Best Oath of Vengeance Paladin Build

Best Oath of Vengeance Paladin Build - Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3)

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In this post, I will go through the Oath of Vengeance Paladin Build. These are relentless avengers who follow justice and do all in their might to take down a foe. They are perfect boss killers able to gain an advantage over them and hit with multiple deadly attacks.

Best Oath of Vengeance Paladin Build

This subclass is a perfect choice if you are planning to play a vengeful fighter who stands for higher justice. You do not care for yourself or small evil but rather how to remove greater evil from this plane. This can be a too-powerful guild, a dragon killing the villagers, or witches taking children.

paladin oath of vengeance combat baldurs gate 3

Oath of Vengeance is perfect for Two-Handed weapons. When you are fighting a strong enemy, a Vow of Enmity will ensure that you have an Advantage with every single hit. This is perfect to be matched with Great Weapon Master: All In icon passive feature bg3Great Weapon Master: All In​ feat, for higher overall damage and more successful hits.

Of course, we are Paladin and can still channel healing spells if the need arises. However, you are most powerful when increasing ally damage and concentrating on taking down a foe.

Short overview

This is a short overview and progression of the build. Use it to get a quick glance if you want to pick the best options without going deep into the explanations. A more detailed description with texts, suggestions, and improvements can be found in the next sections.

Oath of Vengeance Paladin Leveling Overview Expand
Level Category Choice
1 Abilities Str 16(15+1), Dex 10, Con 14, Int 8, Wis 10, Cha 16 (14+2)
  Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 1
  Subclass Oath of Vengeance
  Skills Athletics, Acrobatics, Intimidation, Persuasion
2 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 2
  Fighting Style PassiveFeature_FightingStyle_GreatWeaponFighting Baldur's Gate 3Great Weapon Fighting
3 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 3
4 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 4
  Feat Great Weapon Master
5 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 5
6 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 6
7 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 7
8 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 8
  Feat Polearm or Ability Improvement - Strength+2
9 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 9
10 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 10
11 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 11
12 Class paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin 12
  Feat PassiveFeature_SavageAttacker Baldur's Gate 3Savage Attacker

Starting the Game

We start with the early game. I would go into what are the best Races, Abilities, and Skills for Paladins. Some of these choices are impactful as you cannot respec them.


Picking a race provides various benefits - abilities, dialogue options, looks, etc. Because Paladin gets Heavy Armor proficiency you have many more options on what to choose.

If you are having difficulties making a choice, pick whatever you prefer in terms of looks or roleplay. "The perfect race pick" is important if you are min-maxing or doing a Tactician run.
Race Features Description
Tiefling Baldur's Gate 3Zariel Tiefling
  • Darkvision - Grant a creature the ability to see in the dark out to a range of 12m.
  • Hellish Resistance - Your blood protects you from flame, abyssal or otherwise. You have resistance to Fire and take only half damage from it.
  • Thaumaturgy - gain Advantage on Intimidation and Performance Checks.
Probably the most Paladinish option as it comes with additional Smites - Fire. Of course, they are not as good but may have their uses. Also, they have good fire resistance
Tiefling Baldur's Gate 3Asmodeus Tiefling
  • Darkvision - Grant a creature the ability to see in the dark out to a range of 12m.
  • Hellish Resistance - Your blood protects you from flame, abyssal or otherwise. You have resistance to Fire and take only half damage from it.
  • Produce Flame - a flickering flame appears in your hand. It sheds bright light in a 9m radius and deals 1d8 Fire damage when thrown
This is another good option. At level 5 they come with a Darkness spell that can trivialize some fights against non-Darkvision enemies.
Half-Orc Baldur's Gate 3Half-Orc
  • Darkvision - Grant a creature the ability to see in the dark out to a range of 12m.
  • Relentless Endurance - when you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can’t use this feature again until you finish a long rest.
  • Savage Attacks - when you land a Critical Hit with a melee weapon attack, your damage dice are tripled instead of doubled
Half-Orcs really shine as Paladins. They can resurrect in case they die and get an additional die roll on a critical hit. This gives a big damage boost if you are using something like Polearm or Greataxe.
Drow Baldur's Gate 3Drow
  • Drow Weapon Training - you have proficiency with the Rapier, Shortsword, and Hand Crossbow.
  • Superior Drakvision - this creature can see in the dark within 24m.
  • Fey Ancestry - The Fey wild casts a veil over your mind. You have Advantage on saving throws against being Charmed, and magic can't put you to sleep.
Get elven-like bonuses of Fey Ancestry. But we are also interested in the Darkness spell that gives an advantage against enemies without Dakrvision.
Half-Elf Baldur's Gate 3Wood Half-Elf
  • Fleet of Foot - your base walking speed is 10.5 meters.
  • Darkvision - Grant a creature the ability to see in the dark out to a range of 12m.
  • Civil Militia - you have weapon proficiency with Spears, Pikes, Halberds, and Glaives, and Armour Proficiency with Light Armour and Shield
  • Fey Ancestry - The Fey wild casts a veil over your mind. You have Advantage on saving throws against being Charmed, and magic can't put you to sleep.
What makes these special is their increased moving distance. I think this is valuable as once you start taking out enemies one by one with Smites, this will prove advantageous. Overall the same applies to Wood Elf.


paladin Baldur's Gate 3Paladin
Action_Paladin_LayOnHands_BigHeal Baldur's Gate 3Lay on Hands Use your blessed touch to heal a creature or cure it of all diseases and poisons. 
Action_Paladin_DivineSense Baldur's Gate 3Divine Sense Gain Advantage on Attack Rolls against celestials, fiends, and undead.
ico_classRes_channelOath Baldur's Gate 3Channel Oath Charges You gain the ability to channel the power contained in your Paladin Oath, which you can use to fuel certain actions.


paladin_vengeance Baldur's Gate 3Oath of Vengeance
Action_Paladin_InquisitorsMight Baldur's Gate 3Inquisitor's Might You or an ally's weapon attacks deal additional Radiant damage equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum of 1) and can Daze enemies for 2 turns.
Action_DivineIntervention_Weapon Baldur's Gate 3Oath of Vengeance Tenets Oath of Vengeance paladins abide by the following tenets:
Fight the Greater Evil. Exerting your wisdom, identify the higher morality in any given instance, and fight for it.
No Mercy for the Wicked. Chasten those who dole out their villainy by wiping their blight from the world forever.


Now let's take a look at the abilities of the Ancients Paladin build. Correct allocation will allow us to maximize the early gameplay and get good modifier bonuses.

Ability Value Description
strengthproficient_ability Baldur's Gate 3Strength 16 (15+1) The main melee weapon damage ability. So we should not skip it
dexterityDexterity 10 When using Heavy Armor, Dexterity plays a lesser role as it does not give bonus Armour Class. Of course, it still increases initiative and helps with Saving Throws. For this reason, we leave it at 10.
constitution bg3Constitution 14 (13 +1) Important stat for any build gives bonus HP and improves the success of Constitution Saving Throws, which ensures your  Concentration spells don't break.
intelligenceIntelligence 8 Not really important stat for us
wisdomWisdom 10 We get 10, to not get any negative modifier for Wisdom Saving Throws, as there are many of them.
charismaCharisma 16 (14+2) The main spellcasting ability of the Paladin. It also affects the power of Auras.

Skills and Expertise

Overall, the skills should be impacted by your roleplaying and background decisions. However, you would still want those that will give you the best benefits. My recommendations are to pick those at which you have a high ability modifier:

  • Athletics
  • Persuasion
  • Intimidation

Detailed Leveling Progression

Here is the detailed progression for the build to get you started. You can use it as a guideline because early games can be daunting and overwhelming. Later on, once you get the feel for the class you can start picking your own options

Level 2

At Level 2 Paladin gets the most famous action - Divine Smite. Moreover, we obtain 2 level 1 spell slots.

Actions Description
Action_Paladin_DivineSmite Baldur's Gate 3Divine Smite This Paladin-specific feature gives +2d8 Radiant Damage and an additional 1d8 against undead and fiends. it expends a spell slot if hits. Using higher-level spell slots deals more damage. Note, its damage does not depend on Charisma but spell level

Fighting Style

For Oath of Vengeance Paladin, my recommendation is getting Great Weapon Fighting.

Style Description
PassiveFeature_FightingStyle_GreatWeaponFighting Baldur's Gate 3Great Weapon Fighting When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack with a two-handed melee weapon, that die is rerolled once. It is a mandatory pick if you equip a two-handed weapon

Prepared Spells

Paladin level 1 spells are okay. They do not provide any crazy bonuses but can work in some situations. Here are my recommendations for what is good to have in your arsenal

Spell Description
Spell_Evocation_ThunderousSmite Baldur's Gate 3Thunderous Smite A smite alternative that deals Thunder damage and can make enemy prone. I would use it in case you have a free bonus action that you do not plan on using. Otherwise, use Divine Smite.
Spell_Abjuration_ShieldOfFaith Baldur's Gate 3Shield of Faith It gives a +2 Armour Class as long as you can maintain concentration. Lasts until a long rest.
Spell_Enchantment_CommandHalt Baldur's Gate 3Command Can command the creature to drop a weapon, run away, come close, etc. Can be useful in some encounters, especially against low Wisdom enemies.
Spell_Evocation_CureWounds Baldur's Gate 3Cure Wounds Even though you have Lay on Hands, this spell will heal more. having it as an option is a good choice.

For other slots pick what you want.

Level 3

Level 3 Paladin gains a lot of new things - new actions, class, subclass features, and spells. Subclass actions are very powerful for Vengeance Paladin and this level, and I recommend to start using them.

Feature Description
PassiveFeature_DivineHealth Baldur's Gate 3Divine Health Prevents diseases from affecting the Paladin.

We also gain subclass-specific actions. These use Channel Oath Charge, which means that your spell slots will not be expended when used.

Action Description
Action_Paladin_AbjureEnemy Baldur's Gate 3Abjure Enemy Frighten an enemy. They'll be easier to hit and cannot move. Fiends and undead have Disadvantages on this Saving Throw.
Action_Paladin_VowOfEnmity Baldur's Gate 3Vow of Enmity Gain Advantage on Attack Rolls against an enemy. This is perfect when you are fighting a single strong enemy. It only uses bonus action meaning you can also attack in the same turn. Match this together with Great Weapon Master: All In icon passive feature bg3Great Weapon Master: All In​ for a huge damage bonus without any downsides.

In addition, we get subclass-specific spells:

Spells Description
Spell_Enchantment_Bane Baldur's Gate 3Bane Up to 3 creatures receive a -1d4 penalty to Attack Rolls and Saving Throws. Unfortunately, I do not use it much as this takes up a Concentration slot
Spell_Divination_HuntersMark Baldur's Gate 3Hunter's Mark Similar spell to Hex, but deals physical damage and does not provide any negative effects. Takes up a Concentration slot

Level 4

We finally unlock our first Feat which will greatly improve the overall performance of the Oath of Vengeance Paladin. Moreover, another Lay on Hands Charge is added, for more healing actions. So let's deep dive:


Feat Description
Great Weapon Master: All In icon passive feature bg3Great Weapon Master: All In This is the strongest feat if you are using two-handed weapons. First, it gives a bonus attack using a bonus action if you kill an enemy or land a critical hit. Second, it gives a big 10 damage boost, that comes with a -5 penalty to attack rolls. This is problematic in the early game but can be overcome in various ways. I recommend checking my guide on Attack Roll Increase, to get ideas on how to mitigate it.

Level 5

Finally, level 2 spells are unlocked, new Oath spells and we get the Paladin class feature - Extra Attack.

Feature Description
PassiveFeature_ExtraAttack Baldur's Gate 3Extra Attack Can make an additional free attack after making an unarmed or weapon attack. This will make you much more powerful in combat

Oath of Vengeance bonus spells are very good for Level 5:

Spell Description
Spell_Conjuration_MistyStep Baldur's Gate 3Misty Step An excellent spell to have in the arsenal. You can now leave or enter the battlefield in the best possible position. Moreover, it only costs bonus action.
Spell_Enchantment_HoldPerson Baldur's Gate 3Hold Person This is a good concentration spell that can remove a single target from the equation. Try to target enemies with low Wisdom. Then follow up with rogue or fighter to deal critical hits from 3 meters. I suggest using Potion of Speed or Haste from Ally, to activate this and land a hit. Otherwise, your concentration may break during the enemy's turn.

Prepared Spells

As level 2 spells are unlocked here are some considerations to include in your build:

Spell Description
Spell_Abjuration_LesserRestoration Baldur's Gate 3Lesser Restoration Can heal disease, poison, paralysis, and some other negative effects. Not mandatory, but good to have if the situation arises.
Spell_Transmutation_MagicWeapon Baldur's Gate 3Magic Weapon This spell can empower your weapons with bonus damage rolls and attack rolls. The higher the spell slot you use the bigger the bonus. Another thing is that the bonus may seem low, but it will greatly boost your success on hitting while having Great Weapon Master: All In icon passive feature bg3Great Weapon Master: All In​ active.

Level 6

For a Paladin, this is an important level. It unlocks their first aura - Aura of Protection. Why are they special? Auras are always active and there are no cons to using them

Action Description
Action_Paladin_AuraOfProtection Baldur's Gate 3Aura of Protection You and nearby allies gain a bonus to Saving Throws equal to your Charisma modifier

Level 7

This is another milestone for the subclass where you unlock a subclass feature and one level 2 spell slot.

Feature Description
PassiveFeature_RelentlessAvenger Baldur's Gate 3Relentless Avenger If you hit an enemy with an Opportunity Attack, your movement speed increases by 4.5m on your next turn. This is why you should have the paladin in the front so that if anyone dares to pass you, you would get bonus movement speed

Level 8

We get our second feat that will further improve the build. Here are the options:

Feat Description
PassiveFeature_PolearmMaster_AttackOfOpportunity Baldur's Gate 3Polearm Master Only with two-handed spear-type weapons. First, it gives an Opportunity Attack when an enemy comes within range of your melee attack. Second, you gain additional action that allows you to hit a second time using the polearm's butt. This can be useful as you could land additional smite for a good damage boost using only bonus action.
PassiveFeature_Generic_Threat Baldur's Gate 3Alert I also recommend this as an option. If you decide to take it I recommend respeccing and changing Dexterity to 8. It gives +5 to initiative and you cannot be surprised. This will allow you to kill some crucial enemies with Divine Smites. It is the perfect choice, as Vengeance Paladin has Misty Step allowing them to take advantage of the first attack.
ico_features Baldur's Gate 3Ability Improvement Another option is going for +2 Strength. This will give higher weapon damage and higher attack rolls.

Level 9

This is an important level as it finally gives level 3 spells. We also unlock the last spells from the subclass. These are great additions to the Paladin build

Oath Spells Description
Spell_Abjuration_ProtectionFromEnergy Baldur's Gate 3Protection from Energy The spell allows us to get resistance to specific elements. This might be useful against specific enemies. However, you should evaluate whether it is worth to sacrifice the concentration slot
Spell_Transmutation_Haste Baldur's Gate 3Haste Hasten yourself or your allies. This gives a bonus action point each turn. It requires maintaining concentration and once it fails or ends you become lethargic. If you can activate this before combat it can drastically change the whole outcome of the battle.

Prepared Spells

Here are my recommendations for level 3 spells. I do not think these spells are very powerful. They do not change the Paladin gameplay much but can provide some situational bonuses. It is still the best use case to use your Divine Smites.

Spells Description
Spell_Transmutation_ElementalWeapon Baldur's Gate 3Elemental Weapon Similar to Magic Weapons, this imbues your weapon with elemental powers and gives a bonus attack roll. The bonus is 1d4 damage which is decent. If the enemy is vulnerable to it this is doubled. Moreover, the spell lasts until a long rest if you can maintain the concentration
Spell_Evocation_BlindingSmite Baldur's Gate 3Blinding Smite Another smite in your arsenal. It is not as good as Divine Smite in terms of damage. However, it can be used to apply blind on the target
Spell_Evocation_AuraOfVitality Baldur's Gate 3Warden of Vitality The spell is best cast before combat. It allows you to use a healing spell with bonus action. This is a good choice to use in difficult encounters and to help your Cleric. But otherwise, has no real purpose in general easy fights. I personally would use it in case I died in some boss encounter and felt that additional heals would help.
Spell_Evocation_CrusadersMantle Baldur's Gate 3Crusader's Mantle An alternative to an Elemental Weapon spell, but instead you give 1d4 radiant damage to your group members. It also lasts only for 10 turns

Level 10

We get two Paladin class-related boons - additional Lay on Hands charge and bonus Aura

Spells Description
Action_Paladin_AuraOfCourage Baldur's Gate 3Aura of Courage You and your cannot be Frightened. The effect can be deadly so becoming invulnerable to it is welcome

Level 11

We get an additional level 3 spell slot and an improvement to all smites

Spells Description
PassiveFeature_ImprovedDivineSmite Baldur's Gate 3Improved Divine Smite Melee attacks deal an additional 1d8 damage radiant damage. This is a welcome upgrade making the iconic spell even more powerful. This upgrade works on all smites - thunderous, searing, etc.

Level 12

This is the last level for Paladin's Oath of Vengeance builds. We get the last Feat that looks a bit underwhelming. Be sure to check the next section for the multiclass alternatives

Feat Description
PassiveFeature_SavageAttacker Baldur's Gate 3Savage Attacker A perfect feat to maximize damage by rolling two dice and taking the better one. It works only on weapon attacks. Moreover, this also affects Smites and any additional effects you do with melee weapons.

Multiclass Options

Paladin Fighter

You have an option of going 10 Paladin and 2 Fighter in the last two levels. I would say this is relevant if you are okay with doing Long rests often. The two bonus attacks on each short rest are great but Divine Smite icon action bg3Divine Smite​ will eat spell slots fast. You will also be sacrificing Improved Divine Smite icon passive feature bg3Improved Divine Smite​ and 3rd level spell slot


The multiclass between Paladin and Warlock build - Lockadin. This is a powerful combo as you can merge an extra attack from Paladin and a Depeened Pact bonus attack from Warlock. Another aspect is that you gain spell slots that are restored each short rest and do not need to Long Rest as often.

The downside is that you have only 2 Feats and lower-level spells.

General Tips

Now I would like to cover some general tips on how to play Oath of Vengeance Build. It is an extremely powerful subclass with a few things to have in mind

The subclass is best played offensively

Oath of Vengeance Paladins is best played as relentless avengers. They have a few actions from low levels that emphasize this. Inquisitor's Might can be used to buff you and allies for bonus damage. Moreover, it gives a chance to Daze enemies

vow of enmity description bg3

Vow of Enmity is perfect to target a single target and exploit this for a higher chance of successful hits. Now add Misty Step at level 5 and you can jump to the enemy you want to take out instantly. You can even use it from stealth.

Having allies close

I think Paladin builds shine when there is another melee fighter nearby. It could be rogue, fighter, barbarian, etc. Paladins are able to have permanent auras which work in a 3-meter radius. If most of your party members are ranged ones, they will never get these benefits, which is a bummer.

This does not mean that to use this build you have to rework your composition, but be aware that when allies are close to the Paladin they will get even more benefits. Moreover, Oath of Vengeance does not come with its subclass auras, making it perfect to be the only option of melee fighter.

Smites Explained

This is the signature action of Paladin, that invokes Radiant damage. It looks cool and does a lot of damage. However, there are a few caveats that should be explained.

divine smite baldurs gate 3

First, the Paladin gets additional Smites - Thunderous Smite, Searing Smite, etc. They are cool and give additional effects. However, they are far weaker than Divine Smite. Why? Divine Smite only uses Action points and spell slots. Other ones take Action + bonus action. More or less you get more damage per action.

Of course, other Smites come with unique effects like Blind, Freighten, etc. They are also perfect when fighting enemies weak to specific elements - thunder, fire, etc. But if the enemy dies fast, there is no use for alternative smites. So they are best used against higher-health enemies.

Managing Great Weapon Master

One of the more important feats of the build is Great Weapon Master: All In icon passive feature bg3Great Weapon Master: All In. It gives a flat damage boost at the cost of decreased attack rolls. Generally, it is best to take this later in the game at level 8+, when you have higher attack bonuses and better gear.

However, if you can effectively use it at level 4, you will be able to easily kill most of the enemies you encounter, especially as it is easy to die in Act 1. So if you are up for putting in additional effort the benefits are immense. Here are the main ways to increase your attack rolls:

  • Bless icon action bg3Bless​ from Cleric or Paladin, for a 1d4 bonus.
  • Spells like Faerie Fire icon action bg3Faerie Fire, and Blindness icon action bg3Blindness​ give an advantage to attackers.
  • Oil of Accuracy or Diluted Oil of Sharpness, for 1 and 2 attack roll bonus.
  • Gloves of the Growling Underdog icon bg3Gloves of the Growling Underdog - can be obtained in Goblin Camp, and gives an advantage for attack rolls.
  • Svartlebee's Woundseeker icon bg3Svartlebee's Woundseeker - early game greatsword that you can get before engaging in any of the major battles of Act 1.

Now, if you want more in-depth information, I have a guide covering how to increase attack rolls, which lists a lot of options and combinations. You can then pick the bonuses based on your party setup.


Thank you for reading the Best Oath of the Vengeance Paladin build for Baldur's Gate 3. These are true avengers concentrating on taking down a greater evil no matter the sacrifices. This is a very exciting option as you may not necessarily need to be "good" if this means that you remove the source of evil.



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