Re: I wondered also
Hmm...I think I can speak to this, having recently squashed Draconis (tactics mod) like the oversized lizard he is. I will speak mostly to the stragegies I used, though I'll address one other item.
Originally posted by Malia Nash
The removal spells should work -- except Draconis is layered.
Layered spell protections just mean you have to be a little sneakier. You have to target him with a chain contingency (which bypasses the SI-Div targeting thing) to get his spell protections down - Breach, 2 X Ruby Ray ought to do nicely. I can't recall if I bothered with spell protection removals on either of his iterations.
Anyway, my approach was a simple brute force one.
Edwin(Sorceror) summons a wizard eye
Edwin casts Project Image
Fake Edwin summons 5 or 6 planetars
Wizard eye targets Drac at the back end, he goes red, send in planetars. I think he summoned one efreet before he was occupied with planetars.
Planetars eat efreet for breakfast, start in on Drac.
Fake Edwin heads in to cast spells - LR ? don't remember, Greater acuity, cast spells, blah, blah, blah
In fairly short order, the planetars beat Draconis to a pulp.
Draconis turns into a Dragon - the planetars, fake Edwin, and the eye all go away. Draconis is, however, back at the door to Dad's lair, where the ffight happened
While he's heading down to attack the party, PC & Jan lay spike traps (1 each), Valygar summons a simulacrum, Jaheira summons an elemental prince, Edwin summons a planetar.
Drac shows up, sim Valygar, planetar, elemental all engage in melee. Everyone else is doing missile attacks at least at first. I may have had a GWW fighter with a vorpal weapon engage once he was beating up the pets (I'm not sure if Drac is immune to vorpal effect, though - Improved Abazigal certainly is
Drac takes heavy damage from the spike traps, and dies pretty quickly.
Hardly a finesse fight, but a workable strategy which didn't require a lot of spells.
Improved Abazigal is significantly harder. I concentrated on debuffing & killing Tamah (mostly attacking with ranged weapons), while a string of pets & simulacra kept Abazigal busy chewing them up. Once Tamah (and most of the drakes, as it happened) were dead, I again used Edwin project images (4 this time) to summon planetars to melee Abazigal while the party did ranged attacks and cast debuffs & damage spells. After a round of lower resists, Abazigal aggroed the Edwins, and took them out of action for most of the fight, but the Planetars and Simulacra managed to hold him in melee, while the rain of missile damage and spells made his life short and unpleasant.
Most of these fights can be done in a variety of ways, but I lean to simplistic brute force techniques
I have given up all lesser evils as inadequate to my purpose.