Ten Tweetable Tips for Divinity: Original Sin

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Divinity: Original Sin is one of the best games so far this year (and I promise the review is coming shortly; boy is this game long!), but it takes time to get used to the ins and outs of its complex systems. If you’re just getting started, this vast role-playing game can be quite daunting, so I have put together ten tips I wish I had known going into the game. Read on, share on Twitter, and offer some (hopefully spoiler-free) suggestions in the comments below!

ONE

Talk to every named character. They usually have quests to offer, or at least, stories to share. #OriginalSinTips

TWO

Fill out your party right away. Cyseal: Jahan's in the mayor’s house, Madora's in the inn. #OriginalSinTips

THREE

Pet Pal and Leech are great early perks. Animals = humor and info; leech = a powerful Madora. #OriginalSinTips

FOUR

Don’t double up on too many non-combat abilities. You only need one loremaster, one pickpocket, etc. #OriginalSinTips

FIVE

Have you come down with the rot? Bloodstones are the cure. #OriginalSinTips

SIX

Make sure to visit The End of Time and talk to Zixzax periodically. Conveniences and hints await! #OriginalSinTips

SEVEN

Relationship with an important NPC in the toilet? Give items without asking for gold in return. #OriginalSinTips

EIGHT

Don’t underestimate Perception. Improve it in one character early on so you can avoid traps. #OriginalSinTips

Tip 10 1/2: Make sure at least two party members have summoning skills; summoned spiders and elementals can really keep the heat off of you.

NINE

Use bags to group together related materials. It makes crafting so much easier. #OriginalSinTips

TEN

Want tenebrium skills? Unlock hatch in Silverglen’s church, go to Sacred Stone, look for proper book #OriginalSinTips

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filhodebrigid
filhodebrigid

FOUR: You don't need to raise any non-combat skills. Just get the two first blood stones early on ( Evelyn + Black Cove ), open the Hall of Heroes at Homestead, hire two extra Henchmen and teach'em the crafting and nasty deeds skills. You can have Crafting/Blacksmithing 6 at level 8/9/10. 

jjleshko90
jjleshko90

Kevin's always so trendy. They aren't just tips, but tweetable tips!

l0ngshot
l0ngshot

Tip # 11. Don't sell the unique/legendary gear with Immune to Burning, Immune to knockdown, Immune to anything gear as it will come in handy.


Tip # 12. Save gear with 20%+ resistances. If you get your resistances to 100% you don't take any damage from those spells. :)

l0ngshot
l0ngshot

Dear God, this game is huge! After investing 84 hrs in the game I thought the game was almost coming to an end but NO! It keeps on going and I got 5 more quests. I'm going to keep on playing as every time I load an area there is something that I've forgotten. I'm going to do more runs with different classes to enjoy the game! These were the best £30 I've spent in a long long time. 

Bhemont
Bhemont

Don't understand #7 tbh

tingok_rizki
tingok_rizki

Haaahhhh..love this game....my penny is worth with this game

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Wonder when Kevin's review will drop :)

Love that he is taking his time with it though, its a very big rpg.

rotjunk
rotjunk

"Bully" only works for physical damage ... apparently. And I put it on both my mages. D'oh.

koospetoors
koospetoors

I love Larian games, a really great bunch of passionate gamers by the looks of it, Dragon Commander was hilariously fun and even Divinity 2 was quite the rough gem.


This game looks fantastic too, might definitely grab it soon. Reminds me of the days of Nox and Neverwinter Nights 1 and whatnot.

Igal-Ze
Igal-Ze

Best game in years.
My pro tip: You can cheese it by quick saving during dialog, even during the Rock-Paper-Scissor rolls. #AlwaysWinThoseRolls 

variable21
variable21

i think number TWO is the most powerful tip, go get them followers immedeatly !

if i dont know what i would have done without this info, because you dont know which characters can be followers, and you dont know that you desperately need them in combat.. heck you dont even now you can get followers early on in the game... 

Talis12
Talis12

Here is another.. the order in wich you have your characters linked in the top left of you screen sets the order in wich combat starts. Putting melee characters first can save you points moving characters before attacking.

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

It's a pretty cool game. Even in the tutorial it took me at least half a minute to realize if I can't lift the water barrels or rain water, I could just smash the ones at the fires edges.


Feel like I've let my attention dull on modern games.

dostunuz
dostunuz

No worries, In Kevin We Trust.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Uhh Kev... I can't speak for everyone but I (and perhaps many of your older-school fans of Divinity) don't care much for "The Twitter". I have found that people that spend every waking hour of their lives posting about what they are doing are the same people who constantly whine about their privacy being violated. Just kidding (not)


Otherwise thanks for the tips fine sir.




dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

I spent like two hours downloading this game, the second it said "combat is turn based" in the tutorial i exited and uninstalled

variable21
variable21

another quick thought: its a fine line between giving tips and spoiling some parts of the game, especially in a game like divinity original sin because getting through hard parts is some of the fun... sooo.... to those posting about late game and stuff: STOP. We arent there yet and we dont want to read the spoilers... thank you.

semi74
semi74

Just one tip needed, save often and reload more often.

variable21
variable21

the only thing that i really "know" from the game after 5 hours: i am thankful for every tip i can get, because boy is there no handholding, not even a little guidance, the dark souls of topdown games.. jesus.. i did so horribly even at the first few hours.. just crazy.. and then this: If you win a combat but one party member dies at this combat, he is just dead. And will be until you get some resurection scroll. Guess what: i didnt have one... RELOAD ! :D

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

I really avoid calling things legendary early on, but this game is unbelievable!!!

Nodashi
Nodashi

I cannot hire Madara for some reason. I got her in every playthough during beta, now she says my party is full or something like that. Bug maybe?

lmyyyks
lmyyyks

Hi, I'm still waiting for the review.

camelotcrusade
camelotcrusade

I love this game too!  We're playing a co-op game and we've put in 100+ hours already.  Here are some tips from me:


- An early crowd control tactic is to cast rain on enemies to make them wet before you fight.  Then use the 3 AP spell Bitter Cold to freeze them for 3 turns (good range on it, too) and it nearly always works.


- There are several skills that are very rare and most vendors won't sell them.  You can learn the magic skills by making your own skill books if you can find a scroll.  Keep your eyes open for:  summon skeleton warrior, summon wolf, ice wall, lightning bolt, magical poison dart (level 9 version), and burning blaze, in loot and in shops.   It's a good way to get multiple copies (and sometimes, the only copy - I never found summon wolf and had to make my own).


- The skillbook recipe (CR4) is two blank pages of the same element for a blank skill book, then combine that with the scroll of the same element to get a skill book (CR depends on spell rank).  If you don't have the right elemental pages, paper + pixie dust will make you a random page.  Keep your eyes open for special scrolls, blank skill books, and blank pages, it makes finding scrolls more worthwhile when you can pop out an extra skill book.

katerinafm
katerinafm

I've been playing this game for a week or so now, no idea if I'm close to the end or not, but it's amazing :D. 

Another neat thing to do: Make one character talk to an NPC in a shop while facing away so the other can steal everything in sight without being at risk of the NPC turning around and catching them. Or have the invisibility skill. I had that as a starting skill for my ranger and I stole everything from the starting town. I never worry about gold now, hahah


I messed up with the tenebrium stuff. I refused Brandon's quest (I didn't know it would make it unavailable if you were cautious with him), and only one of my characters can level up in tenebrium from the book. Pretty frustrating if you want multible characters to handle it.

ferna1234
ferna1234

if you like this you SHOULD try Temple of Elemental Evil. its simply a masterpiece.

Battleseed
Battleseed

@Bhemont If you piss off someone, you can gain back attitude points with them by trading them stuff and not asking for anything in return.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

@Bhemont it sounds like the kind of thing that will make sense when the time comes.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@kozzy1234 I have always liked this reviewer even if I disagree with him sometimes as unlike some, this guy really goes into detail and you can tell he has not only played the game but has really played it like we would, not just to finish and quickly write a review. while some professional reviewers will overlook small things that irritate because on a whole it is very small percent of what a game is, we know small irritating things like UI issues can build after hours and hours of fighting that small issue and can bring down a games score. Kevin will call it them out. 

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

@koospetoors It is there best game by far, Divine Divinity was before this one, but this is just a masterpiece! Larian are great devs, love there humor!  This is my favorite rpg of the last 10 years atleast.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Welp its busy downloading now, couldn't resist after reading through the comments and seeing how everyone is having tons of fun, thanks guys :P

kutmulc
kutmulc

@Talis12 This is wrong. The attack order is determined by your Initiative. Highest goes first.

Please don't spread misinformation. Thanks!

atroelstein
atroelstein

**Comment deleted. Yeah, sorry, not putting up with that kind of cruelty. - KV**

MADPADDY
MADPADDY

@dannydopamine8 Then your stupid for not finding out first,just about every website review and the store page says one of its MAIN features is turn based combat.

variable21
variable21

@semi74 i remapped the save button to T its closer to my hands natural position, i will get tired otherwise :D 

Gomtor
Gomtor

@variable21 You can fast travel to town and buy resurrection scrolls.  The dead party member(s) travel with you (LOL).  Their ash heaps will stay at the portal in town where you traveled to, until you return with said scroll.  The wizard in the legions offices (the one that is sometimes a cat - cant remember his name) in first map always have four to sell.  I always portal to Cecial north gate for that.

pug987
pug987

@Nodashi 

You can only have two followers so if you have a henchman she can't join. However I think that's not the problem cause you can first hire a hentchman a lot later than when you find Madara. Do you perhaps have the lone wolf perk? It gives some awesome bonuses but reduces followers by 1.

camelotcrusade
camelotcrusade

Just in case you're reading, they changed the recipe for blank elemental scrolls in the latest patch.  Now you need a blank page and the right type of elemental essence to make one; pixie dust always makes a witchcraft scroll.  In case they change it again, refer to the forums for the latest crafting guide, they keep tweaking the recipes.  

Gomtor
Gomtor

@katerinafm I steal the living hell out of everyone in the game using invisibility.  No cash shortages after that.  The best stuff to steal is paintings.  Worth a lot.  I also robbed the painter in the market square that way of all his paintings and sold it to the merchant next to him.

Talis12
Talis12

@kutmulc @Talis12 Sorry, i worded it wrong. Yes, initiative determines who's turn it is first but what i meant is the way your characters position themselves within the world. Making sure your tanky melee stands up front and takes the hits before your "weaker" ranger/mage does and not wasting valuable points by moving your melee from the back of the line towards the front.

Nodashi
Nodashi

@pug987 @Nodashi Ah, so it's lone wolf. They need to update the tooltip then, it's not clear. In the beta I used it with a 4 men group, believed it only made summons unavaiable to that character.

But ok, fair enought, my lone wolk knight can be really good, specially when buffed by the others.

katerinafm
katerinafm

@Gomtor @katerinafm Yep, that's what I did too. I actually have a hard time finding merchants that haven't ran out of gold I have so many stuff to sell. Also, if anything is golden (forks, plates), it means it'll sell for a lot, even if the object is not highlighted.


This game is great hahah

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@Nodashi @pug987 What is not clear here? The tooltip for lone wolf clearly states that you cannot have a companion anymore. 

Nodashi
Nodashi

@LordCrash88 Yes, "cannot have a companion". and you still can have one. It's clearly written to the multiplayer game (where every player control a single companion), in single player it's confusing - first time I read it, during character creation, I believed I would have just one main character.

Also, in the Beta, you could have 4 men parties anyway, so I didn't think about it until it was too late.

Anyway, started a new game, problem solved. I really want more people to talk to NPCs so I can steal EVERYTHING.