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Advice for how to make early shaman levels more fun?

It picks up once you get a few level 3 spells but getting there is...


  • Grond0Grond0 Member Posts: 5,139
    If you install SCS 32 or use IWDification you can benefit from the greater range of spells available to druids in IWD. Even without that charm person or mammal can be fun to use - not just on enemies, but things like wandering bears. Writhing fog is an extremely strong spell, though slow to work - I don't know if you would find that boring to use, or enjoy watching enemies slowly keel over.

    In a party try using the advantages of inexhaustible summons from the dance. If you know where enemies are (through meta-knowledge or scouting) then dance away to get the summons before drawing enemies into them. By running enemies round in periods where summons are being replaced you can hugely reduce the amount of damage the party takes, while greatly reducing the amount of kiting normally needed to achieve that.

    Don't forget that it is possible to move around without losing summons - to do that pause the game just after the once-per round dance check, deactivate the dance button and move to a new location before reactivating it prior to the next dance check.

    Half-orcs can be shamans. Using daggers or sling with a strength of 19 allows your shaman to do very respectable damage from the back lines even if you don't want to bother with dancing or spells.

    If all else fails just send your shaman to the basilisk area and follow Korax round. That area on its own will put you close to getting level 3 spells.

  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 9,033
    Dance the night away!

    Seriously though, the shaman summons can carry you through a surprising amount of BG1. I basically danced my way to the bandit camp with no worries. The positioning is tricky to get right, where the summons go after the enemies, but you are still at a safe range and untargeted. Its REALLY good practice yo get your positioning down right.

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