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I never play RPGs but so many people recommended this game I had to give it a shot. I just started and I am finding this game to be pretty daunting. I need some tips as far as how to get my character stronger. Should I be using first aid during battle? I chose the swordsman character fyi. Just seems like I am getting pummeled in battle. Some strategy suggestions would be great for this noob. I didn't really read up on the game just kind of started winging it.

    
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More or less just look for armour and sowards and stuff that are better than what you currently own. Also put a healer in your party and set them in the tactics menu to heal you when you go below %25 health. When you level up build your chericter how ever you see bennificial to helping you play.... If you keep dying level up your health or your dodge etc if your not powerful enough level up your moves
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In that game, switch between characters in combat regularly to make sure everything is going smoothly. Use crowd control abilities to help you not get overwhelmed, and it's okay to drink potions, especially early on (though try not to blow them all).
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Not sure how to get healers to join a party. I will try leveling up my dodge then and finding a better sword.
    
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Not sure how to get healers to join a party. I will try leveling up my dodge then and finding a better sword.
Any mage can heal if you spec them for it. When you level them up get a healing spell for them. Morgyn is a chericter you will definitely get and she can heal if you have her do it. Wynn is the best healer in the game and she comes from the tower with the mages
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Make use of Bombs early on, they're actually quite amazing (just be careful with friendly fire). Also pick up all the herbs that you can find off merchants, as it'll be a while before you get to the ones that have unlimited supply (use your party members to max out crafting skills, you'll get plenty). You might want to also make sure to set everyone to use Auto-Potions when they get low on health if you're not comfortable with switching and doing it manually. It helps.

Also do not be afraid to pause and look at the situations. It helps tremendously and it can make many encounters a lot easier when you can stop and observe whats actually going on (especially vs the Revenants early on).

And like others have said, crowd control is your best friend, get use to using them quickly. One last thing, i would recommend leaving Orzammar for last as it can be quite relentless with its endless stream of mobs.

Enjoy. (Mages are overpowered by the way).
Edited by Arviel - 8/14/11 at 10:23pm
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Figure out how to use tactics for other characters. It also wouldn't hurt to download the advance tactics mod. It enables more tactic options that was included in the games code. Mana clash. Learn to use it. Very devastating to magic users, even as a healer it's powerful.
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In that game, switch between characters in combat regularly to make sure everything is going smoothly. Use crowd control abilities to help you not get overwhelmed, and it's okay to drink potions, especially early on (though try not to blow them all).
Or you can just use the Companion Tactics Menu. Seriously, it's like salvation from death. XD First time I played DA, I didn't even know it was there and then I died, and died, and guess what? I died again...Then I just raged...Second time I played it I found it and I couldn't have had an easier time. Makes the game all the easier and you no longer have to pause as often to give commands.
     
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I can tell you that in my experience mages are freaking BADASS...I was playing the game on nightmare and having no problems even on the dragon encounters. Just get a heavy armor warrior to tank things and be SURE to get Fireball (a crucial spell for mass damage). Having a healer (I used Wynne) makes things 10x easier.
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