Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Druid build: Subclass, skills, race, more

Udit Surve
Druid Class in Baldur's Gate 3Larian Studios

The Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a potent spellcaster who can engage directly in combat, shapeshift into different creatures, and even heal the party. Here’s how you can maximize the potential of your druid with the best build.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is a massive RPG from Larian Studios that offers around 100 hours of gameplay with an intriguing story, well-written characters, multiple playable races, and more.

The Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a class taken from DnD lore that focuses on nature magic. They can turn into animals such as bears, wolves, and even spiders, cast powerful spells, and even act as a healer for the party. If you want to get the most out of the Druid, you need to choose the right race, skills, subclass, and more.

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Taking that into account, here is the best Druid build in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Druid in Baldur's Gate 3.Larian Studios
The Druid class is very versatile and can support the group with healing and defensive Spells.

Best Druid race in Baldur’s Gate 3

There are three races that are ideal for creating a powerful Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3, considering their Racial Traits:

Human:

  • Civil Militia: Proficient with Spears, Pikes, Halberds, Glaives, Light Armour, and Shields.
  • Human Versatility: Additional Skill Proficiency and 1/4 more carry weight.

Wood Half-Elf:

  • Darkvision: Can see in the dark up to 12m.
  • Civil Militia: Proficient with Spears, Pikes, Halberds, Glaives, Light Armour, and Shields.
  • Fey Ancestry: Elves have an advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put them to sleep.
  • Mask of the Wild: You are proficient in Stealth.
  • Fleet of Foot: Can move up to 10.5 every turn.

Gold Dwarf:

  • Dwarven Toughness: Your HP maximum increases by 1, and by 1 again each time you level up.
  • Dwarven Combat Training: You have proficiency with the Battleaxe, Handaxe, Light Hammer, and Warhammer
  • Darkvision: Can see in the dark up to 12m.
  • Dwarven Resilience: You have an advantage on saving throws against Poison, and you have resistance against Poison damage.

Our choice is the Wood Half-Elf because of the increased movement, Darkvision, and Fey Ancestry. The Gold Dwarf is a close second, as Dwarven Combat Training can add Extra Weapons to your proficiency pools. Hammers and Warhammers synergize with Bear Wildshape STR bonuses, and Dwarven Toughness adds extra HP. For abilities, we highly recommend you prioritize WIS and CON.

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Best Druid subclass in Baldur’s Gate 3

The best subclass for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3 is the Circle of the Moon. This subclass lets you use Wild Shape as a bonus action, which lets you transform into different animals. You also get access to the spells that a Druid needs.

The main advantage of this subclass over the Circle of the Land is the Wild Shape. It’s not just another cool ability, but also a way to get extra hitpoints twice a day. Wild Shape is very useful at any level.

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Best Wild Shapes in Baldur’s Gate 3

Wolf in Bladur's Gate 3.Larian Studios
There are eight Wild Shapes a Druid can acquire in Baldur’s Gate 3.

The best Wild Shapes to use in Baldur’s Gate 3 for a Druid are Spider, Bear, and Dire Raven. Given the limited number of Wild Shapes options, these are pretty great.

They give you a balance of stealth and dexterity from the Spider, high damage, STR bonuses, and health from the Bear, and the power of flight from the Dire Raven.

Best Druid skills in Baldur’s Gate 3

Wisdom is the main stat for the Druid class in Baldur’s Gate 3, so you should focus on getting better at Wisdom-based skills such as:

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  • Animal Handling
  • Perception
  • Insight
  • Medicine
  • Survival

In addition, there are two essential skills that are useful for any class: Acrobatics / Athletics and Stealth. It’s a good idea to choose a background that grants you some of these skills, as that will help you later on.

Best Druid spells in Baldur’s Gate 3

A great feature of the Druid class in Baldur’s Gate 3 is that they can change their spells every long rest. We’ve given you our top picks of the best spells for a Druid in the game so you can switch according to the situation:

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  • Cantrip: Shillelagh
  • Cantrip: Thorn Whip
  • Cantrip: Guidance
  • Cantrip: Poison Spray
  • Level 1: Thunderwave
  • Level 1: Healing Word
  • Level 1: Ice Knife
  • Level 1: Cure Wounds
  • Level 2: Entangle
  • Level 3: Flaming Sphere
  • Level 4: Heat Metal
  • Level 5: Call Lightning
  • Level 5: Sleet Storm
  • Level 6: Gust of Wind
  • Level 7: Ice Storm
  • Level 7: Conjure Woodland Beings
  • Level 8: Confusion
  • Level 9: Conjure Elemental
  • Level 9: Mass Cure Wounds
  • Level 10: Insect Plague
  • Level 11: Heroes’ Feast
  • Level 11: Heal
  • Level 12: Stoneskin

Best Druid build in Baldur’s Gate 3

Class selection menu of a Druid in Baldur's Gate 3.Larian Studios
The Animal Handling spell can let you pet all the dogs in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Here’s an overview of the best Druid build in Bladur’s Gate 3:

  • Race: Wood Half-Elf
  • Background: Folk Hero (Animal Handling & Survival)
  • Skills: Animal Handling, Perception
  • Ability Score: STR: 10, DEX: 14, CON: 16, INT: 10, WIS: 16, CHA: 8
LEVELFEATURE
1Cantrips: Shillelagh, Thorn Whip — Spells: Cure Wounds, Thunderwave, Ice Knife, Healing Word
2Subclass: Circle of the Moon — Spell: Entangle
3Spell: Flaming Sphere
4Cantrip: Guidance — Ability Improvement: Wisdom+2 — Spell: Heat Metal
5Spells: Call Lightning, Sleet Storm
6Spell: Gust of Wind
7Spells: Ice Storm, Conjure Woodland Beings
8Feat: War Master — Spell: Confusion
9Spells: Conjure Elemental, Mass Cure Wounds
10Cantrip: Poison Spray — Spell: Insect Plague
11Spells: Heroes’ Feast, Heal
12Ability Improvement: Wisdom+2 — Spell: Stoneskin

And that’s a wrap on the best build for a Druid in Baldur’s Gate 3. Have a look at our other Baldur’s Gate 3 guides:

Baldur’s Gate 3 PC system requirements | Baldur’s Gate 3 Feats list | Baldur’s Gate 3 companions list | Can you multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3? | What is proficiency in Baldur’s Gate 3 | How to get the Owlbear Cub in Baldur’s Gate 3 | How to add fire to weapons in Baldur’s Gate 3 | How to solve Baldur’s Gate 3 moon door puzzle | How to change your party in Baldur’s Gate 3

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