A Taste of Freedom

Lich (Xhaxh)

Location Driftwood
Suggested Level 12+
Previous Quest Shadow over Driftwood

A Taste of Freedom is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II.

You find a tortured Lich hungry to feed after being drained of his Source for a long time by Mordus. Will you help him or kill him?


Important NPCs

  • Desiccated Undead


A Taste of Freedom Objectives

  1. Find an ornate skull embedded in the wall, which seems to be missing one of its eyes.
  2. Find an unusual gem in Wrecker's Cave or lockpick the skull.
  3. Place the gem inside the skull to reveal a secret passageway with a hatch leading underground.
  4. Solve the puzzle underground.
  5. Set the lich free.
  6. Let him feed or kill him.
  7. Meet the lich and watch him reclaim his soul jar.


A Taste of Freedom Walkthrough

Beneath Mordus' house, a secret passage can be found by lockpicking a ornate skull hidden on the wall. If you look on your minimap, you will notice a path that's not visible in the world. If you head towards that direction, you will discover the skull.

You should complete this along with the quest Shadow over Driftwood. The skull can be lockpicked with Thievery 5, but you can also kill Mordus in the Wrecker's Cave to find a gem on his corpse that will open this lock.



















Solving the Pressure Plate Puzzle

Underground, you will find a locked door and a pressure plate puzzle. Facing the door, cast Spirit Vision to see the correct pattern. A series of symbols will appear.

Place vases or items (fish work fine; you should have plenty from Driftwood) from throughout the room on the plates in order to match the symbols with the pattern shown by Spirit Vision. You need to trigger five pressure plates to solve the puzzle, so even a full party will not be enough.

(To avoid spoiling the fun, the solution has been placed at the bottom of this page.)

After activating the correct plates, the door will permanently open.

To Free or Not to Free? And a battle with the Undead

Before exploring the next room, walk straight to the middle. Upon reaching the middle of the room, the Lich warns you that the "urns will shatter" and the "bones will... rise". Talk to the Lich before looting, as you will miss out on the Lich's reward if you don't speak to him first.

Speak to the Lich again and you will learn that Mordus has kept him here for a long time draining him of source. This also prompts a conversation regarding its release. Pressing the yellow button turns off the braziers' lighting. Pressing the green button releases the Lich, immediately begins the fight and spawns the undead within the vases. You can press it during battle as well. The Lich will assist you in the fight against the undead after it is freed. Pressing the red button begins the fight without releasing the Lich. Pressing the purple button unlocks the chest to right of the table.

Quest: A Taste of Freedom - Switch Panel

After defeating the undead, you can now free him to complete the quest and obtain a reward. He will offer you a skillbook of your choice. If you attempt to ask the Lich to teach you about Source, he will pout and give you a random skillbook instead.

After he leaves (assuming you spoke with him first), this will prompt a conversation among your party regarding the potential danger of a Lich escaping.

If you began the fight without talking to the Lich first, he will simply leave after the fight without giving you a reward, and the quest won't be updated. If one of the undead accidentally attacks the Lich, he will join the fight as if you didn't speak with him.

To Feed or Not to Feed?

Once you set him loose, you will encounter him again in Cloisterwood (at the bottom blue flag shown in the map below). This time, you will see him feasting on the remains of innocent dwarves, unable to satiate his hunger for replenishing his Source.

If you approach the Lich and end up attacking him, he will summon three dwarven skeletons to aid him. After you kill them, he will beg you once again to let him live. You can kill him right then and there to loot his body for some good loot and a unique staff, or agree to spare him so he can continue to feed. It is highly recommended to let him continue feeding, so you can earn more experience once you meet him a third time. Read on if you do.

If you allowed him to live, he will trudge around the bodies and start feeding. You can talk to him again at this point to sacrifice a Source Point so he won't have to feed on any more innocents. This will net you some experience and he will happily ask you to meet him again to retrieve his Soul Jar.

Note: If the Lich left after the first encounter because you ignored him, you will not be able to offer your own Source for him to feed on.

At this point, the available dialogue choices will vary based on your actions thus far, but they will all end the same way. You will meet him again for a third and final encounter, at the entrance to the ruins. (Shown as a blue flag at the top right of the map above.)


Note: Save at this point in time as you will likely be interested in fighting him after the quest for extra loot.

If you did not sacrifice your Source to him, he will be feeding on a young child and you will have to decide between letting him continue or killing him.

If you sacrificed your Source to him, he will be waiting at the altar without anybody dead, and he will ask for some of your blood to complete the ritual (this is safe; he only takes a small portion of your Vitality). You will have to pick a party member who isn't undead in order to give him your blood.

In any case, he will proceed to reveal his name at Xhaxh and spawn a chest called Xhaxh's Cache on the altar before him. You will receive some experience and the quest will close at this point. However...

If you attack him right after he spawns the chest, he will spawn four Parasitic Hearts this time around. Killing him is the utmost priority in this fight since the Parasitic Hearts deal relatively low damage compared to him. This time, you will kill him off for good and obtain a sizeable amount of experience for your troubles, as well as the unique Necromancer staff called the "Xhaxh's Staff of Parasitic Decay" and other powerful trinkets that you can loot his body, in addition to the chest he spawned earlier.


  • 13900XP once you have unlocked the skull and reveal the secret underground hatch.
  • 16200XP total for killing the 4 skeletons hidden in the vases.
  • Random skillbook or skillbook of your choice (Necromancy, Geomancy, Huntsman, Scoundrel, Warfare) upon freeing him, along with 2800XP.
  • 18750XP for killing all the dwarf skeletons on the 2nd encounter (this will not update or mark the quest as "Closed") OR let him live and sacrifice a source point to help him feed for 4175XP.
  • 22450XP if you choose to kill the Desiccated Undead on the 3rd encounter (killing him on the 2nd encounter gives no XP).
  • 11225XP for killing each parasitic heart on the 3rd encounter, for a total of 44900XP for all 4 kills. This goes towards your Villain count.
  • 4175XP and a chest with good loot upon completion of the quest.

Pressure Plate Solution

    • Anonymous

      02 Jan 2019 04:16  

      the easiest way to kill him is to have one of your characters stab him after he spawns the chest but before he grabs his soul this will open dialogue with him where you can switch to one of your other characters hold control and break the soul jar killing him and spawning the hearts which are so easy to kill that i did it under-leveled by two levels

      • Anonymous

        30 Dec 2018 05:41  

        if you teleport the mage that is near the house right by the battle, he will aid you and pretty much beat the enemies on his own. Free XP..

        • Anonymous

          13 Dec 2018 20:49  

          The third encounter is extremely broken, if you use any level scale-up mod. I fought him at lvl 15 (he was 15 as well), and he was one-shotting one of my heroes through 1k vitality and 400 magic armor. Just a warning.

          • Anonymous

            02 Dec 2018 09:16  

            At the third encounter, if u grab the phylactery (see below, small time window) and the battle starts, u can attack that phylactery with anything to destroy it and instantly kill Xhaxh. All that's left is the four hearts. If u want to get the loots of Xhaxh, be sure to have NO ONE stand CLOSE to his body, as the hearts will use one skill to destroy Xhaxh's body, making his (valueable) loot vanish and the whole fight is for nothing but Exp.

            • Anonymous

              14 Nov 2018 18:29  

              Definitive Edition- After giving him Source in part 2, my choices at the altar were: 1. Refuse to give him blood. This results in being forced to fight him and the 4 hearts. Note he can also summon another heart. 2. Give him blood. He spawns his chest and summons his phylactery. He takes the phylactery and then teleports out, yelling about being whole again. 3. Give him blood as above, but this time take the phylactery (there's a VERY short window to do this). Spawns the 4 hearts and you have the same fight as #1. 4. As #3, but instead of trying to just take it, you can teleport the phylactery away. The chest will already be spawned, and he'll complain about you touching it, but once it drops, so does he (I teleported it to a spot near the wall, farthest from the balcony, the key is to pick a spot FAST.) Unfortunately this still ends the quest in the log as if he'd just escaped with it, which seems an oversight.

              • 09 Nov 2018 17:39  

                Not sure if this is a bug or just the way they set it on the PS4 Definitive Edition but when I try to attack the Lich after giving him my blood he still teleports away. I've reloaded, and tried attacking him several different times with each character all with the same results.

                • Anonymous

                  30 Oct 2018 20:00  

                  On the second encounter I had 2 choices,there was no way to do both... Either I attack him then afterwards spare him he teleport out,dosent eat anymore.. Or Offer his source,get some xp,but again he immediately tel ports out.

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Oct 2018 22:05  

                    Heads up: for me lich got free during the fight (skeletons spawn when you try to look a vase). after the fight lich bugged and disappeared. Had to reload

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Oct 2018 20:44  

                      I'm on Definitive version, and it seems what you attack him right after he spawns the cache, he wont attack back, he will just disappear.

                      • Anonymous

                        07 Oct 2018 12:53  

                        The *****ing door isn't opening despite me doing the pressure plate puzzle correctly (Definitive Edition)

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Oct 2018 14:29  

                          Stage 1: skeletons give about 4K xp each at lvl13. About 80-100gold on each. I got a legendary item in the chest (using the acid key). I chose necromancer as my skill book and got shackles of pain lol dang. There is a large run (red one) in one of the tomb. Not bad overall

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Oct 2018 20:15  

                            Not sure if it works for everyone, but in the definitive edition I just used the attack command (right on the D-pad if playing console) and attacked him. He instantly became hostile, no need to fully reduce his armor.

                            • Anonymous

                              27 Sep 2018 10:32  

                              In the Definitive Edition you have to deal damage to his life for him to attack, I used Marksman Fang for that

                              • 25 Sep 2018 09:05  

                                Seems that in Definitive Edition - if you hit him while he casts (for the Soul Jar and Chest) it won't trigger anything. As far as I can remember, in "vanilla" was easy - including pick-pocketing it from him. Easiest way around that is to position a character next to the Altar's bottom left corner (facing it) while making sure you are not automatically targeting either Unholy Altar or Candles - and when the soul jar pops, just pressing X (or equivalent of action button) will fetch it and start the battle. Jahan still joins the fight and destroys him..

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 Sep 2018 20:55  

                                  Funny (but useless) tip = At the last stage let him open the vault and after he obtains his Soul Jar, quickly go in stealth mode with any character with Thievery at least at lvl 1 and pickpocket his jar from inventory before he dissapears. :D "The lich retrieved his soul jar and left us his catche." Poor lich, he will never know what happend :D

                                  • Anonymous

                                    07 Sep 2018 22:30  

                                    I had a glitch that caused the lich to not leave the basement after being freed. I couldnt continue the quest past that point.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      05 Sep 2018 21:38  

                                      Right after I gave him blood I hastily clicked the Soul Jar, after that he attacked me destroying his soul jar as collateral. He killed himself lol

                                      • Anonymous

                                        05 Sep 2018 21:06  

                                        if you can start the fight after he summons the chest you can just tp him right after he does and initiate the fight

                                        • 30 Aug 2018 04:26  

                                          You can no longer kill the xhash if u choose the option 2 dialog (which he will spawn the chest and the jar). The chest is trash, though The only way to get the exp (around 14K) and some good gear is choosing the option 1 and kill him manually. 1. Place your teleporter far away (to the Janna house)" 2. Choose 1 character to speak and choose option 2 on the dialog 3. Before the dialog 'end', teleport him far away from the altar and rush your companion to talk again to 'end' the dialog 4. You can fight him solo (plus 1 parasitic heart he spawn) 5. Use the physical, bcs he has magic resist

                                          • Anonymous

                                            19 Aug 2018 23:33  

                                            I have read through a lot of issues with the walk through on this one I will try and answer some of them: This guide is accurate. On the first encounter free him, win the battle and select a skill, as someone mentions they are pretty terrible all around unless you happen to not have one that he gives already. selecting "Source skills" will randomize the selection with no Source skill given. On the second encounter let him go. THEN TALK TO HIM A SECOND TIME TO OFFER SOURCE POINT I missed this and had to reload to get the outcome I wanted. On third encounter SAVE BEFORE SPEAKING. Offer blood for ritual, time your attack so that it hits BEFORE he gets his soul jar. He SHOULD turn around and attack you. I was forced to reload as this did not happen first go for me. As others have mentioned. If you hit him before he gets his soul jar he should attack no matter what. Survive first onslaught if you can. I was not able to (Tactician mode) so it took me a couple times. Then, as soon as you are able, attack the soul jar with whatever character you can. He will die instantly. Fight off his minions if needed. As others have said, if you can manage to teleport him AND save the soul jar from getting picked up his minions will not spawn. I was unable to do this AND leave the jar on the alter however. You can still fight him without his minions and with the soul jar in his inventory but he was able to one shot my party so this was NOT an option for me. Hope this helps, position your party well and you should be fine. I run a Summoner, ranger, rouge, and fighter. My rouge can hit with both ranged and melee which helped as I was able to use her to hit the soul jar at range.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              19 Aug 2018 03:51  

                                              Easy to defeat him on 3rd encounter: He first attacked Lohse and charmed her, used another char to teleport Lohse to Jahan's front yard, Jahan would match over then GG.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                12 Aug 2018 11:13  

                                                A really easy way to break this fight is to position yourself near Jahan on your first turn. He'll aggro onto the parasites and oneshot them with chainlighting

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  08 Aug 2018 15:00  

                                                  In order to kill him before he disappears you need to attack him around the time he starts to summon his cache and extract his soul jar. If you are fast enough when he attacks your party with Acid Spores he will also hit his soul jar accidentally and basically kill himself instantly, saving you the need to actually fight him.

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