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Cloakwood

Discussion in 'Baldur's Gate (Classic)' started by kuemper, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. kuemper Gems: 31/31
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    [​IMG] Minor spoilers ahead


    Does anybody out there have problems getting through the cloakwood? I explored..erm...*tried* to explore it thoroughly with my first couple of parties and usually ending up reloading, then trudging back from FAI to wherever I was when half my party died to poisoning.

    Anytime I now play, I stock up on ammo and potions and make a mad dash for the mines. I only stop for select encounters - Spider's Bane, Aldeth Sashenstar and Gurke's cloak. I can't remember the last time I met with Eldoth and Coran. I've tried to return to FAI for rest and restock, but I always get nabbed by wyverns and spiders *and* it takes two to three days to make the trip.

    Knowing the trouble ahead, I don't go until I absolutely have to, so my party's around levels 5-6. Does it get easier with lower levels or does the game engine measure your party level and adjust the encounters?
     
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    Colthrun Walk first in the forest and last in the bog Veteran

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    I think you get the same encounters without taking into account the level of your party.

    I normally scout ahead slowly with two party members, one who can hide in shadows, to uncover the area, and another one right behind detecting traps (normally Kivan and Imoen). In this way I never activte the traps, and the spiders will get a taste of Kivan's arrows before they reach the tanks (who are also waiting with bows and slings at the ready) when pursuing the scouts. If Imoen is carrying an Amulet of Missiles, it's even more fun.

    The trick is not to get stuck in web traps, and not to allow the spiders to get too close to poison you. If that happens, ensure that the tanks have good AC, so that they'll be harder to hit, and get plenty of antidotes.
     
  3. Felinoid

    Felinoid Who did the what now? ★ SPS Account Holder

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    Antidotes are a must. Think about how many antidotes Landrin gave you for taking out four spiders. You can stock up on Antidotes and Elixirs of Health (which cure poison and heal 10 HP) at any temple you come across. If you're really waiting as long as you can to go to Cloakwood, you should have more than enough cash.

    It also helps to use Colthrun's strategy of slow movement to pick up the nasty creatures one or two at a time, and just shoot them with missile weapons until they get close enough to engage in melee combat.
     
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    I do, I do! I've bought out the temples of Helm and wisdom of antidotes and elixirs and health potions. I scout out the areas (Imoen/Minsc/Kivan) and have sniper back-up ready. What you say = I've done!

    I take it you guys have the same troubles?

    It is "So *aggrevating*! 'Tis disturbing to my demeanor!" :)
     
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    Felinoid Who did the what now? ★ SPS Account Holder

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    Keep in mind that the Slow Poison spell will work too. Unless it's a really bad poison; then you need Neutralize Poison.
     
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    We all get lost in Cloakwood once in a while... :D
     
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    Colthrun Walk first in the forest and last in the bog Veteran

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    @kuemper Two words: Meat shields.
    Do you have a Wand of Monster Summoning? Or have you got a cleric who can summon skeletons? Send those babies in front and let them take the damage while you make pincusions of the 8-legged freaks with your projectiles.

    Also, ensure that you have proper arrows. Fire arrows, or arrows of piercing work wonders on the spiders.

    By the way, who are your party members?

    [ July 29, 2005, 14:45: Message edited by: Colthrun ]
     
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    Bah, changing fighting styles doesn't come easy for me. I'm your basic hack 'n slash fighter and I don't summon except in exceptional cases (ToB). But I will try to change my tactics for another run through. Last time I played, my party was:
    PC - paladin
    Jaheira
    Minsc
    Imoen
    Dynaheir
    Kivan/Khalid - can't remember if I ditched Khalid or not. Think I did since Kivan was backing up Immy.
    Branwen - she's there somewhere in one party or another. Need more memory.

    I use all the spells - slow poison, healing - and the potions. I'm not much for summoning creatures, but I'll give that a try. Usually I go multiplayer for the pause in the inventory. At least I'm not alone! :)
     
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    Felinoid Who did the what now? ★ SPS Account Holder

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    Yeah, Cloakwood's a b****. I really hate that 2 or 3 days to get back to FAI, not to mention the not-so-random encounters along the way.

    [rant]
    :wail: I just want to sell things, dammit! Why must I always be tormented by toxic tails, wailed on by wicked wyverns, surrounded by sorcerous spiders, mangled by malicious mandibles, and vexed by venomous ... umm ... vangs? :(
    [/rant]
     
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    :pope:

    Since there's no 'I'm with stupid' smilie.
     
  11. Baronius

    Baronius Mental harmony dispels the darkness ★ SPS Account Holder Veteran

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    Antidotes even aren't usually needed.

    Fireballs, Wand of Fire, Wand of Frost, lots of Arrows, hit and run tactic with arrows etc. etc.
     
  12. Caradhras

    Caradhras I may be bad... but I feel gooood! Veteran

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    Viconia can be really helpful since most of the time she will avoid being held and can free your party.
    When you set a trap (aren't you using a thief??) just run away from the zone of effect.
    Don't forget about spidersbane (your tank can save the hide of your hapless party members).
     
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    Felinoid Who did the what now? ★ SPS Account Holder

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    @Caradhas:
    You can't set traps in BG1 unless you've got Tutu.

    EDIT: Oh, good lord I'm stupid. :doh: :doh: :doh: Never mind.

    [ July 30, 2005, 17:24: Message edited by: Felinoid ]
     
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    He meant set off a trap...
     
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    Get Coran, Kivan, & make your character have at least 3 * in bows. Watch how quickly the spiders fall beneath your feet when you shoot your array of arrows.
     
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    I have to live to *get* Coran first. What I wanted to know was if everybody else finds the Cloakwood as much of a b*tch as I do. I can't rest there without getting 'woken up' by monsters and I can't get back to FAI *safely* without getting ambushed.

    Three guesses as to my ranger's favored enemy. :D
     
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    Felinoid Who did the what now? ★ SPS Account Holder

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    He's on the first map; do you really have trouble getting to him?!? :confused:
     
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    I thought he was on the third map with the wyvern cave he wants to investigate. Seeing as it's been :cough:twoyears:cough: since I've played, I'm more than likely wrong. IIRC, I did get him once and went back to FAI to get stuff for him - and died, as usual. :rolleyes:
     
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    @kuemper:
    You got to plan for the new NPCs, girl! ;) Next time bring the equipment with you, and you can just stick it on him as soon as you find him. That's what I always do.

    *spoilers*

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    Probably TMI, but:

    Eldoth and Faldorn are on the third map, while Coran is in the middle of that skinny little bridge on the first map. The wyvern cave is on the fourth map (not to be confused with the baby wyvern cave on the third map :shake: ), and wyverns can also be randomly encountered between 4&mine, 3&4, and I'm not sure about 2&3. :hmm:
     
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    To bring back SAT flashbacks...

    Wyverns : Cloakwood :: Cloud Racers : Morrowind.

    You can run into those bastards anywhere, once you've run into them.
     
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