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Rogue Build BG3

The Best Rogue Build in BG3, that is using the Assassin Subclass and relies on sneaking around to deal massive damage! The Rogue is the Class of Stealth in Baldur’s Gate 3 that can deal significant damage when hiding. A relatively easy Class to learn and one of the Best Beginner Classes in Baldur’s Gate 3. This Assassin Rogue BG3 Build Guide will show you the best options for this Class, in order to create a powerful stealth character!

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Rogue Class Mechanics Guide BG3

The Rogue is the Class of Stealth in Baldur’s Gate 3 that makes excellent Thiefs and Assassins! Rogues can use their sneak attacks to deal massive damage to enemies while also having access to other features that allow them to escape. Sneak attacks become even more powerful as you level up, which makes the Class deadly later in the game. However to take full advantage of their potential you will have to position your Rogue well and remain hidden from enemies.

Best Subclass for Rogue Build in BG3

The Best Subclass for the Rogue Class is Assassin! Assassin grants you access to a few new features that allow you to deal massive damage to surprised enemies and enemies that have not taken a turn yet. The Assassin Subclass also allows you to restore your Actions and Bonus Actions at the start of combat. For an easier Rogue Build that also relies on stealth to deal damage you can pick the Thief Subclass.

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Assassinate Initiative Feature

Best Race for Rogue Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

The Best Race for a Rogue Stealthy Build in BG3 is the Lightfoot Halfling or the Deep Gnome! Both Races offer advantage on Stealth Checks with their Naturally Stealthy and Stone Camouflage skills respectively, which make them the best races for the Build! A few more Races you can pick for the Assassin Rogue Build are:

  • Human
  • Githyanki

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 Rogue Assassin Build BG3

Dexterity is the main Ability for Rogue in Baldur’s Gate 3. What that means is that the higher Dexterity is, the more effective your Rogue Build will be in BG3! Constitution is also important and will help you stay alive in battle! You can use the recommended abilities setup or adjust them to get high Dexterity and good enough Constitution. Putting some points to Intelligence and Wisdom will also help with various checks. For a strong Assassin Rogue Build you can use the following abilities setup:

  • Strength – 8
  • Dexterity – 17
  • Constitution – 14
  • Intelligence – 13
  • Wisdom – 13
  • Charisma – 10

Best Background for Assassin Rogue Build BG3

The most important ability for the Assassin Rogue is Dexterity. To maximize the efficiency of the build you should pick a background that gives access to Skills that rely on Dexterity! The Best Background for the Rogue Build in BG3 is Urchin. Urchin gives access to the Sleight of hand and Stealth Skills, which are both based on Dexterity! Both skills will be important for your Rogue Character. A few more Backgrounds you can pick are:

  • Criminal
  • Charlatan
  • Entertainer

To find more about all available Backgrounds you can read my Baldur’s Gate 3 Backgrounds Guide!

Best Skills for Rogue 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. Stealth, Sleight of Hand and Acrobatics are the best skills to have. For the other 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.

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Assassin Rogue Skills

Rogue Build Leveling Guide in Baldur’s Gate 3

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

Level 1 Best options for Rogue Build BG3

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

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

At level 2 you unlock the Class’ unique actions Cunning Action: Hide, Dash and Disengage. Hide allows you to hide from enemies and prepare your sneak attack, dash allows you to get further away and Disengage allows you to retreat without triggering Opportunity Attacks.

Cunning Action: Hide

Level 3 Best Options for Rogue Assassin Build BG3

At Level 3 you can choose your Subclass. Assassin is the best option and the one using with this Build. You can also pick Thief if you prefer a simpler play style. Assassin unlocks the following features for your Build:

  • Assassinate: Initiative, gain advantage against enemies that have not taken a turn yet
  • Assassinate: Ambush, Successful Attack Rolls against Surprised enemies are Critical Hits
  • Assassin’s Alacrity, Immediately restore Actions and Bonus Actions at the start of Combat

Level 4 Best Options for Rogue 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 Rogue Build at levels 4, 8, 10 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 Dexterity. Like this your Dexterity score will rise up to 19 if you have followed the above recommendations and your Assassin Rogue will be more effective.

Level 5 Best Options for Rogue Build

When you hit level 5 you unlock the Uncanny Dodge feature that allows you to take half damage when an attack hits you.

Level 6 Best Options for Rogue Build

At level 6 you can change your skills if you wish but is not necessary.

Level 7 Best Options for Rogue Build

At level 7 you unlock the Evasion Class Feature that lets you dodge out of the way of certain spells. When a spell or effect would deal half damage on a successful Saving Throw, it deals no damage if you succeed and only half damage if you fail.

Evasion Feature

Level 8 Best Options for Rogue Assassin Build BG3

At level 8 you can unlock 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.

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

At level 9 you unlock the Infiltration Expertise Subclass action that lets you adopt a new identity by changing your appearance until the next Long Rest.

Level 10 Best Options for Rogue Build

At level 10 you can pick your third Feat. Take Dual Wielder, that allows you to use two weapons even if they are not Light and grants +1 bonus to armor class while wielding a melee weapon in each hand. You cannot dual wield Heavy Weapons.

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Dual Wielder Feat

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

When you reach Level 11 you unlock the Reliable Talent feature. When you make an Ability Check with a Skill you are proficient with, the lowest result you can roll on the die is 10.

Level 12 Best Options for Rogue Build BG3

Finally at level 12 you get your final Feat. For your fourth Feat take Mobile. Mobile allows you to move 3m more per turn, cannot provoke Opportunity Attacks if you move after making a melee attack and when you Dash, Difficult Terrain does not slow you down.

Best Gear for Rogue Build BG3

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

What is the Best Weapon for Rogue in BG3

The Best Weapons for the Assassin Rogue Build in Baldur’s Gate 3 is the Crimson Mischief and Bloodthirst. Crimson Mischief is a Legendary Shortsword that offers the following effects:

  • Prey upon the Weak: This Weapon deals an additional 1-4 Piercing damage against targets with 50% of their hit points of fewer.
  • Weapon Enchantment +2
  • Light
  • Finesse
  • (Main Hand Only) Redvein Savagery: When you make an attack with advantage, the target takes an additional 7 piercing damage.
  • (Off-Hand Only) Crimson Weapon: When you make an attack with your off-hand weapon, you can add your Ability Modifier to the damage of the attack.
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Crimson Mischief

Bloodthirst is a Legendary Dagger that offers the following effects:

  • Improved Critical: The number you need to roll a Critical Hit while attacking is reduced by 1. This effect can stack.
  • Weapon Enchantment +2
  • Light
  • Finesse
  • Thrown
  • Armor Class +1
  • Bound Weapon
  • (Main Hand Only) Exploit Weakness: Creatures hit with this weapon receive Vulnerability to Piercing damage.
  • (Off-Hand Only) True Strike Riposte: When a creature misses you with a melee attack, you may retaliate and gain True Strike

You can acquire both weapons by killing and looting Orin in Bhaal Temple during the third Act of the game.

Early in the game you can dual wield the Hunter’s Dagger and Sussur Dagger. The Hunter’s Dagger offers the Rupturing effect which makes enemies hit ruptured if they fail a Constitution Saving Throw and you can buy it from Roah Moonglow inside the Goblin Camp in Act 1. To obtain the Sussur Dagger you will have to complete the “Finish the Masterwork Weapon Quest” that you get in the Blighted Village(Act 1). The Sussur Dagger silences enemies on hit which makes it a great weapon to fight mages.

For your ranged weapon use the Hellfire Hand Crossbow. A Very Rare Crossbow that inflicts Burning to enemies if you hit them while hiding or invisible. You can loot it from Yurgir inside the Gauntlet of Shar in Act 2.

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Hellfire Hand Crossbow

Early in the game you can use Harold. Harold is a rare Heavy Crossbow that 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 Assassin Rogue Build, as well as good alternative options to use early in BG3!

PieceBestEarly Game
HeadAssassin of Bhaal Cowl or Shadow of MenzoberranzanCovert Cowl
CapeShade-Slayer CloakCloak of Protection
ChestBhaalist ArmorSpidersilk or Penumbral Armor
GlovesBhaalist GlovesGloves of Power
BootsHelldusk BootsDisintegrating Night Walkers
NecklaceAmulet of Misty StepAmulet of Misty Step
RingKiller’s SweetheartSmuggler’s Ring
RingRing of RegenerationRing of Twilight
Melee WeaponCrimson MischiefHunter’s Dagger
Melee WeaponBloodthirstSussur Dagger
Ranged WeaponHellfire Hand CrossbowHarold

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

The Assassin of Bhaal Cowl or the Shadow of Menzoberranzan are the best Head Armor pieces you can wear for the build. Assassin of Bhaal Cowl offers better initiative rolls and is focusing on offense while the Shadow of Menzoberranzan allows you to use the Shrouded in Shadow action and hide yourself.

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Assassin of Bhaal Cowl

You can buy the Assassin of Bhaal Cowl from Echo of Abazigal in the murder tribunal but only after you become an unholy assassin(Act 3). You can get the Shadow of Menzobberanzan as a reward by assisting the Myconid Colony in Act 1.

The Shade-Slayer Cloak is the best Cape Armor for the build that you can buy from Sticky Dondo in Act 3 and reduces the number you need to roll a Critical Hit while attacking by 1. The Bhaalist Armor and Bhaalist Gloves are the best Armor pieces for Chest and gloves that you can also buy from Echo of Abazigal in the murder tribunal. The Bhaalist Armor is a Very Rare Light Armor that makes nearby enemies vulnerable to piercing damage while the Bhaalist Gloves is a Very Rare Armor piece that offers the Garrote Action.

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Bhaalist Armor

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

Amulet of Misty Step is a nice necklace that you can get early in the game from a Gilded Chest in the Goblin Camp in Act 1 and provides access to Misty Step! Killer’s Sweatheart and Ring of Regeneration are finally the best ring options for the Rogue Assassin 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.

  • Covert Cowl reduces the number you need to roll a Critical Hit while attacking by 1 while obscured and you can get it from a meenlock creature in the Last Light Inn Cellar(Act 2).
  • 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.
  • Spidersilk Armor is a rare Light Armor that you can loot from Minthara in the Goblin Camp. It grants a +1 bonus to Stealth Checks.
  • Penumbral Armor grants a +3 bonus to Stealth checks while obscured and you can get it inside the Abandoned House near the Last Light Inn, in a locked chest(Act 2).
  • 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).
  • Smuggler’s Ring grants bonuses to Stealth and Sleight of Hand and you can get it from a skeleton near the broken bridge section at the Risen Road(Act 1).
  • Ring of Twilight grants a +1 bonus to armor class while obscured and you can get it from a Traveller’s Chest in the Ruined Battlefield(Act 2).
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Spidersilk Armor

Rogue Assassin Build Gameplay Tips in BG3

The Rogue is one of the easiest Classes to play in Baldur’s Gate 3. Its entire gameplay revolves around staying hidden and surprising enemies. Hide and use your melee or ranged sneak attacks to deal massive damage. Thanks to your Class features, you can deal melee damage, move around without provoking Opportunity Attacks and hide to strike against next turn!

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