Down to dungeon level 9, the Catacombs, with my sword+shield warrior and finally encountering worthy opponents in “phasing” Mud Men and Spitting Terrors (hate these guys!)
The Mud men are essentially invisible until they get close enough to smell and they tend to roam in packs and can surround an unwary warrior and beat him down quickly with their fast attacks, keeping the victim in a “stun-lock” so they cannot run away or fight back. Therefore, the wise warrior will never stand toe-to-toe with Mud men but rather “stick and move” and try to cut off and isolate a single target from the group and whack at it, while on the go, until the Mud man is dead and repeating the process until all foes have been vanquished in this manner.
Acid and poison Spitting Terrors in large packs can melt the flesh off a warrior in mere seconds! They can spit over long distance and fire rapidly which spells certain doom for the foolhardy warrior that tries to close and engage this group in melee combat. If this fact alone doesn’t deter an over-confident warrior then perhaps the acid pooling on the ground, that remain caustic for a short time, will make her think twice of charging a pack of Spitting Terrors!
Experienced fighters, will therefore, employ guerrilla tactics by luring the more ambitious Spitting Terrors away from the main pack to a nearby corner or doorway where the vile critter can be ambushed and cut down quickly and without the ranged support of its fiendish friends. The trick is to stay out of view until the last moment and leap out and attack the Spitter before it realizes its fatal error! This strategy takes time and is tiresome but the patient warrior shall prevail and may be rewarded with phat l00t!
The occasional Lighting Bolt or Fire Wall to reduce the larger groups certainly can help achieve victory but true warriors have little magic skill and scoff at such cowardly tactics as a general rule!