Reply 4280 of 4512, by newtmonkey
Baldur's Gate (PC)
Finally completed Durlag's Tower! I probably spent at least 10 hours just on this tower. It's really too bad that they stuck one of the most frustrating battles in the game right in the first basement level, because I'll bet that a lot of people just gave up and went back to the main quest.
There were some frustrating areas (finding and disarming traps is never fun in this game), but I thought it was a good mix of combat, exploration, puzzles, and story. I had a hell of a time beating the last boss of the tower, but
was able to finally beat him by uncovering the mirror, taking the mirror images out one-by-one, and then sending my thief hidden in shadows over to shoot the boss full of acid arrows; he was already quite weak from fighting his own mirror image, so it only took a couple of arrows to slay him.
I tried finishing up the quest in Ulgoth's Beard,
but found the cultists to be unbelievably frustrating. You get attacked the second you enter the town, so you can't really prepare for the fight by casting spells, etc. A few seconds into the battle, you have cultists teleporting behind you (backstabbing left and right), one guy pelting you with arrows, and two other cultists running you down. You can't rely on fireball because you end up killing townspeople, killing your reputation.
Not gonna deal with that frustration! I'm happy enough with just completing the Tower.
With Durlag's Tower cleared, I went on to continue the main quest. I was able to make a lot of progress really quickly, and that's all thanks to my time in Durlag's Tower. I got a lot of nice equipment in the tower, earned enough experience to level everyone up at least once, but more importantly I learned some good (some might say "cheesy") tactics for difficult fights.
One choice I made earlier came back to haunt me!
I had skipped the boss fight in the Iron Throne Headquarters back in Chapter 5, because I just could not defeat them no matter what I tried; instead, I sent my thief hidden in shadows so I could avoid combat and just steal the documents. Well, you have to go back in here in Chapter 7 to get another document (and fight another boss)... and so I had to fight this new boss in addition to the bosses from Chapter 5 all together! What I ended up doing was to send my mages in with Haster, Mirror Image, and Globe of Invulnerability on them, cleaned up the Chapter 5 bosses with fireballs, and then brought the rest of the party over to the new boss, who was not difficult on her own.
Things seems to be quickly reaching the conclusion. I might be able to complete this over the weekend, but we'll see.