Pathfinder: Kingmaker Strategy Guide

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  • Publisher
    Deep Silver
  • Platforms
    Microsoft Windows, OSX, Linux
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    31 July 2018
  • Last Updated
    29 June 2018
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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Chapter 1 - Trailing Tartuccio and the Stag Lord

Chapter 1 - Trailing Tartuccio and the Stag Lord


This area is along the way to the Abandoned Hut, and as such if you can get it to appear, you might as well attempt it. The directions to reach the Oak-That-Strayed from Oleg’s Trading Post are as follows:


At the third empty node to the west of Oleg’s Trading Post, save your game, then venture northwest. If you’re lucky, the Oak-That-Strayed should appear north of the path you’re on.

Enter the area and head north from where you arrive, where you’ll find the eponymous oak the area is named after. The tree isn’t alone, however, as a Dryad lurks nearby, and she’s not a fan of intruders. Her first act in combat is to cast Spike Stones, making a large area unsafe to walk across. Moving on this area will force a character to make a Reflex Save (DC 20) or take damage. Meandering about is not recommended, so make all your melee combatants charge the Dryad and hopefully avoid having to move over this spell effect - you may have to manually direct characters so they don’t get caught up on each other and pace around unnecessarily. After that, the Dryad will largely content herself casting Call Lightning on random foes, dealing a fair amount of damage with each of the strikes the spell calls down.

She may sound like a rough customer, but even a sloppy assault against her is likely to succeed, as she’s not terribly well-protected, and her spell-casting regularly provokes Attacks of Opportunity. Lacking any support, she can really be slain by rushing her and cutting her down, although she’ll probably inflict her fair share of damage, too.

After you consign the Dryad to the compost heap, you’ll still have to deal with the lingering effects of the Spike Stones spell she cast, which persists after her demise. Your only options now are to wait for the spell to expire (with a duration of one hour per caster level, this is going to be a wretchedly long wait), or to move your characters out of it, hoping for good Reflex Saves or, more likely, watching them take damage, flopping over into unconsciousness, then quickly rising back up - you’re not in combat any more, after all. Even after you escape the Spike Stones area of effect, you’ll have to deal with persistent foot injuries slowing your characters down for a while. Truly a nuisance of a spell.

Loot a stump near the oak tree the Dryad guarded to score a Keen Sickle +1 and a Scroll of Freedom of Movement. The former makes exploring this area worth it, as the weapon itself is quite powerful at this stage of the game. Not only is the enhancement bonus something desirable enough, but the Keen property doubles the effective critical hit range of the weapon. Good stuff, and barring your protagonist needing such a device, Harrim will make good enough use of it. Failing either of those two things, however, it also sells for a whopping 2,075 GP, should you desire the cash, instead.

Be sure to heal your party and rest before moving on, if necessary.