Zidders wrote:It depends on the difficulty and my characters health, really. On very hard, the explosive barrels can sometimes take up to three quarters of your health in one shot. I hate wasting potions.
I don't like to waste potions, either, but I almost always have both myself and my pet with a Heal All spell on the highest level I can afford and use. I am also a fanatic about using as many high-level skulls in my weapons as possible. As you mentioned, the ranged weapons help, too, since I'm pretty fond of ranged classes.