So what is your favorite player built character so far?
To me it's pretty simple. The AI knows how to play warriors pretty well, knows how to play an AoE mage *relatively* well, but it sucks and sucks badly at managing an assassin rogue. Therefore, and since it's always appropriate to have a rogue who can pick locks in your party, an assassin rogue is in my opinion the most effective use of a player built character. To top it off, Zevran and Leliana kind of suck, so making your own rogue makes sense.
I used the following build (and I beat the game on Nightmare if anyone is wondering the difficulty):
Race & Attributes: Human noble (the bonuses are good for the build); limit Constitution to 15 and Cunning to 22 (keep in mind that you can get as much as 4-5 bonus cunning points during quests so don't spend your attribute points from leveling up on this unless you absolutely have to); and then put ALL your other attribute points into strength and dexterity.
Skills: Unlock all four levels of Persuasion (Master Coercion), all four levels of Combat Training (Master), all four levels of Poisoning (Master), and then put the leftover into Survival.
Specializations: Unlock "Duelist" (and unlock either all 4 of its talents or 3/4); and "Assassin" (unlock all 4 talents).
Talents: On top of unlocking all of the Assassin talents and either all 4 or 3/4 Duelist talents, unlock the first 3 of the "Dirty Fighting" tree (Feign Death is useless), unlock all 4 of the "Below the Belt" tree; then unlock all 4 of the Lock Picking tree (Device Mastery); then unlock 3/4 of the Dual Weapon Training tree, and all 4 of the Dual-Weapon Sweep tree.
Companions: With this build you will need: Wynne (for heals); Morrigan (for AoE and DPS mage); and then either Alistair/Sten/Dog as your tank. I chose Sten.
Strategy: The strategy of this build is simple. Use your tank with heavy armor to draw hostiles towards him, keep Wynne around you with Aura of Healing turned on and using her mana for heals only, use Morrigan for cone of cold and blizzard (very careful not to hit friendlies), and then ALWAYS position your assassin rogue behind your strongest foe for deadly backstabs. By the time things get really tough your assassin should also be able to make/use shock/freeze/fire bombs/coating, as well as some nasty poison, which should be used in almost every fight. By unlocking master coercion and getting your strength to an godly level, you will pass EVERY intimidation attempt, making the game a lot easier to get through when on Nightmare mode. Whenever you see a trap, disarm it with your rogue; whenever you jam a ballista, unjam it with your rogue. Make use of mark of death: it's one of the best talents in the game.
Equipment: The best armor I could find for an assassin/duelist rogue was the 2nd level of Drakeskin armor that you can get made in the City of Denerim. The best weapons are the uber-awesome level 6-7 war axes and daggers that you can find in locked chests, put in a few grandmaster frost/fire/shock runes along with a grandmaster paralyze rune, and you have a very deadly combo. The best armor for Wynne is an expensive Magister's Robe; best for Morrigan is her own robe that you can get after you defeat Flemeth the Dragon (EXTREMELY hard in Nightmare mode, as you do not have Morrigan to help you); best for your tank (in my opinion) is the Warden Massive Armor that you can find in the DLC "Warden's Keep".
Extras: I highly recommend everyone purchase the "Warden's Keep" DLC. It is a fairly easy mission, you will unlock some godly armor for your tank, and you will unlock 2 new blood talents (one of which is AWESOME for a rogue). On top of all that, that annoying guy @ camp will become the vendor with the best discount that you can find in the game (even better than the dwarves that travel with you). This is a must.
Well that's it. Since I finished the game last night with this build I decided to write this while it's still fresh in my mind. I would be very interested in hearing from other folks as to what their favorite build is and what else they've learned about the game so far. Nightmare mode is gnarly, but it's a LOT of fun once you get used to it.
PS: On a personal note, here are the toughest battles in the game, in order of difficulty:
1) final battle
2) Flemeth the Dragon w/out Morrigan
3) Andraste Dragon
What do you guys think?
Edited by krazycarl, 08 February 2010 - 03:28 PM.