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So I am playing through the campaign for shadows and got destroyed trying to do No Mercy as the first quest.

The main problem stems from the rat swarms in the hive. My heroes spend a good deal of time there, hitting the switch and then again running back to get the journal, and the whole time I am beset by rats.

I tried weakening them but thier merge ability kicks in and they spawn a fresh one at the start of the OL turn. Getting beset with 4-6 dmg attacks is a bit much for the party, especially since this is the first quest after the intro.

I don't have a bard/runehand, which I think would be the easiest to help handle this situation.

Outside of specific hero/class abilities, what would you suggest to handle this situation? Does this one need to wait for another level or two before attempting this? I feel like there has to be a better strategy to handle this encounter.

Thanks in advance!
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Alexander Steinbach
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Bring the rats down to 1 or 2 hp but don't kill them. 1 hp rats hardly do any damage. He can try to merge them, of course, but if all of the rats are 1 hp then merging doesn't really help them much.

As with all quests; stick to the objective and do not lose yourself over fighting.

Kill the zombies asap and the open group once it spawns. Those monsters stay dead when killed.
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