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Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes FAQ/Walkthrough

Version 2.0 by

10/16/07

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Dungeons & Dragons Heroes
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Version 2.0

25 Sep 2007

For XBox

by Lee Beng Hai

My lastest email address can be found at

http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/684.html

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Disclaimer
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This FAQ is meant for personal use only. You may host this document on
your web site if you like. There is no need to seek my permission.

You can find the latest copy of this FAQ at

http://www.gamefaqs.com/

(c) Copyright 2003-2007 by Lee Beng Hai.

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Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Movement and Control
3. Tips & Tricks
4. Character Classes
5. Walkthrough
6. Acknowledgement
7. References
8. Revision History

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1. Introduction
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This is a pretty straightforward game. A group of ignorant cleric managed
to raise the evil Kaedin from the grave. The newly resurrected Kaedin did
what villians did and wiped them all out and proceed with his attempt to
rule the world. You are one of the 4 heroes that had slain Kaedin many
years ago. The cleric raised you from the grave and asks you to defeat
Kaedin.

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2. Movement and Control
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Basic Control
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Left Thumb Stick - character movement
Right Thumb Stick - adjust camera angle, mainly for zooming in and out.
Click on the Right Thumb Stick to display a map.
Start - Display control screen. Use to load and save games.
Back - Character Status screen: Inventory, Statistics, Quest, etc.
A - Action 1, user definable
B - Action 2, user definable
X - Basic Attack
Y - Item, user definable
White - Drink Health Potion
Black - Drink Mystical Will Potion
Left Trigger - Block
Right Trigger - Press and hold, then use the thumb stick to select the
spell/action/item for button A, B and Y.

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3. Tips & Tricks
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Use the Map
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People who had not read the manual will probably never find out about the
map. To find all hidden areas, look for area in the map that looks
incomplete.

Level Up Points
---------------

You can save the level up points or use them immediately. Try to maximise
the skills you used often. Passive Traits are generally better than active
traits. Selecting traits and skills are important initially, but by the
time you reach level 40, you would have acquired every single traits and
skills.

If you start a new character and played a single player game from start to
end, your character will probably reached level 32 or so.

Traits
------

Suggested Traits to take up:

Resist Fire (80)
Resist Cold (80)
Resist Poison (80)
Meditation
Mind Over Body
Dragon’s Toughness
Improved Critical
Inner Strength
Outer Strength
Wear Plate Armor

Weapon skills that improve your Ancestral Weapon
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Wield Daggers
Wield Quarterstaff
Wield War Hammer
Wield Long Sword (supplied by Phil Knight)

Skills and Magic
Since there is only 2 Active buttons, there is really no need to be a Jack
of All Trades. Just pick a primary Skill and max that. Pick a secondary
skill if your primary skill is insufficient.

Ranged Attack
-------------

In the game, some of the Bosses required a ranged attack to take them out.
Therefore it is necessary to acquire a ranged attack if you are playing
melee characters such as a Cleric or Fighter.

Wizard - no problem, most spell attack from a distance.

Rogue - she had a bow and many arrows attack.

Cleric - A good pick is Stick to Snakes. I suggest that you maximise this
skill.

Fighter - I had not played a fighter, but looking at the skills, he
probably had to use thrown weapons in those situations. So keep some thrown
weapons in the inventory.

Finisher
--------

You should learn the 360-degree finisher for your character. This is useful
in the Floating Castle where your spells will be less useful.

Items
-----

Most of the items are quite useless compared to your skills.

Thrown weapons - they are usually heavy and you need to aim them. This is
generally not useful unless you don't have a ranged attack.

Health Potion - these are good stuff. The effect is instantaneous. Pressing
the white button will drink from the smallest bottle. Keep at least 50 of
them with you at all times.

Mystical Will Potion - these are good. You don't normally need lots of them
unless you cast lots of spells. Keep at least 50 with you at all times.

Skeleton Keys - they are needed to open locked chest. Keep around 50 of
them with you at all times. Those found in the game will not be sufficient
for you to open every locked chest. Buy them from the Castle Shoppe.

Warp Stone - these are essential, using them (press 'B') at a save point
will open a portal to the Castle Shoppe at the castle. You can sell you
extra items to lighten your burden since you had a limited carry capacity.

Miracle Rod - these are great, it will instantly restore you to maximum HP
and Mystical Will. Weighs 1.5 stone each though.

Raise Dead Amulet - these are equivalent to extra lives. You don't need to
buy them, those collected during game play should be sufficient to last you
through the game. If you had the amulet and died during the game, press
'start' when you will be back with full health and full Mystical Will.

Strength
--------

Each Strength +1 to your character increases the carrying capacity by 20
stones. The better armors are very heavy, if possible, equip items or
armors that increases your Strength. Alternatively, you can visit the
Castle Shoppe regularly by using the Warp Stone to sell your extra items.

Here's how to do it:

Just save the game, load the game and you will be at a save point, use the
Warp Stone to open a portal. Go through the portal and you will be at the
Castle Shoppe. Sell off the extra items for some cash.

Soul Shades
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There are 20 of them in the game. Each time you collect 5 of them, your
Ancestral Weapon will improves by one level. Basically, they will do more
damage, have better chance of doing critical during an attack. Each class
will also be given an attribute boost in their prime stats.

For those who are playing the game a second time. You keep all previously
collected Soul Shards. Those Soul Shards discovered earlier can still be
collected but they don’t add to the Soul Shard count. So you really need
to find all 20 different Soul Shards in order for your Ancestral Weapon to
reach its full capability.

Here’s the list of Soul Shards location that I had copied from a post (12
Dec 2003) by Leona from BOB forum [1]. Later, it is found that the list
originate from a post (22 Sep 2003) by soulforger90 (Scott Irwin) from
GameFAQs D&D Heroes forum [2].

Location of all 20 Soul Shades by soulforger90. Notes are added by me.

1. Crypts - Magic Repository

2. Lower Crypts - Secret Area after where you find the Ankh and just before
the series of gates you open. The secret area is on the right-hand side.

3. Swamp - From the start of the level stay to the right side and you will
find a small path leading right. It's right there.

4. Castle Baele - Enter through Castle Treasury and take tunnel into the
Sanitarium. On desk in room.

5. Castle Baele - Church of Pelor. Stay on the outside of the church and go
around back and run up against the back wall. You will open a secret door.
The shard is in it!
(Note: The location of the secret door is diagonally opposite the location
of the entrance to this area. Look for the second wall from the corner. The
secret door is open by pushing.)

6. Castle Dungeon - Hall of Guards. Secret Area on the left-hand side of
room after you opens door to hall of guards.

7. Castle Dungeon - Portal Area at start there is a save point and a Shard
right across from it. It is before you fight the Beholder.

8. Yuan-Ti Wilds - Secret Area (hole in ground) that is left of the exit to
the King's Fort.

9. Kings Fort - On top where the last pressure plate is to open the gates
to the big tree.

10. Treetops - On Stump in front of gate to Inner Sanctum. (Has 4 colored
markers in front of it.)

11. Metalworks - SMELTERS AREA - on top of the third walkway. You need to
go past the area to the COOLING ROOMS and smash some boxes to get to it.
(Note: From entrance to Cooling Rooms, walk right and look for 2 boxes.)

12. Metalworks - COOLING AREA - Smash all the moving gears (area with
bridges and one diamond on bridge) to find secret area. It is the second
area on the left-hand side of the room.

13. Metalworks - DIE CAST AREA - On the Fire Giant Chieftains throne.

14. Frostbound - On upper ledge directly up from the starting point. You
have to access the upper area and walk all the way around.

15. Frostbound - BARBARIAN FORTRESS - Down ladder right of the entrance to
the fort.

16. Upper Graveyard - In WEE JAS' Tomb in a secret door in the floor. Last
room in his tomb actually. Then in middle of secret area.
(Note: push the wall to open the secret door)

17. Bone Temple - When you come to door that is locked and needs you to hit
both pressures plates (one to the left, one to the right,) Past the right
pressure plate area is a Secret Area. It's in there.

18. Bone Bridge - Near exit to Lich on the Left

19. Shadow Keep - There is a gate that needs two levers pulled. You travel
right or left to hit a switch...it's past the left-hand side switch through
some water channels.

20. East Grand Hall - Go to the room with the glowing mass of blue magic
(that constantly shoots at you). then head to the room on the right...it's
a big room and the only way to can continue on through the level. (NOTE:
there are two entrances to this level.) Then you'll be in a good sized
room. Hit the boxes on against the wall and you'll automatically hit the
Secret Door. Go in and you'll find the shard.
(Note: the place is a square room with 3 exits. The fourth wall had some
boxes. Smash the boxes then hit the wall behind to reveal the secret area)

Saving
------

You can save anytime during the time except when you are fighting with
a Boss. When you reload the game, you will be at the last save point. Save
often.

Difficulty Level
----------------

Once you had completed the game, the Nightmare difficulty level is display
but it is greyed out. According to Silent Bob, the mode can be unlocked by
using a cheat code. The code can be found at GameFAQs DND Heroes Code
Section[3], I will just put it here for completeness sake.

Press Y, A and Left Trigger simultaneously.
Code to unlock nightmare mode: MPS LABS

Note that after you adjust the difficulty level, it is necessary to press
the ‘Start’ button to save the settings otherwise, the difficulty level
will not changed.

When comparing the Normal and Hard level. It seemed that there are more
enemies in the Hard level, however, they don’t seemed to have extra HP or
immunity.

Importing your characters
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When you start a new game, you can scroll through the selection until you
see the load game option. You can use any of your characters in games saved
earlier. In this way, you can start with some powerful characters. This is
useful if you intend to play the game at the tougher difficulty level such
as Nightmare.

Note: Those Soul Shards that you had collected remains. However, collecting
a Soul Shard that you had collected earlier does not increase the Soul
Shard count. Therefore, you can only get all 20 Soul Shards be finding each
and every one of them.

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4. Character Classes
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I didn't play the game using all character classes. So far, I had only
finished the Wizard, Cleric and Rogue. Will finish the Fighter later if I
had time.

Note: Save your game after you had acquired some Skill Points. Assign it to
a skill and test it out. If you don’t like it, reload the game and assign
it to another skill. Some skills are only useful after it had gone up by
sufficient levels.

Wizard

The wizard is easily the most powerful character in the game. She had both
long ranged attack and short-ranged attack. Fire, Ice and Poison based
attacks. In most case, you can take out the enemies even before they are
near to you. The Magic Missile is easily the most powerful spell since they
are homing missiles.

Burning Hands (1 MW) - This spell can stream constantly. Just press and
hold the button and fire will shoot out from the wizard hands. This is a
rather short-ranged spell, so I don’t use it much. If the enemies are close
enough for the spell to hit, then you should use your melee weapon instead.

Gust of Wind - The wizard had this spell by default. It deals zero damage
and barely slows the enemies. This spell is useless.

Magic Missile (5 MW) - Maximise this as soon as possible. These homing
missiles will track enemies and they dealt about 20+ damage each. The
casting delay is very short so you can cast it rapidly. At Level 4, there
are 5 magic missiles per casting. However, don't use it against fast moving
enemies such as gargoyles, it will spend too much time tracking it and
eventually misses.

Ice Sphere (45 MW) - This is a good secondary spell. The casting delay is
quite long, so you cannot rapidly cast this. It can take out multiple
enemies in the path of the sphere. Very useful against the Red Dragon.

Fireball (10 MW) - I tried this on the troll, at level 3 it can deal about
100 damage. However, the trolls had about 50 so it is overkill. It explodes
upon contact and damages all enemies around it. This could be a nice spell
in the Frostbound. I don’t use it often because you can miss the target.
This is a great spell again the Frost Worm though.

Globe of Invulnerability (10 MW) - This is a good defensive spell. It will
absorb a portion of the damage done to the wizard. However, it only lasts
for a short duration.

Sleep (12 MW) - With this spell, you put enemies in front of you to sleep
for a short while. You can attack them at will while they are sleeping. Not
really useful since you can take them out with a Magic Missile instead.

Circle of Cold (30 MW) - This spell damage all enemies that are surrounding
the wizard. Higher level increases the range and damage done by the spell.
It might be handy when enemies surround you.

Cloudkill (10 MW) - This is a targeted spell, i.e. you must press the
button, aim the cursor, than release the button for the spell to trigger. I
find this rather annoying so therefore I don’t use it much. Higher level
increases the range and damage done.

Vampiric Drain (28 MW) - Another targeted spell. Drain some HP from all the
enemies within range to heal yourself. It will continue to drain life from
enemies for a short period of time. Can be useful if you are attacking
enemies from far. However, the target might be blocked by obstacle and you
would had wasted the spell on nothing. I don’t find it too useful. Drinking
a health potion is easier.

Meteor Swarm (55 MW) - This is a targeted spell. It had very nice special
effect of multiple meteors hitting your targeted spot. However, after all
those fancy effect, in most cases the enemies will still be alive and
kicking. Why? This is because the meteor is aimed at your target, enemies
elsewhere are safe from the spell. Therefore it is still considered a
single target spell. It is useful in Boss fight for Bosses there is not
resistance to fire though. However, you still need to aim the spell, and
while do so you can’t move.

Staff Spin Finisher - You must learn this skill. When your wizard Ancestral
Staff is upgraded, you can really do some serious damage with this skill.
Especially useful when combo with the Gem of Wind.

Jumpkick Finisher - Don’t get this. If you just want to see the effect,
Save the game, invest the points, try it out and reload the game.

Weapon Skill - You only need to maximise the skill to wield your Ancestral
Staff. The other weapons are not that useful.

Armor Skill - If you had some great armor that you wanted to wear, you can
take up that armor skill. However, near the end of the game, you will only
be wearing plate armor.

Note: At around Level 42, you would have learnt every skill.

Cleric

The Cleric is quite weak in my opinion. His healing spell is marginal, his
ranged attack is quite limited. At the start of the game, he needs lots of
health potions just to stay alive. Near the end of the game, he is a decent
fighter. In most of the boss fight, he barely survives. However, in
multiplayer mode, his skills are quite useful to the team. So, he is more
of a party character. I managed to complete the game with the Cleric but
the journey isn’t smooth.

Heal - A handy healing spell. Heal around 60 HP at Level 4. You can save
some health potions when you cast this spell often. I usually set it as the
'X' button.

Stick to Snakes - This is a range attack skill. Maximise this as soon as
possible. At level 4, there will be 5 poisonous snakes per casting.

Turn Undead - This skill is only marginally useful. Its power is dependent
on the Charisma but it is not worth investing any ability point into
Charisma. At high level, it does around 40+ damage and causes the undead to
run away. It takes several casting to kill those undead at the Bone
Necropolis. Raising Charisma will improve the damage done but I think it
will be a waste.

Bane - Could be useful but I didn’t use it at all.

Bull Rush - This might be useful if you want to get close to the enemies.
Doing this move will let the Cleric charge forward and do fire damage.
However, you will tend to miss the target most of the time.

Earthquake - This is supposed to be a powerful spell that damages all the
enemies around you. However, it is not that useful at all. When you do the
move, the cleric will start to swing his hammer on the ground slowly. If he
is attacked at this time, the spell is cancelled. If the enemies are too
far away, the spell won’t hit them at all.

Storm of Vengeance - This will summon a storm that do Ice damage to all the
enemies in the screen. Some of them will be frozen occasionally. The whole
screen will turn bluish and the overall effect is great. However, it isn’t
really that powerful since most of the enemies will still be alive after
all those fancy stuff.

Holy Aura - This spell increases your AC and could be useful when you are
surround by enemies.

Circle Finisher - You must get this. Combo it with the Gem of Wind.

Hammer Proficiency - Maximise this. This will improve the damage done by
your Ancestral Hammer.

Note: I had received email saying the Cleric is not that bad. However, the
author didn’t provide any viable strategy for the Cleric. It is probably a
matter of fighting style since I am not those who like to charge into a
battle blindly.

Comments from James Oakes

I was particularily concerned about your saying the Cleric was a bad
character in solo missions. I am currently re playing the entire game,
and my cleric is level 29 at the moment. There is nothing that I cannot
beat, and I take extremely little damage. At top level, the Glyph of
Warding and Earthquake are incredibly devastating, earthquake killing
many enemies in one single blow. The glyph, well, set one off, then
back up a second, most enemies will die very fast, and while they are
taking constant damage, they cannot react, so hit em with an earthquake
for very fast killing. I'll write more later. Thanks. - James

Remark: As mentioned by James, the Cleric is a decent enough fighter when
he got his powerful spells when he reached high levels. However, when you
just started with a fresh Cleric at Level 1, you need to relies on
healing potions a lot. In contrast, a Wizard have access to Magic Missile
early and it just get more powerful when you invest points into her
intelligent.

Rogue

The Rogue had 2 weapons, an Ancestral Bow and a Seven Stars dagger. The
Ancestral Bow can be upgraded by collecting the Soul Shard and increasing
your Dexterity. The Seven Stars dagger grows in power when you gain levels.
So, theoretically, the Seven Stars dagger could potentially be stronger
than any other weapon when you reached really high level.

The Rogue is quite weak in melee. Therefore it is better to stay far away
and shoot arrows. Set trap in front of you in case some of the enemies
manage to get pass the arrows.

Set Trap - Maximise this. Just set some traps, move back and shoot arrow,
lure the enemies to the trap. The explosion set off will do fire damage to
enemies near the trap. At higher level, you get a larger and more powerful
explosion.

Arrow Strike - This is your basic arrow attack. It does not require MW to
use and fire very fast. Extremely long range, you can use it to take out
enemies without seeing them on the screen. This is the ultimate weapon when
dealing with the Yrthak, Red Dragon and the Lich. You can kill them without
the need to see them.

Sloth Arrow - Slow enemies temporary. I don’t think this is useful at all.
You start the game at Level 1. Don’t see any point of investing in it.

Multi-Shot - It doesn’t seem to be as useful as I thought. When I fire 4
arrows at the enemies only 2 of them hit it. The casting delay is long so
don’t expect to do rapid fire. For maximum effect, attack the enemies at
point blank to ensure that all the arrows hit the target. It became quite
powerful later when you had upgraded your Ancestral Bow.

Hide and Move Silently - This turn the Rogue invisible for a short period.
Melee damage done during this time is multiplied. Useful when you are
surrounded by enemies.

Ice Arrow - It does reasonable damage and attempts to freeze the enemies.
Fast attack speed.

Explosive Arrow - It explodes when it hit the enemies doing fire damage.
Fast Attack Speed.

I had completed the game using the Rogue but I guess playing a Rogue don’t
suits my playing style. I am more used to playing a spell caster and keep
my distance from the enemy. So when playing a Rogue, I am using arrows in
most cases. The troublesome part is that you need to swap skill frequently
and that is the part I don't like.

--

Here’s a quick guide on how to build melee Rogue properly.
Contributed by SuprAzn

Here are my suggestions for building a pretty good melee rogue.

First of all you want to get yourself a Finisher. The bomb finisher is
rather worthless, so I’d save up for the flip kick. Sweep is nice, but
doesn't seem to do the damage that flip kick does. Next you want to take
the time to spread your points between hide/move silently and improved
critical. These two skills are what make the rogue absolutely nasty.
You also want to max out the rogues weapon traits so she is doing more
damage that way. Strategy for using this build is rather simple. First
you run in there and start swinging. Your finisher bars should fill up
pretty quickly, at which time you make yourself invisible by using hide
and move silently. Then you unleash your fully charged finisher on the
closest opponent. Many a time my rogue has hit for 1000+ damage at level
24 or so. The importance of maximising hide/move silently is that it
multiplies the amount of damage you do while attacking from it.
Eventually when it is fully maximised, you are able to do a normal hit
from hiding that does 300-400 damage. I find that I can pretty much
decimate anything that comes in my path.

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Fighter

I had only played this character for a short while. It seemed that his
skills are mostly melee skills. So just pick one of them and maximise it.
It is better to focus on the passive traits.

When you are given a choice to increase a stats, just select Strength.
Other stats are quite useless to a fighter. Noticed that as a Fighter, you
can have Level 4 Weapon skill compared to the other classes.

Wield Long Sword - Max this skill since it increases the damage done by
your Ancestral Sword.

Other weapon skill - I will skip them since you are going to use the
Ancestral Sword near the end.

Eye for An Eye - Reflect damage to enemies. At high level, it can be very
useful. According to Silent Bob, it can do massive damage in Boss fights.

War Cry - Stun most enemies. Best used when you are surrounded. However, it
don’t work on undead.
So far I had not encountered any Bosses that cannot be taken out by melee
attacks. However, keep some thrown weapons in the inventory just in case.

Here’s are some suggestions from players who had used the Fighter

According to Silent Bob,

Fighter can use "Eye for An Eye" in Boss fight to reflect damage and
"Stunning Fist" to do massive damage in Boss fights.

According to GodofWar64@aol.com,

"War cry is a great primary skill option. It stuns most enemies allowing
you to pick and chose it comes in handy in many stages (with the exception
of undead doesn't work on them). The other skill I use often is actually a
finisher either whirlwind or reverse stab finisher. Whirlwind is used when
there are multiple enemies on screen and I prefer reverse stab when on boss
battles. The one thing people have to remember is to make sure they carry a
lot of heal potions and throwing items. Being that the fighter is about
100% close range then have no ranged attacks like the rogue or the wizard."

According to Quinton A. Buesching

To build a great fighter, I recommend investing your points in the
following:

***3 points in wield scimitar
-use scimitars until you find an excellent great sword

***max out wield great sword
-though some may argue, I find that great swords are better than claymores

***max out improved critical
-allows you to do much more damage

***max out dragon's toughness
-fighters are engaged in close-range combat and take much damage

***max out outer strength
-improves your damage done

***max out all resistances
-your hero will receive lots of damage and should have the best defence
possible

***max out frenzy
-the keystone of your fighter. in conjunction with improved critical,
outer strength and wield scimitar/great sword, your fighter will be able
to deal ungodly damage. at level 32 with an exquisite great sword of
agility, my best hit is 352. (much higher damage is probably possible by
using frenzy and berserker's brew at the same time, though I never needed
to try it)

***max out weapon's fury
-now that your character is dealing lots of damage per blow, make him
attack as fast as he can. (you can increase your speed further with
potion of haste, but you shouldn't need to)

***abilities for wearing armor are really up to the player. as soon as
better armor was available to me, I invested ability points into being
able to wear that armor. the best defence for your buck.

these skills will make your fighter extremely skilled at close range
combat. when choosing items to equip, use those with bonuses in strength,
agility or improved criticals. when I defeated Kaedin on normal
difficulty, I was level 32 and was equipped with mithral plate of
perfection, plate helm of agility, plate gauntlets of agility and plate
boots of perfection. my weapon was the exquisite great sword of agility.
I was carrying at least 50 healing potions at any time an no less than a
dozen will potions. for throwing items, I only carried the lightest I
could find. I only used thrown items for explosive or poison barrels, so
damage was not a concern.

many of your bosses will have magical spells that may scare you, but fear
not. keep your healing potions plenty and swing away.

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5. Walkthrough
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The game is linear in nature, so as long as you had covered every part of
the map, you will eventually reached the next area.

Upper Crypts

You begin the game at the Crypts. There is a path to the tutorial section
nearby. It is recommended that you should goes through it once to get a
feel of the game. You can get some items along the way too.

Once past the tutorial area, you will be back at the starting location.
Follow the path and you will meet an old man. He will tell you about Kaedin
and asked you to stop him. Then you will be given a quest to find the Soul
Shade (Purple quest arrow). Noticed that there is now an arrow indicator
showing you the direction of the soul shade. The color of the arrow will be
the same as that in the quest log.

Follow the quest arrow, and you will meet a skinny old man, Vasak. He will
ask you to find the Ankh of Evernyre (Blue quest arrow). He own a shop and
you can sell off some of items you had acquired. He only has some simple
leather armor. You might want to get some skeleton keys if you are low in
keys.

At this point, you will have 2 quest arrows to follow. Do the Soul Shade
quest first.

Middle Crypts

Follow the Purple quest arrow and you will reach the Magic Repository. Get
the Soul Shade #1 there. It emits a blue glow and is very easy to spot.

Lower Crypts

You will see some traps in front of you. The timing is easy, moves forward
once the trap in front of you closes. Wait the one in front to close, then
move forward again. Once you get through, you will find a Ankh in a room.
The door is locked; you need to find a lever at one of the corner to unlock
it. If you have problem seeing the lever, clear the enemies first and then
zoom in with the camera. After the door is opened, you need to find another
level to turn off the Ring of Fire protecting the Ankh. The lever is
directly opposite the entrance of the room to the Ankh. If you zoom in with
the camera, you should see an Ankh-shaped lever on the ground. Touch the
lever to turn off the fire. Get the Ankh.

Soul Shade 2 - Soul Shade #2 is in a secret room in the area just before
the gate open, search the place you should find it.

Next quest, return the Ankh to Vasak. Just follow the quest arrow. When you
found him, he will give you the Skull Key before he died.

Next quest, go to Castle Baele. Look for the Skull Door. The door is nearby
by, just follow the quest arrow. There is a treasure room nearby. There is
an elixir that increases your Stats permanently.

After going through the Skull Door, you will reach Bulette lair.

Bulette Lair

It had a hard shell and it invulnerable to all attacks. So the trick is
lure it to charge at the crystals. When it smashed the crystals, it will
fall down and it will be vulnerable to attack for a short period of time.
You can see this easily by looking at its HP indicator. Yellow means
invulnerable, Red means vulnerable. Lure it to charge at all the crystals.
Once all the crystals had been taken down, it will be permanently
vulnerable. You should be able to kill it easily.

Swamp

There are orcs and trolls here. On the ground, there are poisonous spores
that give of poison gas when you are near. It is a straightforward area.
Near the start of this area is the Soul Shade #3. Trolls are tough
creatures, when defeated, they sometime will still be alive, and you need
to attack it further to kill it.

Somewhere in the middle of the swamp, you will meet a shady guy. He will
give you the quest to locate the rogues.

The path is linear and will bring you to the Castle.

Castle Baele - Market

In this area, there are many trolls here. The other places are inaccessible
except when you had found the right key. So, the only places you can access
are the Castle Shoppe and The Dragon's Tankard. Visit the Castle Shoppe to
sell off your excess items. Rik, the shopkeeper, asked you to find the
Great Hall and Treasury keys. The Rogues are at the Dragon’s Tankard. Visit
them for the quest to destroy the Trolls. This quest is easy, just go
outside and take out all the trolls in the Market. Return and you will get
the key to the Great Hall.

Castle Baele - The Great Hall

This place is full of spiders, trolls and drows. When you see a furnace,
look for a lever within the same screen to turn it off. Loot the furnace
for some nice fire resistance items. Near the end, you will encounter a
large green troll, kill it and take the Treasury Key. There is a lever in
this room that will turn off another furnace, loot that furnace too.

Castle Baele - Castle Shoppe

After finding the keys, Rik the shopkeeper will asked you to look for the 4
sceptres. He will give you the Amulet of Jewels to open the Treasury Door.

Castle Baele - Treasury

In this place, you find those vanishing drows that cast spells at you.
There are some round cages with treasures here. Find the levers to lower
the cages. There treasure inside are Raise Death Amulet, if you have plenty
of them, then don’t bother to find the levers. From the position you
entered, if you walked straight till the end, you will find a HP and MW
pool to recharge yourself. In the treasure area, you need to use the Amulet
of Jewels to open one of the doors. Smash the two boxes inside and you will
find a secret tunnel. Follow it to find the First Sceptre. Soul Shade #4 is
nearby, find it. Also, at one of the corner is a lever that opens the
locked door of the Castle Sanatorium. This provides a short cut back to the
Castle Shoppe.

Once outside, you will find the shady guy at one of the corner. He had some
nice item for sale here. In fact, he had some of the best items you can
find in the game. He will restock once in a while, so you might want to
visit him once in a while to see where new stuff he had.

Find Rik at the Castle Shoppe, he will reward you with some experience
points and give you the Moon Medallion to access the Barracks.

Castle Baele - Barracks

Go back to the Market and follow the quest arrow to the Barracks. Check out
the various rooms. You need to find the Officer's Key. With the key, open
the Officer’s Quarter. Kill the Mindflayer inside and get the Second
Sceptre.

Castle Baele - Church of Pelor

Return to Rik for some experience points and get the Sun Medalion which
open the Church. Soul Shard #5 is found in the secret area along the wall
diagonally opposite the place where you entered this region. In one of the
room, you will find mind flayers. You must defeat them so that the door
will open. Sometime they run away after taken some damage. If that
happened, you must exit the Church and then come back. This will reset the
mind flayers and you can try to kill them again. In the inner room is the
Third Sceptre.

Castle Baele - Dungeon

Visit Rik to get the Dungeon key. Go to the Market and follow the quest
arrow to the Dungeon.

The place is quite big but you won't lose your way. You will reach a cross-
junction with a hole in the middle. The right door is locked, the one
directly opposite led to a locked door that need all 4 sceptres to open.
So, you can only take the left door. There is a locked area and you need to
go round the perimeter to find the lever to open it. Fight your way in and
get the Mark of the Guards. This opens the right door at the junction.
Immediately on the left is the secret area where you can find Soul Shade
#6. Move on, pass the gas traps and you will find the Fourth Sceptre. There
are some boxes that you can smash open so that you can get back to the
junction. With the 4 sceptres, you can open the door that led to the
portals.

The Portals

Soul Shard #7 is lying right beside the door. Further up is the Beholder. I
don't recall having any problem fighting it. Kill it to get the Gem of
Winds.

The Gem of Winds opens the door to the Yuan-ti Wilds. One of the Rogues had
a quest to find Wild Bella Note. Be sure to get the quest before going to
the Yuan-ti Wilds.

Yuan-ti Wilds - The Wilds

A young Yuan-ti woman will give you the quest to rescue the Priestess. You
will meet her again later and she will give you another quest to find the
Serpent Crown. In one of the area, you will find the Serpent Statue. Bring
the Crown here after you had found it. From this place, there is a path
leading to an area with lots of spiders. There is a hole leading to a
secret area. You can find the Wild Bella Note here.

Soon you will find the exit leading to King's Fort. On the left is a hole
that contains Soul Shard #8.

Yuan-ti Wilds - King's Fort

The aim is the raise the sunken bridge. The left and right wing of the
region have a pressure plate that you must activate. Once that is done,
cross the bridge and activate the pressure plate at the top area. Soul
Shard #9 is there too, don't miss it. This opens the gate and you can reach
the Tree Towers.

Yuan-ti Wilds - The Tree Towers

The aim is to open the Gate leading to the Inner Sanctum. There is 4
coloured pressure plate here. Press them in this order: Yellow, Red, Blue,
Green. This opens the Gate. Soul Shard #10 is here right in front of the
Gate.

Yuan-ti Wilds - Inner Sanctum

You will find the Yuan-ti King here. Defeat it to get the Crown. The reward
for returning the Crown is 6000 experience points. Therefore it is
suggested that you should do it if it gain a level for your character. Meet
the Yuan-ti Priestess. Save the game. Proceed to Yrthak's Bluff.

Yuan-ti Wilds - Yrthak's Bluff

This Boss is tough. It can only be attacked when it landed. When it is
flying, you had to dodge the boulders thrown by it. You definitely need a
ranged attack here to take him out. Otherwise, by the time you reach it, it
will fly away. My Wizard had little trouble fighting it. However, my Cleric
needs lots of health potions in this fight. Once it is defeated, grab the
Gem of Nature.

If you are using a Rogue, there is an easier way to defeat the Yrthak. Just
walk inside slowly. Once the animation starts, stop moving. Aim straight
ahead and fire your arrows. This will hit the Yrthak and kill it without
the need to face it’s other attacks.

Return the Wild Belle Note and the Crown to complete your other quests.

You get 500 gold for returning with the Wild Belle Note. A new quest to
return the Horned Skull to the Bone Necropolis will be available.

The Portals

The Gem of Nature opens the door to the MetalWorks. You will get a quest
from Lidda asking you to find Laundra.

Metalworks - Engine

You need to find 5 Diamonds in the Metalworks. Diamond #1 is right in front
on a pile of coal. Diamond #2 is further up, near the exit to the Smelters.

Metalworks - Smelters

You will find Diamond #3 in the middle of 4 pillars. Soul Shard #11 is at
the top of the catwalk, you can't reach it yet. Move on to the Cooling
Room.

Metalworks - Cooling Room

Keeps right and you will see some boxes blocked an exit. Take the exit to
the Smelters. This will lead you to Soul Shard #11. Go back to the Cooling
Room after get the Soul Shade. There are fans here that you can smashed,
some of them will reveal secret area. Soul Shard #12 is inside one of such
area. Diamond #4 is in the middle of one of the bridge here. Let's move on
to the Die Cast.

Metalworks - Die Cast

Take the path to the left. You will find Laundra in a cage. Get the quest
to find the Cage Key. The Fire Giant Chieftain is near Laundra cage, defeat
it to get the Cage Key. Soul Shard #13 is on his throne. Release Laundra
and she will give you Diamond #5. You need all 5 Diamond to open the door
to the Dragon's Den. Save your game first.

Metalworks - Dragon's Den

Once again, a ranged attack is necessary to best this Boss. You can only
attack it when it landed. When flying, it cannot be attacked. Ice-based
attacks do the most damage to it. Wear fire resistance armour and
accessories. Get the Gem of Fire after defeating it.

If you are using a Rogue, there is an easier way to defeat the Red Dragon.
Just walk inside slowly. Once the animation starts, stop moving. Aim
straight ahead and fire your arrows. This will kill it without the need to
face it’s other attacks.

The Portals

The Gem of Fire opens the door to the Frostbound. One of the Rogues had a
quest to find the Cask of Winter. Get the quest before proceeding to the
Frostbound.

The Frostbound - Ice Fields

A Sorceress asks you to defeat the Frost Worm and destroyed her Ice Golems.
Soul Shard #14 is here, find it. Also, the Ice Golems must be defeated
before you leave this region. If you go back to the Castle Shoppe and came
back, they will regenerate and you have to fight them all over again. Once
you had defeated all 20 Ice Golems, you can proceed to the Barbarian Fort.

The Frostbound - Barbarian Fort

You can find ladders leading to secret area here. In one of them you will
find Soul Shard #15, in another you will find the Cask of Winters.
Returning the Cask of Winters will gives you 10,000 experience points. Move
on to the Mountain Pass.

The Frostbound - Mountain Pass

In the place, it is basically about pulling levers and opening gates. Once
all the gates are open, you can access the Frost Worm's Lair.

The Frostbound - Frost Worm's Lair

You will need a ranged attack to take down the Frost Worm. Trying to do
melee attack with it will be difficult. It will also send little worms to
attack you once in a while. Once it is defeated, get the Gem of Ice. Return
Cask of Winter if you had not.

If you are using a Rogue, there is an easier way to defeat the Frost Worm.
Just walk inside slowly. Once the animation starts, stop moving. Aim
straight ahead and fire your arrows. This will hit the Yrthak and kill it
without the need to face it’s other attacks.

The Portals

Use the Gem of Ice to open the door to the Bone Necropolis. One of the
Rogues had a quest to return the Horned Skull, get the quest before
proceeding to the Bone Necropolis.

Bone Necropolis - Lower Graveyard

Find and activate 5 levers to open the gate to the Upper Graveyard.

Bone Necropolis - Upper Graveyard

There are some traps that throw spells at you here. You need to move to the
location of the trap to disable it. There are 3 temples here: Nerull's
Temple, Wee Jas' Temple and Vecna's Temple. Visit each of them to get a
medallion. Wee Jas' Temple had a secret room that contains Soul Shade #16.
All 3 medallions will open the room in the middle. You will find the
Death's Globe and the Bone Bell here. In a room with a Horned Skull Altar,
you can return the Horned Skull to complete the rogue's quest. Return to
the rogue later for your reward: a ring of regeneration and 5000 experience
points. In one of the room, you will find the Life's Globe. Place the two
Globes on the Statue to open the way to the Bone Temple.

Bone Necropolis - Bone Temple

You will need to activate a pressure plate on the left and right wing of
the temple to open the door in the middle. There is a secret area near each
of the pressure plate. Soul Shard #17 is inside one of them. Once past the
door in the middle, use the Bone Bell to open the door leading to the Bone
Bridge.

Bone Necropolis - Bone Bridge

Look for the way to the exit to Lich's Lair. Before entering the Lich's
Lair, back track and look for the left fork which leads to Soul Shard #18.

Bone Necropolis - Lich's Lair

The Lich is tough to defeat. It will summon skeletons to attack you and
hide inside a globe of invulnerability. My basic strategy is to do ranged
attack until he is down. If you try to get near it, it will cast a ring of
sword that will do lots of damage. So, stay away and attack from afar. Get
the Gem of Death.

If you are using a Rogue, there is an easier way to defeat the Lich. Just
walk inside slowly. Once the animation starts, stop moving. Aim straight
ahead and fire your arrows. This will hit the Yrthak and kill it without
the need to face it’s other attacks.

The Portals

You can access the Shadow Keep from now onwards. Also, your Ancestral
Weapon can hold a Gem to utilise its power. Press and hold the Right
Trigger, then select the Gem you want to use.

Here’s the effect of the various Gems when used with your Ancestral Weapon:

Wind - enemies attacked by this will spin in a tiny whirlwind. Once they
are in the whirlwind, you can safely kill them.

Fire - set enemies on fire.

Ice - freeze enemies

Poison - poison enemies

Death - drain life from enemies.

I find the Wind Gem combo with a circle finisher the best technique when
fighting in close range. You can send many enemies helplessly spinning
while you take on the rest.

Shadow Keep - Shadow Keep

You need to look for levers here. Moving around, you will find 2 areas with
a chasm. You need to flip a lever to turn on a bridge so that you can cross
the chasm. The levers to turn on the bridges are located on the left and
right wing of a locked gate with a save point in front. The left wing
region contains Soul Shard #19. After crossing the 2 chasms and flip the
levers found there, the locked gate will open. Proceed to the East Grand
Hall.

Shadow Keep - East Grand Hall

Move around until meet the Yuan-ti King. Noticed that it is a square room
with 3 exits on each side. What about the fourth side? Well, there is a
secret area there and you will find Soul Shard #20. There are 2 exits to
West Grand Hall, it's doesn't matter which way you pick.

Shadow Keep - West Grand Hall

Nothing here, just looks for a cave with a Giant Spider. Defeat it and
proceed to Shadow Spire 1.

Shadow Keep - Shadow Spire 1

Move on and defeat Kaedin once. Proceed to Shadow Spire 2.

Shadow Keep - Shadow Spire 2

Fight Kaedin again. He will teleport away after taking some damage. Proceed
to Shadow Spire 3.

Shadow Keep - Shadow Spire 3

Finally, the last battle with Kaedin. Use your Ancestral Weapon to defeat
him. Watch the Gems displayed beside his HP bar. Select any of the Gems
listed there and use melee attack on him. Attack him until he runs of out
Gems. Finish him off to see the end game.

You will be given a chance to save your game so that you can import your
character in a new game or multiplayer game.

Well done, you had completed the game!

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6. Acknowledgement
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Leona from BOB forum [1].
soulforger90 (Scott Irwin) from GameFAQs D&D Heroes forum [2].
Silent Bob
GodofWar64@aol.com
Quinton A. Buesching
Phil Knight
SuprAzn - Melee Rogue info.
James Oakes - Cleric strategy.

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7. References
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[1] http://www.bob.com.sg/forum/
[2] http://cgi.gamefaqs.com/boards/gentopic.asp?board=32798
[3] http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox/code/32798.html

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8. Revision History
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2.0 - 25 Sep 2007. Update Cleric strategy from feedbacks.

1.9 - 14 Jun 2007. Minor updates.

1.8 - 07 Nov 2004. Added info on Rogue.

1.7 - 05 May 2004. Update email address.

1.6 - 25 Mar 2004. Update on Fighter.

1.5 - 13 Jan 2004. Update on Rogue and Fighter.

1.4 - 05 Jan 2004. Minor updates.

1.3 - 24 Dec 2003. Added the real contributor of the Soul Shards list.

1.2 - 23 Dec 2003. Minor updates.

1.1 - 18 Dec 2003. Minor fixes.

1.0 - First version. 17 Dec 2003

(c) Copyright 2003-2007 by Lee Beng Hai.

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