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



Aggressive Takeover Objectives

  1. Follow the trail of blood.
  2. Find the corpse of Garvan's master.
  3. Dig down.
  4. Speak with the spirit of Liam.
  5. Execute Garvan.
  6. Bring Garvan's head to the spirit of Liam.



Aggressive Takeover Walkthrough


A trail of blood can be found west and north of Driftwood, just south of the westernmost troll bridge, which is protected by Grog the Troll. (location marked in quest Red Ink in the Ledger)

Following the trail a little east to an area roughly below the bridge leads to Garvan's supplies. A void-touched beastmaster and his pets will ambush you.

Using Wits you can discover a shallow grave with a limb for an elf to eat. Cast Spirit Vision in this spot and the ghost of Trader Liam appears (X:190 Y: 168). 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.

Find Garvan in the above-ground tavern in Driftwood sitting at a table. The only way to kill him without causing the entire town to become hostile is to poison him with Tainted Stew. Exit the door near Garvan and walk toward the rear of the tavern to the outhouses and speak with the ill woman inside. She will hint that you can craft Tainted Stew from a Meaty Stew and any Void-tainted fish. You can purchase Void-Tainted fish cheaply from the fishmonger merchant in the Driftwood Square.

Speaking with Garvan with the stew in your inventory will give you the option to feed him the Tainted Stew. Garvan will then move to the other outhouse behind the tavern, next to the woman's outhouse. Speak to him through the door and he will emerge. Confront him about the murder of Trader Liam and he will attack you without making anyone else hostile.

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..


  • 2000 exp for killing Garvan.
  • If you return Garvan's head intact to Trader Liam, he will provide you with 6950 experience and the location of his treasure cache.
  • If you eat Garvan's severed head looted from his corpse, your character will gain a permanent +1 Barter trait. You can use the Mask of the Shapeshifter to turn any character into an elf in order to eat the head. He or she will retain the trait even after turning back. Return to Trader Liam after eating the head for 5575 experience. You can still claim Trader Liam's treasure by finding it with Wits. (X:145 Y:235)


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 can be discovered 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

      18 Apr 2020 01:53  

      You can use netherswap to move Garvan away from townsfolk. 1) have a party member speak to garvan 2) have a party member outside the tavern by the nearest door 3) Neverswap the party member chatting to garvan & then garvan will walk out of the tavern to speak to your party member 4) ??? 5) profit

      • Anonymous

        27 Feb 2020 03:31  

        Some info not found anywhere I looked. If you craft tainted stew before talking to liam, you won't have the option to give it to garvan, you have to craft another one and then it works. There is an item called "stew" in the inn kitchen which can also be used, apart from the meaty stew from meistr house or vendors.

        • Anonymous

          24 Aug 2019 06:24  

          a good way to kill him without alerting the people in the Inn is to stand at the door, use the teleportation skill on garvan and tp him away from the Inn, and you can kill him alone.

          • 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.

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