Baldur’s Gate 3 rogue subclasses – which one to choose

Baldur's Gate 3 rogue subclasses Astarion

Baldur's Gate 3 rogue subclasses Astarion

Getting stuck at the character creation screen while coming up with your avatar’s name, class, and appearance is a common problem that would-be adventurers face. To help you get through this process quicker, we’ll be taking a look at the Baldur’s Gate 3 rogue subclasses that are available and see if any of them might be a good fit for you.

Whether you’re out looking for gilded chests or fighting off giant spiders in the Whispering Depths, having a rogue in your party can help you out in a number of ways. Just like other classes in the game, rogues can choose from three different subclasses as they level up for a more specialized playstyle.

So, let’s go ahead and take a look at the Baldur’s Gate 3 rogue subclasses and see how they differ from one another.

Rogue subclass list

The three subclasses you can choose from when playing as a rogue will be Assassin, Arcane Trickster, and Thief. You can choose a subclass upon reaching level 3, which is fairly early considering the max level in Baldur’s Gate 3 is 12.

Here’s a more detailed look at each of the different rogue subclasses:


With the Assassin subclass, rogues can use their gift of stealth to become extremely efficient on the battlefield. Choosing Assassin will give you access to the Infiltrate Expertise skill, an ability that lets you change your appearance to cause even more confusion in combat.

As an Assassin, your goal is to end fights before your targets even realize that they’re in one. If you’re into the rogue archetype you find in other games, this subclass will be for you.

Arcane Trickster

Stealth isn’t the only thing rogues are known for as they’re also great at deception and misdirects. And what better way to cause such chaos than with a touch of magic?

Arcane Tricksters are rogues that dabble in a bit of spellcasting. You can learn cantrips and spells such as Mage Hand to aid you in your deceitful ways.


Having the Fast Hands feat, Thief is arguably the most popular subclass for rogues. With Fast Hands, you will gain an extra Bonus Action to become much more effective in battle.

Thieves tend to prefer dual-wielding melee weapons while relying on bows for ranged attacks. This subclass allows for a more simplistic play style, but it gets the job done.

And that’s our guide on the Baldur’s Gate 3 rogue subclasses. If you’re set on sticking with the rogue class, you may want to consider choosing the urchin background for your character. Otherwise, feel free to check out the different fighter subclasses as well.

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