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Dragon Age: Inquisition

Arcane Warrior

Claire Farnworth
Scott Peers

A deceptively tanky mage warrior hybrid, excels in almost every category but isnt overly amazing at any one thing, a front line fighter with a reliance on in-kit shields to survive. Our personal favorite.

Like Neria, Cillian was born to the Ralaferin clan. In his youth, he lived apart from his people in order to resurrect a lost elven art: that of the Arcane Warrior. Although he was originally driven by the need to seek glory for his people, Cillian’s years of meditation and solitude gave him wisdom and respect for all life. When the Breach opened, he knew his duty was to stand against it, fighting to save all he knows and loves.

Attribute Our Rating
Damage (AoE) 3/5
Damage (Single Target) 4/5
Durability 4/5
Buffs & Debuffs 3/5
Taunts / Aggro 1/5
Fun Factor 5/5
Crafting Requirements Rq Total Rq #1 Rq #2 Rq #3 Rq #4
Arcane Warrior’s Armor 22 9 Cloth 4 Leather 5 Metal 4 Cloth

Unlock Order

Unlock Fade shield first (level 2) then to upgraded fade cloak (level 5). Beeline to Pull of the Abyss (level 9). Upgrade POTA and Chain Lightning (level 11). Get remaining passives (No order necessary). All other points can go into anything you want.


Cast Pull of the Abyss to draw enemies into the centre. Use chain lightning to get a full barrier, then fade cloak and walk into the centre (inside all the enemies there). Use spirit blade and Chain lightning until everything is dead. Use Fade Cloak to do spike damage vs single targets and to avoid projectiles (full draw in particular, when the archers kneel and fire purple arrows).

Recommended Abilities Description
Chain Lightning 250% weapon damage, 8s shock, up to 4 hits, 5m arc range, 8s cooldown, 50 mana cost. Upgrade gives +4m arc range and 2 additional hits
Fade Cloak 2s invulnerability, 12s cooldown, 20 mana cost. Upgrade grants 1000% weapon damage when decloaking inside an enemy
Pull of the Abyss Pulls enemies in a 6m radius to the centre, 12s duration, 32s cooldown, 65 mana cost. Upgrade reduces cooldown by 8s and weakens all enemies for 10s
Spirit Blade Melee ability. 400% weapon damage, 200% bonus vs barrier/400% vs guard, 10 mana per attack cost. Detonates incapacitated enemies. Upgrade reflects projectiles.
Recommended Passives Description
Combat Clarity Your mana regenerates faster when you’re near hostile enemies. Distance: 5 Meters Mana Regeneration Rate: 50% Constitution on Unlock: +3
Fade Shield You draw back the energy released by your enemies in your attacks against them. Any successful attack strengthens your barrier. The more damage you do, the more powerful your barrier grows. Barrier: 30% of damage dealt Magic on Unlock: +3
Rejuvenating Barrier When you and you allies have a active barrier, the beneficial energies invigorates them and helps them recover mana or stamina more quickly.Mana Regeneration: +35% Constitution on Unlock: +3
Twisting Veil You catch stray magic around weakened enemies and use it to increase the damage of your own attacks.Damage Bonus vs. Weakened: 15% Magic on Unlock: +3
Restorative Veil You pull stray magic from around weakened enemies to regain mana based on the damage you do to them.Mana Recovery: 10% Magic on Unlock: +3
Spell Sword You gain bonus armor for a short time after striking with spirit blade.Armor Bonus: 10% Duration: 6 seconds Magic on Unlock: +3
# Best Weapons Type Rarity Item Level DPS Damage
1 Pyre of the Forgotten Staff Unique 21 112 69 Fire
2 Fury of the Veil Staff Rare 23 110 68 Electricity
3 Mindchill Staff Staff Rare 22 107 66 Cold
4 Staff of the Void Staff Unique 20 105 35 Electricity
5 Sorcerer’s Staff Staff Rare 21 100 62 Fire

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Steam, 360, XB1
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    18 December 2014
  • Last Updated
    24 January 2021
    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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