A Web of Desire


Location Undertavern (Driftwood)
Suggested Level 7+*

A Web of Desire is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II, Act II.

Underneath the Tavern, a woman named Dorotya offers you a gift in return for a kiss. But everything is not what it seems...


 Important NPCs


A Web of Desire Objectives

  1. Speak to Dorotya and convince her you are worthy to receive her gift.
  2. Have the character who spoke with her meet her in private for a kiss.
  3. Allow her to kiss you OR kill her*.
  4. Repeat this quest for every other party member (so long as she isn't killed) (optional).


A Web of Desire Walkthrough

Before initiating this quest, read through the entire walkthrough first as it comes with a potential cost as well.

After speaking to Dorotya, The Decadent One, she will ask you to prove your worthiness. Simply pick one of the options that prove your worthiness, such as being the Champion of the Arena in Fort Joy. It's hard to fail this dialogue unless you explicitly decline her advances. Afterward, she will ask you to choose a vision.

Each vision will grant you a different "reward." See the chart further below for the effects of each choice.

She will ask to meet your character alone at an area marked on your map as "Dorotya's Kissing Corner". Split the character that spoke with her from your party and have them meet with Dorotya alone. Your other members must be out of Dorotya's sight in order for the dialogue to progress. Rest assured, the encounter is perfectly safe unless you explicitly choose to fight her.

Once you meet her, she will suddenly transform into a giant spider looking to "kiss" you. You must decide whether to let her or to draw your weapon and fight.

If you choose to let her kiss you, your character will receive a permanent talent called "Spider's Kiss", with an effect that's based on your choice of vision. Accepting the kiss will also bestow the character 5,000 EXP.

(Note: If you are using an undead character (e.g. Fane), she will ask you to use the Mask of the Shapeshifter to transform yourself into another form before she will kiss you.)

Vision Choice Reward Cost
Towering Oak Strength +2 Constitution -2
Curved Quill Intelligence +2
Golden Chest 2,000 Gold
Stately Dragon Wits +2
Transparent Chrysalis Glowing Idol of Rebirth


The Spider's Kiss talent is permanent and cannot be removed via the Magic Mirror, and its effect will vary based on the vision choice you chose. Choose wisely, or simply go with the Chrysalis for the Idol of Rebirth (see the details for the idol below for why it is arguably the best choice).

After the kiss, you can still choose to explicitly attack her or simply let her go, either way, the quest will be completed for that specific character. If you chose to let her live she will return to what she was doing before and your other party members may do the quest for themselves as well. The EXP earned for completion is only awarded for that specific character, so you will need to repeat the quest several times to earn it for all characters.

If you instead choose to fight and successfully kill her, your party members will all receive 4,000 EXP each, and looting her corpse will yield an "Ashen Idol of Rebirth", two unique daggers, and a key. Although you are meeting her with a single character, your other party members can join the fight as well after it is initiated. Do note, this is not the intended direction for the quest to complete, but it is made available to you. It offers less of a reward than accepting the kiss.


Tips & Tricks

  • If you hire a mercenary on the Lady Vengeance, you can no longer use them to complete the quest. The dialog appears to complete, but there is no option to look into her ring.
  • Aside from the Idol of Rebirth, the Strength or Intelligence reward may be a reasonable choice if Vitality isn't as crucial to your character. If you're uncertain, you don't need to complete the quest at this time. If you've already initiated the quest, simply avoid meeting her and she'll reset the quest after a bit of waiting.
  • After you've completed the quest up to four times, you can also kill her to gain bonus experience and loot.
  • The key found on her corpse unlocks a chest inside her room.
  • You can pickpocket an Ashen Idol of Rebirth from her at any time outside of the quest.  If you pickpocket the Ashen Idol of Rebirth first, then choose the 'Transparent Chrysalis' vision choice, you will be still be given one as a reward totaling two Idol of Rebirths.


Idol of Rebirth

The Idol of Rebirth is an item that automatically resurrects the possessor upon death and also grants them full Vitality (but no Armour). It doesn't cost any AP to use.

Although it is a one-time use item, it is easily refillable by crafting the emptied idol together with a Resurrect Scroll. This can be a potentially exploitable tactic to turn your character(s) immortal as long as you have many Resurrect Scrolls in your inventory. It only costs 1 AP to craft during a battle, which is significantly better than the 3 AP cost to use a Resurrect Scroll.

Resurrect Scrolls can be crafted using the following recipe: Sheet of Paper + Water Essence + Life Essence. The paper is inexpensive and easy to acquire, and you should have a fair number of Water and Life Essences by now, as long as you haven't been wasting them. These materials can also be bought from merchants from time to time.

If you complete the quest four times, you can have one for each party member. If you hire mercenaries, they can help you earn those idols without any cost.



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    • Anonymous

      16 Sep 2021 14:42  

      There are conflicting comments about whether you can get multiple Idols of Rebirth or not. I believe I know why.

      If you do the quest normally you can only get two idols - one by pickpocketing and one as a reward. Dorotya doesn't offer any more idols after the first character finished the conversation.

      However, if you do the exploit with teleporting out of the conversation right after you choose the reward, the enitre party can still get all the rewards - four idols and each of the boosts.

      • Anonymous

        16 Sep 2021 05:01  

        Okay so for those having trouble with this whole "Teleport Exploit" I kept seeing below there is a much more simple way to get 4 (Five if you pick pocket her) Idols.

        Simply sperate your party and have each one talk to her while not grouped. Pick the chrysalis option and complete the dialogue.

        Let her walk all the way to the area, get bored (Takes a little over a minute of her standing in the meet up spot) and go back to her room.

        Talk to her with a different part member and have them pick the chrysalis.

        Just repeat this for all the party members and then 1 by 1 finish the quest by having them talk to her to "Try again". Each member will be given the idol with no trouble.

        • Anonymous

          15 Jul 2021 12:51  

          I was able to get the exploit to work

          I did the teleportation method

          char 1 -> choose 4 options , teleporting away each time. Make sure nobody sees the character doing the teleporting (save the 5th option for when you are ready to kiss)

          repeat with the other 2 characters

          4th character you choose all 5 and have to go kiss her and then kiss with the last option you didn't pick on the other 3 characters.

          as other said

          talk with characters 1 , 2 , 3, 4 and kiss in orcder of 4 , 3 , 2 , 1

          I killed her after

          • Anonymous

            11 Jun 2021 02:52  

            Playing on PC (v3.6.69.4648), the exploit still works completely. One difference in the process, had to complete all of the steps individually; i.e. do the whole exploit with 1st character and finish quest, do the whole exploit with 2nd character and finish quest, etc. I got the 3 stat bumps, the con penalty, the money and the idol with all 4 characters. I kept everyone else far away except for the one doing the teleporting. Once Dorotya turns back from chasing you, she talks to the teleporter and goes back to her walking routine. Her complaining doesn’t interrupt the exploit.

            • 02 Jun 2021 15:10  

              The cheese to get all the options doesn't seem to work, however, you can still get multiple idols.
              Talk to her, choose the correct option, finish convo stating you want the kiss. After she walks away to the spot, move your character to a different position. She will get bored, after a min, and return to her room. After she resets herself, repeat the process until all 4 characters have chosen the idol option. Then one-by-one finish the quest and get the idols.

              • Anonymous

                27 May 2021 15:15  

                Ok, here's what's up. May 27, 2021. PS5, fully updated
                The exploit still works with a caveat, the finesse gain would not proc for anyone, but all others did,
                +2 st, +2 int, -2 con, +2 wit, 5k exp, each and 4 total rebirth idols.

                I BELIEVE, you need to make sure whoever does the teleportation spell is outside her path when she follows character 1. If she comes to them and says something like, "someone is teleporting mid conversation", reload.

                • Anonymous

                  05 May 2021 14:44  

                  Also playing on DE. Got the idol on my first character. Talked to her again with another character and the idol option is no longer present.

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Apr 2021 19:08  

                    Playing on DE, I pickpocket and idol and got one the normal way, after that the option is no longer there to get a third Idol

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Apr 2021 10:51  

                      As of today this still works and you get an idol for each person, not sure why there are people commenting that it does not

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Feb 2021 23:39  

                        By far the strangest thing is, while I was waiting for her to walk to the kissing location, I tabbed out to read some threads and after I switched back to the game, she simply disappeared, leaving only a mission flag at the kissing location. At first, I thought it was a bug or something, only till later I found out that she was just tired of waiting and went back to her sitting spot have I never felt so stupid yet so amazed!!!

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Dec 2020 21:13  

                          this article contradicts itself "If you hire a mercenary on the Lady Vengeance, you can no longer use them to complete the quest. The dialog appears to complete, but there is no option to look into her ring." "If you hire mercenaries, they can help you earn those idols without any cost."

                          • Anonymous

                            17 Nov 2020 05:50  

                            So, a heads up for anyone that used the JOYLESS BEGINNINGS mod to skip Act 1: You won't have any accomplishments to continue the dialogue to do this quest until you win the Driftwood Arena fight.

                            Exploit refreshed so you don't have to scroll way down:
                            0. Have all other party characters away from the one speaking to Dorotya. 1. Speak with her with first character and choose one bonus, (don't continue dialogue after that) then teleport first character away, wait until she stops walking towards you, and speak to her again. Dialogue should start from beginning. 2. Choose another bonus and teleport away. 3. Repeat with ALL characters until you have chosen all bonuses with each character, and then continue with the quest. 4. Meet her (solo) with each character and let her kiss you (fane will need to transform with the mask).
                            Result: +2 str, +2 int, +2 wit, -2 con, 2k gold for each character & Glowing idol of rebirth x4 (5 if you steal the one on her before acquiring one from the quest, but why would you need 5?)

                            • Anonymous

                              16 Nov 2020 15:13  

                              Did they change this ? I don't remember her giving you the idol. I remember getting the idol from Djinn. I'd pick ''wits'' over other stats but now it's definitely idol.

                              • Anonymous

                                26 Oct 2020 00:01  

                                to get 5 glowing idols of rebirth: steal the first one and then use the exploit discussed below to accept every gift but DONT follow through until all 4 party members have accepted. The option to receive the idol does not disappear until someone actually receives it. Then, once everyone has every option selected, finish the quest for all characters to recieve 4 extra idols. works in DE as of 10/26/20

                                • Anonymous

                                  25 Oct 2020 22:52  

                                  you can accept spiders kiss on every character and then kill her after the last kiss for an extra 3000 xp + loot. Even if you don't want the perk on a character you can just take one that boosts a stat you have points in and then move 2 points out of the boosted stat into constitution for net 0 stat change, this way you still get the 5000 xp for completing the quest on everyone

                                  • Anonymous

                                    25 Oct 2020 01:14  

                                    On PS4 on Oct 20th, I did the 1-2-3-4 to 4-3-2-1 (kill her after this one). I didnt use any teleportation. I just waited for her to walk back to her room each time, and she gave each character (4 3 2 1) a second chance for the kiss.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      24 Oct 2020 03:57  

                                      As of 24 Oct 2020: the exploit still works (see below other contributions for detail). Just to add that if you happen to have the skill 'Resposition' (to switch positions of two allies or yourself and the other ally), it works as well. And you don't have to repost your characters far away (tested distance is abou 2m between the two characters).This is a better approach as it's quicker than using teleporation. But I'm not sure if this skill is in the vanilla game or in a mod I use.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        12 Oct 2020 20:46  

                                        Can confirm the exploit still works. It doesn't matter if she "catches" you and talks to you about teleporting away. I got it to work. I don't know if these minor details matter but what I made sure to do: 1. teleport immediately after selecting your reward (don't click "Continue"), 2. don't switch back to the character until the teleportation is done.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          24 Sep 2020 12:27  

                                          exploit still works on DE on PC. -2 Constitution for +2 Str, +2 Int, +2 Wits, 2000 Gold and the Idol of Rebirth. All you need is another player with Teleportation gloves / skill to break the conversation of the beneficiary character right after that character makes the choice.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            16 Sep 2020 11:38  

                                            Isn't it like.. completely not worth to go along with the kiss? Because if you really wanted +2 in something and -2 less con then why not just go to the mirror? just seems like a dumb deal. if it had been +3 in something and -2 in con then it would be more worth because it would just mean a free point but this just seems like a crappy thing. Just pickpocket the idol and then kill her for the daggers and other stuff. In fact kill everybody down there. why not

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