Eldritch Blast Build - 15+ Beams per Turn

Eldritch Blast Build - 15+ Beams per Turn - Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3)

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The post will cover Eldritch Blast Spammer Build in Baldur's Gate 3. This will revolve around maximizing the effectiveness of the most powerful cantrip in the game. You will take full control of the battlefield - knock back enemies, blast them to pieces, or just enjoy melting stuff. Easily expect 4+ casts each turn and be the main face of the Party.

Eldritch Blaster Build

I think many people have heard something related to the "Eldritch" term - Eldritch Blast, Eldritch Knight, etc. With this build, we will go all in on the first one. The cantrip Eldritch Blast is remarkable as it drastically improves as you level up and unlock various boosts from items and class features.

The build allows taking full control of the battlefield. This cantrip is special in the sense, that it can get multiple sources of damage boosts but also has Repelling Blast icon passive feature bg3Repelling Blast​ invocation that allows you to knock back enemies. On the other hand, you could take Devil's Sight icon passive feature bg3Devil's Sight​ and safely hide in Darkness, making enemy attacks trivial. Moreover, as you level up, the number of rays increases and at level 10 this is 3.

You will be easily able to reach 15 or more beams per turn with Haste and Elixir of Bloodlust. Items like Helmet of Grit icon bg3Helmet of Grit can push this even further.

The major downside of this build is that it could become boring as most of the game you will use this one cantrip. However, it will also make you think about how to approach combat encounters to best utilize your best spell. However, if you are interested in a more versatile option that can still Eldritch Blast together with multiple spells, be sure to check Sorlock Build.

Starting the Game

We start with the early game. I would go into what are the best Races, Abilities, and Skills for Sorcerer Warlocks. Some of these choices are impactful as you cannot respec them.

Races

Picking a race provides various benefits - abilities, dialogue options, looks, etc. Also, keep in mind whether your picked race has Shield proficiency as this can improve survivability or give benefits for offensive.

If you are having difficulties making a choice, pick whatever you prefer in terms of looks or roleplay. "The perfect race pick" is important if you are into extreme min-maxing.
Race Features Description
halfling bg3Halfling Although they cannot wear a shield, they are the perfect choice for builds that aim to land critical hits.
Half-Elf Baldur's Gate 3Drow Half-Elf This is a very good race, particularly if you decide to take Devil's Sight icon passive feature bg3Devil's Sight. It can cast Faerie Fire and Darkenss each long rest, as reach higher levels.
Half-Elf Baldur's Gate 3High Half-Elf High Half-Elfs get a cantrip, Darkvision, and also shield proficiency. These are good options for a safe build
Human Baldur's Gate 3Human This is one of the rare occasions where I would recommend going with a human. You can get Shield proficiency that will be valuable throughout the game for various bonuses and increased Armour class.

Class

We start the build with Sorcerer. First, it will give us Constitution Saving Throw proficiency. Second, we want to get level 3 spells as soon as possible. They have very powerful options like Fireball, Haste, etc. After that, you can pick Warlock.

We could also go first with Warlock, but in my opinion, it is fairly weak early on, compared to Sorcerer. Moreover, Eldritch Blast will only receive good potential after Level 5.

Overview
sorcerer Baldur's Gate 3Sorcerer
Features
ico_mini_spellSlot Baldur's Gate 3Spell Slots These can be used to cast spells and are restored each long rest.

Cantrips

The sorcerer gets 4 cantrips. This is a lot, allowing us to make some good choices:

Cantrips Description
Spell_Enchantment_Friends Baldur's Gate 3Friends If you are the main character and do most of the dialogues, this is also a good choice as it gives an advantage during rolls.
Spell_Evocation_FireBolt Baldur's Gate 3Fire Bolt Use this cantrip to deal moderate damage or light up barrels with oil. Perfect if you want to save spell slots. Note: Take this Fire Bolt even if you have the one from Elf or half-elf. The other scales with Intelligence and we need Charisma
Spell_Evocation_RayOfFrost Baldur's Gate 3Ray of Frost Opposite to Fire Bolt, you can deal ice damage if enemies are resistant to fire damage.
Spell_Illusion_MinorIllusion Baldur's Gate 3Minor Illusion Lure enemies together from stealth with the cantrip. Then use Shatter, Thudnerwave, or any other area of effect spell, to deal huge damage.

minor illussion attract enemies baldurs gate 3

Spells

Sorcerers cannot prepare spells. This means that what they choose during the level-up screen - is what they can use. This can easily cause decision paralysis especially if you are new to the game. Here are my recommendations for what to pick early:

Spells Description
Spell_Evocation_MagicMissile Baldur's Gate 3Magic Missile I recommend this spell. It is not very powerful, but it can hit multiple enemies and does not miss. You can easily finish off a straggler with a few HP and damage the second foe. The missiles scale with higher spell slots, and are useful throughout the game.
chromatic orb bg3Chromatic Orb This is a versatile spell, that can be used to create various surfaces and deal different elemental damage.
Spell_Abjuration_MageArmor Baldur's Gate 3Mage Armour This spell will give us 13 Armour Class. Pair this with a dexterity bonus and we have 16 Armour Class at the start of the game. The same as a heavy armor user. Moreover, getting a shield will also net 18. Only take this with Storm Sorcerer, Draconic Bloodline does not need it

Subclass

You can generally go for any subclass, here is an overview of what each does:

  • Draconic Bloodline - I would mainly recommend this subclass due to Draconic Resilience icon passive feature bg3Draconic Resilience. It will ensure a good Armour Class without needing a Mage Armour spell. Moreover, you can get Fire Draocnic ancestries that will ensure you have fire resistance in the late game.
  • Storm Sorcerer - it has a special Fly mechanic that activates after a spell cast. As you can guess there won't be many of these as you will concentrate on utilizing Eldritch Blast (and it is a cantrip). Moreover, the additional spells the subclass gets are also not too relevant.
I would recommend going to Draconic Bloodline and picking fire-related ancestry.
Overview
sorcerer draconic bloodline bg3Draconic Bloodline
Features
Draconic ResilienceDraconic Resilience After you cast a Level 1 spell or higher you can Fly as a bonus action until the end of your turn without receiving Opportunity Attacks.
icon features bg3Draconic Resilience: Hit Points Gain bonus maximum HP for each Sorcerer level.

Dragon Ancestor

This is a unique choice for the Draconic Bloodline subclass. It is important as a level 6 Sorcerer you will obtain a special Elemental Affinity: DamageElemental Affinity: Damage that will increase related element damage. For this build, I would take any that has Fire. My preferred choice would be Draconic Ancestry: Brass (Fire)Draconic Ancestry: Brass (Fire) as it gives Sleep which can be useful early in the game.

Abilities

Now let's take a look at the abilities of the Eldritch Blaster build. Correct allocation will allow us to maximize the early gameplay and get good modifier bonuses.

Ability Value Description
strengthStrength 8 We do not need strength as we will not be in close range often.
dexterityDexterity 16 (15+1) High dexterity will give a bonus Armour Class and higher initiative. This can be used to go first during combat encounters and take out a few enemies before they get to do anything.
constitution bg3Constitution 14 The constitution will give the build bonus HP and increase the success of Constitution Saving Throws
intelligenceIntelligence 8 Not an important stat for us
wisdomWisdom 10 We get 10, to not get any negative modifier for Wisdom Saving Throws, as there are many of them.
charismaproficient_ability Baldur's Gate 3Charisma 17 (15+2) The main ability of Sorcer build. It determines our spell success, and spell difficulty. Moreover, it is used for many dialogue checks, ensuring that you can trick or persuade NPCs. If you will not use Auntie Ethel's Hair to get +1 to Charisma, set it to 16 and use those points on Wisdom.

Skills and Expertise

Overall, the skills should be impacted by your roleplaying and background decisions. However, you would still want those that will give you the best benefits. My recommendations are to pick those at which you have a high ability modifier and these are Charisma-related:

  • Persuasion
  • Deception
  • Performance
  • Intimidation

Leveling Progression

Here is the detailed progression for the Eldritch Blaster build to get you started. You can use it as a guideline because early games can be daunting and overwhelming. Later on, once you get the feel for the class you can start picking your options

Level 2

Instantly at level 2, we get a lot of improvements. First, the Sorcerer gets an additional level 1 spell slot, and 2 Sorcery points are added. They can be used for creating spell slots, additional spellcasting, etc.

Actions Description
Skill_Sorcerer_CreateSorceryPoints_1 Baldur's Gate 3Create Sorcery Points Spend Spell Slots to gain Sorcery Points. Once you get some more metamagic options, you could sacrifice spell slots, to cast two spells in one turn or increase your range
Skill_Sorcerer_CreateSpellSlot_1 Baldur's Gate 3Create Spell Slot Spend Sorcery Points to unlock a Spell Slot. You could create a higher tier spell slot, to increase the damage over what you can at the current level

Spells

My recommendation for the spells to be included in the spellbook:

Spells Description
Spell_Evocation_Thunderwave Baldur's Gate 3Thunderwave Do you see an enemy close to the ledge? Or they are close to you? Use Thunderwave to knock them back and deal thunder damage. It can instantly kill foes that are thrown from the ledge.

Class Passives

Sorcerers get access to unique actions - metamagic. They allow to consumption of sorcery points to enhance spellcasting. New metamagic options will be unlocked as we level up as you have more and more Sorcery Points. Choose two:

Passives Description
Metamagic: Twinned SpellMetamagic: Twinned Spell Spells that only target 1 creature can target an additional creature. Later on, you can use this to apply Haste on two allies or a Command spell to disable two targets. For now, you could use Fire Bolt on two targets, to deal additional damage once you are out of spell slots.
Metamagic: Distant SpellMetamagic: Distant Spell Get a huge distance boost, allowing you to take out enemies before they even see you.

Level 3

We unlock the level 2 spell slots and spells. We also gain another option for metamagic, this time much better

Spells and Replace Spell

Because we get level 2 spells it gets interesting. Although there is no "all-powerful" spell at this level, there are multiple ones that are decent. I would like to recommend a few that you can pick from:

Spells Description
Spell_Evocation_ScorchingRay Baldur's Gate 3Scorching Ray This is a good spell to have in the arsenal. However, it will not play a major role for the build in the late game, as you will mostly utilize Eldritch Blast.
Spell_Conjuration_CloudOfDaggers Baldur's Gate 3Cloud of Daggers This can be used to target multiple enemies and is very good in passages or choke points. The spell deals damage when it's cast and when the enemy's turn begins. This means you do 2x damage by default.

I do not recommend replacing any spells yet, as all of them still serve a purpose.

Class Passives

We are getting another metamagic selection. The good thing is that two new options are introduced. Here is my recommendation:

Passives Description
Metamagic: Quickened SpellMetamagic: Quickened Spell By consuming 3 Sorcery points a spell can be cast using bonus action instead of action points. You can cast two damage spells one after another. Or after level 5, you could use Haste and then two spells at the same turn. This unlocks multiple tactical possibilities.

Level 4

We get our first Feat selection that will greatly improve both offense and defense. The Sorcerer also unlocks another level 2 spell slot and can select an additional spell.

Cantrips

We can choose another cantrip. Nothing important here but you can get this one:

Cantrips Description
light bg3Light A very handy spell, especially in Act 2, where most of the areas will be covered in darkness.
Spell_Conjuration_MageHand Baldur's Gate 3Mage Hand Quality of Life spell, that you can use to summon a hand. It can solve some puzzles, and pick and throw objects. It can also shove enemies from ledges.

Spells

As now you have a decent amount of spell slots getting this option makes sense:

Spells Description
Spell_Shield Baldur's Gate 3Shield I cannot stress enough how powerful this spell is. You can use the level 1 spell slot, to increase your armour class by 5. The result is that you can avoid most of the attacks during the turn.

Feat

For the first Feat, there is nothing much to recommend. You only want to improve your ability score for a higher spell success chance and more damage

Feat Description
ico_features Baldur's Gate 3Ability Improvement Allocate 2 ability points to Charisma. This will increase the modifier by 1 resulting in higher spell success.

Level 5

And we finally reach level 3 spells. Moreover, we get 2 level 3 spell slots for upcasting.

Spells

There are a lot of good spells at this tier, so it's hard to choose what to pick. You should choose one hard hitter that will be your bread and butter for damage dealing:

Spells Description
Spell_Evocation_Fireball Baldur's Gate 3Fireball A very powerful and trustworthy fire spell. You can hit enemies in a decent area of effect for 8d6 damage. With Draconic Bloodline Fire ancestry, each enemy hit will get bonus damage based on the charisma modifier. However, once you get two levels of Warlock, I recommend respecing and skipping this spell. Instead, you could take Darkness if using Devil's Sight icon passive feature bg3Devil's Sight

Replace Spell

Because we also unlock Haste, I would try getting it as soon as possible. I recommend removing Cloud of Daggers, as we have some powerful options, moreover, concentration slot can be used by this spell:

Spells Description
Spell_Transmutation_Haste Baldur's Gate 3Haste A very powerful spell that gives an additional action point. In a sense, you can cast two spells. Add Metamagic: Quickened SpellMetamagic: Quickened Spell, and you can cast 3 spells per turn! Adding Metamagic: Twinned SpellMetamagic: Twinned Spell allows you to cast for both yourself and an ally.

Level 6 - Warlock Lv 1

This is the first dip into the Warlock multiclass. Unfortunately, we do not get the most important bonuses yet, however, it will still be helpful.

Class

Overview
warlock Baldur's Gate 3Warlock
Features
ico_mini_spellSlot_warlock Baldur's Gate 3Warlock Spell Slots These spell slots can be used to cast spells and refill each Short Rest.

Cantrips

We only need the Eldritch Blast cantrip. For the other choose, what you prefer.

Cantrip Description
Spell_Evocation_EldritchBlast Baldur's Gate 3Eldritch Blast One of the cornerstones of this build. We will be using Eldritch Blast to shred enemies to pieces and knock them down. It will become very powerful on the next Warlock level
Spell_Conjuration_MageHand Baldur's Gate 3Mage Hand A utility spell, that can summon a spectral hand. It can help with puzzles and shove enemies.

Subclass

Now for subclasses, each Warlock option brings something to the table. One has more defensive capabilities, another is perfect for controlling, etc. So let's do a short overview of each of them

  • The Fiend - can get temporary HP for each enemy killed - Dark One's BlessingDark One's Blessing. Moreover, another attractive option is the level 1 Command spell. It allows you to Crowd control foes without using a Concentration slot, which is very powerful. Add Metamagic: Twinned SpellMetamagic: Twinned Spell for taking out two enemies
  • The Great Old One - this is a more offensive option. This subclass can apply Freighten to enemies with - Mortal ReminderMortal Reminder. Because you will be releasing multiple shots per turn from Eldritch Blast or Scorching Ray, it will be easy to land a critical hit. So while you deal damage, you also can crowd control foes. Moreover, if you are going with Draconic Bloodline and Scorching Ray, this fits the theme even better.
  • Archfey - gets the unique spell Faerie Fire. It can be useful to get an advantage on attacks. However, this requires concentration, meaning that you may lose something like Haste. So I do not recommend this one.
For this walkthrough, I will go with The Great Old One as the build aims to have a high critical chance of easily applying Frighten on enemies.
Overview
the great old one bg3The Great Old One
Features
Mortal ReminderMortal Reminder As the build uses spells with multihits, this ensures that you can easily land critical hits and make enemies Frightened.

Spells

You will be able to pick 2 spells:

Spells Description
Spell_Enchantment_Hex Baldur's Gate 3Hex By using Bonus Action, you can weaken the enemy. Moreover, each hit will deal an additional 1-6 Necrotic damage on top. Use it together with Eldritch Blast and Scorching Ray for a pure boss-killer combo
expeditious retreat bg3Expeditious Retreat This is another sleeper spell. Although it looks simple, with some items like Boots of Arcane Bolstering  icon bg3Boots of Arcane Bolstering you can guarantee bonus damage on Eldritch Blasts. For example, activate the spell in combat and automatically apply Dash. Now you also get Arcane Charge and enjoy bonus damage from proficiency bonuses on your Blaster cantrip!
armour of agathys bg3Armour of Agathys This spell provides bonus temporary HP that can be useful especially if you are not wearing a shield.
Spell_Enchantment_CommandHalt Baldur's Gate 3Command This is a very powerful spell, that we can empower with Sorcerer metamagic. Only can be selected with The Fiend subclass. It works as crowd control without the need for Concentration. Moreover, with Metamagic: Twinned SpellMetamagic: Twinned Spell, you can cast it on two enemies. On the other hand Metamagic: Extended SpellMetamagic: Extended Spell increases its duration to two turns.

Level 7 - Warlock 2

Level 2 will unlock the full potential of Eldritch Blast and we can now utilize it in combat for maximum damage. We also gain the second spell slot, which could be used to create sorcery points.

Spells

Take whatever spell you prefer, for this level we are mainly interested in Eldritch Invocations.

Spell Description
Spell_Abjuration_ArmorOfAgathys Baldur's Gate 3Armour of Agathys An option if you did not take on the first Warlock level
hellish rebuke bg3Hellish Rebuke an optional spell, that allows additional cast using Reaction. More or less bonus damage when the turn is not yours. However, each spell used decreases your Sorcery Point amount.

Eldritch Invocations

Invocation Description
Agonising BlastAgonising Blast Improves Eldritch Blast damage by including your Charisma ability modifier in the damage calculation.
Devil's Sight icon passive feature bg3Devil's Sight If you plan on using the Darkness spell combo to make yourself almost untouchable, this is a perfect time. I recommend sacrificing Repelling Blast icon passive feature bg3Repelling Blast​ for this.
Repelling BlastRepelling Blast Eldritch Blast now knocks back. This is very powerful as you can throw enemies from ledges. The Invocation is useful in early and mid-game but loses its usefulness in Act 3.

Level 8 - Sorcerer Lv 6

So here there are two ways. You could go for Fighter Lv 1, and access Action Surge on level 9 and Champion Subclass by level 10. However, if you are going with Devil's Sight icon passive feature bg3Devil's Sight​ you will want an additional Darkness spell as soon as possible. Moreover, you will get some bonuses from your Draconic Bloodline.

If you do not care about spamming Darkness, then go with 4 levels of Fighter, and leave Sorcerer for level 12. This way you get access to the second feat a level earlier.

Reaching Level 6 Sorcerer gives bonus subclass features. Draconic Bloodline would unlock:

Features Description
Elemental Affinity: DamageElemental Affinity: Damage The ability will activate every time we use relevant elemental spells. In your case, this will be bonus Fire damage, when using Scorching Ray or Fireball.
Elemental Affinity: ResistanceElemental Affinity: Resistance Somewhat situational feature, I have not used it much, but it can be a lifesaver when you need resistance against fire damage in some late-game encounters.

Spells and Replace Spell

First I would suggest taking some spells that will expand your strategic options:

Spell Description
darkness bg3Darkness Cover an area in Darkness, that is heavily obscured. With Devil's Sight icon passive feature bg3Devil's Sight,​ you can safely stay there and shoot enemies, while enemies will most likely miss you. If you did not take that Invocation, I would avoid this spell.
misty step bg3Misty Step Another option that allows you to move to better positions to gain higher attack rolls, or get away from problems.

For spell replacement here is what I would do - remove Thunderwave and take one of these:

Spell Description
fear bg3Fear Enemies drop their weapons and become fearful. Very potent spell, for crowd control.
Spell_Illusion_HypnoticPattern Baldur's Gate 3Hypnotic Pattern An extremely good crowd-control spell should be used at the start of the combat. It will remove enemies from combat for two turns. Cast it with Metamagic: Extended SpellMetamagic: Extended Spell for a duration of 4 turns. Also, its success can be increased with Metamagic: Heightened SpellMetamagic: Heightened Spell. Use it to take out enemies one by one, so it would not be canceled on all of them.
Spell_Abjuration_Counterspell Baldur's Gate 3Counterspell A powerful spell that can counter almost any spell that foe casts. Even if you don't use it often, it is good to have it as it will notify you of what enemies are casting and let you decide the next steps

Level 9 - Fighter Lv 1

Now we do the last touches of the build and will finish it with Level 4 Fighter. It will give an additional Action Point for more Eldritch Blasts and better critical chances.

Class

Overview
fighter Baldur's Gate 3Fighter
Features
Skill_Fighter_SecondWind Baldur's Gate 3Second Wind Draw on your stamina to heal yourself

Fighting Style

Taking a fighter also allows us to choose a fighting style.

Styles Description
DefenceDefence The best option in this case, it give +1 Armour Class improving the chance to avoid enemy attacks.

Level 10 - Fighter Lv 2

And the last level of our build. There is nothing to choose here and we only enjoy the default Fighter action we obtain:

Action Description
Skill_Fighter_ActionSurge Baldur's Gate 3Action Surge This will take the build to the next level as you can gain an action point at the start of the combat. This can be very deadly on the first turn, as you could remove additional enemies.

Level 11 - Fighter Lv 3

We reach the final level of the build and it will have a substantial impact on the offensive capabilities. We get to choose the Fighter subclass and there are two main options

Subclass

As we are concentrating on high critical chance, we will choose:

Overview
champion bg3Champion
Features
Improved Critical Hit icon passive feature bg3Improved Critical Hit Ensures that it is easier to land critical hits with attack rolls.

Level 12 - Fighter Lv 4

Last, we reached the final level of the Eldritch Blast Spammer build. We get access to the final Feat of the build:

Feat

Because the build concentrates on Eldritch Blast spamming and a high critical chance there are two options:

Feat Description
Spell Sniper icon passive feature bg3Spell Sniper Decreases the required roll for a critical hit. Moreover, unlocks additional cantrip. Feel free to take anything as the build already incorporates Eldritch Blast.
Alert icon passive feature bg3Alert This ensures you go first in almost all game encounters. It is a valuable feat as you can take out some enemies before their turn even starts.

Illithid Powers

This is a special mechanic in Baldur's Gate 3, that allows you to consume tadpoles and unlock special Illithid Powers. These range from somewhat useful, to extremely deadly. I would like to leave a few recommendations:

Base Illithid Powers

Order Illithid Power Description
1 favourable beginnings bg3Favourable Beginnings Very useful power to take as it does not have any costs, and provides only benefits on the first hits.
2 luck of the far realms bg3Luck of the Far Realms Guarantees a critical hit, a very powerful action to have.
3 concentrated blast bg3Concentrated Blast Mainly need this one for progression.
4 cull the weak bg3Cull the Weak It allows you to deal additional psychic damage around the target you kill. Moreover, it can provide an insta-kill if the enemy is very low on HP.
5 psionic overload bg3Psionic Overload A powerful action, that improves the damage of each Eldritch Blast. The downside is that it costs the whole action point.
6 transfuse health bg3Transfuse Health If you are using Helmet of Grit icon bg3Helmet of Grit, this can be used to decrease your HP fast.

Elite Illithid Powers

These become unlocked later in the game as you progress. They are extremely powerful additions to the build.

Order Illithid Power Description
1 freecast bg3Freecast Removes any cost of spell slots or charges, allowing you to cast some very powerful spells in case you cannot do that

Potions, Elixirs and Consumables

Let's take a look at what consumables we can use to further empower the build.

Potions

These are general consumables, and most of them are activated for a few turns. Potions are separate from Elixirs and can be active together.

Consumable Description
potion of speed bg3Potion of Speed In case you or your other casters have a Concentration spell slot taken and cannot cast Haste, use this potion. It acts similarly, but the effect is just for 3 turns.
potion of animal speaking bg3Potion of Animal Speaking A good potion to drink for role-playing and additional dialogue options with animals.
potion of invisibility bg3Potion of Invisibility Can be used to get a perfect position before the encounter starts.
potion of flying bg3Potion of Flying Gives bonus mobility for the encounters.

Elixirs

Unfortunately, only one Elixir can be active at a time. However, the good thing is that they last until a long rest, making them very useful and economical.

Be sure to activate them before combat as otherwise, you will need to use Bonus Action.

Consumable Description
elixir of bloodlust bg3Elixir of Bloodlust As you will be able to easily kill at least the weakest foe, this ensures additional Eldritch Blast per turn. Moreover, in the late game, with a high critical chance and good gear, this is the optimal choice.
elixir of viciousnessElixir of Viciousness Further decreases the rolls needed to land a critical hit. I would say it is useful before you obtain the endgame items, while your crit chance is not as high or until you get Risky Ring  icon bg3Risky Ring

Build variations

As I mentioned there are variations of this build, let me cover them briefly below:

Setup Pros Cons
Vanilla Sorlock:
2 Lv Warlock
10 Lv Sorcerer
A safe vanilla option, that has access to a lot of Sorcery points, can spam Eldritch Blast and use various spells. I would say this is the most interesting and versatile option, as you can both use Eldritch Blast, Crowd Control spells, and Area of Effect spells. Although quite powerful, it is not as strong in terms of blasting Eldritch Blasts compared to the setups below.
Fighter dip Sorlock:
2 Lv Warlock
2 Lv Fighter
8 Lv Sorcerer
The Fighter class gives access to additional armor proficiencies but you would be mainly interested in Action Surge. This allows additional Eldritch Blast releases every short rest. Action Surge only works once per Short Turn and going for 2 levels of warrior makes you lose level 5 Sorcerer spells and spell slots. Moreover, you lose additional Sorcery points.
Crit Eldritch Blast Spammer:
2 Lv Warlock
6 Lv Sorcerer
4 Lv Fighter
A purpose-built Critical hit Eldritch Blaster. It has a high crit chance and can clear out a lot of enemies on the first turns. it can also cast level 3 Sorcerer spells. The only downside is a lower amount of spell slots, meaning that even with additional spells, you will use them a few times. And it may get boring easily as you mostly use Eldritch Blast.
First-turn Eldritch Spammer:
2 Lv Warlock
4 Lv Sorcerer
3 Lv Fighter
3 Lv Rogue
If you are min-maxing and want to dish out as many Blasts as possible, especially on the first turn. It is truly a deadly option but requires a lot of short and long rests. Lose level 3 spells from Sorcerer. So something like Haste has to come from items or external sources. Moreover, all of Sorcery's points will be used up on the first turn. That is not all, it also gets only one Feat, further losing its edge on multiple encounters.

General Tips

Now I would like to cover some general tips on how to play Eldritch Blast Build.

Dual Wielding or One-Handed with a Shield

This is an important aspect of this build as you can go both ways. The general rule of thumb would be that if race does not have Shield proficiency go with dual wielding. This will give an edge in offensive spell casting by giving good bonuses or increasing attack roll success.

However, shields can also be a good option, especially if other group members have equipped the most powerful items. Moreover, the bonus Armour Class is a great addition to survivability. However, as the build concentrates on the highest possible critical chance, dual-wielding Knife of the Undermountain King icon bg3Knife of the Undermountain King and Blade of the First Blood icon bg3Blade of the First Blood will ensure the highest number of critical hits.

Auntie Ethel's Hair and Mirror of Loss

During your playthrough you will have two major points in the game, where you can increase the ability points in this case - Charisma:

  1. Act 1 - Auntie Ethel, by sparing her life and getting her hair. This can be used to increase Charisma by 1. This is the reason why we leave it at 17 so that in Act 1 we could have it at 18 (or 20 with Feat)
  2. Mirror of Loss. This also provides bonus ability points based on your decisions. It gives +2 to Charisma, but with specific choices, this can be +3. Overall the result should be 24 Charisma (maximum) if you also equip Birthright.

Use Spell slots to create Sorcery Points

Once you expend your Sorcerer Spell slots, you still have Warlock ones. They can be used to cast spells, but more importantly, you can use them to make Sorcery Points. For example, using constant Eldritch Blasts will easily drain them with Metamagic: Quickened SpellMetamagic: Quickened Spell.

create sorcery points description bg3

Moreover, this can be useful in boss fights, where a level 1 or level 2 spell slot is not that useful, but it can be used to activate Metamagic: Twinned SpellMetamagic: Twinned Spell or Metamagic: Heightened SpellMetamagic: Heightened Spell to finish off minions or stragglers.

Twinned Spell and Haste

Even if you did not plan this, Sorcerer can be extremely powerful support. At level 5 you gain access to level 3 spell slots and Haste. This spell gives 2 action points per turn, meaning you could double your damage output.

metamagic twinned spell description bg3

To do this you need to activate Metamagic: Twinned SpellMetamagic: Twinned Spell and then cast Haste. You can now target two targets. I recommend doing this on yourself and another group member. This way two members in your party have double amount of actions. This will make your combat encounters much easier.

Reverbation and making enemies Prone

Once you obtain Boots of Stormy Clamour icon bg3Boots of Stormy Clamour or Spineshudder Amulet icon bg3Spineshudder Amulet and have consistent ways to apply statuses (for example Mortal Reminder icon passive feature bg3Mortal Reminder​), you can easily apply multiple stacks of Reverbation. This is a deadly effect, as 5 stacks of these (meaning you need two Beams to hit), deal 1d4 damage and make enemy Prone.

Now you can either exploit them with more Eldritch Blasts or let your allies attack them with Advantage.

Darkness Spell and Devil's Sight icon passive feature bg3Devil's Sight

What makes this build awesome, is that you can take this invocation and freely see in magical darkness. Moreover, by taking the Darkness spell, it can be cast at will. The spell is also available to Drows and Half-Elf Drows, making it fairly accessible.​

As you can see, multiple enemies managed to land only one hit, and those that enter it have an even harder time. Some of the AI will just stand still and don't do anything, making them easy pickings for your Eldritch Blasts.

Have an ally with Phalar Aluve icon bg3Phalar Aluve equipped

Currently (if you are not paying Honour Mode) this sword provides one of the most powerful buffs in the game. Even if it is fixed, the "normal" effect is still very powerful. As you can guess I am talking about Phalar Aluve: Shriek. In the video below, I'm using Shadowheart, to activate this action and stand close to the enemies - the results speak for themselves:

This decreases enemy Saving Throw rolls of Charisma, Intelligence, and Wisdom. But more importantly, each hit that you or your ally does adds a bonus 1d4 Thunder damage. So something like Eldritch Blast can make this stack like crazy. Moreover, it does not use a Concentration slot.

Equipment Recommendations

Now I would like to go through some gear recommendations to maximize the Eldritch Blast build effectiveness. Items are especially important as they take the build to the next level thanks to their unique effects.

Act 1

The early game can be hard, as you do not know where to find items. Picking the correct spells should cover most of the needs. So, as you progress feel free to equip the needed items.

Slot Item Description
melee slot bg3Melee The SpellsparklerThe Spellsparkler Each hit generates Lightning Charges that later detonate for bonus lightning damage. This staff should also support you in Act 2.
Melf's First StaffMelf's First Staff Gives +1 to spell attack rolls or DC. An alternative to The SpellsparklerThe Spellsparkler in case it is used by someone else.
ranged slot bg3Ranged bow of awareness bg3Bow of Awareness The higher initiative bonus will allow you to start your turn earlier.
Hunting Shortbow icon bg3Hunting Shortbow A good option as it gives Advantage with Attack Rolls on multiple enemies in Act 1 - Bulette, Hook Horror, Gnolls, etc.
Hand Crossbow +1 icon bg3Hand Crossbow +1 Equipping two of these will allow you to attack with off-hand. This is important as you may not have used for bonus action if your Sorcery points have been expended, so this will allow some bonus damage.
offhand slot bg3Shield Adamantine Shield icon bg3Adamantine Shield It provides a substantial defensive boost by reducing critical hit damage.
Safeguard Shield icon bg3Safeguard Shield Gives a bonus to saving throws, easily accessible early in the game.
helmet slot bg3Head The Shadespell Circlet icon bg3The Shadespell Circlet Increases Spell Save Difficulty Counter, while obscured. Very easy to activate, use Shift, to see the sun icon, it should be half or full empty.
The Lifebringer icon bg3The Lifebringer The best defensive option in Act 1. Works well with The SpellsparklerThe Spellsparkler. Without it, the item loses its purpose.
cloak slot bg3Cloak Any Anything will work as Act 1 does not have any good options.
armor slot bg3Armor The Protecty Sparkswall icon bg3The Protecty Sparkswall Works well with The SpellsparklerThe Spellsparkler for additional bonuses to Armour Class and Saving Throws with Lightning Charges. The best choice in Act 1.
gloves slot bg3Gloves Gloves of Belligerent Skies icon bg3Gloves of Belligerent Skies Applies Reverbation when dealing thunder or lightning damage. With 5 stacks, this will deal a bonus 1d4 damage and can make enemies Prone. This can be easily achieved once you have The Spellsparkler icon bg3The Spellsparkler.
Daredevil Gloves icon bg3Daredevil Gloves Gives bonus spell attack rolls, making Scorching Ray and later Eldritch Blast succeed better.
Bracers of Defence icon bg3Bracers of Defence Gives whooping +2 Armour Class. This is the perfect option especially if you do not have shield proficiency.
Gloves of Missile Snaring icon bg3Gloves of Missile Snaring Defensive gloves that allow to negate enemy ranged attack.
boots slot bg3Boots Disintegrating Night Walkers icon bg3Disintegrating Night Walkers Avoids slipping on various terrains and most importantly unlocks Misty Step each short rest.
Boots of Striding icon bg3Boots of Striding Gives additional protection against being Prone.
amulet slot bg3Amulet Pearl of Power Amulet icon bg3Pearl of Power Amulet A good amulet that allows restoring level 3 or lower spell slots. This way you could get additional sorcery points.
ring slot bg3Rings Ring of Protection icon bg3Ring of Protection Gives defensive bonuses to Armour Class and Saving Throws.
Fetish of Callarduran Smoothhands icon bg3Fetish of Callarduran Smoothhands Allows Casting invisibility for free once per long rest.
Ring of Absolute Force icon bg3Ring of Absolute Force Bonus thunder damage to thunder spells.

Act 2 - mid-game

This is the mid-game, where most of the areas will be covered by dark. Radiant equipment will shine here and having Darkvision icon passive feature bg3Darkvision​ is recommended. We also can get some great items, albeit some will stay the same from Act 1.

Slot Item Description
melee slot bg3Melee Melf's First StaffMelf's First Staff These items are still relevant in Act 2 and provide very good bonuses.
The SpellsparklerThe Spellsparkler
ranged slot bg3Ranged Darkfire ShortbowDarkfire Shortbow This bow allows casting Haste without using a spell slot. However, if you do not care about that, continue using the items from Act 1.
offhand slot bg3Shield Ketheric's Shield icon bg3Ketheric's Shield The only shield that improves the Spell Difficulty class and attack rolls.
Shield of Devotion icon bg3Shield of Devotion The extra level 1 spell slot can be used for Sorcery Points.
helmet slot bg3Head Covert Cowl icon bg3Covert Cowl As you can easily become obscured it is an easy way to obtain increased critical chance.
cloak slot bg3Cloak Cloak of Protection icon bg3Cloak of Protection Improves survivability and Saving Throw success.
Thunderskin Cloak icon bg3Thunderskin Cloak Use this Cloak if you will still be using Reverbation items like Gloves of Belligerent Skies icon bg3Gloves of Belligerent Skies
armor slot bg3Armor Potent Robe icon bg3Potent Robe One of the main items that makes the build as powerful as it is. This requires to make some specific decisions during Act 1. However, the boost to Eldritch Blast damage is worth it.
gloves slot bg3Gloves Gloves of Belligerent Skies icon bg3Gloves of Belligerent Skies You can continue using the same items from Act 1.
Daredevil Gloves icon bg3Daredevil Gloves
boots slot bg3Boots Boots of Stormy Clamour icon bg3Boots of Stormy Clamour Although these boots could be used in Act 1, as we did not have a decent way to apply statuses consistently we delayed them till Act 2.
Boots of Arcane Bolstering  icon bg3Boots of Arcane Bolstering These boots are effective with Expeditious Retreat spells and activating Dash. Then you need an ally to make the enemy Threatened (by standing close to them in melee range) an Arcane Charge will activate.
Evasive Shoes icon bg3Evasive Shoes Gives armor class an increase. Best choice if you are not using Shield
amulet slot bg3Amulet Spineshudder Amulet icon bg3Spineshudder Amulet You can use this amulet to get more bonuses for Reverbation activation.
ring slot bg3Rings Callous Glow Ring icon bg3Callous Glow Ring When creatures are illuminated you deal bonus damage to them, this should not be hard, as your cleric will probably be carrying something like Blood of Lathander icon bg3Blood of Lathander to illuminate them. Or you could stand closer to enemies and have a Light spell on yourself.
Coruscation Ring icon bg3Coruscation Ring It is fairly easy to cast any light spell on yourself or have an ally do that. The Radiating Orb effect will debuff enemies, making it harder for them to hit targets.
Eversight Ring  icon bg3Eversight Ring Allows Casting invisibility for free once per long rest.
Ring of Twilight icon bg3Ring of Twilight Because it is easy to be obscured this allows to gain bonus armour class. Very useful in Act 2.

Act 3 - Final Build setup

This is the last act of the game, where you will get access to the most powerful items. To get them as early as possible you will need some planning, but overall, it should not be a problem.

I recommend Dual-wielding the suggested weapons as their bonuses stack, enabling the highest possible critical rate.

Slot Item Description
melee slot bg3Melee Blade of the First Blood icon bg3Blade of the First Blood
(BiS)
Overall, very versatile weapon - that gives a bonus critical chance and provides bonus armour class. Excellent choice both for offense and defense.
RhapsodyRhapsody
(BiS)
The unique effect that gives +1 damage for each Scarlet Remittance stack. This requires you to kill enemies (previously you could destroy barrels), but this should be easy in late game where normal grunts will be dead from your blasts in a few hits.
Knife of the Undermountain King icon bg3Knife of the Undermountain King A great choice for this build as it improves critical chance and provides other bonuses.
ranged slot bg3Ranged The Dead Shot icon bg3The Dead Shot
(BiS)
The best bow for crit fishing builds as it increases the critical chance.
offhand slot bg3Shield Ketheric's Shield icon bg3Ketheric's Shield This is still the top contender for the build if you will opt out for a shield.
helmet slot bg3Head Sarevok's Horned Helmet icon bg3Sarevok's Horned Helmet To maximize the critical chance, this helm is a very good option. Moreover, it gives additional bonuses like +1 to Constitution Saving Throw.
Birthright icon bg3Birthright Provides +2 Charisma, allowing to maximize the bonus damage to each Eldritch Blast beam.
Helmet of Grit icon bg3Helmet of Grit
(BiS)
You can now release another Eldritch Blast with Metamagic: Quickened Spell icon passive feature bg3Metamagic: Quickened Spell​ as you gain one more Bonus Action. You can either sacrifice HP or let allies hit you. However, this will decrease your survivability.
cloak slot bg3Cloak Cloak of The Weave icon bg3Cloak of The Weave
(BiS)
This is the best cloak for this build as it gives a direct boost to attack rolls. The result is more successful spells.
Shade-Slayer Cloak icon bg3Shade-Slayer Cloak This item increases the critical chance, but it only activates while hiding, which can be difficult to achieve mid-combat.
Cloak of Displacement icon bg3Cloak of Displacement Improves the chances of attacks missing the wearer until getting hit for that turn.
armor slot bg3Armor Potent Robe icon bg3Potent Robe
(BiS)
This continues to be the best robe in the game for Eldritch Blast build.
gloves slot bg3Gloves Craterflesh Gloves icon bg3Craterflesh Gloves
(BiS)
These gloves are ridiculously bugged making you release a second Blast if the the beam crits. So if all three crit, this will result in 6 beams. Crazy right? I am assuming this will be patched someday, but for now, they are very powerful.
Spellmight Gloves icon bg3Spellmight Gloves Amazing gloves, that work with spells that use attack rolls. If they are taken by other characters, use the ones from previous acts. However, they will lower attack rolls, so be sure to have Risky Ring  icon bg3Risky Ring or other alternatives that improve success chances.
boots slot bg3Boots Boots of Stormy Clamour icon bg3Boots of Stormy Clamour
(BiS)
The boots become even more powerful as your critical chance increases and you can apply Freighten more easily from Mortal Reminder icon passive feature bg3Mortal Reminder.
Bonespike Boots icon bg3Bonespike Boots Optimal choice if you are wearing a robe and go all in on the dual wielding, this way you get bonus armor class.
amulet slot bg3Amulet Spineshudder Amulet icon bg3Spineshudder Amulet
(BiS)
You can use this amulet to get more bonuses for Reverbation activation.
Surgeon's Subjugation Amulet icon bg3Surgeon's Subjugation Amulet Allows to paralyze an enemy when landing a critical hit once per Long Rest
ring slot bg3Rings Risky Ring  icon bg3Risky Ring
(BiS)
Provides an Advantage on attack rolls. This is a mandatory ring as it will both guarantee more hits and a higher chance of critical hits.
Callous Glow Ring icon bg3Callous Glow Ring
(BiS)
Deals bonus 2 damage against illuminated enemies. Although it is not much, this also works with spells. Just be sure to cast Light on yourself.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading the Eldritch Blast Spammer multiclass build for Baldur's Gate 3. I hope you enjoyed reading about this one cantrip wonder build, that can take full control of the battlefield on the first turn.

You can now easily pick the correct items, progression, and support to make Eldritch Blast spamming work.

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