10. Gandalf Character Guide
Gandalf is the wise magic user who guides the other
characters in both the books and the movies. Gandalf has
a wide arsenal of spells but can also effectively fight in
hand to hand combat (as he does in the movie). He is the
wielder of the Flame of Anor.
Starting Stats and Skills
Magical Healing (1)
Magical Healing (Level 1) - Heals 20 hit points, +4/level.
8 spirit +2/level.
- Like everyone else's active healing skills, this skill
doesn't need to be raised and in fact, raising it can hurt
you more than it helps. Raising it doesn't increase this
spell's efficency at all. I would recommend that you don't
raise this skill from the default 1.
Shield (Level 3) - Absorbs 50 points of damage, +20/level.
Corrupt. 10 spirit.
- Awesome skill of Gandalf. This spell will surely save you
if you use it. It only lasts a limited time though, so
be sure to use it wisely. The corruption that this skill
uses is very small, and it's almost meaningless compared
to the corruption that Gandalf's other spells can provoke.
I would recommend at least 1 point in this skill, but
a couple is also wise. Some enemies will blow through it
in only one or two hits if you leave at 1.
Zap (Level 2) - A wizard's basic ranged spell. Does 5
damage +2/level. 3 spirit.
- This is the basic spell of Gandalf and unlocks all of
his other damaging active skills. It isn't as good as
Fireworks, so I would recommend only putting one point
in this ability. You will probably use it early in your
adventure but soon you will start using the better abilities.
Sunburst (Level 5) - Stuns opponenets and damages trolls.
Higher levels increase damage and stun time. 8 spirit.
- Not a very good skill. I wouldn't recommend putting
points into this skill because it only stuns oppenents
which isn't that great for a ranged magic user like Gandalf.
It only damages trolls, which isn't a large amount of the
creatures in this game. It's also too expensive for the
meager things it does.
Fireworks (Level 5) - A small area attack. Does 10 damage
+2/level. 5 spirit.
- The bread and butter spell of Gandalf's arsenal. It does
good damage and doesn't cost too much. It is much smarter
to put several points into this rather than putting
several into zap. A meager six points into this skill
will allow Gandalf to do 20 damage with only 5 spirit.
I would recommend putting several points into this skill
unless you don't really want to concentrate on magic.
One great thing about this skill is that it doesn't
corrupt your character like some of his higher level
Summon Eagle (Level 10) - Summons a great eagle to attack
foes. Eagle swoops once/level. Corrupt. Outdoors only.
- Not a very good skill. The damage that the Eagle does
isn't spectacular and you can only use this ability
outdoors. It's too expensive for the cost and it is
also a little slow. I wouldn't recommend putting points
into this skill. Another negative is the fact that it
Thunderstrike (Level 10) - Massive area effect spell.
Does 20 damage +2/level. Corrupt. 20 spirit.
- An awesome ability that will be used often by any
magic using Gandalf. The damage that this spell causes
is tremendous and it's cost isn't that high considering
the fact that you can kill multiple enemies with just
this spell. It has corrupt, so if you are going to use
this spell a lot you have to remember to put points into
Elusion, Gandalf's passive skill that reduces corruption.
I would recommend several points be put into this skill.
Elusion (Level 2) - Reduces corruption by 20% +4%/level.
- A very important skill for a magic using Gandalf because
Thunderstrike, one of his best skills causes a lot of
corruption. Also, this skill limits the amount of
corruption you gain from Crebain and the goblin drummers.
At least one point should be put into this skill to unlock
Inspire and to gain the large 20% bonus, but I'd put
several points into this skill if you like Thunderstrike.
Inspire (Level 5) - Spirit recharges 25% faster/level.
- This is an awesome ability for any person who uses a lot
of spells. Increasing this ability lets your Gandalf cast
spells for a longer period of time before having to
recharge. If you put enough points into this skill you
will never have to recharge, so I'd recommend putting
a lot of points into this skill if you use magic spells.
Wisdom (Level 2) - All damaging spells do +1 damage/level.
- A good ability, but raising the spells that use like
to use a lot almost does the same. Put at least one point
into this ability to unlock Flame of Anor, but many of
the staves that Gandalf finds will give him a nice bonus
for this skill. I'd recommend putting more points than
one into this skill only if you like to use 3 or more
damaging spells. If you use only two, raising each one
is equivalent to raising this.
Flame of Anor (Level 12) - When hit points reach 0,
Gandalf has 20% chance of reviving, +2%/level.
- Great ability, everyone should at least put one point
into this skill. Putting extra points into this skill
provide limited returns, but people who want to fight
with their Gandalf may want to put several points into
Tips and strategies
Primary Statistic: Courage
Important Statistics: Health, Defense
Least Important: Accuracy, Strength
The character of Gandalf in the movies doesn't use his
magic too often. In this game, you can make a choice to
use plenty of magic and keep that as your only stragety,
or you can create a Warrior Gandalf, who emphasizes
slashing his enemies rather than shooting magic at them.
Magic Using Gandalf
A Gandalf that primarily uses magic and doesn't fight
often requires more courage than a warrior Gandalf. One
plus of this setup is that points a warrior Gandalf
needs in Accuracy can be put into Courage or Health with
this Gandalf. The stragety you need to use when fighting
creatures and bosses is to stay away from everyone. The
best situations are the ones where your enemies are stuck
somewhere or on a ledge and you can pummel them with
magic. Many of Gandalfs magic spells corrupt, so you have
to take care in using too many powerful spells in too
short of a time span.
Example Magic-using Gandalf: (30 skill points)
Magic Healing (1)
Fireworks (5) ---------- Bread and butter spell
Inspire (5) --------- Essential if you use a lot of magic
Flame of Anor (1)
A Gandalf that scorns magic use and primarily uses his
weapons in combat will have a tougher time than a magic
using Gandalf but can still be a good fighter. If you
are going to just fight melee with Gandalf, you have to
raise statistics like accuracy and defense as high as
you can. Strength also becomes a little more important,
as it increases how much damage you do.
Example Warrior Gandalf: (30 skill points)
Magic Healing (1)
Zap (1) ----|
Fireworks (1) |---- Just in case.
Flame of Anor (10) -------- 40% chance of not dying