Dragon Age Inquisition Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Platforms
    Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    18 December 2014
  • Last Updated
    19 March 2018
  • Guide Author
    Greg Boccia, Greg Wright, Claire Farnworth

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War Table

War Table

Miscellaneous Operations

Address a Noblemans Concerns

Prerequisites : Hinterlands Unlocked. This operation is only available if you have not completed In Your Heart Shall Burn.

Name Notes
Power Cost 0
Time Required 20

Rewards: 60 Influence

Details: A paranoid nobleman wants the Inquisition to deal with refugees on his lands. Josephine wants to refuse the man’s request, which gains you nothing. Have Leliana help the nobleman, or Cullen help the refugees, for a small reward instead.

Wedding Alliances Operation Chain

Alliances: Observing the Deadlock

Prerequisites: Available in Skyhold. Inquisition Rank is 4 or greater.

Name Notes
Power Cost 0
Time Required 120

Rewards: None

Details: Noble houses are aligning in an attempt to match the Inquisition. You can toy with them.

Alliances: Getting Things Moving

Requirements **Alliances: Observing the Deadlock** complete. Completed **Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts** or **Here Lies the Abyss** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 180 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections 30 Influence
Secrets None
Forces 30 Influence
**Details:** Orlesian nobles are rallying behind two families: the traditional, old-money desRosiers and the progressive, new-money Thibaults. The Inquisition can back one of the families to create an alliance. Choose Cullen to back the desRosiers. This unlocks Alliances: The Old Guard Forward. Choose Josephine to back the Thibaults. This unlocks Alliances: Forging a Way Forward.

Alliances: The Old Guard Forward

Requirements Completed **Alliances: Getting Things Moving** with Cullen.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 120 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections 30 Influence
Secrets 30 Influence
Forces 30 Influence
**Details:** Lord desRosier requests additional support as he makes allegiances in the capital. A matchmaker starts looking to use her own influence.

Alliances: Falling into Place

Requirements Completed **Alliances: The Old Guard Forward** . Depending on where you are in the game, you may need to adventure for a while before this is available.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 180 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections 60 Influence
Secrets None
Forces 60 Influence
**Details:** The Thibault family could be rivals to the desRosiers. The daughter of Lady Thibault wishes to marry into the Leandre family. Neutralizing this alliance could allow for a more profitable pairing. Cullen suggests a direct approach. The Inquisition can demand the Leandres’ exclusion from court. This unlocks Alliances: With Impassioned Pleas. Josephine suggests marginalizing the Leandre name, believing that the appeal of the Leandre/Thibault match will dry up. This unlocks Alliances: From the Heart.

Alliances: With Impassioned Pleas

Requirements Completed **Alliances: Falling Into Place** with Cullen. Completed **Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts** and **Here Lies the Abyss** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections 1 Ornamented Brooch
Secrets 1 Ornamented Brooch
Forces 1 Ornamented Brooch
**Details:** The Leandre family staged blockades at desRosier holdings and called on the Thibaults to stand with them. The protest was driven by the Leandre son who claims that he and the Thibault daughter intended to marry for love, not status. The matchmaker points out that a match between Lord desRosier and the Thibault daughter would be more advantageous. Cullen does not want to waste soldiers on this conflict. The families can sort it out themselves. It is implied that the Leandre son and Thibault daughter die. The matchmaker and Lord desRosier may be found in Val Royeaux. Cullen does not want to waste soldiers on this conflict. The families can sort it out themselves. It is implied that the Leandre son and Thibault daughter die. The matchmaker and Lord desRosier may be found in Val Royeaux. Josephine suggests putting full support behind the desRosiers. The marriage between Lord desRosier and the Thibault daughter is arranged. The marriage itself can be witnessed in Val Royeaux. The Inquisitor can speak at the wedding. Leliana suggests that the daughter – and her lover – should be disappear from the conflict. Plans for a marriage between Lord desRosier and the Thibault daughter move forward, however the daughter elopes with her lover. The matchmaker and Lord desRosier can be found in Val Royeaux without a bride.

Alliances: Forging a Way Forward

Requirements Completed **Alliances: Getting Things Moving** with Josephine.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 120 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 30 Influence
Secrets 30 Influence
Forces 30 Influence
**Details:** Lady Tibault requests additional support as she makes allegiances in the capital. A matchmaker starts looking to use her own influence.

Alliances: Reaching Ever Upward

Requirements Completed **Alliances: Forging a Way Forward** . Depending on where you are in the game, you may need to adventure for a while before this is available.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 180 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 1 Amulet of Power
Secrets 1 Amulet of Power
Forces None
**Details:** The desRosier family could be rivals to the Thibaults. The best way to deal with them would be to create a social alliance but the Thibault daughter is engaged elsewhere. Josephine supports leaving the Thibaults to deal with the desRosiers. This unlocks Alliances: From the Heart. Leliana suggests attacking Lord desRosier’s good name. This unlocks Alliances: With Angered Eyes.

Alliances: From the Heart

Requirements Completed **Alliances: Falling into Place** with Josephine or **Alliances: Reaching Ever Upward** with Josephine. Completed **Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts** and **Here Lies the Abyss** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 1 Ornamented Brooch
Secrets 1 Ornamented Brooch
Forces 1 Ornamented Brooch
**Details:** The matchmaker is prepared to make an alliance between Lord desRosier and the Thibault daughter, though it is implied that the Thibault daughter is truly in love with the Leandre son. However since the daughter is making sacrifices to ensure the Inquisition’s desired alliance, Leandre will honor that decision and pledge himself to the Inquisition instead. Cullen suggests a way to help the Leandre son and Thibault daughter elope. The matchmaker and Lord desRosier can be found in Val Royeaux without a bride. Josephine suggests an official marriage between the Leandre son and Thibault daughter. You can locate the bride, groom and matchmaker in Val Royeaux. The Inquisitor can speak at their wedding. Leliana can ensure that the desRosier/Thibault wedding occurs. The marriage itself can be witnessed in Val Royeaux. The Inquisitor can speak at the wedding.

Alliances: With Angered Eyes

Requirements Completed **Alliances: Reaching Ever Upward** with Leliana. Completed **Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts** and **Here Lies the Abyss** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections 1 Ornamented Brooch
Secrets 1 Ornamented Brooch
Forces 1 Ornamented Brooch
**Details:** Lord desRosier has directly challenged the holdings of the Thibaults. The matchmaker suggests uniting the desRosiers and Thibaults through marriage, however the Thibault daughter is still engaged to the Leandre son. Cullen advises directly thwarting Lord desRosier’s. The Thibault daughter and Leandre son are able to marry. You can locate the bride, groom and matchmaker in Val Royeaux. The Inquisitor can speak at their wedding. Josephine agrees with the matchmaker’s plan. The marriage between Lord desRosier and the Thibault daughter is arranged. The marriage itself can be witnessed in Val Royeaux. The Inquisitor can speak at the wedding. Leliana suggests withdrawing from the conflict and leaving the nobles to their own devices. It is implied that the Leandre son and Thibault daughter die. The matchmaker and Lord desRosier may be found in Val Royeaux.

Western Approach Operation Chain

Secure a Source of Water for Outpost

Requirements Claim Griffon Wing fortress in the Western Approach.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 30 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections 60 Influence
Secrets 60 Influence
Forces 60 Influence
**Details:** Inquisition agents at Griffon Wing fortress once need to secure more sources of water to maintain the keep. Each of the advisors has suggestions on how to locate fresh water. Choose as you wish.

Deal with the Angry Varghests

Requirements **Secure a Source of Water for Outpost** completed.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections None
Secrets 60 Influence
Forces 60 Influence
**Details:** Your men have found a source of water, but in the process have angered a colony of varghests. The varghests are attacking caravans, making it hard for supplies to get through the desert. Cullen thinks you should just kill the varghests. Leliana thinks you should relocate the varghest colony as the destruction of their habitat is the Inquisition’s fault.

Kirkwall Operation Group

An Ally from Starkhaven

Requirements If a world state where Sebastian was recruited was imported, if Redcliffe or Therinfal Redoubt is complete.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections Random amount of Gold (e.g. 90 Gold)
Secrets None
Forces None
**Details:** The new Inquisition receives a missive from Sebastian Vael of Starkhaven. He wishes to extend a hand in friendship to the Inquisition. Leave it to Josephine to cement to alliance.

Aiding Kirkwall

Requirements If the Inquisition accepted Sebastian Vael’s friendship, Inquisitor deal with the Grey Wardens at Adamant, Inquisitor returned from the ball at Halamshiral, a world state where Anders was executed was imported.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 30 Influence
Secrets 30 Influence
Forces 30 Influence
Details
**Details:** Sebastian Vael wants to help rebuild the city of Kirkwall, which still suffers from the actions of the apostate named Anders. He wants the Inquisition to send soldiers and workers to help in the aid effort. Leliana think it is a waste of time and Inquisition resources should be spent on defeating Corypheus. Josephine will appeal to noble allies to help Kirkwall and Cullen will send troops to try to remove the red lyrium in the Gallows.

Annexing Kirkwall

Requirements If the Inquisition accepted Sebastian Vael’s friendship, Inquisitor deal with the Grey Wardens at Adamant, Inquisitor returned from the ball at Halamshiral, a world state where Anders lives was imported.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections None
Secrets None
Forces None
**Details:** Sebastian Vael wishes to annex Kirkwall in order to locate the apostate Anders, who is still at large. He entreats the Inquisition for help in this matter. Josephine believes staying out of it is best for the Inquisition, and it will avoid offending your allies. She is correct in this case. This will earn the Inquisition a better reward. However, if your Inquisition agrees on a moral grounds with either Cullen or Leliana, side with them instead.

Michel de Chevin Operation Group

Assigning Michel de Chevin

Requirements Helped Michel in Emprise du Lion and gained him as an agent.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections 1 Enchanter Staff
Secrets 1 Enchanter Staff
Forces 1 Enchanter Staff
**Details:** Michel de Chevin, ex-chevalier, is now part of the Inquisition. As Inquisitor, you decide where his expertise is most valuable. Cullen wants him as an officer, Josephine wishes to loan him out as an advisor to one of your noble allies and Leliana wants him working with Solas and the Inquisition scholars on the eluvians, as Michel has encountered them in the past.

Reconciliation for Celene and Michel

Requirements Completed **Assigning Michel de Chevin** , completed **Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts** with Celene retaining the throne of Orlais.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections None
Secrets None
Forces None
**Details:** The Inquisition has received a visit from one of Empress Celene’s attendants. She wishes a reconciliation with Michel, who was once her champion. Michel does not know about this yet. Cullen believes Michel deserves to be told. However, Leliana is more suspicious of the visitor and wonders whether Celene genuinely wants to reconcile, or is simply looking for a spy in the Inquisition. Choose as you wish.

Restoring Michel de Chevin’s Honor

Requirements Completed **Assigning Michel de Chevin** , completed **Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts** with Gaspard on the throne of Orlais.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections 60 Influence
Secrets 60 Influence
Forces 60 Influence
**Details:** The Inquisition has received a letter from the new Emperor of Orlais. Gaspard has heard that Michel de Chevin is now with the Inquisition and wishes to allow Michel, previously disgraced, to return to court. Leliana suspects Gaspard’s intentions, however. Picking any of the advisors will gain some influence for the Inquisition.

Executors Operation Chain

Investigate the Strange Chalk Markings

Requirements Many perks in Secrets.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 30 Influence
Secrets 30 Influence
Forces None
**Details:** Inquisition agents have noticed a strange symbol, drawn in chalk in and around established Inquisition outposts. Someone is making them for some reason. You might want to discover what it is. One of your assassins, Argent, thinks she once saw a similar marking on a ledger belonging to a comtess. Send Josephine to follow-up on this lead. Or you could take Leliana’s suggestion to set up a decoy outpost and watch it carefully. Either will allow the Inquisition to learn something about the symbol.

Unmask "Those Across the Sea"

Requirements Completed **Investigate the Strange Chalk Markings** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections None
Secrets 1 Master Demon-Slaying Rune
Forces None
**Details:** Your agents have learned that the symbols are the work of “those across the sea.” Leliana wishes to find out more about them, and their intentions. However, Cullen disagrees that you should be spending Inquisition resources on this task. Accept Leliana’s suggestion to pursue “those across the sea” and earn a reward.

Serault Operation Chain

Investigate Serault

Requirements Hinterlands Unlocked.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections None
Secrets None
Forces None
**Details:** Serault is a strange and remote town in the farthest reaches of Orlais, and the last place Justinia V visited before the ill-fated Divine Conclave. Leliana wonders if this might have something to do with the attack on the Conclave. Send Josephine to speak to the rulers of Serault, or Leliana to make contact with the people to see what they know. Your choice will determine what happens next.

Search for the Lost in Serault

Requirements Haven destroyed, Josephine’s emissary sent to make contact in Investigate Serault.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections None
Secrets 3 Prophet’s Laurel, 1 Serault Glass
Forces 3 Prophet’s Laurel, 1 Serault Glass
**Details:** The emissary Josephine sent to Serault remaind by the marquis’ side, but both have now gone missing on a hunt. Send Cullen’s soldiers to locate the lost, or Leliana’s spies, who may be quieter. Sending spies will allow you to save the Marquis and gain something special from Serault.

Quell Unrest in Serault

Requirements Haven destroyed, Leliana’s spies sent to make contact in Investigate Serault.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections 3 Serault Glass
Secrets None
Forces 3 Serault Glass
**Details:** Leliana’s spies have discovered that Justinia’s visit to Serault had nothing to do with Corypheus or the Conclave. However, they’ve learned about a revolt brewing amongst the people, caused by fear about the state of the world. The marquis attempts to get the people to settle down, but may require help to do so. Cullen advises sending Inquisition soldiers to help the people feel more secure, while Josephine suggests sending an Inquisition representative to help allay the people’s fears. Sending soldiers may cost the Inquisition more, but helps the people feel safe, and will earn the Inquisition a special prize from Serault.

Crows Operation Chain

Investigate Lord Enzo of Antiva

Requirements Completed **Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts** or **Here Lies the Abyss** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 1 Masterwork Imbued Staff Grip
Secrets 1 Masterwork Imbued Staff Grip
Forces None
**Details:** The Venatori are smuggling red lyrium into Antiva. Leliana or Josephine can help you investigate Lord Enzo, a possible venatori contact.

An Offer from the Crows

Requirements Completed **Investigate Lord Enzo of Antiva** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 15 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 1 Masterwork Mabari Grip
Secrets 1 Masterwork Mabari Grip
Forces None
**Details:** Inquisitions track Lord Enzo after he flees Antiva. They encounter the Crows who have been hired to assassinate Enzo for unrelated reasons. The Crows offer to assist since you are working towards a common goal. Leliana and Josephine will both work with the Crows. Do not choose Cullen, as working alone will not yield a reward.

A Missing Assassin

Requirements Completed **An Offer from the Crows** . Zevran was recruited in Dragon Age: Origins, is still alive and was not romancing the Warden.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 15 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections None
Secrets 1 Wooden Crow Figurine
Forces None
**Details:** Zevran writes to the Inquisition. He notices that the Crows have been in contact with you and offers his assistance instead. Leliana will choose working with Zevran while Cullen will opt for the Crows.

Word from the Crows

Requirements Chose Cullen in **A Missing Assassin** or did not have the requirements for **A Missing Assassin** because Zevran is not alive or is off with the Hero of Ferelden.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections None
Secrets 1 Split Pommel
Forces 1 Split Pommel
**Details:** The Crows have located Lord Enzo. Cullen and Leliana both offer to assist the Crows in the attack. Josephine will suggest leaving the job to the Crows so that the Inquisition is not directly involved in the assassination of an Antivan noble. However, if you don’t help directly, you don’t get to share in the rewards.

A Lead from the Crows

Requirements Completed **Word from the Crows** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections None
Secrets 1 Glass Fox, 60 Influence
Forces None
**Details:** The Crows offer to investigate further venatori connections in Antiva. Choose Leliana as she is willing to work with the Crows.

Word from Zevran Arainai

Requirements Chose Leliana in **A Missing Assassin** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections None
Secrets 1 Split Pommel, 60 Influence
Forces 1 Split Pommel, 60 Influence
**Details:** Zevran has tracked down Lord Enzo. Just like A Word from the Crows, having Cullen or Leliana offer direct aid will result in rewards, while turning a blind eye will not.

Evading the Crows

Requirements Completed **Word from Zevran Arainai** .
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 1 Raven Totem
Secrets 1 Raven Totem
Forces 1 Raven Totem
**Details:** Zevran asks for assistance evading the Crows. All three advisors are able to help.

Kal-Sharok Operation Chain

Dwarven Slaves in Venatori Hands

Requirements Completed **Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts** or **Here Lies the Abyss** , Inquisition Rank 4.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections None
Secrets None
Forces None
**Details:** Cullen has a report that the Venatori are keeping dwarven slaves. The Inquisition can send in a force to free them.

An Offer of Help, on Their Terms

Requirements Dwarven Slaves in Venatori Hands, Inquisition Rank 6.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 1 Aiming Module III
Secrets 1 Aiming Module III
Forces 1 Aiming Module III
**Details:** The dwarves of Kal-Sharok are offering the Inquisition a tunnel that will allow you to sneak up on a large camp of Venatori. Take Leliana’s advice and follow their instructions to the letter.

The Crew Operation Chain

New to the Crew: A Young Hopeful

Requirements Speak to Sutherland in the Skyhold.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 60 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections None
Secrets None
Forces None
**Details:** Sutherland offers to assist with some bandits but lacks equipment. Choose Cullen as he is willing to outfit Sutherland and have him help. Leliana will send her own people, ending the operation chain.

A Patrol for the Crew

Requirements Completed **New to the Crew: A Young Hopeful** with Cullen. Speak to Sutherland at Skyhold and tell him to keep training. Telling Sutherland to return the gear will end the operation chain.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 120 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections None
Secrets None
Forces None
**Details:** Since he proved helpful before, Cullen suggests expanding Sutherland’s duties.

Outfitting the Crew

Requirements Completed **A Patrol for the Crew** . Speak to Sutherland at Skyhold.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 30 mins
Preferred None
Connections 30 Influence
Secrets 30 Influence
Forces 30 Influence
**Details:** The Inquisition quartermaster would like to outfit Sutherland’s company so that they better represent the Inquisition.

A Test of Mettle and the Crew

Requirements Completed **Outfitting the Crew** . Speak to Sutherland and his crew at Skyhold.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 180 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections None
Secrets 30 Influence
Forces None
**Details:** Lord Presmond-Als writes of darkspawn attacks. He requests to act under the Inquisition’s banner and speaks of forging a partnership. Cullen will suggest sending your own soldiers, while Josephine considers the alliance. Both options end this operation chain. Choose Leliana as she will send Sutherland’s crew to deal with the problem.

A Crew of Ambassadors

Requirements Completed **A Test of Mettle and the Crew** with Leliana. Speak to Sutherland and his crew at Skyhold.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections 1 Notched Longbow Grip
Secrets 1 Notched Longbow Grip
Forces 1 Notched Longbow Grip
**Details:** After the crew encountered some dwarves, the Mining Caste of Orzammar has specifically requested aid from Suthererland’s company.

A Crew of Adventurers

Requirements Storm Coast Unlocked. Completed **A Crew of Ambassadors** . Speak to Sutherland and his crew at Skyhold.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 240 mins
Preferred Secrets
Connections 1 Firm Two-Handed Haft
Secrets 1 Firm Two-Handed Haft
Forces 1 Firm Two-Handed Haft
**Details:** Sutherland’s company makes a request for further expeditions.

Sutherland and Company Missing

Requirements Completed **A Crew of Adventurers** . Go to speak to Sutherland, but find a worried squire in their place.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 480 mins
Preferred Forces
Connections 30 Influence
Secrets 30 Influence
Forces 30 Influence
**Details:** Narrow down the location where Sutherland’s company went missing. The after action report for this operation will direct you to the Storm Coast. You can go there to rescue Sutherland and his crew. If you go to Storm Coast and return to Skyhold without rescuing them, then Sutherland and some of his crew will die. You can encounter another member of the crew giving the bad news. The crew is done.

A Company of Heroes

Requirements Completed **Sutherland and Company Missing** and successfully rescue the team on the Storm Coast.
Power Cost 0
Time Required 180 mins
Preferred Connections
Connections 1 Heavy Shield
Secrets 1 Heavy Shield
Forces 1 Heavy Shield
**Details:** Sutherland’s Company keeps up the hard work. When this operation is complete, make sure to go speak with the Company at Skyhold.