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Best Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Subclass & Multiclass

If you’re playing Pillars of Eternity 2 (POE2) as a Fighter, you’ll want to know what the best subclass and multiclass options are, or else you’ll be stuck on the character select screen for hours. This guide has you covered by letting you know which Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter subclasses and multiclass combinations are generally considered the best.

Pillars of Eternity 2 Subclass & Multiclass Guides:
Monk Fighter Rogue Ranger Barbarian Chanter Cipher Druid Paladin Priest Wizard

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Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Subclass Options

Pure Fighter

Pure Fighter is not bad. Obviously it gets all the benefits of the fighter. The main problem with the pure fighter class is that it’s just overall inferior to the Devoted subclass. If you’re going to make a Fighter, unless you have absolutely no plain for your Fighter’s endgame weapons, Devoted is better 100% of the time.

Black Jacket – Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Subclasses

Gains an additional weapon set and proficiency in addition to faster ability to swap weapons at the expense of a significant nerf to the Fighter’s automatic health regeneration ability. The bonus isn’t very significant and neither is the nerf. This subclass is relatively milquetoast, but I’d say the bonus is pretty much worthless while the penalty is somewhat noticeable. Since you won’t switch weapons that often most likely, Black Jacket tends to just be a modest nerf to the basic Fighter kit.

Devoted – Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Subclasses

Devoted is generally considered to be the go-to Fighter subclass. You get a significant bonus to penetration (+2) and crit damage (+25%) when using a weapon class the character is proficient in. The penalty is that you only get one proficiency. This is barely a penalty at all. There are great weapons throughout the game in almost every weapon category. Just pick whatever you want your endgame weapons to be and pick that and then use exclusively that weapon category. Hard to go wrong with this one.

Unbroken – Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Subclasses

This is basically a tanking subclass. In that regard, it does a pretty good job. You gain bonuses to a number of tanking features (disengagement attacks, engagement capacity, armor) at the cost of lower dodge and slightly lower movespeed in battle. If you’re planning to make a tanking warrior, this would be the subclass to go with. Of course, Paladins are better at tanking in general, but you could even multiclass Fighter/Paladin for an epic tank.

Tactician – Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Subclasses

Basically with the Tactician you get the Brilliant Inspiration (+5 Int, +1 Power Level) if all enemies are flanked and no allies are flanked. This is a difficult thing to accomplish consistently and the bonus for accomplishing it is a decent buff, but not worth the effort it requires, especially considering there are other ways to get the Brilliant Inspiration. Plus this subclass comes with some pretty significant penalty. You get shaken and confused if you ever get flanked, and you lose accuracy and penetration if you’re ever attacking a target that’s no also being targeted by another ally. I’d skip this class.

Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Multiclass Options

Monk – Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Multiclass

This is more of a Monk build, but Devoted + Monk is generally considered to be a very powerful build, especially when it comes to auto-attacking, due to the Monk’s stacking bonuses from wounds and the fact that Devoted + Monk will always be proficient in fists (thus benefiting from the Devoted subclass perks) in addition to the Devoted’s weapon of choice.

Paladin – Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Multiclass

If you’re looking to make a specialized tank, Unbroken + Paladin tends to be a very strong choice. For the Paladin subclass you have a number of decent options: Shieldbearer, for +1 engagement; Kind Wayfarers for passive team healing; and Steel Garrote for life leech. All of those are fairly significant abilities for a tank character. Your tank specialist will, of course, benefits from all of the basic Paladin survivability and aura skills.

Rogue – Pillars of Eternity 2 Fighter Multiclass

If you’re going for a DPS Fighter, a Fighter/Rogue multiclass can be quite nice, since the fighter will benefit from all of the Rogue passive damage increases. Damage bonus vs. Flanked, tons of extra crit chance, dodge bonuses, counterattacks. The Rogue has all sorts of goodies the Fighter will benefit from. The basic Rogue class is usually the go-to, but you can get a lot of mileage out of a Streetfighter if you’re good at activating the bloodied and flanked states. Requires a bit more micromanagement.


That about covers it when it comes to the best Pillars of Eternity 2 Subclass and Multiclass options. Check out the games section for more game guides and other game-related content, and click here for more articles related to Pillars of Eternity 2.

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