Combined templates are not just combine different skills... To be successful they must have an idea. I haven't played all templates in the game so there are may be better ones. Most of those templates use ~800 skill points. If your suit is not good enough you usually can drop skills like Tactics/Anatomy/Bushido/Healing to 100. 1. Melee Archer Idea: In some situations you want to be melee and in some situations you want to be ranged. So it would be nice to be melee and range at the same time. To make a melee archer you just need to replace Parrying by Archer on a melee character. I tried this on both Sampire and Bushido Paladin and the second variant is better. It is almost like Bushido Paldin when uses swords/axes and like Classic Archer when uses bows. Since you never use Swordsmanship and Archery on the same time you can have two sets of jewels - with 30 Arhcery and with 30 Swordsmanship. Without Parrying you will use Bushido mostly for Perfection. So 90 is enough (to get 300 reduction points). There is my setup: 120/90 Archery 90/120 Swordsmanship 90 Bushido 120 Chivalry 120 Tactics 120 Anatomy 120 Healing This setup is requare a good suit with 60 skill points on jewels. But there is possible to make cheap version. I suggest Macefighting because with it you don't need expensive SSI jewels. Also Macefighting power scroll is much cheaper as well. 120/90 Archery 90/120 Macefighting 90 Bushido 120 Chivalry 110 Tactics 110 Anatomy 110 Healing It is the most versatile template I have played***. 2. Disco swordsmanship Idea: Doulbe Strike often does more damage than Armor Ignore. We can farther increase its damage by decreasing target's resistances. There are two ways to do it: Discordance and Corpse Skin. Corpse Skin reduce only fire and poison resistances. Also you need to recast it pretty often and you don't swing while casting. So you may choose to go without Necromancy. But with Necromancy you can also use Cursed Weapon to get hugde Life Leach (and Wraith Form for Mana Drain when you need it). There are two ways to go with Disco. 2.1. If you are going to use it only against big bosses you need it only to apply Discordance at the beginning of a fight. In this case you can use items to get Disco/Music: Song Woven Mantle (elves only) +10 Music Mark of Travesty +10 Mucis, +10 Disco Fishing Pole (runic crafted) +15 Disco The Life of Travelling Ministrel +5 Music Ring +15 Disco, +15 Music Bracelet +15 Disco, +15 Music Total: +55 Music, +55 Disco 2.2. If you are going to use it on every monster you are attacking without swapping equipment you will 120 Music/Disco. In this case you also will be able to use Bard Songs (although I don't sure you will be able to get enough mana for them). Variant with Necromancy: 120 Swordsmanship 120 Tactics 120 Anatomy 80 Bushido 96 Chivalry 60 Necromancy 75 Spirit Speak 65 Music 65 Disco Total: +81 skills on jewels/talisman Variant without Necromancy 120 Swordsmanship 100 Tactics 120 Anatomy 115 Bushido (you can also get Tactis instead of Bushido) 120 Chivalry 100 Parrying/Lumberjacking/Healing 65 Music 65 Disco Total: +85 Skills on jewels/talisman Variant with full Disco/Music 120 Swordsmanship 120 Tactics 120 Anatomy 80 Bushido (you can also get Tactis instead of Bushido) 120 Chivalry 120 Music 120 Disco Total: +80 Skills on jewels/on talisman It is one of the most damaging templates I have played***. 3. Necro swordsmanship Idea: Cursed Weapon gives you 50% Life Leach. With such huge LL you can go without Parrying, replacing it by Lumberjacking to do more damage. Idea is pretty close to the previous template. In this case you needn't spend time to applay Disco. And this template is more strong than Lumberjacking variant above (thanks to LL). 120 Swordsmanship 120 Tactics 120 Anatomy 95 Chivalry 80 Bushido 100 Lumberjacking 60 Necromancy 75 Spirit Speak Total: +50 Skills on jewels/talisman It is one of the most damaging templates I have played***. 4. Mystic Macer Idea: The Stone Form may neutralize poison, strangle, bleed, sleep, and stat reduction effects. This does Healing skill very effective. I suggest Macefighting because there are good Macefighting 1H weapons (you need a free hand to use Healing Stome) but you can try other skill. Unfortunetely you have no room for both Chivalry and Bushido. Since you haven't Parrying I suggest Chivalry. 120 Macefighting 120 Mystic 120 Focus 100 Tactics 120 Anatomy 100 Healing 120 Chivalry Total: +80 Skills on jewels/talisman 5. Mystic Thrower Idea: Use Rasing Colossus as a tank. I suggest Throwing over Archery because you need free hand to use Healing Stone. To get rid of agro use Mass Sleep (I suggest to trigger it in the stone). 120 Throwing 120 Mystic 120 Focus 120 Tactics 120 Resisting Spells/Anatomy (without Healing skill you usually prefer to have Resisting Spells) 120 Chivalry This is good template to start with because you needn't good suit (and you can use it without 120 Mystic/Focus/Tactics. 6. To be continued... Feel free to suggest your template. *** I haven't played all templates in the game so there are may be other templates that could beat this one.