An Ancient Formula

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An Ancient Formula
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Oleg's Trading Post
Wererat Lair
Kingdom quest
Previous Quest
The Court Alchemist

An Ancient Formula is a quest in Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

Journal[edit | edit source]

Bokken from the trading post has hinted that he could brew a rare and incredibly powerful potion for the {baron/baroness/King/Queen}. However, he hasn't revealed what exactly he has in mind...
Bring Bokken the three volumes of alchemical treatise: "Of Transmutations and Bodily Poisons"
To begin, Bokken requires an alchemical treatise that holds the recipe for a wondrous potion. He suggested looking for the book in magic shops and searching through "the belongings of other alchemists". For example, he recommended paying a visit to Old Beldame.
Wait for news from Bokken
The alchemist dove into the books as soon as he got his hands on them. He promised to inform the {baron/baroness/King/Queen} the very moment there are any results.
Talk to Bokken
Svetlana is worried for Bokken. It would be good to pay him a visit.
Experiment on a dog nearby and report to Bokken
Bokken has brewed the first batch of his miraculous concoction! The problem is, he isn't sure he's got the formula quite right… The potion has to be tested on a local dog – what a poor mutt!
Experiment on a wererat and report to Bokken
Lycanthropes are humanoids, so testing the potion on them would be ideal. Bokken says that a lair of wererats has been spotted in the nearby woods – and surely he meant the Narlmarches.
Wrestle Bokken down
Bokken decided to test the potion on himself – and lost his mind! He has to be stopped before someone gets hurt!
After all the trials and tribulations, Bokken has learned all he needs to know about the potion. All that's left is to wait for the results of his research!

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

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  • Find the three books for Bokken: "Of Transmutations and Bodily Poisons", Part I, Part II, and Part III. See the item pages for locations.
  • Return the books to Bokken and wait until you have a throne room event where you receive a letter from Svetlana.
  • Travel to Oleg's Trading Post and talk to Bokken. He will ask you to dose a dog with his new potion. If you refuse any step from now on, the quest will be failed. The consequences of this are unknown.
  • Give the potion to the dog, then kill it, or untie the dog and go back to Bokken and lie to him about it.
  • Bokken will tell you to test the potion on wererats, which will unlock Wererat Lair but not reveal it. You can find the lair a ways to the west and slightly south.
  • You either attack them directly and test it on one of the mortally wounded ones, or trick them into drinking it. Regardless, there will be a combat.
  • Return to Bokken and tell him what happened. He will then drink another potion and attack you. Defeat him to knock him back to his senses. This completes the quest.