Top 5 Dragon Age Origins and Awakening Builds

Updated on June 6, 2016

Dragon Age: Origins Builds

If you're an RPG fan and haven't been hiding under a rock in, you've most certainly heard, and probably even played, the best RPG game of 2009 (reader's choice) called Dragon Age: Origins.

If you haven't played it yet, drop whatever you're doing and get it. It ranks up there with the classics like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. Even if you've finished it once, there's no excuse not to play it again while waiting for Dragon Age 2 to come out, especially with all the awesome DLC out there, the Awakening expansion, and not to mention the MODs.

Enough about that, let's get to my top five Dragon Age builds!

Before Starting Dragon Age: A Few Notes

Before we begin, a few things to note:

  1. Besides your main class that you choose at start-up, you get to choose two specializations in the Origins Campaign and an additional one in the Awakening Expansion.
  2. Each main class has a total of six specializations you can choose from making. Also, each specialization gives you four extra skills you can learn.
  3. There are four specializations available in the original game for each class, and two more get added in the Awakening campaign.
  4. The game is relatively easy! That being said you can pretty much choose whatever you want and still eventually win, at least on normal difficulty.

The Top Five Dragon Age Builds

Below, you'll find my top five Dragon Age builds, listed in no particular order.

1. Mage / Arcane Warrior / Blood Mage / Battlemage

This is the cookie cutter, end-it-all build for the power gamer out there. You can:

  • Equip any armor, sword, or shield
  • Deal huge melee damage and take very little
  • Use any spell in the game—though not as often as a real mage without draining your HP.

Blood mage spells are overpowered and Battlemage spells are overpowered—it is boring! Also you can't really hold aggro either, which can lead to some really nice wipes especially when fighting against those nasty High Dragons.

Your physical resistance, being a mage, will be also be quite low unless you turn on a special constant mana draining ability. So expect to get knocked down pretty often by regular enemies.

2. Mage / Arcane Warrior / Spirit Healer / Battlemage

  • This is the same as above except for the blood mage part, meaning that you will cast less spells, and do less damage with magic as the other build.
  • What you gain however is another character that can heal or revive fallen comrades, so if you don't like living on the edge, this is the "safer" over-powered build.
  • Sword and shield or two-handed is the way to go.

3. Warrior / Campion / Berseker / Spirit Warrior

This is a two-handed weapon build, centered around wearing heavy armor and dealing lots of damage.

  • You won't be such a great tank since you have only a few tools to hold aggro, except your high damage. But it sure is fun!
  • You can buff your allies and yourself, and Spirit Warrior turns all your melee damage into spirit damage, which makes damage numbers over 100 a frequent sight.
  • You also have great AOE capability, enough even to be able to skip having a mage.

4. Rogue / Bard / Ranger / Legionnaire Scout

This is the ranged support build.

  • You only really need the first spell from the bard specialization since that is the best, and feel free to go into the ranger tree as deep as you want.
  • Obviously rogue will focus mostly on archery skills and the Legionnaire Scout offers some nice survival tricks and a hefty bonus to hit points and stamina.
  • Support means splitting stats between dexterity and cunning for that very useful disable trap and open locks skill.
  • Great damage comes later on at the price of stamina when you're using skills that automatically score a critical hit. There's even some AOE capability and disables in there.

5. Rogue / Assassin / Duelist / Shadow

This is the melee DPS backstab build.

  • All your stat points need to go into dexterity and talents will focus mainly on the dual wield, as well as the specialization talents you have.
  • Be sure to learn to use poisons effectively and you will be a DPS powerhouse that's also hard to hit.
  • There's also some micromanagement needed for all that backstab action, but that only makes it even more fun!

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        LyricalGaming 

        8 months ago

        When I played this game I was able to get it for free on the Playstation through the free monthly game deals with Playstation Plus. I didn't have any DLC at all, and no mods (Obviously), so any builds I made were limited to content in the base game. This is the one I had the most success with.

        Mage/Arcane Warrior/Blood Mage

        While in the base game Arcane Warrior grants regeneration to Mana instead of Health, making these abilities essentialy useless, their stacks towards armor, resistances, and the chance to avoid attacks completely helps greatly with keeping you alive when you have to sling spells around at the expense of your health. The ability to channel the magic and spellpower stats into your physical damage and strength attribute allows you to pile on more armor and use melee weapons with heaps of damage thanks to weapon buffs like flaming weapons and ice weapons, and the blood mages ability to steal health from allies helps with sustainability and extra juice for spellcasting. I then used the Juggernaut armor (for epic aesthetics and tons of resistance bonuses), Howe's Shield (due to the extra resistances in addition to the only real downside being a loss of willpower, which a blood mage doesn't really rely on anyway), and Spellweaver (because of its bonuses to mage based attributes.)

        Main Spells:

        -All Weapon Augmentation Spells

        -Heroic Defense

        -Heroic Offense

        -All Blood Magic Spells

        -All Arcane Warrior Spells

        Altogether the build works as a mage tank, able to absorb continuous damage with almost no affect, allowing for plenty of health to shoot off spells with blood magic and add extra damage to everyone's weapons (including your own) with fire and ice weapon spells.

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        Overkill 

        8 months ago

        I made a tank build

        Worrior/champion/berserker/spirit worrior:

        50 points to strength then put the rest on constitution

        Use the Two handed skill tree

        Equip the biggest armor and health regeneration accessories

        With this build you would swear to God that your immortal

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        dudebro 

        2 years ago

        You don't seem to know very much about this game and how overpowered one can get. With the way song of courage (far superior to song of valor) and and other rogue buffs stack, a party of 3 rogue archers and one warrior archer can kill every boss in Awakening in under 15 seconds ... on Nightmare difficulty! You don't even need tanks or healers that way

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        pengas 

        6 years ago

        THIS is your top 5? just awfull, not even a spirit warrior archer... stacking dex in a backstab rogue? pure fail

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        StephenSMcmillan 

        7 years ago

        Great hub and very interesting.

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        Jackalfa 

        7 years ago

        I played arcane warrior year ago..It was unbeatable..Maybe because it was bugged by the special ?armor of blood dragon? or something like that,what i got with the game :PP

        - I was fully enchanted,could cast one low mana spell per battle,but have a nice dmg and armor about 100!! with full resistances..

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        right 

        7 years ago

        whatever inneedofcoffee

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        needcoffee 

        8 years ago

        the game seems to be a bit easy once u learn a few basic building tips..but as always bioware delivers on a great story line..

        P.S ... by easy i mean i can solo any boss or group in the game on hard difficult setting

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        Alex Lazar 

        8 years ago

        The Arcane Warrior is a mage specialization you can play as a front line fighter and is very fun and a bit tactical too

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        Balmung 

        8 years ago

        I'de just escaped from the tower and met the witch in the forest when my computer broke. Still waiting for it to get back to me....

        Anyways, I played a mage, but I found it a bit difficult. I'm not used to playing from the back. Thinking of trying a warrior once my computer gets back.

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        Alex Lazar 

        8 years ago

        Yes it's an awesome game, I hope Dragon Age 2 lives up to it

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        Alternative Prime 

        8 years ago from > California

        It's a very good game so I'm told, My nephew plays it all the time and fills me in on the details.

        He's a wiz at this kind of stuff...Need to check it out myself.

        Alternative Prime

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        Darrin Perez 

        8 years ago from Puerto Rico

        This sounds like a very good game. I've heard LOTS of good things about it. I'll have to buy it one of these days. :)

        Thanks for the useful hub! :D

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