Any tips for taking out the dragon?
I'm a filthy casual, but finding the fight really hard. I can get it down to about 20% health but with a fully wiped party.
Party: Eder, Durance, Aloth, Sagani, PC (paladin), Barbarian.
Pay close attention to the dragon's DR's. (I don't know what they are, for what little it's worth.) Try to use weapons and spells that attack the dragon's weak DR's not its strong ones. Next time you fight the battle, if you get spanked, remember what those weak DR's were. And if you don't have the right types of weapons equipped, switch in ones that are better for the weak DR's.
Also, another thing that I've found worked for me in my first run through is this. Some of the toughest bosses have ACC's that are high enough to rarely miss, except against someone with an EXTREMELY high DEFL for the current point in the game. If you have some characters who have only middling DEFL ratings and who are wielding weapon and shield, you might want to consider switching them for a 2H weapon to get more punch. If you're going to be hit anyways, better to have a beefier weapon in hand.
In this battle, I made sure to take the dragon's kid out asap. It's a lot easier to kill, and it makes fighting mama easier when you don't have to worry about having junior harassing you.
Something else, get your party spread out ASAP. Don't clump up in a way that a single blast of her breath weapon will nail your entire party.
And it probably goes without saying, but I'll say it anyways. This is a fight where you hold nothing back. If you have to clean out your mage's spells, do it. That said, you don't have to dump them in a massive hurry. It may be a long fight, and if you can get a good feel for what spells will work better than others, use those. Look at the dragon's reflex, will, and fort saves, and use spells that target the weakest one if possible. Also check out its elemental DR's to see which elemental spells are more likely to do well.
Honestly, this is all pretty standard advice that was true for the old IE games and is still true. But sometimes it bears repeating.
EDIT: One last point. In this sort of fight, I've found that it's best to hold Durance out of the melee. He'll probably be using a lot of healing spells. And when he isn't, just use whatever ranged weapon he's got equipped, preferably something like an arqabus.
Edited by Crucis, 20 April 2015 - 06:39 AM.