Released in June 2000, Icewind Dale is loosely based on R.A. Salvatore's novels. The game follows the story of a hunting expedition in search of a great evil. Early events split the player characters away from their NPC companions, resulting in a long and epic storyline filled with glorious dialogue and high quality location art. For the first time in an Infinity Engine game, all 6 character slots are created by the player, allowing complete control over the party.
Best time: 0:32:57 by Julien Langer on 2007-09-01, done in 9 segments.
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I use a human mage in this run and will dual-class to Figher at Level 2. It's better than the Fighter/Mage/Thief of the previous run as I use mage and thieving skills rarely and can concentrate on building a good tanker. The mage levels allow me to use scrolls, which is all I need.
This segment looks easy and boring but it was in fact the hardest segment of the whole run. The only thing a level 1 mage does is die quickly and all those goblins are a real threat.
The quest trigger for Hrothgart's Quest is outside the cave so I don't have to enter it.
I add another Fighter/Thief to the party just to pick pocket the Ring of Free Action Orrick and dispose him after that. I choose Figher/Thief instead of Thief as the F/T does get more starting gold and I need at least 100 gold to identify the ring. I then sell that ring and buy Agannazar's Scorcher, Melf's Acid Arrow and Magic Missile.
In the tavern I kill Lysan with the scrolls I bought. It's important to charm her as otherwise the town people get hostile and if that happens the game cannot be completed anymore. It's also important to leave the tavern as soon as Lysan dies as otherwise the town people also get hostile. Killing Lysan in the Tavern has the big advantage that I only need to go into Kresselack's crypt once.
I then go for some shopping at Oswald:
I only buy one of each potion as they can be duped when needed.
The Vale of Shadows and the Temple are straightforward.
There's a random item at level 1 of Dragon's Eye, the "Boots of the Fox". They do +40% movement speed but are exactly as fast as the Boots of Speed (+50 movement speed) and I get them much earlier.
Attacking the priest at level 5 will open the first locked door and the second door is opened with the Knock scroll from the Vale of Shadows.
Yxunomei need at least +3 weapons to be attacked and with the Short Bow +1 and the Arrows +2 I have the required +3 bonus.
After the fight I use the Dimension Door glitch to leave Dragon's Eye fastly. The Dimension Door spell is pretty useless but if you cast it and then immediately leave the area you're teleported to the exact coordinates at which you targeted the Dimension Door.
I use the Dimension Door glitch + force-talk glitch to skip the cutscene at the Severed Hand.
Malavon has some very nice spells in his room which I take. I then force-talk the golems and the Simulacrum and hack'n slay them away.
I turn the Maiden into stone and grab her badge.. I really love those instant-death spells.
In Easthaven I kill Everard as this will skip the cutscene in the temple and shorten the cutscene with Belhifet considerably. "I will follow later if I can" he said. I guess he can't.
The Death Spells works wonders against all the Pomabs. Lot's of time saved here.
Tenser's Transformation is the ultimate buffer spell for a Fighter/Mage and Belhilfet goes down really easily. Though I'm wondering why I lost so much health this time, he normally doesn't hit that much.
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