Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an exemplar of the cRPG genre, offering players a plethora of choices in what they play, where they go, and how they get there. In particular, players have the option of playing as an Undead character — a skeleton version of the game’s living races, which presents a whole new set of challenges both in and out of combat.
For starters, you’ll have to wrestle with the fact that healing magic harms the Undead. What’s worse, though, is the way NPCs react to you — you could be the most benevolent skeleton in all of Rivellon, and most NPCs will still treat you with hostility, some going so far as to attack you on sight if you don’t hide your face.
The easiest way around this hurdle is to have your Undead character don a magical mask that allows them to shapeshift into another race. These shapeshifting masks are essential for Undead characters to acquire, and there are a few ways to get them. But the easiest way to do so is to pick up the Face Ripper and combine it with Source Orbs to craft a shapeshifting mask.
How to Make a Shapeshifting Mask in Divinity: Original Sin 2
Step 1: Get the Face Ripper
The Face Ripper is a magical device that peels the faces off of corpses, giving you the grislier of the two crafting materials needed to create a shapeshifting mask.
You can find the Face Ripper in the clutches of Kniles the Flenser, one of the Magisters residing in the Fort Joy Prison (by the red arrow).
Kniles isn’t a very hard man to find, and he’ll even approach you to strike up a conversation when he sees you. However, the ensuing fight might be the toughest you’ve faced up to that point, so be prepared.
Once you have the Face Ripper, you’ll need to collect Source Orbs in order to craft a wearable mask.
Step 2: Find Source Orbs
As a rare crafting material in a game with randomized loot, Source Orbs can be very tough to find — but most players find their first Source Orbs in Act 2, at Driftwood. One of the earliest locations where you’ll find Source Orbs is in Meistr Siva’s basement in Driftwood, in the energy chest.
- Note: Source Points and Source Orbs are not the same thing.
If you’re unable to find a Source Orb (or don’t want to wait until Act 2 to pick it up), you can get one by simply killing Windego — the Sourcerer witch that stole Fane’s mask at the beginning of the game and tried to kill you. You can find her at the location marked in red below:
The Windego fight is pretty easy — even easier than the Kniles fight. Don’t worry or back down from the fight, because she won’t be summoning any krakens this time around.
Once you have a Source Orb in hand, just combine it with a ripped-off face and you’ll have your mask!
What to Do With Shapeshifting Masks
A shapeshifting masks will allow any character to change their form and interact with other NPCs as though they were a different species.
Technically speaking, all the mask will do is alter NPC attitudes towards you and your dialogue options, as there’s quite a few race-specific options in the game. However, this is particularly advantageous to Undead characters, as NPCs tend to treat them very poorly unless they look like something else.
Shapeshifting is always fun — and Divinity: Original Sin 2 even offers a Polymorphing skill class. But for the Undead, those shapeshifting masks are basically a necessity. So go get your Face Ripper, find some Source Orbs, and make one for yourself! Just be sure that you check out the rest of our Divinity 2 guides while you’re here:
- Divinity Original Sin 2: Companion Quests and Locations
- Divinity Original Sin 2: The Burning Pigs Guide
- Divinity Original Sin 2: Fort Joy Escape and Collar Removal Guide
- Divinity Original Sin 2 Ultimate Build Guide
- Divinity Original Sin 2 Guide: Black Cat Secrets Revealed