Dragon Age 2 romance guide


Race: Elf
Class: Blood Mage
Specialization: Dalish Pariah
Role: Damager
Personality: Shy, self-conscious, demon sympathizer

Merrill is the cute, naïve little elven mage who just happens to dabble in demonic blood magic every now and then. As the First to the Sabrae clan’s Keeper, Marethai, you may recognize her from DA: Origins. Despite having such an important role, she’s surprisingly awkward around just about everyone.

Of all your other companions, Merrill clashes most with Fenris, who adamantly opposes most things related to magic. As you continue to pursue a romance with Merrill through acts 2 and 3, virtually all of your other companions will be offended by the courses of action you take during Merrill’s character-specific companion quests. If you’re concerned about that, it’s best to use Varric and Isabela at those times. In most cases they’re fairly apathetic to the whole blood magic thing.



Act 1

- You don’t have to worry about missing Merrill. She’ll join your party at the end of “Long Way Home” in the early goings of the game.  Always make sure to be nice to her, and be accommodating to her blood-magic tendencies. This sympathy will often lead to clashes with your other party members, namely Anders and Fenris.

- The dialogue choice at the Sundermount barrier is the first of many involving Merrill that can alter your relationship with your other companions. Since Merrill isn’t officially in your party yet, and can’t be swayed in either direction, choose the bottom option to get a friendship boost with the other members. Also, don’t forget to complete the “Welcome Home” quest once you’ve recruited Merrill.



Act 2

- Once you’ve completed the “Blackpowder Courtesy” quest, you’ll have access to one of Merrill’s companion quests, “Mirror Image.” Talk to Merrill in her home and agree to help her to begin the quest (and earn yourself +15 friendship).

- Once you’ve defeated the varterral during the “Mirror Image” quest, make sure to select “Do you want some time?” or “Don’t blame yourself” when speaking to Merrill for a small friendship boost (+5). An even bigger boost comes from giving the arulin’holm to Merrill at the end of the quest (+15).

- After you’ve completed the above quest, visit Merrill at her home for a chance to flirt. If you’re at least halfway to full friendship at this point, you can also complete the “Questioning Beliefs” quest here. Head back to your mansion after that and Merrill will stop by for a visit if it’s nighttime. Make sure to ask her to move in with you. 

- If you’ve now slept with Merrill and Isabela, you can trigger a fun little scene at the Hanged Man if you speak to the latter companion –


Gift #1 – Wooden Halla Carving

- You can pick up Merrill’s first gift at Master Ilen’s Shop in Sundermount. Visit Merrill at her home and give her the Wooden Halla Carving. The task nets you +15 towards friendship.



Act 3

Gift #2 – Sylvanwood Ring (Act 3)

- Merrill’s second gift, the Sylvanwood Ring,  cab be looted from the corpse of the thief leader during the quest “A Murder of Crows.” To initiate this quest, speak to Nunico in Hightown. You don’t have to complete the quest if you don’t want – as soon as you enter Sundermount you’ll be ambushed by the thug who carries the ring.

- Even after you’ve reached 100% friendship and given Merrill both of her gifts, you’ll still need to do some leg work to see the romance through to the end. There are three more quests that need completing. Finish “A Talking To” and “On The Loose” then see Merrill at her old house and to unlock “A New Path,” Merrill’s final companion quest. 

- It may go without saying, but during “A New Path” make sure to support Merrill’s decisions and stay on her side, even if it means killing anyone who stands in her way. Also make sure to let her know that the way things turned out wasn’t her fault.

- Finally, talk to Merrill at the Gallows Prison or in the Gallows Courtyard (depending on your end of game decision) during the “The Last Straw.” This will officially complete the romance, and give you the achievement/trophy.

We'll have the rest of the characters' romance videos and strategies up soon!


  • 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.

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