Kniles the Flenser

  • Rogue
  • Level 4
  • Specializes in backstabbing, bleeding, and Nether Swap abilities.
  • Will immediately speak to you if approached, he will ask you to give him Atusa's severed leg if any of your party members possess it. 

Kniles the Flenser is an NPC in Divinity: Original Sin 2.

Kniles the Flenser location

 Kniles the Flenser drops

Kniles the Flenser Pickpocket

  • Love Grenade

 Notes and Tips

  • To make the fight easier kill the Meat Golem in the cage closest to the entrance of Kniles room with a ranged character then try to snipe the one on the left side of the room while remaining on the ledge.
  • The Meat Golems have no armor and the Silent Monks who will join the fight do not have physical armor, making them easily dealt with if they are frozen.
  • If you have teleport, you can use it on Kniles to move him to the other side of the room and keep him out of the fight for a while.
  • If you have teleport you can use it to pull a Meat Golem out of a locked cage and teleport Kniles into the cage, this will cause Kniles to drop out of combat entirely.
  • If you don't want to fight, give him Atusa's severed leg (if in your possession). He will trade you the face ripper item if you have Fane in your party.

    • Anonymous

      18 May 2019 00:30  

      This can be a tough fight but it's much easier if you take the time before the fight preparing the area. 1) block the golems in using the high hit point coffins lying around. Just put them as close as you can to cage doors. The golems will rage at them once you agro kniles but they wont get out. You can pick them off at your leisure after. Just be careful not to be seen by kniles as you prepare. 2) while you are at it, block stairwells and ladders to seriously impede the movements of the agitated monks. Again by the time they can be of any help to kniles he will be long dead. 3) kniles is by far the hardest hitter concentrate on him with all you got and kill him quick. The rest are easy after the preparation above. I use this preparation a lot in many fights now it's very useful throughout the game. Stop things getting close and your life will be a lot smoother

      • Anonymous

        19 Mar 2019 22:46  

        Playing on the Definitive Edition... Killed the monk and Meat Golem to the right of the room using teleport (the right where you first walk into the room). I then sneaked my team into the corner next to the cage where the Meat Golem was where Kniles cannot see you. After, I agro'd Kniles and was able to teleport Kniles into the cage which took him out of the fight. All I had to deal with were the monks (2) and Meat Golems (2) while Kniles watches and yelps for help. You won't be able to pickpocket him, but you can leave him in the cage for eternity, or slap the life out of him and loot his corpse.

        • Anonymous

          07 Nov 2018 03:32  

          I had two rather odd thing happen during the fight: - After a few rounds the Silent Monks became Agitated Silent Monks and starting attacking Kniles and the Meat Golems. - One of the Meat Golems decided that he rather try to open the cage door than attacking it; resulting in what I thought would be an endless loop of it trying to open the locked door, but it seems the NPCs might have a maximum timer for their turn. So everytime it was its turn it would spam the door til the timer ran out.

          • Anonymous

            30 Sep 2018 16:37  

            So I end up fighting them. I rid the of everyone but him and the spear wielding guy he casts through. I put the spear guy in a locked cage. Kniles does his teleport thing and now he is in the cage and the spear guy is outside and dies. Suddenly, the battle is over, kniles is standing at his table by the statue. Did I just hit a bug? It kind of seems "off" to me.

            • Anonymous

              10 May 2018 20:13  

              Loop from previous comment happened to me as well after I hit it with poison wand, it auto-ended it's turn after around a minute.

              • Anonymous

                04 Feb 2018 06:54  

                if u return to this fight later with bleed fire and use it on the closest caged meat golem it auto saves and locks you in an endless loop with the meat golem trying to open the cage instead of attacking it "locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked locked" appears over head.

                • Anonymous

                  23 Jan 2018 05:20  

                  I gave him Atusa's leg. Then I steal from him, he got a Charm nade in is pocket.
                  If you fight him without stealing, I think he would use it in battle and may not be possible to loot it after he died.
                  Maybe you can purchase it when doing the talking (it's about 1200 gold).

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Dec 2017 04:13  

                    1. Position one Lone wolf archer on the ledge by the caged skeleton
                    2. Enter conversation right next to the table with a Lone Wolf Warrior
                    3. Snipe Kniles' armor
                    4. Knock him down with warrior so he can't run
                    5. Kill him
                    6. Kill everyone else

                    I was also doing polymorph for pure stats on both my Lone Wolves so they pretty much already had a maxed stat in whatever their damage stat was at lv 4 (Warrior did not because he had warfare and a point in constitution for shield)

                    • Anonymous

                      02 Dec 2017 03:30  

                      You can take the silent monks out of the equation doing this (kind of breaking the game though):

                      Walk up to him with a character that has "Play Dead" (Fane e.g.). The moment you enter the fight you get the first round and use "Play Dead". That will end the fight and he will walk away. After 3 turns you are back up on your feet and you will be back in a fight, but the silent monks wont be aggro. It's only you vs kniles and the golems.

                      At some point kniles even exchanged his position with a non aggro silent monk. Was funny. :)

                      Prepare and position everyone though. And obviously you can have only 1 char in sight range of kniles so you can actually end the fight after the conversation. I positioned everyone on the stairs, kniles will follow your character and you have 3 turns to easily kill him before the golems even start moving.

                      • Anonymous

                        21 Oct 2017 21:49  

                        // user Leric: //

                        With 2 Lone Wolf melee fighter at level 4 on Tactics mode.
                        1. Bring Atusa's leg with you.
                        2. Speak with Kniles, and get the face ripper (if you are an undead)
                        3. Move a coffin to the front of the gates of the Meat Golem Cages which will prevent them to get out in time - they need ~25 turns to get out... 600 life / coffin
                        4. step behind Kniles, sleep, Fortify, Encourage quickly, then attack him. If you are lucky, you will have 1 turn before he could do anything.

                        I killed him without getting hit by him. I only had to take care of the coming Monks, then Teleport the Meat Golems out of the cages one by one.

                        Actually this barrel/coffin trick works on every situation....
                        1. Think as a Strategist and prepare the battlefield, imagine what do you need,
                        2. Do what a scout would do: sneak the area with 1 person and check the possibilities (I do it without sneaking skill, just be aware of the full red area in SHIFT or sneaking mode...)
                        3. "Build a Fort" by bringing as many barrels with you as possible, you dont even need to pick them up, you can easily throw them with your bare hands...
                        4. Close all unwanted paths with the barrels, close the melee fighters, they will not attack the barrels ;)
                        5. Sneak in to the closest possible location of enemy Rangers or Wizards, sneak behind them and close all paths where the melee fighters could reach you.
                        6. Start fight with the most problematic enemies in close combat many vs 1 if possible, and rule the battlefield (Teleport, moving barrels...) to ensure only those enemies can reach you who you want to fight with at the moment.
                        7. Enjoy the match ;)

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Oct 2017 06:38  

                          FWIW, there is yet another face ripper in his room on the second floor of the inn in Driftwood. on a shelf next to his bed.

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Oct 2017 14:47  

                            I just sneaked the whole party closest as i can. clustered as possible. then Kniles will teleport to you before the fight... just beat the crap out of kniles, cc (stun, polymorph, etc) him before his turn, and kill him within 2 turns. then, its just picking up the silent monks one by one, and by the time you kill them all, meat golems will break the cage. beat the crap out of them in order. easy fight.

                            • Anonymous

                              28 Sep 2017 19:36  

                              I stole the key of the cage from him before fitting him, then u have time to kill him before the golems break the doors

                              • Anonymous

                                25 Sep 2017 21:18  

                                Not sure if this is intended but I kited Kniles far towards the entrance (near the silent monks) and for some reason the meat golems and the Agitated monks started fighting each other, making this fight absolute faceroll.

                                • Anonymous

                                  24 Sep 2017 12:36  

                                  I found another way to kill Kniles; this was on the hardest difficulty. First, using the teleportation gloves, you can individually pick off two meat golems on the right side of the room and one of the monks. To do this make sure you are far enough away from everyone else, and then teleport the closest enemy to your group, far away from any support they might have. If you do it right it will be a 1 vs 4 fight which is quite easy. Note you can literally teleport the meat golems out of their cages.

                                  Now I haven't figured out any angle to do the same on the left hand side of the room (where the sewer grate is). However, it looks like Kniles can only activate his backstabbing teleportation ability if there is an enemy in range. This means if you teleport him into one of the cages previously reserved for his golems, and you're far enough away, he can't escape. Then it becomes a fight against two monks and two meat golems, which is much easier.

                                  Once they are dead, Kniles somehow appears where he was before you teleported him, and it becomes a 1 vs 4. He's still pretty dangerous but once you whether his first combo, its not too bad. I have no idea how people would otherwise manage to take him on with all his supporters. If it weren't for these gloves I don't know what I would do.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    17 Sep 2017 08:49  

                                    If you manage to kill Kniles before he gets a turn, the meat golems will be stuck in their cages until they can break the doors. Means you can deal with the parts of this fight separately. Probably not doable on higher difficulties.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Kniles the Flenser [Divinity OS 2 Wiki]16 Sep 2017 09:50  

                                      how did you guys make this work? It pulls me out of combat and its all over when i zone in to the other dungeon

                                      • Anonymous

                                        07 Sep 2017 21:53  

                                        I found there is a nice glitch to kill him easily initiate combat on the closest monk to the main stairway have all your guys run to the stairwell leading back into the dungeons have one guy wait for knile to come near teleport him near the stairwell then enter the dungeons he will follow you and sit there he will not attack and he will be easy to kill

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