Divinity: Original Sin 2 -- Is Spider's Kiss Worth It?

I try not to let giant spiders take a bite out of me in real life, but in Divinity: Original Sin 2, at least there's a little something in it for you.

If Spiderman taught me anything, it's that you should always let weird, mutant spiders bite you -- and it's a lesson that you'd do well to remember in Divinity: Original Sin 2.

Beneath the tavern in Driftwood, you’ll find a strange woman named Dorotya who offers you a very short and simple quest (it’ll take you 2 minutes, tops) that can result in your character gaining the Spider’s Kiss talent -- which gives them a small boon in exchange for a penalty to their Constitution.

The penalty from Spider’s Kiss is always the same: -2 Constitution. However, the bonus you gain from depends on which vision you see when you first speak with Dorotya:

  • A towering oak: +2 Strength
  • A curved quill: +2 Intelligence
  • A golden chest: 2k gold
  • A dragon: +2 Wits
  • A chrysalis: Glowing Idol of Rebirth

You can complete the quest with each character in your party (choosing a different option each time), and you’re free to kill Dorotya for her loot after you’re done.

2,000 gold is clearly not worth the Constitution loss, but the rest of the bonuses are certainly worth letting a spider kiss you for.

For starters, Constitution is a pretty common dump stat – your character’s Vitality is obviously important, but the best way to avoid death is to dish out as much CC as possible and to mitigate any incoming CC, and Constitution doesn’t help with either of those things.

On the other hand, +2 to Strength, Intelligence, or Wits will help your characters in the CC department, as more damage (and higher Initiative if you pick Wits) means you can apply your stuns, knockdowns, and freezes that much sooner.

And then there’s the Glowing Idol of Rebirth, which will automatically resurrect the holder with full Vitality and armor should they fall in battle. The best part is that it requires only a single AP and a Resurrection scroll to recharge mid-combat.

So, unless your build specifically demands Constitution (eg. shield-users or Unstable builds), it's always worth letting Dorotya give you a little nip on the neck.

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That's all for now! But before you venture out with your newfound spider powers, be sure to check out the rest of our Divinity: Original Sin 2 guides for more tips and tricks!

Published Oct. 9th 2017

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