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Dragon Age II
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Greg Boccia
Editor(s): Greg Boccia, Claire Farnworth
First Published: 24-07-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 21-05-2020 / 18:24 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 28-05-2020 / 03:29 GMT

Dragon Age II Guide

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The Last Straw (Siding with the Mages)

Head to the Gallows after accepting this quest from the Writing Desk at the Hawke Estate. After the scene you are left with the inevitable choice of taking sides, you must choose either the mages or the templars. There are consequences to the choices you make, some party members will leave during these choices.

Fenris will leave if you side with the Mages and haven't completed all of his Companion Quests. If Fenris leaves then Aveline will stay, but if he stays then Aveline will leave if her Friendship is below 50%. You must also decide to kill Anders, set him free, or to re-join the party. If you don't execute him then Sebastian will leave the party, no negotiation. If you side with the mages and set Anders free then you may recruit him back later. Obviously, killing Anders means he is gone from the party.

Siding with the Mages If you back Orsino and the mages then you are immediately thrust into combat against the Templars. Loot the crates and barrels as you move east, don't miss the chest - complex . As you near the Foundry you will run into an Abomination and several Templars and Shades. As you continue east there are more Abominations led by a Desire Demon. Outside the exit to the Docks you will fight more Templars but Mages will aid you.

Fight your way through the swarms of enemies until you reach the Templar Hall.

As you enter the Docks loot the barrel , corpse , crate , and chest - complex then defeat the Pride Demon and the Blood Mage. To the east you will find The Enigma of Kirkwall but the west is the direction you must head in order to reach the Gallows.

Note: If you have been following the guide and picked up at least 9 pieces of The Enigma of Kirkwall, you will earn the achievement/trophy 'Archaeologist' at this point.

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During each year in Kirkwall, discovered 3 secret messages from the Band of Three.


You have the chance to talk to all the party members before taking off. If Aveline is Captain of the Guard then you won't face any of the Guardsmen in your quest. Loot the chests in the area as you wrap things up.

Speak with Orsino to continue on after a few scenes. You must fight your way out of the Gallows Prison. Defeat the army of Templars that comes only to have Orsino lose it.

Boss: Orsino

Staff of Violation Orsino's Signet Ring
Cold Normal
Electric Very Weak
Fire Normal
Nature Immune
Spirit Very Weak
Abilities Immunities
Ground Slam Sleep
Blood Drain Knockdown
Gut Throw Immobilize
Blood Spurt Paralyze
Wet End Enslavement
The battle starts off with Orsino in his Hulking form. During this form he will use Blood Drain often, this attack can be and should be interrupted in order to prevent any healing. When flanked Orsino will use Ground Slam to stun nearby enemies. This initial phase should go by rather easily, once his health is depleted he will take a Scuttling form and summon low rank Corpses. During this form Orsino is very fast, use slowing spells to keep him in place and pummel him. Once his health is drained he will return to his hulking form one last time. Defeat him once more to end the battle.

During the first phase, focus on dishiong out damage on Orsino (left) the second phase sees a smaller version of the boss that can teleport and summon enemies (right).

Enter the Templar Hall and fight off the Shades that attack, and the eventual Rage Demons. Head north to find Sandal and all your storage items. Head south into a new area and check the northern room for a corpse that is booby trapped. Enter the eastern room to find a Desire Demon and all her friends. Loot the two chests and move south to a corpse and more Templars. Loot the dead and move to the main foyer, fighting off more waves of Templars.

Head to the western side of the Keep to find a corpse . Through the door is an Arcane Horror and Abominations waiting for you. The room to the north, Knight-Commander Meredith's room, has a chest - master containing Templar Ceremonial Cumberbund . Orsino's room to the south has a chest - standard with a Dreamcatcher and Mark of the Fallen . At the far western end you will face two Pride Demons and the various Shades that spawn to their aid. Loot the pile of bones for Shield of the Resolute then enter the Gallows Courtyard.

Boss: Meredith

Cold Very Weak
Electric Normal
Fire Normal
Nature Normal
Spirit Very Weak
Abilites Immunities
Rushing Strike Slow
Energy Burst Knockdown
Drop Thrust Immobilize
Many of Meredith's attacks can be dodged by simply running towards her if you react quickly. If you can dodge the Energy Burst attack you can lead it back to Meredith and actually cause her to stun herself. The Drop technique can also be dodged and will leave Meredith temporarily stunned as well.

Focus on Meredith herself (left) and focus on the animated statues when she is not around (right).

There are three total phases to this fight, but Meredith's attacks and actions remain the same in all the phases. At 75% health she will summon a Gate Guardian. At 50% she will summon another Gate Guardian as well as Stone Statues. Stone Statues will continue to spawn on a regular basis at this point in the battle. At 25% Meredith will summon two Gate Guardians simultaneously. When Meredith reaches 5% she will essentially pause the battle and give a death speech. Give her everything you have since your cooldowns should be up, this should end the fight.

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Defeated Meredith, knight-commander of Kirkwall's templars.

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Champion of Kirkwall

Completed Dragon Age II.


Note: If this is your second time through the game, or if you played through using data imported from Dragon Age: origins, you will earn the achievement/trophy 'Epic'.

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Completed Dragon Age II twice, or completed it once with a save imported from Dragon Age Origins.


Congratulations! You have completed Dragon Age II.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, 360
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    24 July 2014
  • Last Updated
    21 May 2020
  • Guide Author
    Greg Boccia

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