Of the various otherworldly patrons, picking the right one will set players on the course to become the BG3 best warlock subclass.
In Baldur’s Gate 3, warlocks can choose one of three mystic sources of eldritch power.
Each are a different type of occult magic, and come with their own boosts and benefits.
These three form the options for the Warlock subclass in BG3.
Given Warlocks are one of if not the best class in Baldur’s Gate 3, none of them are really bad. That said, Archfey provides the least bonuses of the three.
Fey Presence at level 1 is useful for crowd control in the early levels when you’re limited in useful spells, and still holds utility later on against opponents with low Wisdom saving throws.
Misty Escape at level 6 is a great defensive tool at level 6. On being hit, the warlock turns invisible and can cast the Misty Step teleportation spell as a bonus action on their next turn.
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This means Archfey Warlocks can take melee fights with a nice safety net to either ambush or reposition enemies.
The main thing holding back Archfey is the level 10 capstone ability, Beguiling Defences.
The Charm immunity warlocks get from the Archfey subclass has limited utility since very few enemies in BG3 inflict that status.
2) Great Old One
In theme for an eldritch patron, Warlocks who make a pact with a Great Old One benefit from attack roll combat more than others.
This is because their level 1 ability, Mortal Reminder, lets Warlocks frighten an opponent and nearby enemies when they land a critical hit. This means Great Old One Warlocks (Goolocks) will want to use weapons and Eldritch Blasts to make the most of this ability.
Their level 6 ability is the defensive Entropic Ward. Once per short rest, Warlocks can apply disadvantage on an attack roll against them as a reaction.
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If it then misses, Warlocks can turn the tables and retaliate with an advantage against their attacker.
This means Goolocks are especially dangerous duelists, even among the Warlock subclasses.
The level 10 capstone ability is Thought Shield, which gives the Warlock resistance to Psychic damage and reflects any Psychic damage taken. Goolocks can retaliate against a damage type that few others resist.
Unfortunately, the downside is that Psychic damage is even rarer than the Charm effect in BG3. Only mind flayers and other illithids can really inflict it among enemies.
1) The Fiend
The Fiend is the best Warlock subclass in BG3 because of its universally useful abilities.
At level 1, Fiend Warlocks get Dark One’s Blessing. When this warlock takes down an enemy, their Fiend grants them temporary hitpoints equal to the Warlock’s Charisma modifier plus Warlock level.
This gives Fiend Warlocks who don’t mind killstealing a very reliable defensive buffer of extra hit points.
Dark One’s Own Luck is a fantastic ability to add 1d10 to any Ability Check per Short Rest.
Given how often you’ll be rolling these checks in BG3, Fiend Warlocks really benefit with a crucial boost in to critical rolls.
The Level 10 capstone is also the most reliable. Once per Short Rest, the Warlock can choose to resist a certain damage type.
What makes this excellent is that it lasts until the Warlock chooses a different type, meaning Warlocks can be sure of a consistent defensive bonus which they can switch out if necessary.