Dragon Age: Origins walkthrough

NEW AREA: Anvil of the Void
Grab the Lyrium during battles for a much-needed Mana boost. There’s a room full of green gas nearby. It won’t hurt you too much to fight the Golems in there, but if you lure them through the doorway you came in, this otherwise difficult battle becomes almost comically easy. Make sure your teammates hold their positions, and dispatch all the Golems one by one. The same goes for the next room. Make your party wait outside, and force the Golems to bring the fight to you.

MINIBOSS: Forgotten Spirits
This battle is a bit different. By killing a Forgotten Spirit, you’ll activate the Anvil near it. Touching the Anvil will make the faces on the column spew blood, which means you’re doing it right. Hit the bleeding eyes with anvil beams as fast as possible. This will stop more spirits from being summoned. This is a tough battle, but it gets easier as you go. Don’t give up! Be sure to save once you’re done because a big decision is coming up.

BOSS: Branka/Caridin
You’ll have to side with either Caridin or Branka regarding whether or not you’ll preserve or destroy the Anvil. The right, moral thing to do is destroy the Anvil. As a result, Leliana and Alistair will strongly disapprove of any attempt to use it, while Zevran or Morrigan will approve. Oghren doesn’t want to fight his wife, but he will approve of destroying the Anvil, so for him it basically balances out. Either way, fighting all these Golems is pretty tough. Try to avoid elemental spells like Fire, but Electrical attacks work OK.  After the battle, make sure to reload your save file so you can get both Achievements/Trophies.

Once you’ve got your crown, loot the nearby chest for a bunch of goodies, including a Medium Silver Bar for Zevran. There’s also an easy sidequest here if you take a tracing of the Golem’s Registry. Once you’re ready to leave, talk to Oghren. You’ll warp all the way back up to Orzammar to settle the election business. Get another save file ready – you’ll want it soon.

Back at Orzammar
Guess what? Regardless of whether you backed Bhelen or Harrowmont originally, you can choose whomever you want now that you have the crown in your possession. If you go with Bhelen, you can fight Harrowmont or let him go. You’ll get the Maul from Bhelen as a reward. If you side with Harrowmont, you’ll immediately have to fight Bhelen. You’ll get a fancy staff and some approval points from Alistair for your troubles. Regardless, you’ll get the troops you need to fight the Blight.

Congratulations! You’ve crowned the next king of Orzammar.


  • 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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