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Gah, this game is so frustrating.

I've reached a point where I need to travel across the map but every time I do I run into an ambush by some Elven Assassin. I last about 2 minutes as the 10 or so enemies pummel my squad, before they all succumb.

Any tips on how to beat them? I'm pretty close to giving up on the whole thing.

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No, you get 2 specialisation points over the course of the game, at level 7 and level 14. One specialisation costs 1 point. You don't miss out on anything even if you wait until level 20 or whatever before picking both specialisations.

Oh I see, you get 2 points at those levels to spend on specialisations whenever. Thanks!

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I just did that very same fight the other night. I have myself (a warrior), Alistair, Leliana and Morrigan (the team I'm sticking with through thick and thin on this playthrough) and it was pretty easy to be honest. (It was a much tougher nut on my first playthrough).

Firstly make sure you have enough health poultices, easy to make in bulk once you've completed the Brecillian Forest bit, and set each team member's tactics to use the lowest health poultice available once health say goes below 50%, or 25% if you're feeling stingey. Secondly get Morrigan to 'cone of cold' the mage (the woman that lures you into the ambush) and keep frosting/cone of colding her if needed whilst letting the rest of your team auto fight and heal themselves as needed. Job done.

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I just did that very same fight the other night. I have myself (a warrior), Alistair, Leliana and Morrigan (the team I'm sticking with through thick and thin on this playthrough) and it was pretty easy to be honest. (It was a much tougher nut on my first playthrough).

Firstly make sure you have enough health poultices, easy to make in bulk once you've completed the Brecillian Forest bit, and set each team member's tactics to use the lowest health poultice available once health say goes below 50%, or 25% if you're feeling stingey. Secondly get Morrigan to 'cone of cold' the mage (the woman that lures you into the ambush) and keep frosting/cone of colding her if needed whilst letting the rest of your team auto fight and heal themselves as needed. Job done.

That's pretty much my set up as well. However I only have about 8 health items, and I haven't been to the Brecillian Forest. I have been trying to use Morrigan to take down the mage using the Ice spell as you say, but by the time she's done that the others are all dead.

I might try setting everyone on the mage, to take her down a bit quicker as she's definitely causing me the most bother.

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Yes, this is key. Bull-rush the fuck out of any mages you come across, just in case whatever crowd-control you're attempting doesn't work.

If Morrigan has Horror, using that on the mage right out of the gate then rushing her with your hand-to-hand party members would be a good strategy.

Right, I'll try that tonight.

yeah, focus fire.

also, if it really is a pain there's no penalties for changing difficulties. i sent some bits down to easy when i first started and got trapped in the main city after going there too soon.

I have to admit I did do that yesterday, but that made it so easy it felt like cheating. So I reloaded my game and tried again, failed of course.

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That's pretty much my set up as well. However I only have about 8 health items...

How many elfroots do you have in the bag? One empty flask + one elf root = one lesser health poutice, if you have someone with starter level herbalism. Mind you if you don't have any flasks and can't escape the fight that will not be of any help :)

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How many elfroots do you have in the bag? One empty flask + one elf root = one lesser health poutice, if you have someone with starter level herbalism. Mind you if you don't have any flasks and can't escape the fight that will not be of any help :)

Unfortunately that's where I got the eight I'm carrying! I seem to go through them like nobody's business.

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Unfortunately that's where I got the eight I'm carrying! I seem to go through them like nobody's business.

I would save the ice for the melee mobs. As soon as the fight starts hit the mage with horror/sleep/whatever to put it out of action then when the melee types close in freeze as many as you can so your party can get the shatter on. That pulse spell that centres out from Morrigan and stuns enemies for a few seconds is also invaluable. The frozen dudes should be taken out in very short measure. When you have frozen the melee let Morrigan loose on the mage.

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You need to unlock specialisations, you don't get them automatically. They're universal across all your characters, though, so if you unlock a specialisation in one playthrough, you can use it the moment you hit level 7 in another without having to unlock it again.

You unlock them either by buying specialisation books in shops, convincing party members to teach you, or occasionally as rewards for quests.

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You need to unlock specialisations, you don't get them automatically. They're universal across all your characters, though, so if you unlock a specialisation in one playthrough, you can use it the moment you hit level 7 in another without having to unlock it again.

You unlock them either by buying specialisation books in shops, convincing party members to teach you, or occasionally as rewards for quests.

Cool, but now my characters at 7 does that mean I've missed the first specialisation, or if I unlock one later can I get it at level 9, for instance?

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I told you this yesterday! :facepalm:

Gah, I forgot the final bit about being able to wait and then get both! :coffee:

Think I'm getting on with the game, it's probably the most complicated I've played. Reminds me of Morrowind, which is fantastic! I've done the big fight at Redcliffe and am about to go to the castle. The amount of choice there nearly destroyed my mind!

I've had lots of issues stopping my characters just running off in different directions as soon as enemies appear and getting slaughtered, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. I like selecting the whole party at once then getting them all to attack one person, rather than having them go mad.

If you're controlling person a, then switch to someone else and person a completes the task you made them do, will they then always revert back to the tactics automatically?

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Check that people's behaviour (I think that's what it's called) routine isn't set to aggressive as that will cause them to charge in. Also if tactics are set to attack nearest visible enemy they will go and get themselves killed as well.

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I'm falling in love with Leilana - after a long deep chat about hair and sexuality my female Rogue got all coy and she asked me to 'surprise her later'.

I completed the Dalish foresty section. I'm finding the difficulty very up and down! One stretch I will complete easily, the next I will have to reload after almost every fight. I do feel like I'm genuinely improving though!

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