Highlights Baldur’s Gate 3 features a wide variety of spells directly from Dungeons and Dragons, with fire spells being especially powerful for controlling the battlefield. Flaming Sphere is a level two spell that creates a ball of fire to attack enemies or light up dark areas but requires concentration to maintain. Fireball, a level three spell, targets an area and deals a significant amount of damage, making it a valuable spell for spellcasters.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has a wide variety of spells that it has taken directly from Dungeons and Dragons, the tabletop role-playing game the title is based on. These spells can be wielded by all sorts of spellcaster classes, and each spell belongs to a certain school of magic too.
Besides the school the spell is from, these spells can also do all sorts of damage, mainly focusing on the elements. One of the most powerful of all is fire spells, as they not only burn the player’s opponents but can also allow the player to control the battlefield by setting certain areas alight. With so many fire spells available, these are by far the best in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3).7 Flaming Sphere – Level Two Spell
Starting off strong, Flaming Sphere is a spell that can be cast by Druids, Wizards, or Light Domain Clerics. While the character keeps their concentration, they will have a ball of fire as a companion that will last for ten turns, and on its go, it will be able to attack the player’s opponents. When nearby enemies or objects, the Flaming Sphere does two d6 of damage.
However, it can also be used to directly attack a single opponent or simply used as a beacon to light up an area when the player faces the dark. As mentioned, this spell does require concentration, and therefore, when the player is attacked, they will have to roll to keep concentrating on their spell; otherwise, the Sphere will disappear.6 Scorching Ray – Level Two Spell
Another level two spell that can be wielded by a variety of spellcaster classes and deals a fair amount of damage is Scorching Ray. Unlike some spells that only hit once, Scorching Ray allows the player to shoot three beams of fire toward an enemy.
By using a level two spell slot, a spellcaster can deal six d6 of damage; each ray of fire will deal fire damage that ranges between two and twelve. Therefore, a player can decide to direct all three beams at one enemy or hit three enemies at once. By using higher spell slots, a player can then increase the amount of damage done by the spell.5 Wall Of Fire – Level Four Spell
Wall of Fire is another incredibly powerful fire spell, although players won’t be able to cast it until they have hit later levels due to it requiring the player to unlock level four spell slots. It can then be used to block off an area from enemies to either force them to walk across their death to reach the player’s party or keep them far enough away from ranged attacks.
Lasting for ten turns unless the player’s concentration is broken, Wall of Fire proceeds to deal a deadly five d8 of fire damage unless the individual succeeds in a dexterity saving throw, where they will only then take half the damage. On most occasions, this will still kill a player’s opponent in BG3.4 Burning Hands – Level One Spell
Taking a step back to the very beginning of the game. Even some fire spells in Baldur’s Gate 3 that only require a level one spell slot can be incredibly crucial to a spellcaster’s survival. Burning Hands is a simple spell that can be cast by nearly every spellcaster in the game, including some subclasses such as the Arcane Trickster for Rogue.
Spellcasters benefit greatly from being at a distance from their target, though in some cases, this isn’t possible when the enemy rushes them. Burning Hands attacks with a cone of fire in front of the player or party member, dealing a scorching three d6 of damage; it can only be made more powerful by using higher-level spell slots.3 Flame Strike – Level Five Spell
On the other end of the spectrum are the end-game spells that players won’t be able to use unless they have truly dedicated leveling up a player in a single class. Flame Strike can only be used by Clerics and those that chose The Fiend subclass for Warlocks.
Understandably, due to being a spell that requires a level five spell slot, this spell can only be used a few times in a long rest –or short rests for Warlocks– though it’s worth the sleep. One cast of this flaming strike will rid an enemy of a large chunk of their health. Besides doing five d6 of fire damage, this spell also does an additional five d6 of radiant damage too. This, therefore, has the total potential of doing sixty damage, with the lowest being ten.2 Fireball – Level Three Spell
Fireball is a spell that continues to be as useful in Baldur’s Gate 3 as it is in Dungeons and Dragons. Doing a total of eight d6 of damage as simply a level three spell is an incredible feat. Players can only imagine how much more damage this would do with higher-level spell slots.
What makes Fireball one of the greatest fire spells in Baldur’s Gate 3 is how it targets an area instead of just a single opponent. This, therefore, allows a spellcaster to deal with a small group of enemies that find themselves unluckily near each other.1 Fire Bolt – Cantrip
Out of all the available fire spells in BG3, one of the greatest and a must for any spellcaster must be Fire Bolt. What makes this spell so unbelievable is how it’s a cantrip which means a player doesn’t need to worry about wasting spell slots to attack an individual with them.
This is also a must, especially for Evocation Wizards. At later levels, they can add their spell-casting modifier to the damage to these rolls, which means a simple cantrip like Fire Bolt will deal even more damage to a foe.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is out now on PC and is set to release on September 6th, 2023, for PlayStation 5.