Treated Like Cattle

Location Meadows
Suggested Level 10-16
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Treated Like Cattle is a Quests in Divinity: Original Sin II. A pair of cows need your help to restore their human form. Will you help them?



Important NPCs

  • Geraldine
  • Mabel



Treated Like Cattle Objectives

  1. Talk to the cows, Geraldine and Mabel.
  2. Find the Witch's potion.
  3. Bring back the potion to the cows.



Treated Like Cattle Walkthrough

At a farm north of Driftwood, you will come across a pair of cows that are actually two people who were polymorphed and enslaved by a witch. You will need the Pet Pal talent to talk to them. They want to be turned back into their human form and beg you for help. (The quest can also be started simply by picking up the Witch's House key, which is located on the left side of the house, resting on a large rock.)

The Witch's house is right next to the cows. Enter it and pick up the Witch's Eye, and then unlock the hatch to the cellar (Thievery 4 required). If you don't have the required Thievery skill, you can fight the witch in Cloisterwood for the cellar key, but it is an extremely tough fight and not worth the effort. For details regarding the Witch fight, seeCorpse of Alice Alisceon.

In the cellar, you will find dozens of rats that will explode in close proximity. Attack the holes in the walls to stop them from constantly spawning. You can also find a lever on the ground that will open the door to the next room.

Pick up the Witch's Potion in this next room. You will also need to kill the giant frog in the cell to find the Witch's recipe book on it, which contains the recipe for making another Witch's Potion. You need two to complete the quest. Having both the Scholar and Mystic tags will allow you to decipher the recipe book for crafting the Witch's Potion.

If you cannot decipher the book, you will have only one potion to bring to the cows, in which case you will be asked to choose which cow to use it on. The recipe for crafting the potion is Augmentor + Boletus + Witch's Eye (the eye is consumed in the process). You do not need to read the book to be able to craft it.

Craft the second Witch's Potion and bring both potions back to the cows to cure them. If you explicitly ask for a reward, you will only receive 8,075 XP per cow, but if you don't ask for anything in exchange, you will receive 13,450 XP per cow instead. The quest will be closed.

Both of them can now be found at Driftwood Square next to the Town Crier after they're cured and the quest is closed. Mabel can be convinced to give you recipe books for free (or they can be bought), and Geraldine can be convinced to tell you the location of his private stash.

Dupe Glitch Alternative: You can close the quest by dropping the Witch's Potion, then offering the potion to Mabel, and then picking it back up again and giving it to Geraldine.

Mercenary Alternative: If you have a character drink the Witch's Potion, your character will permanently transform into a cow, and the quest will instantly "close". You can do this on a hired mercenary to not affect any of your party members.

Possible Bug: This quest seems to be on some kind of timer. If you take too long to complete it, the cows will disappear and the quest will close saying that the cows ran off.

Serious Bug: There have been many reports that the cows may be permanently missing from their designated area at any given time, or even before meeting them, preventing you from completing this quest. If this occurs, you should follow the Mercenary Alternative above to close the quest on your own.



Key Location

  • The key to opening the Witch's house is on the ground outside just south of the house.
  • The key to opening the cellar is located on the Witch herself, who is located in northern Cloisterwood. 



  • 43,325XP for killing the witch Alice Alisceon (optional).
  • You recieve a variable amount of XP per cow cured depending on your actions:
    • Asking for a reward: 8,075XP per cow (16,150XP total), Mabel becomes a vendor in Driftwood Square, 10 free recipe books (assuming you succeed speech check) and location of Geraldine's secret stash.
    • Not asking for a reward: 13,450XP per cow (26,900XP total) and they do not move to Driftwood Square.


Tips & Tricks

  • The Witch Alice can be found at north of Cloisterwood. however, you can teleport it to demon hunter Jahan and let him finish it for you.
  • Boletus can be won as a reward for certain quests.
  • Boletus can also be found just southeast of the witch house, around X:388 Y:204 near the white tree, Show World Tooltip (Left Alt) for easier searching. Another is at X:555 Y:319.
  • If you or any of your companions accidentally drank the potion and turned into a cow, you can undo the effect by drinking the other potion,  using Chicken Claw on them or by killing said character and resurrect them with a scroll
  • After curing both, you can pickpocket them easily in the field to get a few nice crafting books. I

    • Anonymous

      28 Apr 2019 00:46  

      DE april 27th 2019 the quest completes succesfully but the npcs do not go back to town and disappear forever so you miss out on the cow loot chest and the recipe books.

      • Anonymous

        24 Apr 2019 00:56  

        You can easily trick this quest (Definitive Edition). Start the dialogue on one character, snatch it out of the bag and drop it on the ground with a second character. Switch back to your first character. It will still let you go through with the dialogue and offer the potion. Then simply pick it up the ground and offer it to the second cow.

        • Anonymous

          21 Oct 2018 19:18  

          if u have 2 potions in inventory, put 1 away, so u only turn 1 potion only. because turn 1 by 1 yield the exp twice. turn 2 at 1 time only get 1 time same exp.

          • Anonymous

            19 Sep 2018 22:48  

            Fly Agaric and Witch's eye can be found inside the witch's house. Augmentor in Driftwood(town) below west gate at x:263 y:10 (thanks anon)

            • Anonymous

              16 Aug 2018 13:59  

              I did as told, gave the potions seperatly to the cows, got 2 times exp and the quest closed....yet they dont show up in driftwood...

              • Anonymous

                19 Jul 2018 23:31  

                I can't believe this quest is still bugged for real (after years). If you give them the potions at the same time, they won't return to the town and the quest will stay unfinished until act 3. This is some really amateur level scripting right there. Shouldn't expect much from kickstarter games though.

                • Anonymous

                  15 Jul 2018 19:52  

                  Fed Mable the potion after some dialogue, crafted a second then fed it to Geraldine, quest then closed and gained exp for both, just save before doing it!

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Jul 2018 11:20  

                    To get 2 x 13.450 you have to give them the potion seperately. It also seems the only way to close the quest.

                    • Anonymous

                      11 Jul 2018 11:08  

                      Gave them the potions, they both turned back into humans and thanked me... quest didnt close and they arent in the town square. Sounds about right for this game.

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Jul 2018 00:17  

                        I told the cows that I only had one potion so they made me choose who I want to give it to. I made my choice but didnt give either of them a potion because I found out I could make a second one. So i walked away to craft the second potion, came back and gave the cows the potions one by one. They turned back into humans, but the quest didn't close.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 May 2018 09:01  

                          Not sure what happened to my comment. Posted successfully, showed on page, and then it disappeared after page refresh. I'll try posting this question again:
                          Can someone provide the exact coordinates for Geraldine and Mabel in Driftwood after you turn them back into humans and they return to town? I changed them back without asking for a reward, and the quest is still open for me, but I can't find them in town. Wiki says they're suppose to be near town crier, but couldn't find them anywhere closeby.

                          • Anonymous

                            06 May 2018 01:26  

                            Does anyone have the exact coordinates for where Geraldine and Mabel are suppose to be after you turn them back into humans and NOT ask for a reward? The page here mentions they're suppose to be next to the town crier, but I can't find either one of them, and can't close my quest.

                            • Anonymous

                              02 May 2018 21:25  

                              for me they transformed both at once consuming both potions - now i noticed (unfortunately a lot later) that the quest didn't close. they're gone from the farm, not in town either - any idea how i could close that quest now?

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Apr 2018 04:56  

                                Accidentally sold my Witch's Eye to Mabel after turning her into a human, before I knew I needed it to help Geraldine too. Can't find Mabel anywhere. Is there any other way to get another Witch's Eye?

                                • Anonymous

                                  15 Apr 2018 12:25  

                                  Found a bug, and a possible way to close the quest.

                                  BUG: I had stored my witches eye in a bag, so when I crafted the potion it stored the potion back in my bag. Then when I fed both of the cows it didn't remove the potion from my bag but still turned them both back human. (quest didn't close however)

                                  Closing Quest: To close the quest, I had to drop my second potion on the ground and feed the cows 1 at a time. It seems something about feeding both at the same time caused the quest log to bug out and not "CLOSE" for me. After reloading and doing this I was able to get the quest to close.

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