How to Romance Cullen in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Updated on December 11, 2017
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Poppy is a proofreader and Dragon Age fan. She lives in Tokyo and has two hamsters named Zelda and Hemingway.

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 Counsellor and advisor. Although 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.

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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 travelled 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 apologise 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 againt celebicy?"

Why do you like Cullen?

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Gaining Approval

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. Choosing to ally with them also gains positive approval rating from Cassandra, Iron Bull, Varric, Blackwall and Vivienne.

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Skyhold

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. 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).

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Taking Lyrium

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.

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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? Comment below!

Questions & Answers

  • 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.

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  • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR

    Poppy 

    7 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Haha that’s what fan art is for I guess :)

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    Tina Stout 

    7 months ago

    I love Cullen but wish there was more love scenes with him. Wish they would do an update and put more in or make a different world to play.

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    Poppy 

    8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    You're welcome! You can still romance Cullen if you haven't flirted with him in Haven. You haven't lost your chance or anything :)

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    Saoilori 

    8 months ago

    Thanks for your reply, i think i might not have choosen flirt option in first dialogue by mistake and thats why, yes im still in haven

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    Poppy 

    8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Are you still in Haven? You have to ask him every possible dialogue option, and I think it's AFTER you flirt for the first time. If you didn't get the "vows against celibacy" dialogue option, you can still easily romance him, so don't worry about it too much.

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    Saoilori 

    8 months ago

    Can anyone tell me why option about templars vows didnt appear for me? :(

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    Poppy 

    8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    That’s adorable. Cullen’s romance is definitely the sweetest.

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    Sarah 

    8 months ago

    Having seen Cullen since DAO and his crush on my mage girl at the beginning I knew when I played DAI this time he needed to have a dalish mage. It just cemented it ever since that one play through in DAO. Felt like Cullen finally got his happiness in the storyline :)

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    Poppy 

    8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Complete all the dialogue options, speak to everybody else, or go off and do other missions because sometimes a little time needs to pass by before you can move on with the relationship.

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    Olivia 

    8 months ago

    Yes, and I accepted the gift he gave me what do I do now?

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    Poppy 

    8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Have you been with him to the lake yet?

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    Olivia 

    8 months ago

    I finished the "Here Lies the Abyss" quest but nothing happened

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    Poppy 

    10 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Go and do some other quests then come back and talk to him :)

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    jenn 

    10 months ago

    Ok ive done the lake scene. No how do i get to the steamy love bits lol

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    Poppy 

    10 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Hmm.. maybe you need to give him time. Go and do some other quests and then come back.

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    V Magee 

    10 months ago

    I did not get the Cut scene Cut scene where you go to the lake? I think I went to here lies the abyss to fast. I still got to romance him though.

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    Poppy 

    12 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    You have to be in Skyhold and Dorian has to be in your party. How's your approval rating with Dorian? You may (I'm not 100% sure) have to have a certain amount of approval points with him before you can trigger the chess cutscene.

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    FemquisTrevelyan 

    12 months ago

    I still don't completely understand how you get the chess cutscene. Do you have to look for Cullen straight after recruiting Dorian or what?

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    Poppy 

    13 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Thanks for your comment, Cassie, and I'm so happy the guide helped you! He is really cute, isn't he? :D

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    Cassie 

    13 months ago

    Cullen is the best! I already played through the game twice (on my third playthrough) and I have your post to thank for helping me romance him. I have romanced him every time through because I am weak and he is precious.

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    Poppy 

    14 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Oh wow haha, show me your modded version!

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    Auriela 

    14 months ago

    Oh no, haha. Seeing his picture made me forget that in my modded game isn't actually how he looks. Oops.

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    Poppy 

    17 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Same, he's adorable!

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    Kayla 

    17 months ago

    I love Cullen's character.

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