Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Evocation Wizard Build Guide

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

Baldur's Gate 3 Wizard Build
Wizard Spells

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

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. Consider this build a great option for huge area damage that takes until level 5 to see the full potential.

This build will be all about area based damage. The Evocation subclass allows you to cast massive area damage abilities without hitting allies.This Wizard build also excels in spell versatility. You have a huge array of spells and learn them with scrolls and gold. Consider this build the meta area damage and versatile caster.

Wizard Class ProsWizard Class Cons
Spell SelectionLow Durability
Area DamageComplex
Crowd ControlLacks Metamagic

Wizard Class Mechanics and Features

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

  • Primary Ability: Intelligence
  • Subclass: Evocation School
  • Weapon Proficiency: Quarterstaves, Light Crossbows
  • Armour Proficiency: Cloth Armor
  • Preferred Armor: Clothing
  • Preferred Weapon: Quarterstaff
  • Arcane Recovery: once per day out of combat, replenish expended spell slots.
  • Learn Spells: Wizards who can learn spells from reading scrolls and paying gold.

Wizard Spell Casting Explained

  • 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 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.
BG3 Evocation Subclass Wizard

The best subclass for a Wizard build is Evocation because it delivers the most area-based damage in the game making it a perfect fit for a Wizard build. The Evocation Subclass comes with Evocation Savant and Sculpt Spells. Wizards will choose their subclass early on at Level 2.

Here are all Baldur’s Gate 3 Wizard Subclasses:

  • Abjuration: They can create wards to protect themselves and their allies from harm, and they can also dispel the magic of their enemies.
  • Conjuration: They can summon powerful allies to fight alongside them, and they can also create objects out of thin air.
  • Divination: They can see the future, read minds, and even communicate with the dead.
  • Enchantment: They can charm people, dominate them, or even make them forget their own name.
  • Evocation: They can cast powerful spells that deal massive damage to their enemies.
  • Necromancy: They can raise the dead, create undead minions, and even drain the life from their enemies.
  • Illusion: They can create illusions that can fool the senses, and they can even alter the memories of others.
  • Transmutation: They can change the size and shape of objects, and they can even transform living creatures into other creatures.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Evocation Wizard Features & Progression

The Evocation Wizard subclass unlocks the following features and spells:

  • Evocation Savant (Level 2): Halves the cost to learn Evocation spells from Scrolls. Learning these spells will only cost 25gp per spell level.
  • Sculpt Spells (Level 2): Create pockets of safety within your Evocation spells. Allies automatically succeed their Saving Throws and take no damage from these spells.
  • Potent Cantrip (Level 6): Your Cantrips become harder to evade entirely. When a creature succeeds its Saving Throw against one of your cantrips, it still takes half the cantrip’s damage, but suffers no additional effects.
  • Empowered Evocation (Level 10): Your grasp of Evocation magic has tightened, and you can add your Intelligence Modifier to damage rolls with any Evocation spells.
BG3 Sage Background

Sage, Acolyte, and Noble are the Best Backgrounds for an Evocation Wizard in Baldur’s Gate 3. You want to pick a Background that scales off your 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.

Best Race Choice for Wizard Build

Baldur's Gate 3 Elf race example
Baldur's Gate 3 Tiefling race example

High Elf is the best race choice for the Wizard Evocation in Baldur’s Gate 3 because you gain an extra Cantrip, Fey Ancestry, and Darkvision.  A secondary choice is the Mephistopheles Tiefling because of fire resistance, and two spells at levels 3 and 5 (Burning Hands, Flame Blade). 

When choosing a race for your Wizard, consider the racial traits that improve your ability score main stat. 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.

High ElfMephistopheles Tiefling
DarkvisionFire Resistance
Extra CantripDarkvision
Fey AncestryMage Hand Cnatrip
Best Evocation Wizard Racial Choice

The Wizard’s racial choice will not influence ability score, as race will 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
Baldur's Gate 3 Perception Successful

Investigation and Religion are the best skills for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Evocation Wizard 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 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

Best Wizard Ability Score - Baldur’s Gate 3
Wizard Ability Score

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

AbilityPoints Goal
Evocation Wizard Ability Score Table

The best ability score for the Evocation Wizards is reaching 16 Intelligence because it increases the chance to land spells. Dexterity at 16 should be your second priority because we won’t be wearing armor, but rather clothing. High Dexterity allows the build to have higher AC even while only being proficient in clothing. Lastly, we will want to increase our Constitution to 14 in order to increase our health points (HP) increasing our chances of survival. 

In Baldur’s Gate 3, ability scores are the six core stats that determine a character’s capabilities. You can adjust for the optimal setup in character creation or reroll with Withers in your Camp.

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 Baldur’s Gate 3 Evocation 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.

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

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 Wizard Build:

  • 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. 
  • Repulsor: deal force damage and Force Push anything and anyone back 6m. Used if surrounded and or you don’t have Thunderwave.
  • Shield of Thralls: Conjure a volatile shield around yourself or an ally, granting the target 10 temporary hit points. If these temporary hit points are lost due to incoming damage, the shield bursts, possibly Stunning nearby foes. This can be a useful defensive shield when expecting or taking pressure.
  • Freecast: You have discovered a marvelous adaption within yourself. Spell slots, charges, and similar resource costs for your next action or spell are removed. Refreshes after a Short or Long rest. Utterly god tier feature to pair with metamagic making your build obsencely strong because you can cast essentially three spells in one turn. Put together Quickened spell (2x) and Freecast with bonus action (3x).
  • Reflective Shell (WIZARD ONLY): A protective shell envelops you. It reflects any projectiles targeted at you to their point of origin. Does not affect creatures that don’t rely on sight or that can see through illusions.

Evocation Wizard Level Progression

Level 1

Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Evocation Wizard Build Guide

At level 1, the Wizard will have access to three Cantrips, six spells, and four prepared spells.  Here are our suggestions:

Cantrip Selection

  • Ray of Frost: Call forth a frigid beam of blue-white light and reduce the target’s Movement Speed by 3m. This is a decent attack to prevent a melee aggressor from closing the distance on you.
  • Acid Splash: Hurl a bubble of acid that hurts each creature it hits. This is a decent area damage spell that can reduce armor.
  • Fire Bolt: Hurls fireball dealing 1d10 fire damage 18m range. The highest damage cantrip Wizards have, plus it can ignite or set things on fire (especially useful in combination with the Grease spell).

Spell Selection

  • Mage Armour: Surround an unarmoured creature in a protective magical force. Its Armour Class increases to 13 + its Dexterity modifier. This is an essential defensive skill because it sets AC to 13 + Dexterity Modifier landing you at 16 AC total when it’s active. Mage Armour stays on your character until you take a long rest, or down and can be cast out of combat.  Usually, I cast this and use a Spell Recharge to be at full spells.
  • Magic Missile: Create 3 darts of magical force, each dealing 1d4+1 Force to its target.  The darts always hit their target. The strength of this ability is its 100% chance to land.  By far lower damage, but useful when you can target up to three separate enemies or finish someone off when you need a guaranteed hit.
  • Thunderwave: Release a wave of thunderous force that pushes away all creatures and objects (2d8 Thunder).  This spell acts as your knockback to melee characters and allows you to create distance and get away.  It’s also great to knock enemies off ledges or high positions and keeps you having some defensive capabilities at the early level.
  • Grease: Cover the ground in grease, slowing creatures within and possibly making them fall Prone. Having some type of crowd control early can help your group.
  • Sleep: Put creatures into a magical slumber. Select targets up to a combined 24 hit points. Powerful area crowd control that’s very strong at lower levels.
  • Chromatic Orb:  Hurl a sphere that deals 3-24 elemental damage and possibly creates a surface on impact. A great spell because you can choose the element, and cold can do good damage and proc prone or crowd control a target.

Subclass Feature

  • 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.

Level One Prepared Spells: Thunderwave, Magic Missile, Mage Armour, Sleep

Level 2

BG3 Wizard Level 2 Prepared Spell
BG3 Evocation Subclass Wizard

Take the Evocation Subclass at level two.  Evocation school focuses on elemental spells and powerful damage.  You get access to two features from this school.

Subclass Features

  • Sculpt Spells: Create pockets of safety within your Evocation Spell. Allied creatures automatically succeed their saving throws and take no damage from them. An area-based spells will not give “friendly fire.”  You can cast Fireball and not damage allies!
  • Evocation Savant: Learning Evocation spells from scrolls costs half as much, becoming 25 gold pieces per spell level. This saves money when coming to a scroll to learn new spells.

Prepared Spells: at this level, you will get access to more spells. The Wizard’s strength is the variety and spells along with area damage, and that’s what you should lean into. Take both Chromatic Orb and Featherfall at this level.

  • Find Familiar: Gain the service of a familiar, a fey spirit that takes an animal from your choice. Summon a helpful critter to follow you around. You can also use them to sneak into smaller locations in overland exploring. Utility spell really.
  • Feather Fall: Slow the rate of descent of allied creatures. They become Immune to Falling damage. This is a great spell for general exploration. Specifically, it lets your character reach the Underdark without dying from fall damage.

At this level, use Fire Bolt for damage when you run out of spell slots. Save Thunderwave for a knockback when pressured. You can use Magic Missile for kill shots when you need 100% damage. Always activate your Mage Armour after a long rest. use Chromatic Orb with cold for crowd control or grease when you have a lot of melee in a choke point.

Level Two Prepare Spells:  Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb

Level 3

BG3 Level 3 Wizard Prepared Spells
BG3 Level 3 Wizard Spells

At level three, what will happen is increase your spell slots.  You gain another level 1 and two level 2 spell slots.  Now you can cast a couple of higher-level spells and lower-level spells per fight.  Take Misty Step and Scorching Ray.

  • Misty Step: Surrounded by silver mist, you teleport to an unoccupied space where you can see up to 18m range. One of the BEST defensive spells early in the game. It’s a teleport when you need it most. Moreover, this spell only requires a bonus action. You can use your action for a high-powered spell, and a bonus action to get away, assuming you have the spell slots.
  • Scorching Ray: Hurl 3 rays of Fire, each deal 2d6 Fire damage at 18m range. Think of this spell as an improved Magic Missile, that can miss, but also do a lot of damage when you need it.  You can cast on same target or up to three which is great for multi-kills without using and are skill. 

Gameplay: we only slot Scorching Ray at this level not Misty Step. The main reason, there’s a useful amulet that gives us this spell for free. If you find yourself dying a lot, swap out Grease for Misty Step and zip away until you get the Amulet. Also, you can learn Mirror Image with is a powerful defensive spell. Use Scorching Ray for single target or multiple single target shots.

Level 3 Wizard Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray

Level 4

BG3 Level 4 Wizard Spells
BG3 Level 4 Wizard Prepared Spells

At level four you get access to another level 2 spell slot, another cantrip and two more spells.  You also get to either choose a feat or ability improvement.  We suggest taking the Ability Improvement and boosting your Intelligence by two and increasing the power of your spells.

Spells Selection

  • Flaming Sphere: this creates a fireball that acts as a companion and can do damage for you. It’s a great decoy along with easy-to-do damage skill. Moreover, it can be cast prior to combat and if you don’t use another concentration spell helps soak up and dish out damage at this level.
  • Mirror Image: 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. This is a god-tier defensive spell if you find yourself dying repeatedly to range or melee attacks.   You don’t want your build to be too defensive, but Mage Armour and Mirror Image in combination can keep you alive in difficult fights.

Cantrip Selection

  • Blade Ward: Take only half of the damage from Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing attacks. This is a decent cantrip when expecting incoming melee damage.

Feat Selection

  • Ability Improvement: +2 to Intelligence. We will take Spell Sniper at level 8 and another +2 at level 12 to reach 10 Intelligence at max level.

Gameplay: at this level, summing Flaming Sphere as a distraction in big melee brawls. Rely on Scorching Ray and Chromatic Orb as your main damage dealers. Use Fire Bolt to conserve spell slots.

Level Four Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Flaming Sphere

Level 5

BG3 Level 5 Learned Spells Wizard
BG3 Level 5 Wizard Prepared Spells

At level 5, your Wizard starts to feel very powerful with access to Level 3 spells.  Take Fireball and Haste at this level and here’s why:

  • Fireball: Shoot a bright flame from your fingers that explode upon contact, torching everything in the vicinity 8d6 18m range 6m radius. This is the “mega” spell that everyone wants as a Wizard, and you start to feel very powerful.  It does a massive amount of damage in a large radius. You need to make sure the area is clear or you target a spot on the ground that won’t impact your allies.
  • Haste: Target yourself or an ally to become Hastened which allows an additional action for that character hastened. This spell requires concentration, and the target becomes lethargic when the condition ends after 10 turns. This gives whoever is targeted a huge advantage in combat at the expense of a level 3 spell.  Typically, I don’t play my Wizard as a supporting character, but giving this ability to a Fighter that has Extra Attack and Great Weapon Master, means they can essentially attack five times in a turn! 

Gameplay: at this level, your main focus is Fireball for damage, Haste for utility, and Scorching Ray for a single target. Use Flaming Sphere as a distraction and swap in Misty Step or Mirror Image if you struggle with survival.

Level Five Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Flaming Sphere, Fireball, Haste

Level 6

BG3 Level 6 Wizard Spells
BG3 Level 6 Wizard Prepared Spells

At level six we get an additional spell and subclass feature Potent Cantrip. Below is what you should do at this level.

Subclass Feature

  • Potent Cantrip: your cantrips become harder to evade entirely.  If a creature succeeds in saving throw, they still take half its damage. This just makes Firebolt a bit more reliable which we won’t be using too often.

Spells Selection

  • Counterspell: Nullify another creature’s spell as a reaction. The spell must be 3rd level or lower. If it is higher, you must succeed a Check to nullify it, the difficulty of which is based on the spell’s Level. An amazing spell because it’s a reaction, meaning it doesn’t cost an action. You can shut down a fellow spell caster, but be careful you don’t want to use all your spell slots.
  • Glyph of Warding: this is a 3m radius glyph that procs elemental damage. The nice thing is you can pick the type of element and put it on the ground as a trap. It’s not as much damage as other area spells but has some utility because of the status effect component of different elements.

Wizard Level 6 Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Slow, Scorching Ray, Fireball, Glyph of Warding, Misty Step, Mirror Image, Flaming Sphere, Haste.

Level 7

BG3 Level 7 Wizard Spells
BG3 Wizard Prepare Skills

At level 7 you gain access to level 4 spells and 1 more prepared spell. Here are our suggestions:

  • Ice Storm: deals 2d8 bludgeoning damage and 4d6 cold damage in a massive 6m area. This spell is huge radius-like fireball doing two types of damage and using cold can proc status effects. Use it for area damage at the fourth level spell.
  • Banishment: temporarily Banish your target to another plane of existence requires concentration. This is a very powerful single-target crowd control effect. This does require concentration so we will use it sparingly on bosses or something that deals a lot of damage. You won’t be able to damage the target, but they won’t threaten you. Use this and clear out additional enemies in two turns.

Flex Spells: Drop Chromatic Orb and Flaming Sphere for Misty Step and Mirror Image if survival is an issue.

Level 7 Wizard Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Flaming Sphere, Fireball, Haste, Counterspell, Ice Storm.

Level 8

BG3 Level 8 Wizard Spells
BG3 Level 8 Wizard Prepared Spells
BG3 Level 8 Wizard Spell Sniper Feat

At level 8 the Wizard gets access to two more spells and a feat. Take Greater Invisibility, Blight and Spell Sniper Feat.

Spells Selection

  • Greater Invisibility: Turn a creature Invisible. Attack against it have Disadvantage. It attacks with Advantage. This is a helpful skill to give allies invisibility. You can use this in and outside of combat for utility.
  • 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.

Feat Selection

  • Spell Sniper: reduces critical chance dice roll by and you can select one cantrip. This is helpful because Eldritch Blast is the most powerful cantrip and we get a buff to Cantrip at level 6 with Potent Cantrip. Also, you are more likely to strike which is always helpful critically.

Cantrip Selection

  • Eldritch Blast: Force damage The spell creates more than one beam when you reach higher levels: two beams at 5th level and three beams at 10th level. Each beam is rolled separately. Used when you are out of spell slots or just want force damage. This can also be useful to knock open holes in the walls outside of combat.

Gameplay: At level eight your wizard will have a lot of utility and with a better cantrip, you can not be terrified to run out of spell slots. Continue to focus on area damage as your primary goal, but adding Blight and Eldritch Blast gives us better single target focused.

Level 8 Wizard Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Flaming Sphere, Fireball, Haste, Counterspell, Ice Storm, Banishment.

Level 9

BG3 Level 9 Wizard Spells
BG3 Level 9 Wizard Prepared Spells

At level 9, the Wizard gets to pick two more spells to learn, one more prepared spell and access to level 5 spells.

Spell Selection

  • Cloudkill: craft a large cloud that inflicts 5∼40 Poison damage per turn. Provides massive area damage and poison. You want to swap this into your prepared slots if you are fighting something resistant to other damages.
  • Conjure Elemental: Bend the barrier between the Planes until they disgorge an elemental ally to follow and 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.

Level 9 Wizard Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Flaming Sphere, Fireball, Haste, Counterspell, Ice Storm, Banishment, Conjure Elemental.

Level 10

BG3 Wizard Level 10 Spells
BG3 Level 10 Wizard Prepared Spells

At level 10, the Wizard can learn two spells, gets a new sublcass feature, and another prepared spell.

Subclass Feature

  • Empowered Evocation: Your grasp of Evocation magic has tightened, and you can add your Intelligence modifier to damage rolls with any Evocation spells.

Spells Selection

  • Telekinesis: 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. A deceptively powerful spell which you can one-shot kill targets by throwing them off high ledges or into death environments.
  • Cone of Cold: 8d8 cold damage Make a flurry of frost, crisp air, and condensed snow crystals erupt from your hands. Another amazing conal damage spell that is cold so it can proc status effects.

Cantrip Selection

  • True Strike: Gain Advantage on your next Attack Roll. A mediocre cantrip at this point but advantage can be helpful if you need to land big damage.

Level 10 Wizard Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Flaming Sphere, Fireball, Haste, Counterspell, Ice Storm, Banishment, Conjure Elemental, Cloudkill.

Level 11

BG3 Level 11 Wizard Spells Taken
BG3 Level 11 Wizard Spells

At level 11 the Wizard accesses the final level of spells, level 6. Our recommendation is Disintegration and Globe of Invulnerability.

Spell Selection

  • Disintegrate: Shoot a thin green ray from your finger. If the 50-100 Force damage reduces the target to 0 hit points, it disintegrates into crumbly ash. My favorite spell in the entirety of Baldur’s Gate 3. It’s a powerful single-target damage spell that can outright disintegrate targets. While this build is focused on AOE, it’s a must-have in any aresnal for single target pressure.
  • Globe of Invulnerability: Creates a barrier that makes creatures and objects inside it Immune to all damage 3m and requires concentration. Essentially, you cannot die while in this barrier. It can be helpful when taking insane pressure and you need to turtle up, you and or your team.

Level 11 Wizard Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Flaming Sphere, Fireball, Haste, Counterspell, Ice Storm, Banishment, Conjure Elemental, Cloudkill, Disintegrate.

Level 12

BG3 Level 12 Wizard Spells Taken
BG3 Level 12 Wizard Spell Book
BG3 Level 12 Wizard Ability Improvement

We’ve reached max level of 12 in Baldur’s Gate 3 with our Wizard. At this level you can learn two more spells, prepare one additional and select a feat.

Spells Selection

  • Chain Lighting: deals 10-80 lighting damage Strike an enemy with lightning. Three more bolts will leap from the target, electrifying as many as three other enemies within 18m. Another amazing damage skill that has some area or multitarget potential. What holds the spell back from Disintegrate, is the lowest it can strike is 10, so there’s a wide range of outcomes but has better multi-kill potential. Swap them in and out and test your preference.
  • Heroes’ Feast: Produce a feast for 12 guests that cures diseases, immunizes to poison and increases hp by 2d10 for 24 hours. A utility skill for help with status effects and increase health pool.

Feat Selection

  • Ability Improvement: +2 to Intelligence.

At this stage, you should feel like an utter god. Unlike other classes, you can swap in spells and out. As a Wizard you can also learn more spells than what we have listed.

  • Survival: Mage Armour, Mirror Image, Misty Step, Globe of Invulnerability, Invisibility Spell or Potion.
  • Area Damage: Fireball, Chromatic Orb, Ice Storm, and Cloudkill.
  • Single target: Scorching Ray, Disintegrate, Eldritch Blast, or Fireball.

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Level 12 Wizard Prepared Spells: Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Thunderwave, Grease, Chromatic Orb, Scorching Ray, Flaming Sphere, Fireball, Haste, Counterspell, Ice Storm, Banishment, Conjure Elemental, Cloudkill, Disintegrate, Globe of Invulnerability.

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.

Best Gear for Wizard Build

In Games like Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll explore the world, loot chests and your enemies’ dead bodies, and complete quests and all those activities can reward you with useful items, potions, armor, weapons, scrolls, and much more. Progression and finding new gear are part of the game, and you will organically get more powerful weapons during your journeys.

Beginner: Starting the Game

BG3 Melf’s First Staff
BG3 The Protecty Sparkswall
BG3 Cinder Shoes

This gear is meant for Act 1 gear, and the meta chart is something for you to progress to by the end of the game, Act 3. Here’s the best beginner gear for Evocation Wizard Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

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 the Evocation Wizard Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

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 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:

Evocation Wizard Gameplay Tips and Tricks

  1. Pre-Buff: Always cast Mage Armour following a long rest.  This will keep you alive and often time you will forget it falls off. You can then immediately use spell recharge to fill back up on spell slots.
  2. Bonus Action: Don’t forget your bonus action which isn’t that useful immediately for Wizard. Often times you can use a potion of healing or speed to increase your chances of survival while doing damage.
  3. Use Environment: Remember that environment plus elements can equal big damage. Combine a fire spell with Grease and coat the area with fire damage. Same with water and electrical, have some way to use the environment and do extra damage.
  4. Knockback: Having a spell like Thunderwave is essential to handling pressure from melee targets. Oftentimes, you will be the number one target of Fighters and Rangers.  Combine a big knockback with Misty Step and create distance whenever you can to survive.
  5. Area Damage: Wizards bring big area damage to the party and that should be your focus when creating and using your build.  Think of ways to hit multiple targets directly or with environmental damage to inflict the most damage at once.
  6. Rest Constantly: Your spell slots will quickly run out after one or more fights, especially if challenging.  During my playthrough, resting and using the resources is merely a small-time commitment, but it’s the difference between life and death when you enter combat.
  7. Positioning: Keeping your distance and firing off spells and cantrips is how you successfully do damage.  Every turn, ask yourself what’s the likelihood a melee character or range can hit me?  Look to move back in distance and even use Hide to prevent damage from coming in.  As a Wizard you do not lack damage, but survival can be tricky.
  8. Crowd Control: Wizards have great single-target and group 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. Save at least one of your highest spell slots in reserve for a critical moment. Usually, I do this for Misty Step as it’s a get-out-of-jail-free card.
  10. Use Consumables: One of the best early consumables is the Potion of Speed. This gives you an extra action that the Wizard lacks inherently. This essentially doubles your combat potential for a few turns. The best part, it’s a bonus action to consume, so you can use it at the start of a battle and have a huge opening attack.

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 Evocation Wizard!

Baldur’s Gate 3 Wizard Build Summary Guide

Subclass: Evocation School

Armor: Cloth

Weapons: Quarterstaff

RaceHigh Elf

Ability Score

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

Level Progression

  • Level 1 – Chromatic Orb Spell
  • Level 2 – Find Familiar Spell
  • Level 3 – Misty Step Spell
  • Level 4 – Feat +2 Intelligence
  • Level 5 – Fireball and Haste Spells
  • Level 6 – Counterspell
  • Level 7 – Ice Storm Spell
  • Level 8 – Spell Sniper Feat
  • Level 9 – Conjure Elemental Spell
  • Level 10 – Cone of Cold Spell
  • Level 11 – Disintegrate Spell
  • Level 12 – Feat +2 Intelligence

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