Might and Magic 8 - Day of the Destroyer
= MIGHT & MAGIC 8: DAY OF THE DESTROYER =
= CHARACTER GUIDE =
Date: 22 September 2005
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Character classes
[2.2] Dark Elf
 Promoted classes
 Picking a starting character
 Skill development
[5.2] Dark Elf
 Recruiting notes
 My party
 Revision history
 Final words
This character guide was started in 2000 as one of my first FAQ projects, and
underwent a major revision in 2004. As before, the focus of the guide is to
compare the eight character classes of Might & Magic 8 against each other,
weigh the pros and cons of each, and provide advice on which characters to use,
in what way, and where to recruit the ones you need. For the most part, my
advice is subjective, because there are very few wrong answers when it comes to
party formation. Nonetheless, whether or not you agree with what I consider the
best lineups, the information in this guide should be of use to you.
I do not give full information on each character's starting statistics and
the skills they can develop; all that information is in the manual already.
Rather, consider this guide an addition to that particular manual chapter - a
veteran's advice regarding the selection of characters for your party, and a
strategy for developing them. Likewise, this guide contains no walkthrough for
Might & Magic 8. If you need one, I recommend the one by Stanley Dunigan,
provided on UHS (http://www.uhs-hints.com/uhsweb/mm8.php).
 CHARACTER CLASSES
Character types and races have been through several changes throughout the
Might & Magic series. M&M 1-5 had you pick both a race and a class for your
characters. The class determined hit points, spell points, and which equipment
you could use. The race determined innate resistances, and applied certain
bonuses and penalties to your statistics.
In Might & Magic 6, only human characters were available, and only six classes.
Each character had certain skills available to them depending on their class,
though some were universal and could be mastered by any class. In M&M 7, the
races were brought back, and the number of classes expanded. Skills were also
much more exclusive now; while many skills could be learned by different
classes, the level of mastery possible varied. For instance, most characters
could use a bow, but only the Archer could reach the highest level of mastery
Might & Magic 8 uses a combination of the systems of 6 and 7; for the first
time in Might & Magic history, there is no difference between a race and a
class. There are eight character types to pick, three of which are human. The
other five are of different races by their very nature.
The classes are also more exotic this time. The only classes that were imported
from previous games are the Knight and the Cleric. The Necromancer is the third
human character, and is similar to the Mage in earlier M&M games. New additions
include the Dark Elf, the Troll, the Minotaur and the Vampire, all fresh and
interesting characters. Finally, one or more of your characters can be Dragons,
and they're every bit as powerful as you might expect.
So without further ado, let's take a closer look at each of the eight
character classes, in alphabetical order.
With the departure of the Paladin, the Cleric is the only truly reliable healer
in the game. He can attain Grand Mastery in the three magical realms of the
Self: Body, Mind and Spirit. The Vampire and the Minotaur can also gain some
skill in these arts, but not quite as much as the Cleric; the best spells are
exclusive to this class. Also, the Cleric is the only character in the game
that can learn the path of Light, which contains some very powerful enhancement
magic. They alone are worth having a Cleric around for.,
In combat, Clerics are average at best, and a little vulnerable. They can get
pretty good with the Mace (but not as good as the Troll), and can wear Chain
armor fairly well (but the Dark Elf does it better). They also make passable
You will find the first Cleric, Frederick Talimere, very early in the game. I
suggest keeping him around, replacing him only if you find a better Cleric. You
will likely want to keep a Cleric around at all time; their healing abilities,
mastery of the Light path, and the all-important Bless and Heroism spells are
too important to miss out on.
Personally, I never replaced my initial Cleric, because it seemed that all the
others I came across just couldn't match his potential. I found the single lvl
50 Cleric in the game particularly disappointing; Frederick was considerably
better when he reached the same level.
[2.2] DARK ELF
The Dark Elf is just average in melee combat, but has a few important skills
that can be useful to any party. In melee combat, they are decent with both
Daggers and Swords, but not excellent. They are, however, the best archers in
the game, and the only ones who can become Master or Grandmaster with a Bow.
This is an important skill, because only the Minotaur and the Knight can become
Bow Experts, and all other characters are limited to novice skill. If you want
to be truly effective in ranged combat, a Dark Elf is essential. (Although you
could rely on the Necromancer's ranged magic or the Dragon's breath attack
instead of, or in addition to, the Dark Elf's bow skill.)
Dark Elves cannot wear Plate, but they can become Grand Masters with Chain
armor, which is an acceptable alternative. They will usually end up somewhere
in the middle of your party, behind the Trolls and the Knights but in front of
the Vampires and Necromancers.
Dark Elves have other important skills out of combat. They can become Grand
Masters in the Disarm Trap skill (which guarantees 100% success) and the
Merchant skill (which means you can always buy and sell equipment at its exact
value). The Merchant skill is an all-time favorite from M&M6 and 7, although it
has existed since M&M2. It is not especially important in 8, because there is
so much more treasure to be found. Money is not as much of a problem as it has
been in previous games. Nevertheless, the Merchant skill is very convenient to
have, and the Disarm Trap one is vital. If you do not get a Dark Elf you will
at the very least need a Minotaur instead (they learn it up to Master level),
and you will likely see them fail at disarming late in the game.
Completing the package, Dark Elves are skilled in magic as well. They can
attain Master skill in the Elemental realms (Fire, Earth, Air, Water) and they
also have innate Dark Elf abilities. The most important of these abilities is
Darkfire, a powerful offensive spell that is both of the Dark path and the Fire
realm, and does damage based on whichever resistance is lower in the enemy you
hit. Therefore, it tends to bypass most enemies' magic resistance.
Although it will take a while until you can find a low level Dark Elf for your
party, a powerful one (Cauri Blackthorne) is available relatively early. You'll
probably be able to recruit this powerful ally (level 50!) sooner than any of
the other lvl 50 characters in the game, and far before your main character
reaches that level. Taking her into your party and keeping her there is almost
Without a doubt the most powerful character type in the game. I'd even say they
are overpowered. Unlike the other character classes, Dragons do not use any
weapons or armor (but they can wear rings and an amulet). Consequently, they do
not have any weapon or armor skills, either. A Dragon's combat performance is
solely determined by a special Dragon skill. Every point spent on improving
this skill gives the Dragon a better armor class, better hit bonuses and
The true power of the Dragon does not lie in the high damage it does or its
large supply of hit points. It is a combination of two factors: its ability to
allow the whole party to fly for an extended period of time, and the fact that
its breath weapon always hits, does not cost any spell points, and does far
more damage than a regular arrow. In ranged combat, a Dragon is very, very
deadly. And many dangerous areas can be easily avoided with his flying ability.
In addition to his obvious combat prowess, the Dragon is the only character
class capable of become Grand Master at the Identify Item skill. He has a few
other skills, as well, but does not excel at any.
Note that the Dragon cannot be chosen as your starting character. It is
possible to get one pretty early in the game, though. There are a total of four
Dragons in the game, bearing the levels 5, 15, 30 and 50. For all except the
lvl 5 one, you must look hard and fight powerful enemies to get to your
The Knight has always been the epitome of Might in the M&M series. He does not
disappoint in this game, either. With a vast supply of hit points and the best
combat skills around, the Knight can safely be called a must-have. His lack of
magical or miscellaneous skills is actually a blessing, because that frees up
skill points to be spent on more combat-oriented pursuits.
The Knight is the only character who can Grand Master the skills Sword, Spear,
Plate, Shield, Armsmaster and Body Building. You can choose between Sword and
Spear (I always seem to go for Sword, but it is not necessarily better).
Shield is optional - I personally prefer to wield two swords. Body Building,
Plate and Armsmaster are basically must-haves. One of the greatest features of
the Knight is that he is powerful throughout the entire game.
In addition to his combat skills, the Knight has one more important skill: he
is the only one who can become Grand Master at the Repair Item skill. Do not
neglect this skill, or soon you won't be able to repair any of your expensive
equipment. And believe me, many things break in combat, particularly late in
You get a Knight very early in the game, and you'll probably keep him around
for a long time, possibly until the end. Other ones become available over time.
The best of them is Blazen Stormlance, with fully mastered skills and a
rspectable level (50).
Commonly seen in earlier Might & Magic games - and usually very powerful. This
is the first time you get them on your side, though. Minotaurs are among the
more combat-oriented characters in Might & Magic 8, and the undisputed masters
of Axe combat. They are the only ones who can attain Grand Mastery with them.
In addition, since they can never carry Shields, there is no reason not to give
them one of those amazingly powerful two-handed axes.
Minotaurs wear Plate armor well, but cannot attain Grand Mastery. Apart from
the Axe, they can only Grand Master one additional skill: Perception. They are
also good at combat-oriented miscellaneous skills such as Armsmaster and Body
Building, but just not as good as the Knight. Finally, Minotaurs have limited
skills in the arts of the Self (Body, Mind and Spirit), and can function as
backup healers. All in all, Minotaurs are well rounded but do not have many
especially important abilities. They also have some limitations on the items
they can use; helms and boots are too small to fit them and may not be
A Minotaur can be found early in the game. More powerful Minotaurs are
available, but you will probably outgrow them well before you meet and recruit
them. Minotaurs are not vital, as almost all of their skills can be covered by
other characters as well. Ulrich, the game's lvl 50 Minotaur, is fully built up
and if you do choose to take a Minotaur with you, you'll probably replace him
with Ulrich when possible.
Though traditionally a master of the Dark path, Necromancers are also the most
capable Elemental mages in Might & Magic 8. They can attain Grand Mastery in
the four elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water) as well as the Dark path. In
fact, they are the only characters who get to learn the Dark path at all, and
take use of its powerful (and costly) spells. Also, since they're the only ones
to become Grand Masters in the elements, each of those realms has an exclusive
spell for them as well, including the very important Lloyd's Beacon.
Necromancers are weak in combat. They can attain some skill with a Staff and
Leather Armor, but have few hit points and never become particularly powerful
They have an irritating habit of dying on you during heavy melee action.
Thankfully, their powerful magic makes up for this and can usually keep you out
of trouble. With Toxic Cloud early on and Dragon Breath later, Necromancers
always have powerful direct damage at their command from the Dark path alone,
not to mention what they can get from the Elemental realms later on.
Important miscellaneous skills for the Necromancer include Meditation for
additional spell points (very important as the Necromancer can never have too
many), Identify Item if there is no Dragon around, and Alchemy if you wish to
brew your own potions (something I personally never got into, but it's useful).
You'll get a Necromancer very early on. Although they can be replaced by Dark
Elves, you will miss out on the most powerful spells of each Elemental realm,
not to mention the whole Dark path. That's a lot of awesome magic you're
sacrificing. I recommend to keep a Necromancer around at all times; just be
sure to keep him in the back, and don't be surprised to lose him on occasion
The game's lvl 50 Necromancer, Ventrinus Taleshire, is probably the most
powerful character in the game. You may want to keep that in mind when the
opportunity to recruit him arises.
Can you spell "tough"? Well, he can't. The Troll is a powerful melee-oriented
character who prefers brute strength rather than finesse. He can become Grand
Master of the Staff and the Mace (Mace being the better choice by far), and
also has loads of hit points, more even than Knights and Dragons. If that's not
enough to keep him alive, his Regeneration skill will. At Grand Mastery, his
hit points come back almost as quickly as they go off. The Troll is best clad
in Leather armor, which he can also attain Grand Mastery of. Chain is an
alternative, though it can't be trained up as far. Plate is not an option at
With no skill in magic and no important miscellaneous skills, the Troll can
focus on combat and combat alone. He is the obvious choice to put in front of
your party (and therefore makes a great starting character), and can become a
true machine of war with appropriate skill levels in Mace, Leather, Armsmaster
and Body Building. And don't forget Regenerate while you're at it.
Trolls are hard to come by. Two live in the Ironsand Desert, but you will need
to complete quests for them before they join you, and by the time you do,
you'll probably have outgrowed their level. There is one excellent lvl 50 Troll
available, but you can't get him until your main character reaches the same
level. Due to the poor availability of recruitable Trolls and the fact that
they work so well in the front of your party, the Troll is my favorite choice
for a starting character.
I was originally not very fond of these, but this turned out to be the result
of not giving them a fair chance. Skillwise, Vampires are balanced characters
with few distinctive advantages, much like Minotaurs. Grand Mastery can be
attained with the Dagger, not a bad weapon choice at all due to its fast attack
speed and the ability to wield two at once at higher skill levels. Vampires can
wear Chain Armor and can carry a Shield, though that defeats the point of the
Dagger skill. Vampires dish out good damage in melee combat, but are vulnerable
to counterattacks. After Necromancers, they tend to be the first to fall.
Vampires can attain Grand Mastery in the Identify Monster skill, which isn't
among the most useful skills. They can become fairly good at Meditation and
Alchemy, and have good skills in the realm of the Self (Body, Mind and Spirit).
The most interesting feature of the Vampires are their innate Vampire abilities
which can become quite powerful late in the game. The most important one is the
ability to levitate, which can help to foil floor traps and cross dangerous
lava. This is particularly helpful because there is no spell which can
replicate this (apart from Fly, which does not work in dungeons). Another great
ability is to drain life from opponents - this is a ranged attack that takes
hit points and gives them back to the Vampire, which does much to counter their
vulnerability and becomes very powerful late in the game, since enemies seem to
have a hard time resisting it.
A Vampire will join you early on. More can be found later on, though I found
the high level one a little disappointing. Early on they do not appear to be
very useful, but keep in mind that they get better late in the game. Do make
sure you keep them in the back if you take one along, with only your
 PROMOTED CLASSES
At certain points in the game, all character classes can increase their power
by getting a promotion. This improves their hit and spell point potentials and
allows them to get higher skill rankings as well. Grand Master skills of any
kind are only available to promoted characters, for example.
Since this is a character FAQ, I won't go into any detail regarding the
promotion quests. Try the UHS FAQ at http://www.uhs-hints.com/uhsweb/mm8.php if
you need help with them. Here I'll merely mention where to get them and what
rank your characters are promoted to. This section was mainly included to clear
up any confusion, because I usually refer to high level characters by their
UNPROMOTED PROMOTED WHERE TO GET THE QUEST
Cleric Priest of the Sun Murmurwoods
Dark Elf Dark Elf Patriarch Alvar
Dragon Great Wyrm Garrote Gorge
Knight Champion Garrote Gorge
Minotaur Minotaur Lord Ravage Roaming
Necromancer Lich Shadowspire
Troll War Troll Ironsand Desert
Vampire Nosferatu Shadowspire
All recruitable lvl 50 characters in the game are already promoted, and I
*think* all others (lvl 5, 15 and 30) aren't. Naturally, your main character
isn't promoted either at the start of the game. The difficulty of the
promotion quests, and therefore the level at which you can safely perform them,
varies per character class. Here's some information regarding where to look for
the solution of your quest, and the level you'll roughly need to be at to have
a good chance of success. For any more details, refer to a different FAQ, or
wait for me to ever decide to do a full walkthrough for this game. The former
is a safer bet.
CLASS WHERE TO GO RECOMMENDED LEVEL
Cleric Dagger Wound Isles 5
Dark Elf Murmurwoods 30
Dragon Garrote Gorge 50
Knight Shadowspire 35
Minotaur Alvar 35
Necromancer DWI and Shadowspire 40
Troll Murmurwoods 35
Vampire Ravage Roaming 40
All promotions quests are worth doing as soon as you can, but this is not
vital. If one turns out to be hard, feel free to leave it alone until you've
built another 5 levels or so. Just make sure you do them eventually.
How much a promotion helps in terms of hit points and spell points depends on
your level (the higher the better), but it doesn't matter at what point you get
the promotion. The bonus is applied to all levels you've already gained as well
as those you gain in the future.
 PICKING A STARTING CHARACTER
Unique to Might & Magic 8 is that you only create one character at the
beginning of the game. All others must be recruited later on. Fortunately, you
do not have to adventure with one character - you can immediately pick up three
more in the town you start in, and a fourth one at the beginning of the first
dungeon. You'll have a complete five-member party then. Other, more powerful
characters can be found and recruited later on, but you'll have to replace
existing party members. The one character you may never replace is your main
character, the Hero of Jadame.
There are basically two important things to consider when choosing the class
for your starting hero:
1. Your hero is always in the front of your party, where most enemy hits will
land. It would be wise to pick a combat-oriented character who can survive
2. You'll find a Cleric, a Vampire, a Necromancer and a Knight early on. This
doesn't mean that you may not pick any of these classes for your starting
character, but it's something to keep in mind. If you choose one of these
character types, you'll probably want to drop the NPC with the same class at
your earliest opportunity. Ultimately, you're best off with a mixed party,
because almost every character has his own set of important skills. Not much
use in having two Dark Elves if only one has to disarm traps, for instance.
Considering their vulnerability and the fact that you already get them early
on, I do not recommend picking a Necromancer or a Vampire. A Cleric can be
done, but he's on the edge. Also, you are not allowed to pick a Dragon as your
starting character. That leaves four:
Dark Elf - a little vulnerable, but a good all-round character and a fun one to
have. Keep in mind that there is a very powerful Dark Elf NPC available
relatively early on. Until you can get her, you can probably make do without a
Minotaur - good all around character, but other character types excel at nearly
every skill he has. Therefore, having a Minotaur near the end is not essential.
Knight - since you will always want to have a Knight in your party, and they
are suitable to have in the lead, a Knight is one of the best starting choices.
Troll - my favorite for a main character for two reasons. First, he has more
hit points than any other character, making him great to have in front. Second,
Trolls are very useful to have around in combat, and they are the hardest class
to find good characters in early on. Having a Troll as your starting character
circumvents that problem.
Whatever you pick, make sure to spend your bonus starting points on that
character's prime stats (designated in green). They are cheapest to build up.
It is also a good idea to decrease your Luck as far as possible, because there
is a well in the first town that can permanently increase your Luck to a
certain level (16 or 17, I believe). You might as well free up those extra
points to put them in other statistics.
 SKILL DEVELOPMENT
First of all: every character should have 1 skill point in learning, giving
them a 10% bonus to all experience gained. No more is needed, unless you wish
to develop expert skill levels or better (not all characters can do this, so
Second: you'll want to teach every character in your party the Bow skill
(except for Dragons, they can't). Even with only a single skill point, they can
make a difference when it comes to shooting your enemies from a distance.
Having five people with bows lets you cut down a lot of enemies from a safe
distance, particularly early on. This way you will only have to start risking
melee combat when your characters have become powerful enough to survive this.
Veterans of Might & Magic 6 and 7, be advised that there is no Ancient Weapons
skill in M&M8. Develop your characters' combat and magic skills carefully,
because there is no cheap substitute for them at the end of the game.
Here is an overview of the skills you should develop for your party,
sorted per character. For each character I list first and second priority and
what miscellaneous skills to develop, and finally, what to build up further
when you're near the end of the game and all skills have been learned at the
highest possible level already.
First priority: Spirit magic. Expert Spirit allows effective casting of Bless
and Heroism, both of which significantly boost your combat strength. Master
Spirit means you can learn Raise Dead, which you'll be using more often than
any Might & Magic 8 player is willing to admit.
Second priority: Body magic. It's not just hit points that you need to be able
to cure, there's also Poison and Disease. An important Body spell later on is
Protection from Magic, which offers immunity against "status attacks", to use
Final Fantasy terminology. At Grandmaster level, this is the only reliable way
to protect yourself against enemies with instant-death attacks, something
you'll be thankful for in the final areas.
Other important skills: Mind (Cure Insanity and Cure Paralysis), Light
(Paralyze and Day of the Gods), develop combat skills at your leisure. Develop
Merchant if low on cash and no Dark Elf is available.
Final stages: Extra points in Mace will increase your Cleric's melee damage and
his chance to stun opponents. Alternatively, more points in Spirit magic will
increase the effectiveness of Bless and Heroism, which affect the entire party.
It's your call, but I'd go for Spirit magic.
[5.2] DARK ELF
First priority: Disarm Trap. You need to keep this up, because the traps become
more dangerous and harder to disarm later on. Build up this skill at a steady
rate and you can open chests wherever you go without blowing up your party.
Second priority: Bow and Chain, directly followed by some sort of melee skill
(I'd go for Sword).
Other important skills: Dark Elf skill (for Darkfire, takes a while to get
there though), Merchant, the Elemental realms (particularly if no Necromancer
Final stages: I'd build up Dark Elf skills in the final stages to increase the
power of Darkfire. Raw magical damage is useful against some of the critters in
the final area, which are highly resistant to physical damage.
First priority: Dragon skills. These determine how powerful the Dragon is in
pretty much every aspect.
Second priority: Identify Item. You'll need to identify a lot in your travels.
Other important skills: Regeneration, Body Building and Meditation, all of
which help the Dragon fight, but none as much as the Dragon skill does. Just
put a few points here when this has become much cheaper than boosting your
Dragon skill further.
Final stages: As your Dragon masters all of his skills, the one you should keep
building up is the Dragon skill. It affects his chance to hit as well as his
damage, and the effectiveness of his spells. You can't go wrong with that
First priority: Sword (or Spear if you prefer) and Plate. They allow him to
kill others and stay alive, respectively.
Second priority: other combat skills, including Shield (unless you use two
weapons), Armsmaster and Body Building. Also build up Repair Item as your
equipment becomes more powerful. Ideally, the Knight should be able to repair
any weapons and armor you are currently using. If at one point you find you
can't fix something that just broke, that's your sign that you need to boost
that skill more.
Other important skills: Nothing, really. When you've Grand Mastered all the
skills mentioned above (choosing between Sword and Spear, or even both if you
want to fight with a Sword in one hand and a Spear in the other), just improve
on those skills some more. The Knight is meant for combat.
Final stages: Armsmaster becomes more important than Sword / Spear once you've
Grandmastered both skills. Every new point in the Armsmaster skill reduces your
recovery by 2 points, and increases both your chance to hit and your damage by
2, for every kind of weapon. Once you don't know what to spend your skill
points on for your Knight, Armsmaster is the way to go. You'll likely be
astonished at how quickly their damage output climbs.
First priority: Axe and Plate, to contribute to combat.
Second priority: Disarm Trap if you have no Dark Elf. Perception is also
Other important skills: A little expertise in the Self realms won't hurt if
your Cleric needs backup. Also pay attention to the miscellaneous combat skills
Body Building and Armsmaster, which can boost the Minotaur's strength
Final stages: More points in Axe and Armsmaster will help the Minotaur increase
his combat skills even further. Since the Minotaur can't become a Grand Master
in the Armsmaster skill, it's not necessarily better than Axe. It's your call.
First priority: Dark magic. It's your best friend. Also, Meditation to help you
cast all those expensive spells.
Second priority: the Elemental realms. They are your other friends. You may
find it hard to get enough skill points to master all of them, so it might be
good to specialize. Then again, late in the game you'll want to trade in your
Necromancer for Ventrinus Taleshire anyway, and he's got them all Grandmastered
right from the start.
Other important skills: Alchemy, Identify Item if you have no Dragon, and
finally, combat skills (Staff and Leather, mostly).
Final stages: Investing heavily in Dark Magic, after you've Grand Mastered
everything else (including Learning and Meditation), will increase the effect
of such powerful combat spells as Toxic Cloud, Dragon Breath and Souldrinker.
If you find you run out of magic quicker than you'd like, boost Meditation.
Now that it's Grandmastered, a single point already boosts your reserves quite
First priority: Mace (or Staff, but I'd go for Mace) and Leather.
Second priority: Armsmaster, Body Building and Regeneration, in that order.
Other important skills: none. Keep improving on the combat skills. You can add
Bow if you like.
Final stages: Every point spent on your Mace skill increases your damage, and
adds 1% to your chances to stun or paralyze an opponent. At high skill levels,
this really starts to add up. My own Troll had a Mace skill of 30 at the end of
the game and was constantly paralyzing powerful opponents, making a big
difference. For the Troll, I'd say boosting Mace during the endgame is more
effective than boosting Armsmaster, since he cannot become a Grand Master in
First priority: Dagger and Vampire ability. I'd say get Dagger up to expert
level quickly so you can wield two of them, then work on Vampire ability first
to get that Life Drain up to a satisfying amount of damage.
Second priority: Basic skill in the Self realms, and Chain. How many points you
want to sink in the Self realms depends on if you have a Cleric; if not, the
Vampire will need to replace him and thus bring her Self realms up to Master.
That cuts into her combat effectiveness, though, which is why I don't recommend
going without a Cleric at all.
Other important skills: Perhaps Identify Monster. Perhaps. Personally, I'd go
for additional skill in the Self realms. You'll never know when it's your
Cleric that is killed or paralyzed, and he can't heal himself in such cases.
After promotion, a Vampire can learn the Self realms up to Master level, giving
her access to such powerful spells as Raise Dead and Protection from Magic.
Final stages: More points in Dagger will increase your Vampire's chances
of dealing triple damage with his Daggers. More points in Vampire skill will
make Life Drain more powerful. Both are good options - you can pick either or
just keep boosting them both.
 RECRUITING NOTES
I will not go into detail about which characters are available to recruit,
where they are, and how to get them. TNg's guide on GameFAQs (find it at
http://www.gamefaqs.com/computer/doswin/game/25874.html) covers this topic
if you need help with it. I will, however, give some basic advice on where to
find the first character of each of these classes, so you can quickly assemble
a party with the five classes you wish to use.
Keep in mind that most NPCs, of both low and high level, are poorly equipped.
(There are a few exceptions.) The high level characters usually have good,
well-rounded skills. The low level characters have low skills, but they have a
lot of them, and a bunch of unspent skill points. This allows you to customize
their skills quite a bit. Just don't forget to spend those skill points when
you get the characters!
As far as I've been able to determine, all NPCs are of level 5, 15, 30 or 50.
There appears to be at least one of lvl 5 and one of lvl 50 for every character
class, although I have never encountered the lvl 5 Troll - he might be missing.
In case you were wondering, the lvl 50 Dragon does exist. Be afraid.
The first Cleric, Frederick Talimere, will join you from his hut in the Dagger
Wound Islands as part of the first quest (initiated by speaking to Brekish
Onefang in the Clan Leader's hut). His equipment is unimpressive, but he has a
few useful spells. At any rate, he's the only Cleric you're going to get for
some time, and you'll be able to make him powerful soon enough.
Other Clerics become available during the game. Dyson Leland (lvl 15) is part
of a vital plot quest and must spend some time in your party; a shame because
he is a fairly weak character. Dervish (lvl 50) is the best Cleric available,
but he's not fully built up the way Blazen Stormlance (Knight) and Cauri
Blackthorne (Dark Elf) are. I find him so overwhelming that I just stick with
Frederick for the entire game.
A low-level Dark Elf can be recruited in Alvar. Also, of all the lvl 50 NPCs in
the game (one exists for each class), the Dark Elf is the easiest to recruit.
Most others require your main character to be at lvl 50 as well, but Cauri
Blackthorne will join you as soon as you rescue her in the Murmurwoods. That
can be done as early as lvl 10 if you're a quick runner :) Or at lvl 30 if you
prefer to fight it out with the local monsters. Either way, Cauri makes a very
valuable member at that point in the game.
Ithilgore, the "weakest" Dragon in the game, can be recruited from the
Dragon Lair in Garrote Gorge. Be aware that that is weakest as relative to the
other Dragons; he's a powerful character right from the start, even at his
modest level (5). Even if you are around lvl 15-20 at the time, he'll hold his
own, and gain levels quickly. Since you do not need to fight any monsters to
get to him, you could go to Garrote Gorge immediately from Ravenshore, early in
the game, and get him there and then. Three more Dragons are available later
on, but you must fight hard to get to them.
Be warned, using Dragons can make the game a lot easier. Several players, me
included, do not use them at all as we feel they take the challenge and much of
the fun out of Might & Magic 8. Perhaps you'll feel the same way, or perhaps
you enjoy their raw power far too much to leave them behind. It's up to you.
The first Knight in the game, Simon Templar, will join you as soon as you enter
the Abandoned Temple on the Dagger Wound Islands. He comes with a Rusty
Breastplate, fairly good armor this early in the game, and a nice sword.
The best Knight in the game, Blazen Stormlance, is lvl 50 and has excellent
statistics (and decent equipment, especially his armour is good). You must
rescue him from Mad Zanthora's Lab in Shadowspire. You get a lvl 50 Cleric
in the process, although I did not use him. Blazen, on the other hand, is so
good that you'll likely want to take him and keep him right away.
The first Minotaur, Arius, can be recruited in Ravenshore. His equipment
is poor, but that can be fixed easily at the local shops. More Minotaurs can be
found later on in Balthasar Lair in Ravage Roaming. One of them, Ulrich, is lvl
50 and has a set of fully built up statistics. If you're into Minotaurs, he's
your man...er, cow.
You'll find a Necromancer in the Adventurer's Inn on the Dagger Wound Islands:
Devlin Arcanus. He has a wide variety of skills and some good spells, including
(ouch!) Toxic Cloud. More Necromancers are available in Ravenshore (lvl 15) and
Ventrinus Taleshire, the lvl 50 Lich and in my opinion the most powerful
character in the game (barring, of course, the Dragons), is among them. He's
the guy who you did the Lich promotion quest for. His skills are fully built
up and mastered, he has over a hundred skill points still available to spend,
and last but not least, he has every spell he can get in his spellbook,
including all the powerful ones (Souldrinker, anyone?). He's not just a lot
more powerful than Devlin will be if you take him all the way to level 50, but
taking him also saves you the fuss of finding all those spells. Not to mention
that you won't have to search the four elemental planes to become a Grand
Master in the Elemental realms; he already is. There's almost no getting around
Trolls are hard to come by. I've never found a lvl 5 Troll, and I'm not sure
there even is one. There are two lvl 15 Trolls, both of which take some time to
get. A lvl 50 Troll can be found in Ravenshore, but getting him to join you is
another matter: your main character will have to reach lvl 50 as well before he
Elsbeth Lamentia, the first Vampire, can be found in the Adventurer's Inn on
the Dagger Wound Islands. Her equipment is unimpressive as usual, but she has a
More Vampires are found in Shadowspire, including the lvl 50 one. He seemed
decent as Vampires go, but he was not fully built up. He hadn't Grandmastered
the Vampire skill yet, for shame!
 MY PARTY
This paragraph contains an overview of the party I first finished the game
with. I had already tried different party mixes before, but this is the one
that saw me through. I have since tried different starting characters with
varying degrees of success, but tend to use mostly the same recruitable
Note that I intentionally did not use Dragons, because I feel they upset
the game balance too much. Also, my initial party did not contain any Vampires
as I wasn't fond of them back then. My opinion on them has swung around quite
a bit since.
Main character: Stenax (Troll)
Recruited from DWI: Frederick Talimere, Elsbeth Lamentia, Devlin Arcanus,
Party order: Stenax, Simon, Elsbeth, Frederick, Devlin
FIRST SWITCH (lvl 5)
Dropped Elsbeth, recruited Arius from Ravenshore
Party order: Stenax, Simon, Arius, Frederick, Devlin
I made this switch because I much preferred Minotaurs to Vampires. The raw
combat power Arius gave me was useful this early in the game.
SECOND SWITCH (lvl 30)
Dropped Arius, recruited Cauri Blackthorne from Murmurwoods
Party order: Stenax, Simon, Cauri, Frederick, Devlin
When Cauri became available, she was much stronger than the rest of my party;
20 levels higher and with her skills fully built up. I dropped the least vital
character to make room for her. This character was Arius, who merely gave me
some extra muscle, and no vital skills except Disarm Trap (which Cauri had as
THIRD SWITCH (lvl 35, temporary)
Dropped Frederick Talimere, recruited Dyson Leland from Shadowspire
Party order: Stenax, Simon, Cauri, Devlin, Dyson
As part of my quest to ally with the Temple of the Sun, I needed to recruit
Dyson Leland. You cannot complete the quest without him. (Even if you choose to
ally with the Necromancer's Guild instead, you still need Dyson to complete
*that* quest. You can't get around him.)
Unfortunately, Dyson was only lvl 15 at the time and considerably weaker than
Frederick. I put Dysan in the back, did my best to keep him alive during the
quest, then put Fredrick Talimere back in again as soon as I completed the
quest. Dysan then spent the rest of his wonderful adventures within the walls
of the Adventurer's Inn, where he belongs.
FOURTH SWITCH (lvl 44)
Dropped Simon Templar, recruited Blazen Stormlance from Shadowspire
Party order: Stenax, Blazen, Cauri, Frederick, Devlin
Blazen was thrown into my lap when I rescued him from Shadowspire. Actually, I
had missed him on my first go - if I had rescued him then, I would have had him
as early as lvl 35. Regardlessly, he was still better than Simon Templar, which
is why I replaced him.
Ironically, the reason why I rescued Blazen was to get Simon promoted to
Champion. But when Blazen turned out to be a Champion already, I dropped Simon
before he ever got that promotion. On the way, I was also given a chance to put
the game's lvl 50 Cleric, Dervish, in my party. His skills were similar to
Frederick's at the time (who was only lvl 43), and although he was Grandmaster
in Light, he wasn't as skilled in Spirit. By now I'd grown addicted to
Frederick's Grand Mastery of Spirit and his 18-hour Bless and Heroism
durations, so I decided not to make this switch.
FIFTH SWITCH (lvl 55)
Dropped Devlin Arcanus, recruited Ventrinus Taleshire from Shadowspire
Party order: Stenax, Blazen, Cauri, Frederick, Ventrinus
Upon reaching lvl 50 and having completed the Lich promotion quest, I was
allowed to recruit the game's lvl 50 Lich, Ventrinus Taleshire, from
Shadowspire. I had seen powerful characters before (particularly Blazen and
Cauri), but this completely blew me away. Ventrinus, being fully built up, was
more powerful than Devlin by a mile.
I finished the game with this party. Stenax was at lvl 65 when I entered the
final stages of the game. I didn't return to town until I finished the main
quest, at which point I could train him to lvl 76 immediately. That gives you
an idea of the kind of experience you haul in near the end.
I intentionally did not use any Dragons, because I feel they take the fun out
of the game. Having decided on which characters to use, I also skipped out on
the most powerful Minotaur (Ulrich) and Vampire (forgot his name). They were
both in the Adventurer's Inn and ready to join, but I just didn't use those
Furthermore, Thorne Understone the lvl 50 Troll hasn't travelling with me,
either. My main character was already a Troll and even if I could have dropped
him, he was still better than Thorne. I also decided not to use the lvl 50
Cleric, Dervish, because his skills and spell levels were actually below
average. Compared to the other lvl 50 characters, he's poorly built up. I stuck
with my original Cleric, Frederick Talimere.
That left three lvl 50 characters: Blazen Stormlance the Champion, Cauri
Blackthorne the Dark Elf Patriarch and Ventrinus Taleshire the Lich, and all
three were in my party at the end. Since Ventrinus had the Fly spell (in
addition to all the others), the need for a Dragon had been completely
eliminated. The one thing I missed was a Vampire to levitate me over lava pits;
although above the ground, the Fly spell can be used instead. It also worked
in the Plane of Fire.
There was one dungeon near the end where I could not use Fly to avoid lava, but
it wasn't too hard to walk around it, and touching it didn't do half as much
damage as I'd expected. I'd probably have been able to get through that dungeon
alive even if you couldn't avoid the lava by hugging the walls.
My usual combat tactic was to have Frederick cast Bless and Heroism, and
Ventrinus cast any appropriate resistance spells. Frederick casts Protection
from Magic when fighting opponents capable of petrifying or paralyzing the
party, and Ventrinus usually casts Stone Skin, although I barely noticed the
difference. Then, depending on the enemy type, I either went into turn-based
mode and fire arrows (for melee opponents), or charged them and performed melee
attacks in real time, usually using hit-and-run tactics. For tough opponents, I
went into turn-based mode and had Cauri and Ventrinus use Darkfire and Toxic
Cloud, respectively. Both could do around 100 damage points if they're lucky
and the enemy isn't too resistant. Near the end stages of the game, I had
Ventrinus use Souldrinker against large groups, and Dragon Breath against
single, powerful opponents. I've done over 350 damage with that one. The
opponent survived three of them, nonetheless.
At the end, both Stenax and Blazen dealt high damage in melee. Blazen usually
did more (I've seen up to 150 per blow from him thanks to his high Armsmaster
skill level), but Stenax had a 25% chance to paralyze and a 25% chance to stun
with every blow. That put quite a few enemies out of commission along the way.
All those points in the Mace skill paid off for him.
 REVISION HISTORY
v1.0: (23 Oct '00) First version of the FAQ.
v1.1: (26 Oct '00) A few spelling and grammar corrections, and some minor
v1.2: (7 Nov '00) Added to the overview of my own party, and turned it
into a section of its own. More coming as I reach the final stages of the
v1.3: (15 Nov '00) Added some more to the overview of my own party,
probably my last character switch.
v1.4: (27 Nov '00) Finished the game, finished the FAQ. Barring any
possible corrections, this will be the last update.
v1.41: (28 Dec '00) A few minor corrections. Now that those are out
of the way, this really *is* the final version.
v1.42: (5 May '01) I've done a Dutch translation of this FAQ. In doing so,
I've added a few lines to the top and bottom of this FAQ to refer to this
Dutch document. (PLEASE NOTE: I have since pulled the translated document
because I wasn't happy with how it turned out; it's no longer available.)
v1.5: (23 Nov '04) It's been a while! Done a full revision of the FAQ, adapting
the layout to my new style and updating the text throughout. The content
hasn't changed that much; I have, however, changed my point of view on
Vampires. I find them a lot more useful than I thought they were three years
v1.6: (22 Sep '05) Updated contact info.
I *might* do a full walkthrough for Might & Magic 8 in the future. The fact
that there wasn't one on GameFAQs back in 2000 and there still isn't one now
kind of nags me. If I can find the motivation I just might do something about
 FINAL WORDS
ABOUT THIS FAQ
While one of my first attempts at serious FAQ writing, in the autumn of
2000, my Might & Magic 8 character guide has been my second most successful
one in terms of how many people appear to be reading it (basing this on
hit counters on GameFAQs and the amount of feedback I get on my guides). The
most successful one was for Diablo 2, a much more high profile game. Apart
from these two, most of my FAQs are for old or obscure titles and get little
attention - at least until I came up with my first high profile project for
Sid Meier's Pirates in 2004. But I digress.
This document has apparently filled a need for a game that hasn't been
written about much. It seems most reviewers think of Might & Magic 8 as the
unnecessary clone of M&M 6 and 7 that persisted too long in using a dated
engine. Personally, considering how disastrous M&M 9 turned out to be, I
wouldn't have minded if they had used it a fourth time!
For questions, comments, suggestions, praise and criticism, please contact
the author, Sashanan, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This e-mail address is for
FAQ feedback only. Whatever you wish to share about this document or Theatre
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If you wish to do anything with this FAQ except for just reading it, check
the Disclaimer section at the top of the FAQ to find out what you can and
can't do. When in doubt, you can always mail me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sashanan was born in 1980 in the Netherlands and dreams of a job in the gaming
industry while trying to remain focused on his actual occupation as a business
software engineer. His interest in gaming is broad, but focused on the
Commodore 64 he grew up with and PC gaming of various eras. The Might & Magic
series has been a favorite of his since first playing Might & Magic 2 on a
rented Sega Megadrive. When not gaming, Sashanan can be found posting on
forums, catching up on his reading, or shamelessly writing about himself in
This document is a copyright of Peter "Sashanan" Butter, 2005. All
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