Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Trickery Domain Cleric Build Guide

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

Baldur's Gate 3 Shadowheart Companion

Trickery Domain Cleric Class Introduction

The Cleric class in Baldur’s Gate 3 is a divine spellcaster focused on support to heal, buff, and protect their allies. They are also capable of dealing damage with their spells and weapons. Clerics are proficient with simple weapons, light, and medium armor, and shields. Their primary ability score is Wisdom and primarily help with crowd control, healing, buffs, and dealing damage occasionally.

For this Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Trickery Domain Cleric Build, we will use the Trickery Domain subclass which is the default build for Shadowheart companion.  The Trickery Domain focuses on deceit, illusion, and subterfuge.  You will gain many spells, cantrips, and subclass actions that aid in this gameplay.  Consider this a support build with a variety of crowd control, illusions, and utility spells. 

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

Trickery Cleric ProsTrickery Cleric Cons
Helpful Utility SpellsLower Damage
Great HealingNo Additional Action
Summons Powerful Allies Terrible Mobility

Trickery Domain Cleric Class Mechanics and Features

The following list are key features and class mechanics of the Trickery Domain Cleric in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Primary Ability: Wisdom
  • Saving Throws: Charisma and Wisdom
  • Weapon Proficiency: Simple Weapons
  • Armour Proficiency: Light armour, Medium armour, and Shield
  • Channel Divinity: a resource to cast turn undead and subclass action.
  • Divine Intervention: a one-time class action that can perform one of several large-scale actions.
  • Domain Spells: get free subclass spells always prepared.
  • Preferred Weapon: Mace and Shield

Cleric 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 long rest.
  • Prepared Spells: this allows you to flex in and out spells as long as you are not in combat.
  • Concentration: is a spell mechanic that requires you to maintain concentration otherwise, the spell effect ends.

Trickery Domain Subclass

BG3 Trickery Domain Subclass

The Trickery Domain subclass primarily focuses on crowd control and utility spells while retaining the Cleric support playstyle.  You will be able to heal on this subclass very effectively, and the leveling progression will walk you through a support-style setup with trickery, deception, and illusion utility.  This Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Trickery Domain Cleric Build will excel at stunning, crowd-control, and healing. 

The Trickery Domain Cleric subclass unlocks the following features and spells:

  • Domain Spells (Level 1) – Disguise Self and Charm Person 
  • Blessing of the Trickster (Level 1) – Grant another creature advantage on Stealth checks.
  • Invoke Duplicity (Level 2) – Summon an illusion to distract your enemies. You and your allies receive Advantage on Attack Rolls against a creature if both the attacker and the illusion are within 3m of that creature.
  • Domain Spells (Level 3) – Mirror Image and Pass Without Trace
  • Domain Spells (Level 5) – Bestow Curse and Fear
  • Domain Spells (Level 7) – Polymorph and Dimension Door
  • Divine Strike: Poison (Level 8) – Once per turn deal 1-8 Poison damage in addition to your Weapon’s Damage when you make a melee attack.
  • Domain Spells (Level 9) – Dominate Person and Seeming
BG3 Folk Hero Background - Baldur's Gate 3

Folk Hero is the Best Background for a Trickery Cleric in Baldur’s Gate 3 because it gives two Wisdom base skills that help in non-combat situations. You want to pick a background that scales with your main ability Wisdom. This choice mostly influences roleplaying and dialogue options aspects and allows you to create unique characters. Additional choices are:

  1. Folk Hero: Proficient in Animal Handling and Survival. You’re a champion of the common people, challenging tyrants, and monsters to protect the helpless. 
  2. AcolyteProficiency in Insight and Religion. You have spent your life in service to a temple, learning sacred rites and providing sacrifices to the god or gods you worship. 

Best Race Choice for Trickery Domain Cleric Build

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

The High Elf is the best race choice for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric Trickery Domain Build because you can have longsword proficiency along with Darkvision, an extra cantrip, and Fey Ancestry. A secondary choice is the Asmodeus Tiefling because of Hellish Rebuke, fire resistance, and Darkvision.

High ElfAsmodeus Tiefling
Elven Weapon TrainingHellish Rebuke
Extra CantripHellish Resistances
Fey AncestryExtra Cantrip
Best Trickery Domain Cleric Racial Choice

The Cleric’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.

Medicine and Insight are the best skills for the Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Cleric Trickery Domain 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 the Trickery Domain Cleric in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  1. Medicine is a Wisdom Skill.
  2. Insight is a Wisdom Skill

In Baldur’s Gate 3, each skill is related to a specific ability score and it’s effectiveness scales with the level of that score. You want to choose skills for your character that they already have a high ability score in. For example, if you want to have high Persuasion (which is used to influence dialogue choices), you need to have correspondingly high Charisma. Ideally, you want a party composition that includes a variety of high-ability scores which can give you success in different skills.

Best Cleric Ability Scores

Best Cleric Ability Score - Baldur’s Gate 3

Below is the best ability score to unlock the full potential of the best Trickery Domain Cleric Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Best Trickery Domain Cleric Ability Score

The most important ability score for the Trickery Domain Cleric is 16 Wisdom followed by 16 Constitution and 14 Dexterity. Wisdom influences your spells power and percentage to land while Constitution increases health and helps with concentration saving throws. Dexterity is also important and 14 gives us +2 to AC while wearing medium armor. The 16, 16, 14 setup is optimal for this Domain Trickery build.

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 Trickery Domain Cleric Build Guide. Simply use the plus-minus in the character creator and make sure you have the suggested race, or the numbers will be off.

Trickery Domain Cleric Spell Slots

Here is a list of the Trickery Domain Clerics’ Spell Slots as they progress:

Cleric 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

Trickery Domain Cleric 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 Trickery Domain Cleric Build:

    • 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.
    • Concentrated Blast: You must be concentrating on another spell to cast this.
    • Freecast: You have discovered a marvelous adaption within yourself. Spell slots, charges, and similar resource costs for your next action or spell are removed.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level Progression

Level 1

Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Trickery Domain Cleric Build Guide

At Level 1, you will unlock three cantrips and pick three prepared spells. Cantrips are reusable and don’t require a spell slot resource. Prepared spells can be swapped in and out before combat, so make sure to use the loadout at the end of the level for a helpful guide.

Cantrip Selection

  • Sacred Flame: Conjure a flame-like radiance that deals 1d8 Radiant. This Cantrip acts with a very low damage range ability that can be used without a spell slow.
  • Guidance: Bestow guidance upon an ally. They gain a +1d4 bonus to Ability Checks.  This spell is critical during dialogue checks and is very useful outside of combat.
  • Thaumaturgy: Gain Advantage on Intimidation and Performance Checks. This is another helpful noncombat-related cantrip.

Spell Selection

  • Guiding Bolt: 4d6 Radiant damage that grants Advantage on the next Attack Roll against the target. This is very high damage early and helpful because of the Advantage component. Consider this your main offensive spell.
  • Healing Word (Domain Spell): 1d4 Heal a creature you can see up to 18m away with bonus action. Since this a bonus action heal, you can combine with an action-based heal like Cure Wounds or others to do two heals in one turn.
  • Inflict Wounds: 3d10 damage necrotic. Used in melee range for good damage.
  • Bless (Domain Spell): up to 3 creatures gain a +1d4 bonus to Attack Rolls and Saving Throws. This spell requires concentration which can be broken, but it can be but it can be pre-cast before combat with a long 10-turn duration. This drastically helps melee build land attacks like a Fighter and Barbarian.
  • Cure Wounds: 1d8 heal requiring you to touch a creature to heal it. A melee-based heal that isn’t that powerful but at early levels it can be combined with Healing Word for two heals in one turn.
  • Shield of Faith: use a bonus action to grant 2 AC to a character. Useful because this spell requires bonus action, not an action to provide protection.

Subclass Feature

  • Domain Spells – Disguise Self and Charm Person 
  • Blessing of the Trickster – Grant another creature advantage on Stealth checks.
BG3 Blessing of the Trickster

At level one, your best combination for healing is Healing Word and Cure Wounds.  Healing Word is a bonus action while Cure Wounds is an action. Thus, you can pair these two together in one turn for powerful healing. Both spells will see enchanted versions of themselves later in levels, so this combination will repeat itself throughout the leveling process.

Guiding Bolt in early levels is God-tier damage, while inflict wounds is slightly higher.  The strength of a guiding bolt is its range, and it grants advantage to the next attacker.  This allows someone to roll two D20.  You don’t necessarily want to use your spell slots early on guiding bolt, but if a target must die, this is the spell to use.  For damage, mainly use Fire Bolt cantrip if you have access to it, or pick High Half-Elf racial choice. Sacred Flame is another great option as well for cantrip damage.

Your subclass unlocks at this level, and throughout you will get access to always-prepared spells. This means you don’t have to drop a spell to put it in your spell book.  That will help with variety and versatility in spell casting.  Blessing of the Trickster is unlocked which helps with stealth checks, aka stealing and pickpocketing. If you play with a rogue, or you want to sneak yourself, this is useful.

Your goal at this level is to keep people alive, provide buffs, and do damage when everyone is topped off on health.  This continues throughout as this is a support build setup.  Look to wear medium armour and one hand and shield.  This will keep your Armour Class (AC) high, lowering the enemy’s chance to hit you.  Also, rely on cantrips in early levels when spell slots are very low, and expect a big boost in power at levels 5 and 9 when you learn more powerful spells.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 1 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Guiding Bolt, and Shield of Faith.

Level 2

A Level 2 you will get one channeled divinity charge, Turn Undead, and Invoke Duplicity.

  • Turn Undead (class spell): Inflicts Turned. Present your holy symbol and pray. Each undead that can see or hear you is forced to flee from you.
  • Command (prepared spell): Command a creature to flee, move closer, freeze, drop to the ground, or drop their weapon. The effect of the command is based on the variant selected.
  • Invoke Duplicity (subclass feature) – Summon an illusion to distract your enemies. You and your allies receive Advantage on Attack Rolls against a creature if both the attacker and the illusion are within 3m of that creature.
BG3 Invoke Duplicity

Your subclass unlock of Invoke Duplicity is a unique one.  This costs an action and requires concentration with a 9m range.  The illusion helps the target who’s receiving pressure, or about to go on the offensive.  3m from the illusion, you gain advantage, thus rolling two D20 rather than one.  Essentially this is a utility spell to be placed on someone who’s taking damage, about to receive a lot of incoming damage, or expect them to be attacked. 

Depending on your initial spells, drop Inflict Wounds and Pickup Command.  This is a mega-powerful crowd control, with grovel and drop as my two favorites. Drop is useful on weapon-based damage dealers like the Githyanki, while grovel knocks enemies prone.  This is a very powerful crowd-control spell that works later in the game.  Shield of Faith is also a great ability due to it’s AC increase and it mirrors a powerful early-game weapon Sword of Justice.

You will have more crowd control and utility at this level.  The biggest issue is that a lot of your spells require concentration.  Blessed is another incredible spell for a heavy melee, weapon-based party that helps with overall damage.  Pick and choose your concentration spell to cast, and usually on turn one or two that’s the best play.  Then rely on non-concentration spells for the other turns.  This is obviously not always the case, as sometimes you just need a crowd control ability, and maintaining Bless or Shield of Faith just isn’t worth it.  Experiment and don’t be afraid to adjust spells listed here for your playstyle and group composition needs.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 2 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, and Shield of Faith (flex or Blessed for more offensive).

Level 3

At level three the Trickery Domain Cleric receives two spell slots, one new prepared spell, and two subclass spells, which are always prepared.

  • Domain Spells (subclass feature): Unlock two spell that’s are always prepared Mirror Image and Pass Without Trace.
  • Mirror Image (subclass spell): 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.
  • Pass Without Trace (subclass spell): Call forth a veil of shadows and silence that gives you and all nearby companions a +10 bonus to Stealth Checks.
  • Spiritual Weapon (prepared spell): Summon a floating, spectral weapon that attacks your enemies alongside you.

Two powerful spells are unlocked at this level, Mirror Image and Spiritual Weapon.  Spiritual weapon is a bonus action “summon” spell that brings in another creature to fight for you.  These are super powerful because they act as a distraction and free damage.  This one uses a bonus action and doesn’t require concentration so it’s extraordinarily powerful at this level or beyond.

Mirror Image is simply a god-tier defensive spell that skyrockets your AC, allowing you to avoid attacks until you avoid 3.  Use this when you expect heavy incoming damage.  Pass Without Trace is a helpful utility spell for sneaking around, which is the premise of this subclass. Turn one typically you cast an offensive or defensive concentration spell like Blessed or Shield of Faith, and a bonus action spent on Spiritual Weapon.  The next turn prioritize healing, crowd control, then damage if needed.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 3 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, and Shield of Faith, Spiritual Weapon.

Level 4

BG3 Level 8 Life Cleric War Caster

At Level 4 you will now unlock one cantrip, a new prepared spell, and your first feat.

  • Light (cantrip selection): Infuse an object with an aura of light. Lasts until Long Rest.
  • Lesser Restoration (spell selection): Cure a creature from disease, poison, paralysis or blindness.
  • War Caster (feat selection): 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.

The feat we select at this level is War Caster since nearly everything we do requires concentration.  This will help from breaking concentration, allowing us to get the most out of our spells.  Ability Improvement of +2 is also helpful because it will unlock more prepared spells and help with spell overall power.  We pick up a utility spell and cantrip to help round out our versatility and support Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Trickery Domain Cleric Build Guide.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 4 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, and Shield of Faith, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration.

Level 5

Upon reaching level 5 you will now unlock two level 3 spell slots, the Destroy Undead class feature, two Trickery Domain subclass spells, and be able to select one spell.

  • Destroy Undead (class feature): When you’ve successfully Turned an undead using Turn Undead, it also takes 4d6 Radiant damage.
  • Domain Spells (subclass feature): Unlock Bestow Curse and Fear spells which are always prepared.
    • Bestow Curse (subclass spell): Curse a creature with your touch. The curse either bestows Disadvantage on checks and Saving Throws or attacks, lets you deal additional damage to the target, or robs it of its actions.
    • Fear (subclass spell): Project an image so frightening it makes targets drop their weapons and become Fearful. They will be easier to hit and cannot move.
  • Mass Healing Word (spell selection): Heal up to 6 allies for 5~8 hit points.
  • Animate Dead (spell selection): Create an undead servant from a corpse.
Baldur's Gate 3 Animate Dead Skeleton

At this level, we want to drop Shield of Faith and pick up two level 3 spells. If you are using Blessed instead of Shield of Faith, drop another spell like Lesser Restoration. Your subclass will unlock two free spells, with Fear being a very powerful crowd control.  It helps enemies drop their weapons, and they cannot move.  This is a great counter to weapon-based damage dealers like Githyanki.

Animate Dead is a powerful spell because it summons yet another ally to fight alongside you and stacks with Spiritual Weapon.  Unlike Spiritual Weapon, this corpse summoned last until long rest.  So, after every long rest, find a prior battle with a corpse and summon a skeleton for even more damage and utility. 

You also select Mass Healing Word, which is an upgraded version, still giving you bonus action-based healing.  If you are running out spell slots, consider dropping Healing Word so you can fit shield or blessed in your prepared spells.  Destroy Undead is a great counter to undead but you need to make sure it’s an undead enemy.  Right-click on the enemy and select examine. This will show you information including the enemy type so you don’t blow the spell uselessly.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 5 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead.

Level 6

At Level 6 the Trickery Domain Cleric will unlock one more level 3 spell slot, channel divinity charge, and one prepared spell.

  • Glyph of Warding (prepared spell): Inscribe a circle of arcane glyphs on the ground. When stepped on by an enemy, the selected magical effect will trigger.

So far, the build has almost no area damage so Glyph of Warding can help with this.  While we aren’t a damage build, even support builds need to provide some single target and area damage. Now you have Guiding Bolt and Glyph to alternate depending on the situation. 

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 6 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Glyph of Warding

Level 7

When you reach level 7 you will unlock one level 4 spell slot (however, you cannot cast two in one turn), two subclass spells, and one new prepared spell.

  • Domain Spells (subclass feature): Unlock Polymorph and Dimension Door spells which are always prepared.
    • Polymorph (subclass spell): Transform a creature into a harmless sheep. If the sheep’s hit points drop to 0, the target reverts to its original form with its original hit points.
    • Dimension Door (subclass spell): Teleport yourself and up to 1 adjacent ally to a place you can see. The ally cannot be larger than medium.
  • Guardian of Faith (spell selection):  Call forth a divine guardian that attacks nearby enemies. Every time it deals damage, the guardian loses an equal amount of hit points.

Level 7 is a big level, but keep in mind you only unlock 1 spell slot initially.  Thus, you need to pick your one level 4 spell carefully.  Polymorph is a great single-target stun that should be used when it has a very high chance of landing (70% or higher).  Dimension Door is a utility spell but Guardian of Faith is another summon ally we can use to aid in combat.

The strength of Guardian of Faith is the damage it can do to enemies in an area. The downside is, it’s not mobile and you need to be precise with location.  The best way to place this is on a choke point or a funnel where the enemy has to come.  You can even retreat to make this happen and use your animate dead corpse and spiritual weapon as bait (sorry guys).  The amount of damage, distractions, and help these summons provide cannot be overstated.  Experiment, but I love using them when available.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 7 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Glyph of Warding

Level 8

When you reach Level 8 you’ll unlock a subclass feature, one level 4 spell slot, a feat, and one prepared spell.

  • Divine Strike: Poison (subclass feature) – Once per turn deal 1-8 Poison damage in addition to your Weapon’s Damage when you make a melee attack.
  • Death Ward (prepared spell): Protect a creature from death. The next time damage would reduce it to 0 hit points, it remains conscious with 1 hit point left. Lasts until Long Rest.
  • Ability Improvement (feat selection): +2 to Wisdom, primary ability.

Level 8 helps with either +2 to Wisdom or our War Caster to help with concentration. If you take plus two, you will get another spell to slot immediately following confirmation so check your spell book.

Death Ward acts as a oh crap spell for someone in your party. I find it super useful to cast on a melee build like Barbarian or Fighter where they will take a massive amount of damage and possibly die. This will keep them from being downed, and if it’s their turn, hopefully, they can use a potion and you can burst heal them the following turn.

Divine Strike Poison is a very bizarre subclass unlock that won’t fit with our build.  We aren’t going to strike with weapons, mainly Fire Bolt for free damage as it will do more than nearly any weapon attack without advanced gear.    

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 8 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Glyph of Warding, Death Ward.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 8 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Glyph of Warding, Death Ward.

Level 9

At Level 9 you’ll unlock one level 5 spell slot, two prepared spells for extra wisdom, two subclass spells.

  • Domain Spells (subclass feature) Unlock Dominate Person and Seeming spells which are always prepared.
    • Dominate Person (subclass spell): Make a humanoid fight alongside you. Every time the creature takes damage, it makes a Wisdom Saving Throw against your domination. Allies cannot be dominated.
    • Seeming (subclass spell): Disguise up to 4 members of your adventuring party.
  • Mass Cure Wounds (spell selection): Unleash a soothing hum of energy that heals you and nearby allies for 7~28 hit points.
  • Flame Strike (spell selection): Make a pillar of divine fire roar down from the heavens like the wrath of affronted angels.
  • Beacon of Hope (spell replacement): Your allies will regain the maximum hit points possible when healed. They also gain Advantage on Wisdom Saving Throws and Death Saving Throws

Level 9 is a massive spike in power with level 5 spell unlocks. Again, you only can cast one at this level so be careful about which you select.  You want to drop Glyph of Warding for Flame Strike, which will now serve as a good area base damage spell.  The two prepared unlocks are good utility spells with Beacon of Hope and Mass Cure Wounds adding massive value to your healing potential.

What Beacon of Hope does is ensure you have maximum healing potential.  This spell naturally takes concentration to maintain but is useful when you KNOW the fight will be spent healing.  You want to cast this on turn one, spiritual weapon as bonus action then goes into healing mode.  With both Mass Cure Wounds (now multiple allies) and Mass Healing Word, you have two ways to heal per turn. Mass Cure Wounds is an action, an upgraded version, and Mass Healing Word a bonus action, also upgraded.  With Beacon of Hope running, you will burst up your entire team to full in one turn.  Your damage comes from the summons and allies doing free damage, but the burst healing potential from this level forward is incredible.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 9 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Death Ward, Mass Cure Wounds, Flame Strike, Beacon of Hope.

Level 10

Upon reaching Level 10 you’ll now unlock another Level 5 spell slot, Divine Intervention, a cantrip, and can choose another prepared spell.

  • Divine Intervention (class feature): You can cast Divine Intervention to invoke your God’s aid. Once used, this can never be used again.
  • Blade Ward (cantrip selection): Take only half of the damage from Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing attacks.
  • Banishment (spell selection): Temporarily Banish your target to another plane of existence.

At this level we unlock a good single target stun Banishment and an odd Cleric feature Divine Intervention.  This is a once-per-game spell with one of the spells doing huge area base damage. Obviously, you want to save this for the final fight or a boss you just cannot beat, otherwise gameplay remains unchanged.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 10 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Death Ward, Mass Cure Wounds, Flame Strike, Beacon of Hope, Banishment

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 10 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Death Ward, Mass Cure Wounds, Flame Strike, Beacon of Hope, Banishment

Level 11

Level 11 of the Trickery Domain Cleric unlocks one level 6 spell slot, and learn one new spell for a total of 15 prepared spells.

  • Planar Ally (spell selection): Beseech one of these otherworldly entities for aid.
BG3 Cambion - Baldur’s Gate 3

At level 6 you get only one spell slot and will not gain an additional spell slot. There are two Quarterstaves that bypasses this issue in Act 3: the  Staff of Spellpower or Markoheshki.  With either of these quarterstaves, you can negate a spell slot, essentially cheesing two level 6 spell slots. 

At this level, there are two amazing spells that last until a long rest Planar Ally and Heroes’ Feast. Pick Planar Ally at this level and summon a Cambion which has good health, high movement speed, and big damage.  The best part of the Planar Ally is it stacks with other summons, thus you can have a little team roaming with you until a long rest!  Free damage, utility, and distractions.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 11 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Death Ward, Mass Cure Wounds, Flame Strike, Beacon of Hope, Banishment, Planar Ally.

Level 12

BG3 Trickery Domain Spellbook

Level 12 is the last and final level in Baldur’s Gate 3! The Trickery Domain Cleric will unlock another spell selection and the final feat.

  • Heroes’ Feast (spell selection): You and everyone around can’t be poisoned, diseased, or frightened. Your HP increases, and you make Wisdom Saves with Advantage.
  • Ability Improvement (feat selection): Add a +2 to your Wisdom score

You’ve reached the max level in Baldur’s Gate 3, take another +2 to Wisdom to reach the max of 20.  Select the Hereoes’ Feast spell and try to obtain either Staff of Spellpower or Markoheshki to cast two level 6 spells both of which last until long rest.  You should feel very powerful at this level.  The healing spell at level 6 is powerful, but single target, and isn’t as useful as the combo of healing words, and cure wounds in my opinion. This doesn’t only burst up one player, but your entire team.  And in tough fights, rarely is it just one player needing healing.  Look below for gear suggestions on our Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Trickery Domain Cleric Build Guide.

Trickery Domain Cleric Level 12 Prepared Spells: Healing Word, Cure Wounds, Command, Guiding Bolt, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, Mass Healing Word, Animate Dead, Death Ward, Mass Cure Wounds, Flame Strike, Beacon of Hope, Banishment, Planar Ally, Heroes’ Feast.

Trickery Domain Cleric Companions

For Cleric Build, we do not recommend a support role like Shadowhear. You can alternatively respec her if you like that character, but keep to two damage dealers, one support, and one ranged build.

  • Lae’zel (Fighter): damage, high survivability, and in-your-face aggression. 
  • Gale (Wizard): range magic damage, crowd control, and utility spells.
  • Astarion (Rogue): High Initiative, damage, lockpicking, and sneaking

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.

Beginner: Act 1

BG3 Adamantine Scale Mail
Baldur's Gate 3 Wapira's Crown
Glowing Shield Baldur's Gate 3

Here’s the best beginner gear for Cleric Life Domain Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Gear SlotBest Gear Item
HeadWapira’s Crown
ChestAdamantine Scale Mail
GlovesHellrider’s Pride
BootsBoots of Aid and Comfort
NecklaceAmulet of Misty Step
RingRing of Absolute Force
RingThe Whispering Promise
Weapon 1 Main HandThe Watcher’s Guide
Weapon 1 Off-HandGlowing Shield
  • Wapira’s Crown: When healing another, the wearer regains 1d6 hit points.
    • Found: Reward from Zelvor for killing 3 leaders and Goblin camp, accept gold.
  • Adamantine Scale Mail: All incoming damage is reduced by 1. When a melee attack hits you, the attacker is sent Reeling for 2 turns. Attackers can’t land Critical Hits on the wearer. Disadvantage on Stealth rolls. AC bonus from Dexterity limited to +2.
    • Use the the Scale Mail Mould and Mithral Ore to forge this Medium Armor at the Grymforge.
  • Hellrider’s Pride: When you heal another creature, it gains resistance against Bludgeoning, Piercing and Slashing damage dealt by weapon attacks.
    Strength Saving Throws +1
    • Hellrider’s Pride can be stolen or looted from Zevlor.
  • Boots of Aid and Comfort: When the wearer heals a target, it gains an additional 3 Temporary Hit Points.
    • Grat The Trader at the Goblin Camp.
  • Amulet of Misty Step: Grants Misty Step Level 2 Conjuration Spell.
    • Found in a Gilded Chest (X386 Y8) in Defiled Temple
  • Ring of Absolute Force: Gain Thunderwave, Level 1 Spell.
    • Dropped by Sergeant Thrinn in Grymforge
  • The Whispering Promise: When the wearer heals a creature, it also receives a 1d4 bonus to attack rolls and saving throws for 2 turns.
    • From traders in few Locations possible: Zhentarim Hideout, Goblin Camp, Druid Grove, Shattered Sanctum
  • The Watcher’s Guide: When the spear misses its target, the wielder’s next Attack Roll against that target has Advantage.
    • Solve the Puzzle to Get it – Inside a Sarcophagus in the Dank Crypt
  • Glowing Shield: Once per Short Rest, if you are below 50% Hits Points and take damage, you gain 8 Temporary Hit Points.
    • In a chest on a slope behind the goblin camp. (X: -54, Y: 462)

Advanced: Act 3 End Game

BG3 Devotee's Mace
Viconia's Walking Fortress in Baldur's Gate 3 - Legendary Shield - BG3
Baldur's Gate 3 Helldusk Armor

The following table presents the best advanced and end-game gear for Trickery Domain Cleric Build in Baldur’s Gate 3:

Gear SlotBest Gear Item
HeadHelm of Balduran
CapeMantle of the Holy Warrior
ChestHelldusk Armour
GlovesThe Reviving Hands
BootsDisintegrating Night Walkers
NecklaceAmulet of Greater Health
RingOrphic Ring
RingRing Of Regeneration
Weapon 1 Main HandDevotee’s Mace
Weapon 1 Off-HandViconia’s Walking Fortress
  • Helm of Balduran: The helmet heals you 2 hit points at the beginning of every turn; You have a +1 bonus to Armour Class and Saving Throws; You can’t be Stunned; Attackers can’t land Critical Hits on the wearer.
    • Found on an altar (X: 636, Y: -964) next to Ansur in the The Wyrmway in Act 3
  • Mantle of the Holy Warrior: Can cast Crusader’s Mantle (Level 3 Evocation Spell. Nearby allies do extra radiant damage on attacks) once per Long Rest.
    • Sold by Vicar Humbletoes in Stormshore Tabernacle
  • Helldusk Armour: You are considered Proficient with this armour while wearing it; When you succeed a Saving Throw, the caster receives Burning for 3 turns; You have Resistance to Fire damage and cannot be Burned. You take 3 less damage from all sources.
    • Can be looted from Raphael in the House of Hope in Act 3
  • The Reviving Hands: When you heal a creature, it gains the effect of Blade Ward. When you Revive a creature it gains the effect of Death Ward. Strength Saving Throws +1; Can cast the spell Revivify once per Long Rest.
    • Sold by Vicar Humbletoes in Stormshore Tabernacle
  • Disintegrating Night Walkers: Can’t be Enwebbed, Entangled, or Ensnared and can’t slip on Grease or Ice; Cast the spell Misty Step once per Short Rest.
    • Can be taken from Nere, at the Grymforge
  • Amulet of Greater Health: Increases the wearer’s Constitution score to 23; Advantage on Constitution Saving Throws Checks
    • Can be taken from the Archive in the House of Hope
  • Orphic Ring: Provides Confusion (Level 5 Enchantment Spell. Befuddle a group of creatures, causing them to attack at random, wander around aimlessly, and occasionally skip turns in the stupor.)
    • Can be looted from Orpheus
  • Ring Of Regeneration: At the beginning of your turn, the ring activates to heal you 1d4 Hit Points.
    • Sold by Rolan at Sorcerous Sundries
  • Devotee’s Mace: Healing Incense Aura emanates a soothing aura. You and nearby allies regain 1~4 hit points at the start of your turn.
    • Rewarded from the “Arm Thy Servant” option of Divine Intervention.
  • Viconia’s Walking Fortress: When a foe hits you with a melee attack, you can use your Reaction, dealing it 2~8Force damage and knock it Prone unless they succeed a Dexterity Saving Throw; You gain Advantage on Saving Throws against spells. Spell Attack Rolls against you have Disadvantage; Can cast Reflective Shell once per short rest; Can cast Warding Bond once per Long Rest.
    • Can be looted from Viconia DeVir during Shadowheart’s companion quest in Act 3.

Consumables, Potions and Items

Baldur's Gate 3 Potion of Speed
Smokepowered Bomb
Baldur's Gate 3 Potion of Greater Healing

Consumables are items that can be used once and then destroyed. They are typically used to restore health or other resources. Some common types of consumables include potions, scrolls, food, drinks, and arrows.

The following list represents the best individual use consumable items that will aid in our Trickery Domain Cleric Build:

  • Potion of Speed: Gain extra action, +2 Armour Class, Advantage on Dexterity Saving Throws, and double movement speed making it the best consumable in the game.
  • Smokepowder Bomb: Throw bomb 18m with a 4m radius dealing 3d4+9 Force damage dealing a massive amount of area damage.
  • Arrow of Fire:  Deals +1D4 fire damage and creates a fire surface for extra area damage.
  • Greater Healing Potion: use a bonus action to self-heal for 4D4+ 4 HP.
  • Basic Poison: use a bonus action to coat a weapon with poison.
  • Feather Fall Scroll: become immune to falling damage which helps to enter Underdark.
  • Alchemist Fire: throwable single target dealing 1d4 Fire damage per turn to a creature hit

Trickery Cleric Combat, Gameplay Tips, and Tricks

Here are 10 gameplay tips and tricks for playing a Trickery Domain Cleric in Baldur’s Gate 3:

    1. Prioritize Healing Allies: Concentrate on mending your comrades rather than dealing damage, allowing your heavy hitters to focus on offense.
    2. Efficient Bonus Action Healing: Maximize the effectiveness of your bonus action healing by pairing it with your primary action healing.
    3. Pre-Battle Blessings: Cast the Shield of Faith before entering combat to save an action.
    4. Control the Crowd: Utilize spells like Blind and Command to control opponents, reducing the overall damage your party takes.
    5. Cantrip Conservation: When low on spell slots or not committed to major offensive spells, rely on cantrips to preserve your spell slots for crucial moments.
    6. Guiding Bolt’s Impact: At the outset, employ Guiding Bolt as your significant damage-dealing spell, ideally on the first turn when allies don’t require healing.
    7. Area vs. Single Target: Ensure you extract maximum value from each spell by positioning yourself correctly and employing area-based healing when multiple players need assistance.
    8. Leveraging Consumables: When you need multiple actions per turn, take advantage of items like the Potion of Speed.
    9. Health Potion Preparedness: Ensure your teammates have healing potions readily available, especially if they are out of your line of sight or require significant healing.
    10. Optimal Range: Maintain a medium range where you can provide both melee healing and deal damage without straying too far from your teammates’ line of sight.

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 Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Trickery Domain Cleric Build Guide!

Best Baldur’s Gate 3 Trickery Cleric Build Summary Guide

Subclass Trickery Domain

Armor: Medium

Weapons: One Hand & Shield

Race – High Elf

Ability Score

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

Level Progression

  • Level 1 – Guiding Bolt Damage Spell
  • Level 2 – Command
  • Level 3 – Spiritual Weapon Class Spell
  • Level 4 – War Caster Feat
  • Level 5 – Animate Dead
  • Level 6 – Glyph of Warding
  • Level 7 – Guardian of Faith
  • Level 8 – Ability Improvement Feat
  • Level 9 – Flame Strike
  • Level 10 – Blade Ward and Banishment
  • Level 11 – Planar Ally
  • Level 12 – Ability Improvement Feat

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