I cannot hide in your wake, but I will not be a footnote. Witness Gaxkang!

Gaxkang the Unbound is an ancient Demon encountered in the Quaint Hovel, at the end of the Unbound side quest.

Background Edit

The first of the magus cast themselves deep in the Fade in search of answers and power, always power. They found the forbidden ones – Xebenkeck, Imshael, Gaxkang the Unbound, and The Formless One. Many conversations were had and much of the fabric of the world revealed. And thus the magic of blood was born. ―Unknown mage

Stories and tavern songs tell of an ancient evil known as "the Unbound", a demon. After Gaxkang has been defeated, the quest entry will state that "the unbound revenant Gaxkang was defeated and sent back to the Fade".

Involvement Edit

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Gaxkang is the final boss of the Unbound side quest. He can be found in the Quaint Hovel located in a Dirty Back Alley in Denerim.

Strategy Edit

Gaxkang possesses the unique ability to switch between a warrior form (Revenant) and a magical form (Arcane Horror), which possesses different abilities in each form. He shares similarities with Revenants encountered in Brecilian Forest that is not immune to nature damage but resistant to fire.

Note: Save your game before entering the door. There is no auto-save once inside and it's a tough fight.

Revenant Abilities

Spell-AuraofWeakness icon Aura of Weakness
Shred Double Strike
Ico Pull Pull
Talent wns shieldwall Shield Wall

Arcane Horror Abilities

Spell-AfflictionHex icon Affliction Hex
Spell-ConeOfCold icon Cone of Cold
Spell-CurseOfMortality icon Curse of Mortality
Ico Spirit Blast Spirit Blast
Spell-DispelMagic icon Dispel Magic
Spell-DrainLife icon Drain Life
Spell-Horror icon Horror
Spell-Inferno icon Inferno
Spell-Miasma icon Miasma
Mind Blast Mind Blast
Walking Bomb Walking Bomb
Spell-Weakness icon Weakness
Spell-Winter'sGrasp icon Winter's Grasp
Spell-MisdirectionHex icon Misdirection Hex

Generally speaking, his Arcane Horror form is much more dangerous than Revenant one. Fortunately most of his spells can be countered by spell resistance: warriors can easily achieve 100% spell resistance via Knight Commander's Plate and The Spellward, while rogues and mages can only do so with dual-wields and numbers of Dweomer runes.

Note that even if the character grants 100% spell resistance, two of his spells: Spirit Blast and Drain (similar to Arcane Bolt and Drain Life) will ignore spell resistance, cause heavy spirit damage and are likely to be casted continuously should Gaxkang's mana reserve went low. Thus a character needs to deal enough damage to force him to switch into Revenant mode.

Characters using non-staff weapons may find it difficult to inflict sufficient damage on him. It is due to the fact that Gaxkang has one of highest defense value among enemies, which is further enhanced by Aura of Weakness and/or Miasma, as well as high armor rating. Spells/talents like Heroic Offense, Dueling and Perfect Striking will help against his high defense, while issue on armor penetration can be solved by Telekinetic Weapons.

One of the easiest method of taking down Gaxkang is by Mana Clash: any caster with high enough spellpower and Vulnerability Hex may even be able to one-shot him on nightmare. It is not always reliable, however. As both an Arcane Horror and an elite-boss rank enemy, Gaxkang has around 40% spell resistance on nightmare, making the Mana Clash approach a risky bet. However, after the Mana Clash he is effectively neutered unable to do anything in his Arcane Horror form besides basic attacks.

Loot Edit

Ico longsword Keening BladeKeening Blade
Dragonbone (Tier 7)
Requires: 31 strength

Damage: 11.20
Critical chance: 3.20%
Armor penetration: 4.00
Strength modifier: 1.00
Rune slot Rune slot Rune slot
+2 armor penetration
+6 attack
+3 cold damage

Ico shield towermetal Fade WallFade Wall
Heavy shield
Silverite (Tier 6)
Requires: 38 strength

Fatigue: 6.00%
Strength modifier: 1.00
+3 defense
+20% to healing effects received
+1/+2 stamina regeneration in combat
+25 stamina
(occasional drop)

Trivia Edit

  • Gaxkang outranks even the High Dragon under "Most Powerful Foe Slain" found in Heroic Accomplishments under Character Record.
  • Gaxkang is a reference to Kangaxx - a demilich from Baldur's Gate.

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Unbound
Codex icon DA2 Codex entry: Forbidden Knowledge