Wizards & Warriors: Strategy Guide/FAQ V0.6 10/3/00 Part one: Introduction If you bought Wizards & Warriors, chances are you did so because you were attracted to the game by itís resemblence to either Wizardry 7 (One of the best CRPGs ever created) or Eye of the Beholder. The classic 3D dungeon romp has evolved over the past decade, starting with Might and Magic, then moving onto Ultima Underworld, The Wizardry games, and finally, Daggerfall. Although Wizards & Warriorsí 3D hardware accelerated graphics might lead one to believe itís a modern CRPG, that assumption would be false. Wizards & Warriors is old school right down to the core. Most of your time is spent exploring dungeons, or interrogating NPCs for much needed information rather then constantly reloading saves to beat a Boss- Monster or wandering around aimlessly clueless as to where you should go. If you liked Eye of the Beholder, Ultima Underworld, or even Daggerfall or Might & Magic, then chances are youíll love Wizards & Warriors. As far as Iím concerned, Wizards & Warriors is the only REAL Wizardry 8. Part Two: Building a Party My favorite thing about D.W. Bradleyís Wizardry series was the class system. It was so flexible, and so original, that I doubt anyone who played it could resist itís charms. After all, how many RPGs let you change classes as many times as you wanted? And how many would allow you to become a faerie Ninja or a Feline Samurai? None that I recall. Wizardry 7/Gold players will probably realize that the characters they created in Wizardry game work just as well in Wizards and Warriors. So once again, if you had a certain party configuration that you liked in Wizardry 7, then make an identical party in Wizards & Warriors and enjoy the same success in this game as well. Remember how powerful monks and ninjas were? Same here. However, for those of you who never played Wizardry, Iíll give you an idea of what a good party should be like: Member #1: Dwarf Fighter. (Class Change to Paladin When Possible) You could as easily make a human Paladin, but I like the War Cry skill that the Dwarfís posses, Since I have at times actually scared an enemy after a successful hit, and then proceeded to beat on him until he died. However, the humanís Leadership skill has yet to show me any positive effects. I doubt it even does anything. (Perhaps makes your party members attack more often?) The Paladin makes a perfect fighter, since by the time he reaches about level 10, you should have a fairly decent amount of Mana Points in your Spirit skill, and he will be just as powerful a healer as your regular priest. Member #2: Whiskas Fighter (Class Change to Samurai When Possible) There are many valuable weapons and armor that can only be worn by a Samurai, and not only that, but the samurai is, without question, the best swordsman in the game. Although he does learn some spells, youíll rarely use them, since his powerful melee attacks will make him the very best pure fighter in your party. Member #3: Human Fighter. (Class Change to Barbarian when Possible) The Barbarian may not be the most attractive class in the game, but he makes up for it with his high hit point total. The main reason I recommend having a Barbarian in the party is quite simply, because this class is the first, and easiest class change that becomes available to you. (Read the next section for details on class changes.) Itís best to start reaping the benefits of those extra hit points as early as possible. Member #4: Gnome Rogue. (Class Change to Ninja when Possible) What good party doesnít have at least one thief? The rogue in Wizards and Warriors isnít much of a fighter, but he doesnít have to be. Gnomes are born with a natural Luck trait, so it makes sense to create a Gnomish Thief. Until you make him (or her) a Ninja, it would be a good idea to get your rogueís lockpick ability up to at least 4, if not 5. Nothing is more annoying then having to reload a save ten times because you keep setting off a fireball trap on a locked chest. After you become a ninja, thatís when the real fun starts. Equip a ninja blade in each hand, stock up on Shurikens and watch as your weakling rogue becomes a messenger of death. Much like my Ninja in Wizardry 7, my Black-cowled hero in Wizards and Warriors hits hard, and hits often. No party should be without a powerful Ninja. Member #5: Oomphaz Priest (Class Change to Monk when Possible) Getting your Oomphaz Priest to become a Monk will be VERY difficult. The agility and dexterity scores needed for a Monk class change are way out of the Oomphaz reaches, especially since you must devote most of his level up points to furthuring his magic skills. However, it CAN be done, and once you have completed your Oomphaz Monk, all will know the terror of a five ton Elephant performing dropkicks on them. In all seriousness, Oomphaz are the toughest race in the game, and even completely naked (ie: No armor at all) they can take a licking and keep on ticking, so to speak. This allows them to stay alive in even the toughest battles and continue to heal wounded characters. Member #6: Pixie Wizard (Class Change to Warlock when Possible) Why a Pixie? Easy, because the are so hard to hit, and the armor restrictions imposed on a Wizard have no effect on the pixie anyway, since she cant wear any. Wizards, as the game progresses, will become more and more valuable. Itís a good idea to stick with the Sun Group of magics before you change into a warlock, since the spell Dragon Breath seems to be the only magic that will damage Wraiths (Youíll fight tons of those in Shurugeon Castle.) Not only that, but Illuminate is VITAL to traveling at night, and Flamestrike is a great Long Distance spell that you can shoot at an enemy horde to soften them up before they reach you. Part Three: Class Change Quests Paladin: Find the Altar of Gael Serran. This Altar can be found in a small clearing west of the first town. Speak to the statue and recite the words the priest mentioned to you before the quest (Sanctus Holy, I think) and the statue will give you a short speech about what it means to be a Paladin. Return to your guild to complete the training. Barbarian: Kill 20 enemies by yourself. (Make sure your Barbarian-In-Training gets the final hits) Warlock: Collect a Spider egg and a Skull. Skulls can be found after killing the skeletons in the crypt, while Spider eggs can be found by killing Any of the spiders in the forests to the west of the first town. Monk: Spend two whole day cycles (Two days, two nights) without any equipment on whatsoever. This is easy if your would-be Monk happens to also be of Oomphaz descent. Samurai: South east of The Shurugeon Castle Walls, in a small wooded clearing, youíll see grave markers and a group of Unique Samurai skeletons. Kill them and their ghostly leader, then take the baton he drops back to your dojo. Ninja: While visiting Shurugeon Castle, approach the front of the inner courtyard, and climb up the stairway that sits to the east of the Drawbridge. Defeat the Wraith that lives there and pull the lever behind him to lower the Drawbridge. Return to your Guild. Ranger: (This one came to my from a gamer by the name of Randy Woods) You have to find the egg of a Raptor. The Raptor can be found about halfway to the caves of Ishad N'ha on the in a small clearing. Bard: (Thanks to Josh Adelson) to become a Bard, your rogue has to fetch a scroll from the snake temple library. It will appear in Kreug's secret room on a table when you have the quest. Assasin: ??? Valkyrie: ??? Zenmaster: ??? Part Four: FAQ Crypt and the surrounding environs: Q: How do I get the Crystal Key that is stuck behind the grate under the water? A: Stand in front of the grating and Use The Bauble stick by clicking on the Use Command and then cycling through your available inventory until the Bauble stick shows up. The key will attach itself to the stick, enabling you to get it. Q: (Email Request) Where do I use this Crystal Key? Rethpian mentioned a Door...but where is it? A: First, go to your graphics settings and move your Brightness (Gamma) as far up as it can go. This game is unusually dark, and little notches like the one you need to put this crystal in are nearly impossible to see in darkness. (Without the Illumination spell, anyway) Remember the broken stairway you jumped across? (Or fell down) The room at the bottom branches into three other passageways, one of them is a beautifully decorated wall.....thats the elevator. On the left of the strange looking wall, you'll see a small notch. Use the crystal on it and the elevator will come down, taking you to the mummy room. Q: I Beat the Mummy at the top of the elevator, but canít get back to the main crypt level! A: The best way to get back is to get the elevator in the Mummy Room to go back down by pressing the button behind it on the wall, and then, as it climbs back up and approaches your level of the crypt, hop on top of it and ride it all the way up to the ceiling. Donít worry, you wonít get squished!! Once it stops, quickly run off into the now revealed hidden hallway. Theres some nice treasure waititng for you nearby. Q:How do I get past the Gate where the statue is? A:Look at the amulet that the mummy dropped after you beat him. Speak the words to the statue that appear on the Mummyís amulet to open the gate. Q: There are two urns in a room with two locked gated doors, what do I do? A: You need to backtrack and look for a nearby room where you get ambushed by two ghosts. One ghost is a warrior, one is a Wizard. Kill both, and take their crystals, then return to the urns. You have to choose which path to take by putting the corresponding crystal into a small notch in the room behind where you fought them. Once you do, the stairs in that room will rise and allow you to grab a special item...put put whichever item you get into the Urn it belongs to. The Wizard path is the gate/urn on the left, while the Warrior path is on the right. Q:Which one should I take? A:Try the Warrior Path on the right, itís VERY tough, but you get a platemail armor at the end, not to mention a lot of experience from the ghost warrior who fights you halfway through. Q:There is a room full of flames and a gate that wonít stay open, how do I pass it? A:Two ways. Either back up in front of the first flame, and then RUN through the room by holding down the shift button (This works most of the time) or grab a treasure chest from another room and carry it in front of you as you walk through the flames. The door will get caught on the chest you are carrying and you can sneak under it. Q:What does Scabban do? A: You can kill him, after all, he is evil. Itís his fault that the toad people are fighting, and that the crypt is haunted by the walking dead. Killing him gives you no penalty, and actually, feels pretty good. Behind him is a lever you need to push to get to Niviusí Tomb. The lever opens up a small grate underwater that you can swim through and on the other side is the room behind the grate where you used the bauble staff. Q: I see a lot of tombs, including Niviusí Tomb, how do I open the locks? A: Remember the grate where you used the Bauble Stick to get the crystal key? Little do you know that you ARE behind that grate! Swim underwater until you find the grate and capture the key laying there. The key opens ALL the tombs, so be sure to raid each of them, since one of the Tombs has a powerful Shield in it. Frog Village And Snake Temple: Q:Some crazy frog man tells me to go to his village, where is it? A: Follow the river he is standing beside to the North-East, and youíll find a small village of houses built over the water. Make sure the Crazy Frog Man tells you the word Ukabu, which is their peopleís word for hero, I suppose. Go meet the Guard Captain of the Frog Village (A Frog named Ekbu) and Speak the name to him. He will direct you to his high priest, Shinwiki, whom you must also speak the word Ukabu to. Once you do, he will open a passage to his peopleís holy ground and ask that you kill the monsters who have destroyed it. When you do, you get a VERY powerful magic spear from Shinwiki. Q: Hey! These monsters are clones of that Scabban guy from the Crypt! I canít beat them! A: You might want to back away from them and fight them from a distance with your rogueís arrows and your Wizardís Spells. (Elemental Blast works nice if you have it) Just back up, and use the left and right arrow keys to strafe and avoid the blasts of gas they throw at you, and launch your own distance attacks. Hopefully youíll nail enough of them to survive a melee assault against them, which will surely finish them off. Q: The Oracles in the cave to the west tell me to follow the river, but theres a wall blocking my progress! How do I get them to open it up? A: At first, I thought this was a bug, but you have to keep talking to them, using up all the Keywords they give you. After youíve talked to them using every keyword they give you, the passage should finally open. Also be sure to equip the Mavin Signet Ring that the Ghost in the Crypt gave you. Q: I canít open the Door to the Snake Temple.How do I get in? A: Enter through the back. To the left of the Snake Temple is a pathway through the woods. Follow this pathway to the west, and then the north. You should see a back entrace concealed in a cave. This is your ticket inside. Q: Theres a prisoner behind a door in the torture chamber, but how do I get him out? A: (thanks to Josh Adelson for this) The inquisitor, a unique Serpent priest guarding the door that leads to the torture chamber, holds a "Monkey key" This key unlocks the door the prisoner is held in. I believe I missed this key, or he never dropped it in my game, because I didn't have it in my inventory. However, freeing the thief isn't required, and he only gives hints, thats all. Talking to Gorthius in the hidden circle encampment to the east of the first time will set up a quest to find this fellow. Q: Theres a room with a coin slot in the wall and 5 locked doors...whats up? A: Each priest, when killed, drops a gold coin. The coins are used in two places. The first place is here in this room. There are foor levers that line the walls, and only a certain combination of open and closed levers will open the doors. In other words, to open a door, you might have to close the first two leversl, and open the last, then insert a coin to open one door. Each door has it's own combination, and I never took the time to write them down. All I can say is save the game before flicking a coin in the slot, and if it doesn't work, reload and try a different combo. the only item of interest behind these doors is one of the four monkey idols. The rest is random treasure, that can be either used, or sold at the town for quick cash for your much needed Guild entry fees and class-change payments!! Q: What do I do with these Monkey statues I keep finding? A: When you reach the library, look closely at the floor markings. See how the two bookshelfs against the wall have a grey line on the floor connecting them to two other bookcases on the adjacent wall? Place each of the four Monkey Statues in the bookcases that these gray lines lead to, and an elevator will open up leading to the high priestís hidden chambers. Be sure to get his Serpent Staff, you NEED it. Q: Iím in a room with a huge wheel that lowers a metal plate whats that do? A: Underneath that room is a spider hatching room. Kill the spiders, steal an egg (or two) and drop them into the area where the metal plate crashes down. Take an empty potion flask (You can find three flasks in the Temple Kitchen) and put one on the Flask grill underneath the wheel room and then operate the wheel to send the metal plate down onto the spider eggs. It will squish the eggs into liquid and the liquid will drain out into the flask bottle. Retrive your flask and youíll see you now have Spider Nectar. Q: I got to a room with a Brazier and a golden snake altar behind it. What does it do? A: First use the incense on the Brazier. (Yet again, thanks to Josh Adelson for that!) You can get the incense by putting a coin in the coin slot underneath the serpent statue you find earlier in the dungeon. You must then take the Spider Elixir and put it on the Brazier. A flame will erupt. Wave the Serpent Staff over the flame and Xydusa will appear. She will quiz your characters, trying to determine if you are for real or just out to kill her. (she doesnít need to know yet!!) Read the Book of Servants to get the answers to her questions. Speak them to her, and a door will open behind her in the snake altar. Enter it, but make sure everyone is at FULL HEALTH before you do, because you will take major falling damage. Q: Where do I get the Book of Servants? A: Remember the first NPC priest you found inside the temple? In the room with the four passages, one leading east, one south, one west, one north? He should have dropped a key when you killed him, if you donít have it, go back and grab it. (quest items wonít dissapear if you drop them somewhere!!) Use the key on the locked doors near the back entrance and youíll see there is an underwater passage inside. Swim under it and youíll come up inside a small underground room with a snake statuette. Take it and go back to the Library where you placed the monkey statues earlier. Put this snake idol into the bookcase directly in the middle the one directly in front of the elevator and youíll see a passage open up leading to the book of servants. Q: Xydusa is TOUGH! How do I beat her? A: Does your priest have the haste spell? If so, caste it once on EVERYONE in your party. Now, donít bother with attack spells, Xydusa can shrug them off. Approach her quickly, and with your haste spell giving you an extra attack or two, strike at Xydusa when her head leans back. Thatís when she is going to bite you, and if you hit her during her Attack motion she will lose the chance to bite you. If you are lucky enough, have magical weaponry (Shinwickiís spear, Longswords +1, ect) You might actually get through the whole fight without her attacking even once. Attacking her at a distance is suicide, since she throws green lightning bolts that can wipe you out easily. Her bite will, 75% of the time, Paralyze whomever it strikes. At this point in the game, you have no way to cure that, so interrupting her attacks is the only way to avoid this. A haste enchantment will help accomplish this. She does occasionally turn someone in your party to stone with her gaze, so the Stone to Flesh scrolls and potions youíve been finding (Or should have found) should be ready to go at a moments notice. Xydusa has an insane amount of HP, so build up your characters before entering the Snake Statueís Passageway!! Q: Good Lord! Elyssia summons all those priests and I canít get past her! Help! A: Elyssia, by herself, is laughably weak. Unfortunately, she summons around six priests to fight with her, and they surround you on all sides after your conversation is over with her. This is where you can cheat an easy victory out of her. As soon as she starts yapping , back your characters up and enter the hallway outside. Launch an elemental blast at her (By holding down control and attacking while she is non-hostile) and youíll see the priests appear. However, you are in the hallway, and they will have to squeeze into it to fight you. Hide behind one of the walls and launch spells and arrows. This should knock a few of the priests out, and the area effect spells like Elemental Blast and Flamestrike will wreak havoc upon her servants. Once you softened them up, go in for the kill but watch out for their Summon Insects spell. Each priest can cast it once, and with 6 priests, that can be a LOT of damage. Use the hallwayís length to your advantage and outrun the swarm. Killing her will reveal the Mask of Death she carries. Take it and begin your escape. Q: Anything else to do in the Snake Temple? A: I found a Red Hot Poker but never figured out why it was there or what to use it for. You can take the Serpent Staff back to The Nymph Fortune Teller and she goes on to mention something about a curse being lifted, but I never got an experience award for giving it to her. Go back to the Oracles and they will inform you of your next mission: Go to Shurugeon Castle and free Dísoto from the clutches of a demon who stole his soul and his castle. Shurugeon Castle: Q: On my way to the castle I get jumped by a group of Ratling bandits, but halfway through my fight, three Giant Plants called Amazoni Mantraps kill me instantly with their breath! Help! A: This is unavoidable. No matter when, and no matter how I approached the castle, the Amazoni Mantraps Spawned behind me. I figured out that the best way to beat them was to quickly run past the bandits, turn around with my back to the castleís west wall, and wait for the Mantraps to come into view. Then, I would run south east to a small clearing in the woods beside the moat and clear out the pirahna in the water before doing anything else. Once the fish were gone, Iíd lure the Giant Plants to the shoreline, and attack them with Distance spells and arrows. Bringing Mana potions is a must, as these plants take a LOT to bring down. However, each Mantrap gives you over 10,000 Experience a pop. Once you kill them, they are gone for good and as far as I could tell, never respawn. (and my respawn is set to Often.) Q: Abriden (The little Gnomish fellow) said to meet me by the castle, and once I did, he kept mentioning the Evil elements but whenever I left, told me to come back. Did I do something wrong? A: Whenever you talk to an important NPC, you MUST talk to them about every subject they put on your Talk List. If you mention The Evil Elements to him, he will give you the locations of all 5 elements, and then hand you the one he has been holding onto. Once he gives you the first element, he dies. The other four can be found through very simple means, its not a very tough dungeon. Plus, by now, you should be well into your new classes and quite strong. Q: I am going after the element that Lysandra holds, but she wants me to let her touch my neck..is this a good idea? She wonít give it to me unil I do!! A: Well, then youíll just have to kill her, wonít you? If she bites you, you get turned into a Vampire and earn the Vampire Trait. If you like that sort of thing, hey, go for it. But personally, I donít like having to endure severe penalties while fighting during the day. She isnít very tough, and killing her gives you a nice amulet. Oh, and donít forget to go up the stairs above Lysandraís chambers and cross the wodden bridge in the tower! Dísoto is roaming around up there and guards a treasure chest with another Evil element inside of it. Q: Iím in the armory, one of the locations the Gnome told me to go to find the 5 Evil elements, but the treasure chest is behind a locked door! A: See the Skeleton behind the door? Launch a meteor or dragonbreath spell at him and when he dies, heíll pull the lever behind him, opening the door to the chest. Q: There are two treasures blocked by a gate, and a gargoyle lever puzzle whats the solution? A: Much like the coin puzzle in the Serpent Temple, you just have to experiment. The idea is to get all the levers pulled down, unfortunately, sometimes pulling down one lever will make another one go back up into the gargoyle mouths they hang out of. Just keep at it, and move from pillar to pillar, pulling each chain. It isnít terribly hard. But be warned!!!! The chest on the left is a fake, and has a monster in it. The monster isnít tough, but if you were weakened by the demon fight in the room prior to this one, you could be in trouble. Q:Does it matter what order I put the evil elements in? A: No, but Iíd advise building levels before you do. No doubt that Dísotoís demonic tormentor will be very angry you are trying to kill him Q: I put all the elements in their holders at the top of the tower and I put the Mask of Death on the figurine in the middle of them. now what? A: After the lightning comes down and Charges the mask, the game will give a short spoken dialogue about what happened, and then thatís your cue to take the mask and put it back in your inventory. Go back down to Haleabusí chamber (His chamber is at the start of the dungeon behind one of the locked doors.) and heal up your party for the battle ahead. As soon as the demon begins his pre-battle speech, USE the mask on him. (You might have to press Control since heíll be non-hostile) The demon will howl in pain, and now you can finally do damage to him. If you fight him without using the mask on him, your weapons will have no effect. He is a terribly easy boss and other then the fact that he can do around 15 points of fire damage to everyone in your party in one hit, he isnít very tough. Just keep your HP from turning yellow and donít stop hitting him. FAQ to be continued Copyright 2000, FAQ by Carl Batchelor http://www.cyberenet.net/~spvega Any copying of this FAQ without consent is...really bad. You can reach me at spvega@eticomm.net if you want me to add anything. I will always give credit to anyone who has something for me to add, and you may post this FAQ on your own site, so long as this bottom section is attached and you let me know. I did this so people could enjoy this game the way I do, and nothing more. This FAQ will be updated as I continue my trek through this incredible CRPG. Thanks to D.W. Bradley and the folks at Heuristic Park for making a good-old fashioned CRPG the way itís supposed to be. And a BIG thanks to the many fans of this game you have made this FAQ a joint effort.