***************************************** * * * DARK MESSIAH OF MIGHT AND MAGIC * * * * Single-Player Enemy and Item List * * * ***************************************** *********** DISCLAIMERS *********** "Might and Magic" and "Dark Messiah Might and Magic" are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment, Copyright 2006, All Rights Reserved. Game developed by Arkane Studios and Floodgate Entertainment. This FAQ is currently only approved for display on GameFAQs.com, Neoseeker.com, Supercheats.com and CelestialHeavens.com. Displaying this document or any content derived from it without permission from the author, Patrick "Exaggeration17A" Leahy, is prohibited. This FAQ may contain limited SPOILERS-- allusions to plot and character details revealed while playing through the game. I've tried not to give any major details away apart from how to defeat the enemies in this game but if you're worried about spoilers, it is recommended that you NOT read this guide. This FAQ and pertains ONLY to the single-player portion of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. Content relating to the multiplayer version is not included, nor are there any plans for its inclusion in the future. ************ INTRODUCTION ************ Originally, I had intended on writing a full FAQ and walkthrough for Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, but then I realized that a fairly comprehensive game guide already existed on GameSpot.com. Therefore, I shortened my FAQ to include only those areas where the GameSpot guide was lacking: information on the enemies you encounter and the items you find in the game. The list I've compiled may not contain every item in the game and may contain the occasional error, but I've tried to make it all as complete as possible. I've also tried to give you an indication of when you can expect to find the items on the list BUT I've recently discovered that the items you find may vary depending on what skills you have. Therefore, phrases like "first found in chapter five" should be taken as approximations in certain cases. Apart from that, if you find any other errors, scroll down to the contact information section to let me know about them. **************** ENEMIES - HUMANS **************** Most of the humans you'll fight in Dark Messiah are necromancers and their allies. They're more vulnerable to fire than they are to lightning, but all attacks work about equally well on humans. BLACK GUARDS - First appearance in the prologue. These are mercenaries hired by Arantir and the necromancers to serve as cannon fodder. Most of them carry short swords, occasionally with a shield, while others use a bow as their primary weapon. They're only really dangerous in groups... they don't dodge, block or parry much and are easy to line up for a power attack or a well-placed kick. A volley of three flame arrows or three power attacks to the head from a short sword will kill them, too. Take out the archers first or force them to drop their bows if you can, then kill them in your favorite way. NECROMANCERS - First appearance in chapter two (also, the guys who leer at you when the main menu is displayed at startup). Necromancers are wizards that specialize in death magic, which allows them to raise zombies and even reanimate fresh corpses. You'll mostly have to worry about fire projectiles from them, though. They generally use magic as their primary form of attack and have a meathook as a backup melee weapon. Their magic is devastating at medium range, so fight them at either close or long range depending on your weapon of choice. In any case, you want to kill necromancers fast and prioritize them as targets over all other enemies except liches so you don't have to deal with any variety of reanimated corpse. NECROMANCER TRAINEES - First appearance in chapter eight. You might think I'm kidding, but I'm not. You'll run into servants in the necromancers' lair, at least some of which talk as though they were training to be necromancers. They have no means of attack as far as I know, but should be killed regardless (which won't be hard) so they don't alert their masters. STONEHELM GUARDS - First appearance in chapter one. For the most part, they are your allies but in chapter nine, a poorly aimed spell or arrow might cause you to wind up fighting them. They're kind of like an improved version of Black Guards since they attack and defend more effectively and almost always carry shields. Refine your strategy for killing Black Guards a little if you accidentally provoke them and you should be fine. STONEHELM WIZARDS - First appearance in chapter four. Again, you'll never have to fight them unless you accidentally provoke one in chapter nine. The strategy for dealing with them is the same as it is for a necromancer. **************** ENEMIES - UNDEAD **************** Since necromancers are your main enemies, you'll fight a lot of dead things that they bring back to life with dark magic. They're resistant to physical damage but can still be killed by it relatively easily. They're also usually vulnerable to fire, but lightning works well too. ZOMBIES - First appearance in the prologue. These reanimated corpses are slow and stupid, but they hit hard and can be tough to finish off. Don't be fooled by your first encounter with one in the prologue, either. By the time you see them again (chapter six), they'll have the ability to breathe poison gas, which makes their hard hits even more dangerous. They're best dealt with at a distance, but if close combat is needed, don't stand still for too long and don't linger in the short to medium range where they tend to use their poison attack. GHOULS - First appearance in chapter one. Unlike their zombie cousins, these creatures are quick but hit just as hard. Your biggest problems will be their tendency to attack in groups and how they don't stay still long enough to properly aim any form of attack. The best way to deal with them is when they haven't spotted you but failing that, remember that they stay close to the ground, watch their movements and aim as best as you can. LICHES - First appearance in chapter six. In case you didn't loathe necromancers enough, these undead wizards have all the abilities of a living necromancer (and use them with greater proficiency) with all the toughness of undead creatures. No matter what kind of character you're playing, there's only one strategy to go with for them: hit them with everything you have and take them down quick before the zombies they raise overwhelm you. VAMPIRE KNIGHTS - First appearance in chapter eight. Vampire Knights are the strongest warriors in the game. They carry shields almost as frequently as orcs do, are very alert and very good at combat. They're also one of the few enemies who avoid being lined up for an instant kill kick (HOWEVER, they will charge as soon as they spot you and countering this tactic with a kick has proven to be quite effective... thanks again to CloudRiderX for the insight). Don't take risks with these guys and try to avoid fighting more than one at a time. Take them out as quick as possible with ranged attacks or block often in melee combat and use quick power attacks when they leave themselves open. UNDEAD COMMONERS - First appearance in chapter eight. They're kind of a joke by the time you encounter them, since they're only as tough as zombies (possibly weaker) and you won't be worried about those either this late in the game. The only word of caution worth mentioning is, don't forget that these guys have the same poison attack that zombies do. Kill them quick and you won't have to worry about them when a pack of ghouls show up. ***************** ENEMIES - DEMONIC ***************** In the Might and Magic universe, goblins and orcs were created by the fusion of human and demon blood, and are therefore considered demonic. The only other demonic creatures in the game are the two normal cyclopses encountered in chapters five and seven, respectively. They have a vulnerability to lightning but like humans, all attacks work pretty well on them. GOBLINS - First appearance in chapter four. Fans of RPGs should already be familiar with the weak yet potentially dangerous goblin. In this game, they carry spiked clubs and usually wooden shields, and are almost never found alone. Rather than use ranged weapons, goblins will throw rocks at you, which does little damage but can add up when there are a lot of them. Therefore, don't hesitate to press the attack against a group of goblins, especially since depleting their health can literally send them running for their lives. When this happens, just start damaging the next goblin since you can always find the coward and kill him when you're finished with his friends. ORCS - First appearance in chapter five. Orcs are an RPG standby as well. Like Black Guards, they're mostly swordsmen with a few archers thrown in, but orcs almost always carry some form of shield, hit harder and are much better at combat. Therefore, you need to be much more cautious with any orc armed with a cleaver and prepare to use stronger spells, more arrows or just block more often. Don't forget to take advantage of their vulnerability to lighting as well, if you can. ***************** ENEMIES - ANIMALS ***************** The animals you fight in this game are almost exclusively spiders, though there is one annoying exception. Like the undead, physical attacks aren't the best option but fire will make quick work of them. Lightning is generally okay too, with the same annoying exception. SMALL SPIDERS - First appearance in chapter three. The smaller spiders you encounter aren't much of a threat as long as you notice them, although sometimes you can literally walk on them and kill them accidentally. They will attack you and they can poison you, so it's best to kill them before they get that chance. I recommend a well-aimed kick or other melee attack. Anything else is a wasted effort. LARGE SPIDERS - First appearance in chapter five. Here's the real threat. The main problems you encounter when fighting spiders are their numbers (another enemy that likes attacking in groups) and their poison, which continually drains your health until you're down to 5 hit points. The only plus side is that besides the poison, their attacks only do 1 or 2 points of damage. Since there are usually no other creatures around when you fight these spiders, I recommend ignoring the poison effect until you've used whichever tactic to kill every last spider, then heal yourself. Don't bother drinking an antidote potion when you're poisoned and other spiders are still around (you'll probably just get poisoned again), and don't bother trying to heal yourself before the poison wears off (it won't make the poison wear off any sooner). FACEHUGGERS - First appearance in chapter five. These fleshy, floating creatures that resemble octopi with big teeth and crackle with electricity are called "ugly little brutes" and "mindless vermin" in the game, and those seem like more appropriate monikers than "facehugger" to me (thanks to Hezz for supplying this official name). In any case, you'll probably grow to hate them. They can be quick and hard to hit with an attack until they're right on top of you, by which time you're taking steady damage from their teeth and electric attacks. The only good news is, a well-aimed fireball will obliterate them and contrary to all logic, you can still damage them with lightning attacks, too (thanks to CloudRiderX for reminding me of that). It might be worth keeping some fireball scrolls in your inventory just to deal with them easily. **************** ENEMIES - BOSSES **************** CYCLOPS - First appearance in chapter one. These 15 foot high, one eyed monsters come in two varieties: regular and undead. You'll run into three undead ones (chapters 1 and 9, and the epilogue) and two regular ones (chapters 5 and 7) but the strategy is the same for either type if you want to confront them. You only need to kill chapter one's cyclops, and you use a ballista to do it. The other three are optional, though you will generally get more skill points for killing them, and doing so will make getting through the chapter easier, too. Using the battlefield you have to your advantage is the best strategy (kicking over a statue in chapter five, cutting a log loose in chapter seven and cutting a large rock loose in the epilogue) but those tricks fail, it is possible to defeat them in a more standard way. Archers and mages need to stay as far away from the cyclops as possible and shoot for the eye, the only spot where they can be damaged. Warriors need to hide behind a shield, wait for the cyclops to attack, block it and run in to attack the eye while it's at ground level. Assassins will have the most trouble since they can't be backstabbed. Use the archer's strategy if you have a bow but if you only have daggers, your only option is to use the warrior's strategy and dodge the cyclops' attacks since they can't be parried. Prepare to use a lot of healing potions though, since their attacks are hard to dodge and you might not be able to get to the eye fast enough if you dodge too far. When a cyclops takes enough damage, it will stagger and fall to its knees, leaving its eye open for a final, killing blow. Don't hesitate when this happens since it will recover if you don't finish it off. The fountain of blood pouring from its eye lets you know it's as good as dead. One last warning: stay out of the way when it's ready to fall to the ground! PAO-KAI - First appearance in chapter five. Pao-Kais are evil dragons with lightning breath and plenty of natural weapons as well. You only run into two of them in the game, and they aren't really a challenge once you know what you need to do. In chapter five, get its attention by hitting it with a spell or arrows, then run to the passage with the portcullis and lever and close the portcullis on the dragon when it sticks its head through. In chapter nine, you can run into a building and take the Pao-Kai down with the conveniently placed ballista inside. Like the cyclops, it's possible to kill them in a more standard way, or at least it is in chapter nine. The strategy should be the same as it is for the bone dragon; scroll down to the end of the bosses section to see it (thanks again to Hezz for reminding me of this fact). ARATROK - Appears in chapter five. Aratrok is the orc chieftan who will challenge you "blade to blade" near the end of chapter five. He's only a tougher version of the standard orc, but the nature of his challenge causes problems for everyone but the warrior. If you cast any spells, the four other orcs he enters with will attack and make the fight even harder. Said orcs also block the exit, so it'll be hard to get away from Aratrok in the room you fight him in. Either parry and counter-attack a lot with melee weapons, run in circles and shoot constantly with a bow, or prepare to use a lot of spells to win this battle. GIANT WORM - Appears in chapter seven. This is more of a really big hazard than an actual boss, since there's no way to kill it. The only way of dealing with it is running away... keep a close eye on your stamina so you aren't caught winded and unable to dodge its jaws. GIANT SPIDER - Appears in chapter eight. This is an optional boss, but deciding whether or not to fight it plays a big part in your decision to be good or evil. This is another boss that will pose the most problems for the assassin, since the strategy for fighting it is a lot like that of the cyclops. Either keep your distance and use ranged attacks (preferably fire-based) or use shield blocks and counter-attacks in close. Aim for the rear of the spider since its head is armored and will deflect attacks. Also like the cyclops, you don't want to be nearby when it's about to collapse. ARANTIR - First appearance in chapter three. Arantir is the boss of the necromancers and the main villain of this game. You don't get to actually fight him until the epilogue and finale of Dark Messiah, since attacking him in chapter three results in instant death. When you do fight him, he's disappointing. Assassins can just sneak up and backstab him, warriors and mages can make quick work of him as well, and the fight is only marginally challenging for archers if you decide not to keep your distance. The real danger is the "ally" he summons.... BONE DRAGON - Appears in the epilogue. The bone dragon summoned by Arantir is the real final boss of Dark Messiah. It's essentially a skeletal Pao-Kai that you can actually damage and is bound to Arantir. This fight is pretty unbalanced depending on what skills you have. If you're a melee-focused warrior or assassin, all you can do is run around, dodging its lightning breath until it comes in for melee attacks, at which point you may have to resort to leaping attacks at its tail. It's a much better situation for archers and mages who can run around and shoot it. When it takes enough damage, it will vanish and Arantir will be vulnerable to attack. Depending on how quick you are and how much damage you can deal, you should only have to make the dragon vanish two or three times before Arantir finally dies. ************** ITEMS - SWORDS ************** Swords are the weapons of choice for warriors, though other weapons exist that reward those skilled in melee combat. Swords are relatively fast, do the most damage, have power strikes that are easy to aim and they can dismember your enemies, sometimes resulting in quicker kills in close combat than other weapons. In later chapters, the best swords will require you to have points in strength, so plan ahead if you want to use them. Five different power attacks can be made with swords: a downward slash when standing (effective for dismembering, decapitation in particular), a forehand slash when moving right (good against enemies trying to sidestep), a backhand slash when moving left (also good against sidesteps), a thrust when moving forward and a different thrust when moving backward (both thrusts are good for keeping your distance, and for aiming at enemies' legs if they hide behind their shields). A power attack with a sword made when the adrenaline bar is full will result in a two-hit combo strike similar to the one made from a charge that instantly kills and usually dismembers its target (occasionally, you will impale your enemy on your blade instead). You can make a couple of swords in the game if you use a forge. To start, use the bellows to the left of the fireplace to get a fire going. Then, you'll need a steel bar or Flamegold bar to put in the pot to the right of the fire. Next, turn the wheel to swing the pot over the flame. When smoke rises from the pot, turn the wheel again and the molten metal will pour into a sword pattern plate. Pull a lever to the right to dunk the blade in water and cool it down. Then, take the blade from the plate and use it on the fire. When it glows red, grab it and use it on the anvil behind the fire. Then, pick up the blacksmith's hammer near the anvil and attack the sword to hammer it into shape. Finally, use the tools to the left of the anvil to make a hilt and you have a completed sword! SHORT SWORD - First found in the prologue. +2 damage. This will be the standby weapon for most swordsmen until chapter four, and you have to use it to get through the prologue regardless. There's not much to say about it that hasn't already been said about swords in general. LONG SWORD - First found in chapter three. +3 damage, requires melee combat 1. This is an improved Short Sword for those who have spent a skill point in melee combat. You can either find your first long sword in chapter four, or make one yourself in chapter three using a forge located beneath the warehouse. NAGA SILKSWORD - First found in chapter three. +3 damage, +4% chance of critical hit, requires critical hit 1. Now things are getting interesting. The Silksword is a thin, curved blade designed for finesse over brute force. Between the weapon's craftsmanship and the prerequisite skill, your strikes will do double damage 7% of the time, which isn't often but it makes a difference. I usually spend points in critical hit if I'm a warrior anyway, so I think it's worth getting the skill to use this sword, especially considering there's an improved version available later. CLEAVER - First found in chapter five. +7 damage, requires strength 2. The exact opposite of the Silksword: brute force over finesse. Pretty much what you'd expect considering every orc in the game carries one. Though the damage is excellent, I find the prerequisite is hard to meet in chapter five and I usually abandon it soon in favor of the Superior Naga Silksword anyway. Feel free to use it if you can, but don't expect to use it for long. SUPERIOR NAGA SILKSWORD - First found in chapter five. +6 damage, 4% chance of critical hit, requires critical hit 2. My favorite non-magical sword, in case you haven't guessed. The superior version of the Naga Silksword delivers more critical hits (9%), and it's actually more noticeable. I recommend it over the cleaver as a result, despite its lower damage. SWORD OF THE DRAGONCLAW - Found in chapter six. +9 damage, +18 to undead, requires strength 3. Although you'll find it in chapter six, you won't be able to use it unless you make a holy pilgrimage in chapter nine. If you choose to do that, this weapon's performance will be your reward. It annihilates undead enemies and can hack apart most other things just as easily. It's not just the best sword, it's the best melee weapon in the game, unless you're not pure enough to use it. EARTHFIRE SWORD - Found in chapter seven. +6 damage, +12 to enemies vulnerable to fire, requires strength 2. This is one of your better choices, sword-wise, especially if you don't make the pilgrimage in chapter nine. In order to get it, you need to make a sword from a bar of Flamegold found in chapter seven. Its fire damage usually results in higher damage than what the Superior Naga Silksword is capable of (and not just against enemies vulnerable to fire). If nothing else, it's certainly a good replacement for the Staff of the Firelord for dealing with spiders and other enemies vulnerable to fire. SOULDRINKER - Found in chapter seven. +4 damage, 30% of damage dealt goes to health, requires strength 3. You would think that this sword would be on an equal level with the Sword of the Dragonclaw given its requirement, but it's not the case. Damage this low in the later chapters isn't good enough even with the life-stealing ability. It's not bad to use against weaker enemies when you need a health boost, but I can't recommend it as a primary weapon. One last thing if you decide to use it: remember that the undead have no life to steal, so don't slash a zombie and expect to get more than 1 health for it. *************** ITEMS - DAGGERS *************** Daggers are the weapons of choice for assassins, mostly due to their ability to backstab and instantly kill non-animal enemies you sneak up on. They can also be thrown at fleeing enemies, or as an adrenaline effect, for an instant kill. They're also the fastest weapons available, though not as powerful as swords or even some bows. Three different power attacks can be made with daggers, all of which are two-hit combos: a pair of simultaneous slashes while standing and moving left or right, and two separate stab and slash combos made while moving forward and backwards. DAGGERS - First found in chapter one. +1 damage. This is the basic version of the dagger. Like the Short Sword, it's an early-in-the-game standby weapon that has no special qualities. GUTTING KRISS - First found in chapter one. +4 damage, +4% chance of critical hit, requires stealth 2. Whether or not you'll prefer these daggers to the Poison Kriss depends largely on your combat style. If you like to power attack relentlessly to kill enemies quickly, go with this weapon. If you're more cautious and strike only when you know it's safe, then the poison effect will wind up doing more damage than you will with these. POISON KRISS - First found in chapter three. +2 damage, magic attack: poisons enemy, requires stealth 3. These are found in the same general area where you can make a Long Sword, though unlike that weapon, you may not be skilled enough to use these daggers them when you find them. The extra damage is certainly nice for assassins, and the poison makes combat easier since you won't have to make as many attacks... the poison can do the damage instead. LIGHTNING DAGGERS - First found in chapter five. +4 damage, +8 to enemies vulnerable to lightning, requires melee combat 2. These daggers are somewhat anomalous since they don't require skill in stealth to use. If you're an assassin, you may not actually have the skill in melee combat to use them. This makes them more of a weapon for the warrior, especially in orc-laden chapter five where the lightning damage can make these daggers more effective than the swords available to you. SHADOWSTEEL DAGGERS - First found in chapter seven. +6 damage, requires stealth 3. Those who like the Gutting Kriss will definitely like the Shadowsteel Daggers, whose improved damage will come in handy when stealth fails you. They're even the right color for assassination! DAGGERS OF FROST - First found in chapter seven. +2 damage, magic attack: freezes enemy, requires stealth 2. Generally not even as useful as the Poison Kriss, these daggers' freezing ability doesn't make up for their low damage. The situation that applies to the Gutting Kriss vs. the Poison Kriss might apply to this weapon if you don't have stealth 3, but freezing is only so effective when your enemies are already on top of you. DAGGERS OF THE DRAGONFANG - Found in chapter nine. +7 damage, +14 to undead, requires stealth 3. A holy weapon awarded to those who make a certain pilgrimage during chapter nine. Although the base damage is only a little better than that of the Shadowsteel Daggers, their ability to slay the undead makes them untouchable as the best daggers in the game. ************** ITEMS - STAVES ************** Staves are the weapons of choice for mages, and many staves in the game require skill in magic affinity to be used. These weapons are actually very effective in combat, and can outperform swords early in the game if you can master the aim of the power attacks. They stun enemies often, which leaves them open to be knocked down and then finished off while on the ground. Their potential is definitely not to be underestimated. Three different power attacks can be made with staves, all are hard to aim and two out of three are simply too slow. You twirl your staff elaborately before settling on a postion from which you will unleash two wild attacks that swing your view with the direction of the blow and usually result in only one actually landing. The left and right power strike is the slowest, though the pair of wide horizontal swings are good for small groups of opponents standing in a line. The standing and forward power strike is marginally quicker, but its horizontal, then vertical swing are the hardest to aim. The backwards power strike should therefore be used almost exclusively, since the windup is much quicker and the vertical swing and thrust is less disorienting and easier to aim. A power attack with a staff made when the adrenaline bar is full will result in a flurry of blows with the potential to instantly kill more than one enemy in your vicinity (ocassionally, you will spin an enemy around with a strike and snap their neck instead). WOODEN STAFF - First found in chapter one. +1 damage. Wooden staves are carried by mage/healers in Stonehelm. Despite the low damage rating, this weapon can still be very effective, as described above. COMBAT STAFF - First found in chapter one. +2 damage, requires melee combat 1. Officially as powerful as the short sword, it's a shame that the melee combat requirement means that characters who prioritize magic won't get to use it. A fine replacement for the wooden staff or even the short sword for anyone with the skill, though. STAFF OF REFLECTION - Found in chapter four. +2 damage, can absorb one magic attack and turn it into a lightning projectile power attack, requires magic affinity 1. The great thing about this weapon is, it's the only thing in the game that can actually block a magical attack. Not only that, it absorbs the energy and unleashes a lightning spell on the next power attack you make. Apart from that, it's an improved combat staff but the special ability is quite valuable for fighting the necromancers in chapter four. Just remember, it can only absorb one spell, then you start taking damage. STAFF OF THE FIRELORD - First found in chapter five. +3 damage, +6 to enemies vulnerable to lightning, requires melee combat 1. Another melee-focused staff that mages might miss out on, the Staff of the Firelord should strongly be considered as a primary weapon for melee characters to use against spiders, until they get the Earthfire Sword at least. Again, very effective as long as you can temper the wildness of its power attacks. SHADOWSTEEL STAFF - First found in chapter five. +5 damage, requires melee combat 2. Yes, another combat staff not geared toward mages. I don't find this weapon very useful since I'm usually fighting with the Staff of the Firelord for enemies weak against fire (+6 damage) and a Superior Naga Silksword for everything else (also +6 damage). The Shadowsteel Staff is weaker than both in that context, but if you prefer staves over swords, then there's nothing wrong with this weapon. SOULREAVER STAFF - First found in chapter seven. +2 damage, restores your mana when you hit, requires magic affinity 3. This is generally a good replacement for the Staff of Reflection as a mage's staff since you don't fight that many spellcasters. The low damage is forgiveable since mages generally only resort to melee when they're out of mana and the Soulreaver Staff plays to the mage's strengths, giving you the mana you need so you won't have to resort to melee combat for long. STAFF OF THE DRAGONBONE - Found in chapter nine. +7 damage, +14 to undead, requires magic affinity 3. A holy weapon awarded to those who make a certain pilgrimage during chapter nine. Obviously, this is the best staff in the game. It's especially nice for mages who didn't spend points in melee combat and now finally have a devastating weapon to go along with their devastating spells. Too bad they couldn't get something like this sooner. ************ ITEMS - BOWS ************ Bows are the weapons of choice for archers. You've probably figured out on your own by now that you'll need to spend points in the archery skill to use the best bows. Aim is everything with these weapons because a shot to the head can be one of the most damaging attacks in the entire game. You also need to collect quivers of arrows to keep shooting, which are available in limited quantities so you don't have the luxury of shooting away without aiming first. Of course, the equation changes when you get an endless quiver.... There are no power attacks with bows. The mouse button must be held down to keep the bow drawn once you nock an arrow. The only other attack that can be performed is stabbing an enemy with an arrow, which happens if you have an arrow in hand when an enemy is close by. Also of note, if you have an arrow nocked an approach an open flame (such as a torch or firepit), you will get a fire arrow that does a little extra damage and can be used to ignite things. Shooting an enemy when the adrenaline bar is full will result in an instant kill. Nothing fancy, but it's quick, effective and generally more versatile than power attacks made with melee weapons. BOW - First found in the prologue. +2 damage. This weapon, used by Black Guards, shoots arrows and does little else. But really, what else do you want from it? LONG BOW - First found in chapter three. +4 damage, requires archery 1. This is a more stylish bow that requires some skill and does a little more damage than the basic Bow. Used by orcs, so you'll have plenty of chances to get one in case you miss the one in chapter three. ELVEN BOW - First found in chapter four. +5 damage, +3% chance of critical hit, requires critical hit 2. The strongest non-magical bow. It's more damaging than a Long Bow, is equipped with a (redundant) sight and surprisingly it requires the critical hit skill and not archery as a prerequisite. I found this to be an excellent companion to the Superior Naga Silksword for my warrior, and archers who take the critical hit skill will probably like it too. POISON BOW - First found in chapter four. +2 damage, magic attack: poison cloud, requires archery 2. This is a good bow for poisoning and weakening groups of enemies, but the fact that its damage is only as high as a regular Bow is frustrating. It means that in order to maximize the effectiveness of your shooting, you need to fire your first arrow with the Poison Bow, then switch to the Long or Elven Bow for the rest of your shots. I usually go with the Elven Bow exclusively instead. ROPE BOW - Found in chapter five. +1 damage, unlimited ammo, creates a rope when an arrow is fired into a wooden surface. Technically, it's a weapon, but its main purpose in the game is to create ropes. The only good thing is that this bow still allows you to shoot enemies if you're out of normal arrows, but by chapter five you're not far from the endless quiver so this bow's effectiveness as a weapon is pretty limited. BOW OF WINTER'S BREATH - Found in chapter five. +2 damage, magic attack: freezes enemy, requires archery 2. Like the Poison Bow, the low damage of this weapon hinders its effectiveness despite its magical property. It's probably best used on lone enemies... freeze them, switch bows, and take the time to aim for a head shot. BOW OF FIERY RAGE - Found in chapter nine. +7 damage, +14 to enemies vulnerable to fire, requires archery 3. So much better than all of the previous bows. This weapon is actually a little more versatile than the Bow of the Dragonhorn, since its damage bonus will help you against not just undead but humans and animals as well. Definitely worth tracking down and using if you're an archer. BOW OF THE DRAGONHORN - Found in chapter nine. +8 damage, +16 to undead, requires archery 3. A holy weapon awarded to those who make a certain pilgrimage during chapter nine. The Bow of Fiery Rage comes close, but this is still the best bow in the game and incredibly useful if you have opportunity to take down ghouls from a distance. By the time you get it, most of what you're fighting is undead so the fact that it doesn't do double damage to as many enemies isn't a big deal. ***************************** ITEMS - MISCELLANEOUS WEAPONS ***************************** There are a few random weapons in this game that don't fit into any of the above categories. For the most part, they aren't very useful but here they are anyway. RANDOM ITEMS - Dark Messiah's designers seem to pride themselves on the fact that you can pick up barrels, crates, jars and a slew of other items and throw them at your enemies. Unless you kick some weak planks and drop these items on your enemies, it generally isn't worth the effort to make use of this feature, though. Throwing objects depletes stamina, usually doesn't do much damage and the fact that the item takes up most of your view makes aiming these throws difficult. This could be an effective strategy if your enemies aren't in range of your melee weapons yet and you have no other ranged attacks, but other than that unlikely scenario, I wouldn't recommend this tactic except for early in the game when all your attacks do relatively low damage. HAMMER - First found in chapter three. Probably deals +1 damage, but not specified in-game. This hammer can be used to smash enemies, but that's not its real purpose. If you read the swords section, you'll know this item is necessary to hammer an unfinished blade into shape when using a forge. However, there's no need to carry the hammer around when you find it since there's one available at every forge and they're no good as weapons. PICKAXE - First found in chapter three. +2 damage. The inclusion of a pickaxe while you're exploring a mine seems like an obligatory, atmospheric addition to the game. The only reason you'd use it as a weapon though, is if you're sick of the Short Sword and don't have the skill to use any of the superior weapons available. The only other possibility is that you use it to uncover something secret in the level, and I missed it. CLUB - First found in chapter four. +3 damage. Clubs are carried by the goblins in this game. It's a crude weapon with only one kind of power attack, but it's also one of the strongest weapons you'll find that doesn't have a skill requirement. This might make it valuable for characters who haven't learned melee combat or stealth, like mages looking for a quicker weapon than a staff or archers looking for a backup weapon if they run out of arrows. Beyond those possibilities, it doesn't have much use, though. HOOK - First found in chapter four. +3 damage. Hooks are carried by the necromancers in this game. They're very similar to clubs in damage, performance and lack of requirements and you find your first hook around the same time as your first club. So, if you really want to use one of these weapons, the decision is really a stylistic one. AXE - Found in chapter five. +2 damage. A lone axe, seemingly put into the game as an afterthought, can be found in chapter five. It's weaker than a club or hook and why anyone would want to use it is beyond me. Maybe, like the pick- axe, it has some minor puzzle-solving role somewhere in the level that I over- looked? It's hard to say, but I suspect this axe is just a useless curiousity. *************** ITEMS - SHIELDS *************** We're finally done with weapons. Shields are just as important to warriors though, but not so much for any other kind of character since using one requires at least melee combat 2 (higher where noted). Most shields are pretty standard with no special qualities, though some are better than others... especially the magic, indestructible shields found later in the game. The normal shields, how- ever, have a durability rating and break when they absorb too much damage for you. This means that, until you find an indestructible shield, any shield user should have a backup shield in their inventory for when the one they're using breaks. But what's the point of using shields when you can just parry with weapon? There are a few advantages. First, only shields can block incoming arrows from enemy archers. They're also able to block a cyclops' attacks, which makes killing them far less challenging for any melee-focused character. Also, if you click the left mouse button while blocking, you'll perform a shield bash. This attack knocks back enemies about half as well as the kick, but it won't drain your stamina and won't leave you as open to attack. One last thing to remember: when enemies block with their own shields, it decreases the durability. This can work in your favor because you can smash the shield if they're blocking a lot, but it's bad news if you're hoping to use the shield yourself. If your shield is about to break and you need a replacement, try taking out an enemy shield holder with a well-placed bash from your own shield (preferably into spikes), magic (from a scroll, perhaps), an arrow to the head or with well-aimed sword thrusts to the legs. STONEHELM GUARD SHIELD - First found in chapter one. Durability 180. These small kite shields are carried by the city guards in Stonehelm but luckily, they can also be found without an owner. A good shield that doesn't obstruct your view much when carried or while blocking. BLACK GUARD SHIELD - First found in chapter two. Durability 180. Carried by Black Guards (obviously), this shield is identical to the Stonehelm Guard Shield in every way except the design on the front. WOODEN SHIELD - First found in chapter four. Durability 120. Carried by goblins, this round shield isn't nearly as durable as the two previous shields and should only be picked up if you have no backup, then replaced when you find something better. ORC SHIELD - First found in chapter five. Durability 60. The worst shield in the game. Size matters, but not in the way you'd think. This large kite shield will obstruct your view even when you're not blocking and is weaker than any other shield in the game. Given a choice between this and no shield at all, I would go with no shield unless I'm surrounded by archers. ORC BUCKLER - First found in chapter five. Durability 240, requires melee combat 3. In contrast to the other orcish shield, this small one is the best non-magical shields available. It might even be worth your while to pick up more than one of these as a backup, if you have the inventory space for it. EARTHFIRE SHIELD - First found in chapter seven. Indestructible, increases your protection from fire-based attacks, requires melee combat 3. The first of the indestructible shields, the Earthfire Shield eliminates the need to worry about shields breaking and does little else. True, it will protect you from fire, but that's a kind of attack you'll only have to worry about from necromancers and liches, unless you like to stand in firepits. Anyway, it's better than any normal shield and only blocks your view as much as a Stonehelm or Black Guard shield, so it's definitely worth using. VAMPIRE KNIGHT SHIELD - First found in chapter eight. Durability 240, requires melee combat 3. Larger than the Black Guard or Stonehelm Guard shields, this shield blocks your view a little but nowhere near as much as the giant orc shield. If you found the Earthfire Shield though, the pros and cons of these shields won't really be an issue when you find them. LIGHTNING SHIELD - Found in chapter nine (but I know it can be found earlier, just not sure when). Indestructible, electrifies opponent on a successful block, requires melee combat 3. When you find this shield, you can forget about any other shield in the game. Not only is it indestructible, but its ability to shock attacking enemies practically makes melee combat unbalanced in your favor. Why? Not only does it stun them and leave them open to a power attack, but it actually does damage, too. You could conceivably do nothing but block to weaken your enemies with lightning damage, then finish them off when they're down to almost no health. Best shield in the game... almost too good. ********************** ITEMS - ARMOR/CLOTHING ********************** Let's face it, the studded leather armor you start with gets boring after a while. Luckily, you can find new outfits that not only make you look cooler, but add to your abilities! WIZARD'S ROBE - First found in chapter two. +1 to armor, +10 to mana, requires magic affinity 1. A predominantly blue robe worn by mage/healers in Stonehelm, this is an outfit you can't go wrong with to start out as long as you have the required skill. ASSASSIN'S GARB - First found in chapter three. +1 to armor, increases your stealth, requires stealth 1. As the name implies, this is an outfit for assassins. If you've invested in the prerequisite skill, then chances are stealth is important to you, so you might consider this instead of the wizard's robe if you feel like you have enough mana. CHAINMAIL ARMOR - First found in chapter three. +2 to armor, requires endurance 1. Now, of course, we find the warrior's outfit, which only serves to increase your armor rating. It's only provides a little more protection than the wizard's robe or assassin's outfit though, so if you have the skill to use one of those, you might want to consider wearing that instead of this to keep the mana or stealth bonus. ARCANE ROBE - First found in chapter five. +2 to armor, +20 to mana, requires magic affinity 3. An upgraded wizard's robe which gives its wearer even more mana. An obvious choice for those with the skill. PLATE ARMOR - First found in chapter five. +3 to armor, requires endurance 2. This armor consists of metal plates and chain mail, and the increase in your armor rating is more noticeable. Unless you have the skill for the arcane robe or master thief's outfit, this is an easy choice for warriors. MASTER THIEF'S OUTFIT - First found in chapter seven. +2 to armor, increases your stealth, requires stealth 3. The master thief's outfit is to the assassin's garb as the arcane robe is to the wizard's robe. Generally the best armor for those who focus in stealth. SHADOWSTEEL ARMOR - First found in chapter seven. +4 to armor, +10 to health, requires endurance 3. Finally, warrior's armor that does more than just increase your armor rating. The extra protection definitely helps, so warriors will want to boost their endurance to ensure that they can wear it when they find it. ******************* ITEMS - MAGIC RINGS ******************* Magic rings are another set of items that you can wear to increase certain abilities and best of all, there are no skill requirements to use them. Unfortunately, you can only wear one ring at a time and you may have trouble deciding which one to wear. RING OF THE WEAPONMASTER - First found in chapter three. +2% chance of critical hit with all weapons. Goes especially well with weapons like the Superior Naga Silksword, but its appeal is limited. RING OF ARCANE BRILLIANCE - First found in chapter three. Adds 10 mana. If you use any spells, then this is a pretty good choice, at least until you find some- thing better. RING OF REGENERATION - First found in chapter five. Allows your health to regenerate. I usually forsake all other rings except the Ring of the Phoenix in favor of this one. RING OF MIGHT - First found in chapter five. +1 damage to all attacks. Appealing, but not as much as other rings found around the same time. RING OF THE PHOENIX - First found in chapter five. Restores you to full health when you die, then the ring is destroyed. Always handy to keep around for tough battles. RING OF FIRE PROTECTION - First found in chapter seven. Not very useful, especially if you're using the Earthfire Shield. *************************************** ITEMS - POTIONS, SCROLLS, MISCELLANEOUS *************************************** HEALTH POTION - Restores 10 health. Red potions commonly found in crates with a dragon insignia, among other locations. MANA POTION - Restores 50 mana. Blue potions, just as common as healing potions though their placement is a little less predictable. ANTIDOTE POTION - Cures poison. White potions, somewhat uncommon, usually found in treasure chests. To be used with discipline... go back to the spiders under the enemies section for details. STONESKIN POTION - Reduces damage. Yellow potions that appear grey when in your inventory, about as uncommon as antidotes. It can be difficult to anticipate when you're going to take damage sometimes, so I don't find myself using them much. FULL HEALTH POTION - Restores full health. Yellow potions that stay yellow in your inventory, probably the rarest potion in the game. I often use them when I've finished killing a swarm of spiders and only have 5 hit points, though they're quite useful beyond that, of course. SCROLLS - Allow you to use the indicated spell once, without consuming mana. Good for non-magic users when they run into enemies who are resistant to physical damage. So far, I've found the following spells in scroll form: Telekinesis, Fire Trap, Freeze, Charm, Fireball, Lightning Bolt and Weakening. FOOD - Restores 2 health. Food comes in a variety of forms, but every unit of food only restores 2 health. Cured ham? Roast chicken? Some cooked ribs? 2 health. Mashed banana? Leek? Raw garlic? 2 health. I try not to think about it. MAGIC MUSHROOM - Fully restores health and mana. Blue mushrooms usually found growing in dark places, even rarer than full health potions. The most powerful healing item available, these are lifesavers when you've run out of mana to heal yourself and are in the middle of a fight. QUIVER - A cylindrical case that holds an average of 10 arrows, though this number will vary depending on whether you took it off an archer's body or found it laying around a dungeon. Since arrows don't take up space in your inventory, there's no reason not to grab these when you see them until you find.... ENDLESS QUIVER - First found in chapter five. For any bow user, the endless quiver is a great find as it frees you from having to track down quivers dropped by enemy bowmen. Archers can fire at will, not having to worry about aiming so much, and everyone else can now pepper enemies with arrows instead of burning through health or mana via their usual tactics. KEYS - Come in several varieties, and many are needed to progress in the game. Others just unlock areas with hidden treasure. You'll find them either carried by enemies, or laying around and usually guarded by enemies. Each key takes up a spot in your inventory, but will disappear at the end of the chapter you find them in. ******************* CONTACT INFORMATION ******************* Questions, comments, suggestions and corrections can be sent to me at exaggeration17A@yahoo.com PLEASE don't e-mail me asking about the multiplayer portion of Dark Messiah. I only played the multiplayer game once and don't intend to do it again until I get a better computer. Even then, I don't anticipate writing any guide for the multiplayer portion of this game... sorry. ************** SPECIAL THANKS ************** To Ubisoft, Arkane Studios and Floodgate Entertainment for developing, producing, etc. Dark Messiah, and for getting the first patch released so quickly. I'm glad to report that the game is no longer more unstable than Tom Cruise. To my wife Kate, for indulging me in my video game habit and for keeping herself busy with Nintendogs while I delved into this PC game. To Hezz for sending me a bunch of corrections: Undead Commoners, Facehuggers, Pao-Kai, Gutting Kriss, Combat Staff and Shadowsteel Armor. To CloudRiderX for posting some corrections on Celestial Heavens regarding the Facehuggers and Vampire Knights. Thanks in advance to anyone else who submits positive feedback, and to anyone who just reads my guide for their unseen support. To GameSpot for writing a walkthrough so I didn't have to... and for providing said walkthrough to all of us gamers. And finally, to GameFAQs for providing such a comprehensive database of information that makes the games I play less mysterious, and to everyone who writes the things in the first place! *************** VERSION HISTORY *************** 0.3, 11 November 2006 - The "skeleton" of the FAQ is finished, though missing many key bits of information that will eventually distinguish it from the game's instruction manual. Sections on basic strategy, skill points with sample builds, enemies, items and a full single player walkthrough are planned. 0.6, 13 November 2006 - More details are added to the FAQ, and work begins on the walkthrough. Several details in the FAQ need to be confirmed before submission, sample characters are still absent and so is the entire walkthrough except the prologue. 0.9, 15 November 2006 - Discovery of the GameSpot guide. Basic strategy, skill section, and walkthrough abandoned. FAQ is reinvisioned as a companion to the GameSpot guide, and work begins on confirming as much information on enemies and items as possible before submission. 0.95, 19 November 2006 - All but a few details have been confirmed, so the guide is submitted to GameFAQs. The question marks will be erased and replaced with useful data once a technical issue I'm experiencing in chapter eight has been resolved. 1.0, 23 November 2006 - Working on my master's degree had prevented me from confirming all the details I wanted to sooner, but I've completed every item and enemy listing to my satisfaction, made some corrections thanks to Hezz and added three websites to my approved list for display of this FAQ. Happy Thanksgiving! 1.1, 29 November 2006 - More minor corrections, most of which typos and inconsistencies I overlooked in previous updates. I've also credited CloudRiderX with some new info in the enemies section. Thanks again to everyone for the support!