Just looking for some gameplay advice on combating vampires, or just plain surviving.
I'm playing a minimal reload run (well, tried no-reload but I'm not going to restart! BG2 isn't exactly XCOM or something, I cannot be bothered going through the same dialogues again just to try no-reload again and again!). I play to the spirit of this pretty adherently and never give up till that death screen, and will literally go until the main character dies - I've come out of some sticky situations where only 1 or 2 characters have lived via invis and rescued the equipment of others. So far only 2 reloads, one was the death tyrant by an insta death spell to PC, and the other was...Twisted Rune ('nuff said on that...I've never faced this, and yeah...with SCS...).
I'm now coming across roaming bands of vampires via random encounters as you travel between districts in Athkatla. During daytime it's pitiful thieves and mages that run away because the party is too powerful.
At night it's a different story: Ancient and Elder vampires I believe, amongst others, move around and ambush my party. I was taken apart on the first ambush, as mind-control took away a character and then soon enough the party was wiped out, all but a couple members. I had the survivors carry all the equipment and ressurected the rest.
These vampires that are just random encounters are all set to cause me potentially more reloads, which I want to minimise - that is my challenge to myself.
Since then, I've prepared mass invisibility, and all sorts of other invis contingency plans to run. Bear in mind I am literally running for my life, not trying to fight. This itself can go badly, as you have a split second to invis everyone before someone is charmed and you wait it out in a dangerous situation. I've faced these 2 more times since and got away with invis, sometimes quaffing potions as you see the charm being cast in the combat log and know its too late, so I invis via these limited supply potions!
I tried fighting with one character uber buffed, level drain immunity and protection from charm/domination. However I believe there is something that overrides even this? Mesmerise? What counter is there to that?
Also, ability drain, is it constitution I think? Again, any counter? I could fight with a lone character but ability drain itself destroys a character with no counter I know of.
So, any advice is welcome on fighting/escaping.
Just to be clear I love the challenge here, I've had some amazing fights, and the best was a running battle with Torgal and his troupe, lost 4 out of 6 party members by the end, and had to use every resource at my disposal, and literally ran back to the starting room on that floor, and through the corridors where you lead the umber hulks and had a pitched battle like I've never experienced. Amazing gameplay.