Dragon Age 2 romance guide


Above: She’s seen bigger

Race: Human
Class: Rogue
Specialization: Swashbuckler
Role: Dual-wielding scrapper
Personality: Aggressive, Outgoing, Whoreish

Surprise surprise, the character that looks like a cross between a pirate and a concubine is the most promiscuous companion you’ll have throughout Dragon Age 2. Can you blame her though? No matter how many years pass during your campaign, she’s literally unable to find less slutty “armor.”

Above: Cleavage +255

You may (but probably not) recognize Isabela from Origins. She was the character you could have a threesome with in the brothel - yeah, now you remember. Her attitude implies she’s definitely been around the block a few times, so she’s more inclined to appreciate your sarcastic, less conservative dialogue choices. She’s not a fan of those who play the part of the benevolent saint, and you’ll find that some righteous decisions can actually hurt your friendship score. Of all your other party members, she’s most likely to clash with Aveline.

Above: Proactiv - before and after



Act 1

- In order to recruit Isabela, you’ll need to make sure and take on “Fools Rush In” secondary quest after completing the “Tranquility” quest but BEFORE entering the Deep Roads in Act 1.

Above: Isabela makes a good first impression



Act 2

- To officially begin your romance with Isabela, make sure to flirt with her at the start of “Isabela’s Ongoing Search” once Act 2 begins. During this conversation, be sarcastic for the first option, then flirt for the second. The result is a hefty +25 to your friendship score.

- If you've reached at least 50% friendship with Isabela, you can talk to her again right away to initiate the "Questioning Beliefs" quest. You’ll nab another +20 friendship points here as long as you don’t go out of your way to insult her, and you’ll get the same amount of points whether you’re nice or sarcastic.

- Next time you enter your estate at night, Isabela will approach you inside. Flirt with her once more to initiate some mid-game sexy time.

Above: We assume they eventually start taking off their clothes…


- After the scene, make sure to select “why not?” when Isabela asks you about bringing feelings into this. You must explore all three of the “investigate’ options to learn a little more about her. 


Gift #1 – Ship in a bottle (Act 2)

- During the “Blackpowder Courtesy” quest in Act 2, make sure to look for the Ship in a Bottle item in a chest by the exit leading to the Wilderness in Smuggler’s Cut. Once you have it, visit Isabela in The Hanged Man to give her the gift. In return you’ll gain another +10 to your friendship.

- The next step takes place after you complete the  quest “Following the Qun” near the end of Act 2. A new quest, “To Catch a Thief,” will become active. Go to Hawke’s estate to trigger the quest and choose to help Isabela. Not doing so will cause her to leave your party permanently. During  the quest, Isabela will still leave, but she will return during the “Demands of the Qun” mission at the end of the act. During said mission, make sure to stay on her side and not let her be taken.



Act 3

- At the start of Act 3, visit Isabela in The Hanged Man to complete the quick “Isabela’s Regret” quest and bring her back into your party. 

Gift #2 – Rivaini Talisman (Act 3)

Above - The talisman is in a storage box at the center-left portion of the map.

- Isabela requires one more gift before true love can blossom. The Rivaini Talisman gift can be tricky to find. You’ll need to enter the Disused Passage via the Docks at night to find it. There are two spots where you can enter; here’s one of them –

- Bring the talisman to Isabela (who if you haven’t guessed yet, lives in the pub) and a fairly entertaining conversation will take place.

Above: Awkward…

- One more companion quest to go, and that’s “No Rest For The Wicked.” You’ll need to have completed  at least part of “On The Loose” first to access it. Go to your mansion and speak to Isabela, who should be near the writing desk. When the choice arises, pick “We can use you as bait” to further gain her favor. This should give you a good friendship boost if you aren’t already at 100%.

Above: The most entertaining way to uncover Castillon’s location 

- If you decide to kill Castillon at the end of the quest, you’ll lose a lot of friendship points. Let her do what she wants. After all you love her, right? Well, it’s too late to turn back now.

-If you have 100% friendship, given Isabela both her gifts, and have completed all of the above quests, you’ll now have access to Isabella’s second “Questioning Beliefs” quest. Meet her at The Hanged Man, and make sure to be as romantic as possible.

- Finally, speak to Isabela during “The Last Straw” (the last quest of the game) when your party is gathered in the Gallows Prison or the Gallows Courtyard, depending on your campaign decisions. This will officially complete the romance, and give you the achievement/trophy.

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  • nosaka-arisa - January 29, 2012 11:59 p.m.

    *For Fenris Sorry forgot to pop that in.
  • nosaka-arisa - January 29, 2012 11:57 p.m.

    Okay, this is FABULOUS.... but does all this go for Rivalry Romance as well??
  • nachtmusik - January 21, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    ...Man, it's such a shame, Isabela doesn't threaten you at all if you've slept with both her and Merrill but are romancing Merrill if your Hawke is a girl. This game gets so much love from me for allowing m/m and f/f romances, seriously.
  • IzAnAgI - June 21, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    also do you HAVE to get 100% to get the quest?
  • IzAnAgI - June 21, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    do you ALWAYS have to be sarcastic to get Isabella? or are there no other dialouge paths you can take?
  • SonofAnarchy - May 31, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    I actually had 2 romance scenes one with Isabella and one with Merrill but only Merrill got cool armor and not Isabella.
  • Brutalicus - March 23, 2011 3:37 a.m.

    I did two Merrill romances, one as Friend and one as Rival. Rival was much more believable and fulfilling (although the sex scene is unchanged except for the conversation). My rogue absolutely disapproved of everything Merrill did that had to do with blood magic, but was nice to her otherwise. Merrill finally comes to realize what she's doing is wrong and Hawke can choose to romance her.
  • NotBraze - March 22, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    Not getting the achievement for Romancing Sebastian is strange, but I've also noticed that none of the Achievements for Exiled Prince work yet, this might be a side effect of that bug.
  • tylerwhitehead56 - March 18, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    So, i have a question. Do you HAVE to get both gifts for anyone you're trying to romance? i was going with Isabela first, but i realized only too late i missed the gift in Blackpowder Courtesy. If its possible, i could try to go back and pick it up, but i certainly would rather avoid replaying about 5 hours just to get an item. So, does she need both gifts, or should i keep chugging on?
  • JetpackJesus - March 17, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    I sense Fox will soon unbuckle their metaphorical belt and take a huge shit on this game for the fact that it has sex - NAY! Implied eroticism is enough fodder for them to judge it!
  • sunsmasher - March 16, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    I gotta ask, see if this is a glitch or what, but I invited Anders to my home in Act 2 after the nightly trist and he isn't there. Do your companions actually show up there or...?
  • revsears - March 16, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    one of my main complaints about the game. If i want to play a straight male i get to pick between a super slutty pirate, who carries porn with "Andraste" (Jesus of Feredlen) around and talks about it or a women who willingly dabbles with DEMONS! both are not my cup of two, and both top evilness or crudeness of any companion in DA: Origins. This is a HUGE fail on Biowares part, a character I romanced made the game feel more really, this time around I'm more likely to hate my companions if my character has any morals whatsoever. I'm really hoping future DLC or expansion or something will let me romance Aveline or some other char.
  • PipGirl - March 16, 2011 5:23 a.m.

    But i'm doing Anders now :( Oh well, i'll just have to wait.
  • Not Snake - March 16, 2011 3:49 a.m.

    Bitch about bisexual elves now!
  • mockraven - March 16, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    I like that there are more choices. Having almost your entire party to choose from is pretty cool. I went with the angry Fenris. As soon as I saw that clawed-glove attack I knew he was the one. All cheesiness aside, I really couldn't pick so I decided to just go down the list since I like seeing how the story unfolds for each companion.
  • Pirazha - March 15, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    I'm not quite pleased with the romantic options in this game. Origin had better ones. I do miss Leliane a lot.
  • Nodoudt - March 15, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    Hey chicka bum-bum. I hear this game also has combat in it.