Best Druid build in Baldur’s Gate 3: Race, skills, subclass & more
One of the most versatile classes in Baldur’s Gate 3 is the Druid, a class with many spells that can also transform into animals, so having the best build can cause a lot of destruction. Here’s our guide for the best Druid build in the game.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is massive when it comes to class variety and what you can do in the game. However, the ability to turn into an animal is something that you will never be able to ignore. Druid is the class that allows you to do that while also providing a lot of other tools that will give you an inherent advantage in fights.
However, building a Druid can be a little complicated but we have got you covered. A detailed guide covering the race, subclass, skills, spells, and build path for Druids has been presented in the next few sections.
- Best race to choose for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3
- Best subclass for a Druid
- Best wild shapes in Baldur’s Gate 3
- Best skills for a Druid
- Best spells for a Druid
- Best multiclass options for the Druid
- Best build for a Druid
Best race to choose for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3
Ultimately, there are three races you can choose from in Baldur’s Gate 3 if you want to make the best Druid you can:
- High Elf
- High Half-Elf
However, we recommend using the High Elf since you’ll end up getting advantage on being put to sleep or being charmed, Darkvision, and most importantly – an extra cantrip of your choice. We suggest choosing Fire Bolt.
Best subclass for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3
There are currently two subclasses for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3, but the best subclass you can choose has to be the Circle of the Moon.
This is the subclass that grants players the ability to Wild Shape as a bonus action while also granting you those helpful spells a Druid relies on.
What really sets this subclass apart from the Circle of the Land is that Wild Shape. Sure, spells are useful, but Wild Shape as a bonus action is essentially two free sets of hitpoints a day as well as all the bonuses they grant you. Whether you’re low-level or high, Wild Shape is incredibly useful.
Best wild shapes in Baldur’s Gate 3
Currently, there aren’t too many wild shape options in Baldur’s Gate 3, but there are still enough to set you apart. We recommend using the Owlbear, Bear, and Dire Raven for a mixture between intense power from the Owlbear and Bear, and the ability to fly with the Dire Raven.
Best skills for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3
Since the Druid is a Wisdom-based class, you’ll want to prioritize gaining proficiency in Wisdom-based skills like:
- Animal Handling
Other than those, there are two key skills you should always strive to increase no matter your class
- Acrobatics / Athletics
We recommend picking a background that gives you proficiency in some of these skills, as that’ll make it easier down the line.
Best spells for a druid in Baldur’s Gate 3
One of the best parts of a Druid is the fact that they can choose their spells every long rest. Due to this, we’ve listed our top selection of the best spells for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3 so you can pick and choose depending on your situation:
- Cantrip: Guidance
- Cantrip: Thorn Whip
- 1st Level: Thunderwave
- 1st Level: Healing Word
- 1st Level: Speak With Animals
- 1st Level: Cure Wounds
- 1st Level: Faerie Fire
- 2nd Level: Spike Growth
- 2nd Level: Moonbeam
- 2nd Level: Pass Without Trace
- 3rd Level: Call Lightning
- 3rd Level: Feign Death
- 3rd Level: Sleet Storm
- 4th Level: Polymorph
- 4th Level: Wall of Fire
- 5th Level: Mass Cure Wounds
- 5th Level: Greater Restoration
- 6th Level: Sunbeam
- 6th Level: Heroes’ Feast
- 6th Level: Heal
Best multiclass options for the Druid
Druid / Cleric
The Druid is an extremely versatile class in Baldur’s Gate 3, providing some great support and damage spells, as well as a little tankiness from Wild Shape and the all-important healing. So, combine your Druid with the Cleric and you have yourself a fantastic healer and an even more impressive tank.
We suggest leveling up to level 10 with the Druid and 2 with the Cleric, but the order you choose to do that in is up to you. Doing so will grant you all the healing capabilities from both along with the high AC of a Cleric and the powerful spells of the Druid. It’s a match made in nature heaven.
Barbarian / Druid
If you want to let your Druid class take the backburner a little, then choosing the Barbarian and Druid multiclass is an ideal choice.
It will essentially let you stay enraged while in Wild Shape (so long as you rage before turning) which can be ideal for any battle situation. It essentially makes you an unkillable monster who can keep gaining HP whenever you wildshape, although with a Barbarians HP pool, it’s unlikely you’ll even need it.
Best build for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3
Race: High Elf
Background: Folk Hero (Animal Handling & Survival)
Skills: Perception, Arcana
Ability order from highest to lowest: Wisdom, Constitution, Intelligence, Dexterity, Charisma, Strength
Build layout: It’s worth noting that the Druid can reselect their spells on a long rest so feel free to try different creations – but this is our recommendation for the best to choose:
|1||Spells: Thorn Whip, Guidance, Cure Wounds, Thunderwave, Speak with Animals, Faerie Fire|
|2||Subclass: Circle of the Moon — Spell: Healing Word — Wild Shape|
|3||Spell: Spike Growth|
|4||Ability Improvement: Wisdom+2 — Spell: Moonbeam|
|5||Spell: Call Lightning — Wild Strike|
|6||Wild Shape increase — Spell: Feign Death|
|8||Spell: Wall of Fire — Feat: Warcaster|
|9||Spell: Mass Cure Wounds|
|10||Improved Wild Strike — Wild Shape increase — Spell: Greater Restoration|
|11||Spell: Heroes’ Feast|
So there you have it, that’s the best build for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3. When the full game is released we will be updating this article to fit all the levels.
In the meantime, take a look at some of our other handy Baldur’s Gate 3 guides and content:
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