Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Cleric Subclasses [Top 6]

Here are the best subclasses for Clerics, who are powerful divine Spellcasters and they possess several Subclasses that offers unique features and abilities.

Cleric Subclasses
Best Cleric Subclasses(Image Credits: Gamesual).

Divine powers dominate all Cleric Subclasses. Those Subclasses provide opportunities for customizing their characters to get unique abilities and playstyles. Cleric Subclasses are known as Domains, so the players need to choose them from the beginning of their adventure in the game.


Key Takeaways

Cleric Subclass can be an important decision for most players. Therefore, here is our breakdown of what subclass you should pick and what makes it good:

  1. War Domain:
    • High armor proficiency.
    • Martial weapons proficiency.
    • Bonus damage on attack rolls.
    • Access to powerful weapon attacks.
  2. Life Domain:
    • Best healing subclass.
    • Proficiency in heavy armor.
    • Additional hit points with healing spells.
    • Access to potent healing spells (Bless, Cure Wounds).
  3. Light Domain:
    • Mastery of radiant energy and fire.
    • Potent ranged combat capabilities.
    • Blinding enemies with bursts of light.
    • Warding Flare for defensive advantage.
  4. Nature Domain:
    • Deep connection to the natural world.
    • Access to druid spells.
    • Proficiency in heavy armor and weapons.
    • Resistance to elemental damage.
  5. Knowledge Domain:
    • Scholarly and inquisitive abilities.
    • Gain proficiency in two skills of choice.
    • Knowledge of the Ages for situational advantage.
    • Suitable for a cerebral approach to combat.

Author’s Trust
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In my experience with Baldur’s Gate 3, I found its character progression exceptionally well-paced. Nothing felt hurried; everything unfolded at its own pace. Let me break down the Cleric subclasses and highlight what makes each noteworthy.

– Shahzar Khalique

Cleric Subclasses Compared

Here is a list of the Baldur's Gate 3 Best Cleric Subclasses that provide players with unique Spells and abilities to customize their characters.
Cleric SubclassesDescription
War DomainThis Subclass can provide high Armour Proficiency. However, players can also gain Spells from this Class.
Life DomainThis Subclass offers Spells to protect and restore Mind, Body, and Soul.
Tempest DomainWith this Subclass, players will get Lightning Damage. However, this Class also forms Fog Clouds on the Battlefield to provide a disadvantage to the enemies.
Light DomainWith Light Domain, players will gain the ability Radiance of the Dawn to deal radiant damage to all enemies.
Nature DomainWith this Subclass, players will get temporary resistance of damage from nearby enemies.
Trickery DomainChanneling this Domain, players will get the Blessing of the Trickster. Also, it allows players to cast illusion Magic.
Knowledge DomainThis Subclass provides players with the knowledge of Ages, with which players will get proficiency in various Skills.

Cleric Subclasses Table. 

War Domain

Best Melee Combat Subclass in Baldurs Gate 3

Why did I Choose War Domain?

War Domain is the most aggressive in the game of all the Subclasses. Players will get Proficiencies in their Heavy Armor and Martial Weapons by equipping the War Subclass.

This will allow players to access more powerful weapons and armor and will give players additional bonuses regarding damage reduction and attack power.

One of my favorite parts of the War Domain is that it allows players to deal 1d8 damage to their enemies by Attack rolls.

Cleric Subclasses in Baldur's Gate 3
The most aggressive Subclass in Balsur’s Gate 3(Image Credits: Gamesual).

Heavy armor proficiency will reduce the damage from physical attacks, while Martial weapon proficiency will increase the damage dealt by a Martial Weapon.

With this Subclass, players will also gain Spells that will increase the range of the weapon attacks from 1x to 4x radiant damage. Also, players will be able to increase the shield of their Armour set by 2x points.

The Spells and Cantrips that Players will get by War Domain are Sheild of Faith and Divine Favor.

Light Domain SpellsDescription
Shield of FaithThis Spell will provide players with a Shield to protect themselves and their teammates. Also, they will increase their Armour Proficiency by x2 Points.
Divine FavorWith this Spell, weapons will provide additional x1 to x4 radiant damage.

War Domain Spells Table. 

  • High armor
  • Martial weapon proficiency
  • Bonus damage on attacks.

  • Limited range combat.

Life Domain

Best Healing Subclass in Baldurs Gate 3

Why did I Choose Life Domain?

Life Subclass can also help players gain Proficiency in Heavy armor, providing access to weapons and increasing the value of damage to enemies.

Clerics can choose from an array of offensive spells, such as those that cause necrotic damage, and can create zones of magical powers to provide enemies with status effects that will reduce the speed of enemies.

Life Subclass
This Subclass can allow players to gain healing spells(Image Credits: Gamesual).

Still, in my opinion, what truly makes this Domain worth it is the access to powerful healing Spells that can restore health and even revive their allies. Also, with the increase in Class level, their Healing Spell will improve continually.

Some of the Domain Spells players will get are Bless and Cure Wounds

Life SpellsDescription
BlessWith this Spell, players will gain a bonus of 1d4 on Attack Rolls and Saving throws.
Cure WoundsThis Spell can heal and revive teammates by touching them.

Life Domain Spells Table.

  • Best healing subclass
  • Proficiency in heavy armor
  • Additional hit points.

  • Limited offensive capabilities.

Tempest Domain

Best Elemental Damage Subclass in Baldurs Gate 3

Why did I Choose the Tempest Domain?

This Subclass can be compared with the War Domain because of its High Armor Proficiency and can deal 1d8 damage from Attack Rolls. But I believe that Tempest Domain is the best Subclass players can equip.

Because of this, players can deal 2d8 damage to their enemies. With this, players will get another edge that they can choose types of damage.

Tempest Subclass.
Players can gain Lightning and Fog cloud Spells(Image Credits: Gamesual).

So, the best type of damage players can choose is Lightning, with which players can drain their opponents’ maximum health. Players can also gain a Spell to form Fog clouds around the battlefield, which will help them dodge their enemies and attack them from behind. 

  • Lightning damage focus
  • Versatile damage type
  • High damage potential.

  • Limited utility outside of combat.

Light Domain

Best Ranged Combat Subclass in Baldurs Gate 3
Life Domain
This Subclass can channel divinity to maximize the damage of their radiant spells(Image Credits: Gamesual).

Why did I Choose Light Domain?

Clerics who choose Light Domain in Baldur’s Gate 3 are masters of Radiant Energy and Fire. However, Light Domain is the highly potent Subclass that plays a significant role in combat.

This Subclass has low Proficiency with Heavy Armor and Martial Weapons. With this Domain, players will gain an array of Fire and Light Spells and can use their Channel Divinity to maximize the damage of their radiant spells.

With this, players can channel intense bursts of light to blind enemies and deal extra damage. Light Domain also has a Warding Flare ability, which allows them to impose a disadvantage on enemy Attack Rolls. Also, Warding Flare will provide players with divine light to shield them from opponents.

Therefore, I would suggest this class to players who want to wreak havoc while maintaining a safe distance from their enemies.

Light Domain SpellsDescription
Burning HandsWith this Spell, players will able to deal 3x to 18x points of Fire Damage to their enemies.
LightBasically, Light is a Cantrip, a level-zero Spell that provide players with an Aura of light to infuse their enemies.

Light Domin Spells table. 

  • Mastery of radiant energy
  • Potent ranged combat
  • Defensive advantages.

  • Limited heavy armor proficiency.

Nature Domain

Best Elemental Resistant Subclass in Baldurs Gate 3

Why did I Choose Nature Domain?

Clerics in the nature domain are deeply connected to the natural world and its forces. The primary feature of the Nature Domain is that it allows players to learn spells from the Druid Class but focuses on the Cleric playstyle.

With this feature, players will have a wide range of nature-themed Spells, such as Barkskin, Entangle, and Call Lightning.

Nature Domain
Players can gain Proficiency in Heavy Armour and Weapons(Image Credits: Gamesual).

Subclass players will gain Proficiency with Heavy armor, shields, and certain Martial Weapons. With this Proficiency, players can become more versatile, withstand more damage, and engage in melee combat.

Furthermore, players will gain the Dampen Elements feature at Six levels of Nature Domain, providing them resistance from acid, cold, and thunder damage.  

  • A deep connection to nature
  • Versatile spells
  • Elemental resistance.

  • Limited offensive capabilities.

Knowledge Domain

Best Intelligence Subclass in Baldurs Gate 3

Why did I Choose Knowledge Domain?

Knowledge Domain will give players unique abilities and spells representing their scholarly and inquisitive nature. These abilities are designed to enhance their capabilities, allowing them to excel in various situations.

The Knowledge Domain focuses on acquiring and utilizing knowledge, making it suitable for players who prefer a more cerebral approach to combat and problem-solving.

I would put this Domain to resemble the abilities of a Wizard closely. The class has the highest Wisdom stat and gets a bonus on Perception, History, and Arcana checks, so you must convince me to play this class.

Knowledge Subclass
Players can gain Unique spells and abilities(Image Credits: Gamesual).

In addition, the critical feature of this Domain is the Blessing of Knowledge ability. With this ability, players can gain Proficiency in two skills of their choice. Moreover, at level two of this Domain, players will gain another ability, Knowledge of the Ages.

This ability can provide players with proficiency in various skills for approximately ten minutes and allow them to gain insight and guidance about opponents on the battlefield.

Also, here are some Spells that players can gain by using this Domain.

Knowledge Domain SpellsDescription
SleepWith this Spell, players can make enemies unconscious to make them sleep and can attack them to provide 24x hit points.
Command With this Spell, players can command their enemies to stop or drop their weapons on the ground.

Spells Table for Knowledge Domain.

  • Scholarly and inquisitive abilities
  • Proficiency in chosen skills.

  • Limited combat prowess
  • Requires strategic play.

My Take On Cleric Subclasses

Cleric became my instant favorite class during the 20-plus hours with the campaign. My experience with this class came with the addition of Shadowheart to my party. I would consider your campaign incomplete if you did not get a chance to add Shadowheart to your party.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 – Gameplay Time: Image by Gamesual

Each Cleric Subclass offers a unique set of abilities and playstyles. Whether you prefer to be healing support or a powerful spellcaster, there is a Subclass that suits your desired playstyle. 

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