level 4 Best Options for Fighter Build

When you hit level 4 you unlock your first Feat. Feats are powerful passive effects that can enhance your play style or help you alter your build! You can pick 4 Feats for your Fighter Build at levels 4, 6, 8 and 12! Picking Feats is quite important for the effectiveness of your Build in Baldur’s Gate 3. For the first Feat, pick Ability Improvement and add 2 points to Strength. Like this your Strength score will rise up to 19 if you have followed the above recommendations and your 2H Fighter will be more effective.

Level 5 Best Options for Fighter Build

When you hit level 5 you gain the Extra Attack Passive, which allows you to make an additional free attack after making an unarmed or weapon attack.

Level 6 Best Options for Fighter 2H Build BG3

At level 6 you gain another Feat! Pick Savage Attacker. With this Feat when you make melee weapon attacks you roll your damage dice twice and use the highest result.

Savage Attacker Feat

Level 7 Best Options for Fighter Build

At level 7 you get another Superiority Dice and can pick two more Maneuvers! Choose the following:

  • Feinting Attack – Use both Action and bonus Action on a turn to attack a target with advantage and deal more damage.
  • Precision Attack – Spend a Superiority Die to add it to the result to an Attack Roll.

Level 8 Best Options for Fighter 2H Build BG3

At level 8 you can unlock another Feat! Pick Great Weapon Master. This gives you a bonus attack(as a bonus action) when you land a Critical Hit or kill a target with a melee weapon attack. Attacks with melee weapons you are proficient with and are wielding in both hands can deal an additional 10 damage at the cost of a -5 Attack Roll penalty.

Great Weapon Master Feat

Level 9 Best Options for Fighter Build Baldur’s Gate 3

At level 9 you unlock the Indomitable passive, which boosts your defense. When you fail a Saving Throw, you can roll again, using the new result instead.

Level 10 Best Options for Fighter Build

At level 10 you gain improved Superiority Dice and two more maneuvers. Pick the following:

  • Sweeping Attack – Attack multiple enemies at once.
  • Distracting Strike – Distract a target to give Advantage to your allies on their next Attack Roll against them.

Level 11 Best Options for Fighter Build Baldur’s Gate 3

When you reach Level 11 you gain the Improved Extra Attack Passive, that allows you to make two extra attacks after attacking with your main hand weapon.

Level 12 Best Options for Fighter Build BG3

Finally at level 12 you get your final Feat. For your fourth Feat, pick Ability Improvement and add one point to Strength and one point to Dexterity! Like this your Strength will go up to 20 and your Dexterity up to 16!

Best Gear for Fighter Build BG3

Below you can find the Best Gear for the 2H Fighter Build in Baldur’s Gate 3. The Best Weapons and Armor for the Fighter, as well as alternative options that can help you early in the game!

What is the Best Weapon for Fighter in BG3

The Best Weapon for the 2H Fighter Build in Baldur’s Gate 3, is the Balduran’s Giantslayer! A Legendary Greatsword that offers the following effects:

  • Giantslayer: On a hit, double the damage from your Strength Modifier. This weapon grants you advantage on Attack Rolls against Large, Huge or Gargantuan creatures.
  • Giant Form Class Action: Grow to a fearsome size. Your weapons deal additional damage and you gain 27 temporary hit points and Advantage on Strength Checks and Saving throws.
  • Topple the Big Folk: Deal additional damage equal to your proficiency bonus. On a hit, Large, Huge, or Gargantuan creatures take an additional damage and must succeed a Strength saving throw or fall Prone.
  • Weapon Enchantment +3
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Balduran’s Giantslayer

You can get this weapon by completing the Wyrmway Trials in Act 3. Orphic Hammer is a nice alternative that you can get from House of Hope, again in Act 3. A Warhammer that offers:

  • Spell Resistance: You have advantage on Saving Throws against Spells.
  • Weapon Enchantment +3
  • Versatile
  • Unshackling Strike: Smite the magical bonds keeping a creature Restrained, Paralysed, and Stunned, freeing it.
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Orphic Hammer

If you have chosen Githyanki as your Fighter Race then you can also use the Silver Sword of the Astral Plane Legendary Greatsword. You can get this weapon as a reward for showing the Orphic Hammer to Voss in Act 3! An amazing Githyanki weapon that offers the following:

  • Githborn Psionic Weapon: When wielded by a githyanki this weapon deals an additional 1-6 Psychic damage.
  • Githborn Psionic Resistance: A githyanki holding this weapon has advantage on Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma Saving Throws, Resistance to Psychic damage and cannot be charmed.
  • Weapon Enchantment +3
  • Soulbreaker: Rend the enemy’s body and soul, dealing additional Psychic damage equal to your proficiency bonus, and possibly Stun them.
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Silver Sword of Astral Plane

A few great weapons you can use early in the game include the Phalar Aluve you can get in the Underdark, the Adamantine Longsword you can forge in the Adamantine Forge and Corpsegrinder. Corpsegrinder is a Rare Maul you can loot early in Act 3 from Cairos, West of Rivington. It offers the following:

  • Weapon Enchantment +2
  • Tenacity: When you miss an attack, you deal 6 Bludgeoning damage anyway.
  • Grand Slam: Slam your weapon into the ground, dealing additional Thunder damage equal to your proficiency bonus, thunderously impacting nearby foes and possibly pushing them away.

If you are a Githyanki you can use the rare Soulbreaker Greatsword, which you can loot from Kith’rak Therezzyn Commander inside the Creche under the Rosymorn Monastery, Mountain Pass(Act 1). This weapon offers:

  • Githborn Psionic Weapon: When wielded by a githyanki this weapon deals an additional 1-4 Psychic damage.
  • Seldom Caught Unaware: You gain a +2 bonus to initiative Rolls.
  • Weapon Enchantment +1
  • Soulbreaker: Rend the enemy’s body and soul, dealing additional Psychic damage equal to your proficiency bonus, and possibly Stun them.
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Soulbreaker Greatsword

For your Ranged Weapon you can use the Fabricated Arbalest, which is a Very Rare Heavy Crossbow you can loot from Enver Gortash in Act 3. It offers:

  • Weapon Enchantment +2
  • Illuminating Shot: Fire a shimmering bolt that inflicts 1 turn of Radiating Orb upon the target.
  • Dazzling Ray: Unleash a beam of brilliant light that Blinds all creatures in its path.
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Fabricated Arbalest

Early in the game use Harold as your ranged weapon. Harold is a rare Heavy Crossbow you can get from Zarys by returning her the chest in Find the Missing Shipment quest. You can find Zarys in the Zhentarim Hideout which is also one of the ways you can enter into the Underdark in Act 1. Harold offers:

  • Haroldish Doom: When you deal damage to a target with a ranged weapon, it must succeed a Charisma Saving Throw or be Baned for 2 turns.
  • Weapon Enchantment +1

The table below shows you the best Gear for the 2H Fighter Build, as well as good alternative options to use early in BG3!

PieceBestEarly Game
HeadHelm of BalduranGrymskull Helm
CapeCloak of ProtectionCloak of Protection
ChestHelldusk ArmorAdamantine Scale Mail
GlovesGauntlets of Hill Giant StrengthGloves of Power
BootsHelldusk BootsDisintegrating Night Walkers
NecklaceAmulet of Greater HealthSurgeon’s Subjucation Amulet
RingKiller’s SweetheartShifting Corpus Ring
RingRing of RegenerationRing of Protection
Melee WeaponBalduran’s GiantslayerCorpsegrinder
Ranged WeaponFabricated ArbalestHarold

What is the Best Armor for Fighter in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Helm of Balduran is the best head Armor for the Fighter Build in Baldur’s Gate 3. You can get it by completing the Wyrmway Trials, along with the Balduran’s Giantslayer! This Helmet offers:

  • Balduran’s Vitality: The helmet heals you 2 hit points at the beginning of every turn.
  • Balduran’s Favour: You have a +1 bonus to Armour Class and Saving throws.
  • Stun Immunity: You can’t be Stunned.
  • Attackers can’t land Critical Hits on the wearer.
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Helm of Balduran

Cloak of Protection offers a +1 to Armor Class and Saving Throw and is a nice Cape Armor that you can get from Quartermaster Talli(loot or buy) in the Last Light Inn in Act 2.

The Helldusk Armor is the best Armor option for Chest! A legendary Heavy Armor that you can loot from Raphael in House of Hope(Act 3). The Armor offers:

  • Helldusk Armor: You are considered Proficient with this armor while wearing it.
  • Infernal Retribution: When you succeed a Saving Throw, the caster receives Burning for 3 turns.
  • Prime Aegis of Fire: You have resistance to Fire damage and cannot be Burned. You take 3 less damage from all sources.
  • Fly level 3 Spell
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Helldusk Armor

Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength is the best Armor for Gloves. Very Rare Armor that you can get in House of Hope and Sets the wearer’s Strength to 23. The enchantment has no effect if their Strength score is higher without it. It also grants Strength Saving Throws +1.

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Gauntlets of Hill Giant Strength

The Helldusk Boots is a nice boots option that you can get by looting a gilded chest in Gortash’s room on the top floor of Wyrm’s Rock Fortress. With them you get:

  • Steadfast: You cannot be forcibly moved by a foe’s spells or actions, and you ignore the effects of Difficult Terrain.
  • Infernal Evasion: When you fail a Saving Throw, you may use your reaction to succeed instead.
  • Hellcrawler Class Action

The Amulet of Greater Health is the Best Amulet for the Build, which you can get in the House of Hope and Sets the Wearer’s Constitution to 23. It also grants advantage on Constitution Saving Throws Checks.

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Amulet of Greater Health

Killer’s Sweatheart and Ring of Regeneration are finally the best ring options for the Fighter 2H Build in Baldur’s Gate 3! You can get the Killer’s Sweatheart ring by defeating yourself in the Self-Same Trial inside the Gauntlet of Shar(Act 2). The ring grants you the Executioner effect: When you kill a creature, your next Attack Roll will be a Critical Hit. Once spent, this effect refreshes after a Long Rest. You can buy the Ring of Regeneration from Rolan at the Sorcerous Sundries in Act 3 and get Combat Regeneration: At the beginning of your turn, the ring activates and heals you for 1-4 hit points.

There are a few great alternative items that you can get early and will help you advance your game until you can get one of the Best Armor pieces above.

  • Grymskull Helm is a Very Rare Head piece that you loot from Grym in the Adamantine Forge(Act 1), grants resistance to fire damage, Hunter’s Mark and attackers cannot land Critical Hits on the wearer.
  • Adamantine Scale Mail is an excellent Medium Armor that you can craft at the Adamantine Forge. It reduces incoming damage, sends enemies reeling and attackers cannot land Critical Hits on the wearer.
  • Gloves of Power inflicts penalties to enemies hit and grants Sleight of Hand +1. You can loot it from Za’Krug in front of the Grove in Act 1.
  • Disintegrating Night Walkers give you Misty Step and can’t be Enwebbed, Entangled, Ensnared and can’t slip on grease or ice. You can loot them from Nere in Grymforge(Act 1).
  • Surgeon’s Subjucation Amulet allows you to paralyze an enemy and you can get it from Malus Thorm at the House of Healing(Act 2).
  • Shifting Corpus Ring gives access to Invisibility and Blur Spells. Loot it from Flaming Fist Marcus at Last Light Inn(Act 2).
  • Ring of Protection grants +1 to Armor Class and Saving Throw and you can get it as a reward from Mol for stealing the Druids’ Idol(Act 1).
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Adamantine Scale Mail

Fighter 2H Build Gameplay Tips in BG3

The Fighter is a versatile Class that can follow different play styles! This 2H Fighter Build is dealing massive melee damage with Two Handed Weapons and relies on its Maneuvers and Superiority Dice to defeat enemies. Menacing Attack is your main attack with the Fighter. It can fear enemies with melee or ranged attacks but also deal significant damage. Use the other Maneuvers appropriately to disarm enemies, deal massive damage or give your allies advantage against a target! With Action Surge and the Extra Attacks you get as you level up, you can attack multiple times per turn and defeat harder opponents easier. Second Wind is an excellent way to get back some Health when in need.

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