How to Romance Blackwall in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Updated on March 1, 2018
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Dragon Age: Inquisition is the latest masterpiece in the Dragon Age series by BioWare. This role-playing fantasy adventure features unique character design, dialogue options, endless quests and a captivating storyline.

Dragon Age is also famous for its many romance options with companions and members of the Inquisition. These romances are accessible depending on your character's gender and race.

It is only possible to romance Blackwall as a female, but you can be a human, Elf, Qunari or Dwarf.

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Meeting Blackwall

You get the opportunity to meet Blackwall fairly early in the game. Leliana will approach you and tell you that there is speculation that the Grey Wardens may have had something to do with the death of the Divine. If you played Dragon Age: Origins, or indeed know anything about the game universe, you'll know about Grey Wardens. However, the Herald knows nothing about them, and therefore Leliana will give you a brief explanation.

You will then need to head to the small body of water near Upper Lake Camp (roughly in the centre of the Hinterlands) to track down Blackwall.

He is talking to some conscripts, and while you're talking to him, you are attacked by bandits. They are easy to defeat, and afterwards Blackwall will tell you he has no idea where the Wardens are; he hasn't been in contact with himself, recently. You then have some dialogue options. Choose "So what's next for us?" as this is the romantic option, the first of many in your wooing. Blackwall with then offer to join the inquisition. Accept his offer.

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Flirting

You must gain a high Approval rating from Blackwall in order to romance him. Chat and flirt with him in Haven, ask him about his life and his time with the Grey Wardens. You can tell him he's charming and express interest in his past. When you're out adventuring, take time to help the weak, and be fair and just in your decisions.

Select romance options such as "You're strangely charming" whenever possible to get Blackwall's feelings for you to develop.

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Blackwall's Personal Quest

Ask Blackwall about the Grey Wardens. He will confess to you that he is hoping to track down Grey Warden artifacts from all over Thedas. Make it your priority to collect these on your travels. A lot of them are easy to find by simply going to the specified place and using R3 (pressing the control pad) to track down hidden items, but some of them need some extra work.

  • You need to complete the Trouble With Darkspawn sidequest to access the Vial of Darkspawn Blood in the Western Approach.
  • You need to complete the sidequest Valeska's Keep and find the key before you can access Valeska's Watch, where you'll find both of the Emprise Du Lion artifcats, the Grey Warden Armour and the Joining Chalice.
  • To get the Grey Warden Banner in The Fallow Mire, you must have the Inquisition perk Deft Hands, Fine Tools to unlock the door in Hargrave Keep (where you battle the Hand of Korth to free the soldiers in the Lost Souls sidequest). To get this perk, you must unlock three other perks in the Secrets option when your Insquisition influence levels up. Get this perk as soon as you can, because it provides access to all locked doors in the future.

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The second part of Blackwall's personal quest will only happen after you have completed the main quests Here Lies the Abyss and Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts.

If you choose to flirt with Blackwall, he will initially push you away. However, upon completion of the Memories of the Grey and a high approval rating, a new quest for Blackwall will be triggered: Explanations. Travel with him to the Storm Coast to complete this quest. As you try to romance him, he will then be further conflicted with his feelings, and soon disappear from your party. A new quest, Revelations, will be triggered.

Follow him to Val Royeaux where Blackwall will appear and make a shocking revelation. Go to the Val Royeaux prison where you will speak to Cullen. You will have several options at the War Table to decide what will happen next. Bring Blackwall back to Skyhold to judge him.

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Forgiveness

When Blackwall is brought before you to be judged, you will be faced with three dialogue options.

  • "I own you." Your life continues. (This will end the relationship with Blackwall)
  • "The Wardens will decide." (Only available if you've completed Here Lies the Abyss and sided with the Grey Wardens)
  • "You're free, if you atone." (Choose this one to continue the romance)

Choose either of the second two. If you have successfully romanced Blackwall up to this point, he will approach you and lay down his heart about his feelings. You will be given four dialogue options, two of which will end the relationship with him and two of which will continue it. Choose either:

  • "Let's start over" or
  • "I couldn't let you go."

After that, you enter a full relationship with Blackwall. Quest complete!

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Blackwall may not be the most popular romance option but his good heart and sweetness made him my choice on my very first Inquisition playthrough. Do you love Blackwall too? Were you shocked by his revelation? Let us know in the comments!

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    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR

      Poppy 

      4 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Blackwall is definitely a very sweet romance. I'm also romancing him on my current game :)

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      Zoot84 

      4 months ago

      Now that I've replayed the game and romanced Blackwall I don't think it's possible for me to NOT romance him again.

      Unless of course I make a male character.

      Says the person who just created a human to see how the cutscenes play out with a taller character than my dwarf.

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      Aqua 

      7 months ago

      Well, he definitely doesn't fit the bill of being a cute or sexy guy so I can see why only few people choose him but honestly, knowing him better that really wouldn't have mattered to me anymore. Only thing that kept me from romancing him during the first playthrough was - I played as a guy. Now I am a female Qunari though and you can bet I am trying the Blackwall romance.

      That bit about his past, yeah at first I was shocked. But then I mostly felt angry. Not at Blackwall in general or what he did but rather how he behaved after that. I just wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake him and tell him "Stop running yourself down! You have fought by my side for such a long time and were one of my best companions. So get out there and stop trying to hide under a rock!"

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR

      Poppy 

      8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Dude, I was so shocked. I sat there with my mouth hanging open and my stomach turned to lead haha. It was more shocking than most real-life moments. So personal too when you romance him.

      Did you forgive him?

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      Elven Wolf 

      8 months ago

      I literally came out of my seat when I heard his revelation.

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      Poppy 

      11 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      People usually choose Cullen first. So glad I'm not the one who loves Blackwall! :)

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      Tuua Tulisalmi 

      11 months ago from Finland

      I know right?! His story is so well made that I screamed every time I got the change to talk with him. That moment in The Inquisitor room or at the ball or the barn...all of them! So romantic! x3 Makes me want to use his story every time I play this game :D

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      Poppy 

      11 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks he's cute! His romance story is so sweet.

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      Tuua Tulisalmi 

      11 months ago from Finland

      I've played this game now once and Blackwall was my first romance pick too~ I think he is so charming and good looking :D

      I was really surprised of his revelation but I knew I couldn't let him go.

      To be honest... I'm not sure will I ever try the other romance options over him ^w^'

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