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    Enemy Tactics Guide by thewaynemanor

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    BLOOD OMEN TACTICS GUIDE
    
    
    Written by thewaynemanor
    
    thewaynemanor@optusnet.com.au
    
    
    Copyright 2004.
    
    
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    Contents:
    
    
    
    1.	DISCLAIMER
    
    
    2.	INTRODUCTION
    
    
    3.	GAME TACTICS
    
    
    4.	ITEM LIST
    
    
    5.	SPELL LIST
    
    
    6.	BESTIARY
    
    
    
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    1.	Disclaimer
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    This Guide is only for use on the Game FAQ site.
    Any other use is prohibited. 
    
    
    
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    2.	Introduction
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    Please note that this Tactics Guide does not recap the game story or 
    provide a full walkthrough for Blood Omen. It is a support tool, and 
    by no means exhaustive, as there are many ways in which to play 
    the game. The methods outlined here are simply designed to maximise 
    players' chances of survival and their enjoyment of the game.
    
    
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    3.	Game Tactics
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    -	Keep some distance from foes when using Items and Spells as Kain
    	is not impervious to attack while casting.
    
    
    -	Avoid being cornered by multiple foes, as the only method of escape
    	is to use an Item or Spell that instantly kills multiple foes.
    	Kain cannot slip past in Wraith form.
    
    	
    -	Use the Axes HAVOC & MALICE in spinning mode against damaging
    	ultra-fast foes such as the Red Demons and Vampire Hunters.
    	
    	
    -	To boost the Magic Meter, kill several prisoners in an area and 
    	keep returning to the area to drain the Blue Blood from the ghosts.
    
    
    -	While there are many Items and Spells, the combination of ENERGY BANK 
    	+ REPEL + BLOOD SHOWER is ideal. It offers both defence and an offence 
    	that provides instant recovery.
    
    
    -	Land travel in Wolf form as it is faster than the Vampire and 
    	Wraith forms. 
    
    	
    -	During a Full Moon, always use the Wolf form in combat as blows 
    	are instant kills against all foes except Greater Monsters. 
    	
    	
    -	When accessing Moon Gates use a combination of the Wolf and Bat 
    	forms. Race through in Wolf form and collect all useful Items while 
    	ignoring foes if possible as combat will slow progess.
    
    
    -	When exiting use Bat form immediately to reach the next Moon Gate 
    	and repeat. It should be possible to reach at least 3 Moon Gates 
    	during a Full Moon using this tactic. If intending to access the 
    	Lost City make this the last target site for that cycle of visits.
    
    
    
    
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    4.	Item List
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    - ANTI-TOXIN:
    
      A counter-weapon when used properly. If Kain's Blood Vial is low 
      and the foes have black or green blood, use BLOOD GOUT or BLOOD 
      SHOWER and then immediately use ANTI-TOXIN to purify the blood 
      absorbed with no loss from poison.
    
    
    - ENERGY BANK:
    
      Use sparingly, but once cast use as many spells as is necessary as 
      there is no limit for the time that Kain's Magic Meter is recharged.
    
    
    - FLAY:
    
      Only use on Lesser Monsters, as instant kills are not guaranteed 
      against the Greater Monsters. For example, it requires 6 Flays to
      defeat a Red Demon, and while trying Kain may sustain serious 
      damage.
    
    
    - FONT OF PUTRESCENCE:
    
      Invaluable against multiple, fast-moving opponents. Use the item on one 
      foe, and then draw other foes across the toxic pool for an instant win. 
      As the pool will remain for 10-15 seconds, make maximum use of the effect.
    
    
    - HEART OF DARKNESS: 
    
      Use sparingly. As the Blood Vial increases, it may take 2-3 of these Items 
      to refill completely. This is not necessary - simply refill the Blood Vial 
      to 50-75% and then defeat any of the numerous foes and drain their blood
      to be at a full level.
    
    
    - IMPLODE:
    
      Use this Item against potentially hazardous foes such as Mages or
      those with poisonous blood, as refilling Kain's Blood Vial is usually not
      possible.
    
    
    - PENTALICH OF TAROT:
    
      Only use this instant win Item when facing multiple foes. ALWAYS save at
      least 3 of this item for use if cornered by multiple opponents with fast
      attacks.
    
    
    - SLOW TIME:
    
      Only use against the fastest foes or multiple opponents.
    
    
    
    *	The recommended 5 Items to have ready for instant use are:
    
    
    -	ENERGY BANK
    
    -	FONT OF PUTRESCENCE
    
    -	HEART OF DARKNESS
    
    -	PENTALICH OF TAROT
    
    -	SLOW TIME
    
    	
    
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    5. 	Spell List
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    SANCTUARY -	An ideal escape Spell. Escape, recover by killing the 
    		Lesser Monsters and return to the original area. 
    
                     
    LIGHT -		Self-explanatory.
    
                            
    ENERGY BOLT -	Only use to effect out-of-range trigger mechanisms,
    		as the bolt itself is not very strong.                
    
    
    REPEL -		Invaluable. Cast if intending to physically fight the
    		stronger Greater Monsters and Bosses.                       
    
    
    INSPIRE HATE -	Use if Kain's Blood Vial is full as combat serves no
    		purpose.
                   
    
    STUN -		Effective if facing one foe.                       
    
    
    INCAPACITATE -	Effective if needing to recover or facing multiple foes.
                     
    
    CONTROL MIND -  Highly effective against human foes, particularly the
    		Nemesis Soldiers.                 
    
    
    BLOOD GOUT -	Effective until obtaining the superior BLOOD SHOWER.
                     
    
    BLOOD SHOWER -  Invaluable. An instant win every time.               
    
    
    SPIRIT DEATH -  Effective as instant kill against single foe.                 
    
    
    LIGHTNING -	The spell of choice if outdoors and Kain's Blood Vial
    		is full. Instant win.                   
    
    
    SPIRIT WRACK -	As per CONTROL MIND. 
    
    
    
    * 	The recommended 5 Spells to have ready for instant use are:
    
    
    -	BLOOD SHOWER
    
    -	CONTROL MIND
    
    -	INSPIRE HATE
    
    -	LIGHTNING
    
    -	REPEL
    
    	
    
    
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    6.	Bestiary
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    	Note that there is no one way to defeat Kain's foes. These
    	tactics are suggested as they are efficient and will maximise
    	Kain's chances of survival.
    
    
    i)	Avernus Priest
    
    	
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class: 		Human
    
    	Location: 	Avernus Cathedral
    
    	Attack: 	Fire Ball 
    
    	Tactic: 	Wolf form to evade strikes and quick kill
    
    
    ii)	Cave Abomination
    
    	
    	Type: 		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class: 		Beast (grey humanoid upper body on octopid base)
    
    	Location: 	Caves of Oracle of Nosgoth
    
    	Attack: 	Poisonous projectiles
    
    	Tactic: 	Spinning Battleaxes
    
    
    iii)	Chaplain
    
    
    	Type: 		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class: 		Human
    
    	Location: 	Land of the Nemesis - altered timeline
    
    	Attack: 	Swords (2) used at high speed
    
    	Tactic: 	BLOOD GOUT or timed Flame Sword strikes in gaps 
    			between attacks, then retreat
    
    
    
    iv)	Demon 
    
    	
    	Type: 		Greater Monster
    
    	Class: 		Demon 
    
    			(Horned Green, Grey, Purple or Red humanoids.
    		     	Red have 4 arms and tail)
    
    	Location: 	Avernus Cathedral (all)
    
    			Lost City (Red)
    
    
    	Attack:		Poison Breath (Green)
    
    			Energy Bolt   (Grey)
    
    			Physical      (Purple)
    
    			Physical      (Red)
    
    
    	Tactic:		Single foe - REPEL then physical attack 
    
    			Multiple foes - INSPIRE HATE then physical
    			attack
    
    
    
    v)	Demon Insect
    
    
    	Type:		Greater Monster
    
    	Class:		Beast (orange semi-humanoid with insect features)
    
    	Location:	Dark Eden
    
    	Attack:		Physical at high speed
    
    	Tactic:		Instant kill Items (eg.IMPLODE)
    
    
    
    vi)	Dervish
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class: 		Human
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Blade hurled on rope that retracts
    			for next attack
    
    	Tactic:		Wolf form to evade then attack
    
    
    
    
    vii)	Farmhand
    
    	
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Land of the Nemesis - altered timeline
    
    	Attack:		Pitchfork used at high speed
    
    	Tactic:		BLOOD GOUT or BLOOD SHOWER as they are
    			rarely alone.
    
    
    
    viii)	Ghost
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Undead
    
    	Location:	Vasserbunde Dungeon
    
    			Vorador's Mansion
    
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactic:		Timed Flame Sword strikes
    
    
    
    ix)	Ghouls
    
    	
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Undead
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Sword
    
    	Tactic:		Timed Flame Sword strikes
    
    
    
    x)	Hellhound
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Beast
    
    	Location:	Catacombs under Avernus Cathedral
    
    	Attack:		Fire Breath
    
    	Tactic:		ENERGY BOLT or FLAY
    
    
    
    
    xi)	Living Armour
    
    	
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Physical
    
    	Location:	Malek's Fortress
    
    	Attack:		Sword at high speed
    
    	Tactic:		Instant kill Items (eg.IMPLODE)
    
    
    
    xii)	Knave
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Mace, Sword
    
    	Tactic:		Iron Sword or Wolf form. A main source
    			of blood
    
    	
    
    xiii)	Knight
    
    	
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Willendorf
    
    	Attack:		Sword at high speed
    
    	Tactic:		BLOOD GOUT or BLOOD SHOWER
    
    
    
    
    xiv)	Knife Thrower
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Knives hurled at various speeds
    
    	Tactic:		Single foe - BLOOD GOUT
    				
    			Multiple foes - PENTALICH OF TAROT 
    
    
    xv)	Mage
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Undead
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Energy Bolt
    
    	Tactic:		Single foe - REPEL then Flame Sword 
    
    			Multiple foes - PENTALICH OF TAROT 
    
    
    xvi)	Manslug
    
    	
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Beast (Half man, half slug)
    
    	Location:	Dark Eden
    
    	Attack:		Poison projectile
    
    	Tactic:		Instant kill Item (eg.FONT OF
    			PUTRESCENCE)	
    
    
    
    xvii)	Nemesis Soldier
    
    
    	Type:		Greater Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Land of the Nemesis - both timelines
    
    	Attack:		Axe, Battleaxe, Dagger, Sword at high speed
    
    	Tactic:		Single foe - Spinning Battleaxes, CONTROL
    			MIND
    				
    			Multiple foes - BLOOD SHOWER
    
    
    
    xviii) 	Pulse Beast
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Beast (Withered fleshy humanoid)
    
    	Location:	Dark Eden
    
    	Attack:		Energy projectiles
    
    	Tactic:		Instant kill Item
    
    
    
    xix)	Saw Beast
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Beast (grey four-legged bovine with huge
    			saw-like tusk)
    
    	Location:	Dark Eden
    			Mooncave
    
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactic:		Single foe - BLOOD GOUT
    
    			Multiple foes - BLOOD SHOWER
    				
    
    
    	
    xx)	Scarecrow
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Physical
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Physical (Crows)
    
    	Tactic:		Spinning Battleaxes or instant kill Item 
    
    
    
    xxi)	Slime
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Beast
    
    	Location:	Throughout dungeons of Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactic:		Any physical attack
    
    
    xxii)	Shadow Mage
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Undead
    
    	Location:	Vorador's Mansion
    			Throughout dungeons of Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Summon Shadows
    
    	Tactic:		Wolf form as speed compensates for
    			teleportation of foe
    
    
    xxiii)	Shadows
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Undead
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactic:		Flame Sword strike for instant kill
    
    
    
    xxiv)	Skeleton
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Undead
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Physical or Sword
    
    	Tactic:		Timed Flame Sword strikes
    
    
    
    xxv)	Soldiers
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Axe, Halberd, Sword at high speed
    
    	Tactic:		Single foe - Timed physical attack
    			or Wolf form
    
    			Multiple foes - BLOOD GOUT
    
    
    
    xxvi)	Teddy Bear
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Physical
    
    	Location:	Elzevir's Mansion
    
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactic:		Any physical attack
    
    
    
    xxvii)	Undertaker
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Shovel
    
    	Tactic:		Timed physical attack
    
    
    
    xxviii)	Vampire
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Undead
    
    	Location:	Lightning Cave
    			Lost City
    			Vorador's Mansion
    
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactics:	Single foe - Timed Flame Sword strikes
    				
    			Multiple - BLOOD SHOWER or LIGHTNING
    
    
    xxix)	Vampire Hunter
    
    
    	Type:		Greater Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Land of the Nemesis - altered timeline
    
    	Attack:		Torch thrust at high speed
    
    	Tactics:	Single foe - BLOOD GOUT or CONTROL MIND
    				
    			Multiple - BLOOD SHOWER or LIGHTNING
    
    
    xxx)	Villager
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Human
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Not applicable
    
    	Tactics:	Any physical attack. Main source of
    			blood.
    
    
    xxxi)	Wilderbeast
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Beast
    
    	Location:	Caves of Oracle of Nosgoth
    			Dark Eden
    			Outside House of Mist
    			Outside Elzevir's Mansion
    				
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactics:	Timed Flame Sword Strikes
    
    
    
    xxxii)	Will O' Wisp
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Physical
    
    	Location:	Caves throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactics:	Iron or Flame Sword
    
    
    
    xxxiii)	Wolf
    
    
    	Type:		Lesser Monster
    
    	Class:		Beast
    
    	Location:	Throughout Nosgoth
    
    	Attack:		Physical
    
    	Tactics:	Any physical attack
    
    
    
    
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