Long-time players of the game have more than likely challenged themselves with a solo run.
After perusing the various threads addressing this topic, it seems to be the consensus of the general community that the following three classes present the most difficult solo challenge:
- Wizard Slayer
- Druid (any kit)
I don't see how Druid could possibly be hardest, since they have great summons, healing, and good offensive/defensive options.
Wizard Slayer I can definitely see because it can't use any magical items aside from weapons and armour, but the usage of these is enough to have a great Thac0 and AC, making you a formidable warrior. There are many amazing weapons and armour to be found, and the wizard slayer has access to all of these. Not to mention they can achieve grand mastery in weapons. BG1 would be a cakewalk, and I don't foresee many problems for the class until ToB.
Beastmaster, on the other hand just seems impossible beyond BG1 (and even there it would be a challenge). I've done several solo runs, but never with this class. It has severe weapon and armour restrictions, it can't cast druid spells beyond level 3 (and only a handful of spells at that). Its "strength" is the fact that it can summon animals, but these spells are really bad. If it could cast "conjure animals" for example, it would be really good, because those bears are powerhouses. But it can't. It can only cast Animal Summoning I, II, and III. These animals are weak and will get one-shotted most of the time by enemies. Thieves could be said to be in a similar position, but they can do a crazy amount of damage via backstab, can set traps and disarm them, as well as finding lots of great items via their lockpick/pickpocket ability. They even get "use ANY item" at later levels, making them close to overpowered.
The only utility Beastmaster has is stealth and a few weak spells. They can only specialise in weapons. Only leather armour. Only non-metal weapons.
Has anyone done such a run? What items did you use? What advice can be given?