Best Gale companion build in BG3

Rajarshi Acharya
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In Baldur’s Gate 3, Gale can prove to be the ultimate Wizard companion, playing the role of a control magic user as well as a damage dealer. So, here’s the best Gale build in BG3 that will help you learn his best spells, subclass, and more, and maximize his potential.

The type of party you want to create in Baldur’s Gate 3 will determine your choice of companion, as well as their build. If your skills are low on the magical front, Gale, the Wizard, can prove to be an effective companion during combat.

His Area of Effect (AoE) spells can dramatically shift the dynamic of a battle. Gale enjoys the distinction of being the most favored Origin character in Baldur’s Gate 3, and this build can also be employed for an Origin playthrough.

Here’s the best Gale companion build in Baldur’s Gate 3 that utilizes the best qualities of a Wizard.

Best subclass for Gale in BG3

Evocation is the best subclass for Gale’s Wizard build in Baldur’s Gate 3. It offers some of the best AOE spells, like Fireball or Chromatic Orb, which can take down multiple enemies. You’ll get to choose the subclass for Gale when he reaches level 2.

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Gale is ideal for controlling hordes of enemies.

Here are the Cantrips you should pick for Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Fire Bolt – Your basic attack that you’ll rely on more than any other spell.
  • Ray of Frost – This will slow targets down, which can be crucial for defense.
  • Acid Splash – Your first AOE spell that doesn’t take up a spell slot and can damage armor.

Best Ability Score for Gale in BG3

You need to use the Respec ability at your camp to get the ideal Ability Score for Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3.

  • Strength: 8
  • Dexterity: 16 (+1)
  • Constitution: 14
  • Intelligence: 16 (+2)
  • Wisdom: 12
  • Charisma: 8

Meanwhile, the most important skills for Gale are:

  • Arcana (Intelligence)
  • History (Intelligence)

The other skills can be Insight and Investigation. These will turn Gale into a proper toolkit for the party when dungeon delving and exploring ruins.

Best spells for Gale in BG3

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Spells like Mage Armour increase Gale’s survivability.

The spells that you pick for Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3 are mostly offensive, while some of them are made to amplify the effect of offensive spells. Here are the best spells to use with Gale:

  • Cantrip: Fire Bolt
  • Cantrip: Ray of Frost
  • Cantrip: Acid Splash
  • Cantrip: Blade Ward
  • Cantrip: True Strike
  • Level 1: Mage Armour
  • Level 1: Magic Missile
  • Level 1: Thunderwave
  • Level 1: Grease
  • Level 1: Sleep
  • Level 1: Chromatic Orb
  • Level 2: Find Familiar
  • Level 2: Feather Fall
  • Level 3: Misty Step
  • Level 3: Scorching Ray
  • Level 4: Flaming Sphere
  • Level 4: Mirror Image
  • Level 5: Fireball
  • Level 5: Haste
  • Level 6: Counterspell
  • Level 6: Glyph of Warding
  • Level 7: Ice Storm
  • Level 7: Banishment
  • Level 8: Greater Invisibility
  • Level 8: Blight
  • Level 9: Cloudkill
  • Level 9: Conjure Elemental
  • Level 10: Telekinesis
  • Level 10: Cone of Cold
  • Level 11: Disintegrate
  • Level 11: Globe of Invulnerability
  • Level 12: Chain Lightning
  • Level 12: Heroes’ Feast

Best build for Gale in BG3

Here’s the best companion build for Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3:

1Cantrips: Fire Bolt, Ray of Frost, Acid Splash
Prepared Spells: Thunderwave, Magic Missile, Mage Armour, and Sleep
2Spells: Find Familiar, Feather Fall
Subclass: Evocation
3Spells: Misty Step, Scorching Ray
4Cantrip: Blade Ward
Spells: Flaming Sphere, Mirror Image
Ability Improvement: Intelligence +2
5Spells: Fireball, Haste
6Spells: Counterspell, Glyph of Warding
7Spells: Ice Storm, Banishment
8Feat: Spell Sniper (You can take the Eldritch Blast cantrip)
Spells: Greater Invisibility, Blight
9Spells: Cloudkill, Conjure Elemental
10Cantrip: True Strike
Spells: Telekinesis, Cone of Cold
11Spells: Disintegrate, Globe of Invulnerability
12Spells: Chain Lightning, Heroes’ Feast
Ability Improvement: Intelligence +2

Keep in mind that you can also pair this build with the best possible Mage’s Staff, Markoeskhir, that can be found during Act 3. Another useful tip is that you can use Disintegrate to destroy certain objects with high sturdiness levels that might be an obstacle otherwise.

Heroes’ Feast is a great utility spell, and Chain Lightning can make count of swarms of enemies at the same time. Be careful, though, not to cast it near water.

So that covers everything to know about the best companion build for Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3. For more information on the game, check these out:

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