Aggressive Takeover

Quest Giver
Location Driftwood
Suggested Level 10
Next Quest n/a
Previous Quest Red Ink in the Ledger

Aggressive Takeover is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II. Short description goes here.



Important NPCs

  • Garvan
  • Trader Liam



Aggressive Takeover Objectives

  1. Kill Garvan.
  2. Return to Liam with proof.



Aggressive Takeover Walkthrough


West to the Driftwood near a bridge, there is a trail of blood. (location marked in quest Red Ink in the Ledger)

At the end of the trail is Garvan's supplies, and Void-touched beastmasters and their pet will ambush you.

Cast Spirit Vision in the area and the ghost of Trader Liam appears. Talk to him to discover the truth of his death and agree to avenge him. You MUST speak to him and agree to kill Garvan to properly progress this quest. If you do not, Garvan won't give you any dialogue options that would lead into a confrontation with him.

If you want to kill Garvan without attracting attention, you must feed him Tainted Stew. By speaking with the lady inside the outhouses behind the tavern, she will hint that you can craft one from a Meaty Stew and any Void-tainted fish. You can similarly craft your own, or use the one she provides for free once you have spoken with her. Garvan will then move to the outhouses behind the tavern, and attack you when you confront him.

Looting his corpse will give you Garvan's head. Hand it over to Liam and he will mark the treasure Garvan failed to find as your reward..

Rewards: 2000 exp for killing Garvan. Choose: +1 Barterer to the Elf (Shapeshift mask will work too) who eats the head and 5575 exp upon talking to Liam OR 6950 exp and the location of the treasure revealed.


Tips & Tricks

  • Do not attempt to kill Garvan via traditional direct/indirect means. The entire town will turn on you. (This may have been caused from a recent update.) Instead, poison him as was intended by using the Tainted Stew.
  • Buy a Meaty Stew from Lovrik in the Tavern and craft it together with a Tainted Fish and give Garvan the Tainted Stew. I had to give him 2 normal stews first and for the third he asks for a special one.
  • Liam's treasure is discoverable normally without having to do the quest.
  • Liam's treasure usually contains at least 1000 gold and a legendary item.
  • Location of the dead trader is X:190 Y: 168.  You should see a blood stain.
  • Treasure is located at X:145 Y:235, southwest of the Cloisterwood waypoint.

    • Anonymous

      27 Oct 2018 02:50  

      Step 1: Make***** food. Step 2: Serve***** food Step 3: Wait till he has to go on the toilet. Step 4: wait for him to be done. Step 5: kill him when he gets out. This is the Master Plan

      • Anonymous

        22 Oct 2018 15:51  

        Make sure to eat the head with your barterer (use the face disguise item to turn him into an elf if he isn't already), as it gives you +1 bartering

        • Anonymous

          04 Aug 2018 19:46  

          I had already killed the woman who makes meaty stew so i couldn't bu any. You can find one to pick up in Meistr Siva's house, and Effie, in the dwarf basement under the tavern sells one as well.

          • Anonymous

            10 May 2018 04:35  

            Alright this should help everyone. Once he is running back and forth from the outhouse just confront him when he steps out. He will attack you and the town will all turn red BUT once you kill him they go back to normal, no questions asked, at least for me.

            • Anonymous

              27 Jan 2018 14:01  

              You can have the two bonus, go to Liam to give him the head, start the chat, then when you get the option to give the head, change char to the one with the bartering skill, eat the head into the inventory ( if you are not an elf equip the makeshift mask ), to win the bonus, then switch back to you char speaking to Liam, and "give back the head" option still works xD
              Spirits don't need material things :p

              • Anonymous

                26 Jan 2018 09:29  

                Didn't wanted to go through collecting fish to poison the guy, I placed myself in range of teleport from outside of the taverne, teleported him far away, killed him quickly and I didn't get flagged by anyone.

                • Anonymous

                  22 Jan 2018 10:26  

                  If you're having trouble making Tainted Stew, buy the Meaty Stew from Prudence and Tainted Fish from Trader Thun.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Nov 2017 02:50  

                    He didnt become aggressive after talking so i bought some strew from the cook and some tained fish from the square, combined them and he ate it and went to the outhouse. After he came out i talked to him again and he attacked.

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Nov 2017 05:39  

                      Since i couldn't use the recipe, used the water+electrical discharge on floor near Garvan to remove magic armor, then Maddening song from Lohse near him: he attacked me and did not triggered aggro from villagers. Easy kill.

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Oct 2017 22:55  

                        If you want to learn trade secrets on a non elf character, you can just use Fane's mask to turn into an elf then consume the head as an elf. It works, so your bartering hero can get it. Having this is far better than the quest reward, bartering at 8 now 8)

                        • Anonymous

                          22 Oct 2017 01:22  

                          The recipe is bugged. I have multiple recipes, dozens of void tainted fish and several meaty stews and it won't allow me to craft it. I have spoken with the woman in the outhouse and the cat using Pet Pal.

                          • Anonymous

                            18 Oct 2017 10:50  

                            Garven is at the Inn in Driftwood. Liam is at X:202 Y:165.

                            I fed Garven the tainted stew, and now he's running back and forth to the outhouse.
                            But when I confront him about Liam, and HE attacks ME, I still aggro the whole town. I tried standing as close to the broken bridge as possible and teleport him across it, but when the battle starts, I also aggro the entire town. No idea how to take him out without having to kill everyone.

                            • Anonymous

                              11 Oct 2017 20:29  

                              It wont let me combine the fish. It showed that I unlocked the recipe but then it doesn't actually show up in my recipes.

                              • Anonymous

                                08 Oct 2017 22:23  

                                One way to provoke Garvan outside is to simply steal from him. Lure him out as he chases you, then kill him where others cant see. Or use teleport once he's outside so he's further away from other eyes.

                                • Anonymous

                                  08 Oct 2017 13:54  

                                  If you're having trouble getting Garvan out of the inn, just stand outside in the alleyway and teleport Garvan past the outhouses towards the broken bridge. Try and talk to him immediately if he tries to run away, and then it should initiate combat with him afterwards. Just finish him off and hopefully none of the other NPCs aggro. It worked out just fine for me.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    08 Oct 2017 02:36  

                                    After talking with Liam I found the journal entry mentioning the secret stash in Cloisterwood. There is now a red flag marking the spot on my map.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      08 Oct 2017 00:30  

                                      I gave him the head but he didn't point me to any treasure, he said someone already took it, which I'm guessing is me, but I didn't get anything worthwile on tactician in the area, which leaves me to believe that this quest is only worth it for the meagre 2k kill xp for Garven & 6k xp that it gives once you give him the head, Bartering as a stat is completely useless when you can recruit mercenaries and max out their thievery then have them use multiple thievery gear, so yeah, all this quest gives is the xp for the 3 mobs close to the npc then Garven + finish xp.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        07 Oct 2017 17:24  

                                        outside the tavern, there is a cat, you may need to interact with it and feed it three tainted fishes to unlock the recipe for making tainted stew.
                                        Also, you may need to give Garvan ordinary meaty stew twice to unlock the option to give him a tainted stew.
                                        At first, I cant combine tainted fish with meaty stew to obtain the tainted stew. That makes me believe the things listed above may be a trigger for making tainted stew.

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