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    Our best Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric build will ensure you’re the greatest support possible for your companions, so check out what choices to make in character creation, including the race, skills, subclass, and background to pick.

    The various classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 all serve various purposes, with some standing out as frontline fighters, some excelling at massive area of effect damage, and others helping the team out to ensure success in every encounter. The latter is where the Cleric comes into play, serving as the primary healer and motivator in the game.

    So, check out everything you need to know to make the best Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric build, starting from character creation, and as you level up.

    Not a fan of the Cleric build? Check out our recommendations for other best builds in Baldur’s Gate 3:

    Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric build

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    The Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric is a Wisdom-based spellcasting class who draws their magic from a god they worship, allowing them to wield divine abilities for good or ill. 

    Their primary strength in combat is healing and supporting other players with buffs, but they can still pack a bunch with deadly spells when needed, especially thanks to their wide array of spell slots. 

    All Cleric subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3 

    the Cleric subclasses in Baldur's Gate 3

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    There are a total of seven Cleric subclasses in Baldur’s Gate 3: Life Domain, Light Domain, Trickery Domain, Knowledge Domain, Nature Domain, Tempest Domain, and War Domain.

    Below is a breakdown of each subclass and how they differ:

    Life Domain

    The Life domain is an aspect of many good deities, offering spells that protect and restore the mind, body, and soul.

    Subclass Feature Description
    Cure Wounds Heal a creature you can touch
    Bless Bless up to 3 creatures, so they gain +1d4 bonus to Attack Rolls and Saving Throws
    Disciple of Life When casting a healing spell, the target regains additional hit points equal to 2 + the spell’s level

    Light Domain

    The Light domain is offered by deities of justice, majesty, and primordial flame, providing spells that dispel darkness and harm the undead.

    Subclass Feature Description
    Light Infuse an object with an aura of light
    Burning Hands Each flammable target is hit with 3d6 Fire damage
    Faerie Fire All targets within the light turn visible and Attack Rolls gainst them have Advantage
    Warding Flare Use your reaction to impose Disadvantage on an attacker

    Trickery Domain

    A domain shared by wicked, chaotic, and mischievous deities alike, those who channel Trickery specialise in deception and illusion magic.

    Subclass Feature Description
    Blessing of the Trickster Grant another creature Advantage on Stealth Checks
    Charm Person Charm a humanoid to prevent it from attacking you, giving you Advantage on Charisma Checks
    Disguise Self Magically change all aspects of your appearance

    Knowledge Domain

    Adaptable and adroit in all manner of languages and skills, your mind is an intellectual cup brimming with exquisite knowing.

    Subclass Feature Description
    Command Command a creature to flee, move closer, freeze, drop to the ground, or drop its weapon
    Sleep Put creatures into a magical slumber, selecting targets up to a combined 24 hit points

    Nature Domain

    You embody the vast viridian power of the natural world, an avatar of the subtle divinity of fruitfall, avian migration, woodland silence, and the landslide’s roaring fury.

    Subclass Feature Description
    Shillelagh Your staff or club becomes magical, dealing 4-11 Bludgeoning damage and uses your Spellcasting Ability for Attack Rolls
    Speak with Animals Gain the ability to comprehend and communicate with beasts
    Animal Friendship Convince a beast not to attack you
    Acolyte of Nature You learn a Druid cantrip and become proficient in Animal Handling, Nature, or Survival

    Tempest Domain

    Your faith has made you the very thunder that quakes the black firmament, the lightning coursing through the veins of a terrible storm.

    Subclass Feature Description
    Thunderwave Release a wave of thunderous force that pushes away all creatures and objects
    Fog Cloud The cloud Blinds and Heavily Obscures creatures within
    Wrath of the Storm Strike back at an attacking creature, dealing 2-16 Lightning damage. On a failed Saving Throw, dealing half of a 2-16 Thunder damage roll

    War Domain

    Fortified by holy zeal, you brandish an arsenal of sacramental savagery to use against those you deem unrighteous.

    Subclass Feature Description
    Divine Favour Your weapon attack deals an additional 1-4 Radiant damage
    Shield of Faith Protect a creature from attacks and increase its Armour Class by 2
    War Priest When you make an unarmed or weapon attack, you can spend a War Priest Charge to make an additional attack as a bonus action

    What is the best Cleric subclass?

    a Cleric spell in Baldur's Gate 3

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    The best Cleric subclass is largely dependent on what your goal is as a Cleric, but we believe the Life Domain subclass to be the best due to its extra support spells and additional healing capabilities.

    It’s also worth mentioning the War Domain subclass for those who want to build more toward damage.

    Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric build

    With all the above information in mind, here is what you need to make the best Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric build. 

    It’s worth noting that you can respec your character in Baldur’s Gate 3 if you have already started the game but want to try out some of the options below too.

    Level 1

    the best Baldur's Gate 3 Cleric build at level 1

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    Option Selection
    Race & Subrace Dwarf / Gold Dwarf
    Cantrips Blade Ward, Guidance, Sacred Flame
    Deity Lathander
    Spells Guiding Bolt, Sanctuary, Inflict Wounds, Healing Word
    Background Acolyte
    Skill Proficiencies History & Medicine
    Ability Points
    • Strength: 14
    • Dexterity: 10
    • Constitution: 14
    • Intelligence: 8
    • Wisdom: 17
    • Charisma: 12

    Level 2

    a level 2 Cleric in Baldur's Gate 3

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    Option Selection
    Spells Command

    Level 3

    the best Baldur's Gate 3 Cleric build at level 3

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    Option Selection
    Spells Silence, Spiritual Weapon

    Level 4

    a level 4 Cleric in Baldur's Gate 3

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    Option Selection
    Cantrips Produce Flame
    Spells Hold Person
    Feat Ability Improvement. +2 Wisdom

    Level 5

    the best Baldur's Gate 3 Cleric build at level 5

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    Option Selection
    Spells Mass Healing Word, Remove Curse

    Level 6

    a level 6 Cleric in Baldur's Gate 3

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    Option Selection
    Spells Spirit Guardians

    Level 7

    the best Baldur's Gate 3 Cleric build at level 7

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    Option Selection
    Spells Banishment

    Level 8

    a level 8 Cleric in Baldur's Gate 3

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    Option Selection
    Spells Freedom of Movement
    Feat War Caster

    Level 9

    the best Baldur's Gate 3 Cleric build at level 9

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    Option Selection
    Spells Planar Binding

    Level 10

    a level 10 Cleric in Baldur's Gate 3

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    Option Selection
    Cantrip Light
    Spells Flame Strike

    That’s our breakdown of the best Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric build, and now you know how to create a true healing support to aid your party in every encounter.

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