Strange Cargo


Location Driftwood
Previous Quest The Missing Magisters

Strange Cargo is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin IIAct II.



Important NPCs

  • Higba



Strange Cargo Objectives

  1. Escort Higba safely out of Driftwood.



Strange Cargo Walkthrough

After initiating the Missing Magisters quest, Magister Carver will task you to find Higba, the primary suspect of the missing Magisters. You will find him hiding in a fish barrel in a storage room at the fishery.

If you talk to Higba, he will plead for you to help him escape Driftwood. The Magisters are on a manhunt for him due to his involvement with explosives, the primary reason for the suspicions directed towards him.

If you decide to help him escape, you need to escort him outside Driftwood without been caught by the Magisters. You can use your mini-map to track where the Magisters are, and use the sneaking ability to escape.

An easy method is to lead him to the west side of the port and use the Teleport skill to send him to the other side of the river. After doing so, he will re-enter his barrel. Speak to it for an Acid Spores Scroll and some other rewards, one of which is a Rune.

Once he is safe, he will tell you that he suspects the cook at the tavern has something to do with the missing Magisters, and the quest will be closed.

Alternatively, the other choice is to turn him in to a Magister. This will result in you having to fight and kill him.

Note: In the original release, it was possible to finish the quest instantly, by travelling to a Waypoint outside of town. This exploit has been removed in the definitive release. If you travel by Waypoint or by teleporter pyramid, Higba will remain behind.


Whilst escorting Higba, each time you run into magisters a choice will be avilable to you, either turn him in or defend him. If you decide to escort him out of town and you preemptively attack magisters before this dialogue box appears, as soon as you are victorious Higba immediately becomes hostile, forcing you to reload or kill him. This can be avoided by allowing each and every group of magisters to approach you and attempt to arrest him or clear out every magister in town before escorting him.


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    • Anonymous

      18 Jun 2021 08:34  

      It’s worth noting that on Honor mode, he suicides on end of his 1st turn if attacked after quest completion. My dumb ass just might have tossed the run

      • Anonymous

        12 Apr 2021 16:26  

        Have 1 party member distract the guard on the west, as far north up the stairs as you can, then simple walk him out of across the water to the west and down to the beehive. Quest completed.

        • Anonymous

          23 Feb 2021 23:44  

          Higba will just flat out betray you if he even gets caught away from your party leader, just flat out becomes hostile, i hate this goddamn quest because of that, 42 trys and im still trying to get him out because the moment combat starts he tries to kill me

          • Anonymous

            15 Jan 2021 06:41  

            I will give you guys some tips here.

            1) u kill the magisters on the bridge before doing this quest, then u go inside the main door of the main building where 2 magisters are talking to a guy on a platform ( black guy is the boss probably ). U can just kill the 2 magisters without raising alarm at all.

            U walk to the back where the guy is hiding, u walk around teh building ( river side ) to the bridge and u walk outside.

            Now what u need to do is.

            1) When the quest is done, u accept the reward.
            2) then u hit the barrel and he goes in combat with you
            3) u walk to his backside or teleport, go stealth and pickpocket him and loot homemade explosive and whatever else u want. ( this is a atomic bomb of a bomb )
            4) kill him off now.

            This bomb scales with levels, this bomb can basically 1 shot the final fight for you if u keep it around of the game that's how strong it is. at level 20 it will do aoe wide 10k dmg or something.

            • Anonymous

              03 Dec 2020 22:44  

              Theres an even easier way.. split your party members, follow the patrolling mahisters inside the fishery building(2 magisters).. then initiate dialogue when they are far from the preferred escape route mentioned in the wiki above.. they are in dialogue and wont chase you

              • Anonymous

                20 Sep 2020 20:32  

                soo you cant use the ship to teleport to to do this quest fast well bugger me sideways in definty edition you still can just go below deck and he teleports to you did it by accident because i needed to respeck so i could use teleport but hey i dont need that anyway

                • Anonymous

                  29 Aug 2020 15:51  

                  I can’t find the barrel he is in.
                  I completed the quest without him just by killing the cook. Is there any way to find him?

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Aug 2020 21:56  

                    I distracted Reed with 1 character. Ran with Higba& other 3 to the west. Reed& Benson followed me(Reed still moved even tho in conversation) Made it across the river to were the golden ring voidwalkin quest was. Party was far ahead of Higba. They caught him,I just stood in place& passed every turn while he fought both of them,blowing up killing all 3. Then I looted all 3 lol Didn't see any exp points after unless I missed it

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Jul 2020 08:18  

                      Important for those who like exp.

                      If you decide to kill Higba after the quest (when you’re outside of driftwood) Be sure to spread out your team!!!! When he’s close to dying he will detonate himself and 100% annihilate everyone near him T-T. And you will get 2000 exp for the kill on The definitive edition. I haven’t tested out anything else, I just got blown up today....

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Jun 2020 06:18  

                        I just unllinked a party member and had him talk to a magister to distract him. Ran the rest of the party west then used teleport. Ez game.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Mar 2020 06:31  

                          Ah, nothing like some quiet murders down by the docks. The magister who patrols the left side climbs down the ladder from time to time. One one of those trips he got two daggers in the gut. Nobody saw nothin'.

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Feb 2020 19:47  

                            use a non main character and separate from the group, have the non main talk to the magister on the left when he reaches the top of the stairs (no the ladder). while distracted in convo, switch back to your main character with higba following and escort him down the ladder and the across the beach to the left. he should go back into a barrel and reward you.

                            • Anonymous

                              24 Feb 2020 22:25  

                              Here's yet another quest showing how overhyped this game is. This game is not the revolutionary, genre changing event people hail it as. Specifically, the "use your imagination/wits to solve problems". Here's a solution: I have a writ of passage I could easily use to deflect any magisters who try to take him off my hands; pretending I've apprehended him and am taking him to Carver myself. Or lets make it even more simple, as the above would require extra coding. Just. Pick. Up. The. Goddamn. Barrel. With an appropriate strength, it's hardly unimaginable. They put extra work into stopping this however; even the Move option is gone. Gamers need to quit sucking this games*****and calling it Jesus. This early in a game and I'm already getting vision problems from rolling my eyes going, yeah, revolutionary...except for all the games before it that are near identical, differentiated only by the fact they did it better.

                              • Anonymous

                                05 Feb 2020 07:27  

                                Help'd him get out, kill'd him outside for 2k exp. If there is a better way to get more out of this Quest just reply to this comment.

                                • Anonymous

                                  31 Dec 2019 04:10  

                                  if anybody is still struggling, it's super easy. Have him follow one character, detach the other three, and send those to talk to the magister guards to distract them in conversation, then switch back to the one leading him. Head west across the river until it's finished.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    18 Dec 2019 19:16  

                                    Once you talk to him inside the barrel, either "shrug and leave" or laugh at him and he'll tell you he is carrying a bomb which will update your quest. Go tell the Magister that you found him in a barrel, but however he's got explosives- (you'll get 3k exp for this). The Magister will tell you to take him out of town and "deal with him". You can then take him safety past all the guards without drawing aggro. Once safe out of town, you can get a lot of information from him. He'll also give you a source scroll and a quest reward if you let him live with 6k exp + Hero tag. If you choose to kill him you won't get any reward even if you report it as the Magisters realise he isn't the murderer. You'll only get exp from his death, but you can kill him after you've received his reward but be careful if you don't kill him quick enough he can oneshot your entire team with his explosives which he can use on your turn if he is low HP. He will saying along the lines of "You can't take me, I'll see you in the hall of echos" then blows up dealing 1k+ fire damage even on your turn. - Hope this helps

                                    • Anonymous

                                      06 Aug 2019 04:37  

                                      There is a path north of the east exit. Lead him cross the river to complete the quest. No need to hide, just need to dodge the portal Magisters outside the fish house. Btw after completing the quest you can tell the Magisters that he has already escaped, but it seems makes no difference on result.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        17 Jun 2019 20:46  

                                        i killed him after leading him out. He exploded after he died and looting him gave only some mundane explosives.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          23 Mar 2019 17:11  

                                          Alternatively, you can just kill him to get "Homemade Explosives", a Molotov-cocktail lookin' device that makes you explodes, dealing an absurd amount of fire damage based on Intelligence. @ Lvl 29 Intel, mine says 1556-1720!!

                                          • Anonymous

                                            15 Mar 2019 09:33  

                                            Alternatively, you can simply use an instant waypoint to teleport elsewhere, such as the Lady Vengeance. Higba will teleport with you if you do so, and you can complete the quest in seconds this way. If you use this method, you will need to leave the Lady Vengeance to have the quest close. (This method is obviously a cheat, but Larian seems to have overlooked it.) This doesn't work so it might be a good idea to remove it.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              17 Feb 2019 11:31  

                                              Ive just brought him out. Killed magisters on the way for extra xp. After getting out of town, Ive confirmed that the quest is closed, so killed him as well for extra xp. Note: If his hp gets low, he detonates himself with huge damage, so the best way is to kill him before he gets his first turn.

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