Bards are an extremely fun class to play in Baldur’s Gate 3. I’m playing a Bard in my four-person friend group party and I’m loving it. Bards have some diversity but if you want to build the best Bard, you’ll be focusing mostly on support. Here is how to make the best Bard build in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Note: With my Bard build, I’ve multiclassed with a Sorcerer to give myself some powerful damage spells and Wild Magic. If you want to know what the best multiclass builds are in Baldur’s Gate 3, I suggest checking out our guide.
How to make the best Bard build in BG3
To create the best Bard build in Baldur’s Gate 3, you need the best race, background, subclass, spells, cantrips, companions, armor, and weapons. I know, it’s a lot, but as a resident Bard expert, I’ll guide you through every decision.
Best Bard race and background in BG3
Humans, Githyanki, and Halflings make the best Bards in Baldur’s Gate 3. You want to avoid Half-Orc and Dragonborn because their race perks focus more on armor and weapons instead of checks and spells.
I chose to play as a Halfing Bard because you get to reroll critical failures on attack rolls, ability checks, and saving throws with the Lucky race perk and you have advantage against Frightened saving throws which is good so you don’t get paralyzed in battle. Lightfoot Halfling is even better because you get advantage on stealth checks.
Entertainer is the best Bard background because in and out of conversations, your Bardic ways lead you to gain Inspiration just by choosing to do Bard things. For instance, I curiously banged on a goblin war drum and got Inspiration for it because of my Entertainer background, but I was just doing Bard things. Plus, you get proficiencies in Acrobatics and Performance which doesn’t hurt.
Best Bard subclass and stats in BG3
The best Bard subclass is College of Lore. While College of Swords is fun if you want to play more aggressively and College of Valor is good if you want to do some support and some up-close damage, College of Lore helps you hone in on supporting your team by giving you Cutting Words which uses Bardic Inspiration to help attackers miss and Magical Secrets which unlocks some really cool spells.
For stats, you’ll want to dump all your points into Charisma primarily, then Wisdom, then Constitution, then Dexterity. Charisma is your main spell modifier so the higher the better; plus it helps you be able to talk your way out of or into anything. Wisdom and Dexterity should be high since the spells you use primarily have Wisdom and Dexterity saving throws, but Constitution shouldn’t be ignored especially because you’re naturally very weak as a Bard.
Best Bard spells and cantrips in BG3
The best Bard spells you can use are Healing Word which heals for less than Cure Wounds but you can cast it from a distance, Dissonant Whispers to deal Psychic damage and Frighten a creature, and Faerie Fire to give your allies advantage against everyone within the circle.
The best level two Bard spells are Cloud of Daggers to deal great AoE crowd control damage and Heat Metal to deal continual fire damage and give the attacker disadvantage. The best level three Bard spells are Fear to immobilize your enemies and Glyph of Warding to add diversity since you can do a lot with that.
As far as Bard cantrips go, you only ever get access to eight. The best ones are True Strike which you’ll use often to help your allies hit with advantage and Vicious Mockery to deal some Psychic damage and give your attackers disadvantage. Avoid Dancing Lights and Light altogether and get Friends to ensure you never ever miss a Charisma check since it gives you advantage. You don’t need Blade Ward unless you’re playing a battle Bard, Mage Hand is pretty handy but can be skipped, and Minor Illusion can be fun but it isn’t that great.
Best companions for Bard in BG3
To be the best Bard, you need to have the best companions. If you are playing with three friends, three Origin characters, or three hirelings, the best companions you can have while playing a Bard are a tank to stay in the front and take and deal damage, a stealthy class to deal high single-target damage, and a mage to deal high AoE damage. If you’re using Origin characters, I recommend Lae’zel, Astarion, and Gale.
I recommend using a Paladin or Druid for your tank, a Sorcerer or Wizard for your mage, and a Rogue or Ranger for your stealthy class. In my four-person game, I’m playing a Bard and my other three friends are playing Paladin, Druid, and Rogue. Paladin and Druid work together to form a two-line tank offense while the Rogue does insanely high damage from the shadows. This allows me to continue to buff them, debuff the enemy, and occasionally do some devious damage.
Best Bard armor in BG3
There’s a surprising amount of really great armor that works specifically for Bards in Baldur’s Gate 3, and all of them are found in the first act. Here’s the armor I’ve found that works extremely well as a Bard:
- Blazer of Benevolence – When you use Bardic Inspiration, you gain four temporary hit points.
- A reward for rescuing Volo in the Shattered Sanctum.
- Boots of Aid and Comfort – When you heal a target, you gain three temporary hit points.
- Bought from Grat the Trader in the Goblin Camp.
- Ring of Salving – You restore an additional two hit points when you heal someone.
- Bought from Omeluum after completing his quest.
- Cap of Curing – When you use Bardic Inspiration, they regain one to six hit points.
- Found behind the Tiefling Bard east of the Emerald Grove.
- Wapira’s Crown – When healing, the wearer regains one to six hit points.
- Save the Tiefling refugees and accept Zevlor’s gratitude.
- Wondrous Gloves – Your AC increases by one. You also get one more Bardic Inspiration.
- Dropped by a Mimic in the Grymforge which is found west after climbing down a rock face.
Best Bard weapons in BG3
Luckily for Bards, weapons don’t really matter. All you need is a fairly decent bow, but the majority of the time, you’ll be using spells and cantrips to buff and debuff. Because of that, there aren’t any necessary weapons you need as a Bard. I recommend heading to a shop and buying the best bow they have.