Dragon Age II Achievement Guide

There are a slew of achievements/trophies to get through Dragon Age 2 on just the first run through and for the few that are left over, assuming you have an Origins save file, you can wrangle them up in no time with a second partial playthrough. There are plenty that require collecting multiple items and codex entries that change places through the different acts of the game so make sure you revisit the same places over and over as new objects appear over the course of the game. So with those words of wisdom, set a course for Kirkwall and start your collecting!


Arcane Defender

25 points
Silver Trophy
Side with the mages 5 time.

During the course of the game, you will be given the option to choose the mages side or the Templars side numerous times. It is impossible to get both on one playthrough, so pick a side and stick with it. Continue to side with that group until you receive your achievement/trophy.

In Act 1, the missions that affect the outcome are “Wayward Son” found in Lowtown, “Act of Mercy” in Gamlen’s House, and “Enemies Among Us” in Hightown. The others begin from “Showdown” which is at the beginning of Act 3 and will lead to the missions “Night Terrors”, ”Best Served Cold” and “On The Loose” which can be found from letters on Hawkes desk. If you side with the Mages 5 times, you will receive the Arcane Defender reward. Side with the Templars 5 times and Mage Hunter is yours.



50 Points
Silver Trophy
During each year in Kirkwall, discover 3 secret messages from the band of three.

To get this, you will need to find 3 of the 4 codex entries that are marked “The Enigma of Kirkwall” in each chapter. In Act 1 they are found in The Gallows, TheViscount’s Keep, The Bone Pit, and Lowtown at night. In Act 2, they can be found in the Chantry, The Docks, Darktown, and the Gallows Dungeon during the “Dissent” quest. In Act 3 you can find them in “Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure” quest, on the Docks during “The Last Straw,” and there are two that can be found during the quest “Justice.”


A Friend in Need

5 Points
Bronze Trophy
Upgraded the armor of one of your party members.

This can be done by purchasing armor upgrades from around the city or can be done by competing the “Birthright” quest near the start of the game by visiting Gamlen’s hovel.


A Worthy Rival

25 Points
Silver Trophy
Earned the Arishok’s respect.

You will need to get the Arishok’s respect before finishing the quest “Demands of the Qun.”  This can be done by agreeing with the Arishok in his dialogues while speaking to you and Avaline at his throne, as well as choosing to tell the Arishok about his dead men during the quest “Offered and Lost.” 



15 Points
Bronze Trophy
Kicked the slavers out of your ancestral home.

Complete the “Birthright” quest and you will receive this.


Champion of Kirkwall

20 Points
Silver Trophy
Complete Dragon Age 2.

Simple enough. Finish the game and these measly 20 points/Silver Trophy is yours.


  • joshua-harper - December 13, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    wher can i find bartrant so i can go on the damn dark road mission?
  • PanzerDSS - March 23, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    The Prince achievements being glitched pissed me off. I don't know why more outlets haven't been reporting on a big game's DLC having a rather large glitch.
  • joshuagutstadt - March 20, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    Play 2 walktherws. Amage. Who was a templar n a warror who help the mages n got everything with out useing the as I said ealier if u have half a brain n really a game n olderthen 12 u sould be avalbie to get the sulf on ur any real gamer sould be able your one of two huh?
  • WtfInternetguy87 - March 18, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    There should be an achievement for not buying this game.
  • Redeater - March 18, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    @joshuagutstadt Is english your third language? Please research before you start posting. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone but there is very specifc requirements for both achievements. @db1331 I like it but boy they should have spent another year on it. You replay the same coast/mansion/cave over and over and over.......
  • db1331 - March 18, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    Boy this game even LOOKS like a rushed money grab. Every screen shot here looks so boring, and graphically the game looks about 3-5 years old.
  • joshuagutstadt - March 18, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    Image dragon age n mass effect had a baby n this be it
  • Cleanser247 - March 18, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    What do you guys think of Dragon Age II? I'm not too sure about getting it...
  • joshuagutstadt - March 18, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    Well if u have half a brain u could firgure it out on ur own how the game sould beplay but here a hint ...when u do a quest that let's you choose mage or temp. Guess wut ur suppse to choose..come on you can do it..
  • Redeater - March 18, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    Sorry for the double post but this will save a lot of headache for some people. Did the author of this even play the same game? It is not as simple as just "siding" with the mages or templars when trying to get the two achievments. You have to do very specific things.(Just look up better guides instead) @Jeff McAllister Do me a favor and research before you post this garbage. You are costing people pointless playthroughs with no rewards because of your sloppy guides.
  • Redeater - March 18, 2011 5:01 a.m.

    It should be pointed out that all of the Prince DLC achievements are glitched. At least for me and everyone else on the forums. Also for the crafting resource achievement it says you only need one of each kind when in fact you need all of them. I have collected ones i missed from the black emporium and still it hasn't popped. PATCH PLEASE BIOWARE! This is beyond sloppy and unacceptable.
  • TokiWartooth - March 18, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    Can this guide be more vague? Just for example, how about you explain the situations where you would have to side with mages or templars. You writing that you have to side with them is pretty obvious - like 99% of you repeating the achievement description.
  • Koolkat23 - March 18, 2011 4:03 a.m.

    Id love to read this but can I please have a spoiler-free trophy guide.

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