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IWD2 New party

Discussion in 'Icewind Dale 2' started by Cecily Griselda, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. Cecily Griselda Gems: 3/31
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    Thoughts on:
    Drow bard with hight cha and int, and alchemy skill
    duergar dreadmaster of bane
    Aasimar paladin of ilmater/sorcerer
    halfling rogue/trasmuter
    half-orc barbarian/fighter with hight con and str
    Human monk/druid or Deep gnome pure monk...

    I want to finish all quest...
     
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    A svirfneblin monk is actually pretty good.
    I'm not so sure about the grey dwarf cleric, although any race can do fine as a cleric, you might want to swap the half-orc and the duergar so that the barbarian/fighter is the one with the ECL and the half-orc cleric is not ECL. Although the drow bard is a tossup. The ECL hurts, but the charamia is nice.
     
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    Drow bard can be good if you have some other non-ECL character as your primary arcane caster/s. As long as your wizard keeps that rogue level at 1 then your wizard, sorcerer and bard should work together nicely.

    I don't think transmuter is a good idea. No necromancy is already pretty painful, but no abjuration (Stoneskin and protection spells) to go with it is too much. I'd go with diviner since you already have at least three other people who can summon stuff.

    I agree with the above, if that dreadmaster is your primary divine caster then you'll definitely want him to be non-ECL though ECL cleric could work if the druid was a pureclass non-ECL.

    Too many melees to add a Deep Gnome monk IMO though with tactics you can make it work. Personally I'd go some ranged attack specialist (bows, crossbows, throwing weapons) on that last slot.
     
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    I only saw two melee characters, the paladin/sorcerer I assumed was only a 1 or 2 level dip for the saving throw bonuses and the rest pure sorcerer.
    Although I just noticed something I missed. Why he would choose Ilmater instead of Mystra and incur multi-classing penalties I do not know.
    G3 Fixpack or Tweakpack allows multi-classing to sorcerer if you choose Mystra.
     
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    I a it possible to cleanse the graveyard with paladin of ilmater /sorcerer... That is why I chose him.
     
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    Any paladin will do. Isn't the aasimar favored class also paladin in IWD2? The problem though will be that if he/she takes sorcerer then the character will no longer be able to advance as a paladin of Ilmater. Picking Mystra fixes that.

    I guessed that he/she was going for Cera Sumat, which means that paladin is supposed to be some sort of spellsword.
     
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    I think a follower of ilmater (monk or paladin) could get some bonus xp cleaning the shrine in the graveyard.

    I like the pure deep gnome monk ;)
     
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    Drow bards are amazing, the way I play anyway.

    Bards are swamped with options and limitations from your choices. I decided that my bard would not do any melee combat whatsoever, and focus solely on casting and singing. I gave her some defensive equips and kept her in the back.
    I have full casters who frequently engage in frontline melee: two battleclerics, a paladin1/sorcererX, rogue2/illusionistX, monk1/DruidX. All full casters for all intents and purposes, swinging weapons on the frontline with buffs and healing. The bard stays in the back to boost everyone with luck, cast vital spells not in the others' spellbooks, and occasionally run around as decoy to draw fire.

    Her kill count was double digit while everyone else's was in the thousands, but that didn't do justice to how useful she was in a full party. My tip: step away from narrative conventions. Let casters try their hand at combat, and their buffed performance will not disappoint. For Bards: Let the jack-of-all-trades step away from one of those trades (combat), and you'll see that she no longer has a shortage of feat allocation, and she can be built effectively as a high-INT, max-CHA caster instead.
     
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    Last time I played, I had a deep gnome Ranger 1/Monk X. I am up to around the battle squares area, I think. Been a while. I used this character partly for level squatting as he'll be behind in levels due to multiclass XP penalties and being 3 levels behind as a deep gnome. He sucks at combat early on, so I give him a level of Ranger so he can dual-wield daggers and short swords. He has a high AC, saves and MR, so his defences are good. He will be low on HP until he gains a few levels. I use him to draw enemy attacks away from everyone else.
     
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    Quick questions, I did give my monk two weapon fighting because I though he uses both bare hands to fight - does two weapon fighting has influence on fists...
     
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    Two-weapon fighting does not affect the monk's unarmed attacks.
     
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    Oh, well...

    In POE it does, so I though maybe..., but it seems not...
     
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    I would think a level of rogue for sneak attacks would have synergized better with a monk.
    The monk gets "hide in the shadows" as a class skill.
    TWF is nice, but the monk does that with unarmed strike.
     
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    I primarily use my ranger/monk as a tank to draw attacks due to his high AC and saves. He is also the fastest, so he is primarily the first character enemies target. His mirror image and blur abilities also help him avoid hits that get past his high AC.

    I have never ever used sneak attack in IWD2 before. It seems rather cumbersome to set up. Just not my style of play with Infinity Engine games. I normally just rush in with my party. The ranger/monk gets there first and draws the attacks which don't hit often. Then my barbarian/fighter comes in does massive damage with the 2H sword. My paladin and cleric come in for support. My rogue/wizard and sorcerer stay back and fire arrows or bolts. If I need to use magic, my arcane casters will cast spells in the back while the 4 melee characters protect them.

    My monk maximises Dex and Wis for high AC. I have a fairly low strength. I use the weapon finesse feat and small blades, so he hits much more often than with fists. I pump Dex when levelling up, so his AC and his attack bonus with small blades increase. As he cannot use shields, the TWF allows him to use a second weapon for an extra attack. I find that with the weapons I find, my ranger/monk does more damage with 2 weapons than with fists. I don't think I will get to a high enough level for most of the game where fists deal more damage.
     

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