How to Romance Dorian in “Dragon Age: Inquisition”

Updated on April 3, 2020
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Dragon Age: Inquisition is arguably one of the best roleplaying fantasy video games of our generation. With countless sidequests, memorable characters and an engaging storyline, not to mention the great fighting style and ability to build any character you like, it is one magnificent gaming experience.

Another great feature of the Dragon Age series is the ability to enter a romantic relationship with certain characters, providing you meet the correct criteria. This article is a guide on how to romance the mage Dorian who, depending on your choices throughout the game, you first meet in Redcliffe's Chantry or just outside Haven. Dorian can be romanced by any race, but your character must be male. Hats off to BioWare's continued support of the LGBT community.


Meeting Dorian

When it comes to your character having to decide between helping the Mages or the Templars, there are two ways you can meet Dorian. A mage will approach you as you're leaving Val Royeaux (right after the "The Threat Remans" quest) to ask you to meet her in Redcliffe. This unlocks the previously inaccessible village in Fereldan's Hinterlands.

You can either:

  • Go to Redcliffe and see the cutscene that awaits you in the tavern, or
  • Ignore this quest (if you decide to ally with the Templars) and wait to meet Dorian after you've completed the quest "In Your Heart Shall Burn".

However, you can still ally with the Templars later if you do meet the mages in Redcliffe, so you might as well meet him sooner by:

  • Heading to Redcliffe's tavern and watching the cutscene
  • Heeding the warning you get and travelling to the chantry
  • Helping Dorian close the rift and watching the cutscene

Either way, he will join you eventually.


Choosing the Mages or the Templars

Whether or not you decided to meet Dorian in Redcliffe, you still have the choice whether to approach the mages or the Templars for help to close the Breach. If you'd like to gain a lot of Approval for Dorian, you should:

  • Complete the mages' quest "In Hushed Whispers" and choose to ally with them. Dorian will greatly approve, and you will also gain approval from Solas, Cole, and Blackwall.

This gives you a great boost to Dorian's Approval, making him easier to romance. However, if you really want to have the Templars on your side instead, be sure to ally with them, as Dorian has no Approval changes (if you disband them, Dorian will disapprove).

Dorian will then say that he wants to see the Breach up close. Welcome him to join the Inquisition.

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Approach Dorian in Haven and, although he greatly approved you allying with the mages, he goes on a bit of a rant about it. Respond with:

  • "I'll think of something."
  • The romance option "So long as they're like you."
  • Investigate -> "Tell me about yourself."
  • The romance option "It's obvious to me."

Approval in Skyhold

As soon as you get to Skyhold, find Dorian in one of the upper towers (near Leliana). Respond to him with:

  • The romance option "I was enjoying the show."
  • "You're very confident."
  • Investigate -> "They say the Chantry is lying?"
  • "You're not responsible."
  • "I don't need their thanks."

Alexius and Felix have a lot to do with Dorian's past
Alexius and Felix have a lot to do with Dorian's past | Source

A Letter Regarding Felix / Approval in Skyhold

If you completed "In Hushed Whispers", Dorian will tell you he got a letter from Felix, who is now dead because "the Blight caught up with him."

If you completed "Champions of the Just", Dorian will tell you he got a letter from Felix, who is now dead because "I think the Venatori found out he was helping me. I think they killed him."


  • "I'm sorry for your loss."
  • "What about yourself?"

Go to Dorian again and by now he should flirt with you when you greet him. Respond with the romance option "I could say the same of you."

If your character is human, at some point, Dorian will tell you that the two of you are related from a long time ago. Choose the romance option "Can we still flirt?" If your character isn't human, there will be a unique dialogue depending on your race.

Dorian's father, Halward Pavus
Dorian's father, Halward Pavus | Source

Dorian's Personal Quest: Last Resort of Good Men

Mother Giselle, who is in the hall near the judgement throne, will approach you and tell you that a letter was sent for Dorian. You are given the choice whether to warn him or not. Approach Dorian and say "Your father sent a letter."

Then, when prompted, head to the tavern in Redcliffe and watch the cutscene. There is no difference in approval rating until you are presented with the dialogue wheel where you can choose: "Don't leave it like this."

After you get back to Skyhold, approach Dorian again and select:

  • "Are you all right?"
  • "You're brave." / "Good things."

Sentencing Alexius

(Only available if you completed "In Hushed Whispers".)

Sentence Alexius to work for the Inquisition and you'll gain some Approval points from Dorian. Talk to him immediately after you do this, and you'll get another Approval bonus.


First Kiss

Mother Giselle and Dorian soon have a squabble. Interfere and defend Dorian, then when he talks to you, select "That's not a bad idea." If you didn't seal the first kiss earlier (by selecting "Good things"), you'll see a sweet first kiss scene here.

Ponchard die Lieux
Ponchard die Lieux | Source

Dorian's Personal Quest: The Magister's Birthright

After your character and Dorian have kissed, the romance has begun. Head for Solas' quarters and you'll receive a message from Leliana. This will initiate Dorian's romance quest, The Magister's Birthright.

Talk to Dorian about the amulet, and he'll tell you a bit about it but ask you to leave the matter be. Take him to Val Royeaux and meet Ponchard.

Respond to Ponchard with:

  • "All this for my attention?"
  • "Forget it."

Selecting "Forget it" will gain a little Approval from Dorian, but head to the War Table and agree to Ponchard's terms by selecting the quest "Help Ponchard die Lieux".

Approach Dorian in Skyhold and give him the amulet. Select "I did it for you."


Sealing the Romance

Dorian will ask you to check your quarters because "there's something there that might interest you." This will initiate a love scene. If you'd like to commit to the relationship with Dorian, select:

  • "I want more."
  • "Let's be foolish."

You can also dance with Dorian during the quest "Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts" and further flirt with him, such as in the library.

Dorian has a dark past, causing many characters such as Mother Giselle to distrust him, but he has a good heart and proves a loving romance option. Do you love Dorian's charm and wit as much as we do? Leave a comment below!

Questions & Answers

  • Can you see Dorian fully naked?

    You can see his body, including his bottom. Nothing NSFW, though.

  • Can you sleep with Dorian from Dragon Age?

    Yes, by flirting enough and following the steps of the article, you can spend a night with Dorian.

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