POWER OF ATTORNEY

        With respect to holdings of and transactions in securities issued by
Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (the "Company"), the undersigned hereby
constitutes and appoints the individuals, and their respective successors,
holding the positions named on Schedule A attached hereto and as may be amended
from time to time, or any of them signing singly, with full power of
substitution and resubstitution, to act as the undersigned's true and lawful
attorney-in-fact to:

        1.   execute for and on behalf of the undersigned, Schedules 13D and
             13G in accordance with Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act
             of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and the rules
             thereunder, and Forms 3, 4, and 5 in accordance with Section 16 of
             the Exchange Act and the rules thereunder;

        2.   do and perform any and all acts for and on behalf of the
             undersigned which may be necessary or desirable to complete and
             execute any such Schedule 13D or 13G or Form 3, 4, or 5, complete
             and execute any amendment or amendments thereto, and timely file
             such schedule or form with the SEC and any stock exchange or
             similar authority; and

        3.   take any other action of any type whatsoever in connection with
             the foregoing which, in the opinion of such attorney-in-fact, may
             be of benefit to, in the best interest of, or legally required by,
             the undersigned, it being understood that the documents executed
             by such attorney-in-fact on behalf of the undersigned pursuant to
             this Power of Attorney shall be in such form and shall contain
             such terms and conditions as such attorney-in-fact may approve in
             such attorney-in-fact's discretion.

        The undersigned hereby grants to each such attorney-in-fact full power
and authority to do and perform any and every act and thing whatsoever
requisite, necessary, or proper to be done in the exercise of any of the rights
and powers herein granted, as fully to all intents and purposes as the
undersigned might or could do if personally present, with full power of
substitution and resubstitution or revocation, hereby ratifying and confirming
all that such attorney-in-fact, or such attorneys-in-fact substitute or
substitutes, shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue of this Power of
Attorney and the rights and powers herein granted.

        The undersigned acknowledges that the foregoing attorneys-in-fact, in
serving in such capacity at the request of the undersigned, are not assuming,
nor is the Company assuming, any of the undersigned's responsibilities to
comply with Section 13 and Section 16 of the Exchange Act.

        This Power of Attorney shall remain in full force and effect until the
undersigned is no longer required to file Schedule 13D and 13G and Forms 3, 4,
and 5 with respect to the undersigned's holdings of and transactions in
securities issued by the Company, unless earlier revoked by the undersigned in
a signed writing delivered to the foregoing attorneys-in-fact.

        IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has caused this Power of Attorney
to be executed as of this 28th day of October, 2022.

                                   /s/ John L. Higgins
                                   John L. Higgins

                                Schedule A

           Individuals Appointed as Attorney-in-Fact with Full Power of
Substitution and Resubstitution

       Chief Financial Officer - Octavio Espinoza
       Chief Operating Officer - Matthew Korenberg
       Chief Legal Officer - Andrew Reardon