Quest for Glory 3
Wages of War
Here are tips and secrets for raising skills
Get Water From the Pool of Peace
Water from the Pool of Peace completely refills your stamina, like a Vigor Pill. There are no Vigor Pills in this game, and the water is free, so this will save you a lot of time when practicing your skills. Get about 10-20 waterskins from the leather merchant in Tarna and fill them all with Peace Water.
Dirt Cheap Meat
The meat seller at the southern end of the Bazaar in Tarna is desperate to sell his meat, so he can be bargained down to 1 common per meat! With this, you can buy about 100 pieces of meat at the beginning of the game and not have to worry about rations for the rest of the game.
The Giant Tree is the Place to Be
The top of the Giant Tree in the Leopardman Village Jungle map is a safe place to spend the night, and what's better, it refills your health, stamina, and mana every time you go there. This is very useful when practicing your magic, or when fighting in the jungle.
Strength goes up as you fight and practice Weapon Use, but it also goes up quickly as you practice Throwing. Concentrate on maxing out Weapon Use first, then build up the rest by practicing your Throwing skill by throwing rocks. Another place to practice Strength is at the Wrestling Bridge in the Simbani Village. Click "hand" on the middle of the bridge, and you will cross under it hand over hand, raising Strength as you go.
Intelligence will go up fastest as you practice magic, but it also goes up when you practice Parry and Dodge (see below). Look for Yesfu at the cage screen in the Sibani Village and play Awari with him. A Fighter who wants to become a Paladin must make friends with him anyway, and you do this after a few games with him by clicking "talk" on the black part of the screen. When you play Awari it raises Intelligence but does so slowly. Practice Parry and Dodge even if they're already maxed out to raise Intelligence.
Agility will go up when quickly when you practice Parry and Dodge (see below). It will go up practicing on the wrestling bridge in the Simbani Village, but slowly. Practice Parry and Dodge and it shouldn't take long to max out.
Vitality goes up as you lose health and stamina, and does go up a little when you sleep. The best way to raise Vitality is by using up your stamina practicing Weapon Use, Parry, or Dodge in combat. Drink some Peace Water to regain your stamina and use it up again.
Luck is probably the hardest skill to raise. Concentrate on maxing out all the other skills, then max out Luck by practicing Parry and Dodge (see below). It goes up as you practice magic, so if you are a magic-user, practice your spells first.
Magic will raise as you practice your spells.
My previous suggestion: Practice your spells out on the savannah until you are out of mana. Use up your mana pills to continuously regain mana. If you are out of pills, keep resting until you regain some mana. Rest for 60 minutes, and keep doing so even if it tells you you're too impatient. After 2 or 3 times, you'll rest again. Mana pills are expensive, so make sure you have high Communication and bargain for them. Sleep out by the Pool of Peace and you will be close to the savannah to practice your skills.
My new suggestion: Practice your spells in the jungle near the base of the Giant Tree. Every time you go to the top, your health, stamina, and mana will be refilled. When you run out of mana, run up to the top of the tree to refill it and come back down to practice your spells. The top of the tree is also a safe place to sleep.Magic Spells
Raise spells with a crosshair such as Force Bolt and Flame Dart by holding down enter. Raise Levitate by casting it and going immediately back to the ground; Levitate uses mana if you stay in the air. Raise Summon Staff by casting it then walking a short distance so it goes away, then cast it again. Open can be practiced on the chest at the Inn in Tarna, but this lowers Honor. It can also be practiced on the chest at your hut in the Simbani Village, but the best place to practice it is on the ground in the jungle. You can't practice it out in the savannah, but it works in the jungle. Learn Lightning Ball from Johari in the jungle, and as soon as you get it, go back out to the savannah so she doesn't meet up with you and take you to the Leopardman Village, and you can practice it.
Paladin is a new skill that was put into QG3 and was reserved specifically for Paladins. However, since it tied in so closely with Honor, it was left out of QG4. You don't need to worry about raising, since it goes up when you raise Honor, so see the tips for improving Honor. It was put in because they wanted to show when you would be gaining the 4 Paladin skills. Paladin will only go up to 100.
Weapon Use goes up by attacking in combat. It will go up if you repeatedly hit the attack buttons, but will go up really fast by holding down one of the attack buttons on the keypad. 7 and 9 are your attacks, and as you hold one of them down, your stamina will drop quickly, but your Weapon Use and Strength go up rapidly. The enemy will lose health very slowly, and if you stop attacking, its health will drain out, so you don't have to worry about it dying on you. When you're low on stamina, run away and drink some Peace Water, enter combat and do it again. Since it uses up stamina, this will also increase Vitality.
Parry, like Weapon Use, goes up rapidly if you hold down the button on the keypad (3) for Parry in combat. Hold down the button until you're low on stamina, run away and drink some Peace Water, then go back into combat. This also raises Agility, Vitality, Intelligence, and Luck.
Dodge, like Parry and Weapon Use will increase quickly by holding down the button on the keypad (1) for dodge. Once again, hold down the button until you're low on stamina (or even health for a greater effect), then run away and drink some Peace Water, and repeat. Also raises Agility, Vitality, Intelligence, and Luck.Stealth
Stealth goes up very slowly if you sneak everywhere you go. Raise Stealth a little at the beginning of the game by stealing money from the drummer (a Fighter can't become a Paladin if he does this). A quicker way to raise it is by repeatedly selecting stealth from the actions bar then selecting walk again. Keep doing this and Stealth should rise. For an original way of increasing Stealth that I came up with (a long time ago), walk around the savannah until you find a monster. When it starts to chase you, select sneak, start walking to the left or right, and set the speed setting so that you sneak just a little bit faster than the monster runs. Let it go for a while and Stealth will go up very slowly, but it gets there after a while.
Pick Locks can't be practiced in QG3 because of the lack of break-in houses. There is one place, however, in the Laibon's Hut and the Leaopardman Leader's Hut, you can pick the lock on the chests while they are sleeping. You can practice Pick Locks here until you open the chests, but after that the only other place is the door in the Lost City Hall at the end of the game. Once you open the chests, they're open for good. If you plan on importing into QG4, there is an easy place to practice this skill (see QG4).
Throwing can be raised by throwing daggers, rocks, or spears at the Simbani Village target range. It's good to get used to throwing spears, but the quickest way to gain in skill is by throwing rocks. In this QfG, you can pick up about 1000 rocks without worrying about dying. Throw the rocks out on the savannah or in the jungle by holding in enter and this will raise Strength as well.
Someone told me about a place to practice climbing in QG3. Use the rope and grapnel on the middle of the balance beam in Simbani Village and your character will climb to the top. This will help raise stats. I haven't tried it yet, but I would be pretty sure that it works. Anyway, like I had said previously, Climbing is easy to raise in QG4.
Communication goes up when you click "talk" on yourself on say something, such as "greet" and "goodbye", or when you bargain at the Bazaar in Tarna. You can max Communication, Honor, and Paladin all at the same time (see Honor), but if you need Communication early in the game, go to the Sanford and Son Junk Dealers at the Bazaar in Tarna. Click "talk" on yourself and "greet" him. Your character's head and "greet" should be at the same spot on the screen, so place the talk cursor there and hold down enter, so you repeatedly greet. This is a good way to raise comm. if you miss the opertunity to get all three at once.
Honor will go up when you give money to the drummer at the south-end of the Bazaar. Just make sure you click the purse on the bowl and not your hand if you have Stealth. This is a quick place in the beginning of the game to raise it a bit. If you're a Paladin, you can get about two Paladin abilites by repeatedly giving money here. You can also gain Honor by helping Harami, the thief who you meet in the Bazaar at night after his arrest. You can give him some meat to raise Honor, but if you give him money, he won't take it but you still increase in Honor. However you can raise Honor, Communication, and Paladin in the Laibon's Hut. There's a trick to it. After your first meeting with him in the Simbani Village with Rakeesh and Uhura, you need to stall a couple of days. The Laibon won't let you back into his hut until about three days later, and until then, you can't go to the cage screen when the Leaopardman is caught there. When you get back into the hut, you will be given the same list of topics to tell about when you click "talk" on your character as you had at your first meeting. "Tell About Peace"; this raises the three skills. Place the "talk" cursor so it gets the top of the character's head and "Tell About Peace" when you hold in enter. Hold enter in, or put a weight over it and the three skills will raise rapidly. This way I get all three done at once.
The "Safe" Spot
A bug in the game allows you to hide in a "safe" spot while in combat where the enemy can't hit you. While in combat, press 4 on the keypad once, and your character will move into a parrying motion. Here the enemy can't hit you and you can wait for your stamina to refill. This is useful against your double at the end of the game, even though you can't beat him, but just so you don't die from over-exhaustion.
If you import your character into QG3 from QG2, make sure you bought a lot of Healing and Mana Pills in QG2. You don't need a lot of Poison Cure, so buy more Healing and Mana instead, because these will help you raise skills faster. When you import into QG3, you get to choose which character class you want, even Paladin. Use everything you have in your inventory to your advantage in QG3 because you lose all your possessions from QG3 to QG4.
If There's Something I missed...
If you know of a tip or trick that might be useful for Quest for Glory 3, please tell me.