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So now that I've made it into Act 2, I've been given a quest to kill three bandit leaders, Alira, Oak, and Kraityn.

I've just managed to make it to Alira, who has presented me with a conundrum: if I help her, she'll give me +40 Mana. Oak gives +40 Life. Whereas I have absolutely no idea what the old man will give me for killing all three.

Is the reward for slaying all three bandit leaders worth as much as this pretty significant jump in Mana?

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Do note, the passive increases to health and mana are furthered by nodes that increase the respective attributes, so these will be much higher by end game, and should definitely factor into your decision. –  Domocus Jan 29 '13 at 5:05
    
@SadlyNot Why the combined value? You can only choose one of them. –  SaintWacko Apr 11 '13 at 17:44
    
@SaintWacko Yeah I worded that totally wrong. Just compare each reward to the value you can get from a passive point. I think the resistances are very valuable because of the resistance loss when you increase difficulty, and the rest is up to you. –  Sadly Not Apr 11 '13 at 21:26
    
Kripparian has a good video on the topic. –  bowmanb Nov 16 '13 at 22:55

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Regardless of difficulty, if you kill all three bandits, you will receive one passive point.

Normal Difficulty

  • Alira - Permanent increase of 30 Mana
  • Oak - Permanent increase of 40 Health
  • Kraityn - Permanent increase of 8% to all elemental resistances

Cruel Difficulty

  • Alira - Permanent increase of 4% cast speed
  • Oak - Permanent increase of 18% to physical damage
  • Kraityn - Permanent increase of 4% to attack speed

Merciless Difficulty

  • Alira - Permanent increase of maximum power charge by one
  • Oak - Permanent increase of maximum endurance charge by one
  • Kraityn - Permanent increase of maximum frenzy charge by one

(Source)

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If you kill all three of them, you will be rewarded with a passive skill point.

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