Dragon Age II party armor upgrades and gift locations

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

Armor Upgrades

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
Tobrius’s Document

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.



Armor Upgrades

Inscribed Leather Harness

You can nab this first armor upgrade by visiting the Apparel Shop in Lowtown during Act 1


Silverite-Reinforced Buckles 

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.



Signet Ring

This one and only gift for Varric can be found at the Trinkets Emporium shop during Act 2, in Lowtown.



Armor Upgrades

Lambswool Insoles

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.


Rigid Boning

Hehehe Rigid Boning. Ahem. Anyways, this piece can be found in the Hightown Apparel Shop in Act 2.


Supportive Corselet 

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.


Rivaini Talisman

Head to the Disused Passage at the Docks during Act 3 and you will find this final gift for Isabela.


  • yonderTheGreat - March 23, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    You are attacked by thieves, not thiefs.
  • Spybreak8 - March 23, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Thx for this but I found out most of them from a gaming forum already. It sucks you can miss upgrades if you go through the story before unlocking them or buying them. This is kind of something I'd change in the game's design. Possibly have a letter from a merchant who says before you head into the deep roads you should come talk to me.
  • mattdark - March 23, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    Could be a little more informative. It doesnt mention for example, that with Carver, you get sent off on a small quest to the Gallows after the 'Birthright' quest. You'll have to speak to a mage there, who will give you carvers gift.
  • Brutalicus - March 23, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    Hey Merrill changed her clothes after 3 years. Perks of living with the rich and illustrious Hawke.
  • kingdom - March 23, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    Nice guide, quick and to the point as a good resource should be =D Is Aveline's last piece fixed now? Last I heard it was bugged and didn't drop when you killed Jeven. He just had that crummy shield when I killed him.
  • julia-lynn-white - July 6, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    I went excatly where it said to find the armor upgrade for fenris, but when i killed the big baddie it didn't drop it. did i go too soon? I don't have fenris in my party.
  • JohnDagger - March 23, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    It's nice to have upgrades for their one piece of clothing that your companions have and somehow aren't rotting off their bodies after wearing them for 10 years in battle.
  • Brutalicus - March 23, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    Yay Merrill! Great guide, these are a pain in the ass to keep your eyes peeled for.

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