||Not worth it, use another Knight or Paladin instead, and give
them bow skill; this will be better in the long run then the archer.
||Everyone must have an armor skill. I cannot emphasize that enough.
While it is more efficient for some classes to buy it instead of
picking it as a start, get it for them before heading into combat.
But don't select this when creating your character, you can buy
it before you get into any combat.
||Again, absolutely vital that everyone has this skill at least
at level one, although you will probably want everyone to become
an expert as time goes by.
|Disarm Traps and Perception
||Put these on the same character and master them ASAP. You take
a lot of damage from traps and there is nothing more annoying than
killing off the four Spell casters of Annoying Doom only to not
be able to get their treasure because you die every time you open
||One of the more useful skills to begin with, especially since
identifying things can get expensive. At least level 1, try to bring
higher as soon as possible.
||Useful, but not essential. It is nice however, and running back
for repairs is annoying, to have an expert in Identify and Repair
is good (probably should be on the same character).
||A must for your characters. Things get awfully expensive without
this skill. Not needed to start with, but you'll want it before
leaving New Sorpigal.
||Get someone to be an expert in Spirit Magic quickly and save yourself
a lot of pain. A Master in Water Magic should also be an immediate
goal, but not at the cost of neglecting the other magical abilities.
If you're like me, and I know I am, get Body magic for the paladin
as healing touch is not worth it. Body is good, but with Spirit
at expert, Bless and Heroism affect the whole party. Don't forget
to get Fireball for really mass killing.
||Not worth it at all. The affects are too small for it to work
well for the party.
|Meditation, Bodybuilding, and Learning
||All very useful, but should not be considered essential. You will
probably want all your characters to become experts in these, but
it can wait.
||Get the all! They add 2 skill points when you use them on a character.
A good strategy is to save a few so that when you just miss the
skill you want you can boost it with a horseshoe.
||Another must for everyone. They don't need to be masters, but
at least have a skill level of 1.
||Buy enchanted rings and switch your rings during combat as necessary
to accommodate the various monsters on each turn (from fire to cold
||Always make sure this is cast! Either hire someone to do it, or
get the spell and do it yourself.
||Read the potion guide, know it, learn it, use it, love it!
||Either get it right away or hire someone who has it. You want
to be at least an expert in this as soon as possible! Hopefully
ALL of your party but first concentrate on one.
||Use the chests to store stuff for later, especially things labeled
"Double Damage against Demons"
||Learn it as soon as you can, it's an easy way to make money. Buy
items that are "enchantable" and cast enchant on them and then sell
them back. This can keep you from going broke.
||Pick a few skills for each person in your party and raise that
skill as high as possible (10+ or even more). Bows, Body Magic,
Fire Magic, Air Magic, etc...