Simple BG3 Shadowheart respec solves all her early game issues

Stephanie Zucarelli
Baldur's Gate 3 Shadowheart

Baldur’s Gate 3 fans’ favorite Cleric has one of the biggest issues during Act 1, so here’s what players are suggesting for you to finally fix Shadowheart’s early game.

Shadowheart has been endlessly teased for not being able to land any Sacred Flame or Guiding Bolt during the early stages of Baldur’s Gate 3. Despite being basic spells for Clerics, her initial stats are always blocking her from successfully casting them, which has led a lot of players to give up on her during Act 1.

That’s why experienced Baldur’s Gate 3 fans are begging players to quickly respec Shadowheart as soon as Withers appears in the story. If you want to have her as part of your party, amping up her Intelligence stats can quickly turn her into a force to be reckoned with.

Reddit user “Omgzjusin” also suggested to change her subclass so her Cantrips and spells won’t be so Wisdom-dependent.

“Make her a nature cleric and change her stats to not be inting. Give her a torch and shillelagh, which will do 5-15 damage and +3 attack roll. It’s much more accurate than fire bolt and sacred flame and does 10 damage on average, which effectively triples her damage output until level 5,” the OP explained.

Baldur's Gate 3 Shadowheart
Shadowheart’s original Cleric build needs to be switched for her to land any spells in Act 1.

Baldur’s Gate 3 fans agreed that Shadowheart is the first character you should be working on as soon as you get a chance, and some even suspect that Larian Studios may have given her clunky stats as a tutorial for players to learn how to change stats.

Other players think that the best way to exploit all of Shadowheart’s abilities is to change her as a Life or Light cleric, especially if you haven’t chosen a tanky class as a main character. With this new class, she won’t be as squishy and can easily absorb damage during early-game fights.

In case you don’t want to play as a Light cleric, Redditor FunnyHeater suggested that you can try any other subclass as long as you first fix her stats.

“Light Domain is super nice for fire spells and attacks, Life Domain for Healing focus, Tempest Domain is awesome for Lightning and Thunder spells and attacks, War Domain is nice too cuz you get extra attacks from the start. I liked the class so much that my Tav is a War Cleric now,” they described.

If you haven’t gotten enough from Baldur’s Gate 3, you can check which Hirelings could give you unexpected buffs, or how to outsmart the Hag before her Act 1 fight.

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