How to Romance Cullen in “Dragon Age: Inquisition”
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the latest in the epic fantasy roleplaying video game series, Dragon Age. As in previous games, it is possible to enter romantic relationships with certain characters, providing that your own character meets certain criteria.
This article is a step-by-step guide on how to romance Cullen, your war counselor and one of your advisors. Although he is not a playable character, he is there from beginning to end and available to complete War Table quests.
You can only romance Cullen as a female elf or a female human.
Meeting and Flirting with Cullen
Cullen is with you from the start, right after you've sealed some Fade Rifts with Solas and Cassandra. However, you can't speak to him beyond generic cutscenes until you have traveled to the Hinterlands to meet with Mother Giselle.
As soon as you can speak privately with him in Haven, approach him. He'll rant a bit about the state of things, then apologize for going on too much. Select the romance option "I like your enthusiasm." He gets very flustered, which is cute.
Keep chatting to him whenever you can. Ask about his life as a Templar, but avoid conversations about Lyrium, as it makes him uncomfortable. When he talks about his Templar vows, choose the flirt option "What about vows against celibacy?"
Why do you like Cullen?
Unlike most of the other characters, Cullen does not have an official approval rating. However, it boosts your chances of gaining his friendship and trust if you ally with the Templars, by selecting the Champions of the Just quest and suggesting they become your allies. Choosing to ally with them also gains positive approval rating from Cassandra, Iron Bull, Varric, Blackwall and Vivienne.
There isn't much more you can do with romancing Cullen until after you have completed the quest "In Your Heart Shall Burn." Approach Cullen in Skyhold, where he is having a conversation with his soldiers. Ask him if he's okay. When he talks about what happened in the previous quest, select the romance option "I'm glad we made it." You'll see a sweet moment between your character and Cullen.
When you have accepted Dorian into your party (if you hadn't already), approach Cullen again in Skyhold. You will see him and Dorian playing a game of chess, with an amusing cutscene (if this isn't working, work on your friendship with Dorian). Accept to play a game with him, and select "play fair".
Afterwards, Cullen will say he enjoyed the game. Flirt by saying "we should do this more often."
Ask to talk with him alone. There, you can choose to enter a relationship with him (If you're an elf, your character will ask if Cullen has a problem with you being Dalish, but this has no effect on the romance).
After the main quest storyline "Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts" (where Cullen will dance with you in a touching scene), go find Cullen. He won't be there, as his assistant says he's talking with Cassandra. Despite Cassandra being in the same place she usually is (near the inn), she will be talking to Cullen when you find him in a building near the sparring area, which is north-east of the inn where Sera and Iron Bull hang out.
Watch the cutscene with Cassandra and Cullen, then go find him yourself. Select the romance option "I care about what you want."
This is very important - do not encourage Cullen to continue taking Lyrium. Instead, encourage him to fight through the pain. If you tell him to take the drug, he may cut off the romance with you.
Cementing the Romance
Go and do some more sidequests while Cullen takes some time to cool down. Not long after, Cullen will ask if you will travel to Ferelden with him. Accept by saying "let's go," which leads to a sweet scene. Accept the gift he offers to you.
This cements the romantic relationship, making it impossible to enter a relationship with someone else (unless you end things with Cullen, but, why would you want to?)
After the quest "Here Lies the Abyss", you will have a chance to enter an exclusive relationship with him, prompting a steamy love scene. Cue the screaming fangirls!
Compared to some other characters such as Cassandra, it is fairly easy to enter a romance with Cullen. He is very shy and gets flustered at first, but once you have won his heart, he is passionate, making fangirls around the world squeal with delight. Do you love Cullen as much as we do?
Questions & Answers
In Dragon Age: Inquisition, can I still romance Cullen when I chose the Mages and not the Templars? Does my decision affect and/or minimize my chances?
Cullen doesn’t have an approval rating, so it’s still possible to romance him.Helpful 20
Why can't I play chess with Cullen in Dragon Age: Inquisition? He's, holed up in his quarters at Skyhold. Did I do something wrong or is it still not time for that scene yet? (since I chose the Mages, I already accepted Dorian)
Your relationship with Dorian has to be decent as well. Try doing more quests, because if you only just reached Skyhold then most of the fortress is still under construction. If you do both these things and it’s still not working, talk to Cullen and ask him everything you possibly can by selecting all of the dialogue options. If it’s still not working, save the game and then advance the story by doing a main story quest. It might work after that (but it depends how far you are now).Helpful 8
What if I missed everything? Can I start a romance with him now?
It depends which point of the game you are at. If you’ve finished the entire story then yes, it’s too late.Helpful 13
I got past Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Can I still romance Cullen?
That depends. Did he dance with you? What does he say when you talk to him? I think it is possible if you ask him if he’s seeing anyone.Helpful 11
If I didn’t choose the “I like your enthusiasm” comment in Dragon Age: Inquisition, can I still romance him?
Yes, you can. You can romance him just by asking “are you with anyone?” in Skyhold even if you’ve barely flirted before (as long as you’re not in a relationship with anyone else).
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