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I keep getting obliterated by the painted trolls in the painted forest. I blow through the turpentine in no time with little effect. Do they have another weakness? Or is there another trick to killing them?

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@Alastair: bah, there goes my taxonomist badge for oblivion... –  squillman Jul 7 '10 at 23:29
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I found I could find specific spots standing on rocks in the area where I could shoot at them from range and they could not hit me. Finding one of those locations and using ranged attacks might be your best bet if you're having trouble.

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Yeah, standing on rocks is the way to go if you're squishy. Blow through all your mana fireballing them, loot corpse and wait for mana to recharge, repeat. –  JamesGecko Jul 8 '10 at 1:40
    
This is how I ended up doing it. Loaded up on different types of arrows and fireball spells. Found a good spot on the rocks and used sneak attacks with my bow that does fire damage. –  squillman Jul 8 '10 at 2:43
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Your level shouldn't matter: According to the wiki, painted trolls are leveled, and have 25 HP per character level.

Trolls (including painted ones) do hate fire (50% weakness according to the wiki), so consider fire magicka or fire-enchanted weaponry if it's available.

Me, I just hacked them to pieces, blocking where necessary. Each of them is in his own area, so you should never get gang-mauled by them.

You can also consider sneak attacks, if you see them in advance and are a bow user.

Finally, they do have regeneration abilities.

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I'm high-level (clearing out some questions before entering the final stage of the main questline). I think I remember reading somewhere that they're levelled creatures and as such get more difficult at higher levels. I'm an assassin so the hack and slash thing typically backfires for me! –  squillman Jul 7 '10 at 23:16
    
@squill: They are leveled -- 25 health per your level. If you're high-enough of a level and playing as an assassin, you want ranged attacks. Move backward in a zig-zag while shooting them down. –  John Rudy Jul 7 '10 at 23:20
    
+1 Good stuff. Sneak attacks are very useful here. –  squillman Jul 8 '10 at 2:44
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