but i hope i'm wrong, maybe i'm just not clever enough!
i'm in the underdark and need to kill the balor to get into the drow city. my shadowdancer is level 19, but is basically helpless to do anything against the balor. balor sees through my stealth even with cloak of non-detect, so no backstab, no sneak bonuses. 3 hits from balor - which takes only 1 or 2 rounds - wipes out most of my hp.
the only way i found to defeat it is that the balor can't go past the dwarf compound gates, so i could sit and shoot gesen bow all day after luring it to the gates. (He rips apart the dwarf guards, sorry guys.) Literally 9/10 shots were misses though, and it took about 25 hits due to gesen's weak damage, so this little non-thematic limitation was essential. (plus, there aren't a lot of +3 range weapons - drow parties didn't drop a crossbow - so you could easily be stuck here with no way to continue. slings useless since max is +2 bullet. and it's pretty clear that melee would never succeed with so many hits needed. arrows of biting no effect. shadowdancer no traps.)
i even lured the earth and air elementals to the balor, but the balor would shred them in 2 hits. After all that, the portals aren't producing any more elementals - and combined they got 1 hit on the balor!
Needless to say the gesen bow solution utilizing the invisible svirfneblen barrier is pretty unsatisfying.
anything that i'm missing?
also thinking that this problem will get worse - iirc, more enemies in tob see through stealth, even with cloak of non-detection, and are immune to backstab, so i feel like this might be a fool's quest.