The Coming Storm is the second to last main quest in Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire. This is an unusual mission because there isn't much to do. Your goal is to reach Ukaizo island where the finale of the will take place. It is important to know that you can reach Ukaizo in a few different ways depending on your actions or started quests. Below, and on the next few pages of this guide, you can check out information on preparations for the finale.
Important note - Journey to Ukaizo is a one-way trip. Once you get there, you won't be able to travel back to the world map. Also, the game doesn't allow you to play after completing the main storyline, even after achieving one of the "good" endings.
Ways of reaching Ukaizo
The Coming Storm quest can be completed in five different ways. Each of the variants has the same goal - reaching Ukaizo. However, your choice not only has impact on your journey itself but also on the game's ending (e,g, how a given faction has acted at the end of the campaign).
If you don't want to work with any of the factions (variant 1) then be sure that your ship is upgraded (sails and hull) and has well-trained crew. This means that you will have to spend a lot of gold. However, you won't have to complete final quests for any of the factions.
If you want to ally yourself with one of the factions (variants 2-5) then you have to complete all of their starting quests (they have separate tabs in your journal). After that you must complete 1 or 2 final quests of that particular faction. These missions become available only after starting The Coming Storm main quest.
Note - Completing a final quest/quests for one faction cancels all other final quests for the remaining factions. You can travel on Ukaizo only with one faction. Also, it is possible that one of the final quests can require you to, e.g. kill a leader of an opposing faction or you may be asked to confront representants of other groups.
Additional preparations before travelling on Ukaizo
Besides making a decision on cooperating (or not) with one of the main factions, you should also take care of a few other things before you go on Ukaizo. Note - Complete positions 1, 2 and 3 in advance if you have decided to work with one of the factions. During a final quest/quests you can be forced to participate in a challenging fight or fights. It is better to command a powerful and well-rested party.
- Level up your party members to at least level 16-17. This shouldn't be difficult to do provided that you didn't ignore chances for exploration and completing side quests. Don't try to complete the storyline with a weaker party. On Ukaizo, you will have to participate in two battles (one of them is a fight with the final boss) that can't be skipped, e.g. by choosing the right conversation options.
- Equip your party members with the best gear. Get rid of every useless piece of equipment. The gold that you will get for selling items can be spend on, e.g. unique weapons and armors or on enchanting most powerful items.
- Send your party members to rest and check out your supplies. Remember to rest at an inn and select the option that offers the best bonuses. Also, you should check out if you have enough potions, scrolls, bombs etc. You can either craft these items yourself or buy from merchants.
- Change/upgrade your ship and hire a skilled crew. Ship upgrades and better crew are both very important (even mandatory) if you chose the first variant (travelling to Ukaizo alone). Here, buying a new ship and/or upgrading your currently owned can cost you several dozens of gold. Other variants (cooperation with a faction) give you a chance to receive a better vessel (this ones don't need to be upgraded).
- Complete all side quests and visit all the main locations in the game. Try to visit all the most important locations (the ones that have their own unique maps) and complete all side quests found in those places (including "Bounty" type quests). Final faction quests should be done last. You can also get additional XP and treasures by visiting new islands and exploring smaller locations (those that are explored via scripted interactions). Again, remember that you can't continue playing the game after completing the main storyline. This means that you won't be able to explore other islands or complete side quests.