How to dual wield in Baldur’s Gate 3

How to dual wield in Baldur’s Gate 3 elf with torch

How to dual wield in Baldur’s Gate 3 elf with torch

Are you armed and ready to dive into the world of Baldur's Gate 3? After years of early access, patches and changes, it is time to dive into the final version of this long-awaited third chapter in this RPG series. But two weapons are better than one, right? Let’s find out all about how to dual wield in Baldur’s Gate 3. Let’s get those weapons ready.

The combat system in the latest Larian RPG is clearly D&D inspired, but there are many ways to get into a fight. You could also be supported by useful companions, along with being helped by useful items.

So, let us deal those enemies some heavy damage by looking at how to dual wield in Baldur’s Gate 3 and survive one more fight.

How to dual wield in Baldur’s Gate 3

In order to dual wield in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need to be equipped with two light weapons. This means that, obviously, your character is not able to wield two huge hammers or mauls at the same time. We cannot play as giants, for sure.

In order to correctly dual wield weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3, here’s what you need to do:

  • Go into your character's inventory (either click the option on the screen or press I).
  • Choose two “Light” melee weapons, checking their stats.
  • Equip both of them.
  • You can toggle between ranged and melee weapons by pressing R thus enabling Dual-Wielding.
  • Now your character is ready to attack with two weapons.

One useful tip to remember is that dual-wielding is not simply attacking with two weapons at the same time. Your second weapon will actually use your bonus action as well, so that means that tracking in your turn will exhaust it. You will not be able to heal, move or do any extra actions.

Is it better to dual-wield or equip a single weapon in Baldur’s Gate 3?

The answer to this question depends on your character and overall build of course. Overall, exhausting your turn just to dual-wield is not recommended. Unless, of course, you have some items that grant your character an extra turn or time. In that case, then definitely go for it, as that might make some fights easier.

It is useful to remember that a two-handed weapon or a shield might easily provide perks in your off-hand. That is, without wasting that bonus action just to attack with two weapons. So, be careful about wanting to push too much in the direction of dual-wielding, as that might not be worth it after the first few hours.

That is it for our dual-wielding guide. For more tips and tricks on improving your play-through, definitely do check out our best mods guide.

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