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What makes an illusionist/thief so great?

#1CitadelSecurityPosted 5/3/2011 5:39:26 PM
Aside from the obvious backstabocity, of course. I intend to make some kind of multiclass for my first insane solo, and from what I've read they're great... why?
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#2batman_pwnsPosted 5/3/2011 6:13:04 PM
They are the only legal multiclass specialist mage, so they are the only legal multiclass mage to get the bonus slots. Gnomes also get the racial bonus to saving throws for every 3.5 points of Con.

However, the loss of Horrid Wilting is a huge drawback depending on how you play. If you play it as a backstabbing thief who uses his mage side to buff him and make him a better thief, then the loss of Horrid Wilting is no big deal. If however you play it as a mage with thief support, then the loss of Horrid Wilting does matter.
#3SparticusPosted 5/3/2011 7:07:23 PM
Anything / Mage is awesome. As for illusionist / thief, you'll end up getting spike traps for the major fights you would want Horrid Wilting for anyway.
#4atakdougPosted 5/4/2011 12:21:05 AM
Losing skeleton warriors hurts too, in the midgame.
#5mikel123456Posted 5/4/2011 5:12:25 AM
Again I am constantly surprised at how many different playstyles this game allows. I don't think I've ever cast Horrid Wilting or Animate Dead.
#6Lord_TiaxPosted 5/5/2011 3:58:59 AM
They are the only legal multiclass specialist mage, so they are the only legal multiclass mage to get the bonus slots

Not quite. You can also have have a Fighter/Illusionist and Cleric/Illusionist.

Unless of course you meant that Illusionists are the only specialist mage with a multi-class option, in which case I'm sorry, it's a little late here so I probably misread it.
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#7batman_pwnsPosted 5/5/2011 7:47:52 AM
Lord_Tiax posted...
They are the only legal multiclass specialist mage, so they are the only legal multiclass mage to get the bonus slots

Unless of course you meant that Illusionists are the only specialist mage with a multi-class option, in which case I'm sorry, it's a little late here so I probably misread it.


Yeah, that is what I meant although I didn't phrase it that well.