Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Categories

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has been released! Visit nwn.beamdog.com to make an order. NWN:EE FAQ is available.
Soundtracks for BG:EE, SoD, BG2:EE, IWD:EE, PST:EE are now available in the Beamdog store.
Attention, new and old users! Please read the new rules of conduct for the forums, and we hope you enjoy your stay!

Neera or Rasaad?

My current party consists of me (A good-aligned Cleric/Mage multiclass), Jaheira, Khalid, Imoen, Ajantis and Neera. I was wondering if I should take Rasaad over Neera, or some other character, because I already have a mage in the party. It'd be a pain trying to find scrolls for them both.

Comments

  • ChroniclerChronicler Member Posts: 774
    Two mages is pretty standard, and as a multiclass your player character will lag a bit behind anyway.

    If you want Rasaad then go for it of course but if you're just worried about party balance Neera's fine.

    typo_tilly
  • jsavingjsaving Member Posts: 515
    Minsc would be a standard addition for a good-aligned party, possibly with Dynaheir if you wanted to replace Khalid and Neera both.

    typo_tilly
  • ZaxaresZaxares Member Posts: 132
    I think that you can get away with just 1 Mage in the party in BG1, as you don't tend to encounter a lot of spell-buffed enemy Mages until SoD/BG2 (which is what you normally need two Mages for, to quickly tear down enemy spell defenses). As a Cleric/Mage, the XP cap in BG1 will still allow you to cast level 4 spells (while there are some nice level 5 Mage spells like Chaos and Cloudkill, lower level spells such as Confusion or Fireball can still fill similar niches).

    typo_tilly
  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 8,844
    In my opinion, Rasaad's character has some of the ebst writing in the series. So go for him.

    typo_tilly
  • jmerryjmerry Member Posts: 71
    But then, how much of that writing will you get in BG1? Rasaad's not all that chatty most of the time; there's his quest, there are a couple of dialogues before that, and the rest of the time he's just another quiet party member. The quest is definitely worth it, but the rest of the time you're looking for his gameplay value to carry you. You do have the option of swapping characters in and out; there aren't as many personal quests as in BG2, but there are still a few places it's worthwhile.

    By the way, the best party member to complement him, dialogue-wise? Viconia. Pairing him with a Shar worshipper is definitely an odd couple, but he welcomes the debate.

    In combat, in BG1, Rasaad is a warrior with poor AC (no armor), poor HP (1d8 per level, no Con bonus), and equipping a magical melee weapon drops him to one attack per round. He's definitely underpowered. If you've got some experience, you can run with that anyway - but for a first run, I'd take one of the other options.

    typo_tillyleeux
  • AMP1972AMP1972 Member Posts: 87
    I only played BG - SoD on mobile, when it comes to the enhanced editions, but I played-thru one good, one evil, one lawful, and one chaotic (as Druid neutral is rarely worth it).

    Rasaad is lawful, and in SoD he tried to flirt with my female protagonist. I left his corpse on the vampire hunt... He can be skilled into a decent fighter, but I found Dorn does a better job, as the barbarian's hitpoints soak more damage than monk evasion.

    Neela has her own little quest in SoD, a poison driving her insane, in the middle of a siege. Not genius, but it shows the burden of a chaotic mage in the group... ;)

    typo_tilly
  • typo_tillytypo_tilly Member Posts: 5,638
    I would use your final party slot to take Neera to do her quest, then switch her out with Rasaad after you've reached Baldur's Gate for his quest. After that, get Neera back or any other npc you want. :) Rasaad has a fun area to explore.

    Monks are weak at the very start, so you'll have to attack with another warrior first before attacking with Rasaad.

  • ZaxaresZaxares Member Posts: 132
    Yeah, Monks don't really hit their stride till high levels, but I wouldn't say that they're useless. They struggle the most at mid levels when their Ki strike hasn't really caught up with the "+" they'll need to damage magical foes like demons or undead that you'll start to run into, but you can equip him with a magical weapon (or even magical darts, for greater safety) for those encounters. They make for excellent scouts due to their natural speed enhancement, such as sending Rasaad zooming across the map to talk to a merchant instead of having to send your entire party over. XD

    typo_tilly
  • DhariusDharius Member Posts: 288
    edited June 9
    Personally I’d take both Neera and Rasaad in most games, mainly because I like both characters and their side quests. So if you can live without Ajantis, I’d take Rasaad instead - they’re actually quite similar in some ways.

    typo_tilly
Sign In or Register to comment.