Beginners Guide - Tips on How to Play Divinity: Original Sin

Having trouble getting started in Divinity: Original Sin? From building characters to earning easy money, here are a few tips to help you get started on your own epic adventure.

 At first glance, Divinity: Original Sin by Larian Games can seem like a bit much to wrap your head around, but with a few helpful hints for starting out, you can get into the swing of things and begin your epic adventure.

You create two unique characters at the start of the game

Creating these characters is not as simple as in most games. You choose a skill preset at the beginning, but this is really just a guideline. Every time you level up, you distribute skill points anywhere you want, making you character proficient in whatever you choose. Want to be a warrior? Put points into strength and one or two-handed weapons. A flame-based wizard? Put points into intelligence and your pyro skills. You can create a list of skills custom fit to your play style, and you can continue to add skills by finding skill books through out the game.

Character Creation in Divinity

 

You also get to recruit two followers in the first town

One is a tank, DPS heavy character named Madora. The other is a support wizard with healing and lightning powers named Jahar. Now with these two characters in mind, you might want to create your own two characters to different specifications in order to get the most out of your party. Also make sure to pay attention to your surroundings, as many skills have an affect on areas, such as lightning to water, and fire to oil. 

Example of environmental damage in Divinity

One key difference between Original Sin and other RPG's today is its lack of hand-holding

One key difference between Original Sin and other RPG's today is its lack of hand-holding.

You create your characters, and you are just thrown into the world. There is a brief tutorial that touches on the basics, but if you want to know what you need to do, you really need to examine your quest log, and what characters tell you. There is no arrow telling you where to go, part of the game is discovering it all for your self. You need to be able to read into the dialogue to figure out what your next objective is.

How to Make Money in Divinity: Original Sin - Fast

Early on, players may find problems with having enough money. A solution many found is to steal any paintings you see. Practically every thing in the game can be taken, as long as you aren't caught by the owner. Paintings fetch a pretty penny from the vendors, (also worth noting that practically everyone can sell you items in the game), and paintings are found in almost every building in town. Sell a few of these, and you should have enough gold to get some armor, arrows, swords, and maybe even a few skill books.

These are just some tips to help you take in the world of Divinity: Original Sin, but the possibilities are truly endless

Once you get the hang of things you will be able to discover everything you are truly capable of doing.

Oh... and one last thing. You may want to get the Pet Pal trait early on in the game. This allows you to talk to animals all through out the game. Just a tip.

For more guides to Divinity: Original Sin, feel free to check out the guides section of the Steam community for the game, for tips on class building, quest help, and even modding guidelines.

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Published Jul. 17th 2014
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Contributor
    Nice tips!

    One more tip I would like to add is that you shouldn't approach combat like most other rpgs as it can pay off to use the environment to your advantage (and don't fight anything that is more than 2-3 levels compared to you!)
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Hmm.. This is sounding more and more like something I very much need to play. Thanks for sharing!

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