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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 (????) 24-09-2020 / 10:26 GMT

The below details all approval options for Solas 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 Solas 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

Prologue

He means, ‘I kept that mark from killing you while you slept.’

  • “Thank you” - Slightly Approves
  • “You can do that?” - N/A
  • “I’m no use if I’m dead.” - N/A
  • “You know about the mark?” - Thank you - Slightly Approves
    • “That’s commendable.” - N/A
    • “And when this is over?” - Slightly Approves
    • “I’ll do what I can.” - N/A

Justinia is dead! We must elect a replacement, and obey her orders on the matter!

  • “What about the Breach?” - Slightly Approves
  • “So no one’s in charge here.” - N/A
  • “I’m standing right here.” - N/A

The prisoner? Then you…?

  • “It was worth the risk.” - Slightly Approves
  • “All in a day’s work.” - N/A
  • “No time for talk.” - N/A

Is it? I hope they’re right about you. We’ve lost a lot of people getting you here.

  • “I’ll do what I can.” - N/A
  • “I hope they’re right, too.” - Slightly Approves
  • “I’m your only hope.” - N/A
The Chosen of Andraste

The Chosen of Andraste. A blessed hero sent to save us all.

  • “I hope to be one.” - N/A
  • “Sounds dashing!” - Slightly Approves
  • “I’m not a hero.” - N/A

Every great war has its heroes. I’m just curious what kind you’ll be.

  • “You study ancient ruins?” - Slightly Approves
    • “How can you sleep there?” - N/A
    • “That’s impressive.” - Slightly Approves
    • “That’s valuable.” - N/A
    • “That’s dangerous.” - N/A
  • “A good one.” - Slightly Approves
  • “A smart and happy hero.” - N/A
  • “Unstoppable.” - N/A

Cassandra has been accommodating, but you understand my caution.

  • “You can trust me.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Cassandra will protect you.” - Slightly Approves
  • “We have bigger problems.” - N/A
  • “Your fears don’t matter.” - Slightly Disapproves

Any artifact of such power is dangerous. The destruction of the Conclave proves that much.

    • “You think it survived?” - Slightly Approves
    • “I agree.” - N/A
    • “It will turn up.” - N/A
    • “It’s not a priority.” - Slightly Disapproves
Tell Me More of Yourself…

I sat beside you while you slept, studying the anchor.

  • “Thank you.” - N/A
  • “That must have been quick.” - Slightly Approves
  • “We’re not here for me.” - Slightly Disapproves

Cassandra suspected duplicity. She threatened to have me executed as an apostate if I didn’t produce results.

  • “I wouldn’t allow that.” - N/A
  • “Of course she did.” - Slightly Approves
  • “It got results.” - Slightly Disapproves

Although I wished to help, I had no faith in Cassandra… or she in me. I was ready to flee.

  • “You didn’t.” - N/A
  • “Where to?” - Slightly Approves
  • “You were smart not to.” - N/A
A Friend in Need…

It was summoned against its will, and wants my help to gain its freedom and return to the Fade.

  • “Why didn’t it want in?” - Slightly Approves
  • “Why would they summon it?” - Slightly Approves
    • “I’ll help.” - N/A
    • “I can go along with it.” - N/A
    • “I’m not saving a spirit.” - Disapproves
Do you have a moment?

You are not what I expected.

  • “I’m just like everyone else.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “You make that sound bad.” - N/A
  • “What did you expect?” - N/A

If the Dalish could raise someone with a spirit like yours… have I misjudged them?

  • “Yes.” - N/A
  • “Honestly, not really.” - N/A
  • “No. I am who I am.” - Slightly Approves
How does it feel?

Being you. Are you blissfully unaware or, deep inside, is some part of you banging on the walls, screaming?

  • “What did I do?” - N/A
  • “Fine, thanks.” - N/A
  • “Spit it out.” - Slightly Disapproves

Do you enjoy the worship? Does it make you feel infallible, or do you see them as fools, gullible for their belief?

  • “I believe.” - Slightly Approves
  • “I’m giving them hope.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “The lie is useful.” - Disapproves
  • “This conversation is over.” - Greatly Disapproveses

A strong, proud organization founded on the fear of magic. What a wonderful job it has done.

  • “They protect us.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “We need their skills.” - Slightly Approves
  • “We need warm bodies.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “This conversation is over.” - Greatly Disapproves

Now I know I was right. You have no idea what a comfort that is.

  • “So you’re leaving?” - Disapproves
  • “Good for you.” - Disapproves
  • [Hit Solas.] - Greatly Disapproves

Main Story

In Hushed Whispers

You are certain you experienced time travel? Could it have been an illusion, a trick of the Fade?

  • “Dorian is certain.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “What would be the point?” / “I’m a mage. I’d know.” - Slightly Approves
  • “No.” - Slightly Disapproves

What an amazing gift. It is vital the Inquisition succeed, to avoid the future you witnessed.

  • “Thanks for the conversation.” - Slightly Approves (Romance)
  • “It doesn’t matter.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Not amazing. Terrifying.” - Disapproves
  • “I saw you there.” - N/A
Champions of the Just

Any group corrupted by a demon must be watched carefully. At least they know how to fight.

  • “I can’t predict you.” - Slightly Approves (Romance)
  • “Don’t underestimate them.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Beggars can’t be choosers.” - Slightly Approves
  • “They have their uses.” - Disapproves
Here Lies the Abyss

To seek out these Old Gods deliberately in some bizarre attempt to preempt the blight…

  • “It was a good idea.” Disapproves
  • “Don’t forget the demons.” Slightly disapproves
  • “They are desperate.” Slightly Approves
  • “We’ll stop them.” I promise. Slightly Approves (Romance)
  • “They obsess over Darkspawn.” Slightly Approves
Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts

After our time in Halamshiral, I understand why. I had forgotten how I missed court intrigue.

  • “Glad you liked it.” - Slightly Approves
  • “You’ve seen this before?” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “I didn’t like it.” - Slightly Disapproves

I’m sorry, I was confused. I do not consider myself to have much in common with the elves.

  • “You should consider it.” - Disapproves
  • “I agree.” - Slightly Approves
  • “That’s tragic.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Who then?” - Slightly Approves

As for the elves of Orlais…

  • “I admire you.” - Slightly Approves (Romance)
  • “I agree.” / “I still want to help them.” - N/A
  • “You really think so?” / “She was short-sighted.” - Slightly Approves
  • “She’s shortsighted.” / “She didn’t impress me.” - Slightly Disapproves
What Pride Had Wrought

You gave yourself into the service of an ancient elven god!

  • “Meaning?” - Slightly Approves
  • “I’m still myself.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Why do you care so much?” / “Why does this bother you?” - Slightly Approves
  • “It’s done.” - Slightly Disapproves

What will you do with the power of the Well once Corypheus is dead?

  • “I’ll restore what was.” - Approves
  • “I’ll rely on those I trust.” - Slightly Disapproves
    • “We will.” Slightly Disapproves
    • “What, never?” - N/A
    • “I will still lead.” Slightly Approves
  • “One thing at a time.” - Disapproves
  • “I’ll make the world better.” - Slightly Approves

Choosing a Specialization

Knight-Enchanter

I wonder what they would think to see their magic used in defense of the Chantry.

  • “What were they called?” - Slightly Approves
  • “What do you know of them?” - Slightly Approves
    • “They’d be pleased it lived on.” - Slightly Approves
    • “I fear they would disapprove.” - N/A
    • “They would be proud of me.” - Slightly Approves
    • “Who cares what they’d think?” - Slightly Disapproves
Necromancer / Rift Mage

Why did you choose such an esoteric area of study?

  • “I wanted to learn.” - Slightly Approves
  • “It’s a tool, nothing more.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “I wanted to be stronger.” - Disapproves
  • “I’d rather not say.” - Slightly Disapproves

Prompted Dialogue

You’re addicted to the Fade…

Only… not. I care deeply for many things beyond the Fade. Just not you.

  • “How can I change that?” - N/A
  • “Thanks so much.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Tread lightly.” - Disapproves
You have abandoned the elves…
  • “You could teach us!” - Slightly Approves
  • “Educate them.” - Slightly Approves
  • “What are you fighting?” - Slightly Approves
    • “Rely on friends.” - N/A
    • “So change.” - Slightly Approves
    • “Don’t give up.” - Disapproves

There is no simple solution. I think you know that. Why attack me for knowing it as well?

  • “Because I wish I could help.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Because I will help them.” - N/A

Investigate

Tell me about elves…

You are Dalish, are you not?

  • “Proudly.” - Disapproves
  • “Why are you so angry?” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “I am a true elf.” - N/A

Response varies depending on previous choice, but the next choices are always the same.

  • “We are trying. Accept that.” - Slightly Approves
  • “So teach other elves.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “So help them.” - Slightly Disapproves

Perhaps you should ask Sera. She has… opinions.

  • “She’s worthy of respect.”- Slightly Disapproves
  • “You don’t seem to like her.” - N/A
  • “I’m not asking Sera.” - Slightly Disapproves

Tell me about Elven magic.

  • “Was immortality due to magic?” - Slightly Approves
  • “About blood magic…” - Slightly Approves
    • “I don’t mind blood magic.” - N/A
    • “Blood magic seems interesting.” - N/A
    • “Blood magic is evil.” - Disapproves

Some would use daggers in secret, ashamed, and some would find rebellion titillating, a step down the path of depravity.

  • “Tell me more of the Dalish.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Tell me about ancient Elves.” - N/A
  • “What else?” - Slightly Approves
  • “Tell me about city elves.” - Slightly Approves
Tell me about the Fade…
  • “Tell me about the Breach.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Tell me about the Veil.” - Slightly Approves
    • “That sounds marvelous.” - Slightly Approves
    • “That sounds strange.” - Slightly Disapproves
    • “That sounds dangerous.” - Disapproves
  • “Tell me about demons.” - N/A
    • “Can we change that?” - Slightly Approves
    • “I don’t believe that.” - Slightly Disapproves
    • “I don’t care.” - Disapproves
Tell me about yourself…

Why?

  • “I respect you.” - N/A
  • “Do I need a reason?” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “I must know I can trust you.” - N/A

Clearly, you woke up.

  • “Is that why you’re here?” - Slightly Approves
  • “I hope that works.” - N/A
  • “Weird, but good for you.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “That’s unnatural.” - Disapproves

You like my side benefits? - Slightly Approves (Romance)

  • “Where have you studied?” - Slightly Approves
    • “Which battlefields?” - Slightly Approves
      • “Tell me what happened!” - N/A
  • “Do you work with anyone?” - N/A
    • “Wisdom and purpose?” - Slightly Approves
      • “Those are demon names.” - N/A
  • “That’s amazing.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Can they be your friends?” - N/A
  • “Spirits are not your friends.” - Disapproves

Is Cassandra defined by her cheekbones and not her faith? Varric by his chest hair and not his wit?

  • “I enjoy getting to know you.” - Slightly Approves (Romance)
  • “Yes, spirits are people.” - Approves
  • “You need a body to be real.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Spirits lack free will.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “I’m not arguing this.” - Disapproves
Tell me about Corypheus…

Cassandra and Varric seem more familiar with our adversary.

“I respect you.” - N/A
“I’ll ask them, too.” - Slightly Disapproves
“I’m asking you.” - Slightly Approves

What will he do next?

  • “You’re certain?” - Slightly Approves
Tell me about your journeys…

Note: This is a question that can be asked repeatedly throughout the story. Each time Solas has something new to say, he will Slightly Approve.

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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