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HoW Conundrum (SPOILERS)

sorcerinsorcerin Member Posts: 58
In the main game, you get a sword past the point of no return, which can be upgraded in HoW, for use against the end boss. This would suggest that you should finish IWD first, then do HoW next, if you use long swords (I do). The problem here is that your import save is before the final fight, so your xp/loot (if any) from that fight doesn't carry over.

However, you get items in HoW that can be crafted into useful gear in main-IWD, which would suggest you should finish HoW before finishing the main game.

I guess I finish the main game first for the sweet long-sword.

semiticgod

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  • MathsorcererMathsorcerer Member Posts: 2,878
    I usually wait until finishing Upper Dorn's Deep before venturing to Lonelywood with Hjollder, then wait until returning from the Gloomfrost before taking up Hobart on his side quest, then finish up in the Lonelywood vicinity before returning to Kuldahar. IWD --> HoW --> TotLM --> finish HoW --> finish IWD.

  • sorcerinsorcerin Member Posts: 58

    I usually wait until finishing Upper Dorn's Deep before venturing to Lonelywood with Hjollder, then wait until returning from the Gloomfrost before taking up Hobart on his side quest, then finish up in the Lonelywood vicinity before returning to Kuldahar. IWD --> HoW --> TotLM --> finish HoW --> finish IWD.

    But then you don't get the upgraded Sword of Aihonen to use against the HoW end boss!

  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 6,456
    Yeah, you don't need to.

  • grogersongrogerson Member Posts: 116
    @sorcerin - Sadly you can't upgrade Aihonen's sword...unless you cheat it in or run through the game a second time (think Insane/HoF mode). For core play there are various other weapons, including several long swords, available in the expansions that can make up for the missing upgrade.

  • sorcerinsorcerin Member Posts: 58
    grogerson said:

    @sorcerin - Sadly you can't upgrade Aihonen's sword...unless you cheat it in or run through the game a second time (think Insane/HoF mode). For core play there are various other weapons, including several long swords, available in the expansions that can make up for the missing upgrade.

    Not sure I understand. The expansion is where you upgrade Aihonen's Sword. I did it on my last run on Core setting without cheating. The dwarf in the ice cave does it. The problem is that you have to import your last save from the main plot at the beginning of HoW.

    semiticgod
  • MathsorcererMathsorcerer Member Posts: 2,878
    sorcerin said:


    But then you don't get the upgraded Sword of Aihonen to use against the HoW end boss!

    So? I generally don't use that weapon, anyway, so this isn't a loss for me. Against the final boss it is much better to use equipment which gives resistance to slashing and crushing attacks. In fact, that sort of equipment is better in almost all circumstances so go for things like Long Sword of Action +4, Morningstar +4 Defender, or the Shadowed Studded Leather +4. Even in HoF mode battles become minor inconveniences when you are 90%, 95%, or 100% immune to the attacks being used against you.

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