Best Gale Build In Baldurs Gate 3
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Best Gale build in Baldur’s Gate 3

Don't ignore building this intelligent spellcaster!

Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3 may not be everyone’s first pick, but personally, I can’t enter a fight without him anymore. So, here’s the best Gale build you can create in Baldur’s Gate 3.

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His amazing Wizard spells come in handy, and Counterspell is a must-have in your party. But do you find your Gale to be a little squishy, or just not as powerful as you want? Luckily, we’re here to help!

Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3): Best Wizard Gale build

Personally, when it comes to Wizard subclasses, the best build for Gale in Baldur’s Gate 3 has to be either Evocation or Abjuration. If you choose Evocation, Gale’s AoE spells won’t damage his allies. And if you go for Abjuration (which I went with), you can create Arcane Wards for you and your party members to reduce attack damage. Both are great choices!

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Best Ability Scores for Gale

Since Wizards use Intelligence as their spellcasting modifier, you want his INT score to be the highest. Behind that should be Constitution for health and Dexterity for Armor Class. The rest of the abilities aren’t as important. Here’s how I would make his Ability Scores when respecing Gale:

AbilityScore
Strength8
Dexterity14
Constitution16 (+1)
Intelligence17 (+2)
Wisdom8
Charisma10

Gale Abjuration Wizard leveling guide

  • Level 1
    • Arcane Recovery: Replenish spell slots while out of combat.
  • Level 2
    • Pick Abjuration subclass
      • Abjuration Savant: Learning Abjuration spell scrolls costs half (25 gold per level).
      • Arcane Ward: A ward forms around you. Each time you cast an Abjuration spell, ward intensity increases by amount equal to spell level. When you take damage, ward blocks amount of damage equal to its intensity, and intensity decreases by one.
  • Level 4
    • Feat: Ability Score Improvement
      • Increase INT score by +2
  • Level 6
    • Projected Ward: When a nearby ally takes damage and you have Arcane Ward active, you can sacrifice a ward to reduce their damage taken.
  • Level 8
    • Feat: Spell Sniper
      • Learn a new Cantrip, and the number you need to hit a Critical lowers by one.
  • Level 10
    • Improved Abjuration: Anytime you take a Short Rest, intensity of Arcane Ward increases by amount equal to your Wizard level.
  • Level 12
    • Feat: War Caster
      • Advantage when rolling saving throws for keeping concentration on spells. Also, if an enemy leaves his melee range, he can cast Shocking Grasp as a reaction.

As an Abjuration Wizard, Gale will barely take any damage during fights. If you find that your Gale gets hit a lot, try this build. He also aids his teammates quite often with the Arcane Ward. I decided to give him War Caster, because many Abjuration spells (and other types) require concentration. That advantage on his roll is crucial for keeping spells going. Also, he can roll a Critical with a 19 roll with the Spell Sniper feat.

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Gale Evocation Wizard leveling guide

  • Level 1
    • Arcane Recovery: Replenish spell slots while out of combat.
  • Level 2
    • Pick Evocation subclass
      • Evocation Savant: Learning Evocation spell scrolls costs half (25 gold per level).
      • Sculpt Spells: Create pockets of safety within Evocation spell. Allies take no damage from Gale’s Evocation spells.
  • Level 4
    • Feat: Ability Score Improvement
      • Increase INT score by +2
  • Level 6
    • Potent Cantrip: Your Cantrips become hard to evade. When a creature succeeds a saving throw on your Cantrip, they still take half damage, but suffer no other effects.
  • Level 8
    • Feat: Spell Sniper
      • Learn a new Cantrip, and the number you need to hit a Critical lowers by one.
  • Level 10
    • Empowered Evocation: Add your Intelligence modifier to damage rolls with any Evocation spell.
  • Level 12
    • Feat: Ability Score Improvement
      • Increase INT score by +1
      • Increase DEX score by +1

The Evocation Wizard is a fan favorite, especially since Evocation spells do the most damage. Because of this, I kept the Spell Sniper feat, but I wanted his Intelligence maxed out for a +5 modifier. This means that with any Evocation spell, he can add a +5 to the damage roll. It doesn’t sound like much, but it can come in handy during those tough fights. I also added a bit to his Dexterity, since I want his AC increased.

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Best Feats for Gale

When looking at the Feats you should give your Wizard companion, go for ones like Spell Sniper, War Caster, or Moderately Armored. Here’s what each Feat can do:

  • Spell Sniper: Learn a Cantrip, and the number needed to hit a Critical Hit reduces by one.
  • War Caster: Gain Advantage on Saving Throws when maintaining concentration on a spell. You can also use a Reaction to cast Shocking Grasp when a target moves out of melee range.
  • Moderately Armored: Gain Proficiency with Medium Armor and Shields. Also increases Strength or Dexterity by one.

As a Wizard, Gale should learn as many spells as he can, and can benefit from more chances to crit with Spell Sniper. War Caster is great for spells that require concentration, which are a lot of them. But Moderately Armored is also great if your Gale always dies first. This will keep his AC high enough to dodge more attacks.

Best spells for Gale

Sometimes the spells that you choose depend on which subclass you’ve chosen. If you’re an Abjuration Wizard, you may favor spells that require concentration (especially with the War Caster feat). But as an Evocation Wizard, you’ll most often throw down a nasty Fireball any chance you can. Out of all these spells, my most commonly used ones are Shield, Counterspell, Fireball, Knock, and Fire Bolt.

  • Cantrips
    • Fire Bolt
    • Shocking Grasp
    • Bone Chill
  • Level 1 spells
    • Shield
    • Mage Armor
    • Magic Missile
    • Witch Bolt
  • Level 2 spells
    • Shatter
    • Mirror Image
    • Knock
  • Level 3 spells
    • Counterspell
    • Lightning Bolt
    • Fireball
  • Level 4 spells
    • Dimension Door
    • Greater Invisibility
    • Blight
  • Level 5 spells
    • Conjure Elemental
    • Cone of Cold
    • Telekinesis
  • Level 6 spells
    • Chain Lightning
    • Disintegrate
    • Sunbeam

Now that you know about the best Gale build, how about you read up on the best Astarion build in Baldur’s Gate 3?


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Anyka Pettigrew has been a Staff Writer for PC Invasion since November 2023 and a Contributing Writer since February 2023. She is a Canadian graduate of a Bachelor of Arts degree who has been writing in games journalism for four years. Anyka is an avid guides writer but also enjoys writing anything from news pieces, to reviews, and even opinion pieces. Having a never-ending passion for video games for as long as she can remember got her into a plethora of genres like action adventure, RPGs, horror, survival etc. Some of her favorite franchises are God of War, Persona, The Last of Us, Zelda, and Resident Evil. She also enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi books, as well as drawing digital art. Anyka also regularly listens to podcasts on gaming news from 'Kinda Funny Games', and 'Play, Watch, Listen'.