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Fighter/Druid vs. Druid?

I normally play druids as my main character. I hear Fighter/Druids as very good in IWD, how much worse are just Druids? Also to be good, do Fighter/Druids just use weapons, or do they shapeshift?

Kenji

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  • ElendarElendar Member Posts: 821
    I personally prefer Fighter/Druids. That way they make good upfront fighters. Plain druids cannot wear metal armor and don't have a fighter's THACO. I typically don't bother with shapeshifting much with them. If you're wanting more of a caster druid than a front line druid, then I would go with the single class.

    Permidion_StarkThacoBellsemiticgod
  • WesboiWesboi Member Posts: 403
    If your plan on using the druid for further games go fighter/druid due to how the level cap works. If just one play through go avenger druid.

  • Permidion_StarkPermidion_Stark Member Posts: 3,192
    I prefer a Fighter/Druid for IWD because the game is so combat-heavy I find the extra hit points and better AC useful. There are times when enemies seem to come at you from every direction so it can be hard to keep characters with low hit points and a high armour class alive.

    You can still shapeshift as a Fighter/Druid but it's not something I tend to do. I generally used them as a second rank fighter who can also cast (pretty much the same way I use a Cleric).

    ineth
  • RedrakeRedrake Member Posts: 423
    Fighter/Druid is one of the most useful classes in IWD1. Single class Druid might gets you access to some nice spells faster, but overall, in combat is rather useless.

    However, is best to approach it as a multi-class. Dual-class is in fact better as a character, but the requirements for Dual-classing are insane. You need to have at least 17 in Str, Wis and Cha. Let alone the fact that not having either at least 15 in either Dex or Con is going to make your fighter would be druid a wimp. One should not attempt it unless you are prepare to actively search for lots of re-rolls.

    RAM021
  • chimaerachimaera Member Posts: 463
    edited October 3
    I wouldn't call a single-classed druid useless in combat in IWD; they get access to shapes earlier, and two shapes (boring beetle and water elemental) make very good decoys due to their physical resistances. Even better if you stack static charges or call lightning on them beforehand. >:) Though I agree a f/d is better.

    semiticgodKenji
  • RedrakeRedrake Member Posts: 423
    Call lightning is unfortunately mostly useless in IWD1. Basically 90% of the game takes place in-doors and the places where there are out-doors are quite easy to get by. The only possible exception might be Burial Island and maybe Gloomfrost.

    PokotaKenji
  • ThrasymachusThrasymachus Member Posts: 586
    Redrake said:

    Fighter/Druid is one of the most useful classes in IWD1. Single class Druid might gets you access to some nice spells faster, but overall, in combat is rather useless.

    However, is best to approach it as a multi-class. Dual-class is in fact better as a character, but the requirements for Dual-classing are insane. You need to have at least 17 in Str, Wis and Cha. Let alone the fact that not having either at least 15 in either Dex or Con is going to make your fighter would be druid a wimp. One should not attempt it unless you are prepare to actively search for lots of re-rolls.

    You "only" need a 15 Str to dual class out of a fighter. :)

    RAM021
  • WarChiefZekeWarChiefZeke Member Posts: 752
    I typically run a Dual Classed Fighter/Druid as my main Character, but in IWD the optimal use of a druid is single classed in my opinion. You get lots of damaging spells as a Druid and it's nice to get access to them, as well as the summons, as quick as possible. Clerics, on the other hand, are seemingly always best with fighter levels because the attacks per round enhance greatly their abilities.

  • RedrakeRedrake Member Posts: 423

    I typically run a Dual Classed Fighter/Druid as my main Character, but in IWD the optimal use of a druid is single classed in my opinion. You get lots of damaging spells as a Druid and it's nice to get access to them, as well as the summons, as quick as possible. Clerics, on the other hand, are seemingly always best with fighter levels because the attacks per round enhance greatly their abilities.

    True, except that when they run out of spells they are weak as kitten in melee. Without fighter levels they are unable to use armor higher than studded leather and they cannot use shields (except bucklers and those are horrible).

    inethStummvonBordwehr
  • inethineth Member Posts: 485
    edited October 25
    I too recommend making sure that all party members can fight decently well with a weapon (even if it's just a sling or shortbow), and making as many of them as possible able to fight and tank in melee.

    You'll have to cut through so many enemies per map that you can't rely exclusively on per-day abilities like spells (well you could, by backtracking to a safe spot to rest after every battle, but it won't be fun). You'll need your party to supply a certain amount of damage to enemies "non-stop", and that means fighting with weapons (with some low-level spells thrown in). Good spells should be saved for the toughest situations of each day.

    Some battles are also in tight spaces where melee is difficult to avoid for all party members.
    Babysitting one or two squishy party members (like a sorcerer) will be fine, but as many as possible should be "tough".

    Oh, and with all the cool armors that can be found in the game, you'll be disappointed if you have no or very few party members who can wear them... :)

    For these reasons, Fighter/Druids have IMO much more overall utility in this particular game than single-class Druids. And they don't lag that far behind in spell levels. It's not half the levels, as one might naively think, but more like just 1 level behind (due to the exponential level progression).

    Post edited by ineth on
    RedrakeRAM021StummvonBordwehr
  • RAM021RAM021 Member Posts: 341
    Ranger/Cleric > Fighter/Druid > Druid

  • Armanz92Armanz92 Member Posts: 50
    Actually, Fighter/Druid beats Ranger/Cleric because of Iron Skins. That's the sole reason why Fighter/Cleric is the only class that can fight the Dwarven Defender for it's position as the single best tank in the game.

  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 3,821
    edited December 6
    Ranger/Cleric gets every druid spell in addition to the cleric spellbook. Mechanically, ranger/cleric is superior in every way. The "nerf" doesn't count, beamdog intentionally left that easily reversible.

    *edit* @Armanz92

    Post edited by ThacoBell on
    RAM021
  • Armanz92Armanz92 Member Posts: 50
    edited December 6
    Ranger/Cleric gets the first four levels of Druid spells only, which means no Iron Skins. It's still an insanely good class because of the way it can buff itself up but imho the sheer power of a Fighter/Druid with Iron Skins beats that (obviously only after the character reaches that point).

    On second thought, I just realized that Ranger/Cleric gets Enthropy Shield, which, while coming on a level after Iron Skins for Druid classes kind of remedies everything I've talked about right now. I will play myself out, shamefully.

    Edit: Aaaand even that was wrong. My lack of playing the add-ons shows my missing knowledge of higher levels. My bad on this, wasn't aware of the fact they get access to the higher level spells.

    Skatan
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