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The most useful wand in Siege of Dragonspear?

NervaNerva Member Posts: 124
I liked the poll that was done in the BG forum, so I'm posting one to rank them in the context of the higher levels in SoD.

If you reply, I suggest ranking your preferred wands from favorite to least favorite.

The most useful wand in Siege of Dragonspear? 61 votes

Wand of Fire
59%
FlashburnEnialusMeliamneStefanOTimbo0o0o0DJKajuruBlackravenfluke13dac0152BaptorthespaceGirewanrobertmarkbramAmmarNeverusedFregasegaNervaRavenslightAerakarDaevelonSkatan 36 votes
Wand of Lightning
1%
Mortianna 1 vote
Wand of Frost
0%
Wand of Magic Missiles
0%
Wand of Paralyzation
11%
SikorskyelminsterJuliusBorisovBalrog99ThacoBellRaduzielDharius 7 votes
Wand of Polymorph
0%
Wand of the Heavens
4%
fthkuAdam_en_tiumZaghoul 3 votes
Wand of Fear
8%
typo_tillyDreadKhanlroumenramipiggy1753 5 votes
Wand of Monster Summoning
14%
redlinesemiticgodUnderstandMouseMagichockmah2StummvonBordwehrAxieLammasWormkingZaxares 9 votes
Wand of Sleep
0%
Post edited by Nerva on
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Comments

  • RavenslightRavenslight Member Posts: 1,607
    Wand of Fire
    A tough call for me.

    I love me some fire, but summoning minions to occupy my enemies' minions can turn the tide in difficult situations.

    Though my druid prefers the Wand of the Heavens. Bringing down the righteous fury of her god is just so... satisfying. :)

    Sigh… I just plain love wands. All of them!

    My pretties…

    AerakarAxieDhariusSkatan
  • DreadKhanDreadKhan Member Posts: 3,835
    edited September 2018
    Wand of Fear
    Double or triple casting Fear wands is surprisingly effective. I like fire too though.

    Aerakar
  • NervaNerva Member Posts: 124
    Wand of Fire
    I'm not a fan of fear-type spells, because it scatters low-level enemies, and chasing after them can lead the party into traps or ambushes by more powerful enemies (while the party is disorganized).

    What about the Wand of Sleep? Obviously it neutralizes the targets and makes them easy kills, but is it effective against Sod-level enemies?

    ThacoBellAerakarContemplative_Hamster
  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 9,273
    Wand of Paralyzation
    The sleep spell is certainly effective against some of the large groups in SoD. Don't know if the wand calculates differently though.

    semiticgod
  • WarChiefZekeWarChiefZeke Member Posts: 1,568
    Wand of Fire
    The only members worth a party slot are those that can carry a Wand of Fire. Letting off 4 or 5 of those at once at SOD's massive enemy mobs is incredibly satisfying.

    ArctodusAerakarBlackraven
  • NervaNerva Member Posts: 124
    Wand of Fire
    ThacoBell said:

    The sleep spell is certainly effective against some of the large groups in SoD. Don't know if the wand calculates differently though.

    From what I can tell from the wiki's quotes from the in-game descriptions, the Sleep spell is a save vs. death at a -3 penalty, while the Wand of Sleep is a save vs. wands (with no mention of a penalty). I'm wondering if anyone can confirm that the game actually calculates it that way, since I've noticed the in-game descriptions sometimes vary from how it is actually coded.

  • NervaNerva Member Posts: 124
    Wand of Fire

    The only members worth a party slot are those that can carry a Wand of Fire. Letting off 4 or 5 of those at once at SOD's massive enemy mobs is incredibly satisfying.

    For classes that can't use the Wand of Fire, I put Potions of Explosions in their quick-slot instead, so that I have the option of "unleashing hell" in those battles.

    Flashburn
  • MortiannaMortianna Member Posts: 1,355
    Wand of Lightning
    Simply for how useful it is in Avernus and the final battle.

    In the few times I've played SoD all the way through (insane difficulty), having a fully charged wand of lightning made all the difference between my party being made into a gruesome pâté and just barely winning.

    BlackravenStummvonBordwehrsemiticgodAerakar
  • WormkingWormking Member Posts: 60
    Wand of Monster Summoning
    Monster summoning wand is my favorite in the entire bg saga. Its really good to have extra meatshield

    Aerakar
  • UnderstandMouseMagicUnderstandMouseMagic Member Posts: 2,141
    Wand of Monster Summoning

    As you bring all wands from BG, I find the MS wand invaluable for Sarevok and then later for the tough mobs in SOD, especially the last SOD battle.
    Plus, you can get it charged with a 100 charges.

    All the summons you could possibly want.

    StummvonBordwehr
  • piggy1753piggy1753 Member Posts: 9
    edited March 5
    Wand of Fear
    Liked the wand of fear because firstly it is party friendly (unlike web for instance) so yous casters can use it when monsters are beating them. Also in some big fights you just want to avoid friendly fire because of allies.

    Clerics can use it as well, making them more useful offensively.

    I like to throw spells or shoot arrows at the enemy while they are running around.

    Post edited by piggy1753 on
    Aerakar
  • DJKajuruDJKajuru Member Posts: 3,028
    Wand of Fire
    Most difficult mobs in SoD ( undead at the dwarven temple, caelar's crusaders, bugbears...) can be defeated by excessive use of rhis wand.

    Aerakar
  • ZaghoulZaghoul Member, Moderator Posts: 3,892
    Wand of the Heavens
    As much as I like the AOE wands like the wand of fire, I find it really helpful to be able to do surgical strikes on creatures without risk to myself (at close range), party, or neutral bystanders. I like the wand of frost as well, but it's a risk with the possibility of destroying loot at times.

    AerakarNerva
  • WarChiefZekeWarChiefZeke Member Posts: 1,568
    Wand of Fire
    I make sure I can use 4-5 Wands of Fire at once, have one tanky boi with fire resistance and the rest is history.

    NervaDreadKhan
  • TheLungoTheLungo Member Posts: 21
    Wand of Fire
    This game would be a nightmare in insane without plenty of wands of fire. Specially the lich dungeon that has packs of like 20 baddies.

    typo_tilly
  • Balrog99Balrog99 Member Posts: 4,715
    Wand of Paralyzation
    Want of Paralyzation is Insta-kill against some of the most powerful enemies. That gets my vote!

    Dharius
  • ZaxaresZaxares Member Posts: 397
    Wand of Monster Summoning
    My personal favourite is the Wand of Monster Summoning, but that's because I'm that kind of player that just likes to mob the enemy with overwhelming numbers to soak up all their fire and spells before sending my tanks in. (And if necessary, summoned monsters make for an excellent meatshield to bodyblock enemies while I hurl Fireballs, Oils of Burning, and Necklaces of Missiles into the fray.)

    That said, Wands of Fire are a close second because of their dual role as Fireball/A.Scorcher sources, both of which have their own charges. The Scorcher is actually frighteningly powerful if given to a Hasted Mage who rapidly walks back and forth to trigger the burning multiple times on enemies.

    Wand of Paralyzation is also a good secondary choice for those enemies that you just HAVE to neutralize early in the fight before they can cause havoc. (Nothing quite like paralyzing an enemy Thief and then having YOUR Thief backstab the Hells out of him. :P)

    I found it amusing to give the Wand of Polymorph to Neera to use on difficult enemies, but it didn't see very much use in my playthrough.

  • typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,672
    Wand of Fear
    I like to see them scatter. :) It also makes it harder for further away enemies to reach you while their fellows are fleeing.

  • DhariusDharius Member Posts: 316
    edited July 1
    Wand of Paralyzation
    What @Balrog99 said, basically. This wand is lovely in all of the IE games, for this reason :)

    Post edited by Dharius on
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