Window of Opportunity


Location Cloisterwood
Suggested Level 13+
Next Quest On the Ropes

Window of Opportunity is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin II.


Important NPCs

Window of Opportunity Objectives

  1. Help Hannag defeat the Magisters OR help the Magisters defeat Hannag.


Window of Opportunity Walkthrough

At the Cloisterwood Ruins (near the waypoint), you will encounter a Sorceress fighting off some Magisters. You will need to dodge the various Steam Clouds and magic being casted in order to reach her. Alternatively, you can easily approach her by teleporting near her. Either way, she will teleport away to a higher area after you speak with her, and the Magisters will follow her there.

Tip: If you run straight towards her, you should make it to her just before she begins casting her lethal lava technique.

If you talk to the Magister Knight, offer to help him kill her, which will award you with experience. This will not trigger a fight with Hannag, so it is safe to select.

If you talk to Hannag now, you can choose to side with her or to kill her. In order to persuade her that you are on her side, you will need to pass a Persuasion and speech check.

Tip: If you do not have high enough Persuasion but want to help Hannag, it is recommended that you kill the Magisters without talking to Hannag first.

Hannag Side: If you choose to assist Hannag and kill the Magisters, try to kill them as quickly as possible to avoid getting her involved with the fight. (There is a chance that she may sacrifice herself, causing you to have to go through the same difficult Voidwoken fight as detailed in the Magisters Side below.)

After you defeat the Magisters, read the following before proceeding to talk to her again.

Serious Bug: Do not immediately inquire Hannag about mastering your Source, or else the quest might not close properly. If you do so, she will only give you the quest reward and then potentially disappear from this area.

When you talk to her, end the conversation immediately and she will interrupt you and give you a Planar Gateway Skillbook as well as the quest reward (a Rare item along with some other goodies), and then close the quest.

After this quest is closed, talk to her again and you can then ask her about mastering your Source, which will initiate the On the Ropes quest.

Magisters Side: If you choose to assist the Magisters, be prepared for a very difficult fight. Hannag will sacrifice herself to open several portals that continually summon Voidwoken. The portals take no damage from physical attacks and can only be damaged by magic.

At some point during this fight, Hannag will be "reborn" as an undead who can use a magical lava attack that kills instantly. She should be killed as soon as possible. A simple strategy is to try to stunlock her early on so that she cannot sacrifice herself. She doesn't start have any immunities, and has relatively a low amount of Physical Armour.

If the Magister Knight is still alive after the fight, you may talk to him for the quest reward (which is the same quest reward as helping Hannag). As an added bonus, you can kill the Magisters afterwards as they no longer serve a purpose.

Warning: This will lock you out of the On the Ropes quest, which is not recommended for first-timers.  Alternatively, if you go to the blackpits first you can complete On the Ropes without ever speaking to Hannag (DE).

Tips & Tricks

  • 7500 party experience for offering to confront the Sorceress for the Magisters.  Easiest way is to use peace of mind , jump next to her with whichever spell (chat is initiated) and when battle initiates you go first.  take away her physical armor and knock her down with your peace of mind character. Game over you win 
  • You can convince the Sorceress that you are on her side by passing an Intelligence, Memory, or Constitution Persuasion check. You receive an additional 7500 party experience.
  • Siding with Hannag will net you 22,500 EXP (7,500 for each magister), a rare item, and she can give you a new source slot.
  • Siding with the Magisters is much harder, but will net you 97,650 EXP and an epic item.  Note you must keep the magister knight alive (other two don't matter) in order to get the majority of the EXP and the reward (Around 56,500 EXP) .  EXP may vary somewhat based on how many voidwoken get through the portals.
  • A very easy way to eliminate the Magisters is to simply teleport them into the Sorceress' fire. Since she casts the fireballs outside of battle, they will get hurt during your turn while you wait.
  • Hannag sells Source Skillbooks. It is worthwhile pickpocketing her to steal a couple from her for free, but be sure to save before doing so in case you get caught. Generally, avoid causing the bottom bar (in the pickpocketing system) to turn red. 
  • Ifan has special dialogue related to deathfog if you learned that she invented the deathfog device that killed the elves.  This can happen with her alive or with her spirit, and if she is alive he can choose to kill her for her invention.

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    • Anonymous

      05 Jun 2021 06:10  

      I wonder is this patch difference or not, I saw the 2018 comment which used way too many words to describe the normal talk and steal method.
      In my case, after siding with Hannag, I discovered she was too busy throwing the forever-missing fireball that she can't even trade with me.
      Seeing this "Window of Opportunity," I just straight up stand next to her and steal everything and she was just too busy to even notice the theft.

      Btw, during the preparation phase of her reborn, there was a source orb on her.
      Don't know would it stay in the reborn version inventory or you have to pick it up before it's gone.

      • Anonymous

        17 Mar 2021 15:31  

        probably my least favorite quest in the game. its so garbage that for the best results you have to keep alive a suicidal magister who charges headfirst into lava and necrofire with 0 magic armor. ally ai is so garbage.

        • Anonymous

          02 Dec 2020 21:12  

          So I’m screwed. I wasn’t paying attention and started the fight unprepared and fled the scene. I went to do some other quests and when I came back all the magister were dead and now I have to fight Hannag and there’s already some voidwoken hanging out waiting for me. I know I messed it up from the beginning but if anyone has any good suggestions on how to beat this I’m here for them

          • Anonymous

            25 Aug 2020 16:49  

            Im so sad man, I'm on an honor mode, did all her quests without talking to her. Then I decided to go for the max xp which is to kill her then the magisters and it went horribly wrong. When hannag respawned, she one shotted 2 magisters and one of my party members so i couldn't reload... I basically missed 75k xp from that stupid interaction. Im so mad man. the only way to save the magisters, i guess, is to teleport them far away... I just didn't know lol.

            • Anonymous

              13 Jul 2020 19:37  

              Max XP for DE:

              Option 1: Side with Hannag - 45,000 XP total
              +7500 XP for accepting quest from Magisters
              +7500 XP for persuading/convincing Hannag that you are an ally
              + 22500 XP for killing 3 Magisters (7500 XP each)
              +7500 XP for killing Hannag

              Option 2: Side with Magisters (kill Hannag before she can open portals) - 82,325 XP total
              +7500 XP for accepting quest from Magisters
              +7500 XP for persuading/convincing Hannag that you are an ally
              +56100 XP for completing quest with Magisters
              +11225 XP for killing Hannag (before she can open portal rifts)

              Option 3: Side with Magisters (do not kill Hannag before she can open portals) - 153,900 XP total
              +7500 XP for accepting quest from Magisters
              +7500 XP for persuading/convincing Hannag that you are an ally
              +7500 XP for Hannag dying and opening portal
              +7800 XP for 4 Volatile Voidlings (1950 XP each)
              +37500 for other Voidwoken (4 Necro-Wing, 2 Vampiric, 2 Flayers each worth 3750 XP)
              +7500 XP for killing Hannag Reborn (she drops a uniquely named power framed, large flame rune called 'Hannag's Flame Rune Of Power')
              +56100 XP for completing quest with Magisters
              +22500 XP for killing 3 Magisters (7500 XP each)

              • Anonymous

                31 May 2020 08:30  

                You will know that all of Hannag's void minions have spawned when each of the three portals has disappeared, summoning a special enemy: Hannag Reborn, Void Flayer, and, Aalbrk the Flayer. The portals teleport at scripted moments, and they can catch on Necrofire, which will destroy them before they can summon their final enemies, so watch them closely. Also, you can pick up some extra experience (7500 I believe) by persuading Hannag that you are on her side and that you will kill the Magisters for her, before talking to her again to initiate combat with her. You probably want to kill the Magister Ranger and Inquistor beforehand (Teleport them in conversation far away from the Magister Knight.), as they will focus the portals. I also teleported the Knight into box of Ornate Chests I set up below the ledge, for his protection and the portals'.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Apr 2020 00:31  

                  If youre concerned about being evil for killing her like i was you guys should know, there is a letter to be found in wreckers cave right by a npc called Zanisima The Scientist, in the letter it details how Hanag has been helping produce death fog in exchange for coin. So shes flat out evil as hell , don't feel bad about killing her. I'll be killer her next time.

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Apr 2020 17:59  

                    Welp. I went to get the ON THE ROPE quest first then only get WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY quest. What I ddi afterward - I killed the Magisters, got myself the reward (Plannar book) for helping Hannag, stole all of Hannag's spell books, and killed Hannag. Note - While Ifan was busy chatting with Hannag, Fane stole all her books, and wait awhile, she will accuse Fane of stealing the books, and fight ensued. So - WIN WIN WIN situation for me ;)

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Mar 2020 03:38  

                      When on the 2nd floor just use a summon to smack her and she will kill it with lava, then teleport her into the lava. Then throw the magisters in too while you're at it. Killed all 4 without entering combat.

                      • Anonymous

                        05 Jan 2020 11:35  

                        If you still have the gloves of teleportation and 1 character with teleportation naturally this is a breeze. Talk to her first and make her retreat to the second level of the ruins. Once there, position yourself so you can teleport her near where Alice Alisceon is. Have the second character teleport her from there down towards Jahan. Have a crossbow/bow shoot her while standing near Jahan. Jahan will then kill her before the portals open. The magisters will ever join you down there to collect the reward. You can then kill them there and Jahan will help.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Aug 2019 21:11  

                          I teleported her into her own lava before battle started. Then completed the quest for good items and exp. And then teleported the magisters into the lava.

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Jun 2019 01:13  

                            Cheesed this one by attacking the magisters with 3 characters while one of my guys teleported her to the main floor of the cathedral after she relocates. If you get in to battle with the magisters while the sourceress is still moving around, the combat status won't trigger for her.

                            • Anonymous

                              08 Apr 2019 11:24  

                              Another easy trick: let her lava one of yours guys then use Terrain Transmutation on the lava +under her and she'll instantly die, before she summons portals.

                              • Anonymous

                                01 Feb 2019 01:50  

                                Managed to cheese her by teleporting and then somehow knocking her down right at the moment the fight started so she couldn't sacrifice herself. After that, talked to her ghost. For some reason, when I try to read her memory the dialogue just closes.

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 Sep 2018 00:25  

                                  So afters some tries i just managed it to steal 5 source spells from her with thievery 6 and and to get the on the ropes quest after. :) the trick is : 1. Talk to magisters and tell them that u will handle it. (get 7500xp) 2. Walk straight to Hannag with ur persuation char and do ur best stat pers. (get another 7500xp) 3. Let one char talk to her and remain in the dialogue whilst u unchain ur thief and let him pickpocket her from behind. As soon as u got the loot bring him away from her before u end dialogue with ur talking char and bring the group together at the stairs. 4. Now comes the trick: after she moans that she got robbed and u can approach her again unchain a char again and start a dialogue with her but her facing AWAY from the magisters so her aggro zone is pointed towards the wall. 5. Now u can proceed as u like in a group of 3 killing the magisters; i did it the safe way by teleporting all three magisters down the pit and starting there the fight there. After u killem she should give u a reward and the quest. Enjoy :)

                                  • Anonymous

                                    04 Jul 2018 14:47  

                                    Did this at lv 12: I talked to the magisters to start the quest saying I'll talk to Hannag. Then used terrain transmutation to slowly burn the Magister Knight to death which didn't agro anyone. Then just started killing the last 2 magisters without even talking to Hannag. She didn't join the fight and afterwards I asked about source and I received On the Ropes.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      16 Jun 2018 14:55  

                                      I telepprted alice's corpse demon on the magisters and they killed them all. Then gone back to her fire field

                                      • 19 May 2018 16:07  

                                        Inadvertantly ended up agreeing to help both the magisters and Hannag. The key appears to be killing the magisters without getting Hannag involved. I cheesed it by teleporting all 3 magisters down into the courtyard on top of the lava, instantly killing them one at a time. This never generated combat between my party and the magisters. I don't feel bad about it because I've found myself in plenty of unfair fights as another poster mentions. Then I pickpocketed a skill book from her - you have to be careful because she will bust you in the middle of it if you get too greedy. After that, I initiated dialogue with main character. This took a couple tries to get Hannag to respond with the proper dialogue to end the Window of Opportunity quest. You will know you have the right dialogue when she says "she prefers them dead". Immediately end the conversation when you see that, and it will close out Window of Opportunity and grant 18,700 EXP. I did NOT get any gifts from Hannag upon closing Window of Opportunity. You can then initiate dialogue again and receive On the Ropes.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          02 Apr 2018 14:23  

                                          First pickpocket her for the skillbooks.

                                          I cheesed her with "Living on the Edge" + teleporting her into the lava she summons on you. Your character will still die from burn damage after leaving lava so have a Rez scroll handy, but you avoid combat altogether. Her corpse had 5 source skill books and a source orb.

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