Baldur’s Gate 3: How Is One With Shadows Different from Invisibility?

One with Shadows and Invisibility are so similar in Baldur's Gate 3, but how are they different?

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With an abundance of spells, it’s tough knowing what each one does and how they’re different in Baldur’s Gate 3. Multiple spells have descriptions that seem almost the same, which makes it especially confusing. Here, we answer one of the many spell questions you might have. How is One with Shadows different from Invisibility in Baldur’s Gate 3?

The Difference Between One With Shadows and Invisibility in Baldur’s Gate 3

One with Shadows and Invisibility both make the user Invisible, but they have key differences that set them apart.

You’ll come across most spells BG3 offers if you recruit all the companions available. With the variety of classes they bring, you’re bound to see how many spells are rather similar to each other. However, even similar spells have features that warrant the use of one over the other, depending on your needs.

One With Shadows

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One with Shadows is a Warlock spell that can only be used in semi or heavily obscured areas. You use the shadows to become invisible, but any action will end this effect. This Action can last until a Long Rest if you don’t attack, cast another spell, take an Action, or take damage. This makes One with Shadows useful for stealthing through areas where you won’t need to interact with anything and simply need to sneak past enemies or traps.


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Invisibility doesn’t require an obscured area. It’s a spell available to most casters, and you can cast it on allies. While Invisible, you can use spells to attack or inflict status ailments, give buffs, or interact with the environment, but you must pass a Stealth Check to stay Invisible. The spell requires Concentration and lasts up to 10 turns. You also get Advantage on attacks.

So, how is One with Shadows different from Invisibility in Baldur’s Gate 3? One with Shadows is better outside of combat, while Invisibility is better during combat or when you need to interact with the environment while hidden. For more content, head to our BG3 guides hub to find topics like the best Warlock build guide or our ranking of Wizard subclasses.

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Melissa Sarnowski

Melissa Sarnowski turned her hobbies of gaming and writing into a job through freelancing with the help of an English degree. If she isn't playing games and writing guides for them, she's spending time with her family or her dog.