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    Character Class and Race Guide for Wizardry 8
    by Robo-Mike
    This guide supports patch version 1.24 (final version) of the game.
    Latest update:
    v1.1   INT does not increase spell points directly... added notes on
           Fixed all tabs.
    Section -1: Disclaimers (DISC)
    Wizardry 8 is (c) Sir-Tech Canada (or what's left of it).
    This document is (c) 2006 Robo-Mike. All rights reserved.
    You may download and print this file for your personal use but you
    may not profit in any way.
    Because I am lazy, only gamefaqs.com is allowed to "host" this
    guide... for now. No, I don't hate your gaming site, I'm just lazy.
    This document is best viewed with a monospace font (e.g. Courier New).
    Your standard web browser will do, but just in case your browser's
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    70 hyphens.
    If they don't have the same length, then something is messed up. Just
    change your font settings or something. Trust me, I use columns a
    Section 0: TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    -1 (DISC) Disclaimers
     0 (    ) Table of Contents
     1 (INTR) Introduction
     2 (STAT) At a Glance: Tables
     3 (RACE) Character Races
             [HUM] Dracon            [HOB] Hobbit
             [DWA] Dwarf             [HUM] Human
             [ELF] Elf               [LIZ] Lizardman
             [FAE] Faerie            [MOK] Mook
             [FEL] Felpurr           [RAW] Rawulf
             [GNO] Gnome
     4 (CLAS) Character Classes
             [FIG] Fighter           [GAD] Gadgeteer
             [LOR] Lord              [BAR] Bard
             [VAL] Valkyrie          [PRI] Priest
             [RAN] Ranger            [ALC] Alchemist
             [SAM] Samurai           [BIS] Bishop
             [NIN] Ninja             [PSI] Psionic
             [MON] Monk              [MAG] Mage
             [ROG] Rogue   
     5 (MISC) Class/Skill Training Strategies
             [L2C] Class Change
             [34B] 3 or 4 Spellbook Bishop
             [SKL] Skills Training Tips
     6 (PART) Sample Parties
     7 (FAQ-) Appendices
             [GLO] Glossary
             [EXP] Expert Skills
             [VIT] About Vitality
             [PIE] About Piety
             [INT] About Intelligence
             [RWP] About Strength and Ranged Weapons
     8 (ABOU) About the Author
     9 (MAIL) Contact Info
    10 (ENDC) Links / Special Thanks
    11 (HIST) Revision History
       (    ) Final Words
    ** To go to a specific section, search for the code including
       ( ) or [ ]. For example, search for (FAQ-) to go to the Appendices
       or search for [SAM] to proceed to the subsection on Samurai.
    Section 1: Introduction (INTR)
    Greetings, thank you for reading this guide.
    Having rediscovered Wizardy 8 recently, (and with it being sold again
    at discount rates) I am replaying it again, so I've decided to write
    a little guide. Mainly I'm writing this guide for myself while getting
    info from various websites, since I wanted a one-stop-shop for the
    ins-and-outs of the art of character creation and party planning. I'm
    sharing it with everyone via GameFAQs, and I hope it gets people
    interested again in this underrated classic (cult classic?) game.
    Trust me, I use my own guide... a lot. (:
    What's so great about Wizardy 8 is that there is no Best Class or Best
    Party combo. There are so many ways to make a successful party that
    can beat the game. Granted there are worse-off party combinations (for
    those who wish a challenge). And there are character classes (and
    builds as well that are worse-off during the start, middle or end of
    the game.
    With that said, this guide will help you pick your character classes
    and race and give you suggestions on how to add points during level-
    up. The builds are just my opinion. There is no "best build", just a
    couple of suggestions from me, with my favorite marked with a "(!!)"
    A final warning, though: stats, resistances and racial bonuses are not
    everything to a character. You can pick your races based on good looks
    as well, whatever drives your car, but unfortunately (or rather,
    fortunately?), that's not covered by this guide for the most part.
    P.S. Oh, by the way, the guide may contain SPOILERS such as weapon
    locations and NPC info, among other things, so use at your own risk.
    And one more thing, I think I write game guides like cold, hard news:
    I usually get straight to the point and don't have excess details and
    interesting descriptions or anecdotes. I guess I'll just warn you now
    before you fall asleep from my guide.
    With that said, there are far more interesting guides to read out
    there in terms of style (see the Supplemental FAQ on gamefaqs for an
    example), so just bear with me, okay?
    Section 2: At a Glance: Tables (STAT)
    * The race lists are in alphabetical order rather than in-game order.
      Classes are left in game order (the way it's arranged is very
    A. Class Requirements
               STR   INT   PIE   VIT   DEX   SPD   SEN 
    Fighter  |  55 |     |     |  50 |  50 |     |     |
    Lord     |  55 |     |  55 |  55 |  50 |  50 |     |
    Valkyrie |  50 |     |  55 |  55 |  50 |  50 |     |
    Ranger   |  50 |  50 |     |  50 |  55 |     |  55 |
    Samurai  |  50 |  55 |     |  50 |  55 |  55 |     |
    Ninja    |  50 |  50 |     |  50 |  55 |  55 |  50 |
    Monk     |     |  50 |  50 |     |  50 |  55 |  55 |
    Rogue    |     |     |     |     |  55 |  50 |  50 |
    Gadgeteer|  45 |  55 |     |     |  60 |     |  55 |
    Bard     |  45 |  50 |     |     |     |  55 |  55 |
    Priest   |     |     |  60 |  55 |     |     |     |
    Alchemist|     |  55 |     |     |  60 |     |     |
    Bishop   |     |  55 |  55 |     |  55 |     |  55 |
    Psionic  |     |  55 |     |     |     |     |  60 |
    Mage     |     |  60 |     |     |  55 |     |     |
    B. Racial Starting Stats
               STR   INT   PIE   VIT   DEX   SPD   SEN
    Human   =|  45 |  45 |  45 |  45 |  45 |  45 |  45 |=
    Dracon   |  55 |  35 |  30 |  60 |  50 |  40 |  30 |
    Dwarf    |  45 |  30 |  50 |  60 |  35 |  35 |  35 |
    Elf      |  35 |  50 |  50 |  35 |  50 |  45 |  40 |
    Faerie   |  25 |  55 |  35 |  30 |  50 |  60 |  45 |
    Felpurr  |  40 |  40 |  30 |  35 |  50 |  60 |  40 |
    Gnome    |  35 |  50 |  40 |  50 |  50 |  35 |  45 |
    Hobbit   |  40 |  40 |  30 |  45 |  55 |  50 |  50 |
    Lizardman|  60 |  25 |  25 |  70 |  40 |  50 |  30 |
    Mook     |  50 |  50 |  25 |  50 |  35 |  35 |  55 |
    Rawulf   |  40 |  30 |  55 |  50 |  40 |  40 |  50 |
    C. Racial Starting Stats vs Humans
               STR   INT   PIE   VIT   DEX   SPD   SEN   Pts vs Human
    Human   =|   0 |   0 |   0 |   0 |   0 |   0 |   0 |   0 |=
    Dracon   | +10 | -10 | -15 | +15 |  +5 |  -5 | -15 | -15 |
    Dwarf    | +10 | -15 |  +5 | +15 | -10 | -10 | -10 | -15 |
    Elf      | -10 |  +5 |  +5 | -10 |  +5 |   0 |  -5 | -10 |
    Faerie   | -20 | +10 | -10 | -15 |  +5 | +15 |   0 | -15 |
    Felpurr  |  -5 |  -5 | -15 | -10 |  +5 | +15 |  +5 | -10 |
    Gnome    | -10 |  +5 |  -5 |  +5 |  +5 | -10 |   0 | -10 |
    Hobbit   |  -5 |  -5 | -15 |   0 | +10 |  +5 |  +5 |  -5 |
    Lizardman| +15 | -20 | -20 | +25 |  -5 |  +5 | -15 | -15 |
    Mook     |  +5 |  +5 | -20 |  +5 | -10 | -10 | +10 | -15 |
    Rawulf   |  -5 | -15 | +10 |  +5 |  -5 |  -5 |  +5 | -10 |
    D. Resistances
    * All nonhuman races have resistance bonuses, some races have
              Fire  Water Earth  Air  Ment   Div    Misc notes
    Human    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
    Dracon   |     | +15 |     |  +5 |  -5 |  -5 |
    Dwarf    | +?? |     |     |     |     |     | *Bonus Fire Res =
    Elf      |     |     |     | +10 | +20 |     |  VIT/5 rounded down
    Faerie   |     |     | +15 | +15 | +15 | +15 |
    Felpurr  |     | -15 | +10 | +10 | +10 |     |
    Gnome    |     |     | +10 |     | +10 |     |
    Hobbit   |     |     | +?? |     |     |     | *Bonus Earth Res =
    Lizardman| +15 | +10 | +10 |     | -10 | -10 |  VIT/5 rounded down
    Mook     |     | +15 |     |     | +15 | +10 |
    Rawulf   |     | +10 |  +5 |     |     | +15 |
    E. Debilitating Spells
    * Sorted by magic realm. This might help you select your resistances.
      At the moment, it is uncertain if weapons and monster attacks that
      cause status ailments are resisted through magic resistances.
    * Let me know if I missed any spells.
    Fire: Blinding Flash (Blind), Hypnotic Lure (Hypnosis),
          Prismic Ray, Prismic Chaos (various)
    Water: Slow, Paralysis, Freeze Flesh, Freeze All (Paralysis),
           Acid Bomb
    Air: Sonic Boom (Afraid, KO), Sleep, Noxious Fumes, Toxic Cloud
         (Nausea, KO), Silence, Death Cloud, Asphyxiation (Death),
         Pandemonium (various), Concussion (KO)
    Earth: Itching Skin (Irritation), Web (Webbed), Armormelt,
           Quicksand (Death)
    Mental: Mind Stab (Insanity, KO), Terror (Afraid, KO), Insanity,
         Turncoat, Psionic Blast (Insanity), Cerebral Hemorrhage
         (Insanity), Mind Flay (Fear, Insanity)
    Divine: Instant Death, Death Wish (Death), Draining Cloud
    Section 3: (RACE) Character Races
    1. Your character's race should be chosen not only because they have
       the most bonus points to distribute to attributes.
    2. Resistances (or lack thereof) should be taken into consideration.
       ex. A Mook has high water resistance which is great against
           Paralysis and Freeze All spells. Felpurr on the other hand
           are weak against water...
       ex. A Lizardman Fighter has great physical stats but the -10 to
           mental resistance makes them vulnerable to Insanity or
    3. Dracon, Dwarves and Faeries have special skills you may want to
    A. Dracon [DRA]
    One of the reptilian races in Wizardry 8, the Dracon have good STR,
    VIT, and DEX, making them suited for fighting professions. In fact,
    their starting stats already qualify them as fighters!
    Recommended classes:
    1. Fighter
    2. Rogue
    3. Lord, Valkyrie, Samurai
    Other options:
    1. A Dracon as a spellcasting class starts with high vit, making him
       tougher than other casters, and can use Dracon Breath when out of
       magic. Psionic class also eliminates the Mental Resist problem.
    1. Good physical stats, giving the Dracon high HP and weapon damage,
       and more carrying capacity. As a fighter, can reach 100 in STR and
       VIT easily.
    2. High resistance to water means they resist paralysis.
    3. Dracon Breath is an excellent crowd damage attack, costing only
       stamina. Perfect for helping your spellcasters kill that occasional
       swarm of insects or mob of acidvines. In addition, it gets stronger
       automatically as the Dracon levels up.
    1. Mental resistance penalty. An insane or turncoat fighter with a big
       axe is one of the worst things your party can experience. A fighter
       who is afraid isn't that much better.
    2. Low Int & Senses. This causes Close and Ranged Combat to rise very
    3. Use of Dracon Breath does not improve any skills, and reduces the
       opprotunities for skill training in the current battle. Dracon
       Breath also uses up stamina; low stamina results in stat penalties.
    TIPS: a. Don't use breath attack unless you feel that your party is
             guaranteed to be overwhelmed by a swarm of insects or other
             lower-level enemies.
          b. Carry stamina potions or have a magic user support the Dracon
             with a Stamina spell.
    B. Dwarf [DWA]
    Dwarves have 7% damage resistance. That, coupled with high VIT, will
    ensure they survive most battles. They also have above average
    Strength and Piety.
    Recommended classes:
    1. Valkyrie, Lord
    2. Priest (Battle Priest is very possible...)
    3. Fighter, Bard
    Other options:
    1. A Dwarven Monk may start out with a huge bonus point deficit, but
       training long and hard will pay off with a warrior who will shrug
       off most forms of attack. (Yes, it stacks.)
    1. High strength and vit, coupled with damage resistance makes them
       good on the front lines as tanks.
    2. Decent Piety rating makes them great for the priest class and
       associated hybrid classes. It also ensures a good spell point
    1. Below-average DEX SPD and SEN means low initiative.
    NOTE: This "may" be an advantage, especially if you have faster
          characters with Instant Kill capability, since you only
          want to damage the enemies who are not killed outright by
          the Monks or Ninjas.
    2. Fire resistance isn't exactly the best resistance in the game.
    C. Elf [ELF]
    Just as you'd expect (if you're familiar with fantasy novels), the
    Elf is suited for most casting classes. Unfortunately, they don't have
    too many bonus points as Rangers.
    Recommended classes:
    1. Alchemist, Mage
    2. Psionic, Bishop
    3. Monk
    Other options:
    1. Elf stats are actually decent for Bards or (GASP!) Gadgeteers.
       Everyone knows Elves are tree-huggers, so an Elf Gadgeteer may make
       for some interesting roleplay (if you're into that).
    1. High intellect and piety is good for caster classes. Dexterity
       bonus is also doubly good for the Alchemy skill.
    2. Highest resistance to Mental Magic among all races. Air resist also
       helps avoid poison or nausea effects.
    1. Low vitality = Low HP.
    2. Low vitality and strength = Low carrying capacity.
    D. Faerie [FAE]
    Basically "miniature Elves with wings", they are even better suited
    for spellcasting than other races. But such terrible power does come
    with a price...
    Recommended classes:
    1. Alchemist, Bishop 
    2. Mage, Psionic (warning: extremely low HP)
    3. Monk (see below)
    Other options:
    1. Faerie Ninja: In any game, you almost have a guaranteed chance to
       get the super weapon only Faerie Ninjas can use: the Cane of Corpus.
    2. How about a Faerie Monk? If you're scared to try a Fae Psionic
       because of dismal HP, this is your alternative. Stealth and damage
       resistances sort of makes up for lack of armor (and Monks can't
       wear much anyway). Low HP means you still might not put her on the
       front lines, though, so Boomerang Shuriken and extended range
       weapons (Bo, Hayai Bo, Zatoichi Bo) are the way to go.
    1. High magic resistances in four areas, including Mental.
    2. +2 armor class.
    3. Faerie Sticks are by themselves very effective melee weapons.
    4. Fast magic regeneration.
    1. Really low vitality = really low HP.
    2. Limited armor and weapon selection.
    3. Low carrying capacity... making them poor as classes that need
       a lot of ammunition such as Rangers or Gadgeteers.
    E. Felpurr [FEL]
    As one of the races that starts with the highest speed, these cats
    are good for most classes with DEX or SPD requirements. Just avoid
    those Piety classes.
    Recommended classes:
    1. Rogue
    2. Ninja, Alchemist
    3. Samurai
    Other options:
    1. Because of high speed, Felpurr actually make decent Monks or
       Martial Arts ninjas. By adding 3 points to DEX and SPD every
       level, they can get multiple strikes in their martial arts
       quite early in the game (level 6 or 7).
    2. Felpurr can also be Fighters. They can get Snake Speed (the SPD
       Expert Skill) early which lets them deal more damage earlier.
       I personally recommend a Fighter-Samurai dual class.
    1. Again, high speed.
    2. +10 resistance to Earth, Air, and Mental.
    3. Piety penalty is not going to hurt most character classes.
    1. Low piety and vit means really low stamina.
    2. In addition, low VIT means low HP.
    3. Weakness against water which makes them vulnerable to Freeze All
       and Paralysis spells.
    F. Gnome [GNO]
    Gnome Males: Think Dwarves, except they look older, thinner and with
    longer beards. They are stereotypically good with technology.
    Unfortunately, this game gives Gnomes no love.
    Recommended classes:
    1. Mage
    2. Gadgeteer
    3. Bard or Ranger
    1. Has +10 Earth and Mental resists.
    2. Decent VIT means higher HP which is important especially for
    1. Poor stat distribution. Seriously, a huge penalty to Speed
       cripples them as casters (or any other class for that matter),
       while a low Strength makes them poor fighters. Unlike the Mook,
       they also have no extra Senses to make up for the loss of Speed.
    G. Hobbit [HOB]
    The other jack-of-all-trades race, rivaling the stat total of Humans.
    Because of their penalty in Piety, a stat of little importance to most
    classes, they are the ideal choice for many professions.
    Recommended classes:
    1. Gadgeteer, Rogue
    2. Ranger, Samurai, Ninja, Alchemist
    3. Mage, Bard
    Other options:
    1. Surely you don't think midgets make good fighters? With the
       Hobbits' stats you can easily reach multiple Expert Skills... you
       will just get Iron Skin and Power Strike later than a Dracon or
       Lizard fighter will, but that's a small price to pay when you can
       eventually get Reflexion and Snake Speed faster than they do.
       (if you plan to level up that far)
    1. Hobbits have the best stat distribution of any race in the game.
       Piety penalty does not hurt a lot of classes.
    2. High DEX, and above average speed and senses ensures a decent
       initiative score from the start.
    1. They only have Earth resistance which isn't exactly the best
       type of resistance (but this still gives them an edge over Humans).
    2. Low Piety results in a low spell point count especially for
    H. Human [HUM]
    Being average in all stats, humans can be good at any job, however,
    they are better as hybrid fighters and other classes that have a
    lot of requirements...
    Recommended classes:
    1. Lord, Valkyrie, Ranger, Samurai, Monk
    2. Bishop, Ninja
    3. Bard, Rogue
    Other options:
    1. Even as pure classes, humans can make use of their average stats
       well. Want a spell caster with decent VIT? A fighter with decent
       INT and SEN for faster training of combat skills? Maybe.
    1. Their skills train reasonably fast, since they have average
       starting stats in all catergories.
    1. No resistance bonuses available.
    2. Being average, they do not particuarly excel in any field or
       profession as well.
    I. Lizardman [LIZ]
    As generic goons, soldiers and bodyguards in many a fantasy novel,
    Lizardmen and women fill that role nicely in this game.
    Recommended classes:
    1. Fighter
    2. Lord, Valkyrie
    3. Rogue
    Other options:
    1. How about a Bard or Gadgeteer? The Lizards' high stamina
       ensures that they can fuel their use of instruments and gadgets,
       and you can even use them to guard weaker party members when
       they're not playing! Ah, the practical applications of a
       character with a lot of Vitality. 
    1. Exceptional Strength and Vitality totals make them the masters
       of physical damage, whether dealing it or taking it. Yeah, them
       Lizards are meaty macho.
    2. High resistances to Fire, Water and Earth.
    1. High mental resistance penalty can be a pain when you face
       casters and Nightmares. An insane Lizardman can cut up his own
       party in record time.
    2. Close and Ranged Combat rise very slowly due to low Intellect &
    3. Slower magic regeneration which makes him less ideal for classes
       that cast spells.
    L. Mook [MOK]
    The gentle giants actually have a lot of killing potential.
    Recommended classes:
    1. Ranger
    2. Psionic
    3. Bard, Gadgeteer, Fighter
    1. +15 Resistance to Water AND Mental Magic! With +10 to Divine
    2. Decent VIT and STR totals make them fine warriors... if not,
       they help carry the gear of the party.
    1. Low Dexterity and Speed which can hurt Initiative. (Although
       pumping Senses helps increase Initiative quite a bit.)
    2. Low Piety can result in low spell point totals.
    M. Rawulf [RAW]
    What do you know, wolves actually make great Priests..?
    Recommended classes:
    1. Priest
    2. Lord, Valkyrie
    3. Bishop
    Other options:
    1. Because Divinity isn't the best offensive spellcasting school, a
       Priest probably won't be casting every round. Because Priests can
       wear decent armor and weapons as well as a shield, they can (with
       help from additional strength and dexterity) go to the front lines
       and lay some righteous smackdown with a Stun Mace. Think of this
       if you need another guard to block weaker party members but you
       don't have another fighter around.
    1. Decent resistance totals, including a +10 vs. Water.
    2. High vit and piety rating ensures a lot of available stamina.
    3. High piety also grants a huge spell point pool.
    1. Piety isn't the most useful attribute out there in terms of
       skill training.
    2. Below average Strength, DEX and Speed means they will struggle as
       warriors initially without putting bonus points there and before
       they learn powerful buffs like Superman.
    Section 4: (CLAS) Character Classes
    Note: Your Int should not go above 95 because a fountain in Trynton
          grants a permanent bonus of +5 Int to all party members.
        * I didn't include most Expert Skills in the important skills list
          since their appearance varies according to build. Put points
          into Expert Skills as you see fit. See the Appendix for info.
        * Also, I did not include Magic Realms since they'd take up a lot
          of space, so here's a general tip on what realms you should
          prioritize. Note that Set/Return Portal is in the Air realm,
          although the system will automatically grant you 50 spell
          points in Air once you learn the spell.
             Psionic - Mental, Fire, Divine
             Alchemy - Water, Earth, Air
             Divinity - Divine, Water, Air
             Mage - Fire, Water, Divine
             (for Samurai who are just there to support, pump Water,
              Divine, and Air)
        * For the STR-DEX/SPD-SEN warrior builds, you can opt for
          STR-SPD/DEX-SEN instead. I advocate STR-DEX though since STR
          only increases accuracy of melee strikes and not ranged.
          STR-SPD is for pure melee.
    A. Fighter [FIG]
    * Features:
    Berserk attack option (2x damage)
    Stamina Regeneration
    Highest HP count of all the classes
    Can use heavy weapons and armor, and most weapons/armor in the game
    Clost Combat skill bonus
    * Disadvantages:
    No magic or utility skills
    Best choice for early game-mid game but can be left behind by other
       classes in terms of kills and effectiveness.
    * Important attributes:
    STR - Deals more damage and slightly better chance to hit,
          Power Strike skill
    DEX - Gets better chance to hit and slightly better initiative
    VIT - Gains more HP, stamina, and carrying capacity
    SPD - Better initiative and more attacks
    SEN - Somewhat better initiative
    * Sample builds:
    Tank: Put 3 points into STR and VIT, then DEX and SPD.
          You don't really need to put points in DEX since STR will
          suffice for accuracy. Will swing slowly at first then speed up
          once DEX and SPD are being increased.
    Killer: Put 3 points in STR and SPD, then DEX and SEN.
     (!!)   Sacrificing HP and Iron Body to deal as much damage as
            possible in as many attacks as possible per turn. Since
            increasing VIT does not retroactively increase your HP vs.
            previous levels, it's not worth adding later in the game.
    Balanced: Put 2 points in STR VIT DEX, then SPD and SEN.
              Gets expert skills slower, with average HP and damage
              compared to the above two.
    Speedy: Put 3 points in DEX and SPD, followed by STR and SEN.
            I hope you have a good light weapon and Stamina potions or
            support, this fighter will tire quickly but level up his
            weapon skills faster due to more swings.
    * Important skills:
    Sword/Axe/Polearm/Mace and Flail - Pick only one weapon class and
       stick with it. An exception is dual wielding fighters. Axes are
       generally outclassed by Swords, while Polearm is there for range
       and Mace and Flail for the chance to K.O. Weapon skills will
       rise quickly by themselves, though.
    Dual Weapons/Dagger/Mace and Flail - For dual wielders who want to
       drop their shield.
    Close Combat - Impacts your chance to hit but not as much as the
       weapon skills. Not very important to raise, you might as well put
       the points on a ranged weapon such as Bow.
    Shield - For tanks, 'nuff said.
    Bow/Modern Weapon - For fighters acting as tanks for ranged parties.
       Ranged Combat is not that important as Bow or Modern Weapon skills
       when determining chance to hit.
    B. Lord [LOR]
    Health Regeneration (depending on level, can equip HP drain cursed
       items without penalty)
    Can use heavy weapons and armor, and most weapons/armor in the game
    Dual Weapons skill bonus
    Dual Weapons isn't the best skill for the skill bonus.
    Lower HP compared to fighter.
    Initially lower damage output compared to Fighter or other hybrids.
    Takes a long time to train before seeing the power
    * Important attributes:
    Divinity isn't the best offensive spellbook so we'll just leave
        Piety at the starting level. It should be sufficient to
        eventually cast buffs and enchantments. Besides, Lords already
        pale in killng power compared to other melee classes. They need
        all the help they can get.
    STR - Deals more damage and slightly better chance to hit,
          Power Strike skill
    DEX - Gets better chance to hit and slightly better initiative
    SPD - Better initiative and more attacks
    VIT - Gains more HP, stamina, and carrying capacity. Not as
          important as Fighter since Lord has health regeneration.
    * Sample builds:
    Killer: Put 3 points in STR and SPD, then DEX and SEN.
     (!!)   More swings for more damage = better.
    Speedy: Put 3 points in DEX and SPD, followed by STR and SEN.
            The Lord will tire quickly but level up his weapon skills
            faster due to more swings. Stamina support is even more
            important here than with the Fighter.
    * Important skills:
    Sword/Polearm/Mace and Flail - Pick a type of Weapon you want. Of
       course if you go Polearm or weapon+shield you will forgo your
       Dual Weapon skill bonus and you might as well pick a Fighter or
    Dual Weapons/Dagger/Mace and Flail - For offhand wielding. Note that
       Diamond Eyes, the best offhand weapon, is a mace.
    Close Combat - Impacts your chance to hit but not as much as the
       weapon skills. However if your INT and SEN is low you may want to
       add some points. You can ignore this for the most part though.
    Bow/Modern Weapon - For Lords in ranged parties.  Ranged Combat is
       not that important as Bow or Modern Weapon skills when
       determining chance to hit.
    Shield - For tanks. But you might as well pick a Fighter.
    Divinity - I guess putting 3 points per level is good for helping
       the Lord gain necessary spells in time.
    C. Valkyrie [VAL]
    Cheat Death - Anytime the Valkyrie is subjected to instant death
       effects or HP goes below 1, there is a good chance she will
       just be unconscious with a sizable amount of HP. This happens
       so often it's very useful.
    Can use heavy weapons and armor, and most weapons/armor in the game
    Polearm skill bonus
    Lower HP compared to fighter.
    Large and unpredictable range of damage for Polearms.
    Polearms are usually slow and heavy.
    * Important attributes:
    Divinity isn't the best offensive spellbook so you can leave
       Piety at the starting level and it should be sufficient to
       eventually cast buffs and enchantments. However, Valkyries have
       better damage than Lords, so they can develop their mystical
    STR - Deals more damage and slightly better chance to hit,
          Power Strike skill
    DEX - Gets better chance to hit and slightly better initiative
    SPD - Better initiative and more attacks
    PIE - Helps Divinity and realm skills rise faster, more spell points
    VIT - Gains more HP, stamina, and carrying capacity. Not as
          important as Fighter since Polearms are Extended range weapons.
    INT - Helps Divinity and magic realm skills rise faster
    * Sample builds:
    Tank: Put 3 points into STR and VIT, then DEX and SPD.
          You don't really need to put points in DEX since STR will
          suffice for accuracy. It's a good idea to have a Valk on the
          front lines since she will often cheat death. But we won't
          leave everything to luck. A high HP count helps.
    Killer: Put 3 points in STR and DEX, then SPD and SEN.
            Enhance the good damage of spears with more power, and
            later, attacks per turn.
    Caster: Put 3 points in PIE and SPD, followed by INT and DEX.
            A caster Valk is a Priest with better weapons and armor.
            But you might as well go with a Priestess, unless you want a
            gun-toting battle Priestess... :)
            Swap INT and PIE if you prefer to get Power Cast, though.
    True Hybrid: Put 3 points in STR and PIE, followed by SPD and DEX.
       (!!)      Eventually your Valkyrie's support and healing spells,
                 along with her combat skills will make her an
                 indispensable party member.
    * Important skills:
    Polearm - The Valkyrie is all about spears. Max this one and don't
              even think about shields, or other melee weapons.
    Close Combat - Impacts your chance to hit but not as much as the
       Polearm skills. However if your INT and SEN are low you may want to
       add points every level.
    Bow/Modern Weapon - For Valkyries in ranged parties. She will tend to
       use ranged weapons less though because of her spear's extended
       reach, though. BTW Ranged Combat is not that important as Bow or
       Modern Weapon skills when determining chance to hit.
    Divinity - Once this is available, put 3 points into this, foregoing
       Close Combat or Mythology.
    Mythology - This will rise by itself, but it helps to put some
       points into it to start or in the first levels.
    D. Ranger [RAN]
    * Features:
    Ranged criticals (based on Ranged Combat skill)
    Searches automatically even while running (based on Scouting skill)
    Ranged Combat skill bonus
    No penalties from Silence when casting Alchemy spells
    * Disadvantages:
    Instant kill is based on chance
    Less armor than other melee classes, generally poor tank
    Wastes a lot of ammo, needs a lot of carrying capacity
       (the hassle of returning to town can be reduced by multiple portal
        spells though)
    * Important attributes:
    Dexterity helps out the Alchemy skill so you don't need as much INT;
       starting INT is usually enough unless you plan on mastering your
       magic realms...
    SEN - Gets somewhat better accuracy and initiative and unlocks Eagle
          Eye expert skill
    SPD - Better initiative and more attacks
    DEX - Gets better chance to hit and slightly better initiative,
          Also helps Alchemy rise faster
    STR - Deals more damage for bows/slings/darts but only 1/2 as
          effective for ranged weapons. This can be ignored if Modern
          Weapons are used, use VIT for carrying capacity instead.
    INT - Helps Alchemy and magic realm skills rise faster
    VIT - Along with STR, helps increase carrying capacity.
    * Sample builds:
    Archer 1: Put 3 points in DEX and SEN, followed by STR and
              SPD or INT.
    Archer 2: Put 2 points in STR, DEX and SEN, followed by SPD and
      (!!)    INT. (Or do what I do: 1 STR 2 DEX 3 SEN)
    Hybrid 1: Put 3 points in SEN and INT, followed by SPD and DEX.
    Hybrid 2: Put 2 points in DEX SEN and INT, followed by 3 in SPD and
    NOTE: Replace STR with VIT if using Modern Weapons.
    * Important skills:
    Bow - If you pick Bow, go all the way, otherwise there are other
       choices... however, you might as well select an Alchemist if you
       go sling.
    Modern Weapons - You will have to suck it up through the monastery
       with a bow. If you don't have the money for a Musket or
       Blunderbuss, just grab a free Zip Gun from Rattus around the
       Arnika-Trynton Road.
    Ranged Combat - It will rise on its own due to your high Senses. But
       since it controls Ranged Criticals, you should probably put points
       every level.
    Alchemy - If you don't have a dedicated Alchemist (or Bishop), you
       will have to rely on your Ranger. 3 points per level if so.
    Mythology - This will rise by itself, but it helps to put some
       points into it to start or in the first levels.
    Scouting - Basically acts as a Detect Secrets spell that is active
       all the time; hardly the most useful thing in Dominus.
       Fortunately, it goes up quickly. Just put 20-30 points in it to
       start, if you want, to help spot hidden stuff painlessly.
    E. Samurai [SAM]
    * Features:
    Chance of instant kill (based on Critical Strike skill)
    Chance of lightning strike (4 strikes or more during a turn)
    Immune to fear
    Sword skill bonus
    Has unique items available (most imporantly, offhand swords)
    * Disadvantages:
    Lower HP compared to fighter
    Less armor and weapon choices than Fighters
    Lightning strike and instant kill based on chance
    * Important attributes:
    SPD - Better initiative and more attacks
    DEX - Gets better chance to hit and slightly better initiative
    STR - Deals more damage and slightly better chance to hit,
          Power Strike skill
    INT - Helps Wizardry and magic realm skills rise faster
    VIT - Gains more HP, stamina, and carrying capacity
    SEN - Somewhat better initiative
    * Sample builds:
    Tank: Put 3 points into STR and VIT, then DEX and SPD.
          You don't really need to put points in DEX since STR will
          suffice for accuracy. Will swing slowly at first then speed up
          once DEX and SPD are being increased. But with this build, you
          might as well go with a Fighter.
    Caster: Put 3 points in INT and SPD, followed by PIE and DEX.
            A caster Samurai starts on magic later than a Mage but has
            more armor.
    Hybrid: Put 3 points in STR and INT, then DEX and SPD. Develop the
            Samurai to their full potential by training both their mind
            and body.
    Speedy: Put 3 points in DEX and SPD, followed by STR and INT.
     (!!)   With more swings comes quick combat skill increase as well
            as more chances of seeing the words INSTANT KILL on your
            screen. Grab a low-weight sword (and eventually, Bushido
            Blade and Muramasa) and watch the kills pile up.
    * Important skills:
    Sword - Max this. You can leave the other melee weapons to other
    Critical Strike - Fighters deal more damage than Samurai, so Samurai
                      better polish up on their instant kill techniques.
                      3 points per level up.
    Dual Weapons - If your Samurai goes with the initial weapon loadout,
                   you can put points in this. However, maxing Sword
                   skill first is better.
    Shield - You can always ditch off-hand weapons for more defense.
             You may choose to start as a Fighter then class change to
             Samurai on Level 2 to get a higher Shield skill.
    Wizardry - Important to learning spells on time. 3 points per level.
    Bow - Put points here if with a ranged party. Alternatively, to give
          the Samurai ranged options you can pump Fire or Water magic
    F. Ninja [NIN]
    * Features:
    Chance of instant kill (based on Critical Strike skill)
    Instant kill also applies to thrown weapons
    Thrown weapons always penetrate armor as long as they hit
    Critical Strike skill bonus
    Has unique items available
    No penalties from Silence when casting Alchemy spells
    * Disadvantages:
    Instant kill is based on chance
    Usually is the worst party member for a long time:
       Takes an eternity to train properly before shining
    Largest experience requirement (same as Bishop)
    Severely limited armor choices (buy from Crock in the swamp area if
    Thrown weapons aren't the most common ammo-based items in the game
    * Important attributes:
    SEN - Somewhat better initiative, helps throwing weapons and combat
    DEX - Gets better chance to hit and slightly better initiative, also
          Alchemy's controlling attribute
    SPD - Better initiative and more attacks
    STR - Deals more damage and slightly better chance to hit,
          More important only with Melee Ninja
    INT - Helps Alchemy and magic realm skills rise faster, not as
          important for Alchemy skill because DEX is OK for Alchemy;
          INT also helps combat and some misc. skills rise faster
    * Sample builds:
    Throwing: Put 3 points in DEX and SEN, followed by INT and SPD/STR.
              Mainly for Throwing ninjas. DEX will help your weapons
              skills and Alchemy, while SEN will pump your Critical
              Strike and combat skills. INT later will help train magic
              realms to help cast higher-level Alchemy spells when they
              count in the late game.
    Patience: Put 3 points in INT and SEN, and then DEX, SPD and/or STR.
              Also for Throwing ninjas, you will need to wait for a long
              time before seeing the power. Spend a lot of time training
              magic and combat skills in the early levels. Eventually,
              the Ninja will destroy everyone in their path.
    Melee: Put 3 points in STR and DEX, followed by INT and SEN.
           If you plan on using a Sai (or two) or Nunchaku (or two) or
           the Zatoichi Bo.
    Patient Melee: Put 2 points in STR INT DEX followed by SEN and SPD.
    * Important skills:
    Critical Strike - This is why are you playing a Ninja, remember?
                      Max this.
    Throwing and Sling - You might as well take advantage of a Ninja's
                         innate strengths.
    Mace and Flail/Staff and Wand/Dagger/Martial Arts
                       - Pick a melee weapon and stick with it.
    Alchemy - A character who's strong in the late game gets paired up
              with the magic school that's strong in the late game.
              Don't pass up this one.
    Dual Weapons - Ever thought of Double Shuriken? Double Sais? Double
                   Nunchaku? Cane of Corpus + Fairy Wand? Thought so. Put
                   points here if needed.
    Stealth - Every bit of armor helps. Although you can skip points in
              this if you are willing to spend time dodging monsters for
              Stealth training.
    Locks and Traps/Pickpocket - I guess, if there are no other party
              members to do these skills, you can setup your Ninja to
              train in them, but it will come at the cost of their
              valuable training in fighting or spellcasting skills.
    G. Monk [MON]
    * Features:
    Chance of instant kill (based on Critical Strike skill)
    No penalties from blindness
    Martial Arts skill bonus
    Has unique items available
    * Disadvantages:
    Instant kill is based on chance
    Can only use minimal weight armor, limited armor choices
        (Requires heavy training in Stealth)
    * Important attributes:
    DEX - Gets better chance to hit and slightly better initiative, also
          Alchemy's controlling attribute
    SPD - Better initiative and more attacks
    STR - Deals more damage and slightly better chance to hit,
          Less important with Martial Arts, more important with weapons
    SEN - Somewhat better initiative, helps throwing weapons, combat
          skills, and Psionics
    INT - Helps Psioncs and magic realm skills rise faster, not as
          important for Psionics skill because SEN helps it
    * Sample builds:
    Speedy: Put 3 points in DEX and SPD, followed by STR and SEN or INT.
     (!!)   Mainly for Martial Arts masters, since punch and kick damage
            rise with skill, diminishing the importance of STR in early
    Melee: Put 3 points in STR and SPD, followed by DEX and SEN/INT.
           If you plan on using the Zatoichi Bo or Nunchaku (or two), or
           you don't even think about hitting with ranged weapons.
    Weapons: Put 2 points in DEX STR and SPD, followed by SEN and INT.
             Don't trust STR to improve your chances of hitting?
    Tank 1: Put 3 points in VIT DEX, followed by SPD and SEN or INT.
            A tank that forgoes STR due to Martial Arts.
    Tank 2: Put 2 points in STR VIT DEX, followed by SPD and SEN or INT.
            A tank that wants to use weapons.
    Caster: Put 3 points in INT and SEN, followed by DEX and SPD.
            Basically a Psionic with better HP.
    * Important skills:
    Stealth - Monks have minimal armor. You must max this ASAP. It will
              go up automatically, but you can go back to the monastery
              to dodge roaches for training.
    Critical Strike - Instant kills are always great. Max this.
    Martial Arts/Staff and Wand/Mace and Flail
          - Pick a melee weapon and stick with it, although Martial Arts
            is a good pick since Monks have the skill bonus
    Dual Weapons - Ok, this is not needed by Martial Arts. Only dual
                   Nunchaku wielders really need this.
    Psionics - Not too important in my opinion, but why deny your Monk of
               spellcasting ability? I'd still put points here every
    H. Rogue [ROG]
    * Features:
    Locks and Traps skill bonus
    Backstab ability
     - Double damage with any thrusting weapon
     - I think you do normal damage if you don't penetrate armor
     - Thrusting weapons include: Polearm (pointless), Sword, Dagger
     - You won't backstab and berserk (with Bloodlust) at the same time
    * Disadvantages:
    Less HP than fighters (fortunately Rogues have Stealth)
    No magic ability
    * Important attributes:
    STR - Daggers aren't the strongest weapons in the world, even with
          double damage.
    DEX - Improve your chances of landing a hit and go a bit faster,
          also boosts Locks and Traps skill
    SEN - Go a bit faster and train your combat and dual weapons...
    SPD - You can never have too much speed...
    VIT - Rogues don't have much HP...
    (No you don't need INT, trust me.)
    * Sample builds:
    Common 1 - Add 3 points in STR and DEX, followed by SPD and SEN.
               For max accuracy and damage. Two knives or sword and knife
               are the way to go.
    Common 2 - Add 3 points in STR and SPD, then DEX or SEN or VIT.
               Striking hard and fast. Less accuracy than the above build
               but you have more attacks.
    Tank 1 - Add 3 points in STR and VIT, followed by DEX and SPD.
             Rogue equips a shield, and becomes a fighter with Stealth.
             How about max Shield and Stealth for a stellar AC?
    Tank 2 - Add 3 in DEX and VIT, followed by STR and SPD
             We're sacrificing chopping power for the chance to get
             Reflextion and further up the armor total.
    Speedy - Add 3 points in DEX and SPD, followed by SEN and STR.
             Besides striking fast, this rogue can get the same huge
             armor bonus as Tank 2 via high Speed, Stealth, Shield and
             Reflexion. Only not as much HP or damage to begin with.
    * Important skills:
    Stealth - Since Rogues are not Fighters, they need all the armor they
              can get.
    Sword, Dagger, Sword&Dagger - Make your weapons selection. Swords are
              better than daggers (who wants to use a Thieves' Dagger
              for 70% of the game?) though, and you can still stab with
    Shield - Yes, Rogues can use shields! They will have to make do with
             one less weapon though. With shields, swords are the weapon
             of choice due to more damage. That, and daggers suck as
             primary weapons.
    Dual Weapons - 2 daggers? Sword and dagger? Put points here.
    Locks and Traps - What the Rogue is for. Put points here, unless you'd
                      rather have a super stealth combat specialist and
                      leave the lockpicking to the Gadgeteer.
    Pickpocket - A useful skill, but it isn't for everyone. But the Rogue
                 has many skills needing attention (*cough*Stealth*cough*)
                 so if you really want this skill I'd say bump it to 20
                 and raise it through practice only, until the later
                 levels where you have points to spare.
    I. Bard [BAR]
    * Features:
    Communications skill bonus
    Doubles life and magic regeneration rate during camping
    Music skill: enables use of musical instruments
    * Disadvantages:
    Can run out of stamina quickly in battles
    Males cannot equip many early-game stamina regenerating items
    More powerful gadgets outclass most later instruments
    * Important attributes:
    VIT - Increases HP and stamina which is the fuel for Bard "spells",
          also increases carrying capacity.
    STR - Increases same stamina as VIT but more carrying capacity,
          Great if your Bard will be doing close-range fighting
    DEX - Better than STR if your Bard will be using bows.
    SPD - Helps musical spells launch faster.
    SEN - Increases initiative somewhat, also for bow Bards.
    * Sample builds:
    Tank - 3 in STR and VIT, then DEX and SPD.
           STR and VIT will not only ensure a huge Stamina supply, it
           will allow the Bard to stand in the front row and chop up
    Ranged 1 - 3 in VIT and DEX, then SEN and STR or SPD.
             - This will ensure a healthy HP count while letting the
               Bard train in their Music and Bow skills.
    Ranged 2 - 3 in DEX and SEN, then STR and SPD.
             - Less music, but you will get Eagle Eye earlier.
    * Important skills:
    Music - The food of love. Max this out.
    Sword/Bow/whatever - Choose weapons you want the Bard to equip.
    Locks and Traps - If there is no one else to do the dirty work...
    Pickpocket - A useful skill, but it isn't for everyone. Either you
                 put points in this skill every level or you don't put
                 a single point into it, ever.
    Communication - Reduces prices for the most part. Important but not
                    worth putting points into. It will rise by itself.
    J. Gadgeteer [GAD]
    * Features:
    Modern Weapons skill bonus
    Engineering skill: enables use of gadgets
    Starts with Omnigun which improves every few levels
    * Disadvantages:
    Can run out of stamina quickly in battles
    Males cannot equip many early-game stamina regenerating items
    Low damage omnigun ammo and few gadgets available in early game
    * Important attributes:
    SEN - Increases initiative somewhat, and unlocks Eagle Eye.
    DEX - Increases accuracy.
    VIT - Increases HP and stamina. More stamina is good for more gadget
    SPD - Allows more firing opportunities a round and helps gadgets
          spells launch faster than with SEN.
    * Sample builds:
    Ranged - DEX and SEN, 3 every level. Followed by VIT and SPD.
             The goal is to get Eagle Eye ASAP.
    Balanced - DEX SEN and VIT, 2 every level, followed by PIE and SPD.
             More HP and stamina but less accuracy for a long time.
             Training will be difficult due to less DEX, but you'll be
             average in terms of gadget use while sharpening your
             marksman skills.
    Mad Scientist - STR and VIT, 3 every level, followed by SPD and SEN.
             If you want to totally ignore your Omnigun and use gadgets
             all the way, here's the build. Training skills can be
             difficult due to lack of DEX and low initiative but at least
             you have all the stamina in the world to launch multiple
             gadgets every fight. By the way, you will be be able to tank
             as well so grab a shield.
    * Important skills:
    Engineering - Put points into it every level.
    Modern Weapon - For Omnigun and Musket users... max this.
    Locks and Traps - A gadgeteer starts with some points here, making
                      him a candidate for the party's lockpicker.
    Ranged Combat - Low-priority, but you still need this, so add points
                    into it, if necessary.
    Shield - For the gadget user in you, any amount of defense is worth
    Sword - For the scientists who hate guns and let gadgets do the dirty
            work, self-defense may be necessary in extreme cases.
    K. Priest [PRI]
    * Features:
    Divinity skill bonus
    Turn Undead ability once per battle
    Pray for Miracle ability once per battle
    Unusually high HP and good armor choices for a spellcaster
    * Disadvantages:
    Divinity has minimal offensive options
    * Important attributes:
    SPD - Speed is far more important on a healer than any other caster
    PIE - More spell points, faster Divinity training
    INT - Faster magic realm training, Power Cast is always useful
    SEN - More initiative bonus, but less than Speed
    VIT - Every bit of HP helps, even for casters
    STR - For priests who are going into battle
    * Sample builds:
    Standard Caster - INT SPD 3 each, PIE SEN later.
        Why INT first? To get Power Cast of course! Don't worry, we'll
        add PIE later for the spell point loadout bonus. And Divinity will
        go up on its own, considering the Priest's high starting Piety.
    Battle Priest - STR PIE 3 each, SPD DEX later.
        Decent damage, decent chance to hit and magical training... just
        don't expect it to be as good as a Fighter or even a Valkyrie.
    Tank - VIT 2 PIE 2 STR 2, DEX SPD later.
        When stunning and tanking are more important than dealing damage.
    * Important skills:
    Divinity - Learn spells on time, always put 3 points here. And
        prioritize some of your magic realms as needed; don't waste points
        on other skills unless necessary.
    Mace and Flail - Good weapon choice for Battle Priests. Staff and
        Wand are slightly worse since the one-handed versions of them are
        weaker, and the two-handed versions don't let you use a shield.
    Shield - 10 points to start with is good to increase defense.
    Communication - The laidback Priest can do the haggling and public
        relations for your party if there aren't any alternatives (low INT
        low SEN Bard doesn't count). Just let it rise by itself or help it
        out if necessary.
    L. Alchemist [ALC]
    * Features:
    Alchemy skill bonus
    Can mix potions into more powerful potions
    Random free potions while camping (higher Alchemy = better potions)
    No penalties from Silence when casting Alchemy spells
    * Disadvantages:
    Pales in early game compared to Mage
        (however Alchemy has some healing spells)
    * Important attributes:
    INT - Faster magic realm training, Power Cast is very useful
          especially against late-game baddies, somewhat faster Alchemy
    SPD - Speed lets you strike and heal first
    SEN - More initiative bonus, but less than Speed
    PIE - More spell points than INT
    DEX - It helps Alchemy rise the fastest, also aids the Throwing and
          Sling skills -- however, the starting level should be okay.
    * Sample builds:
    Standard Caster - INT SPD 3 each, PIE SEN later.
    Mini-Ranger -  INT DEX 3 each, SPD SEN later.
    * Important skills:
    Alchemy - Of course. Add points to this along with a magical realm of
              your choice.
    Throwing and Sling - If you want your Alchemist to toss some of those
              powders or bombs you gather during the adventure. Put about
              20-30 points to start, it helps minimize clumsiness.
    Artifacts, Mythology - If no one else is up to the job, add some
              points to either and leave the game to add the rest.
    M. Bishop [BIS]
    * Features:
    Turn Undead ability once per battle
    Free Remove Curse ability outside of battle
    No penalties from Silence when casting Alchemy spells?
    Artifacts skill bonus
    Decent armor loadout for a spellcaster
    * Disadvantages:
    Among the slowest to gain levels
    Necessity to save spell picks to reach full potential
    Expensive to purchase a lot of magic books
        (solved for the most part by mixing potions for profit)
    Many magic schools to increase makes it difficult and disadvantageous
        for the Bishop to learn other skills
    Generally takes forever to train before seeing the power
    * Important attributes:
    INT - Faster magic school and magic realm training, Power Cast is
          very useful
    SPD - Speed is always great on a caster
    PIE - More spell points, faster magic training
    SEN - More initiative bonus, but less Speed, faster Psionic training
    VIT - Every bit of HP helps, even for casters
    * Sample builds:
    Standard Caster - Pump INT and SPD at the rate of 3 a level, then add
        3 to PIE and SEN later.
    * Important skills:
    Wizardry, Alchemy, Divinity, Psionics - Select 2-4 schools and go
        with them. Realm skills can be ignored in general since they rise
        fast. Other skills must be ignored because a Bishop has to
        concentrate on multiple schools of magic. See training tips for
        help on how to level up a 3-4 school Bishop.
    N. Psionic [PSI]
    * Features:
    Immune to mental status ailments
    Psionic skill bonus
    * Disadvantages:
    Very low HP
    Next to no party strengthening spells
    Very limited armor choices
    * Important attributes:
    INT - Train Psionics faster, Power Cast? Yeah.
    SEN - Initiative bonus, but less than Speed, faster Psionics training
    SPD - Speed is always great on a caster
    PIE - Gains more spell points
    VIT - Every bit of starting VIT helps HP totals, especially for
    * Sample builds:
    Standard Psionic - Pump INT and SEN at the rate of 3 a level, then add
        3 to PIE and SPD later
    Standard Caster - INT SPD 3 each, PIE SEN later. You can opt for this
        since Snake Speed is obviously better than Eagle Eye for a
    * Important skills:
    Psionics - Add this please.
    Communications, Artifacts, Mythology - If you follow the INT SEN
        build, these skills will rise faster for a Psionic than anyone
        else. In fact, you can leave these skills alone... and train
        effortlessly... or maybe give them a little push?
    O. Mage [MAG]
    * Features:
    +5% Fire, Water, Earth, Air resistances
    Wizardry skills bonus
    * Disadvantages:
    Very low HP
    Limited armor choices
    * Important attributes:
    INT - Faster Wizardry and realm training, Power Cast is very useful
    SPD - Speed is always great on a caster
    PIE - More spell points
    SEN - More initiative bonus, but less than Speed
    VIT - Every bit of HP helps, even for casters
    * Sample builds:
    Standard Caster - Pump INT and SPD at the rate of 3 a level, then add
        3 to PIE and SEN later.
    With Vitality - INT 3 VIT 2 SPD 1, PIE and SEN later.
        A weak mage can be slain by random Crush or Cerebral Hemmorhage
        spells. Make them a little tougher.
    * Important skills:
    Wizardry - Add 3 points here. Add realm skill points as needed.
    Throwing and Sling - Maybe you feel the need to throw a few stones or
        darts when the Mage runs out of batteries. But I'd rather raise my
        spell points bumping realm skills. So bite the bullet (stones) and
        just defend when out of magic to avoid being tempted to swing a
        staff or toss a rock. In short: don't put points in T&S.
    Section 5: (MISC) Class/Skill Training Strategies
    A. Class Change [L2C]
    Level 1 characters gain the greatest bonus from starting skills.
    However there are some "wasted points" that your character might not
    need. This problem is solved by picking a starting class with the
    skills you need then changing into the class you really want. This
    is the rationale for the Level 2 Class Change.
    However, your character functions one level less effective in the new
    class, potentially delaying the spell advancement of hybrids or
    hampering instrument or gadget use.
    To perform the class change, create a new character of the "starting
    class", but when putting points make sure that you are meeting the
    requirements of the class you are changing into.
    Here are some suggested early-game class changes:
    1. Fighter to Samurai
    If you want to make a "Sword and Shield" Samurai. This eliminates
    the wasted points in Dual Weapons, and lets you start with 10 or
    more Shield skill. You also get 5 free points in Critical Strike
    upon switching to Samurai.
    2. Fighter to Rogue
    Similar to the above. You get 5 free points in Stealth, Lockpick,
    and Dagger.
    3. Lord/Samurai to Fighter
    For dual-wield Fighters. Samurai to Fighter will have excess Critical
    Strike points and unusable Katana and Wakizashi though.
    4. Valkyrie to Fighter
    To start the game with Polearms.
    5. Priest to Lord
    If a dual-wielding mace Lord is desired. The 1 level in Priest is not
    wasted since it counts once Lord levels reach Level 5. Also to get 2
    spell picks and starting points in Divinity.
    6. Alchemist to Ranger
    If you're actually going to make a Sling Ranger, a most unorthodox
    character. Also to start with more points in Alchemy and 2 spell
    7. Gadgeteer to Ranger
    (Note, the mighty Omnigun can only be used by Gadgeteers.)
    This sort-of solves the lack of Modern Weapon practice for the
    beginning musketeer at the Monastery. Stay at Level 1 and practice
    with the Omnigun, do not switch to a Ranger until you finally get a
    rifle (Zip Gun is free to get).
    B. 3 or 4 Spellbook Bishop [34B]
    Training a bishop takes a lot of self-control. First of all you can't
    afford to use any of your spell picks for any cheap spells. You need
    them all to get level 6 and 7 for multiple spell schools.
    Second, let's face it, while the Mage can happily pump her Wizardry
    and her 2 favorite realms (say, Fire and Water) for early-on
    high-level Fireball and Freeze Flesh action, and learn Power Cast much
    earlier, the Bishop isn't going to kill everyone and everything early
    on. He will just have to make do with a large variety of spells that
    he can't cast at full power for a long time.
    That's all right, because looking into the crystal ball we see the
    Bishop's bright future: mastery of a huge variety of powerful spells,
    with a very large pool of spell points in every realm.
    Here's how to ensure that such power will be in your grasp:
    1. Save spell picks for level 6 and 7 spells. You need 10+ for two
       spellbooks, 18+ for three, and 25+ picks to acquire all the best
       spells for four spellbooks. You must buy and find spellbooks for
       any and all low-level spells you need. This may cost a lot, but
       mixing potions is a good way to make money for the Bishop (if s/he
       studies Alchemy).
    2. Unless you're limiting yourself to 2 schools (which will be weak)
       you shouldn't bother putting points on magic realm skills. Putting
       points on magic school skills ensures that the Bishop will learn
       spells on time.
    3. So how about going for a fourth school? Some tricks here:
       a. Even out the four magic schools by putting points in schools
          with the lowest skill levels. This can cause you to get spells
          slower, however. Another way is to allocate 3 points to one
          school then 2 points in three others.
       b. Put points in the three other schools during levelup, and then
          (preferably during battle) cast spells that belong exclusively
          to the last school. A good choice for this "fourth school" is
          Wizardry, which has a lot of effective offensive spells and
          buffing spells that are not shared by other schools
          (e.g. Fireball, Enchanted Blade).
    The Bishop requires more effort to train than other casters, but ends
    up being the most powerful and versatile of the bunch in the end.
    C. Skills Training Tips [SKL]
    Locks and Traps -
      * Keep inspecting a trapped chest. For this purpose, you should
        save a weak trapped chest (e.g. the chests in He'Li's inn) for
        later because you may accidentally set off the trap and "waste it"
        if your skill level is too low.
      * An alternative is to go to the secure vault in Arnika (through the
        tunnels) and pick the 8-tumbler lock, although I find that this
        takes longer than the previous method.
    Stealth, Shield, Reflextion, Iron Skin, Snake Speed?, Iron Will? -
      * Don't kill some of the set weak monster encounters (e.g. the
        three seekers in Arnika Road, the three roaches in the Lower
        Monastery prison area). Equip your shield and possibly some life
        regen gear, set everyone to defend, put the game on
        continuous combat, and wait or go to sleep (in real life).
        (Class change everyone into Rogues if desired.)
    Magic -
      * Repeatedly casting buffs seems to work well. I think that once you
        gain a skill point, it will be harder to gain another skill point
        for a while, so just drop the act and switch to another spell for
        now. This includes useful spells in specific situations such as
        Charm/Mindread, Identify Item, Remove Curse, Divine Trap,
        Knock Knock.
    Pickpocket -
      * Save the game before pickpocketing an NPC. Memorize how many times
        you succeeded before you fail. Reload the game on failure then
        pick the NPC's pockets as many times as your character could
        before failure. (patch 1.24)
    Artifacts, Alchemy -
      * Mix potions one by one instead of in groups of 5. Also identify
        the new mixtures one by one as well.
    Mythology -
      * Walking around the T'Rang base or the Umpani base to identify the
        groups of soldiers is a safe way to raise it. If you become a
        Templar, the Rapax Castle or Rapax Rift also works.
    Communication -
      * Going around and talking to newly-met NPC's raises it
      * Pickpocket NPC's of little importance that will turn Neutral once
        they catch you stealing. Then Threaten, Friendly, Offer 1 gold.
        You get to do this once every 24 game hours per NPC, though.
        (Tip: Do this with Panrack, Balbrak, Bildblu, Saxx and Sparkle
        at the Umpani Base. That is, if you're not into recruiting Saxx
        or Sparkle.)
    Music -
      * Grab the Viola de Amore from He'Li's inn and repeatedly play it
        with every NPC you meet.
      * Use the Dulcimer of Mending after every battle.
    Engineering -
      * Repeated use of the X-Ray Scanner or Forcefield Generator until
        your skill increases seems to work. Just go into battle after
        "practicing" before practicing again if ever your skill goes up.
    Weapon Skills -
      * Find a weak monster with decent HP, equip weak weapons (preferably
        those that do multiple attacks). Cast Body of Stone on it and
        whack away. Heal the monster or protect it with a Guardian Angel
        if necessary. Do not paralyze it as it will take more damage.
      * When training ranged weapons, always use the cheapest, weakest
        ammo available and try not to attack with your melee warriors (or
        have your melee warriors equip bows and lock them to avoid weapon
    Section 5: (PART) Sample Parties
    *** Basics ***
    Must have at least one tank
    Must have at least one Physical damage character (can be tank too)
    Must have at least one Magic damage character
    Must have at least one character with Locks and Traps
    Support/healing character makes life easier but not a necessity
    Portal character/s make life a LOT easier, but again not required
    Also you can take into account if you wish to hire extra members later
    on. There are only three good choices that will go with you to most
    areas and until final areas of the game: RPS-81 (Monk), Saxx (Bard),
    Vi Domina (Valkyrie). Rodan (Lord) and Drazic (Ninja) will go to all
    areas as well, but you need them together in the same party.
    1. Apparently you CAN do without a character who will pick locks.
       First you need one or more strong party members to force open the
       early-game locks (it's easier then). Then later in the game, you
       need 2-3 people casting Knock Knock (buy the Knock Picks wand if
       necessary), and 1 person with the Poseur's Cap to raise the one
       or two remaining tumblers.
    2. You can do without too many Physical damage characters later in the
       game, they can be replaced for the most part by summoning
       elementals against monsters who are resistant to magic.
    3. Support members can be replaced by potions, powders and wands.
    X. My current party:
    M Dracon Samurai, F Felpurr Monk, F Mook Bard
    F Hobbit Gadgeteer, M Mook Psionic, F Faerie Bishop
    + Android Monk (RFS-81)
    A. Beginner's Party:
    Fighter, Valkyrie, Rogue/Bard, Ranger, Priest, Mage/Alchemist
    * Fighter and Valk make good tanks and can wear most armor in the game.
    * Rogue handles Locks and Traps skills and you can experiment with
      Pickpocket. Alternatively, pick Bard for your first run in with
      musical instruments (but less Locks and Traps skill to start with).
    * Ranger's Scouting helps find hidden items for your first
      run-through of new areas.
    * Priest is the quintessential healer.
    * Mage/Alchemist as an offensive caster.  
    B. Making the most out of the game in one play:
    Fighter/Lord/Valk, Monk/Ninja, Bard, Gadgeteer, Ranger, Bishop
    * You can use most armors and items you find in the game.
    C. Melee Party:
    Fighter, Samurai, Monk, Lord/Valkyrie, Priest/Bishop, Ninja
    * This party can use most melee weapons found in the game.
    * Priest/Bishop is there to support the party with heals and buffs.
    * Ninja to use the Ninja-only weapons and pick locks.
    D. Ranged Party:
    Fighter/Samurai/Valkyrie, Ranger, Gadgeteer, Ninja, Bard, Bishop
    * This party can use most ranged weapons found in the game.
    * Fighter/Sam/Valk can act as tank but will train in Bow or
      Modern Weapons.
    * Gadgeteer can make Tripleshot Crossbow.
    * Bishop is there to support the party with heals and buffs. Can be
      Priest; if so, Samurai must be chosen as tank (Wizardry spellbook
      has some useful buffs).
    * You can forgo the Ninja for another Ranger.
    E. Hardcore:
    Any party without Fighter, Bard, Gadgeteer and classes with Alchemy
    Any of: Lord, Valkyrie, Samurai, Monk, Rogue, Priest, Psionic, Mage
    * Fighter makes early game too easy.
    * Bards and Gadgeteers make life easier with their gadgets.
    * No Alchemy means you will not be tempted to mix for profit.
    F. The Odyssey:
    Only Lord, Valkyrie, Ranger, Samurai, Ninja, Monk, Bishop are allowed.
    The goal is to level up as slowly as possible (while training skills
    of course).
    Section 6: (FAQ-) Appendices
    A. Glossary [GLO]
    AC - Armor class. Higher totals reflect the ability of a character
        to avoid blow added to the ability of their armor to deflect
        attacks that actually hit.
    attribute - Physical and mental statistics of a Wizardry 8 character.
        These stats max out at 100.
    buff - An effect (usually magical) that boosts the statistics of a
        character or a group of such.
    build - A stragegy for attribute, skill and/or spell allocation; or a
        general plan for leveling up a character with a goal in mind.
    class change - Changing professions during level-up.
    Cane of Corpus - CoC for short: the most powerful weapon in all of
        Wizardry 8, it is a one-handed staff can only be equipped by
        Faerie Ninjas.
    casters - Mage, Psionic, Alchemist, Priest; also Bishop if this term
        is not used to refer to experience divisions.
    challenge - Usually refers to a handicapped or restricted party
        combination designed to test a player's skills. Also refers to
        restrictions willingly implemented on her/himself by a player to
        add an element of challenge to a game.
    damage resistance - In Wizardry 8, it specifically refers to the
        special ability of a Dwarf or Monk to take reduced physical damage
        (by a percentage).
    debuff, curse - Any effect (usually magical) that gives a penalty to
        the statistics of a character. 'Status ailments' are the most
        common debuffs.
    elements, elemental - Refers to one or more of the magic realms of
        Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
    elites - Refers to the Bishop and Ninja, classes who can learn many
        skills and abilities and thus penalized with having a huge
        experience requirement to level up.
    experience tracks, experience divisions - Classes are said to belong
        to the same experience track if they share the same experience
        table. There are four tracks in this game, referred to as:
        specialists, casters, hybrids, elite.
    expert skills - A skill unlocked by having 100 points in a certain
        attribute (excluding points added by items or magical buffs).
    fighters (small 'f') - Refers to any character or hybrid clearly
        designated to be a short-ranged melee character, such as Fighters,
        Lords, Valkyries, Samurai, Monks, Rogues. It can also refer to
        Bards, Ninja and Priests who are on the front lines.
    furry - Refers to anthropomorphic animal characters, usually mammals,
        but may also include animals who don't actually have fur on
        them (e.g. bird characters, Lizardmen). The term also refers to
        people who are fans of such characters.
    hybrids - Character classes that have fighting skills and magic
        abilities. This excludes the Ninja if the term is used to explain
        experience divisions.
    level up, levelling - The act of gaining enough experience to advance
        to the next experience level, and the act of allocating point
        bonuses to a character as a result of this advancement.
    mix, mixing - The ability of an Alchemist character to merge two
    Muramasa - The most powerful sword for the Samurai class.
    NPC - Non-Player Character, generally any character who is not created
        or controlled by the player.
    party - Generally refers to a group of characters who participate in
        the adventure.
    PC - Player Character, generally any character whose actions are
        controlled by the player (you).
    realm, magic realm - Refers to one of Fire, Water, Air, Earth,
        Mental or Divine.
    recruit, hire - To invite an RPC to join your party.
    resistance - A point total that determines a character's ability to
        take reduced damage from certain types of attack. Usually refers
        to magic resistance. Also see 'damage resistance'.
    RPC - Recruitable Player Character, a Wizardry 8 term referring to
        NPC's who can be recruited into the party.
    skills - Weapon, magic and other miscellaneous skills of a Wizardry 8
        character. These stats max out at 100. Classes have a 25% bonus
        to particular skills.
    specialists - Non-caster classes designated to fill specific roles
        and thus are on the fastest experience track.
    spellbook, magic school - Refers to one of Divinity, Psionics,
        Alchemy or Wizardry.
    status ailment - A usually curable state or states that reduce a
        character's statistics--hampering their ability to fight properly
        or reducing the player's control over a character.
    tank - A character with a high defense and/or hit point count
        designated to absorb damage and protect weaker party members.
    tumbler - One of the teeth inside a lock. Combinations of tumblers are
        designed to fit a particular key (if available). Locks in Wizardry
        8 are picked open by clicking tumblers until they all are on the
        'up' position.
    Zatoichi Bo - The most powerful staff available to a Monk or a
        (non-Faerie) Ninja.
    B. Expert Skills [EXP]
    Expert skills are gained when your character reaches 100 (excluding
    item bonuses) in certain stats.
    Power Strike (100 STR)
    - Grants extra chances to hit and penetrate with a melee weapon.
    Power Cast (100 INT)
    - Lets your spells penetrate enemy resistances.
    Iron Will (100 PIE)
    - Reduces magic damage and protects against status ailments.
    Iron Body (100 VIT)
    - Reduces physical damage.
    Reflextion (100 DEX)
    - Grants extra AC.
    Snake Speed (100 SPD)
    - Grants extra initiative.
    Eagle Eye (100 SEN)
    - Grants extra chances to hit and penetrate with a ranged weapon.
    C. About Vitality [VIT]
    Here are some things you may want to know about VIT:
    1. Raising Vitality DOES raise your HP retroactively. (It also adds
       the life that you should've gained in the previous levels.) But
       it is not certain if you have more max HP for raising VIT earlier
       than later.
    2. There are almost no skills that require Vitality as a controlling
    3. As a result, I prefer to add STR DEX or SPD first, whatever will
       kill the enemy faster, then VIT later IF any more life is needed
       for the final areas. Adding VIT last allows for faster training in
       relevant skills. But I usually end up not adding VIT since by that
       time my characters don't take too much damage anymore.
    D. About Piety [PIE]
    Here are some things you may want to know about the PIE:
    1. Raising Piety nets you more spell points than INT. It also raises
       retroactively based on existing spells and caster levels gained.
    2. The only skills with Piety as a controlling attribute are Divinity
       and then the magical realms of Fire, Air, Mental, etc.
    3. Thus the only situation where raising PIE would make sense is for
       the Priestly classes, and it does come at the cost of training in
       (the less important skills of) Artifacts, Mythology, and
    4. In general, if you want more spell points, it's better to raise
       Piety than Intelligence.
    F. About Intelligence [INT]
    1. Intelligence apparently does not actually increase your spell
       point total. However, it does influence magic realm skills and
       all magic schools, so I guess that could (indirectly) help increase
       spell point count.
    2. INT is also the controlling attribute for many skills.
    3. Still, most builds emphasize INT first because we want to get
       Power Cast as soon as possible, unless that character studies
       Divinity (or even Wizardry) and is only there for support.
    F. About Strength and Ranged Weapons [RWP]
    1. Strength is only 1/2 as effective for damage increases on Bows,
       Slings and Thrown Weapons.
    2. Strength does not affect damage of Modern Weapons.
    Section 7: About the Author (ABOU)
        Project 8, Quezon City, Philippines
    About me:
        I prefer the online alias Robo-Mike. Robo comes from Robo-Ky, a
        character in the fighting game Guilty Gear XX.
        Thank you for reading this guide. Do you notice that all my guides
        look the same? Yeah, I'm lazy to make a new layout for each one,
        but the layout is good, right? If it isn't broken, why change it?
        As of February 2006, I am still the greatest Juniper Lee fanboy
        ever. And I make references to it.
    Section 8: Contact Info (MAIL)
    e-mail: hidden for now
    Post at the Wiz 8 board at GameFAQs or the vnboards, if you have any
    questions. Someone might answer. If you see problems with this thing,
    just post at GameFAQs boards and I'll respond. I'm not accepting
    contributions for this guide (unless I know you personally) since
    everything has been said about this game and party formations are a
    matter of personal taste and opinion.
    Do not ask me questions on the plot, or how to get the Muramasa or
    whatever super weapons as those are not covered by this guide and that
    info is most likely in one of the other guides or among the links
    provided at the bottom of the page.
    Section 9: Contributors/Special Thanks/Links (ENDC)
    Special Thanks to:
    Several WIZ8 sites for great information and the inspiration to write
    this guide...
        "Samurai Jack for Wizardry 8 page"
        Flamestryke's Wizardry 8
        Wolfie's Wizardry 8 Info Site
        IGN's Spoiler Boards
        Wizardry Database, most specifically the stat info
        Jandrall's collection of forum posts, has similar info to above
    Also some guides...
        All Wiz 8 guides on GameFAQs
        For FAQ hosting, a great interface and a big collection of cool
    "Chan", crosshair25
        He helped me find a copy of this game. Did I mention he also plays
        this awesome classic game?
    Section 10: Revision History (HIST)
    v1.0   First Release
    Final Words
    "You must be a riot at parties."

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