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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Gimli's Skills Guide
                For Gameboy Advance             
    
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                   Version 1.4
    
    First written in January of 2004 by Soapman87 (soapman87@yahoo.com)
    **Please e-mail me to make a contribution, submit an error, or give thanks**
    
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    Table of Contents:
                                                       Quick Search Key (Ctrl+F)
    1) Introduction to this Guide                            -Intrtg-
    2) Introduction to Gimli                                 -Intrg-
    3) Gimli's Skill Trees                                   -Gst-
       A. Passive Skills Tree                                -Pst-
       B. Active Skills Tree                                 -Ast-
    4) In-depth look at Gimli's Skills                       -Idlgs-
       A. In-depth look at the Active Skills                 -Idlas-
       B. In-depth look at the Passive Skills                -Idlps-
    5) Different Types of Gimlis                             -Dtg-
       A. Treasure Hunting Gimli                             -Thg-
       B. Melee Gimli                                        -Meg-
       C. Missile Gimli                                      -Mig-
    6) My Current Gimli                                      -Mcg-
    7) Other People's Gimlis     ***COMING SOON***           -Opg-
    8) Credits                                               -cred-
    9) Version History                                       -vers-
    
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    -Intrtg-
    +-------------------------------+
    + 1) INTRODUCTION TO THIS GUIDE +
    +-------------------------------+
    This guide is made to analyze and asses in-depth all of Gimli's Active and
    Passive Skills in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" for GBA.
    
    -Intrg-
    +--------------------------+
    + 2) INTRODUCTION TO GIMLI +
    +--------------------------+
    In my opinion, Gimli the Dwarf is one of the best characters to start off with
    if this is your first time playing the game. He is a strong and hardy character
    with a wide (well, maybe not that wide) range and selection of skills, both
    active and passive. According to the game, "Gimli, son of Gloin, is a sturdy
    Dwarf. His toughness adn mastery of the axe is well-known. He travels with
    Aragorn and Legolas in the wilds of Middle-Earth." Gimli is my favorite
    character in the game by far.
    
    -Gst-
    +------------------------+
    + 3) GIMLI'S SKILL TREES +
    +------------------------+
    
    These Skill Trees may seem a bit confusing but its not that hard to understand
    
    -Pst-
    A. Passive Skills Tree
    
    ++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++ +++++++++++++
    + Death Strike +-+ Axemaster +-+ Keen Eyes +
    ++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++ +++++++++++++
           |               |             |
       +++++++++   +++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++
       + Hardy +---+ Orcslayer +-+ Dwarf Sense +
       +++++++++   +++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++
          |               |             |
    +++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++++++++++
    + Berserker +-+ Battle Scarred +-+ Gloin's Double Axes +
    +++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++++++++++
    
    -Ast_
    B. Active Skills Tree
    
    +++++++++++++  +++++++++++++++++++  ++++++++++++++++
    + Axe Throw +--+ Whirling Attack +--+ Dwarven Rage +
    +++++++++++++  +++++++++++++++++++  ++++++++++++++++
              \       /       \           /
             ++++++++++++  +++++++++++++++++
             + Stoicism +--+ Earth Shatter +
             ++++++++++++  +++++++++++++++++
                   \          /
                 ++++++++++++++++++  
                 + Herbal Healing +
                 ++++++++++++++++++
    
    -Idlgs-
    +------------------------------------+
    + 4) IN-DEPTH LOOK AT GIMLI'S SKILLS +
    +------------------------------------+
    
    -Idlas-
    A. In-depth look at the Active Skills
    
    Axe Throw (Level 2) - Gimli throws an axe for 12 damage +2/level. Axes track at
                          level 3. 50 Spirit.
    My Evaluation: Axe Throw is an amazing skill for a Missile Gimli. It is super
                   at killing Ringwraiths and enemies that are too hard to reach
                   otherwise. For example, in the Ithilien board, there are those
                   2 Orc Archers that are impossible to hit without a ranged attack
                   and can only be hit by Axe Throw or something of that nature.
                   It is also very effective in destroying Crebain before they have
                   a chance to fly away, as well as Goblin Drummers.
    
    Whirling Attack (Level 2) - Gimli spins his axe to hit all nearby foes. +2
                                damage/level. 75 Spirit.
    My Evaluation: Whirling Attack is an okay skill, but only good for those who
                   are using a Melee Gimli. In my opinion, this skill is completely
                   useless. If you really want to use this skill on a Melee Gimli,
                   then you also really need to max it out ASAP, and really focus
                   on putting Attribute Points into Strength, Courage, but most of
                   all, Health, as when you are in the heat of battle and enemies
                   are all around you swinging like crazy, it's kinda hard not to
                   get hit. Not worth it unless you maxed out every other skill.
    
    Dwarven Rage (Level 2) - All attacks are critical hits for 3 seconds. +2 
                             seconds/level. 65 Spirit.
    My Evaluation: What a Skill!!! This is an amazing advantage for a Melee Gimli.
                   All of your attacks can be critical hits for a maximum of 11
                   seconds, which is enough time to complete 1/4 of the first part
                   of the Helm's Deep bonus level. 
    
    Stoicism (Level 5) - Gimli take 15% less damage for 3 seconds. +2 seconds/level.
                         +10% less damage/level. 85 Spirit.
    My Evaluation: Again, an amazing active skill. Once maxed out, Gimli takes a
                   grand total of 55% less damage for 11 seconds. When used in
                   conjunction with some of the other skills, it can be greatly
                   applied to your advantage. Can be used with the greatest 
                   advantage as a Melee Gimli, as in the heat of battle, things can
                   sometimes get really rough.
    
    Earth Shatter (Level 12) - Knocks and damages all enemies near Gimli. Radius
                               expands 10% per level. 120 Spirit
    My Evaluation: This is probably one of, (if not the) best Active Skill which
                   Gimli has to offer. It is amazing when used against Trolls, or
                   even against massive amounts of enemies. Some reasons that it is
                   good against massie circles of enemies, is that when you are in
                   the heat of battle and enemies are all around you, if you use
                   this skill then all those enemies take some damage, and are also
                   pushed away from you, sometimes out of melee hit range.
    
    Herbal Healing (Level Max) - Gimli uses Kingsfoil herbs to heal himself. Cannot
                                 be improved.
    My Evaluation: All of the characters have this skill and it cant be improved
                   so it's really not that amazing, except for the fact that it
                   lets Gimli regain his health.
    
    Rating Chart of Active Skills
    
    Skill                   My Rating (out of 10)            Best Used With
    ----------             -----------------------          ----------------
    Axe Throw                    9/10                         Missile Gimli
    Whirling Attack              4/10                          Melee Gimli
    Dwarven Rage                 9/10                          Melee Gimli
    Stoicism                     9/10                          Melee Gimli
    Earth Shatter               10/10                          Melee Gimli
    Herbal Healing               4/10                           Any Gimli
    
    
    
    -Idlps-
    B. In-depth look at the Passive Skills
    
    Death Strike (Level 2) - You know how to hit the enemy hard. (+3%/level Critical
                             Hit Chance)
    My Evaluation: Okay skill, but not something you should concentrate on right
                   away. It does provide a 15% chance of a critical hit once it's
                   maxed, you could get that same chance with one weapon and one
                   shield. Not so great but if you have extra points, its a place
                   you might want to dump 1-3 points in here.
    
    Axemaster (Level 2) - Your power weilding an axe is legendary amongst Dwarves.
                          (+1 Damage/level)
    My Evaluation: Once again, an okay skill, once it's maxed but not something to
                   put points into early on. If you have extra points, maybe dump 
                   'em here.
    
    Keen Eyes (Level 2) - Your vision is unmatched (You find 5% more gems and better
                          items/level)
    My Evaluation: If you're using a treasure hunting Gimli, then this is a skill
                   you want to max out As Soon As Possible. Once it's maxed out,
                   you have a 25% chance of finding more gems, and a 25% chace that
                   you will find better items, which really is just another 25% to
                   add on to your total treasure hunting bonus. Amazing if you're a
                   treasure hunter, but if you're not, then avoid this skill for
                   now.
    
    Hardy (Level 4) - You are extraordinarily healthy and strong (+15 hit points/
                      level)
    My Evaluation: A very good skill once it's at least at level 3 which give you
                   an extra 45 H.P., and once at level 5, you get a +75 Bonus. An
                   amazing and must have skill for any Gimli, melee, missile, or
                   any other, because any bonus health can always benefit you.
    
    Orcslayer (Level 8) - Years of fightin Orcs has benefited you. (+1 damage/level 
                          to Orcs)
    My Evaluation: This skill has got to be, by far, the worst skill that Gimli
                   has in his skill selection. Wow, and extra maxed 5 damage to
                   orcs. How wonderful. NOT!!!
    
    Dwarf Sense (Level 8) - You are more likely to find better items. (+10%/level
                            chance of finding better items)
    My Evaluation: This skill is amazing, but really only is used to its full maxed
                   potential if you are playing as a treasure hunting Gimli. Once
                   you get this skill maxed, it's as if you have another extra 50%
                   chance of finding better items. Combine this with Keen Eyes and
                   you could get an extra 75% total.
    
    Berserker (Level 15) - You gain fury with each enemy slain. (+4/level hitpoints
                           and +4/level spirit for each foe killed)
    My Evaluation: This skill is definately the best passive skill that Gimli has.
                   Once maxed, you gain 20 H.P. and 20 Spirit points back with each
                   enemy that you kill. Not bad considering that if you kill 5 foes
                   you gain back 100 H.P. and Spirit.
    
    Battle Scarred (Level 15) - You are nearly impervious to damage (+1 armor
                                toughness/level)
    My Evaluation: Avoid this skill at all costs, unless it is the only skill left
                   that you have. It stinks, and it really doesn't help you at all.
                   I don't see why EA even put this skill into the game. It would
                   only benefit you if you are a melee Gimli
    
    Gloin's Double Axes (Level 20) - Gimli will throw two axes at once with his axe
                                     throwing skill. Both will track!
    My Evaluation: An amazing level 20 skill if you are using a Missile Gimli. If
                   you aren't, then there is really no need to put the point into
                   the skill, as any other kind of Gimli, save a Missile one would
                   really be using the Axe Throw skill.
    
    
    Rating Chart of Passive Skills
    
    Skill                   My Rating (out of 10)                Best Used With
    ----------             -----------------------              ----------------
    Death Strike                 6/10                            Melee Gimli
    Axemaster                    6/10                            Melee Gimli
    Keen Eyes                   10/10                        Treasure Hunting Gimli
    Hardy                      9.5/10                             Any Gimli
    Orcslayer                    2/10                         Melee/Missile Gimli
    Dwarf Sense                 10/10                        Treasure Hunting Gimli
    Berserker                    9/10                             Any Gimli
    Battle Scarred               4/10                            Melee Gimli
    Gloin's Double Axes          8/10                            Missile Gimli
    
    
    -Dtg-
    +------------------------------+
    + 5) DIFFERENT TYPES OF GIMLIS +
    +------------------------------+
    
    -Thg-
    A) Treasure Hunting Gimli
    
    Most players who use Gimli use him as a treasure hunter for him and the rest of
    their characters. I don't blame them, as he is the best character to use for
    this job. A treasure hunter will want to have a high attack and all of their
    items should, preferably, have an extra treasure modifier or two in them.
    This is an example of a treasure hunting Gimli:
    
    Equipment recommendations: 1) Any item that ends in any of the following:
                                   a) _______ of the  (+60%)
      Listed in the best order     b) _______ of Luck (+30%)
                                   c) _______ of Hope (+25%)
                                   d) _______ of the Owl (+20%)
                                   e) _______ of the Queen (+20%)
                                   f) _______ of Middle Earth (+10%)
    
                               2) Any pendant which has the following prefix:
                                   a) Dark Sapphire ___________ (+90%)
    
                               3) Any handwear/footgear with the following prefixes:
                                   a) Blood Pirate ______________ (+45%)
      Listed in the best order     b) Pirate ____________________ (+35%)
                                   c) Traveller's _______________ (+10%)
    
    Also recommended is any item with Gemfinder
    
    
    Skill reccomendations:
    
    Active Skill          # of Points           How fast to put them in?
    -------------        -------------         --------------------------
    Axe Throw                 1-5                  At your liesure
    Whirling Attack            0                         N/A
    Dwarven Rage              3-5               Max as soon as possible
    Stoicism                   5                Max as soon as possible
    Earth Shatter             2-5                  At your liesure
    Herbal Healing            N/A                        N/A
    
    
    
    Passive Skil              # of Points       How fast to put them in?
    -------------            -------------     --------------------------
    Death Strike                4-5           Fill up right after Keen Eyes
    Axemaster                    5              Max as soon as possible
    Keen Eyes                    5              Max as soon as possible
    Hardy                       4-5               Max by level 20
    Orcslayer                    0                      N/A
    Dwarf Sense                  5              Max as soon as possible
    Berserker                   3-5                At your liesure
    Battle Scarred               0                      N/A
    Gloin's Double Axes         0 (1)          Only if you use Axe Throw skill
    
    Stat impotantcy:
    1) Health/Strength
    2) Defense
    3) Courage
    4) Accuracy
    
    
    -Meg-
    B) Melee Gimli
    A melee Gimli is another smart way to use your Gimli, as he can become a very
    powerful warrior, given the right stats, skills, and items. He should focus on
    items with modifiers that give extra health, extra strength, extra damage, and
    a powerful shield.
    This is an example of a Melee Gimli:
    
    Equipment recommendations:  ***COMING SOON***
    
    
    Skill reccomendations:
    
    Active Skill          # of Points           How fast to put them in?
    -------------        -------------         --------------------------
    Axe Throw               1-3                     At your liesure
    Whirling Attack         3-5                     Max by level 15
    Dwarven Rage             5                   Max as soon as possible
    Stoicism                 5                   Max as soon as possible
    Earth Shatter           4-5                    Max by level 20
    Herbal Healing          N/A                          N/A
    
    
    
    Passive Skil              # of Points            How fast to put them in?
    -------------            -------------          --------------------------
    Death Strike                  5                  Max as soon as possible
    Axemaster                     5                  Max as soon as possible
    Keen Eyes                    1-3                    At your liesure
    Hardy                        4-5                   Max pretty quickly
    Orcslayer                    1-2                    At your liesure
    Dwarf Sense                  1-3                    At your liesure
    Berserker                     5                  Max as soon as possible
    Battle Scarred               1-3                    Not so important
    Gloin's Double Axes         0 (1)              Only if you use Axe Throw skill
    
    Stat Importantcy:
    1) Strength/Health
    2) Accuracy
    3) Defense     or     3) Courage
    4) Courage     or     4) Defense
    
    
    -Mig-
    c) Missile Gimli
    A third way of using Gimli is as a Missile Gimli, focusing mainly on accuracy,
    Axe Throw, and leveling yourself up to level 20 ASAP.
    
    This is an example of a Missile Gimli:
    
    Equipment: ***COMING SOON***
    
    Skill reccomendations:
    
    Active Skill          # of Points           How fast to put them in?
    -------------        -------------         --------------------------
    Axe Throw                5                  Max as soon as possible
    Whirling Attack          0                        N/A
    Dwarven Rage             5                  Max as soon as possible
    Stoicism                 5                  Max as soon as possible
    Earth Shatter            0                        N/A
    Herbal Healing          N/A                       N/A
    
    
    
    Passive Skil              # of Points            How fast to put them in?
    -------------            -------------          --------------------------
    Death Strike                 5                  Max as soon as possible
    Axemaster                    5                  Max as soon as possible
    Keen Eyes                   1-5                    At your liesure
    Hardy                       1-5                    At your liesure
    Orcslayer                    3                     Not too fast
    Dwarf Sense                 1-5                    At your liesure
    Berserker                    5                  Max as soon as possible
    Battle Scarred              1-3                   At your liesure
    Gloin's Double Axes          1                  Max as soon as possible
    
    Stat importantcy:
    1) Accuracy
    2) Courage    or    2) Strength
    3) Strength   or    3) Courage
    4) Health
    5) Defense
    
    *************************************************
    -Mcg-
    +---------------------+
    + 6) MY CURRENT GIMLI +
    +---------------------+
    
    Since this is a Gimli skill guide, I figured I may as well include my current,
    and most favoritest character, Gimli, and his stats and weapons. I'll update it
    when I feel that there has been a significant change in the stats or something.
    
    Gimli - Level 43 - A Treasure Hunting Gimli
    Current Board - Rohan: Hills
    
    Experience       1,345,197
    Next Level          73,353          Strength     85  
    Hit Points        max. 658          Accuracy     84
    Spirit Points     max. 472          Health       90
    Damage               42-51          Defense      90
    Melee Armor             27          Courage      88
    Missile Armor           18        
    To Hit                 84%          Points Left to Distribute: 140
    Dodge                   0%
    Shield Block           35%
    
    Gems                56,636
    Enemy Kills         26,597
    
    
    Active Skills                              Passive Skills
    
    Axe Throw: maxed out                       Death Strike: maxed out
    Whirling Attack: 1/5                       Axemaster: maxed out
    Dwarven Rage: maxed out                    Keen Eyes: maxed out
    Stoicism: maxed out                        Hardy: maxed out
    Earth Shatter: 1/5                         Orcslayer: maxed out
    Herbal Healing: maxed out                  Dwarf Sense: maxed out
                                               Berserker: maxed out
                                               Battle Scarred: 0/5
                                               Gloin's Double Axes: maxed out
    Points Left: 4
    
    
    Current Whetstone: Mithril Whetstone - Keeps weapons in perfect condition. +8
                       Damage
    Ent Water: Yes
    Fresh Kingsfoil Herbs: (restores 120 H.P.) 0
    Dried Kingsfoil Herbs: (restores 60 H.P.) 10
    
    Equipment:
    
    Refugee's Talisman of Luck
    Min. Level: 14
    +1 Defense, +1 Courage, +25 Spirit Points, +30% Extra Treasure, +15% Critical
    
    Maiden's Greathelm of the Fates
    Min. Level: 19
    +1 Melee Armor, +20 Critical Armor, -3 Accuracy, +1 Defense, +1 Courage,
    +60% Extra Treasure, +20% Critical
    
    Skin Heavy Cloak of the Argonath
    Min. Level: 17
    +3 Melee Armor, +5 Missile Armor, +1 Defense, +50 Hit Points, +5 Spirit Points,
    +5% Speed, +5% Critical
    
    Dwarf Maiden Skeggox Axe of Luck (with Elf Rune III - Sacred Heart)
    Min. Level: 15
    9-18 Melee Damage, +12 2H Damage, +1 Strength, +1 Accuracy, +1 Defense,
    +1 Courage, +2 Spirit Regen, +30% Extra Treasure, +20% Critical
    
    White Runed Lorica of the Fates
    Min. Level: 20
    +11 Melee Armor, +8 Missile Armor, +5 Accuracy, +60% Extra Treasure,
    +20% Critical
    
    Madril's Tower Shield of the Fates (with Elf Rune III - Sacred Heart)
    Min. Level: 19
    +1 Melee Armor, +1 Strength, -5 Accuracy, +2 Spirit Regen, +60% Extra Treasure, 
    +20% Critical, +35% Shield Block
    
    Blood Pirate Shoes of the Eorlings
    Min. Level: 13
    +2 Damage, +3 Melee Armor, +2 Strength, +1 Accuracy, +4 Health, +5% Speed,
    +45% Extra Treasure
    
    Blood Pirate Chain Gloves of the Moon
    Min. Level: 11
    +2 Damage, +3 Melee Armor, +1 Strength, +3 Accuracy, +1 Defense, +45% Extra
    Treasure, +5% Critical
    
    TOTAL EXTRA TREASURE PERCENTAGE: 330% E.T.
    TOTAL EXTRA TREASURE PERCENTAGE INCLUDING KEEN EYES: 355% E.T
    TOTAL EXTRA TREASURE PERCENTAGE INCLUDING KEEN EYES AND DWARF SENSE: 405% E.T
    
    GRAND EXTRA TREASURE TOTAL: 405% Extra Treasure (and counting)
    
    CURRENTLY SEARCHING FOR: Blood Pirate Winter Coat of the Fates
    CHANCE OF FINDING THE ABOVE ITEM: 1 in 1,000,000,000 or some other high number
    
    
    -Opg-
    +--------------------------+
    + 7) OTHER PEOPLE'S GIMLIS +
    +--------------------------+
    
    ***COMING SOON***
    
    -Cred-
    +------------+
    + 8) CREDITS +
    +------------+
    
    J.R.R. Tolkien - For writing all these amazing books
    Peter Jackson - For creating the amazing movies
    Electronic Arts - For making this game
    AdvanceWarsRocks - submitting his Gimli
    
    
    -Vers-
    +--------------------+
    + 9) VERSION HISTORY +
    +--------------------+
    
    Began on 1/18/04 - Version 0.5
       - Added T.O.C.
       - Added Introduction to the Guide
       - Added Version History
       - Added Credits Section
       - Added Introduction to Gimli
       - Added Gimli's Skill Trees Section
       - Began the In-depth look at the Skill section
       - Began the In-depth look at Passive Skills section
    
    Updated on 1/19/04 - Version 0.6
       - Added My Current Gimli section
       - Put in Other People's Gimlis Section
    
    Updated on 1/20/04 - Version 0.75
       - Updated In-depth look at Passive Skills section
       - Corrected some spelling mistakes
       - Added the In-depth look at Active Skills section
       - Began the In-depth look at Active Skills section
       - Added the Different Skill Combos section
       - Added a few people in the Credits section
       - Changed the "Currently Searching For" item
    
    Updated on 1/23/04 - Version 0.76
       - Updated the "Currently Searching For" item
    
    Updated on 1/26/04 - Version 1.4
       - Updated the In-depth look at Active Skills section
       - Updated the In-depth look at Passive Skills section
       - Changed the "Currently Searching For" item
       - Completed the In-depth look at Active Skills section
       - Completed the In-depth look at Passive Skills section
       - Updated the "My Current Gimli" section
       - Added and Began the "Different Types of Gimlis" section