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Beating the Balor/Magic Circle bug

Discussion in 'The Temple of Elemental Evil' started by spmdw45, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. spmdw45 Gems: 8/31
    Latest gem: Skydrop

    Sep 26, 2009
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    The Balor guardian in the Fire Node is amazingly tough IMO, especially since you can't use Scather on it because of the bug (unless you are charging). It has an incredibly high DC Fear Aura, and it loves to charm your party members as well as summon Glabrezus/Vrocks/Hezrou/Balors. Last time I went up against it (level 8) it ate me for lunch with the Fear aura, in spite of all the buffing I could do beforehand including Magic Circle Against Evil to try to protect against Fear/Mind control with the Protection vs. Evil effect (didn't work), plus summoning a Vrock and a Glabrezu using the other Air/Earth gems.

    Well, it turns out that the key to beating the Balor is to know that there's a bug in Magic Circle Against Evil. Apparently it doesn't actually GIVE you the Protection vs. Evil effect. If you just scribe a few Protection From Evil scrolls and cast it on all your party members before the battle, they become immune to Fear (and presumably Suggestion). That turns this from an incredibly tough spell-battle into a regular melee walk in the park like the fight with Iuz.

    (Magic Circle has some other weird effects too, like making it impossible to cast Aid on you. I think I will avoid this spell in the future.)

  2. Stuntman Gems: 5/31
    Latest gem: Andar

    May 22, 2008
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    He is tough. I just make sure I enchant all of my weapons to be holy, axiomatic, frost, lightning and flaming.
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