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Pathfinder: Kingmaker
Official Strategy Guide

Developer: Owlcat Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Author(s): Nathan Garvin
Editor(s): Claire Farnworth
First Published: 29-01-2020 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-09-2020 / 03:22 GMT
Version: 2.38 (????) 19-09-2020 / 08:24 GMT

The Old Oak area is the nearest and most lucrative of all the areas you’ll be exploring on this end-of-chapter expedition. Not only will you be well-rewarded for success, but it’s a fine test of your abilities; if you struggle here, you’ll likely struggle during other fights, too. To get there from Oleg’s Trading Post, follow these directions:

  • South
  • West
  • South
  • West

After going east a second time, you should reach an empty node, north of which is the Old Oak area.

The location of the Old Oak area on the map.

The location of the Old Oak area on the map.

You’ll arrive in the southern corner of the map, from which head north - carefully - until you spot a Man-Eater Troll in the distance. Trolls are dangerous, giant aberrations, dealing hefty damage in melee due to their size and being reasonably sturdy. The real danger lies in their proverbial healing power, however, and even once downed in combat, they can’t truly be defeated until acid or fire is applied as a coup’de’grace. Fortunately in Pathfinder, virtually every arcane spellcaster has access to infinite cantrips, including Acid Splash.

(1 of 2) Engage the Troll with your tank

Engage the Troll with your tank
and finish it off with an acid or fire spell.

Engage the Troll with your tank (left), and finish it off with an acid or fire spell. (right)

Save your game and prepare ahead of time - you should have the power to defeat such a foe, but it may not be an easy fight. If you defeated the Manticore in the Endless Plains area earlier you’re on the right track, but this Troll is far more dangerous than the Manticore was - having high Armor Class, Hit Points, and Attack, not to mention damage output. Buff your best tank with whatever defensive spells you’ve got - Mage Armor, Shield, Shield of Faith, Mirror Image and Blur, if you have them, and use Bardsong and/or Bless as a general buff, then engage, leading with the Blur-buffed tank to draw the Troll’s attention. After this, you just need to stay on top of things and hope the Troll falters before you do, and when it goes down, finish it off with Acid Splash, Burning Hands, or a similar spell.

(1 of 2) Loot the Troll for a Belt of Giant Strength +2

Loot the Troll for a Belt of Giant Strength +2
then loot a nearby corpse to find a Light Crossbow +1.

Loot the Troll for a Belt of Giant Strength +2 (left), then loot a nearby corpse to find a Light Crossbow +1. (right)

When the Troll is finally dead, loot it for some treasure including a Belt of Giant Strength +2. This does exactly what you’d hope it does: it gives the wearer a +2 bonus to their Strength score, an invaluable boon for any warrior. If you demand more compensation for your struggle, you’re in luck, as you can loot a corpse nearby to score a Light Crossbow +1.

While the Man-Eater Troll was obviously the main event of this area, there’s a bit more to do. Follow the water to the northwest to find a chest near a tree, in which you’ll find a Scroll of Protection from Chaos, a Potion of Mage Armor and a Scroll of Enlarge Person, among other trinkets. Not a bad bit of loot, but be wary of the three Boggards lurking just to the south. They should be push-overs compared to the Man-Eater Troll, but never count out foes with fear effects…

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Deep Silver
  • Platforms
    Linux, Mac, PC
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    29 January 2020
  • Last Updated
    12 September 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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At the mansion of the Swordlord Jamandi Aldori, adventurers have gathered, lured by the promise of dominion should one of them conquer the nearby Stolen Lands and oust its current overlord - the Stag Lord. You are one such adventurer, and Jamandi's offer isn't just a benevolent call-to-arms to make the Stolen Lands safe for normal folk, there's political angles to its conquest, and the ultimate allegience of its new ruler. More than that, however, a sinister, primordial force has her own interests in the Stolen Lands, and a desire to see new rulers rise... and fall. The Pathfinder: Kingmaker guide includes a full walkthrough of the game's main campaign, including various side quests, companion quests and strategies.

Inside Version 2.38

  • Walkthough for the main campaign
  • Coverage of various locations, side quests and companion quests
  • Companion information
  • Racial information
  • Advanced Gameplay/Rules information
  • Information on kingdom development

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