The Bandit is one of the weakest monsters in the game. However, he packs the nasty Cursed debuff effect. This debuff can be very nasty to characters dependent on resistances, and will necessitate defeating the bandit in as few attacks as possible. However, if you don't have any form of resistances or damage reduction then the bandit is just a pathetically weak opponent.
Characters with resistances will need to find a way to slay bandits with the minimum number of attacks in order to be able to removes curses as fast as possible. Use of the GETINDARE or WEYTWUT glyphs are very useful, as are the magical attack glyphs, BURNDAYRAZ and PISORF. Usually you will want to avoid bandits until you're a higher level than them and can clean them up easily. However, the curse debuff is still applied when you kill a bandit (whether he struck you or not), so you will need to pay close attention and balance out your bandit kills with other monsters.
For characters without resistances, your options are much broader and you can attack bandits with impunity. Simple hit-and-run antics often are enough to defeat them, since you will quickly heal the low amount of damage dealt by the bandit. Because the bandit is so weak, he is a favorite target for these kinds of characters. It's quite easy to kill a bandit that is three or even four levels higher than yourself, which is worth a lot of bonus experience. This can result in a large number of curse layers, so characters intending to use resistances at some point in the future should consider how they intend to work these off.
How to remove Curse:
- Kill a non-Cursed monster (removes 1 stack)
- Use IMAWAL on any XP-valuable monster(removes 1 stack)
- The Earthmother's Greenblood boon (removes 1 stack)
- Glowing Guardian's Enlightenment boon (removes all stacks)
The bandit boss, Tomithy Longdall, also has the Mana Burn and Poisonous properties, meaning hit and run becomes impossible without having immunity to these conditions. However, he is by far the weakest boss in the game and overwhelming him with pure spellcasting or just attacking him in spite of his debuffs is often more than sufficient to bring him down. If you absolutely must avoid an attack from Tomithy, the best way to get in a free shot is by worshipping Tikki Tooki to acquire his Quicksilver Potion and Reflex Potion, which is good for two free attacks.