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Dragon Age: Inquisition is a part of BioWare's fantasy role-playing series masterpiece. With multiple in-game choices, character customization, hundreds of side-quests, romance options, and explorable worlds, Inquisition is an entertaining game that you can play through again and again.
It is not uncommon to play Dragon Age several times in order to pick up missed items, romance a different character, or make different world-altering decisions. Whether you have played Inquisition before or you are just starting out, here are some essential spoiler-free tricks and tips to make your playthrough easier.
1. Consider Playing as an Elf
Character customization is the first important decision you will make in your game. As well as physical appearance, you must choose your character's warrior class, gender, and race.
Other characters react to you slightly differently depending on your race, so choose carefully. If you are an Elf, you can understand Elvish when it is spoken in the game, and if you are female, you qualify to be able to romance Solas. Other races have their perks as well, but an Elf is a good option to start with.
2. Consider Playing as a Mage
The Mage is, in my opinion, the best warrior class. You can learn elemental spells and perform long-range attacks. However, playing as a Mage also comes with its share of discrimination as the characters of the world tend not to trust Mages.
It is also more difficult to romance Sera (female character only) if you choose this class, so think carefully before you choose.
3. Pick Up Items as Often as Possible
If you see raw materials or plants during your travels, always pick them up. They don't take up space in your inventory and you often need them for sidequests, requisitions, and for developing potions.
4. Decide Who You'd Like to Romance Early On
In Dragon Age: Origins, it was fairly easy to romance the character of your choice with continued conversations and gift-giving. In Inquisition, you have to know who you'd like to romance quite early on and start flirting when you can.
Check who you qualify to romance. If you're a female human, you can choose Cullen or Blackwall. Any female character can romance Sera, and there are no restrictions if you'd like to romance Iron Bull or Josephine. Men can opt for Cassandra or Dorian. See who strikes your fancy and start romancing early for a successful pursue!
5. Always Collect Campsites
When exploring the world, you will come across locations that you can turn into campsites. Companions might say something like "shall we set up camp or move on?" Always set up camp! Collecting campsites in the explorable lands gives you power, somewhere to rest and restore your supplies, and to fast travel to when needed.
6. Keep Your Characters Updated With the Strongest Weapons and Armor
During the game, you will constantly pick up new weapons, armor, and accessories. Be sure to check the stats on them and keep all your characters updated with the best possible equipment. It wouldn't do to have a character stuck with low-level items in higher-level areas. You can sell lower-level items for gold.
7. Collect Schematics and Use Them
The weapons and armor customization looks complicated at first, but you can easily get used to removing and adding extra pieces to your items to make them stronger.
Schematics are highly useful for upgrading your equipment for effects such as increasing melee or ranged defense, adding runes to your Mages' staffs, and defending against the elementals. The latter is particularly useful when you are going to hunt down and kill the ten high dragons.
8. Take Cassandra on Difficult Quests
Cassandra is, by far, the strongest warrior on your team. She is usually the last to fall in battle and has a powerful defense. If you are going to fight dragons or bosses, take her with you for a strong boost to your team's power.
9. Stay on Top of War Table Quests
Don't ignore the War Table in your game. As well as the main quests that move the story along (usually highlighted with a green light), there are many sidequests on the table with which you can get extra power, influence, and items.
Send Cullen, Josephine, or Leliana on quests and try and get down to as few as possible. The quests take real time, so you can't do them all at once, but it is good to do them as you go for added bonuses.
10. Unlock "Deft Hands, Fine Tools" as Soon as You Can
When you gain enough influence, you can choose perks. Go straight to "Secrets" and unlock any three as soon as possible in order to get the "Deft Hands, Fine Tools" perk. Only with this perk can you unlock certain doors to gain certain items, some of which you need for important quests.
Any of the dialogue bonuses are also great perks, so unlock them when you can as well.
11. Always Take at Least One Warrior, One Rogue, and One Mage on Your Travels
In some parts of the world, you may come across walls, magical barriers, and locked doors, which can be taken care of by warriors, mages, and rogues, respectively. Always make sure you have one of each in your team when you venture out.
The characters you choose will depend on your own character's warrior class. There is no point taking two mages with you if you are a mage yourself. Take this into consideration when you go, because there is nothing more infuriating than coming across a locked door and then realising there are no rogues in your party.
12. Mash the "Search" Button
Use L3 on PlayStation 4 or the V key on PC to search the area for hidden items. Whenever you are in a new area, use the button as often as possible so you don't miss any treasure chests, bags of coins, or loot options.
13. Talk to Your Companions
Unlike Dragon Age: Origins, you can't talk to your party members out in the world. When you are back at base, talk to your characters to develop your relationship with them. Certain dialogue choices can open new quests, such as talking with Solas at Haven as soon as you can and asking Varric about red lyrium.
14. Read as Much as Possible
Reading notes, books, torn out pages, and other things in the world gives you some experience points, which helps you level up. Use the search feature for these items.
Keep These Tips and Tricks in Mind!
Dragon Age: Inquisition is an incredibly fun role-playing game that sucks you into the world and really makes you care about the characters. With so many choices to make, you'll undoubtedly want to play again. For the strongest character and the best outcomes, keep these tips and tricks in mind.
Questions & Answers
Question: How long does it take for you to finish Dragon Age? At the time I ask this, I already spent 150+ hours and haven't finish yet.
Answer: My first game clocked at around 350 hours, but I did all the side quests and explored every inch of all the maps.
Question: I hate the way my character’s makeup turned out. Is there a chance in the game to redo it?
Answer: I hate that too. You can only edit your character’s appearance if you download the DLC Black Emporium.
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