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I'm on my first real playthrough of this game, with the canon party. I've just somewhat belatedly picked up the Manual of Bodily Health. I'm trying to decide whether to use it on myself (a fighter who'll be dual classing to cleric at 7th level, with 18 Con) or on Minsc (who has 16 Con). I've installed the tweak pack, and among other tweaks chose the one setting Minsc's stats to BG2's levels (18/16/16/8/6/9), and the one which saves Minsc's (and other party members') stats and levels for BG2. I've avoided spoilers so don't know if he appears early on in BG2 or not, but I believe that at some point in the game I'll get to choose one stat to raise by 1 on my own character?

My own important stats (stats other than Intelligence and Charisma) are all 18s currently, without having used any Tomes on myself. I currently have a significantly higher HP than Minsc (11 points over), but that will probably change when I switch to cleric and get only d8 rather than d10 hd, or later +2 rather than +3 hp per level. I'm using myself and Minsc as my frontline fighters, generally side by side, though I use a shield and so have a better AC than Minsc, who dual wields. I'll probably want to give it to Minsc, but if I'm correct about raising a stat of my choice in BG2 I could get my constitution to 20, giving me regeneration.

I plan to use the wisdom tomes on myself, as I'll be the only non multiclassed priest in the party. The dexterity will probably go to either Minsc for a bonus to AC or to Imoen (who I've dual classed to mage after raising her thief skills) for the ranged thac0 and extra +5% to all thieving skills. I'll probably use the strength tome on myself, to get the large bonus at 19 strength.

My question is, is regeneration from Constitution 20 my best option? Is it worth a lower HP Minsc? Am I correct about this stat bonus in BG2 at all? Is Minsc, with his BG2 stats, equal in ability to the new NPCs available there? And are there completely different uses of the tomes available, which are significantly better?

I should probably add that the rest of my party is the canon party: Dynaheir, Khalid, Jahiera, and Imoen. I've disregarded using the tome on Khalid, as I've been using him as a midline ranged fighter primarily, as it's in character for him.
Post edited September 24, 2013 by pi4t
This question / problem has been solved by Hickoryimage
Restoration from 20 CON will only be of any benefit to you if you play on core rules or higher, without the 'rest until healed' option turned on, otherwise you will heal on rest no matter what your CON. You don't need it as a dual F/C, even though it sounds nice. Because you are playing BGT, you can happily give it to Minsc and he will still have that boost when the mod transfers you to BG2, and with Watcher's Keep, you can get him up to 18.

Edit: oh, and I would not waste the DEX on Minsc. Give him the Gauntlets of Dexterity and give Imoen a nice boost.
Post edited September 24, 2013 by Hickory
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Hickory: Restoration from 20 CON will only be of any benefit to you if you play on core rules or higher, without the 'rest until healed' option turned on, otherwise you will heal on rest no matter what your CON. You don't need it as a dual F/C, even though it sounds nice. Because you are playing BGT, you can happily give it to Minsc and he will still have that boost when the mod transfers you to BG2, and with Watcher's Keep, you can get him up to 18.

Edit: oh, and I would not waste the DEX on Minsc. Give him the Gauntlets of Dexterity and give Imoen a nice boost.
Thanks. I am playing on Core rules, and I don't have rest until healed on :). Do the Gauntlets carry over into BG2, then?

I'm currently using them on Khalid, but looking at the benefits gained from Dex going from 16 to 18, I agree that switching them to Minsc is a good idea. I feel a bit guilty at cheating Khalid and Jahiera out of all the good items...

Also, you seem to be answering a lot of my questions on Baldur's Gate, so thanks.
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pi4t: Do the Gauntlets carry over into BG2, then?

I'm currently using them on Khalid, but looking at the benefits gained from Dex going from 16 to 18, I agree that switching them to Minsc is a good idea. I feel a bit guilty at cheating Khalid and Jahiera out of all the good items...
They don't exactly carry over, but most of the BG1 items can also be found (again) in BG2. As for cheating Khalid... well you said you didn't want any spoilers, so I'll just say don't worry about it. :)