Question from Zoinker
How do I survive the battle before the Mage tower Boss?
In the room before the boss of the Mage tower your party will be ambushed by a group of abominations led by a tough elemental. Even if one were to ignore the treasure in the room, they still spawn if you go directly for the door, so there is no way to avoid them.
These guys are seriously tougher than the boss himself (who I was able to kill without losing anyone on Normal difficulty). In the end I was forced to lower the difficulty to easy to fight them. Is there any way to survive these guys on normal difficulty?
Aside from the tactics mentioned by Denethor, I must also ask if you have patched to 1.01. In the patch they fixed the difficulties so that normal is quite a bit easier and easy is a lot easier. If you haven't patched yet, I'd suggest you do that.
Also for future reference, the mind series of spells are awesome for tough fights like this. With Force Field and Crushing Prison, you can pretty much remove two enemies from the fight while your crew mops up the rest. I'd recommend going after those spells asap as they can be a real life saver.
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I ordered my party to retreat to the previous room just before the doorway where the shades, greater and lesser, spawned if it is the room before Culen and the stairs up to the last level of the tower.
With Wyn as healer, two warriors and lil Leliana as an archer I managed to pound em down since only my two tanks had to get healing and both of em had massive armor, thus quite nice damage resistance ^^.
Another tactics I used occasionally is a party with 2 mages, a roque and a tank. 1 mage focusing on healing and the second one on most DPS and AoE spells. A blizzard or a tempest into the room while the tank holds the doorway to block em inside usually allows you to get down all the mobs health before seriously engaging em. Never tried this in the Circle tower(Done this is tactics only Ozammar quests and Sacred ash quest frequently) however so not sure if it will work or if you have the proper skills/spells if doing this one early on in the game.
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