Baldur’s Gate 3: Best Races For Cleric 

Due to a vast range of diverse sub-classes, it is not easy to select perfect races for the Cleric build. However, we have some good matches for your build here.

The Cleric class focuses mainly on Wisdom. This is purely a defensive support class that provides extended healing and buff to your allies. The Cleric does not deal much damage, but you can select the appropriate race in Baldur’s Gate 3 to turn it into a damage-dealing or a tanky Cleric. 

This class is especially important when your heavy-hitting allies struggle with low health in challenging battles. You can also make your cleric deal light to medium damage and be tanky by choosing the best race, like Gold Dwarf. 

Now, for the Cleric, you can choose the following best races: 

  • Gold Dwarf 
  • Half-Orc 
  • Wood Elf 
  • Human 

Gold Dwarf 

Gold Dwarf is the best sub-race for any cleric build, especially for the Tempest Domain Cleric. This sub-race provides a bonus that increases the HP of our build with each level gain, putting them on par with tougher party members. 

Gold Dwarf inherits all the bonuses of the Dwarf parent race, and they are. 

  • Movement Speed increases up to 7.5m per turn. 
  • Dwarven Combat Training: You become proficient with Axes and Hammers. 
  • Darkvision: You can see up to 12m in darkness. 
  • Dwarven Resilience: You gain resistance against poison damage and have an advantage on your saving throws against poison attacks. 
  • Dwarven Toughness: You gain +1HP with every character level you gain.


The Half-Orc race is the best match for our War Domain Cleric build. As the main purpose of War Domain Cleric is to provide support only, they need to be alive and survive devastating attacks. Half-Orc race provides a bonus that saves your cleric from an instant death and provides 1HP to continue their journey. 

Below are some bonuses you will get by selecting this race. 

  • Darkvision: You can see up to 12m in the darkness. 
  • Relentless Endurance: Once your HP drops to 0, you survive death by gaining 1HP. However, you can use this feature once per long rest. 
  • Savage Attacks: If you deliver a critical hit with a melee weapon, the game allows you to roll an additional damage dice. The bonus damage is added to your critical damage. 
  • Menacing: You become proficient in Intimidating creatures. 

Wood Elf 

Wood Elf sub-race is a perfect fit for the Life Domain Cleric build in Baldur’s Gate 3. Not only does this sub-race gain the bonuses of the Elf race, but it also provides some unique bonuses of its own. You gain increased movement speed and become proficient in stealth. All the bonuses you get from the Wood Elf race are listed below. 

  • Darkvision: Can see up to 12m in the darkness. 
  • Keen Senses: You become proficient in Perception checks. 
  • Fey Ancestry: You can’t be put to sleep and gain an advantage on saving throws against being charmed. 
  • Elven Weapon Training: You gain proficiency with Longswords, Shortswords, Longbows, and Shortbows. 
  • Movement speed increases up to 10.5m per turn. 
  • Mask of the Wild: You gain proficiency in Stealth. 


The human race can be used for the Light Domain Cleric build. While not our first preference, Human race provides some essential bonuses for this build. 

  • Your movement speed increases up to 9m per turn. 
  • Human Versatility: You can select an additional skill to your liking. 
  • Civil Militia: You gain proficiency with Light armor, Shield, Halberds, Glaives, Pikes, and Spears. 
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