Baldurs Gate 3: Best Druid Build [Gameplay Trial And Tested]

Here are my own gameplay tested best Druid build with over 50 hours of playthrough in the game.

Best Druid Build for Baldur's Gate 3
Best Druid Build for Baldur's Gate 3 (Credits - Gamesual)

As a Druid, you can demonstrate versatility by transforming into various animals and harnessing nature’s power. Drawing from my 26 Hours of experience, I have compiled common suggestions to help you create the ultimate Druid build.

Key Takeaways

In Baldurs Gate 3, players can build any character they want. However, if you are playing a Druid, here are our recommendations for some of the best builds.

  1. Circle Of The Moon (Shapeshifter Build):
    • Subclass Choice: Opt for Circle of the Moon for enhanced wild shape abilities.
    • Benefits: Bonus action wild shape, ability to cast spells while in animal form.
    • Versatility: Suitable for frontline tanking, ranged damage, or support roles.
    • Recommended Stats: Strength 10, Constitution 14, Dexterity 14, Wisdom 17.
  2. Circle Of The Spores (Damage Over Time Build):
    • Subclass Choice: Circle of the Spores focuses on necrotic damage and creating zombie allies.
    • Stat Prioritization: Wisdom for spellcasting, Constitution for durability.
    • Skills: Medicine, Insight, Stealth, and Arcana for versatility.
    • Recommended Spells: Infestation, Cloudkill, Summon Fungal Creature.
  3. Circle Of The Land (Spellcaster Build):
    • Subclass Choice: Circle of the Land emphasizes spellcasting.
    • Benefits: Expanded Spell List based on chosen land type, ritual casting without spell slots.
    • Wisdom Priority: Vital for spellcasting abilities.
    • Skills: Insight, History, Investigation, and Persuasion are recommended.
    • Feats Consideration: Spell Focus for increased spell saving throw DC or Observant for perception and investigation.

Author’s Trust

I have spent nearly 50 hours in the primary campaign of Baldurs Gate 3. Below are my top 3 picks for some of the best Druid builds.

– Shahzar Khalique

Build Overview

FeaturesBest Choice
SubclassCircle of the Moon
RaceWood Elf
CantripsProduce Flame, Shillelagh
SpellsEntangle, Thunderwave, Iceknife
Barkskin, Call Lightning, Freedom of Movement
Conjure Animals, Speak with Animals, Greater Restoration
Mass Cure Wounds, Conjure Woodland Beings, Polymorph
BackgroundFolk Hero, Gold Dwarves
FeatsWarcaster, Resilient, Elemental Adapt, Lucky
SkillsAnimal Handling and Nature
EquipmentShapeshifter Hat, Knife of the Undermountain King, Medium Armor and Shield

Overview Table.


Circle Of The Moon – Build 1

The Best Shapeshifter Druid Build in Baldurs Gate 3.

Why did I Choose Circle of the Moon?

I opted for the Circle of the Moon subclass for my Druid build. This will boost your wild shape abilities, transforming you into powerful creatures like bears, wolves, and spiders.

The essential advantage is that you can use rough shapes as a bonus action and cast spells while in animal form. This versatility makes Circle of the Moon Druid a formidable class, suitable for frontline tanking, ranged damage dealing, or support roles, depending on the situation. 

Best Subclass (Druid Build)
Selecting the Subclass (Credits-Gamesual)

Recommended Stats for this Subclass are given in the table below.


Druid Stats.

These stats will give you a good balance of survivability, damage, and spellcasting ability. 

Best Abilities (Baldur's Gate 3)
Recommended Abilities (Credits-Gamesual)

Here’s how to set up and play with this Subclass:

  • Prioritize Wisdom for spellcasting as a Druid.
  • Focus on Animal Handling, Perception, Nature, and Survival skills.
  • Choose spells that boost wild shape forms or offer crowd control (e.g., Entangle, Spike Growth).
  • Access powerful wild shape forms early as a Circle of the Moon Druid.
  • Use tanky animal forms like bears or wolves for melee combat.
  • Maximize your hit points in beast form for survival.
  • Consider the War Caster feat to cast spells with hands full.
  • Versatility
  • Bonus Action Wild Shape
  • Resource Dependence
  • Spellcasting Limitations

Circle Of The Spores – Build 2

The Best Damage Over Time Druid Build.

Why did I Choose Circle of the Spores?

This Subclass uses fungal spores to deal necrotic damage and create zombie allies. You can use your halo of spores feature to damage nearby enemies and your symbiotic entity feature to double the damage and gain temporary hit points. 

  • Prioritize Wisdom for spellcasting but also invest in Constitution for durability.
  • Recommended skills include Medicine, Insight, Stealth, and Arcana for versatility outside combat.
  • Select spells like Infestation and Cloudkill for consistent damage over time, with Summon Fungal Creature for extra help in battles.
  • Consider taking the Spell Sniper feat to increase spell range.
  • Utilize the Symbiotic Entity feature for bonus poison damage and temporary hit points during combat.
  • The Halo of Spores ability deals necrotic damage to nearby enemies to discourage melee engagement.
  • Necrotic Damage Focus
  • Zombie Allies
  • Limited Range
  • Dependency on Temporary Hit Points

Circle Of The Land – Build 3

The Best Spellcaster Druid Build.

Why did I Choose Circle of the Land?

For this build, I am aiming for expanded spell list to ensure more diversity maximum performance across all enemy types. 

  • Wisdom is vital for spellcasting abilities.
  • Recommended skills include Insight, History, Investigation, and Persuasion for role-playing and knowledge.
  • Spell selection depends on the chosen land type, like Forest or Swamp, tailoring abilities to the environment.
  • Consider taking the Spell Focus feat for increased spell saving throw DC or the Observant feat for better perception and investigation.
  • Select a land type like Arctic or Grassland, each granting extra spells and terrain benefits.
  • The Expanded Spell List lets access additional spells related to the chosen land type.
  • Druids can cast certain spells as rituals without using a spell slot, which is handy for utility and exploration.
  • Expanded Spell List
  • Ritual Casting
  • Terrain Dependence
  • Less Wild Shape Emphasis

Spells & Cantrips

  • Spells are gained as you level up, but at first, you will have limited spell slots to increase with your build level.
  • Choices must be made at each level, and prioritize those spells that suit your playstyle and needs.
Best Spells
Ideal Spells for Druid (Credits-Gamesual)
Druid LevelSpells
1Cantrips: Produce Flame
Spells: Entangle, Thunderwave, Iceknife
2Spells: Speak with Animals
3Spells: Barkskin, Call Lightning
4Cantrips: Shillelagh
Spells: Sleet Storm, Moon Beam
5Spells: Freedom of Movement, Conjure Animals
6Spells: Greater Restoration
7Spells: Transport via Plants
8Spells: Conjure Woodland Beings, Polymorph
9Spells: Mass Cure Wounds
10Spells: Wall of Thorns
11Spells: Plane Shift
12Spells: Animal Shapes

Druid Spells Table.

For the best Druid build in Baldur’s Gate 3, it’s essential to consider various aspects, including spells, abilities, race, feats, and background. Here’s a concise summary of these elements:


  • Produce Flame: A ranged fire attack that can also serve as a light source.
  • Shillelagh: Empowers a quarterstaff, allowing you to use your Wisdom for attack and damage rolls.


  • Entangle: Restrains enemies in a 20-foot area, making them vulnerable to melee attacks.
  • Thunderwave: Deals thunder damage and pushes enemies away, ideal for close combat.
  • Iceknife: Throws an ice shard that deals cold damage in a small area.
  • Speak with Animals: This Spell allows you to communicate with beasts for approximately ten minutes.
  • Barkskin: Boosts your AC to 16 for an hour, enhancing defense.
  • Call Lightning: Summons a storm cloud to strike foes with lightning.
  • Freedom of Movement: Grants players immunity to various conditions for an hour.
  • Conjure Animals: Summons up to eight friendly beasts to aid you.
  • Greater Restoration: Heals different conditions and curses.
  • Transport via Plants: Allows for teleportation between plants.
  • Conjure Woodland Beings: Summons-friendly fey creatures with multiple abilities.
  • Polymorph: Transforms creatures for strategic advantage.
  • Mass Cure Wounds: Heals various targets within a 30-foot radius.
  • Wall of Thorns: Creates a barrier of thorny vines.
  • Plane Shift: Moves creatures to different planes of existence.
  • Animal Shapes: Transforms creatures into animals.

Race And Subrace

Best Subrace
Subrace choice (Credits-Gamesual)
  • Wood Elf: Ideal for Druids due to Dexterity and Wisdom bonuses, dark vision, and Mask of the Wild ability


Feats for best Druid Build in Baldurs Gate 3
Recommended Feats (Image Credits: Gamesual)
  • War Caster: Enables spellcasting in melee and provides an advantage on concentration saves.
  • Resilient: Enhances an ability score and grants proficiency in relevant saving throws.
  • Elemental Adept: Allows spell damage type selection for better damage output.
  • Lucky: Provides three lucky points for rerolling dice.


Best Background
Ideal Background (Credits-Gamesual)
  • Folk Hero: Offers Survival proficiency, tool proficiency, and Rustic Hospitality.
  • Hermit: Grants Medicine and Religion proficiency and a unique secret.
  • Outlander: Provides ability in Athletics and Survival, along with the Wanderer trait.


Best Skills for best druid build in Baldurs Gate 3
Best skills for Druid Build (Credits-Gamesual)

As a druid, you have access to four skill proficiencies: 

Animal HandlingHelps with communication and bonding with animals.
InsightAllows you to read emotions, intentions, and lies.
MedicineEnables healing, stabilization, and diagnosis.
NatureAssists in identifying plants, animals, and nature.

Skill Proficiencies Table.

You can choose any two, but Animal Handling and Nature are the most useful. Insight and Medicine are also good choices, especially if you want to play as a healer or a supporting character. 


Best Druid Build in Baldurs Gate 3
Druid Progression (Credits-Gamesual)
  • Shapeshifter Hat: This unique item increases your Wild Shape charges by one, allowing you to transform into animals more frequently. You can obtain it in Druid Grove, specifically in Kagha’s room.
  • Knife Of The Undermountain King: This dagger proves helpful for dealing extra melee damage, especially when combined with the Shillelagh cantrip to enchant the dagger. It can be found in the Underdark, near a corpse in the Drow fort.
  • Medium Armor & Shield: As a Druid, you can wear medium and non-metal shields without drawbacks. Various types of medium armor and shields, such as leather armor, hide armor, and wooden shields, will become available throughout the game.

What Build I Consider Optimal?

I consider the Shapeshifter the best Druid build.

Druids is one of the most versatile characters I have played in Baldurs Gate 3. I was surprised to see how much variety in skills this class has. Most players want to utilize all essential skills when selecting the best build.

As a result, this Shapeshifter Build uses the best of the skills presented, creating a character that can adapt to any situation.

My ability to shapeshift into different creatures adds a layer of complexity and excitement to the gameplay. Therefore, if you decide to play Druids, I suggest you try this build.

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