Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide

This guide focuses on the best Wizard build in Baldur’s Gate 3, the Divination subclass, and includes all components to create a powerful character.

The Best Best Divination Wizard Build in Baldur's Gate 3

This build has been updated for the patch 4 version of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Divination Wizard Class Introduction

Wizards class are renowned for their spellcasting prowess and unmatched versatility. They have access to the largest spell list in the game, enabling them to adapt to various situations. Wizards excel in area-of-effect spells, utility, and control, but they may require careful planning and preparation.

For this build, we will be using the Divination school subclass. The subclass plays in a unique style shutting down opponents’ attack rolls with Portent. Portent is a subclass feature that helps manipulate dice rolls. This build will use the typical cloth, quarterstaff Wizard playstyle, but with the Divination subclass, you get an extra mechanic that is fun and useful to shut down on change dice rolls. Pick this subclass if you want to counter enemies.

Divination Build ProsDivination Build Cons
Spell SelectionFriendly Fire AOE
Counter EnemiesLacks Additional Actions
High Survivailbity Weak Mobility

Divination Wizard Class Mechanics and Features

Here are the essential Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build features and mechanics to focus on:

  • Primary Ability: Intelligence
  • Saving Throws: Intelligence and Wisdom
  • Subclass: Divination School
  • Armour Proficiency: None
  • Weapon Proficiency: Quarterstaves, Light Crossbows, Dagger
  • Preferred Armor: Clothing
  • Preferred Weapon: Quarterstaff
  • Divination Savant: Learning Divination spells from scrolls costs 25 gold pieces per spell level.
  • Portent: Gain Portent Dice which can be spent as a reaction to alter Attack Roll or Saving Throw.
  • Arcane Recovery: Replenish spell slots while out of combat.

Wizard Spell Casting Explained

  • Cantrips: are like spells, but you can cast them infinitely, and they don’t take your spell slots. 
  • Prepared Spells: allows you to swap in and out spells that you’ve learned in your spell book.
  • Spell Slots: limited resource of spells you can cast which needs long rest to replenish.
  • Arcane Recovery: a resource that allows you to recover used spell slots.
  • Concentration: spells that require you to focus which can be interrupted and you can only have one active at a time.

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

Divination Subclass

BG3 Divination Subclass

The Divination subclass is a great choice for players looking to control the battlefield and dice roll outcomes. You gain Portent which allows you to see in the future and change die rolls. This helps not only you, but teammates, manipulating the situation when you need to land or avoid attacks. Divination is a unique playstyle that is fun, and from a roleplay aspect, is a great choice for someone looking to create a clairvoyant character.

The Divination Wizard School subclass unlocks the following features and spells:

  • Divination Savant (Level 2) – Learning Divination spells from scrolls costs half as much, becoming 25 gold pieces per spell level.
  • Portent (Level 2) – Your dreams grant you a glimpse that let you influence the future. After each Long Rest, you gain two random Portent Dice. During the day, you can use your reaction to change the die of any Attack Roll or Saving Throw rolled near you to one of your Portent Dice. Each Portent Die can only be used once, and you lose your unused Portent Dice at the end of the day.
  • Expert Divination (Level 6) – You have an additional Portent Die. When taking a Short Rest you regain any spent Portent Dice.
  • Third Eye: Darkvision (Level 10) – You gain the ability to see in the dark out to a range of 24m.
  • Third Eye: See Invisibility (Level 10) – Become able to see invisible creatures, and possibly reveal them to others.
BG3 Sage Background

Sage is the best Background for our Divination Wizard Build because you gain two proficiencies in intelligence-based skills.  You want to pick a Background that gives you skill proficiency in primary ability (stat) Intelligence. This choice mostly influences roleplaying and dialogue options aspects and allows you to create unique characters. Additional choices are:

  1. Sage: You are curious and well-read, with an unending thirst for knowledge. Learning about the rare lore of the world will inspire you to put this knowledge to a greater purpose.
  2. AcolyteYou have spent your life in service to a temple, learning sacred rites and providing sacrifices to the god or gods you worship. Serving the gods and discovering their sacred works will you to Greatness.
  3. NobleYou were raised in a family among the social elite, accustomed to power and privilege. Accumulating renown, power, and loyalty will raise your status.

While we suggest Sage as the best background, you need to select a background that fits your character narrative and skill proficiencies can be made up with different feats and perks. Think about your character’s story to create the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide.

Best Race Choice for Divination Wizard Build

Baldur's Gate 3 Half-Elf race example
Baldur's Gate 3 Human race example

The best overall race for our Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide is the High Half-Elf because they get an extra cantrip, light armour and shield proficiency.  High Half-Elf can pair a quarterstaff with a shield at level 1 for extra Armour Class (AC) along with Darkvision making it the best race for Divination Wizard in BG3. The Human race also has Civil Militia traits with extra skill proficiency and additional carrying capacity making it a great secondary choice.

High Half-ElfHuman
Free CantripCivil Militia
Civil MilitiaExtra Skill Proficiency
DarkvisionAdditional Carry Capacity
Best Divination Wizard Racial Choice

The Wizard’s racial choice will not influence ability score, as everyone should get a +2 and +1 to spend regardless. This frees your race choice up to not completely hinder yourself based on ability score, but race features. 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.

Wizard Skills - Baldur’s Gate 3

Investigation and Religion are the best skills for our Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide 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 best skills for Wizard in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  1. Investigation is an Intelligence Skill.
  2. Religion is an Intelligence Skill.

Best Wizard Ability Scores

BG3 Best Divination Wizard Ability Score

Below is the best ability score to unlock the full potential of the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide:

AbilityPoints Goal
Wizard Ability Score Table

The best Divination Wizard ability score is 16 Intelligence because it increases spells’ chance to land and damage along with 16 Dexterity. Dexterity and cloth will help with your Armour Class (AC), and combine 16 Dexterity with Mage Armour spell you have 16 AC at the level and a much better chance to avoid spells.

During character creation, 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 Wizard build. Simply use the plus-minus in the character creator and make sure you have the suggested race, or the numbers will be off.

Divination Wizard Spell Slots

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

Wizard  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

Divination Wizard 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, 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 Divination Wizard Build Guide:

  • Charm: Channel the dark allure of the tadpole to Charm an enemy that attacks you, preventing them from attacking you until their next turn. 
  • Repulsor: Deal force damage and Force Push anything and anyone back 6m.
  • Mind Blast: Spew forth a conical wave of psychic energy and possibly stun targets within for 1 turn dealing psychic damage.
  • Freecast: Spell slots, charges, and similar resource costs for your next action or spell are removed. Refreshes after a Short or Long rest. 

Divination Wizard Level Progression

Level 1

Best BG3 Divination Wizard Build Guide

Level one follow our character creator to pick all correct backgroundraceskills, and ability distribution focusing on intelligence and dexterity. You want to use cloth and a quarterstaff. If you’ve picked a High Half-Elf or a Human, you can equip a shield with a Quarterstaff for some extra AC. At Level 1 the Wizard will unlock the following: three cantrips, two Level 1 spells slots and learn six spells.

Cantrip Selection

  • Fire Bolt: Hurls fireball dealing 1d10 fire damage 18m range.
  • Light: Infuse an object with an aura of light. Lasts until Long Rest.
  • Blade Ward: Take only half of the damage from Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing attacks
  • Mage Hand: Create a spectral hand that can manipulate and interact with objects.

Spell Selection

  • Mage Armour: Surround an unarmoured creature with a protective magical force. Its Armour Class increases to 13 + Dexterity modifier. 
  • Magic Missile: Create 3 darts of magical force, each dealing 1d4+1 Force to its target. The darts always hit their target.
  • Sleep: Put creatures into a magical slumber. Select targets up to a combined 24 hit points.
  • Thunderwave: Release a wave of thunderous force that pushes away all creatures and objects (2d8 Thunder). 
  • Chromatic Orb:  Hurl a sphere that deals 3-24 elemental damage and possibly creates a surface on impact.
  • Shield: When you are about to be hit by an enemy, increase your Armour Class by 5 as a reaction.
Baldur's Gate 3 Mage Armour Spell

Arcane Recovery: you can recover two spell slots.  The number allows you to either restore two level 1 spells or one level 2 spell. It’s a simple mechanic that you can use to prevent endless Resting in between fights. Expect a lot of rest at lower levels where your spell slots are limited.

At level 1, your gameplay will revolve around the following spells Magic Missile for single-target damage, Chromatic Orb for some area damage, Sleep and Thunderwave for crowd control. 

The most important practice at this level is to cast Mage Armor after every long rest. This spell gives you +3 Armor Class (AC). While wearing clothing or light armor, you get another +3 AC due to having 16 Dexterity. This combination gives you 16 AC at level 1 while wearing zero armor. AC determines the likelihood of getting hit, rather than damage mitigation, but it is essential for survival early on.

The downside of this setup is that you lack spell slots. Using a level 1 spell slot immediately reduces your damage or spell availability. That’s why the High Half-Elf is a great racial choice. The Fire Bolt cantrip does great damage early on and does not use spell slots. You can also use Arcane Recovery to gain spell slots and should be using Sleep to crowd-control targets early.

As you progress through your levels, you will lean more on damage, and less on crowd control for utility. Your goal is to make use of your action with spells, and then bonus action with potions or consumables. Also remember you have friendly fire with area-based spells so only target areas without allies.

Divination Wizard Level 1 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Sleep, and Thunderwave.

Level 2

BG3 Divination Subclass

Level 2 the Wizard picks their subclass (obviously we will be choosing Divination School here), they get two spells and will have a total of 5 prepared spells. You get access to two subclass features from the Divination school.

  • Grease (spell selection): Cover the ground in grease, slowing creatures within and possibly making them fall Prone.
  • Find Familiar (spell selection): Summon a familiar, fey spirit that takes an animal form of your choosing.
  • Divination Savant (subclass feature) – Learning Divination spells from scrolls costs half as much, becoming 25 gold pieces per spell level.
  • Portent (subclass feature) – Your dreams grant you a glimpse that lets you influence the future. After each Long Rest, you gain two random Portent Dice. During the day, you can use your reaction to change the die of any Attack Roll or Saving Throw rolled near you to one of your Portent Dice. Each Portent Die can only be used once, and you lose your unused Portent Dice at the end of the day.
Baldur's Gate 3 Portent Divination Wizard Subclass Feature

Level two unlocks your subclass and with it an important feature, Portent. This allows you to use a reaction to manipulate dice rolls. Attack rolls determine if you hit or miss, and saving throws prevent an attack from landing. You will have a limited amount of Portent usage, so you must only use it when you really need an attack to land or avoid. Portent also allows you to help allies as well making it a critical piece of the build to understand and use. If you open your spell book, scroll to the right and hit reactions. This tab has an “ask” check box you want to have active. This way BG3 asks you if you want to use this resource. You don’t want to hit this on a meaningless attack that will do two damage, but an enemy incoming crowd control, killing blow, etc.

For spell selection, we suggest two utility spells Grease and Find Familiar. Find Familiar is helpful for exploring small holes players cannot climb into. This spell can be flexed in or out before combat so it gives you some utility. Grease and Fire Bolt cantrip make a great area-based damage spell early with some crowd control as well. And if you struggle with survivability, flex in Shield which will boost your AC when about to get hit and help avoid attacks. Sleep is your flex spell depending on how much crowd control your party has.

Divination Wizard Level 2 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Sleep, Thunderwave, and Chromatic Orb.

Level 3

At Level 3 the Divination Wizard unlocks two level 2 spells and gets to select two new spells with a total of 6 prepared spells.

  • Scorching Ray (spell selection): Hurl 3 rays of fire. Each ray deals 2∼12 Fire damage.
  • Misty Step (spell selection): Surrounded by silver mist, you teleport to an unoccupied space you can see.

At this level, you get two powerful new spells. Scorching Ray acts as a good single-target damage ability that can target different enemies or one. Misty Step is the best mobility tool for the start of the game and it’s a bonus action usage spell. Thus, you can zip away or into the action and still use an action. I like to jump onto off a ledge and use Thunderwave to knock off enemies for instant kills. You need to drop one spell and that would be Sleep if you have a good party composition and crowd control for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide.

Divination Wizard Level 3 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, and Misty Step.

Level 4

At Level 4 the Divination Wizard unlocks one new cantrip, two spells, and your first feat. Below are our suggestions for Level 4:

  • Minor Illusion (cantrip selection): Create an illusion that compels nearby creatures to investigate. You can remain hidden while casting this spell. This spell can be cast while you are Silenced.
  • Ability Improvement (feat selection): Intelligence + 2
  • Flaming Sphere (spell selection): Summon a flaming sphere that damages nearby enemies and objects. You can move the sphere. It emits a bright light.
  • Mirror Image (spell selection): Create 3 illusory duplicates of yourself that distract attackers. Each duplicate increases your Armour Class by 3. Whenever you successfully evade an attack, one of the duplicates disappears.

The Wizard can learn two powerful spells FLaming Sphere which acts like a summon creature that does damage and soaks up damage for you. This spell is very helpful at lower levels and can carry your team’s survivability. Mirror Image acts as a mega defensive spell increasing your AC by 9, and decreasing by 3 every time someone attacks you. On difficult fights where you will be targeted frequently, use Shield and Mirror Image and your survival will increase dramatically.

With our feat selection, +2 Intelligence is useful here because it will expand your spellbook and make spells more powerful. After the selection, you can immediately go to your spell book and add another spell, and Shield or Mirror Image for extra survival is a good choice.

Divination Wizard Level 4 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, and Shield.

Level 5

At Level 5 the Divination Wizard unlocks two Level 3 spell slots and selects two spells with other prepared spells. Below are our suggestions for Level 5:

  • Fireball (spell selection): Shoot a bright flame from your fingers that explodes upon contact, torching everything in the vicinity.
  • Counterspell (spell selection): Nullify another creature’s spell as a reaction. The spell must be 3rd level or lower. If it is higher, you must succeed in a Check to nullify it, the difficulty of which is based on the spell’s Level.

At this level, you get two extremely powerful spells Fireball and Counterspell. Counterspell simply uses a spell slot to negate an enemy spell. This is extraordinarily helpful to avoid crowd control spells like Hold Person which can completely shutdown one of your teammates. Now you have two powerful tools to counter enemies with Portent and Counterspell.

Fireball is the best area-based spell early and late in the game. The downside with your subclass is you have “friendly fire.” Meaning, that if you cast in a radius that hits a friendly, they can take damage if they fail a saving throw. The Evocation subclass is the only Wizard build that avoids friendly fire. You should still pick up this spell and use it early in fights. Mostly, at the start of fights enemies are clumped together and it’s easier to fire this off first, then go to single target spells. If you want to prepare both of these spells, drop Shield if your survivability is high.

Divination Wizard Level 5 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, Counterspell, and Fireball.

Level 6

At Level 6 the Divination Wizard unlocks a subclass feature and selects two spells. Below are our suggestions for Level 6:

  • Expert Divination (subclass feature): You have an additional Portent Die. When taking a Short Rest, you regain any spent Portent Dice.
  • Haste (spell selection): Target yourself or an ally to become Hastened: Gain an action, and become faster and harder to hit.
  • Hold Person (spell selection): Hold a humanoid enemy still. They can’t move, act, or react. Attacks from within 3m are always Critical Hits.

A this level, you replenish Portent Die upon Short Rest which allows you to use them more frequently. For spell selection, we will most likely use our level 3 spell slots for Fireball and Counterspell so Hold Person makes a great choice. Typically, everyone in your party should have the ability to crowd control on demand. With a Wizard, you can always use scrolls and prepare offensive spells. However, this will be very helpful in specific circumstances.

Haste is another amazing spell to pick up because it gives the user two actions per turn. The downside is this spell requires concentration, and once broken, the user becomes lethargic skipping their turn. I use Haste when I’m not able to attack with a Fireball on turn one, and can hide and avoid damage. That way, in turn, I can come up with two massive damage spells. Look to prepare Hold Person for crowd control, Mirror Image for survival, and Haste for group utility.

Divination Wizard Level 6 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, Counterspell, Fireball, and Hold Person.

Level 7

At Level 7 the Divination Wizard unlocks 1 level 4 spell slot and selects two new spells to learn.  Below are our suggestions for Level 7:

  • Blight (spell selection): Plants take maximum damage from this spell, and have Disadvantage on the Saving Throw against it.
  • Ice Storm (spell selection): Impel a storm of hail ice to crash from the sky, covering the ground and striking all objects and creatures within range.

For spell selection here, take one area-based damage spell Ice Storm, and one single target Blight. Our build so far has tons of area damage and Blight makes a great selection because it is high single-target damage. The only downside is the range is lower so you’ll need to be in the fray when you use this. Other good options are Banishment for single target stun, Confusion for area-based crowd control, and Conjure Minor Elemental if you want summons.

Divination Wizard Level 7 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, Counterspell, Fireball, Hold Person, and Blight.

Level 8

At Level 8 the Divination Wizard unlocks another Level 4 spell slot, learns two new spells, and selects one feat. Below are our suggestions for Level 8:

  • Conjure Minor Elemental (spell selection): Conjure a minor elemental to fight alongside you.
  • Confusion (spell selection): Befuddle a group of creatures, causing them to attack at random, wander around aimlessly, and occasionally skip turns in the stupor
  • Lucky (feat selection):  You gain 3 Luck Points, which you can use to gain Advantage on Attack Rolls, Ability Checks, or Saving Throws, or to make an enemy reroll their Attack Rolls.

At level 8 we are going to lean into the Divination subclass controlling mechanism with the feat Lucky. Once you turn this on in your reaction and passives, you can influence dice rolls. Instead of determining the roll like Portent, you can roll with Advantage which is two d20 with the highest selected. You can also make enemies reroll giving you a great degree of control. As you can see from the image, these features stack, meaning you can use one, and then another. This setup will help your offensive and defensive potential and creatures a unique build in BG3.

For spell selection, take Confusion for crowd control and prepare the spell. You can also prepare Ice Storm for more area damage or if you want summoning creatures Conjure Minor Elemental is a good choice.

Divination Wizard Level 8 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, Counterspell, Fireball, Hold Person, Blight, and Confusion.

Level 9

At Level 9 the Divination Wizard unlocks one level 5 spell, learns two new spells, and has 13 prepared spells to select from. Below are our suggestions for Level 9:

  • Cone of Cold (spell selection): Make a flurry of frost, crisp air, and condensed snow crystals erupt from your hands.
  • Conjure Elemental (spell selection): Bend the barrier between the Planes until they disgorge an elemental ally to follow and fight for you.

At this level, we gain ultra-powerful spells and two I suggest are Cone of Cold and Conjure Elemental. Cone of Cold is a good damage spell that is conal so it’s much easier to aim and avoid friendly fire than other radial spells. If you selected Minor Elemental, you can with the upgraded version here if you like playing with summoned creatures. I don’t suggest Cloudkill at this level because it’s quite hard to avoid damage in it’s massive radius.

Divination Wizard Level 9 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, Counterspell, Fireball, Hold Person, Blight, Confusion, and Cone of Cold.

Level 10

At Level 10 the Divination Wizard unlocks another level 5 spell slot, and subclass feature, and learns one new cantrip and two new spells with another prepared spell.  Below are our suggestions for Level 10:

  • Third Eye: Darkvision (subclass feature) – You gain the ability to see in the dark out to a range of 24m.
  • Third Eye: See Invisibility (subclass feature) – Become able to see invisible creatures, and possibly reveal them to others.
  • Friends (cantrip selection): Gain Advantage on Charisma Checks against a non-hostile creature. This spell can be cast while you are Silenced.
  • Banishment (spell selection): Temporarily Banish your target to another plane of existence
  • Seeming (spell selection): Disguise up to 4 members of your adventuring party.

For spell selection, take a lower-level crowd control skill because you will only have a limited amount of level 5 spell slots. Most of the level 5 spell slots will go to Cone of Cold or one to Conjure Elemental if you use that spell. Banishment is one of the best single-target cc in the game, and Seeming is a great out-of-combat utility spell.

Your subclass unlocks two features relating to seeing in the dark and invisible creatures. These don’t influence the build that much, and we aren’t going to multiclass this build because the level 6 spells are so powerful. Next level you will reach the highest level of spells and really start to add power to the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide.

Divination Wizard Level 10 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, Counterspell, Fireball, Hold Person, Blight, Confusion, Cone of Cold, and Banishment.

Level 11

At Level 11 the Divination Wizard unlocks 1 level 6 spell slot and learns two spells with another prepared spell. Below are our suggestions for Level 11:

  • Disintegrate (spell selection): Shoot a thin green ray from your finger. If the 50∼100 Force damage reduces the target to 0 hit points, it disintegrates into a crumbly ash.
  • Chain Lighting (spell selection): Strike an enemy with lightning. Three more bolts will leap from the target, electrifying as many as three other enemies within 18m.

You’ve come to the final tier of spells, level 6, and there’s something important to point out. You will only get one level 6 spell slot unless you pick one of two of the most powerful Quarterstaffs in the game: Staff of Spellpower or Markoheshkir. These two quarterstaves have a unique passive that forgoes one spell slot and gives a free cast. I suggest selecting two level 6 spells with the intent that you will collect one or both of these staffs in Act 3. Otherwise, you will only be able to cast one level 6 spell and it’s pointless learning a bunch of them.

My personal favorite spell in the game is Disintegrate which is a powerful single-target damage spell. This fits our build perfectly because it compliments the massive volume of AOE damage spells. Chain Lighting is another great choice for area-based damage when enemies are close and 3-6 packs. Create Undead is a great spell for our Necromancer build, but doesn’t fit here. Use your spell slot at level 6 for one of two powerful damage spells.

Divination Wizard Level 11 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, Counterspell, Fireball, Hold Person, Blight, Confusion, Cone of Cold, Banishment, and Disintegrate.

Level 12

BG3 Divination Wizard Level 12 Spellbook

At level 12 the Divination Wizard learns two new spells and one feat. Below are our suggestions for Level 12:

  • Greater Invisibility (spell selection): Turn a creature Invisible. Attacks against it have Disadvantage. It attacks with Advantage. Invisibility breaks when you fail increasingly harder Stealth Checks on attacking, casting spells, or interacting with items.
  • Telekinesis (spell selection): Throw a creature or object up to 18m with a thought. Once per turn, you can use Telekinesis again without expending a spell slot. Heavier items deal more damage.
  • Ability Improvement (feat selection): Intelligence + 2

At this level, we gain another +2 intelligence, which will allow us to prepare another spell and I suggest Conjure Elemental. With 3 level 5 spell slots, you can cast this outside of combat and still use two powerful level 5 spells. Since we’ve learned two powerful level 6 spells, what you pick here is really flexible. I pick two utility spells Greater Invisibility and Telekineses to round out the build. Here’s a summary of Divination Wizard Gameplay and Spellcasting:

  • Single Target Damage: Scorching Ray, Magic Missile, Blight, Disintegrate
  • Area Damage: Fireball, Cone of Cold, Chromatic Orb
  • Crowd Control: Hold Person, Banishment, Telekinesis
  • Utility: Mage Armour, Misty Step, Counterspell

Make sure to keep scrolling to gear recommendations for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide.

Divination Wizard Level 12 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Misty Step, Flaming Sphere, Counterspell, Fireball, Hold Person, Blight, Confusion, Cone of Cold, Banishment, Disintegrate, Conjure Elemental, and Telekinesis.

Best Companions for Wizard Build

The best companion for a Wizard Build in Baldur’s Gate 3 is Lae’zeal because she’s a melee-focused damage dealer.  She will engage enemies and take the pressure off your ranged-focused build, allowing you to free-cast spells.  Having a heavy focus on melee will keep you in the distance while applying pressure, snaring, and debuffing the opposition. 

When putting your party together, consider companions for not only their combat prowess but also their outside ability 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’re 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 with the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide.

Best Gear for Divination Wizard Build Guide

Beginner: Starting the Game

BG3 Melf’s First Staff
Baldur's Gate 3 The Protecty Sparkswall
BG3 Cinder Shoes

Here’s the best beginner gear for our Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide:

Gear SlotBest Gear Item
HeadCirclet of Blasting
ChestThe Protecty Sparkswall
GlovesBracers of Defence
BootsCinder Shoes
NecklaceAmulet of Misty Step
RingRing of Colour Spray
RingSunwalker’s Gift
Weapon 1 Main HandMelf’s First Staff
  • Circlet of Blasting: Can cast the spell Scorching Ray once per Long Rest. Sold by Blurg in the Myconid Colony.
  • The Protecty Sparkswall: 10 AC + Dexterity modifier, +1 bonus to spell saves.  Looted in Gilded Chest in Grymforge X: -645 Y: 360.
    • Alternative: Poisoner’s Robe: When the wearer casts a spell that deals Poison damage, it deals an additional 1d4 Poison Damage. Looted from Phase Spider Matriarch underneath Blighted Village easiest entrance through a well.
  • Bracers of Defence: You gain a +2 bonus to Armour Class as long as you are not wearing armour or holding a shield. Obtained in Necromancers cellar in Blighted Village
  • Cinder Shoes: whenever you Burn an enemy, you gain 2 turns of Heat.  Sold by Blurg in the Myconid Colony, Underdark.
  • Amulet of Misty Step: Grants Misty Step Level 2 Conjuration Spell. Found in a Gilded Chest (X386 Y8) in Defiled Temple
  • Ring of Colour Spray: Once per Battle, you can cast the Colour Spray spell.  Obtained in Harpy’s Nest Secluded Cove (X:326, Y:495).
  • Sunwalker’s Gift: the wearer can see in the dark up to 12m (used for non-Darkvision races like Dragonborn, Githyanki, etc). Buy it from Blurg in Myconid Colony in the  Underdark.
    • Alternative: The Sparkswall: the wearer cannot be electrocuted and gains resistance to lightning damage.  Obtained in a chest in Arcane Tower, Underdark Act 1.
  • Melf’s First Staff: 1d6 + 1 bludgeoning damage, gain +1 bonus to spell save DC, spell attack rolls, and Melf’s acid Arrow once per long rest.  Sold by Blurg in the Myconid Colony.
    • Alternative: Staff of Crones: Gain Ray of Sickness, Level 1 Spell. Underneath Auntie Ethel Hut in Sunlit Wetlands, in the Hag treasure room, after defeating her.

Advanced: End-Game

BG3 - Markoheshkir - Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 Robe of the Weave
BG3 Killer's Sweetheart

The following table presents the best advanced and end-game gear for our Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide:

Gear SlotBest Gear Item
HeadHelldusk Helmet
CapeCloak of the Weave
ChestRobe of the Weave
GlovesQuickspell Gloves
BootsDisintegrating Night Walkers
NecklaceSpellcrux Amulet
RingKiller’s Sweetheart
RingShifting Corpus Ring
Weapon 1 Main HandMarkoheshkir
  • Helldusk Helmet: Cannot be critical hit or blinded and gain +2 bonus to Saving Throws against spells. Found inside the House of Hope treasure room in front of Raphael’s Boudoir.
  • Cloak of the Weave: You gain a +1 bonus to Spell Save DC and Spell Attack Rolls. Sold by Helsik at the Devil’s Fee once her special stock is unlocked.
  • Robe of the Weave: 10 AC, gain +2 AC, gain +1 bonus to spell save DC and Spell attack rolls.
  • Quickspell Gloves: Cantrips that cost an action cost a bonus action instead. This effect can be used once per Short Rest. Can be purchased at Lorroakan’s Projection at Sorceror’s Sundries
  • Disintegrating Night Walkers: Can’t be Enwebbed, Entangled, or Ensnared and can’t slip on grease or ice; Misty Step once per Short Rest. Dropped by True Soul Nere at the Grymforge.
  • Spellcrux Amulet: allows spell slot replenishment as a bonus action. Looted from The Warden in Moonrise Towers Prison X: 569 Y: -650.
  • Killer’s Sweetheart: When you kill a creature, your next Attack Roll will be a critical hit. Once spent, this effect refreshes after a Long Rest. Can be found lying on the ground inside the Gauntlet of Shar ( X: -833 Y: -729).
  • Shifting Corpus Ring: Gain access to the Invisibility and Blur spells. Drop by Fist Marcus at the Last Light Inn
  • Markoheshkir: You gain a +1 bonus to Spell Save DC and spell attack rolls and can remove one spell cost. At Ramazith’s Tower, get to the lower level by jumping from the balcony with Feather Fall active.

Best Divination Wizard 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 in our Wizard Build:

Divination Wizard Gameplay Tips and Tricks

  1. Pre-Buff: Always cast Mage Armour following a long rest to maintain 16 or higher AC.
  2. Bonus Action: Don’t forget your bonus action for a potion or Misty Step.
  3. Use Environment: Combine a fire spell with Grease and coat the area with fire damage or water and electrical,
  4. Knockback: Combine a big knockback with Misty Step and create distance whenever you can to survive.
  5. Area Damage: Don’t hit allies with friendly fire and point or aim your spells to avoid allies.
  6. Rest Constantly: Your spell slots will quickly run out after one or more fights, especially if challenging. 
  7. Positioning: Look to move back in distance and even use Hide to prevent damage from coming in. 
  8. Crowd Control: Make sure you focus on taking out the primary target with Sleep, Hold Person, or any other CC to limit potential damage. 
  9. Big Nuke: Typically, you want to fire off your big spells early to finish off targets before they can attack you. 
  10. Use Consumables: One of the best early consumables is the Potion of Speed for two actions per turn.

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 the best Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide!

Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Divination Wizard Build Guide Summary

Subclass Divination School

Armor: Cloth

Weapons: Quarterstaff

RaceHigh Half-Elf

Ability Score

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

Level Progression

  • Level 1 – Mage Armour Spell
  • Level 2 – Portent Subclass Feature
  • Level 3 – Misty Step Spell
  • Level 4 – Feat +2 Intelligence
  • Level 5 – Fireball and Counterspell
  • Level 6 – Haste Spell
  • Level 7 – Blight Spell
  • Level 8 – Lucky Feat
  • Level 9 – Cone of Cold Spell
  • Level 10 – Banishment Spell
  • Level 11 – Disintegrate Spell
  • Level 12 – Feat +2 Intelligence

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