Ranking the most destructive spells in Baldur's Gate 3. Here are the best evocation spells in BG3
Quintessential to every high fantasy setting is it's magic. Reshaping the very fabric of reality to your whim is essentially every D&D player's wish. But sometimes, the quickest way to resolve an issue is a 20-ft wide ball of fiery death.
Evocation spells involve magics that tap into unseen sources of energy in order to produce a desired effect. All of these are spectacular in nature and can buff allies, inflict ailments on enemies and handle massive amounts of damage. Firebolt, Darkness and Cure Wounds are just a few noteworthy BG3 incantations in this particular school.
Despite its impressive scale, Larian Studios' latest title currently doesn't contain all of the spells found in it's popular source material, with less than a third making the cut. Suffice to say, preparing the best spells is crucial to your survival in Baldur's Gate 3. This is especially true when you're playing as a “pure” caster class, which are generally regarded as glass canons in lower levels. You've got to protect yourself out there.
So we went through the entire list of 51 evocation spells in Baldur's Gate 3 and ranked the best evocation spells by their effectivity, versatility and overall action economy.
Before we continue, there are a few important things to note. First of all, these BG3 spells are ranked according to their power level in the current patch. Moreover, the potency of a spell changes depending on the scenario. In other words, a bad spell on this list can be a good spell in the right set of circumstances. So with that, let's take a look at the best damage spells in Baldur's Gate 3.
Best Evocation Spells in Baldur's Gate 3
Rankings were made after Baldur's Gate 3 Patch #1's release.
- Eldritch Blast
- Healing Word
- Magic Missile
- Chain Lightning
- Faerie Fire
- Mass Cure Wound
- Scorching Ray
- Shocking Grasp
- Spiritual Weapon
- Chromatic Orb
- Fire Shield
- Gust of Wind
- Ice Storm
- Searing Smite
- Wall of Fire
- Burning Hands
- Dancing Lights
- Flame Blade
- Crusader's Mantle
- Otiluke's Resilient Sphere
- Warden of Vitality
- Selune's Dream
— IGN (@IGN) August 20, 2023
Best Evocation Spells in BG3 – Biggest Mentions
Ranks are based on spell's effectivity, versatility and overall action economy in the current patch.
Arguably the best damage cantrip in all of Baldur's Gate 3. Eldritch Blast can fire up to 4 devastating 1d10 Force projectiles. On top of that, you can target a different enemy with each blast, costing 1 Action and 0 spellslots. Moreover, Eldritch Blast can be augmented further with the Warklock's Eldritch Invocations, giving it more reach, lethality and save conditions that makes it an S-tier pick.
A spell that hones in on the target, Magic Missile doesn't require any attack rolls and instead automatically hit the target, forcing an enemy to maintain their concentration on a spell. What's more is that you can use higher-levelled spellslots to fire more than 3 projectiles, with the Shield Spell being the only counter.
An underappreciated cantrip. The fact that Light lasts until the next long rest makes it a valuable party trick, especially when you enter the 2nd act of BG3.
A cleric's best friend, Spiritual Weapon conjures a floating weapon type of your choosing. The spell itself only needs a 2nd level spellslot and a Bonus Action to cast, but what puts it on A-tier is the fact that it doesn't require concentration. Spiritual Weapon also lets you contribute to the team's damage output when you aren't using your Bonus Action to cast healing spells.
Gust of Wind
A versatile spell that multiple classes can use, Gust of Wind is extremely helpful in removing harmful gas effects in an area. Besides that, the spell is also commonly found in scroll form. Clear poison gas and deadly spores using this level 2 spell.
Who said Druids couldn't be badass? Summon this fiery saber to dole out 3d6 fire worth of damage to your foes when they get uncomfortably close.
While Paladin spells are fiercely tied to their identities, Crusader's Mantle takes it on a whole new level. Infiltrating a den of vampires? Clearing out a basement full of nasty ghosts? Shed a light on the situation by letting nearby allies deal additional radiant damage in their attacks. Deus Vult!
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