This guide has a breakdown listing of the classes, joinable NPCs, abilities, spells, items, cheats and a walkthrough. It sure is hard to sift through all the opinionated BS Versus Books have included w/in, though (ex. They rate Keldorn the 2nd best NPC and Jan the worst - gee, that's not very helpful for people who don't like Keldorn and happen to like Jan). Why couldn't they instead give you tips on how to best utilize every NPC in a party? (Ex. Jan makes a fair backrow archer/mage but isn't a good combat thief so don't have him backstab.) Instead they include their irritating and unhelpful jokes: ("Jan, the little man, he likes ham and running turnip scams...sorry. We just can't think of anything nice to say about Jan," pg. 84). Wow, that's some strategy w/ real mileage. They give a low rating to the Storm of Vengeance spell based on its sparse damage, but I employ it all the time cuz the different types of damage it causes ea. round make it a great enemy-spellcasting disruptor, and I used it against Demogorgon and most dragons. They also criticize the Dragon's Breath spell even though it's commonly used; I routinely cast it to clear the field of, say, Drow. They don't like the Smite special ability cuz it pushes the opponent back quite a distance - um, that's the point, and why a lot of tough enemy fighting-types use it. A lot of opinions, no helpful alternatives or suggestions. I've found my own experience playing SoA and experimentation w/ the new ToB features more helpful than anything I read in this guide. The spell list has some omnissions and the item list has even more inaccuracies and omnissions - so I made my own item list. They even left out tips on the romances (unlike their SoA guide), still one of BG2's most obscure features. I thought this was supposed to be a STRATEGY guide, not a popularity yearbook. However, since this is the only widely-published ToB guide, you don't have a whole lot of choice in buying it if you need it . . .