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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 (????) 26-09-2020 / 20:08 GMT

The below details all approval options for Varric 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 Varric 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

How do you think we should proceed?

  • “Take the mountain path.” - Approves
  • “Charge with the soldiers.”
Encounter in Haven

Most people would have spread that out over more than one day.

  • “I’m just glad to be alive.” - Slightly Approves
  • “I can barely keep up.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Too many people died up there.” - Slightly Approves
  • “I’m fine.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “This is all bullshit.” - Slightly Approves
In Hushed Whispers / Champions of the Just

You just won a big victory for the Inquisition! What’re you going to do to celebrate?

  • “Plan for what’s next.” - N/A
  • “Catch my breath.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Anything but celebrate.” - N/A
  • “Have a party.” - Slightly Approves
Fight with Cassandra

Varric: You kidnapped me! You interrogated me! What did you expect?

  • [Intervene.] - Approves
  • [Stay out of it.] - Disapproves

Varric: Look at her! She’s finally lost it!

  • “Stop this Fighting!” - N/A
  • “This is funny.” - N/A
  • “Leave me out of this.” - Slightly Disapproves

Cassandra: Hawke would have been at the Conclave! If anyone could have saved Most Holy…

  • “Cassandra, back off!” - N/A
  • “Varric’s not at fault.” - Approves
  • “Varric, you bastard.” - Greatly Disapproves
  • “What’s done is done.” - N/A

Cassandra: We all know who’s side you’re on Varric. It will never be the Inquisition’s.

  • “We need to work together.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Varric’s earned his place.” - Approves
  • “That’s unfair Cassandra.” - Approves
  • “I’m well aware.” - Disapproves
After Fight with Cassandra

Approach Varric…

  • “Are you alright?” - Slightly Approves
  • “She’s calmed down.” - Slightly Approves
  • “No more secrets.” - Slightly Disapproves

I wasn’t trying to keep secrets. I told the Inquisition everything that seemed important at the time.

  • “You knew about Corypheus.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “I believe you.” - Approves
  • “Hawke should’ve joined sooner.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Talk to Cassandra.” - N/A
  • “Choose a side.” - Slightly Disapproves
Skyhold

Maker’s breath, what have I let loose?

  • “This isn’t your fault.” - Slightly Approves
  • “I think you’re confused.” - Approves
  • “It doesn’t matter.” - N/A

I’m a business man. Never really followed a chosen one before.

  • “I’m just like you.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Make it up as you go.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Just be my friend.” - Approves
  • “Just do what I do.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “I’m not the chosen one.” - Slightly Approves

You heard the crowd singing after Haven was attacked.

  • “I’m still me though.” - N/A
  • “Please don’t sing.” - Slightly Approves
  • “This is giving me a headache.” - Slightly Disapproves
Bianca Davri

Bianca: Well, this is a suprise. You’re the Inquisitor. Bianca Davri, at your service.

  • “It’s a pleasure.” - Slightly Approves
  • “You two look nervous.” - N/A
  • “What’s going on?” - N/A

Bianca: There’s a deep roads entrance crawling with strange humans carting out red lyrium by the handful.

  • “We should shut this down.” - Approves
  • “We have other priorities.” - Slightly Disapproves
Swords and Shields

I must have heard that wrong. It sounded like you just said that Cassandra read my books.

  • “You sound surprised.” - N/A
  • “She’s a big fan.” - Slightly Approves
  • “I did say that.” - N/A

That book is easily the worst I’ve ever written. The last issue barely sold enough to pay for the ink.

  • “It can’t be that bad.” - Slightly Approves
  • “Cassandra seems to like it.” - Approves
  • “No wonder she was embarrassed.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “I need it as a gift.” - N/A

Main Story

Here Lies the Abyss

He wasn’t the first good man to fall to Corypheus. He won’t be the last. This story’s no good for heroes.

  • “At least Hawke survived.” Greatly Approves
  • “We heroes might make it.” Approves
  • “He will be the last.” Approves

Their weird, foreign foodstuff arrived… alive. And one of them, true to its name, wandered off in the middle of the night.

  • “If it helps, tell the story.” - Approves
  • “I’m sorry, Varric.” - N/A
  • [Hug him] - Slightly Approves
  • “They said goodbye to you.” - Slightly Approves

Prompted Dialogue

Investigate

I have questions about Hawke.

  • “Orsino’s fate made no sense.” - Slightly Disapproves
  • “Where are Hawke’s friends?” - N/A

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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