Dragon Age: Origins walkthrough

The Final Battle

Go to Redcliffe to start the final battle. Be warned: there’s no turning back at this point! Make your way past the enemies on your way to the castle. Outside the gates are a few tougher grunts. Talk to Eamon and then Riordan (he’s on the second floor). After learning a little bit about the Archdemon here, meet with Morrigan in the next room. The decisions you make here are entirely your own.

NEW AREA: Denerim Gates
At this point, the baddies shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Use area spells to thin out the Grunts, gather what remains of your party, and venture into the Market District.

Market District
For this battle, you’ll have the help of your armies and you can choose which class to send into battle. We recommend using Mages to take down the Ogres, but there are a number of good strategies here based on your team makeup and fighting style.

The Alienage
Convince Shianni to defend her home if you can. Either way, hit the Ogre and archers with every area spell you’ve got as long as you’re protected by the wooden gate. You’ll get the Dawn Ring from Shianni for your help. Head north and continue to the Palace District.

You’ll have to hold the gates with your secondary party while your main party forges ahead. Speak with the Officer to begin the battle, and make sure everyone is properly equipped. If you’ve been neglecting your secondary characters, here’s your chance to redeem yourself. Talk to the Messenger once the gates are secured to finish this encounter.

Palace District
Head up the left, battling the archers on the stairs. Again, we recommend controlling Mages, but pick the allies you like best. The enemies here are weak, but plentiful. Focus on the Alphas and thin out everyone else with area spells. Don’t forget about Mind Blast, and save as often as you can after each battle.

Fort Drakon
There’s a Dragon Thrail ready to greet you, along with a number of archers – remember that dragons are immune to fire spells. Be careful of spell traps, and above all else, be patient and let the baddies come to you. Now’s a great time to call your Elves if you’ve got ‘em.

Once you’re inside the Fort, head straight down. You’ll be ambushed by Lesser Shades first, then face a ton of corpses in a narrow hall. Don’t forget to grab the great weapons and armor in the nearby armories.

Fort Drakon: Second Floor
At this point, you should be used to the general tactics associated with dungeon crawling. There aren’t any hugely valuable items here, so head towards the center of the map and keep heading south. A few more Ogres stand in your way before you hit the rooftop. Get ready for the final battle!

BOSS: Archdemon
First off, remember that you have your armies at your disposal. This battle is broken into 4 parts. For the first part, the Archdemon will mostly stand still and attack, though it will fly to a new location every once in a while. You can dodge its attacks if you’re far enough away, but your tank’s health should be your top priority. Be patient and be careful. If your tank falls, it’s over.

For the second phase, the Archdemon will summon Darkspawn minions and fly to a harder to reach area. Avoid the vortex it spits out – it will decrease your attack and defense. You can deal absurd amounts of damage from a safe distance by using the ballistae on the battlefield. By keeping away, you should be able to bypass the third phase of this fight altogether.

The last phase of the battle has the Archdemon summoning Darkspawn while you continue to fight. If you’ve got leftover armies, now’s the time to use them. Once you take the Archdemon down, you’ll have one more decision to make. No matter what you choose, the Archdemon will be defeated.

Congratulations! You’ve saved Ferelden from the threat of the Blight. Give yourself a big pat on the back. You’ve earned it.

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  • Chaoscoolperson - June 1, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    Two things about Orzammar. 1 you have to choose a side for the entire quest. it is impossible to choose both people as king and trying to convince both sides that you are working for them will just make you do more work. 2nd DO NOT BRING BOTH OGRHEN AND SHALE TO FIND BRANKA. Shal will fight you if you side with Branka and while Ogrhen won't fight you if you side with Caridin it's still not nice to kill his wife, the paragon. Preferably bring niether and side with Caridin because Frankly Branka is crazy
  • Chaoscoolperson - May 31, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    I recomend fighting the High dragon while looking for Andraste's ashes. It is good practice for when you have to fight the Archdemon who is also a dragon, and the dragon scales can create a dragon scale armor that is the most powerful no-DLC armor in the game. Make sure to give wade two sets of drake scales first though. The first armor set he'll think is crap the second will be perfect and the dragon scales you won't have to wait on. I also recommend turning it into Dragon Bone Plate armor, as once again, Wade's Superior Dragon Bone Plate Armor is the strongest non-DLC armor in game. (I never compared it to king Cailin's armor or the Warden Commander Armor.)
  • Chaoscoolperson - May 31, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    one problem wit this guide is that you don't have to kill connor. I haven't in any of my playthroughs. I get in character act like I don't know what I'm supposed to do Alistair suggests Redcliife, I go to Redcliffe first. when I get there I leave Jowan in the cell then I go and meet connor. They say that they have to perform a blood magic ritual on him I say that I can go get the mages help. I get the mages help and send Jowan in to fight. Connor doesn't die and I have to go get Andraste's ashes. the end
  • alcapone2099 - March 18, 2011 10 p.m.

    Great walk through but this part is partly wrong "No matter what, Mother Hanna’s not going to give holy protection to Perth and his soldiers, so this task isn’t really worth your time. Might as well wait for sundown." no she wont give magical protection but she does give symbolic protection if you have enough persuasion then u can end another quest fully done
  • spanky9006 - December 21, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Gamejunkie9214 Dont use Sten if you have shayle the golem use him cuz of his enourmous quake power wich hits all mobs alistair sword and shield is good and morighan with arcane + healing + weaken skills and bloodaxe same party for you these are most combined group for the payable options for free go to
  • Gamejunkie9214 - April 11, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    Im still having trouble with the archdemon. im a lvl 20 warrior(Duel-Wield), and have Alistar(Sword and Duncan's Shield), Sten(Two-Handed Maul), and Morrigan any suggestions on any tactics?
  • bloodaxe - January 13, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    ok wats the best party to beat Branka/Caridin? im stuck on that
  • robantor - January 10, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    haha, i see this the day after i beat it.
  • Samael - January 10, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    HOLY CRAP GSTAR COOGI EVISU TRUE JEANS FOR ONLY $35-39? Yeah, reported.... Good guide, but it's a bit late isn't it? Why are you guys suddenly doing DAO stuff?
  • xecutioner - January 9, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    Man, the last month and a half were consumed playing this game non stop.

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