Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard College of Valour Build Guide

This guide focuses on the best Bard build in Baldur’s Gate 3, the College of Valour Build, and includes all the components to build a powerful character.

Baldur's Gate 3 Bard Songs

This build page has been updated for the patch 6 version of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Bard Class Guide

Bards are versatile characters who are skilled in a variety of areas, including music, magic, and combat. They are known for their ability to inspire their allies, debuff their enemies, and their unique ability to play musical instruments. Think of the Bard as an out-of-combat, fun, different and unique playstyle. Inside of combat, their ability diminishes significantly and is weak compared to other classes.

This build will focus on primarily healing, buffs, and crowd control. The Bard does well with outside-of-combat role play and has some utility in combat. Don’t expect big damage with this build, but the crowd control is very nice especially later.

Bard Class ProsBard Class Cons
Great Healing AbilitiesWeak Damage
Buff Groups DamageConcentration Heavy
Crowd Control EnemiesBuilt of Roleplay

The Bard makes a great character in Baldur’s Gate 3 if you want to focus on the story aspects of the game and support class. Consider this class weak in raw battlefield potential but unique and fun for storytelling and dialogue options.

Bard Class Features and Mechanics

The following list presents all the essential Bard Mechanics in Baldur’s Gate 3

  • Primary Ability: Charisma
  • Saving Throws: Dexterity and Charisma
  • Subclass: College of Valour
  • Armor Proficiency: Light Armour
  • Weapon Proficiency: Simple Weapons, Hand Crossbows, Rapiers, Longswords, Shortswords
  • Combat Inspiration: add a +1d6 bonus to their next Attack Roll, Ability Check, or Saving Throw.
  • Song of Rest: essentially a Bard spell providing a short rest for your group.

Bard Spell Mechanics

  • Cantrips: are like spells, but you can cast them infinitely, and they don’t take your spell slots. 
  • Spell Slots: At each level, you gain access to more usage of spells and high-tier spells but only have a finite number of spells until a long rest.
  • Learn Spells: Unlike Wizard, you get opportunities at leveling up to unlearn and learn new spells.
  • Concentration: is a spell mechanic that requires you to maintain concentration otherwise, the spell effect ends.

For the list of the best spells for the Bard, look below in level progression.

Bard Class and Best Subclasses

BG3 College of Valour Subclass

The College of Valor is the strongest Bard subclass because of its versatility, combat skills, spellcasting, and support. The bard can pick a subclass at level 3. The following are the Bard Subclasses for Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • College of Valour: They are more martially focused, gaining proficiency in medium armor, shields, and martial weapons.
  • College of Lore: masters of many skills and can use their knowledge to outwit their enemies and help their allies along with benefits outside of combat.
  • College of Swords: are more sword-wielding Bards and not featured in the early access version of the game.

Ultimately, the best Bard subclass for you will depend on your playstyle and preferences. The most powerful and versatile spellcaster who can deal a lot of damage is the College of Valour subclass making it the best choice.

Baldur’s Gate 3 College of Valour Bard Features & Progression

The College of Valour subclass unlocks the following features and spells:

  • Combat Inspiration: Your Bardic Inspiration receives an upgrade, allowing inspired allies to add bonus damage to their next weapon attack or a bonus to their Armour Class for one attack.
  • Gain Proficiency: Medium Armour, Shields, Marital Weapons.
  • Extra Attack: You can make an additional free attack after making an unarmed or weapon attack. If you gain the Extra Attack feature from more than one class, they don’t add together.
BG3 Entertainer Background

Entertainer is the Best background for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard College of Valour Build.  This choice mostly influences roleplaying and dialogue options aspects and allows you to create unique characters when playing the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard College of Valour Build. Additional choices are:

  1. Entertainer: Proficiency in Acrobatics (dexterity) and Performance(charisma). You live to sway and subvert your audience, engaging common crowds and high society alike. 
  2. Guild ArtisanProficiency in Insight (wisdom) and Persuasion(charisma). Your skill in a particular craft has earned you membership in a mercantile guild, offering privileges and protection while engaging in your art.
  3. Soldier: Proficiency in Athletics (strength) and Intimidation (charisma). You are trained in battlefield tactics and combat, having served in a militia, mercenary company, or officer corps. Soldier companions in BG3 are Jaheira and Lae’zel.

Best Race Choice Bard Build

BG3 Bard Race Choice

Asmodeus Tiefling is the best Racial Choice for a Valour Bard because they are resistant to fire and have Hellish Rebuke allowing a counterattack damage source. Drow is a secondary choice because they have extra spells, cantrip, and Superior Darkvision. 

Asmodeus TieflingDrow
Hellish ResistanceSuperior Dark-vision 24m
Hellish RebukeDancing Light Spell
Darkvision (12m)Faerie Fire Spell
Darkness SpellFey Ancestry
Best College of Valour Bard Racial Choice

The ability score improvement will be determined by your class and no longer your race freeing up choices. Each of these races offers unique advantages that can enhance your combat prowess, survivability, or utility. Additionally, consider the roleplaying opportunities and character concepts that resonate with you.

BG3 Bard Skills

Deception, Intimidation, and Persuasion are the best skills for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard College of Valour Build because they complement your class abilities and enhance your effectiveness in various situations. In Baldur’s Gate 3, skills represent the abilities and proficiencies of your character that allow them to perform various actions and interact with the game world. Skills are associated with specific attributes and are used to determine the success or effectiveness of certain actions or abilities. They can be edited during character creation or with companions, during respec or reroll screen.

Here are the skills for Bard in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  1. Intimidationis a Charisma skill used to bully, threaten, and induce fear in dialogue situations.
  2. Deception – Charisma skill that makes you more likely to deceive in conversation dialogue.
  3. Persuasion is a Charisma Skill used entirely for dialogue Ability Checks.

Best Bard Ability Scores

BG3 Bard Ability Score

Here’s the recommended ability point distribution to maximize a College of Valour Bard Build potential in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Ability Points Goal
Intelligence 10
Best College of Valour Bard Ability Score

The best ability score for a College of Valour bard is 16 Charisma for spellcasting, 16 Dexterity for weapon damage, and 14 Constituion for the health pool. After you choose the class, race, and background, the game will automatically distribute your abilities in the character creation abilities tab. You will need to reprioritize the stats for the chart for the Best Bard build.  Simply use the plus-minus in the character creator and make sure you have the suggested race, or the numbers will be off. 

You can increase your ability score via a quest in Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3. Make sure to check out our Permanent bonus guide on how you can boost your ability score through quests.

Bard Spell Slots

Here’s a chart that shows the levels and spell slots unlocked for the Bard class in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Bard Level1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
Level 1200000
Level 2300000
Level 3420000
Level 4430000
Level 5432000
Level 6433000
Level 7433100
Level 8433200
Level 9433310
Level 10433320
Level 11433321
Level 12433321

Bard Illithid Powers

BG3 Illithid Powers

Illithid Powers are unlocked later in the game when you learn more about the Mind Flayers and tadpoles.  You can gain jars of Mind Flayer Parasite Specimens, and consume them to gain one point.  This is essentially another skill tree advancement with some very strong powers.  If you decide to advance this skill line, these are the choices we suggest.

Here are the best Illithid Powers for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard College of Valour Build:

  • Luck of the Far Realms: When you make a successful Attack Roll against a foe, you can change that hit into a Critical Hit.
  • Cull of the Weak: When you bring a creature down to fewer hit points than your number of evolved Illithid powers, it dies and all nearby creatures take 1-4 Psychic damage.
  • Psionic Backlash: When an enemy within 9m casts a spell, you can use your reaction to inflict ld4 Psychic damage to the caster per the spell’s level.
  • Blackhole: Area-based suck-in that slows targets.
  • Repulsor: Massive area knockback that can hit friendlies.
  • Charm: Channel the dark allure of the tadpole to Charm an enemy that attacks you, preventing them from attacking you until their next turn.  This is the priority power you want to obtain because you can force enemies to attack something else. 

Bard Level Progression

Level 1

BG3 Bard Character Creator

At level 1, you should follow our character creation steps. Select the correct background, raceskills, and ability score focusing on Charisma and Constitution. The level 1 Bard will be able to pick an instrument and have Bardic Inspiration, Cantrips, and SpellsMusical instruments are for roleplay, nothing performance-based. This class doesn’t pick a subclass until level 3, so start off the game by wearing Light Armour and miscellaneous weapons. Starting at level 3, you unlock a subclass, Valour, which gives you access to new weapon proficiencies.

Bard Cantrip and Spell Selections

Bardic Inspiration: 18m range consuming a bonus action ally can add a +1d6 bonus to their next Attack Roll, Ability Check, or Saving Throw. This can be used four times and recover charges by taking a long rest.

  • Vicious Mockery: Do 1d4 Psychic damage and the target receives a Disadvantage on its next Attack Roll. A useful skill to do some ranged damage and debuff a target.
  • Blade Ward: Gain Resistance to Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing damage from weapon attacks. This is helpful when you need a non-spell slot defensive skill against melee aggressors.
  • Healing Word: Heal a creature you can see up to 18m away using a bonus action. This is a useful heal because it’s ranged and consumes a bonus action, which can be paired with Cure Wounds a melee heal when in need.
  • Cure Wounds: Touch a creature to heal it with 1d8.  This is a melee-based heal that is more powerful than Heal Word and requires action so it can be used back-to-back if needed.
  • Tasha’s Hideous Laughter: Inflict a creature with fits of laughter, leaving it Prone without the ability to get up for 10 turns and requires concentration.  This is a great single-target crowd control ability and gives you some utility and defense.
  • Thunderwave: Release a wave of thunderous force that pushes away enemies and deals damage. This is your knockback ability perfect to push aggressors back or knock enemies off ledges.

Level One Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, and Blade Ward.

Valour Bard Gameplay and Priorities

The gameplay at this level revolves around buff allies with Bardic Inspiration, Blade Ward, Crowd Control with Hideous Laughter, and healing with Healing Word and Cure wounds. You use Thunderwave to knock back enemies and Vicious Mockery for some damage and debuff. From here, the Bard gets more of the same as the levels progress. Mainly in the form of enemy crowd control effects and debuffs. You want your allies to provide most of the damage while you make life miserable for the enemy.

During the early phase of BG3, the Valour Bard will be limited with equipment options until level 3. Once you reach level 3, equip a Quarterstaff and a Shield for a dramatic boost in AC. Moreover, look to use medium armour for protection rather than light. You can play this build as a melee damage dealer, however, other classes like the Fighter, Barbarian, and Paladin perform better. Thus, we will stick to buffing our party, controlling with stuns, and providing help during dialogue.

Your overall priority with the College of Valour Bard build is the following:

Following these steps ensures a strong foundation for her especially if you plan on playing solo or on Honour Mode difficulty.

Level 2

Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard Level 2 Spells

At level 2, Jack of All Trades is unlocked which adds half of your Proficiency Bonus (like persuasion) to Ability checks that you are not Proficient in. This essentially has little impact on performance but helps in story-telling and exploring situations.

Song of Rest will be unlocked at level two as well. This essentially provides an out-of-combat heal, like a short rest. Nothing that will aid you in a fight but can help you from heading back to camp repeatedly to heal up.

At level two, you will unlock more level 1 spell slots. You will also get the chance to unlearn any spells. This is useful if you picked the wrong spell loadout at character creator since you cannot prepare spells like a Wizard.  We suggest taking Faerie Fire to this level.

  • Faerie Fire: The targets turn visible, and Attack Rolls against the targets have an Advantage of 6m and require concentration. This is useful to help gain Advantage and very useful for Rogues who thrive off advantage attack roles.

The gameplay remains unchanged here, you just use Song of Rest to help outside of combat recovery.

Bard Level Two Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, and Faerie Fire.

Level 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard Level 3 Spells
Level 3 Spells
BG3 College of Valour Subclass

At level three you get to pick a subclass. The obvious choice is the College of Valour because it increases your survivability. You will gain proficiency in Medium Armour Shield, and Martial Weapon.  The medium armor and shield help you as a sturdy battle-hardened support class

You can pick two more skills that you are proficient in. This essentially makes dialogue ability checks highly likely to succeed. Lean into your character’s roleplay, and don’t expect any performance gain. Level three you also get access to level two spells. Take Heat Metal.

Heat Metal: the TLDR on this is a skill, if someone is wearing a metal weapon or armor, they can drop their armor and take damage. This requires concentration and has an 18m range. It’s essentially a must-have skill against hard-hitting Fighters and Barbarians and completely shuts them down and does damage.

College of Valour Unlocks

Subclass Features – College of Valour

Combat Inspiration: Inspire an ally to add a +ld6 bonus to their next Attack Roll, Ability Check. Saving Throw, weapon damage, or Armour Class. This uses a bonus action and lasts until a long rest so it doesn’t need to be recast and can be used just after a long rest on your primary target. Usually, this goes to the highest damage dealer in your party.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Shield, Medium Armour, and Martial Weapon which allows us to use medium armor and one hand and shield for more Armour Class (AC). AC helps with avoiding attacks and increases survival. This allows us to switch the build to Medium armor with a sword and shield.

Gameplay at this level is all about crowd control and dealing with the most threatening target. Heat Metal won’t always be used, but when you find that difficult fighter, pop it first turn.

Level Three Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, Faerie Fire, Shatter, and Heat Metal.

Level 4

Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard Level 4 Progression
Baldur’s Gate 4 Bard Level 3 Spells

At level four, you can either take a feat or an ability improvement, one new spell and another Cantrip.

Feat: Ability Improvement should be taken, reaching 18 Charisma and increasing the effectiveness of your spells. An alternative route for a non-traditional Bard is taking the Feat Magic Initiate: Warlock. This unlocks Eldritch Blast and Hex, giving you a good, ranged damage combination.  However, our build is focused on support and even such we have good damage.

Crown of Madness: Instill madness in a humanoid enemy, making them attack the creature closest to them (other than you), even if it’s allied. This spell is 18m and requires concentration useful for manipulating a powerful enemy. 

The Bard Level Four Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, Faerie Fire, Shatter, Heat Metal, Lesser Restoration, and Crown of Madness.

Level 5

Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard Level 5 Progression

At level five, Bardic Inspiration is enhanced going from a 1d6 to 1d8 benefit on attack rolls. You also gain all Bardic Inspiration on a short rest. Bards get access to level 3 spells at this point, and what you pick will depend on what your group composition needs.

You also get access to level 3 spells, and will pick up Glyph of Warding because up until this point, our Bard has very little area damage.

  • Glyph of Warding inscribe a circle of arcane glyphs on the ground that triggers a magical effect when stepped on by an enemy 8m radius, does not require concentration. This grants an area-based effect of your choosing, like fire, thunder, or even sleep. You can set a trap or use it on top of enemies for the specific effect you want and big damage.

Depending on if you took a lot of control spells early, you can add more damage with Glyph.

Level Five Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, Faerie Fire, Shatter, Heat Metal, Lesser Restoration, Crown of Madness, Glyph of Warding.

Level 6

BG3 Level 6 Bard Progression

At level 6 we gain Counter Charm, Extra Attack, and another spell. Here are the details at this level:

  • Countercharm (class feature): You and any allies within 9m have Advantage on Saving Throws against being Charmed or Frightened.
  • Extra Attack (subclass feature): Can make an additional free attack after making an unarmed or weapon attack. If you gain the Extra Attack feature from more than one class, they don’t add together.
  • Stinking Cloud creates a cloud of gas that is so nauseating that it prevents creatures from taking action. This spell is in a massive 8m radius and creates a huge cloud that constantly makes Dex check to see if enemies cannot use actions.  It essentially shuts down an entire area (friend or foe) from taking action.

At this level, the Bard has a lot of crowd control, some of which requires concentration. Pick the most important form of CC when needed.

Level Six Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, Faerie Fire, Shatter, Heat Metal, Lesser Restoration, Crown of Madness, Glyph of Warding, Stinking Cloud.

Level 7

BG3 Bard level 7 Progression

At level 7 we get access to level 4 spells. We recommend sticking with the theme of the build, control, and support, by taking Confusion.

Confusion: Befuddle a group of creatures, causing them to attack at random, wander around aimlessly, and occasionally skip turns in the stupor.

Confusion is one of the strongest areas of crowd control in the game. The best thing about it is the massive radius affecting multiple enemies, which often attack each other. This one also requires concentration, and you can swap out previously used control spells using the replace spell function if you have too many.

Bard Level 7 Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, Faerie Fire, Shatter, Heat Metal, Lesser Restoration, Crown of Madness, Glyph of Warding, Stinking Cloud, Confusion.

Level 8

BG3 Level 8 Life Cleric War Caster
War Caster Feat
BG3 Bard level 8 Progression

At level 8 we get access to another spell slot and a feat.

War Caster: You gain Advantage on Saving Throws to maintain Concentration on a spell.  You can also use a reaction to cast Shocking Grasp at a target moving out of melee range. Reason: War Master helps dramatically maintain concentration which is almost always active for our build. We will use the level 12 feat to push our Charisma to 20, but after testing this was more helpful at level 8.

Dimension Door: Teleport yourself and up to 1 adjacent ally to a place you can see. The ally cannot be larger than medium. This spell is a rescue range spell for you and an ally. The nice thing is, this can be used out of combat as well to reach places jump normally wouldn’t work.

Bard Level 8 Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, Faerie Fire, Shatter, Heat Metal, Lesser Restoration, Crown of Madness, Glyph of Warding, Stinking Cloud, Confusion, Dimension Door.

Level 9

BG3 Bard level 9 Spells
bg3 level 9 spellbook

At level 9 the Bard gets access to level 5 spells. The obvious choice for a support build is Mass Cure Wounds.

Mass Cure Wounds: Up to 6 creatures regain 3d8+Spell Ability modifier. This spell acts as a massive group heal rather than single target. You can select up to 6 allies making it great when your entire team needs a big heal. The radius is generous and the healing is good. You can combine this with bonus action Healing Word and double the heal potential within one turn.

Bard Level 9 Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, Faerie Fire, Shatter, Heat Metal, Lesser Restoration, Crown of Madness, Glyph of Warding, Stinking Cloud, Confusion, Dimension Door, Mass Cure Wounds.

Level 10

bg3 level 10 spells
BG3 bard level 10 skill

Level 10 you learn a cantrip, one spell, and two class features, along with improved skills.

Minor Illusion Cantrip: Create an illusion that compels nearby creatures to investigate. This is a useful outside-of-combat cantrip for sneaking and stealth.

Seeming: Disguise up to 4 members of your adventuring party. This is another useful non-combat-related spell that allows you to sneak around in areas you shouldn’t be in as a group.

Skill Expertise (class feature): pick two skills to increase even further. We select Intimidation and Persuasion both making them a mind-boggling +12!

Improved Bardic Inspiration (class feature): the bonus gained from Bardic Inspiration increase to +1d10.

Magic Secret Selections

Magical Secrets (class feature): Your versatile knack for the arcane lets you learn magic from every discipline. Choose some additional spells to add to your repertoire. We are going to take Conjure Elemental and Blight.

Conjure Elemental: Bend the barrier between the Planes until they disgorge an elemental ally to follow and fight for you. This will summon one of possibly four different Elemental creatures to fight for you. I prefer the Earth Elemental because it can stun opponents. Whatever you summon will follow you around and fight for you and not require concentration. The amount of damage and pressure these things can handle is staggering and I highly recommend using it. You can pre-cast this before combat after a long rest and keep the elemental the entire time.

BG3 Conjure Elemental Spell

Blight: 9m range, dealing 8d8 necrotic damage. This will help with single-target damage and a different elemental type if someone is susceptible to it.  Moreover, they still take half damage on save, so consistent damage can spike a single target.

Bard Level 10 Spell Loadout: Healing Word, Thunderwave, Cure Wounds, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Vicious Mockery, Blade Ward, Faerie Fire, Shatter, Heat Metal, Lesser Restoration, Crown of Madness, Glyph of Warding, Stinking Cloud, Confusion, Dimension Door, Mass Cure Wounds, Seeming.

Level 11

BG3 level 11 multi class bard
BG3 Protection Fighter Fighting Style

At levels 11 and 12, the Bard’s power significantly drops. At 11, you get access to the final tier level 6 spells. Unlike other classes, the selection is minimal and the options are very weak. Therefore I highly recommend multi-classing this for two levels of Fighter. The biggest reason for Fighter is getting Action Surge. This will give the Bard another action and recharge on short rest. One of Bard’s biggest weaknesses is the lack of multiple actions outside of extra attacks. However, Extra Attack is an odd class feature on a spell caster. Thus, this will get us much greater utility than a spell we are highly unlikely to use or be happy with.

Protection Fighting Style: When a creature you can see attacks a target other than you that is within 5 feet of you, you can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on the attack roll. You must be wielding a shield. This gives us more incentives and defense for using swords and shields with this build.

Level 12

BG3 Bard Level 12
Final Spells with multiclass Bard

With two levels into Fighter, you get access to the awe-inspiring Action Surge. You get an extra action, but the biggest strength is, that it doesn’t require any resources to use it. Action Surge is a once-per-fight usage, but it allows you to cast another spell, attack, dash, etc.  It gives you that extra oomph that most other classes have and the Bard doesn’t. If you disregarded my advice, you should be getting a feat at level 12 Bard.  In that case, increase your Charisma by +2 to 20 overall.

If your spell book looks slightly different, realize that various racial features and passive can add or take away spells and cantrips. It should be very similar.

Best Companions for Bard Build

With a Bard build, you need more damage dealers and less support. Your goal is to create a team with one or more frontline fighters, a range build, and you as the main support.

Here’s a list of the best companions for the Bard Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Lae’zeal (Fighter): damage, crowd control, and in-your-face aggression, which takes the pressure off you.
  • Gale (Wizard): damage, crowd control, and elemental effects considered your range damage dealer.
  • Astarion (Rogue): stealth, lockpicking, critical damage, and an asset in and out of combat.

When putting your party together, consider companions for not only their combat prowess but also their outside abilities and skills that can influence storytelling, dialogue, and exploration. A balanced party will fit the traditional RPG ‘holy trinity’: Tank, Healer, and DPS. Ideally, in Baldur’s Gate 3 you are going to want one tank, one healer, one melee DPS, and one range DPS. Some classes/subclasses can cover both roles, so feel free to experiment and find out what works best for you.

Best Gear for Bard Build in Baldur’s Gate 3

Beginner: Act 1

BG3 Adamantine Scale Mail Baldur's Gate 3
Staff of Arcane Blessing Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur's Gate 3 Wapira's Crown

Below is the best beginner gear for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard College of Valour Build:

Gear SlotBest Gear ItemEffect
HeadWapira’s CrownAdditional Healing
ChestAdamantine Scale Mail16 AC Medium
GlovesHellrider’s PrideHeals give resistance
BootsBoots of Aid and ComfortAdditional Temporary HP
NecklaceAmulet of Misty StepMisty Step Spell
RingRing of Absolute Force Thunderwave Spell
RingThe Whispering PromiseHealing gives Blessed
Weapon 1 Main HandStaff of Arcane BlessingFree Blessed Spell
Weapon 1 Off-HandAdamantine Shield+2 AC, Shield Bash
Weapon 2 RangedBow of Awareness+1 Initiative
Best Beginner Gear and Armour Bard BG3

Below is a list of the best Act 1 gear, equipment, and weapons for the College of Lore Bard:

Advanced: Act 3 End Game

The Blood of Lathander Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur's Gate 3 Helldusk Armor
Viconia's Walking Fortress in Baldur's Gate 3 - Legendary Shield - BG3

The following table presents the best end-game gear for the best Bard College of Valour Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Gear SlotBest Gear ItemEffect
HeadBirthright+2 Charisma
CapeMantle of the Holy WarriorFree Crusader’s Mantle Spell
ChestHelldusk Armour21 AC, Fire Resistance
GlovesThe Reviving HandsHealed Gain Blade Ward
BootsHelldusk BootsCannot be Moved
NecklaceAmulet of Greater Health23 Constitution
RingCrypt Lord RingFree Create Undead
RingTill Death Do Us PartFree Beacon of Hope
Weapon 1 Main HandThe Blood of LathanderSunbeam and Healing
Weapon 1 Off-HandViconia’s Walking Fortress3 AC, Reflect Spell
Weapon 2 RangedDarkfire ShortbowFree Haste Spell
Best College of Valour Bard Gear

Below is a list of the best College of Valour Bard gear, equipment, weapons, and armour:

Best Bard Consumables, Potions, and Items

BG3 Potion of Speed
BG3 Superior Elixir of Arcane Cultivation
BG3 Elixir of Viciousness

The following list represents the best individual use consumable items that will aid the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Bard College of Valour Build:

Bard Gameplay Tips and Tricks

The following list is 10 gameplay, combat, tips, and tricks for playing a College of Valour Bard effectively in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  1. Inspire Allies: Constantly use Combat Inspiration during and before a fight to give them a massive advantage.
  2. Bonus Action: Always exhaust your bonus action with Combat Inspiration, potion, hide even shove can be beneficial.
  3. Environment Protection: Use line of sight, hide, and dash to avoid extra damage from melee aggressors as Bards are not equipped for frontline fighting.
  4. Knockback: Having a spell-like Thunderwave is essential to handling pressure from melee targets.
  5. Crowd Control: Bards should use single target and area-based control spells to reduce incoming damage. 
  6. Rest Constantly: Constantly return to camp for a full rest so you enter with a full complement of spell slots.
  7. Use Consumables: Use the Potion of Speed in a tough fight to get an extra action per turn for a limited duration.
  8. Heal: The goal is to keep damage dealers from having to self-heal or use a bonus action potion, so constantly heal them to keep group damage high. 
  9. Roleplay: Bards are god-tier RP characters and should mostly be doing dialogue options because of their huge built-in advantages.
  10. Use Skills: check your dice roll score by hovering over a dialogue check to see what gives you the best advantage.

Remember, this build guide serves as a foundation, and you can always adapt it to suit your preferences and the needs of your campaign. Enjoy playing as a formidable College of Valour Bard!

Baldur’s Gate 3 College of Valour Bard Build Summary Guide

Subclass: College of Valour

Armor: Medium

Weapons: One-Handed & Shield

RaceAsmodeus Tiefling

Ability Score

  • Strength 12
  • Dexterity 14
  • Constitution 16
  • Intelligence 8
  • Wisdom 10
  • Charisma 16

Level Progression

  • Level 1 – Bardic Inspiration
  • Level 2 – Faerie Fire
  • Level 3 – Combat Inspiration
  • Level 4 – Feat +2 Charisma
  • Level 5 – Glyph of Warding
  • Level 6 – Extra Attack
  • Level 7 – Confusion Spell
  • Level 8 – War Caster Feat
  • Level 9 – Mass Cure Wounds
  • Level 10 – Skill Expertise
  • Level 11 – Fighter Multi-Class
  • Level 12 – Action Surge

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