Much like those that have gone before me, I am now struggling to beat Nomad, renegade servant of...well, I dunno...the dragonkin? Lucien? The Kinshra? I haven't done enough quests to be sure.
The reward, a great sense of achievement, a chunk of xp, and a fancy cape, will I'm sure be worthwhile. After 10 attempts using the setup described at the bottom of the sal's guide, using a terrorbird, kyatt, and pillar, I feel slightly stuck: I have gradually been getting better at killing him but I think I've hit a wall.
How do I deal with his berserk mode? He damages extraordinarily fast, protect from melee doesn't help me that much, and I can't properly range him. His melee is extraordinarily strong, in part because my defence from it is very weak (I'm using karils, archer helm, and other generic range gear).
Should I be using a defence potion just beforehand, thereby sacrificing a piece of food, or getting a bandos godsword, or what? I am genuinely feeling stuck: on my latest attempt, I had 3 pieces of food at the end and I ran around the room while he caught up with me and killed me on the turns. I didn't seem to have a chance! And I was praying!
Stats are to the right: do I desperately need to train summoning for a tortoise or something? I'm using rocktails, not brews, because the last time I tried brews (a few days ago, Vanstrom) they were horrendously expensive, didn't heal much more, and got me killed. So I can't afford them and I can't use them well.
Advice, please. I'm reading through Merch's documentation (thank you!), but I haven't seen much to help me on berserk yet.