Dragon Age: Inquisition’s guide to romance

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Ah, according to Bioware, the simpler days are gone. Romance is much more complicated in Dragon Age: Inquisition – you can’t just insert presents until sex comes out. As a result, Bioware has provided a guide to romance for those who want to get their paramour on.

Over on the Bioware Forum, Mike Laidlaw has revealed all the possible romance options that players will have in the game. If you want to avoid possible spoilers, you may want to look away now.

According to Laidlaw, the reason for this is that Dragon Age: Inquisition is huge. With 200+ hours of gameplay, relationships between players and followers can take quite a bit of time.

As a result, you could play the game for a significant length of time before discovering that a follower isn’t interested.

Hmmm, so like life, right? Additionally, they point out that just because a follower can be romanced doesn’t mean that you’ll be successful with them. Each character has their own agendas and opinions and the choices you make in the game might make them never fall for you. So, here’s the list of core romances:

  • Cassandra is interested in male characters.
  • Blackwall is interested in female characters.
  • Josephine is interested in both male and female characters
  • Iron Bull is interested in both male and female characters
  • Sera is interested in female characters.
  • Dorian is interested in male characters.
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However, thanks to the extra development time the game received, there are two additional romance options. They are limited in scope for reasons relating to their story arcs, but they are:

  • Cullen is interested in female elves and female humans.
  • Solas is interested in female elves only.

Ooh, racist romance options, I like it. Also, this means that of all the characters, Varric, Vivienne, Cole and Leliana are not romance options. You might as well deal with your disappointment now.

What is your usual approach to romance in these games? I normally decide on the fly, I mean, they usually make it so that everyone is throwing themselves at my character and I just need to decide who I will go for. This time around it seems much more complicated. I wonder if they will still follow reality in that it will be easier to get the paramour achievement as a woman.

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    No Leliana or Isabella? Good thing I’m not buying it then, don’t have to deal with that disappointment.

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Isabella ftw!

      • Brady miaau

        Leliana FTW!!!!!!!!!

        • Lardus-Resident Perve

          Both FTW!! Together!

          • NAYBAY

            FOr the way FOR THE WAY!!!!!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    Iron Bull is interested in both male and female characters, guess we will learn why they call him that O_o

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      well, he is horny…

      i’ll let myself out.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        ba dum tish!

      • WarframedSquirrel

        You just HAD to go there… didn’t you?

      • Hammersteyn

        hehe you said it not me 😀

      • Jackie

        Sickened but Curious ey?

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Come baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

      • Brady miaau

        Got your coat?

    • Viking Of Science

      After Romancing Iron Bull:

      http://media0.giphy.com/media/Vhk9HwPx3TO0w/giphy.gif

      #ArrestedDevelopmentGifday

      • Hammersteyn

        looooooooool

    • Brady miaau

      Ring? or stud? Branding?

  • Spaffy

    “insert presents until sex comes out.”

    Sounds like married life 🙁

    • CAE9872

      whahahaha…cant decide if that is based on real life experience or perception…but still…whahahaha!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Based on what I hear from married male & female colleagues, it’s true.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          You’ve been talking tot the wrong couples it seems.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Not just the married ones now that I think about it.

        • Brady miaau

          Yeah, look, we all like to joke and I often say things on this site that are suspect, because it is fun. But no, my wife and I are together not for any material reason or for someone to make the sammiches or something like that. Mutual respect, mutual love and a healthy life OUTSIDE of each other, i.e. she does her thing (make stuff) and I do my thing (read or play games). Same room quite often (sound waaaaaay down!), but still not clingy, joined at the hip.

          While still doing things together, of course. Balance, as in all things

          • Spaffy

            Nice way of covering your ass, in case your missus still reads these forums 😛

            Seriously though you are correct.

          • Brady miaau

            Nah, my missus would not read the forums again. But it does occur to me that I like joking a lot about things like the missus getting me a pizza and drenching me in it and stuff like that.

            Obviously I would never do anything like that, cause of above.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            She’s standing behind you isn’t she? 😉

            I wasn’t being completely serious… completely. I’ve heard a few horror stories.

          • Brady miaau

            But there are some horror stories. Like if you gain weight, I leave you. Trophy wife.

            Friend of mine nearly become a trophy wife. I cannot see it as healthy. Also, as a father now, I want my daughter to be taught the “right” way by example as well as by word.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I honestly don’t get stuff like that. Why would someone want to be in that kind of situation, and what kind of person wants to put another person in that situation? In my naive little mind relationships are supposed to be about equal partnership & respect. Ek verstaan nie.

          • Brady miaau

            Good! No point in understanding that, kind of like watching criminal minds to get in the head of the nearest psycho.

    • Brady miaau

      You, sir, owe me a new keyboard. Dammit.

  • Kensei Seraph

    Must. Not. Look…………. It WILL be worth it when DA:I is released. (x5)

  • Brady miaau

    ON topic now

    I like the romance and I dislike it at the same time.

    Mass Effect was always better than DA at romance, and I hope the lessons learned are in. I romanced certain characters (Garrus, Liara) because they were, in my opinion, the coolest characters there. Always witty, clever and never boring. In DA: Origins, I did not really care AND romanced Alistair purely by accident. Next thing I know, the game “asks” if you want to continue or not. I had no idea, just making small talk in the camp.

  • Kromas of City17

    Would not befit Leliana to cheat on me (the inquisitor) with me (the grey warden). 😛

    • Brady miaau

      Yes, it would. and twice on Sundays. She was a great character

      • Kromas of City17

        Yeah but I value loyalty. If I wanted a slutty person I would;d have chosen the elf assassin from Origins whose name fails me right now.

        • Brady miaau

          Me too, cause he did not matter. He was there to balance, thief with dual wield in case you wanted. Always thought he was spooned in.

          • Kromas of City17

            Kinda like a certain 5000 year old Jamaican alien dlc.

          • Brady miaau

            I am not sure. I thought he added a lot of value to the game and I rather think they spooned him out, to become a DLC, rather than spoon in.

            He had a comment on every single planet, interacted with people and things

  • Jermont Beard

    No Vivienne? WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME BIOWARE? ALL I WANTED WAS TO ROMANCE THE GODDAMN LADY OF THE GODDAMN GROUP BUT NO, I CAN’T FUCKING PLOT TO TAKE OVER THE GODDAMN THRONE OF ORLAIS WITH ANY OF THE OTHER FUCKING CHARACTERS EXCEPT BITCH ASS CASSANDRA AND SHE’S A GODDAMN BITCH BECAUSE OF HOW SHE FUCKING TREATED VARRIC SO FUCK HER I HATE YOU ALL AND I’M NEVER GOING TO BECOME ATTACHED TO A CHARACTER BEFORE THE GAME COMES OUT AGAIN GOD MOTHER FUCKING DAMMIT!
    Alright, got it out of my system

  • LucyFur910

    Does anyone know if you can restart a romance with a character later once you end it? Like with Iron Bull for example since you can end a relationship with him in good terms.

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