Villain is a Tag in Divinity: Original Sin 2 that allows the player to have certain dialogue with NPCs and certain options during Quests. Please see below for a list.

Villain Dialogue Options

To get the Villain tag, you have to do more evil (not just bad, mass-stealing or not helping people will not contribute) than good deeds. It is easiest to get during Act 1/Fort Joy, assuming you were not nice on the boat (don't choose nice dialogue options or save the Origin characters), due to so few past actions to define you.
Doing just one of the below options will not get you the tag; it has to be a combination of things. 

  • Leave your future companions in ship's hold in Prologue
  • Enslave Lady Vengeance
  • Tell Unnis (camp in hidden alcove) you were sent fy Atusa to get all the supplies
  • Reveal Stingtail as the orange thief to Griff
  • Support Loshe's diabolism and help her to kill Saheila
  • Decide to break Gratiana's soul jar while speaking to her in Amadia's Sanctuary
  • Find the Ice Dragon in the Fort Joy island and refuse to give him Radeka's Purging Wand and kill him
  • Kill Hannag's apprentice and his family
  • Kill the man being assaulted by magisters in the Blackpits by refusing to make him leave
  • Betray Ryker as you are about to complete his quest and kill him
  • Urge Gareth to kill Magister Jonathan in the abandoned house
  • Find the frightened Dwarf near the Blackpits then choose the dialogue option: "Hurt her."
  • Consume a large ammount of souls (specifically animal and innocent spirits) via dialogue
  • Release Death Fog in Arx

Getting the tag

There is a way to easily get Villain tag in first 20-30 minutes when starting a new game.

Important note: since Unnis hates humans, you character must have a non-human race for success. Otherwise, I suppose you are to kill Vendigo and loot Mask of the Shapeshifter first.

  1. In the end of Prologue, do not help you companions in ship's hold. Just use the boat once you get to it
  2. When you enter Act I, you will need to speak with an elf woman - Unnis. You can find her in the camp on the hill right behind Fane in hidden alcove
  3. In the dialogue she will tell you she is waiting news from magister Atusa. Choose a "bad" dialog option and tell her you were sent by Atusa to get all the supplies

You will immediately get a Villain tag.



    • Anonymous

      31 Jan 2019 06:09  

      Using Source Vampirism on Sir Lora the Squirrel got me the Villain tag literally right after I'd gotten the Hero tag from saving the family being executed in the Blackpits. Had been playing a relatively balanced game, plenty of heroic things and some senseless XP and/or loot motivated murder, plenty of things played neutral. But the fact I got one then the other so quickly makes it seem to me it is not a balance, but perhaps a 1 +1 = tag type system, with most choices not affecting your status. Either way if you're hero and want villain and have the Lora DLC, try absorbing him bc that worked for me. Was unintentional, but I'm good with max dialogue options. Trying to mostly skew good, but am mostly playing it as a game as opposed to any strict RP. Also Lora seems pretty useless after he's taught you the skill or two he can, and was already dead, so I'm glad to be rid of them tbh. xD

      • Anonymous

        06 Dec 2018 06:12  

        Got it all the way at the end of Act III inside the lady vengeance. Absorbed the souls of the companions I didn't choose. Also got the Hero tag before that, so I'm both.

        • Anonymous

          25 Nov 2018 23:07  

          Been trying to get this, killed Buddy, Dain etc, set the elf free but cannot get this to trigger. Even killed Ifan and Elodi.

          • Anonymous

            26 Jul 2018 22:04  

            I didn't do any of that stuff and triggered it... By attacking Radeka without talking to her beforehand... (I just gave stingtail but saved his ass rigth after)

            • Anonymous

              17 Mar 2018 23:18  

              I am both a villain and hero. I am the black and the white, the light and the dark, then yin and the yang. And I love. this. game!

              PS I got hero by being generally awesome, villain by the stealing soul of nuns in Cloisterwood (though I also killed Blaine, the spider chick, the troll, Mordus, the undead upon second encounter, and rob anyone who turns their back to me)

              • Anonymous

                16 Mar 2018 01:11  

                So I killed the elf kill Sahalia, and then freed Aymo or w/e but I'm never given the option to tell him that it was I, who killed her. If I follow him back to the cave he sees her dead and just tells me that he fails her obviously unaware that I did it and I am unable to tell him I did it.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Feb 2018 15:18  

                  I tried to consume almost all the souls in ACTII, still does not get the tag, the developer must changed something here

                  • Anonymous

                    05 Jan 2018 16:21  

                    Another way is to kill the fire slug princess AFTER telling her Braccus Rex is dead(pet pal). The battle log will end with fire slug was murdered in cold blood. This will proc the villain counter.

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Oct 2017 18:03  

                      This***** is so broken. I did everything on this list + more and haven't gotten it. If you don't do a couple of *very* specific "evil" acts in the very beginning of Act 1, the amount of evil you need to do to "make up" for it is completely imbalanced.

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Oct 2017 00:32  

                        If you follow the quest The Teleporter for Gawin, way down on the beach you teleport him over there is a dead elf with a purple pouch on her. Bring it to another elf (also near the secret path Gawin leads you through up on the ridge to the left instead of the right) and you can handle the dialogue in a way that earns you the Villian Tag. You can get this very quickly then earn Hero by following that mad man quest line on the beach in Fort Joy and have both tag options available all game.

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Oct 2017 19:52  

                          I got mine by being evil during starting phase, i pick pocketed the other origins characters and got to unnis. Tried to manipulate her but failed so i had to kill her. Than at the entrance i sided with Griff's men and killed elodi and right after that took on imprisoned elf quest and ratted stingtail and got the tag. From here on out i'll be good, i promise :) (hopefully the tag won't disappear)

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Oct 2017 16:15  

                            I am trying my best to get this tag but failing to do so. I murdered many people in fort joy, couldn't reveal stingtail because sebille already killed him. I try to always answer in a menacing way in dialogues. Enslaved Lady vengeance still didn't get it. I tried to just straight up murder the meistr after freeing her, also didn't get me the villain tag. I am doing most quests optimally for most exp and then kill the people afterwards but somehow it doesn't seem to work.

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Sep 2017 21:20  

                              I've gotten this tag on lohse after purging a crap load of people (like nearly every spirit I see I use source vampirism on), purged the entire army of ryker's slaves in the graveyard and his house.

                              • Anonymous

                                29 Sep 2017 11:31  

                                I got mine from killing the Skeleton assassin in the Swamps? Like previously I tricked Unnis, but it was several hours later, and my coop partner got it at the same time.

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