Wishful Thinking

Location Reaper's Coast
Suggested Level 12+

Wishful Thinking is a Quest in Divinity: Original Sin IIAct II. Coming across a lamp on the beach, you are afforded the opportunity to be granted a wish. But how lucky will you be?


Important NPCs

  • Djinn


Wishful Thinking Objectives

  1. Talk to the Djinn.
  2. Kill the Djinn, or attain one of his wishes.
  3. Pass the speech check and get a good wish.


Wishful Thinking Walkthrough

On a beach southwest of Driftwood, you will find an Ancient Lamp lying on the ground. Using it will give you the option to rub the lamp or destroy it. Rubbing the lamp will release the Djinn within, where you can engage in lengthy conversation with it. Destroying it will unleash the Djinn from the lamp and immediately initiate combat.

Simple Solution: Based on multiple reports, the Djinn doesn't really offer any significant enough reward worth spending the time to consider, so just kill him and take the EXP. The only thing to keep in mind is that the Djinn's level scales based on yours, which means that you can gain more EXP if you choose to hold onto the lamp for now and fight the Djinn at a later time.

Long Solution: You must pass a hybrid speech and Persuasion check, whereby depending on whether you pick the right combination or not, you might end up fighting him or be granted a choice between a variety of rewards that can be either good or bad. Be sure to save before initiating this quest.

Choice Result (Persuasion Success) Result (Persuasion Failure)
Strength OR Finesse Bad Reward  
Intelligence OR Finesse (with Mystic) Good Reward  
Wits Reward Denied. Trying again leads to Combat  
Combat Experience Only


Warning: Do not be misled by the "Persuasion Success!" message. High Persuasion will allow you to "pass" this initial check even if the choice is actually bad.

Choice Bad Reward Good Reward
Power Zapped by lightning which attempts to Knock Down


Djinn's Scimitar


Stolen Djinn's Gift

Magisters will constantly want to inspect you

Djinn's Gift (Intended to be Sold)


Children's Tales Book

Random Level 3 Skillbook
Destruction Entire Party is Permanently Blinded Hail Storm Scroll
Character Specific                                                     Nothing happens; you will be prompted to make a different choice instead

  Tips & Tricks

  • If you kill the Djinn, you will obtain a Hollow Lamp worth 2,000 Gold and EXP that is dependent on your current level, as the Djinn's level scales with yours. For example, you will gain 5,575 EXP at level 10, 10,775 EXP at level 12 and 55,800 EXP at level 17.
  • Choosing any wish (good or bad) will always leaves the character with the Hollow Lamp 9,750 EXP (or 6,950 in DE).
  • You can hold the lamp in your inventory and summon the Djinn in a more public place such as the Driftwood Marketplace to make the battle significantly easier.
    • Alternatively. the Djinn can be easily defeated by bringing his lamp at Jahan's cabin in Cloisterwood. Jahan will be able to defeat the Djinn by himself in his very first turn.
  • If you choose to destroy the lamp, a fight automatically ensues. You will gain the EXP from killing the Djinn, but you will NOT get a Hollow Lamp.

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    • Anonymous

      18 Jun 2021 04:35  

      Weird thing happened, I used the djin lamp in Arx, at the bridge to the cathedral and a fight started. Palas were helping me at first but then they aggroed (some stray aoe perhaps?), anywhoo, killed the djinn and the palas, but its body disappeared! I looked everywhere around but nothing...

      • Anonymous

        24 Mar 2021 21:32  

        It could be some weird kind of mod-conflict, but last time I encountered him the Djinn was immune to physical damage. Which was strange because it said that he was 50% Resistant to physical damage, not immune. Bleeding and magic damage worked though.

        • Anonymous

          16 Jan 2021 15:45  

          My party was lvl 14;
          Playing DE on Xbox:
          Make a wish 6750xp
          kill him 20775xp + lamp

          Tip: a good spot to start the fight is at the elven camp after saving Saheila.

          • Anonymous

            19 Nov 2020 07:49  

            For those wondering how random to cheese getting a good skillbook.
            Dont just reload and try again. Reload and spend some time doing stuff with other characters. like looking, talking to other people, puzzle solving, etc. I did it by looking the nearby digsite.
            That will cause time to pass in game, and thus change some number in the randomness process, and you will get another book then the one you had before.
            Note that doing the same things or number of things will always give you the same book as you got when doing those things or number of things before.

            At least that worked for me, and is what I observed.

            • Anonymous

              30 Sep 2020 04:22  

              I tried to update the "Djinn's Scimitar", but when I did the picture vanished. Looked ok in the editor, but doesn't get uploaded.
              Here is the link to the picture: https://linkpicture.com/view.php?img=LPic5f6f6e7e3f9582038579946

              • Anonymous

                31 Aug 2020 03:39  

                There is this moment when you want to cast a tp back to home after being a nice genius and some bastard stabs u in the back once and again... As good genius you ignore this person but eventually will shout you down...
                -Wishful genius.

                • Anonymous

                  05 Jul 2020 02:51  

                  At Lvl 11. Did the good reward(wealth). Before I hit end on the convo I put Sebille behind the Djinn. As soon as I ended the convo I immediately switch to Sebille then spam back stab until he dies as it tries to teleport away. For a total of 14675 exp.

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Feb 2020 03:20  

                    I did the gift one. before i hit end on the convo i summoned my creature with another character. as soon as i ended the convo i tped him to my summon and just wailed on him holding the ctrl key got xp for the kill too.

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Jan 2020 05:35  

                      in definitive edition, the sword is level 9, regardless of party level. the xp award is 6950 the sword has also be nerfed to hell. it lost 25% of its damage no movement or dodge buff and it lost 80% of the sell value. . . which pretty much makes killing the jinn, the best option

                      • Anonymous

                        17 May 2019 07:25  

                        You can do the dialog to get the reward you want and then 1 shot him with a heavy chest+telekinesis before he disappears to get the experience too. Did it in my last run.

                        • Anonymous

                          09 Apr 2019 20:43  

                          7725xp at level 11 for fighting him versus 6950xp plus an amulet worth almost 5k for passing persuasion check? That "simple solution" up there gives bad advice.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Apr 2019 09:51  

                            I released him on the bridge leading to the Cathedral in Arx. Then I killed him and all the unnamed Paladins there (as collateral AoE damage) for a whooping 600k exp total. Sadly it's not that much at those levels because it takes around 3M exp for a level up. I think releasing him in Driftwood would be better because back then you needed the levels much more. Act 2 has a huge difficulty jump: level 9 to 16 with many enemies capable of 1HKO a player.

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