CHAMPIONS OF KRYNN Walkthru
This walkthru for CHAMPIONS OF KRYNN is divided into several parts:
"Basic Training" is intended for people who are not familiar with the AD&
system or SSI's implementation of it. It has basic game mechanics
information for the inexperienced, but also offers some specific
information about KRYNN that is unique to the game for veterans of POOL OF
RADIANCE and CURSE OF THE AZURE BONDS.
"Active Duty" is the actual walkthru, but it's presented as hints rather
than a detailed solution.
"Intelligence Reports" contains all the details that are normally in a
walkthru. For example, the Throtl section in "Active Duty" hints at where
Caramon can be found, while the Throtl section in "Intelligence Reports"
gives the precise location.
"IBM Version Notes" contains machine-specific information for the IBM
version of the game.
The proper party composition is important to winning KRYNN. The following
is a good combination for a beginner:
1 cleric of Majere
1 cleric/thief of Mishakal
One of the mages should be a White (Good) mage, and the other should be a
Red (Neutral) mage. There are two reasons for having Red and White mages.
Certain spells are only available to Red mages, while others are only
available to White mages. The phases of the Red and White moons are
different and affect the mages' abilities. You have a better chance of at
least one mage having a rising moon helping him out if you have a mage of
each color. Pure mages will have a hard time in this game. They cannot wear
armor and there are few non-armor protection such as Rings of Protection
for them to wear. Fighter/mages can wear any armor and use any weapon a
fighter can use. Elves make good fighter/mages and should be equipped with
bows and stationed in the rear ranks where they can use the bows and cast
spells with minimal hindrance.
You need at least one knight, as there is a mission that can only be done
if you have a knight in your party. You can substitute a regular fighter or
ranger for the second knight, but there is an advantage to having two
knights (as will be shown later). The knights start out in the Order of the
Crown and should petition for transfer to the Order of the Sword when they
have enough experience points to become 6th level Knights of the Sword. The
reason is the cleric spells they can then cast. You can never have too many
Cure Light Wounds spellcasters in your party.
A cleric of Majere is very useful in this game, as you will encounter many
Undead. A cleric of Mishakal is very useful for the bonus spells, but the
second cleric can be of any other god.
You only need one thief. Since the situations where thieving skills are
needed are few, you only need a part-time thief. Full-time thieves also
have a difficulty in this game as there is no magical leather armor.
Thieves are almost as hard as mages to protect because of the restricted
range of armor they can wear.
A kender is useful because his Yell gives you the effect of always having a
Prayer spell ready. However, kenders don't make good fighters because of
their small size and low strength. This also makes them very vulnerable to
spellcasters who will cast their spells at the kender if they are affected
by his yell. It is best, if you decide to have a kender in your party, to
make him one of the clerics. The cleric/thief would be very appropriate.
Kenders are also the only race which has no penalty for being female. The
SSI implementation of AD&D is very biased in favor of male-only parties.
Human clerics and mages are the only other female characters that do not
suffer a strength penalty compared to males.
Dwarves, elves, and kenders are useful as characters because of their magic
resistance. You will face a large number of enemy spellcasters, and you
will not always be able to stop them from casting their spells.
When Creating your characters, the only variable that counts is the number
of steel coins they initially have. All the other attributes can be
Modified before starting the game. It is very worthwhile to modify your
characters' attributes for the game. All characters should have their
Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, and Hitpoints changed to the maximum
possible. Clerics should have their Wisdom changed to the maximum possible.
Mages should have their Intelligence changed to the maximum possible. At
least one character should have his Charisma changed to the maximum
possible. There is one situation in which that is needed. The knights
should have their Intelligence changed to at least 10 and Wisdom to at
least 13. Otherwise you can leave the attributes at whatever value they had
Except for the mages, the alignment of your character is not relevant in
Your knights come with plate mail, shield, and a long sword, but everyone
else needs to be equipped at the Armory. Initially, you will not have
enough money to properly equip everyone in your party. Buy a second long
sword for the knights. Buy shields for everyone without one. Buy ring mail,
a mace, and a staff sling for your clerics. The cleric thief can use a long
sword instead of a mace, but a mace is cheaper. Equip any kender you have
with a hoopak. Your fighter/mages should be equipped with bows and arrows
and maybe a long sword (if you have the money). Buy as many arrows as
possible. You will find very few arrows as loot. Each archer should have
somewhere between 100 and 200 arrows. Otherwise, there is a good chance you
will run out of arrows at a most inopportune time.
As soon as you can, upgrade everyone's armor. Looting the enemy dead is the
best way to do this, and is the only way to get magical armor and weapons.
The thief is the only character whose armor has to be carefully chosen.
Thieves cannot wear heavy armor and retain their thieving functions.
Fighter/thieves have no such restriction. One way around this restriction
is to have a pure thief wear Bracers and Rings of Protection. However, if
you have a pure mage, reserve the bracers for him. Eventually, everyone
should have at least two melee weapons and some sort of missile weapon. The
front-line fighters should have three melee weapons. The reason is obvious
when you fight the Baaz.
The Adventurers' Journal has a good summary chart of the weapons and armor,
but it does not explain everything you need to know. There are no long bows,
but there are composite long bows. The difference between the short and
long bow is range (logically, the long bow has a longer range). Non-armor
protection that is not listed in the Journal exits. Bracers are magical
items that act like heavy armor, but weigh only as much as leather armor.
Bracers have an AC associated with them. For example, Bracers AC 6 provide
the same protection as scale armor, which is also AC 6. Rings of Protection
decrease the AC of any bracer or _non-magical_ armor your character is
wearing. (In AD&D, the lower the AC the better the protection.) For example,
a Ring of Protection +1 will change Plate armor from AC 3 to AC 2 when it
is Ready. (Confusing, isn't it?) A Cloak of Displacement reduces the AC by
Various magical weapons are available. They act just like regular weapons,
but you are more likely to score a hit with them than with regular weapons.
Magical weapons have a plus number such as Long Sword +1. The higher the
plus number, the better the weapon. Some magical weapons are plus only
against specific targets. One such weapon is the Long Sword +4 VS Reptiles.
This means the sword is a Long Sword +1 except against reptiles (draconians
and dragons), where they act like a Long Sword +4.
Bows need Ready arrows, but slings, staff slings, and hoopaks have
unlimited ammunition. They throw rocks, and the presumption is your
characters can always find rocks anywhere. Rocks thrown by a magical sling,
staff sling, or hoopak are magical. This is of little importance, but some
monsters can only be hit with magical weapons. Magical arrows are also
available. Magical arrows are differentiated from each other by their
source. So, if you have two bundles of Arrows +1 and they will not Join
together into one bundle, they are from two sources.
The important thing to remember about missile weapons is your character
cannot use them if there is an enemy next to the character. That's the main
reason your archers and slingers should always be in the rear ranks -- to
minimize the chance that an enemy will end up next to them. No computer-
controlled character will ever walk past a live enemy. This is because the
enemy gets a free hit at the character. However, you can move a character
past a live enemy. One reason is to get into the back ranks to attack enemy
spellcasters. Sometimes this is worth the hit.
The order of your characters in the party is important. In combat, the
first three characters are always placed in the first rank and the rest in
last rank. If there are seven or eight members in the party (which is
possible if you have Non-Player Characters in the party), the first four go
in the first rank. Keep your best fighters in the front rank, as they will
take the brunt of the attack. Make sure they have the best armor. However,
given the party composition above, you normally only have two full-time
fighters. You want your fighter/mages in the rear so they can cast spells.
This means putting the cleric or cleric/thief in the front.
Here are some general tactical tips:
Quickly learn what the enemy spellcasters look like. Concentrate on killing
them first. Above all, prevent them from casting a spell. Combat is done in
rounds. Spells can be cast once per round. If you wound a spellcaster
before he can cast a spell, he cannot cast one until the next round. If you
wound him again in the next round and the next and so on until he is killed,
you can prevent him from casting anything. Magic spells are the key to
winning the battles, and you want to cast all you can while preventing the
enemy from casting any. Casting certain spells takes time, and you can
interrupt the casting by wounding the caster during that time period. In
this game, you are told someone is casting; you can see who by targeting
Certain spells can make your enemy "invisible." You can actually see them,
but you cannot Target them. The key is to Move into their square. The
presumption is you have targeted them by feel. This does require that you
attack them with a contact (or melee) weapon such as a sword.
There are many spells, but some are more useful than others.
Sleep works quite well, but anyone who is level 5 or higher is immune from
this spell. It is a very useful spell early in the game, but is useless
later. The spell affects everyone in and next to the target square.
Another very useful spell is Stinking Cloud. It affects everyone except the
Undead, although high-level characters have some immunity to it. The spell
creates a 2 square by 2 square stinking cloud. You target the upper left
corner of this square.
Charm Person can turn an enemy into an ally. It works only on humans and
elves. The other side can cast Charm Person on your characters as well.
Hold Person is the best cleric combat spell, but it is only effective on
humans and elves.
Charm Person and Hold Person are favorite spells of evil spellcasters.
Dispel Magic will uncharm your characters and release them from a Hold
Person spell. It is a good idea to have at least two Dispel Magic spells
ready at all times. You can also Charm back someone who has been charmed,
but your character will fight as an NPC for the duration of the battle.
There is another way to uncharm your characters: Kill them and then Bandage
them _before_ the battle ends. Continue the battle if you have to. They
become automatically uncharmed at the end of the battle. You can then heal
them back to full strength.
Silence 15' Radius is a good cleric defensive spell. It prevents
spellcasters from casting a spell as they cannot chant the necessary words.
It also affects any other spellcaster next to the target. This spell can
take out all the spellcasters on the other side (under the right
circumstances). This is also a bonus spell for a cleric of Majere, and is
another reason for having one in your party.
Bless, Prayer, and Protection from Evil 10' Radius are also good defensive
spells. Bless is best cast _before_ going into battle, as everyone is
Blessed then. If cast in combat, only the target character is Blessed and
only if he is not in contact with an enemy. All these protection spells
should be cast before combat as casting a spell uses a turn in combat that
could be used for something more useful like killing monsters. Protection
from Evil only protects the target, while Protection from Evil 10' Radius
protects the target and anyone next to him. So, it is better to use the 10'
Magic Missile is a good combat spell whose power increases with the level
of the caster.
Fireball is _the_ offensive spell, and is the whole reason for having mages.
They burn _everyone_ within a three-square radius of the target square. The
best way to target it is find the closest square to your party, count off
three squares, and target that one. You can turn your enemies into crispy
critters without singeing a hair on your characters.
Ice storm is the cold version of Fireball, and is only a two-square radius
spell. It is useful indoors when you cannot target a square far enough to
avoid burning your own characters with a Fireball spell.
Lighting Bolt is of limited usefulness, although when the conditions are
right, it can be very devastating.
Detect Magic is a useful spell to have ready at all times. It is how you
find magical items. When you are in the Loot menu, the command Detect
appears if the highlighted character has a Detect Magic ready. Hitting D
for Detect casts the spell, and any magical item is marked with an asterisk.
If you do not have a Detect Magic spell ready, but suspect there are
magical items, pick up everything you can. Memorize and cast Detect Magic
later to find the magical items. Detect Magic affects all magical items
carried by all members of the party. Detect Magic will _not_ tell you if a
magical item is cursed. There is one cursed item in the game. It also
cannot tell exactly what the magical item is. For that you have to go to an
Armory or Magic Shop and have the item ID'ed for 100 steel coins. There are
very few magical items in this game, so it is very important to find the
few that exist. In general, combat with ordinary soldiers will not yield
magical items, but high commanders often have magical items. Treasure
troves often have magical items.
Wands have a limited number of charges and disappear when they are used up.
There is no way to determine the charges in a wand.
Beware of Auraks. They are powerful spellcasters with an invisibility spell
on at all times. They also take several turns to die when killed and will
attack during their death frenzy. They can also rise from the dead once.
The best way to handle them is to kill everyone else and have your
characters run away until the Aurak finally dies.
In the previous games, the only way to gain experience points was to kill
monsters and find treasures. In KRYNN, you can also gain experience points
by doing the right thing at the right time. Listening to the enemy before
attacking to learn their plans, rescuing good dragon eggs, etc. will all
earn experience points. The amount is never indicated. You can only find
out how many experience points your characters got by checking their
experience points before and afterwards. In many cases, the points are very
In the beginning, check your characters' experience points frequently.
Promotions come fast in the beginning, and you will need all the Hitpoints
and increased THAC0's that come with higher levels. Most of the time, you
can leave an area to go to a training hall and resume where you left off.
The game is event-driven, so you can take all the time you need to complete
Finding places to Rest is very important, as that is how you heal your
characters and memorize more spells. The program will explicitly tell you
if a place is safe to rest. However, some places are only relatively safe.
Read the messages carefully. There are also hints as to whether the place
is truly or only relatively safe. Fortunately, most of the time you can
rest for brief periods just about anywhere. If you get interrupted, try
again. You will usually succeed the second time. There are several places
where you cannot rest at all. The only thing you can do in such a place is
You're often given a choice of action. In many cases, some of the choices
are obviously bad choices. You can take them and then discover the choices
are as bad as they seem. The game gives you many opportunities to fall on
your own sword as a result of a bad judgment.
After equipping your characters at the Armory, check into the Inn to
memorize spells. Before going to the Commandant's office to get your orders,
have some drinks at the bar. You will get several Tavern Tales that
indicate what everyone believes to be the current state of affairs. This
sets the stage for what you will find when you go out on patrol. Your first
assignment will be to patrol Throtl and take care of any hobgoblin bands
that are still around. What you will find are draconians! After you kill
them, escort the women and children to the outpost and report to the
commandant. This triggers an interesting sequence that sends you back to
Throtl to find Caramon, who is also in Throtl. At this point, the game
starts in earnest.
Throtl is a 16 by 16 maze. The Area command is available.
After defeating the Hobgoblins guarding the entrance (your first big
battle), explore the southeast quarter first to determine Caramon's fate.
Then proceed up the north/south corridor that runs through the middle of
Throtl to the north end of town, and explore the northwest quarter. This
will set up an encounter with someone who claims to be one of Caramon's
soldiers but is not. This will also set up encounters with two friendly
NPCs (Kildirf and Strangbourn), who you can add to your party. Once you
have them, you can search for Caramon in earnest.
The priest is in the southwest corner, but will be there only after you
After getting the key from the priest, search the north/south corridor for
the secret entrance to the temple. The temple is in the middle of the
northeast quarter. However, there are several side encounters in that
quarter you might want to look for just for the experience. After you bust
up the evil clerics, some will escape with dragon eggs. They will flee to
the northwest of the temple to the entrance to an underground maze. There
is no Area command in this maze, but the first part is fairly
straightforward. It runs east/west. There are two treasure rooms in this
portion of the maze.
This long tunnel eventually ends at a cave complex where you can get lost,
so save before entering it. The Area command is also not available in the
cave, but the game will tell you in what direction to go to follow the
fleeing hobgoblins. At the far end of the cave, you will finally catch up
with the fleeing hobgoblins and three white dragons, as well. Good luck
with that fight. A save before starting the battle is recommended. After
taking on the remnants of the hobgoblins, you can take the exit and return
to the outpost.
Gargath has two parts: the town and the keep. The town is a 16 by 16 maze,
and the Area command is available. The Area command is not available in the
keep, but you should have found a map to it at Throtl in the underground
maze. The two-handed sword you will find in the keep is cursed.
The best way to get into Gargath is Bluff your way in, but have someone
with a high charisma do the talking. There are two sets of guards at the
gate: one on the ground and one on the wall above the gate. You only have
to fight your way past the ones on the ground, but if you want to eliminate
the ones above, there are stairs to the wall to the east and west.
Once inside, you will be met by Sir Karl's agent, who will give you
disguises and explain the situation. Before trying to penetrate the keep,
search the town. There is a group of commanders who have a map showing the
secret doors in the wooden structure and who also have some magical weapons
and armor. Once you fight your way into the wooden structure, you will have
to explicitly LOOK to find the hidden doors, even though you know where
It is worthwhile searching the first floor to find the back exit before
going upstairs. On the second floor, look for the imprisoned castellan. He
will tell you where to look for the Dragonlance.
On the fourth floor, there is an amusing side encounter. Look for the
gambling guards and join them first before attacking them.
On the 6th floor is Myrtani. You will chase him up the tower and there will
be a climatic battle at the top. A save is strongly recommended before
going to the top.
You will not be able to retrieve the stolen Dragonlance at this point, so
after the battle go back downstairs and exit by the secret exit you should
have found earlier. Return to the outpost. This is also a good time to
check if your characters can train to a new level.
About this time, you will be asked by Sir Karl to go to Jelek and get him a
silver rose. For several reasons, this is worth doing immediately. You will
find a magic shop where you can buy some nice items such as arrows +1,
Potions of Extra Healing, and Wands of Magic Missiles. There is also an
armory where you can buy better weapons. You will also find Skyla, who will
play an important role near the end. Finding the rose will set the stage
for an interesting side story concerning Sir Karl and Maya. This story is
irrelevant to the main story, but it adds a nice touch to the game if you
participate in it.
At outpost 2, you will get orders about Sir Dargaard's tomb, outpost 3, and
the ogre camp. As long as you do these missions before going to Sanction,
it is not important when you do them (but they should be done).
Sometime before Sanction, Sir Karl will be kidnapped. Once this happens, do
_not_ visit the Commandant. This triggers the side story involving Sir Karl
and Maya. You get only one chance to participate. If you are not ready, you
can avoid starting the sequence by not going into the Commandant's office.
Jelek is a 16 by 16 maze and the Area command is available.
You will meet Skyla at Jelek. Explore the town with him. Have fun. After
Skyla leaves you, you will meet Mysellia. She is a good NPC to add to the
party. Help her explore the graveyard, but first talk to the grave digger
whose hut is just outside the gate to the cemetery. The silver rose you
want is at the northwest corner of the graveyard. Beware of the dragons
guarding the rose bush. The building there has treasures and a back exit
from Jelek. Mysellia will leave the party when you leave Jelek. Other than
meeting Skyla, Mysellia, and getting the silver rose, there is nothing else
to do in Jelek. Jelek is worth going back to periodically to buy stuff from
the magic shop.
SIR DARGAARD'S TOMB
The tomb is a 16 by 16 maze. The Area command is available.
This is the one mission where you must have a knight to complete. This
mission is also why you should have gone to Jelek first. You cannot rest in
the tomb until you have accomplished the mission. The Potions of Extra
Healing from the Jelek magic shop will come in real handy here. You will
not have enough Cure Wounds spells to complete this mission. To use the
potions, just Ready it and Use it. Each potion can be used 3 times and acts
just like a Cure Light Wounds spell.
Sir Dargaard's tomb is in the southeast quarter, but you cannot enter it
until your knight has completed the three trials of honor, battle, and fear.
You can do the tests in any order, but the best order is battle, fear, and
honor. To start the trial of battle, go west from the entrance and go
through the south door. To start the trial of fear, go east from the
entrance. To start the trial of honor, go north from the entrance. The
trials are fairly easy as long as you remember that your knight is a
fearless and honorable man who never shirks from a fight against evil and
will give anything he has to fight evil. There are treasure rooms in the
northwest quarter, but you cannot touch them. Once you have completed the
trials, you can enter Sir Dargaard's tomb and receive his treasures. This
will consist of six sets of Solamnic armor, a magical long sword, and a
girdle of giant strength. The Solamnic armor is the best armor you will
find in the game, but can only be worn by a knight. This is the reason for
having all your fighters be knights. The girdle increases the wearer's
strength to 21.
After getting the items, you can rest. This is highly recommended as you
will encounter draconians on the way out.
THE OGRE CAMP
The ogre camp is a 16 by 16 maze. The Area command is available.
Immediately to the north of the entrance is a room containing an old ogre.
Talk to him. He will tell you the situation in the camp and a secret
password to get the ogre patrols to leave you alone. Except for the old
ogre, none of the rooms outside the ogre mansion has anything.
The first step is to find Morog's quarters. The old ogre will tell you
approximately where it is. The next step is to find and kill the assassins.
They are located in the northwest corner of the mansion. Save before
entering the assassins' room. This is a tough battle. You will meet your
first Aurak in this battle. Read the paragraph in BASIC TRAINING to find
out how to handle an Aurak.
Afterwards, find the ogre meeting in the center room of the mansion. You
now have all the evidence to expose Morog's treachery. After killing Morog,
the ogre chief will proposed an alliance. Accept it. Otherwise the final
battle will be much, much harder and you will also lose the opportunity to
get some easy experience points.
The key to solving the mystery at outpost 3 is to rest in the Inn at the
outpost. Once you know what is really going on, find the back entrance to
the jail. There you will find the information you need to end the menace.
Once you rescue the children, go back to the jail and the uprising will
start. You will have to find the renegade commander in the commandant's
office. You will also have to fight the dragon in the room north of the
commandant's office. Again Save the game before going in.
Neraka is a 16 by 16 maze. The Area command is available.
There are two ways to enter Neraka, by yourself and with Maya. When you
visit the commandant's office after Sir Karl is kidnaped, Maya will meet
you outside when you leave. She will ask you to help her rescue Sir Karl.
If you say no, you will miss an interesting love story.