Need Party Composition advice

juppsen
Visitor
1 month ago

I finished the main campaign and want to start  Lost Valley. My last group (Barbarian, Life Cleric, Marksman and Shock Arcanist) was very strong, the Barbarian had low life background.

For the addon I want to switch to:

1. Paladin

2. Sorcerer

3. ?

4. ?

I need some healing, identify and lockpicking but I'm not sure which classes to pick. I read Rouges arent that good. An Insight Cleric could identify and heal, but he doesnt seems strong, too. Maybe you got some tips for a good party composition for char 3 and 4?

Tenzhi
Level 4
1 month ago

Balance Druid is good for healing.

TomReneth
Level 14
1 month ago

Balance Druid is good for healing.

Circle of Balance is fantastic and a lot of fun to boot. Seriously, Balance Druids are amazing, since they get all the healing you need while also having the Druid spell list (entangle, faerie fire, spike growth, heath metal, conjure animals etc.). They are a healer that plays like a control mage.

Sorcerers are... interesting? I like them, but they can be hard to use right. Draconic (Gold - Fire) is the safest, but the Haunted Soul is pretty interesting. Mana Painter also gets some nifty things, like Entangle as a spell.

My intinct would be to round out the party with another martial or martial leaning character, since there are so many enemies that will try to close the distance in this game. And there are a lot of enchanted items to take advantage of. Since you've already done Barbarian and Ranger, I suppose Fighter makes the most sense.

Spellblade Fighters can be a bit underwhelming at times, but clever usage of their spell list (I recommend Fog Cloud, Expeditious Retreat, Grease, Sleep at low levels, Misty Step and Flaming Sphere) can make them pretty good. I recommend a Greatsword with Follow Up Strike (feat) and the Defense fighting style. Great Weapon Style gives very little value.

Rogues are usually best used in campaigns that have a lot of non-combat things going on, which is sadly not the case for Solasta. It takes them to about lvl 9 or so to be as good as other warrior characters are at lvl 5. Rogues are viable, but very underwhelming. If you do want to with Rogue, pick Shadowcaster. It is the best option by a mile. 


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juppsen
Visitor
1 month ago

Thx for your advices! Balance Druid sounds nice or the 3rd spot. So I guess, I have to pick someone with identify for the 4th or have to use a mage instead of the sorcerer and got a "free" 4th spot. 

Tenzhi
Level 4
1 month ago

If you go with the Shadowcaster Rogue for the 4th spot, it can get Identify.  I wouldn't be surprised if Rogues come out a bit weak under a numbers analysis, but in my experience one of the most satisfying things in the game is a high level Rogue's Sneak Attack critical.

TomReneth
Level 14
1 month ago (edited)

Don't worry overmuch about Identify. Having the Druid cast Detect Magic (can be ritual cast) will be good enough to make weapons do magic damage, which is the most important thing before beginning to craft weapons of your own. You can also purchase a Wand of Identify for ~500 gold, easily affordable by the time you start to find wondrous items more often. 


If you go with the Shadowcaster Rogue for the 4th spot, it can get Identify.  I wouldn't be surprised if Rogues come out a bit weak under a numbers analysis, but in my experience one of the most satisfying things in the game is a high level Rogue's Sneak Attack critical.

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