Best Sorcerer build in Baldur’s Gate 3: Race, skills, subclass & more

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The Sorcerer is a fantastic spellcaster in Baldur’s Gate 3 — but just like any spellcaster, it can be tough to get the class right. So, here’s the best Sorcerer build in the game, including the ideal spells, subclass, and race options.

The Baldur’s Gate 3 Sorcerer can be tricky in a game as expansive as this one. They involve tons of spells, some pretty tough choices, and can feel rather squishy with their lower health and AC, especially when compared to the Warlock or Paladin, who both have spellcasting capabilities too.

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Nevertheless, unlike the Paladin, Warlock, or Cleric, the Sorcerer has an abundance of spells that range from support to damage. This can make them a fantastic class, but also means they’re quite complicated to build. So, here’s the best Sorcerer build in Baldur’s Gate 3 including some great multiclass options.


Best Race to choose for a Sorcerer in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Sorcerers are natural spellcasters in the game.

In Baldur’s Gate 3, there are three races that will go perfectly with the Sorcerer class:

  • Elf
  • Half-Elf
  • Human

We recommend choosing the High Half-Elf for the additional Fire Bolt cantrip.

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Best Subclass for a Sorcerer in Baldur’s Gate 3

For a Sorcerer, the Draconic Bloodline subclass would be ideal in Baldur’s Gate 3. Your character will be granted the magic of an ancestral dragon. You can choose the ancestor according to your choice.

Remember, at Level 6, your character will be resistant to the damage type you’ve chosen.

Best Background for a Sorcerer in Baldur’s Gate 3

Among a ton of backgrounds in Baldur’s Gate 3, the best for a Sorcerer is a Sage. This will grant you proficiency in Arcana and History, two learning-based skills that are crucial for this class.

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The main skills to focus on here are Arcana, Deception, and Persuasion, the three primary skills of a Sorcerer.

Best Ability Score spread for a Sorcerer

The recommended Ability Score spread for the Sorcerer is pretty good, so you don’t have to change it if you don’t want to. However, if you want to create a character from the ground up and optimize wherever you can, these are the scores to choose:

  • Strength: 8
  • Dexterity: 14
  • Constitution: 16
  • Wisdom: 12
  • Intelligence: 8
  • Charisma: 16

The primary focus is on Charisma, which is the Sorcerer’s main stat. Keeping it on an even number allows you to reach the maximum potential for other stats, you can also increase Charisma to 20 using ability score improvements. Then, focus on Constitution for that extra bonus on health. After that, it’s good to keep some good points in Dex for your AC, and Wisdom for Insight.

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Best Spells for a Sorcerer in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Drows are driven to the Underdark.

The best spells for a Sorcerer in Baldur’s Gate 3 are:

  • Cantrip: Acid Splash
  • Cantrip: Bone Chill
  • Cantrip: Mage Hand
  • Cantrip: True Strike
  • Level 1: Chromatic Orb
  • Level 1: Magic Missile
  • Level 1: Ray of Sickness
  • Level 2: Darkvision
  • Level 2: Crown of Madness
  • Level 2: Hold Person
  • Level 2: Invisibility
  • Level 2: Misty Step
  • Level 3: Counterspell
  • Level 3: Fireball
  • Level 3: Fly
  • Level 4: Confusion
  • Level 4: Dimension Door
  • Level 4: Greater Invisibility
  • Level 4: Polymorph
  • Level 5: Insect Plague
  • Level 5: Hold Monster
  • Level 5: Dominate Person
  • Level 6: Disintegrate
  • Level 6: Sunbeam

Best multiclass options for the Sorcerer

Sorcerer and Bard

Since the Sorcerer is a charisma-based spellcaster, it makes statistical sense to pair the class with another charisma Spellcaster. With that in mind, one of the best multiclass options for the Sorcerer is the Bard.

After all, the Sorcerer is best known for its damage capabilities along with having some great control spells. So, combine that with the amazing control spells from the bard and the increase in some fantastic skills, and you have a great addition to your original class.

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Sorcerer and Warlock

The Sorcerer and Warlock work extremely well for the same reasons as the Sorcerer and Bard. They’re both Charisma-based classes and each has some particularly useful spells. The ability to manipulate your spells using Metamagic can be extremely useful for overpowered cantrips like Eldritch Blast and will undeniably change the game for your character.

Best build for a Sorcerer in Baldur’s Gate 3

Race: High Half-Elf

Skills: Deception, Perception, Persuasion

Subclass: Draconic Bloodline

Background: Sage

Ability order from highest to lowest: Charisma, Intelligence, Constitution, Dexterity, Wisdom, Strength

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Best Sorcerer build:

1Cantrips: Acid Splash, Bone Chill, Mage Hand, True Strike — 1st Level – Chromatic Orb, Magic Missile
2Metamagic: Distant Spell, Extended Spell — Spell: Ray of Sickness
3Metamagic: Heightened Spell — Spell: Darkvision
4Cantrip: Poison Spray — Spell: Cloud of Daggers — Ability Improvement: Charisma
5Spell: Crown of Madness
6Bend LuckSpell: Counterspell, Fireball
7Spell: Dimension Door
8Ability Improvement: Charisma to 20 — Spells: Greater Invisibility
9Spells: Dominate Person
10Metamagic: Careful Spell — Spells: Insect Plague
11Spells: Disintegrate
12Feat: Warcaster — Spells: Sunbeam

So, there you have it, that’s how to build the best Sorcerer in Baldur’s Gate 3. While waiting for the full game to release, take a look at some of our other handy Baldur’s Gate 3 guides and content:

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