Taking care of your teammates is important! Without them you'd have a harder time in battles, have no one to talk to, and even worse, you wouldn't be able to exploit them for awkward romance sequences. This handy guide points you in the direction of every armor upgrade and gift, both of which increase your companions' friendship towards you. Just like in real life!
Armor upgrades and gifts are organzied by character for your convienience.
Make sure to check out our other Dragon Age 2 guides!
Dragon Age 2 Romance Guide
Dragon Age 2 Achievement/Trophy Guide
Bethany & Carver
Heirloom Amell Protective Sigils
Fereldan Gilded Plating
Both of Bethany and Carver’s only piece of armor upgrade is available through the “Birthright” mission near the beginning of Act 1. The items can be located in a chest in the final room.
Portrait of your Mother
When you are doing the “Birthright” mission, be sure to look in the chest in the store room to find the items depending on which character you are playing with.
Inscribed Leather Harness
You can nab this first armor upgrade by visiting the Apparel Shop in Lowtown during Act 1
Found in a chest during the “Family Matters” quest in which you go and visit Bartrand’s estate during Act 2.
Coat Lining With Concealed Pockets
This can be found at the Shady Merchandise Shop in the Docks District during Act 2.
Drakeskin Leg Straps
This one a little trickier to get as you need to have imported a save game that included DA: Awakenings. You also need to have recruited Nathaniel and had him not die during the siege on Vigil’s Keep. If you didn’t import a save, then you needed to choose the “Martyr” history when you created your DA 2 game. If you meet these conditions, then Varric’s last piece of armor can be found by doing the “Finding Nathaniel” mission in Act 3.
This one and only gift for Varric can be found at the Trinkets Emporium shop during Act 2, in Lowtown.
Her first piece is not until Act 2. It can be found during the “To Catch a Thief” mission in a chest when exploring the Lost-End Foundry.
Hehehe Rigid Boning. Ahem. Anyways, this piece can be found in the Hightown Apparel Shop in Act 2.
This piece can also be found in Hightown at the Robes by Jean Luc shop in Act 2.
Boiled Leather Plates
During Act 3, this final piece can be picked up only during the “Murder of Crows” mission, but you will only get this mission if your imported game file still has Zevran still alive. Look for the armor piece inside a pile of bones while travelling through the Mountain Cave and after fighting a swarm of spiders.
Ship in a Bottle
During “Blackpowder Courtesy,” you will find this gift in a chest near the North exit in Smuggler’s Cut.
Head to the Disused Passage at the Docks during Act 3 and you will find this final gift for Isabela.