The Sallow Man

The Sallow Man
Location Nameless Isle
Suggested Level 16
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The Sallow Man is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II. The Sallow Man has tasked you with killing Bishop Alexandar. Will you succeed?



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The Sallow Man Objectives

  1. Learn about the Sallow Man.
  2. Find and kill Bishop Alexandar.
  3. Pick up Alexandar's head from his body.
  4. Enter the Sallow Man's lair.
  5. Give Alexandar's head to the Sallow Man.



The Sallow Man Walkthrough

There are multiple ways to acquire this quest, with the most common one simply using the black mirror acquired from a Black Ring member. You can also obtain this quest by talking to Almira early on at the start of the chapter, or by taking orders from the Black Ring Captain. In order to prevent any unnecessary disruption of this quest, make sure to avoid conflict with Black Ring members by telling them that you are Almira's thrall, or that you are a member of the Lone Wolves.

(Note: this is not a necessary quest, you can also help the Bishop Alexandar at An Unlikely Patron. Also, you may get a hood from Shadow Prince that can protect you from Sallow Man.)

In any case, the main objective of this quest is to simply find and kill Bishop Alexandar, and bring his head to The Sallow Man. Bishop Alexandar can be found at the top of the Elven Temple. Simply make your way there and you will encounter him and Gareth fighting (see "Seeking Revenge" for more details). Obviously, kill Alexandar and after you have killed him, travel to the Sallow Man's camp as shown below (DO NOT eat Bishop Alexandar's head or you will not be able to complete this quest!)

East of the Temple of Rhalic, there is a troll guarding a cave:

Simply kill him, or pass a speech check to convince him to let you in the cave (you will gain 20,075XP for killing him). If you kill him, you will need to nuke him down as he regenerates around 3000 health per turn. Enter the cave and either use the Cowl of the True Sight right after the altar, towards the fake wall, or interact with the altar and drop the head into it (this will not destroy the head, don't worry). The path to the Sallow Man will be clear.

Now, head inside and you will gain 20,075 Exploration XP. Head down the ramp and into the large hall and you will come face to face with the Sallow Man. If you have Lohse in your party, make sure she does not get too close to the Sallow Man! If she gets too close to the Sallow Man, he will speak with her and immediately recognize the demon inside her, initiating combat immediately.

Speak to the Sallow Man and throw him Alexandar's head. You will gain 100,300XP immediately and realize he was actually an elf, now a twisted shadow of his former self. From here, you can claim your reward, a changing of your background, or turn away. Note that by choosing to claim your reward, he will take away a random background from you (so for example if you're a Noble, he might take it away and replace it with your chosen background). Hence, if you're happy with your chosen background, do not select "claim your reward"! Choose instead to turn away and he will simply continue on with his dialogue. The choices are obvious, but are still listed for the sake of completeness:

  • "more barbarity in your nature" = Barbarian
  • "a better sense of humour" = Jester
  • "inner yearning for an outlaw spirit" = Outlaw
  • "always fancied yourself as something of a scholar" = Scholar
  • "you wanted to be a soldier" = Soldier
  • "knowledge of the mystical world" = Mystic
  • "recognized for your innate nobility" = Noble

After that, he will give you a staff that can destroy corpses and prevent them from resurrecting. At this point, you can turn on your party members, attack the Sallow Man, or simply leave. In any case, the quest is complete.

If you choose to attack the Sallow Man at this stage, note that he will resurrect once after dying. Simply kill him again and he will die permanently. The 3 Black Ring members are worth 55,800XP each, and The Sallow Man is worth 97,650XP, making it a grand total of 265,050XP.

Also, if you head deeper into the Sallow Man's lair, you will come face to face with Windego. Killing her nets you no XP. When you reach the Sallow Man's room deeper in the cave, you will earn 30,100 Exploration XP. The haft of the Swornbreaker (a material to craft the Swornbreaker) is also located in the Ornate chest in the room.





  • 20,075 Exploration XP upon entering the Sallow Man's lair.
  • 100,300XP upon giving Alexandar's head to the Sallow Man, completing the quest.
  • A grand total of 265,050XP for killing the Sallow Man and his underlings (optional).
  • 30,100 Exploration XP & the Haft of the Swornbreaker upon exploring the Sallow Man's cave (optional).

    • Anonymous

      15 Feb 2019 04:30  

      The only reward this quest has to offer is the title change. Wether you accept it or deny it he will try to kill you. I even tried completing the quest with Fane (since he is already dead) and he doesn't try to kill you but you still do not get the reward for bringing him the head.

      • Anonymous

        01 Feb 2019 05:58  

        You can't turn away, you're stuck with one of the new labels. He also wants you to swear to God King or you don't get anything, and then when you do, he says you must be dead and they all attack. Plus, he only tells you half of the councils signs? Alexander at least gave all of them.

        • Anonymous

          18 Jan 2019 11:25  

          If you're playing as Lohse, the Sallow Man will address your demon and start a fight.... So leave Lohse behind if you don't want to immediately fight the Sallow Man.

          • Anonymous

            06 Dec 2018 11:49  

            I was able to terrain transmutation over lava under Sallow man before starting the fight. If you start the fight while he's on top of the lava it kills him twice instantly.

            • Anonymous

              05 Dec 2018 23:14  

              Definitive Edition: If Lohse is your main char, it is still worth to start the conversation/give him the head without her. U gain 45k more XP that way. Couldnt find/get the staff that way but i guess u cant get it in the first place when Lohse is main.

              • Anonymous

                15 Nov 2018 16:35  

                The full fight can be cheesed. Just put two rangers at the hill, before you go through the wooden gate. Use one physical ranger (Bow/crossbow) to kill the "Black ring" at the middle of the room, after he transforms the reflect deals too much damage to burn it down. So you just need to send a tank and start the fight, the same rangers that were on the top of the hill can attack the sallow man without entering combat, and his armor won't regen anymore.

                • Anonymous

                  22 Oct 2018 04:15  

                  "After that, he will give you a staff that can destroy corpses and prevent them from resurrecting. At this point, you can turn on your party members..." What does this mean? Turn on your companions as in attack them?

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Oct 2018 07:10  

                    make sure you look at the mirrors, some good laughs there. also if you have red prince in your party, he sees his special lady friend in the mirror & it continues his quest

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Oct 2018 21:22  

                      So, Sallow Man won't give the reward to other character except party leader, and if i speak using Lohse, it will start combat, so wtf now?

                      • Anonymous

                        30 Sep 2018 00:39  

                        Maybe I missed out on some XP, but I had my whole group at the top of the hill inside the cave, before going through the gate the gate. I used my archer to take the black ring reaver down to a sliver of health, fired on him thrice before combat began, bled to death immediately there after. Sallow man took off running toward my party. Summoned creature in front of a second black ring, lept rouge behind him to make a death sandwhich. Leapt my executioner onto the pain weaver. By the time sallow man got through the gate to my archer and summoner, he was all alone and got teleported back into the shark tank below. Second play through. I remember this fight being really hard first go round. Not this time...

                        • Anonymous

                          16 Sep 2018 04:16  

                          While talking to him (don't exit the conversation) if you teleport him far away near the entrance he will stay in conversation and not attack. Meanwhile you can burn down his minions with your remaining party and he will not get involved until exiting the conversation. Only drawback is you will be short one party member as they will be locked in the convo

                          • Anonymous

                            27 Jun 2018 21:49  

                            This wiki is wrong about hundreds of things! I only received a little over 50,000 for giving him Alexander's head. I received 41,000 for killing each of his Black Ring's almost like they haven't even played the damn game!

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Jun 2018 09:15  

                              Kinda lame how all the fights at this stage of the game are easy. I'm level 18 and every enemy is level 16.

                              • Anonymous

                                16 Jun 2018 12:23  

                                After killing Sallow man and windego go deep inside the cave to get additional quests by picking some letters and papers (may be 3 additional quests)

                                • Anonymous

                                  16 Jun 2018 12:18  

                                  Burn the Troll to ashes by using Teleportation on Troll and teleport him onto lava. EZZZZ
                                  Just find the good placement for your party member with TP near the lava.
                                  Also if you have Terrain Transmutation, it can be used to kill Troll and also can be use during fight with The Sallow Man.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    07 Jun 2018 21:13  

                                    i have this weird bug where i dont have any dialogue at all they all just attack me suddenly .. even windego

                                    • Anonymous

                                      10 Apr 2018 01:00  

                                      If you bring Lohse with you to Sallow Man he will attack immediately, he and her demon are not good friends.

                                      • 01 Apr 2018 09:20  

                                        Regarding mirros one of the lizard mirrors talked to me (had red prince in party), notifying and updating the quest log that Sadha (red princess) is in Arx one of the mirrors is "vacant or busy" with no one responding, though I believe this to be where Roost Alan (leader of Lone Wolves) would communicate with you if you had NOT killed him. i killed him in all my playthroughs

                                        • Anonymous

                                          06 Feb 2018 16:36  

                                          Simply use Polymorph's Terrain Transmutation to get some Lava up to the fighting area before the fight. Then drop it on him with the same skill. Can't get easier.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            06 Feb 2018 03:27  

                                            so this guide is sort of poorly worded. Turning away will always result in you fighting him regardless weather you chose to be swarn or not. If you choose a reward (ie a new tag) however the quest finishes an you can claim the rewards.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              05 Feb 2018 14:23  

                                              If you can't get the door open, because you don't have the item to open the door towards the shallowman. You can just stand next towards the door, drop a pyramide on the other side and teleport through the wall. to the other side.

                                              The cave start will not be defoged tho, but everythign else. easy

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