The Driftwood Arena


Location Driftwood (Undertavern)
Suggested Level 9+
Previous Quest The Arena of Fort Joy

The Driftwood Arena is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II, Act II.

Become the champion of the Driftwood Arena.


Important NPCs


The Driftwood Arena Objectives

  1. Defeat the contenders blindfolded OR chicken out and fight them normally.
  2. Defeat both Murga and the Voidwoken to claim the champion title.



The Driftwood Arena Walkthrough

This quest is acquired at the Undertavern of Driftwood by speaking to Murga. She will say that you are unworthy to fight her, prompting to you speak to Arran to fight some other contenders blindfolded first to prove your worth.

(Note: It is not necessary to fight blindfolded, but the method to complete the quest alters. See below.)


Main Method: If you agree to fight blindfolded, your range and accuracy will be reduced for all of your characters.

After beating those contenders blindfolded, Murga will fight you herself. After her second turn, the captive Voidwoken will escape and force Murga to fight it with you. After the Voidwoken dies, you must defeat her as well to claim the title.


Alternative Method: If you choose to chicken out and not fight blindfolded, the fight will be significantly easier as there is high ground right next to you.

After you defeat the contenders, the Voidwoken will not escape and Murga will tell you that you are not worthy of fighting her. The dialogue with both Murga and Arran will seem as though you've been locked out of the quest completely.

To correct this issue, deliberately attack Murga and kill her. She will not be joined by any of her friends. After doing so, speak to Arran again to try to convince him (with a character that has a high amount of Persuasion) that you deserve a chance at becoming the champion by defeating the Voidwoken.


After both the Voidwoken and Murga are defeated, Arran will crown you Champion of the Driftwood Arena and reward you. Once you're done, you will receive a key for a hatch which will lead you to the arena vault. Once down there, bless the first Door, go through it then either jump or climb up the ladder to the platform which has a "Pot Still". Turn the valve on the Pot Still so you can stop the pipes from blowing petrifying air. This will allow you to open the next door. One of the chests has "Key of the One", which will allow you to unlock the door to the arena in the academy.


Tips & Tricks

  • If you made a custom character, the Dome of Protection can really help in this fight, as you will be primarily bunched up (in a death ball) and cannot attack long-range.
  • Be sure to pre-cast any Polymorph transformations, shields, buffs, or regens (or poisons on your undead friends) that you might want beforehand. Be careful with transformations; your blindfold will prevent you from using Bull Horns or Spread Your Wings to their full range.
  • If your character has a Villain-tag, you can ask Effie the herb trader to poison the contending team. After succesful persuation check she will agree to do so and the enemy team will be permanently slowed. This affects only the first fight.
  • There is a high ground location a little to the right, which is very useful when playing in a death ball as it seems some of the contenders tend to head into melee range.
  • The first fight can be made easier with summons as they are not blindfolded.
  • This Voidwoken isn't as tanky as the one in the Alexander fight, nor is it as hard-hitting as the one from the Hollow Marshes.
  • The Voidwoken will try to cast Shackles of Pain on one of your characters, so be sure to maintain some Physical Armour at all times.
  • After completing the quest, you can open up a hatch for additional rewards. There are valves to the right and left (up the ladder) past the first door which will turn off the steam.
  • If you can get far enough away on the first turn and enter sneak mode on the second with a character, the voidwoken and murga will likely kill eachother. This is a useful method for winning the fight when under leveled
  • To confer the permanently blindfolded status your helmet is unequipped and a blindfold equipped. If you are still wearing the Armor of the Tyrant this will activate all of the debilitating status effects not wearing the full set cause.

    • Anonymous

      20 Jan 2020 01:42  

      I did the fight in the arena blindfolded like she asked and then for some reason she went back on her promise and refused to fight me. So I killed her to prove the point she was not better. She was much easier than the blindfolded fight, and then after used persuasion to fight the voidwoken. Playing coop and after killing the voidwoken the other party said no to fighting each other and I said yes, so I automatically got the rewards.

      • Anonymous

        05 Jan 2020 06:02  

        heh...the voidwoken cast the shackles of pain on Murga, because i damaged Murga's armor to 0 and she was the only one without any armor. incidentally, this is what made me come here and look at the guide, because i thought there was some secret gimmick to this fight, like i'm supposed to keep murga alive or something and i was worried i did something wrong and wondered why the voidwoken was so interested in killing murga.

        • Anonymous

          20 Dec 2019 00:18  

          For some reason Murga got 4 attacks in a row in my game. She hit my tank for over 1,000 damage. My level 11 tank does not have 1,000 hit points and went from "full health" to dead. I kid you not; here are the hits: Murga dealt a critical hit The Red Prince for 327 piercing damage. The Red Prince was critically backstabbed by Murga. Murga dealt a critical hit to The Red Prince for 410 piercing damage. The Red Prince has status: Bleeding. Murga was hit for 41 piercing damage (reflected). The Red Prince was critically backstabbed by Murga. Murga dealt a critical hit to The Red Prince. Murga attacked The Red Prince, for 127 damage. Murga attacked The Red Prince, for 10 fire damage. The Red Prince was critically backstabbed by Murga. Murga killed the Red Prince. Murga dealt a critical hit to The Red Prince. Murga attacked The Red Prince, for 253 physical damage. Murga attacked The Red Prince, for 20 water damage. Murga killed The Red Prince. The Red Prince froze and shattered into ice shards. Jeezus, wtf! If he wasn't at full health and had a ton of vampirism, I would have put "Living on the Edge" on him had I thought he'd be hit so insanely hard in one turn! Notice that was all her turn...

          • Anonymous

            05 Dec 2019 19:11  

            Hell I didn't know, that Bless will undo petrify, so I killed/destroyed the first door in the Arena vault. It's soooo good to have a walkthrough at hand. XD

            • Anonymous

              20 Nov 2019 11:48  

              I just use smoke grenade and the enemies will try to come closer (or atleast the melee enemies), and after that i just nuke all of them on melee range. My party has 2 disabler (Lohse and Beast) i just cycle the disabling skill, resulting in non-stop frozen/petrified/sleep/knockdown/crippled, my main character is Two-handed warfare + Polymorph build, and Ifan (Huntsman with scoundrel + pyro archer build), the only one died is Ifan because he basically cannot do anything with that blinded status. But its not on Tactician, only classic mode.

              • Anonymous

                05 Nov 2019 23:05  

                Did the quest at Tactician lvl 11, first fight (blindfolded) is really easy, your summons aren't (blinded). Just make sure you have 2 summons running around, and spam provoke/shackles of pain/ and any crowd control you have) on your tank (in my case, my main character Fane, Tank from hell (+++Poly, off-class in, well everything, and with mask of the shapeshifter you can eat all the limbs for mucho skills). 2nd fight also really easy, just make sure you keep provoke until voidwoken comes, back off your party (let them be support before voidwoken arrives so not to get to much aggro). In case of Fane as main, make sure you started dialogue with Murga, as she will address you before voidwoken attacks, you get 1st round (initiative 25+) cast play dead, and voidwoken will target Murga. Otherwise i assume (with high enough initiative) if you teleport/fly/retreat out of voidwokens way same will happen, Murga is biggest threat apart from your main attacker, and the voidwoken will target based upon threat level. After Murga is gone (and VW has depleted his spells on her) it's like squashing a fly with a newspaper.... it's sad, but it had to be done.

                • Anonymous

                  30 Aug 2019 18:19  

                  Did the quest blind-folded at level 12 without Idols of Rebirth. fight 1: move the whole party to the right, use the wall as shield. Force the enemy to come to you. fight 2: Murga is such an asshole that backstabs me after I went head on the Voidwoken. But the funniest thing is, she was the only one without physical armor at the point, so the Voidwoken casted Shackles of Pain on her. Then just enjoy the fight, haha. She died before the Voidwoken, I even picked some loot from her corpse.

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Aug 2019 19:09  

                    i just did the blindfold challenge with archer. lvl 12 if you just sneak up behind them - attack and then either go into stealth or sneak. they will just pass their turn if you used adrenalin rush - pass one turn afterwards, and then "wait" half a turn so you get 2 turns in a row (provided you have high enough initiative) rinse and repeat

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Aug 2019 04:13  

                      If you're having difficulty beating the blindfold thing, just beat her ass in the corner. No one comes to help her and she's ass in a straight up fight.

                      • 26 Jun 2019 09:19  

                        You’ll save yourself a lot of heartache if you do this at level 12, maybe even 11. First though, do the Dorotya quest to get two Idols of Rebirth (you can use one of those for the character who will get shackled by the voidwoken later). Also learn all of the potent herb mix recipes from the Doctor in the fishery — all my casters went in with +6 INT for more turns than I could possibly use up, and both my Tank/Healer and Ranger/Summoner had 6 starting AP every turn. It helps. A lot. If you do this at level 12, the blindfolded fight should go by relatively smoothly — summons help a lot , so it would be wise to have a summoner (at least for this fight since your casters’ range will make them near useless unless within melee range, or with distance skills like Laser Ray). For the Murga fight, cc Murga as much as possible until the Voidwoken shows up. Even though she makes it sound like she’ll help fight him, all she did was focus her AP on my characters — she even used tactical retreat to get right next to the voidwoken and targeted my tank. She’s cheap, and definitely deserves to die. But the goal should first be to make sure the Voidwoken does not get more than his first turn, upon entering the arena. He knocked out all of my level 12 Ranger’s physical armor with a single hit, and then cast Shackles of Pain — so unless it attacks your tank, and it probably won’t do that, just assume the targeted character will die. If you can put the Idol of Rebirth in their inventory, then do so but try to have them use up their turn before dying. After the Voidwoken dies, Murga is a breeze — with the Torture Talent and aPotent Enlightenment Herbmix, my Geo/Pyro basically one-shotted Murga with Spontaneous Combustion. Well, Deploy Trap and Impalement got rid of most of her magic Armor, and Spontaneous Combustion took that and 100% of her vitality out. Oh, and Sparkmaster for your tank might be ideal here — especially if Murga gets close to attack him/her while focusing on the Voidwoken. Whirlwind should take her out of her invisibility, if not Sparkmaster may hit her as well, while all of your attacks will help reduce her magic armor before your Casters’ next turn. Doing this at level 10 just sounds crazy though, the last fight’s two enemies aren’t that strong — but they seemed strong enough to wipe a level 10 party pretty quickly.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Apr 2019 00:54  

                          Rain + Global Cooling + Smoke cover bought my level 10 group 2 turns without being raped by Murga's backstabs and Sawtooth knife.

                          • Anonymous

                            09 Feb 2019 08:13  

                            If you didn't accept/complete the blindfold challenge, and decide to pick a fight with her later. Move your party a bit away from her (out of range of her abilities). Then, teleport her to the other side of the table she's at (between the table and the cliff). As long as you stay out of range of her abilities, she'll be stuck there and you can beat her with ranged attacks. Very cheap of course, but helpful for lower levels.

                            • Anonymous

                              24 Jan 2019 16:42  

                              Fights the Voidwoken my arse. Despite saying we needed to deal with the beast, after she turned invisible, she proceeded to backstab Lohse (killing her) and then charmed the Voidwoken to make it side with her. Take my advice, kill Murga, she's a back stabbing piece of***** who has no concept of a real battle.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Jan 2019 21:22  

                                >>This Voidwoken isn't as tanky as the one in the Alexander fight, nor is it as hard-hitting as the one from the Hollow Marshes. Unanswerable 272 & 268 ranged damage NOT on tactician determines this is a lie

                                • Anonymous

                                  13 Dec 2018 16:34  

                                  I accidently killed Arran before I could start a fight in the arena.. I was of course just going to open the last saved game when I realized I had been playing for way to long without saving.. Murga tells me to talk to Arran but he´s dead so I´m stuck. Is there any way to do the arena without speaking to him? or bring him back?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    18 Nov 2018 02:29  

                                    My persuasion skill was too low for any party member. It pissed me off so I killed Arran and took the key and some loot.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      07 Oct 2018 00:01  

                                      If Murga refuses to fight you, kill her, and then go talk to Arran. You can persuade him to let you fight the Voidwoken with a persuasive skill of 4 OR you can steal the key from him with a thievery skill of 3.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        19 Sep 2018 04:46  

                                        Went invisible, let murga and the voidwoken kill each other. Murga killed the voidwoken, then I shot her and killed her.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          18 Sep 2018 16:09  

                                          For some reason, after defeating her minions my team was just teleported out of the arena, and she refused to fight me.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            10 Jul 2018 05:14  

                                            steal the key of the one from arran and then procede down to hatch into the place. from there, just use something like cloak and dagger or hasty retreat to teleport up top to the ledge with the steam controls and turn it off. boom easy loot and you dont have to do the challenges.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              27 Apr 2018 03:17  

                                              For the vault room I summoned an incarnate on the oil to prevent him from being petrified then used him to beat down the second door and then use his telekenisis to move the chests to saftey. Unable to get the gold pile this way though.

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