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

      12 May 2019 01:44  

      1) Take the Garvan's head. 2) Let a character that is not your barter talk to Liam, and follow through the dialogue until you reach the point where you need to give him the head; 3) Use your barter character, put on the mask of shapeshifter, turn into an elf, eat the head; 4) Click the talking character portrait, and choose 'give the head' dialogue; 5) Profit.

      • Anonymous

        08 May 2019 01:02  

        If the town attacks you when you attack him do not worry. Once he is killed the town returns to being neutral.

        • Anonymous

          25 Feb 2019 20:50  

          Who ever struggle to feed this bastard with the stew. It's have to be the stew you can get in the tavern AND it must be combined with one of this void poisened fishes.

          • Anonymous

            23 Jan 2019 00:38  

            For those who are having trouble killing Garvan without aggroing the town: 1. After giving him the tainted stew, have a party member speak to him outside the toilet 2. position another party member on the other side of the bridge 3. switch to your mage and nether swap him to the other side of the bridge. unlike teleport, nether swap does no damage to him and he will still be locked in conversation with the first party member. this can be done again until he is far away from town. 4. Kill! Tothing else worked for me but this went off without a hitch! (ps4)

            • Anonymous

              22 Jan 2019 09:18  

              A bit of an exploit: you can get a party member to talk to Liam until he asks for the head, then get your elf to eat it before selecting to give him the head; presto, you get both!

              • 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.

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