Dragon Age 2 romance guide


Race: Human
Class: Mage
Specialization: Vengeance
Role: Healer
Personality: Hopeful, Charitable, Melodramatic

Anders has been dodging Templars since he was knee high to a dragonling. As a result, he’s staunchly sympathetic to any mage-related cause, and will prove to be a valuable ally should you side with magic users throughout the Dragon Age 2 campaign. Fans of the franchise may recognize the mage from Dragon Age: Origins – Awakenings. 

Unless you plan to side with the Templars at every turn, Anders is arguably the easiest companion to fully romance. Not only does he react to more storyline conversations than any other companion, he also gives you plenty of opportunities to flirt, and doesn’t seem to mind if you flirt with other characters early on.


Act 1

- Ander’s companionship is initially mandatory, and he’ll join you during the “Tranquility” main plot quest. You’ll meet him in his clinic in Darktown, which serves as his home base throughout the game. Make sure to side with Anders during this quest no matter what. You can get a flirt in early on by selecting the “I like men with dark pasts” option during the conversation at the end of the quest.

- You can get a nice friendship boost (+10) if you chastise Merrill at the magical barrier during the Sundermount quest. Since Merrill isn’t officially in your party yet, you won’t offend her (at least on paper).

- During the “Talk to Anders” quest in Darktown you’ll have another chance to flirt with the Grey Warden.

- Make sure not to hand over the Saarebas during the “Shepherding Wolves” quest, or you’ll lose friendship points from Anders.


Act 2

- To kick things off, talk to Anders at his clinic in Darktown. This will be an opportunity to unleash a chain of cringe-worthy flirts that pay off big time in terms of friendship score. You can get 30 points right here by selecting the following – “You need a safer place,” “I’ll keep you safe,” “Stay in control,” and “I can’t let you go.”? 4-flirt combo ftw: there’s no such thing as overkill when it comes to love in DA2.

Above: Wow Anders. You really can’t tell when someone’s using you for cheevos, can you ? 

- In order to unlock Anders’s main Act 2 companion quest, you’ll need to complete the “Blackpowder Courtesy” quest. Once you have, speak to Anders in his clinic to get things going. The quest you want is called “Dissent.”

- The “Dissent” quest is chance to gain an enormous amount of friendship points with Anders. For the maximum amount, select “Anders, calm down” when speaking to him in his clinic after you come out of the Gallows Dungeon. There’s also yet another chance to flirt during this conversation.

Gift – Tevinter Chantry Amulet (Act 2)

- You can find this in a chest inside the central room of the Abandoned Slaver Den during “A Bitter Pill” (Fenris’s Act 2 companion quest).

- If you’ve reached 50% friendship and completed the “Dissent Quest,” you can take on the “Questioning Beliefs” quest in Anders’s clinic. Flirt away to your heart’s content. After that, Anders will visit you at your estate at night. Make sure to ask him to move in with you during this scene.


Act 3

- By now you should have all but cemented your romance with Anders. If you’ve been following along, your friendship score should be at 100% and you should have already given him his only gift (there is no second gift here in Act 3). The next step to complete his final companion quest, “Justice.” This quest will be unlocked soon after you talk to Anders at the start of Act 3.

- All that remains is to complete the “Questioning Beliefs” quest by speaking to Anders. Now just maintain your 100% friendship score until the final quest, “The Last Straw.”

- Anders plays an important role in the game’s final moments as you’ll discover. Make sure to support him and the mages throughout. When you are finally in the Gallows Prison, talk to Anders to complete the romance.

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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.