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Dragon Age: Inquisition
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Greg Boccia, Greg Wright, Claire Farnworth
Editor(s): Claire Farnworth, Lynette James, Greg Wright, Greg Boccia
First Published: 18-12-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 17-09-2020 / 12:41 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 28-09-2020 / 08:35 GMT

The below details all approval options for Cole throughout the main story, side quests, cut scenes, and other prompted dialogue. Where ‘N/A’ is stated after a quote, this indicates that your response has no consequence to approval ratings. As with all companions, your approval rating with Cole starts at 0. This is altered by specific choices in the following ways:

Slightly Approves / Slightly Disapproves:
  • Slightly Approves (+1 to approval rating)
  • Slightly Disapproves (-1 to approval rating)
Approves / Disapproves:
  • Approves (+5 to approval rating)
  • Disapproves (-5 to approval rating)
Greatly Approves / Greatly Disapproves:
  • Greatly Approves (+25 to approval rating)
  • Greatly Disapproves (-25 to approval rating)

Note: There are five levels of relationship status that can be attained with each companion:

  • Hostile: (occurs with -75 to -30 approval rating)
  • Cold: (occurs with -29 to -5 approval rating)
  • Neutral: (occurs with -4 to +34 approval rating)
  • Warm: (occurs with +35 to +74 approval rating)
  • Friendly: (occurs with +75 to +125 approval rating)

Cutscenes

Look for Cole

Tin jangle as the blood spills. Pierre’s wrapped body on the wagon to the chantry. Five more minutes. My fault.

  • “Do you hear everything?” - N/A
  • “Can you help her?” - Slightly Approves
  • “What was that?” - N/A
  • “Don’t harm her.” - Slightly Approves

Wait, that didn’t work. Let me try again. You’ll forget me in a minute.

  • “Nice work.” - Slightly Approves
  • “They don’t remember you?” - N/A

How do I do it right, if I’ve done it wrong and I can’t make her forget?

  • “This isn’t about her.” - N/A
  • “She will be.” - Slightly Approves

Main Story

Here Lies the Abyss

He won’t bind me. He’s a mage, and he likes demons, but he won’t help.

  • “What’s wrong?” - Slightly Approves
  • “Seriously?” - N/A
  • “No.” - N/A

I’m not me anymore. Walls around what I want, blocking, bleeding, making me a monster.

  • “We’ll protect you.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “We’ll figure something out.” - N/A
  • “You may need to leave.” - Slightly Disapproves
Subjected to His Will

You can tell her. She’ll laugh, and then do it, because she loves you. She want to make you happy.

  • “He needed help?” - Slightly Approves
  • “That sounds intriguing.” - Slightly Approves
  • “So you’re not sitting?” - N/A

I wouldn’t have heard them before. Now I can, thanks to you.

  • “And that helps?” - N/A
  • “I’m glad to help.” - Slightly Approves
  • “As long as it works for you.” - N/A

He saw me. They all see me.

  • “I’m proud of you.” - Slightly Approves
  • “It’s a good step.” - N/A
  • “That should be normal.” - N/A

My only friend, for a long time. Evangeline showed me that templars could be kind, but even she…

  • “Is this painful?” - Slightly Approves
  • “Are you going to get dark?” - Slightly Approves
  • “I don’t understand.” - N/A

I have enough self to know that what I felt was foolish. Isn’t it wonderful?

  • “Yes, it is.” - Slightly Approves
  • “It’s a little odd, actually.” - N/A
  • “If you say so.” - N/A
Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts

I didn’t understand the Grand Ball. It would have been easier if they said what they wanted.

  • “It’s the Game.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Did you like the masks?” - N/A
  • “I agree.” - Slightly Approves

Prompted Dialogue

First Encounter in Skyhold

Roderick was sorry before he died.

  • “I hope you didn’t kill him.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Sorry for what?” - N/A
  • “I’m glad to hear it.” - N/A
  • “Don’t speak of him.” - Slightly Disapproves
Investigate

Tell me about your past.

  • “You made a mistake.” - Slightly Approves
  • “You’re a murderer.” - Slightly Approves
  • “You set them free.” - Disapproves

Let’s Discuss Adamant.

  • “Yes, I’ll kill you.” - Approves
  • “I’m not going to kill you.” - Greatly Disapproves

Upon Choosing a Specialization

Choosing Necromancy (Cole Disapproves)

I don’t like it.

  • “I’m sorry.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Whoops?” - N/A
  • “Accept it.” - Slightly Disapproves
Choosing Rift Mage (Cole Approves)

You’re different. It shines on you, shimmering, sharp. You made magic from the rifts.“

  • “I hope it pleases you.” - Slightly Approves
  • “This was unexpected.” - N/A
  • “Deal with the changes.” - Slightly Disapproves

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Steam, 360, XB1
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    18 December 2014
  • Last Updated
    17 September 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Greg Boccia, Greg Wright, Claire Farnworth

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This guide for Dragon Age: Inquisition offers a detailed walkthrough of the main story and all side quests associated with each region, detailing easily missed features and hidden lore secrets along the way. The guide also covers all three main DLC: Jaws of Hakkon, The Descent, and Trespasser, and all dialogue choices throughout the game.

Inside this guide you will find:

  • Coming Soon! A detailed Character Builds section with coverage of all classes, skill trees, recommended armor, weapons, consumables, and much more!

  • A Walkthrough for all main story quests, detailing the consequences of your choices along the way.

  • Walkthrough for all DLC content, covering Jaws of Hakkon, The Descent, and Trespasser.

  • Exploration sections for each region, including side quests, requisitions, collections and companion quests.

  • Comprehensive section on Dialogue Choices, covering both approval and romance options for companions.

  • Breakdown of Specialization Trainers, including where to find them and how to complete their missions.

  • Crafting section covering key locations for potions, tonics, grenades, and other materials.

  • An Equipment section, detailing where to find some of the best weapons and armor.

  • A Mounts section with descriptions of how to acquire them and when they become available.

  • Overview of Multiplayer including basic starting tips, coverage of characters, challenges, and loot.

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