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How many dragons killed in Dragon Age: Inquisition?

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Hunting down and killing all the dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition was seriously fun when I played over the holidays. Yes, I killed every Dragon, contributing to these delicious stats released on twitter.

It makes sense that the most killed dragon is the Fereldan Frostback – he’s relatively low level and easy enough to take out once you’re of a high enough level. Of course, depending on who you take into battle with you, you might need to equip some items with fire resistance. Some people are struggling to even find the Abyssal High Dragon; sorry, you’ve got to do some fetch quests for Frederic first.

Killing Dragons isn’t just a fun side activity in Dragon Age: Inquisition. They drop some excellent crafting items, give a whole boatload of XP and boost your power. Wondering where they are and how to kill them? Well, here are some tips. (Warning: possible spoilers below)

  • Ferelden Frostback (Level 12) Hinterlands – Resists Fire and is weak against Cold. I highly recommend taking him on with two mages with plenty of ice magic. He will also fly around a lot and add a whole bunch of enemies to the battle, so Iron Bull can be a good choice with his War Cry.
  • Northern Hunter (Level 13) Crestwood – Resists Electricity and weak vs Spirit. The Northern Hunter is a pain because of his electrical charges that cause your characters damage if they’re close to each other. Use tactical camera or manually move your party around the battle field to keep them spread out.
  • The Abyssal High Dragon (Level 14) The Western Approach – You will need to complete Frederic’s quests to find out more about dragons before this beast will appear. Another fire dragon, he is weak to cold. Again, I’d recommend going in with two mages speed with plenty of ice abilities.
  • Gamoran Stormrider (Level 15) The Exalted Plains – Resist Electricy and weak to spirit. By this point in the game, you probably have your mages specialized. I found having a Knight-Enchanter in the party (Vivienne or the Inquisitor depending on your play through class) made a huge difference – they can keep barriers up and deal some big damage to the dragon’s barrier while dealing spirit damage.
  • Greater Mistral (Level 17) Emerald Graves – Turning things on its head, this dragon resists cold and is vulnerable to fire. However, the same basic strategy applies, although by this point you can also craft weapons with some hefty fire damage attached if you so wish.
  • Hivernal (Level 19) Emprise du Lion – Also resisting cold and weak to fire, I ended up taking out this Dragon with Cassandra and Vivienne. Cassandra’s shields made her practically invincible as she kept the dragon focused on her so that everyone else could chip away at its health.
  • Vinsomer (Level 19) The Storm Coast – Only found after moving plot forward, this dragon resists electricity and is weak vs spirit. I gave Iron Bull an ability that dealt spirit damage within a fairly side radius, making this dragon slightly easier.
  • Sandy Howler (Level 20) The Hissing Wastes – Resisting Fire and weak vs cold, the strategy for this dragon should be established for players by now. Just ensure that you’ve leveled up enough, have upgraded your potions and crafted some quality gear by this point.
  • Kaltenzahn (Level 21) Emprise du Lion – Resisting cold and weak vs fire, this second dragon of Emprise du Lion gives enough XP to making killing it worthwhile. Hopefully by now you have collected enough shards to unlock a bunch of doors in the temple – be sure to do so before battle and get some cold resistance of your own.
  • Highland Ravager (Level 23) Emprise du Lion – The toughest dragon in the open world, this one resists fire and is weak to cold. Again, I highly recommend using the shards to boost your own elemental resistance as well as crafting some masterwork armor and/or weapons. Of course, if you’re at this point you’ve probably killed the other dragons and gotten some quality loot, which will help you in this.

I hope this helps you contribute to the stats on dragons killed. Have you already taken any out? I love how terrifying and epic those battles feel.

Last Updated: January 15, 2015

65 Comments

  1. ToshZA

    January 15, 2015 at 08:32

    Spoiler alert?

    While I skimped on the article, I still had the header to contend with, hoping for something funny. Joke’s on me.

    Reply

  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 15, 2015 at 08:49

    What are craving items can like to be?

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    • Anon A Mouse

      January 15, 2015 at 09:02

      It’s when you face a dragon just to realize you don’t have the correct items, then you’re craving items.

      Reply

  3. PestControl

    January 15, 2015 at 08:56

    Killed the Ferelden Frostback while I was ~lvl 9.. took me a few attempts and finally killed it with only one character left “alive”. Fight took around 30 minutes and felt very rewarding, however the dragons I have faced after this initial one felt a bit disappointing… almost too easy. Guess I’ll have to go to Emprise du Lion and see whether I can kill that one as easily.

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  4. Raptor Rants A Lot

    January 15, 2015 at 08:56

    Ok I seriously need to get this freaking game! Anyone have a unused PC version they don’t want? lol

    Reply

    • HairyEwok

      January 15, 2015 at 09:03

      Sorry I can’t borrow it to you. DRM stopped me right in my tracks.

      Reply

      • Quo Vadis?

        January 15, 2015 at 09:05

        *sigh* why feed the beast?

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        • HairyEwok

          January 15, 2015 at 09:10

          hahaha i feed the beast so I can finish my bowl of popcorn.

          Reply

      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 15, 2015 at 10:38

        DON’T SUPPORT DRM!!!!

        Reply

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 15, 2015 at 09:05

      I saw a PS3 copy on bidorbuy for something like R300 bucks. The owner says he hates it.

      Reply

      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 15, 2015 at 10:38

        I don’t own a console lol

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 15, 2015 at 10:54

          ah, pity. at least I looked out for you ;P

          Reply

    • ToshZA

      January 15, 2015 at 09:15

      You and I are of the same mind here. I think this pay day, that’s what I’m getting.

      Reply

  5. N@te

    January 15, 2015 at 09:01

    Ja when I saw the names in bold I just scrolled past to the comments. Don’t want to spoil any of the fun for myself….now just gotta find time to actually play the damn game.

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  6. Anon A Mouse

    January 15, 2015 at 09:03

    Sandy Howler? I thought that’s when Sandy writes an article that the rest of the gang doesn’t approve of.

    Reply

  7. Ghost In The Rift

    January 15, 2015 at 09:10

    I only got those things translated for Federic,so need to head back,forgot cause i was busy pissing Morrigan of from not letting her use the well of sorrows:-D

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  8. Kensei Seraph

    January 15, 2015 at 09:12

    Varric and Solas “met” the dragon in the Hinterlands.
    Luckily for me I was stealthed and when I saw that 2 of my party members had been taken out by 1 random fireball that I never even saw I turned and fled.
    Cassandra didn’t make it either.

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  9. oVg elfroot slayer

    January 15, 2015 at 09:16

    off-line gamer here. Add another 10 to that stat.
    Medium difficulty level 25 lesbian Elf with Knight Enchanter and 125hours all side missions cleared.

    THE DRAGONS ARE FCKING FANTASTIC!!! Finally, the word DRAGON in the title now does itself JUSTICE.

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    • oVg elfroot slayer

      January 15, 2015 at 09:19

      If I had to pay R900 for a bastard videogame this will be it.

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      • Brady miaau

        January 15, 2015 at 10:59

        Agreed.

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        • WitWolfy

          January 15, 2015 at 14:12

          Bought my PS4 version for like R750.. Not too bad, plus this game is HUGE!!! As in FREAKING HUGE took me like 40+ hours to beat it.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      January 15, 2015 at 09:26

      my fight with that Gamordan dragon glitched out on me and when he hit zero hp, he just stood there, not dying.
      so I spent a fair bit of time just looking at him, the attention to detail on those dragons is amazing.

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      • oVg elfroot slayer

        January 15, 2015 at 09:31

        The sound design owns SKYRIM. The base is so low that one can hear the gargling sound coming from its lungs.

        EA have always had the best sound studio.

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        • Matthew Holliday

          January 15, 2015 at 09:38

          the “everything” design owned skyrim.
          visual wise, skyrim got stomped.

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      • geel slang

        January 15, 2015 at 10:23

        I had the same bug with Greater Mistral.

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        • Matthew Holliday

          January 15, 2015 at 11:10

          its a soul crushing glitch.
          i was like, level 14 at the time, so it was a pretty serious fight.
          put the dragons off till i was level 25, then just went around crushing.

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  10. oVg elfroot slayer

    January 15, 2015 at 09:22

    HOW COOL WAS THE ENDING? What a twist, that is how you do sequel bait.

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 15, 2015 at 09:24

      Please dont spoil:-(

      Reply

      • Matthew Holliday

        January 15, 2015 at 09:24

        we’d have to understand it to spoil it.
        the plot twist was pretty twisty.

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        • oVg elfroot slayer

          January 15, 2015 at 09:25

          The Maker is all Elfroot ๐Ÿ˜›

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          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 15, 2015 at 09:27

            LOL

        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 15, 2015 at 09:26

          Now i have to push to the ending,i am just done with the 1st half of the arbor wilds,how far am i?

          Reply

          • oVg elfroot slayer

            January 15, 2015 at 09:29

            Do not rush it. You get out what you put in. The soft cap for the game is around level 26. You can finish it on level 20-23 on medium.

      • oVg elfroot slayer

        January 15, 2015 at 09:25

        I wont, just read all of the lore in the world to appreciate the ending even more.

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    • Brady miaau

      January 15, 2015 at 10:57

      No spoil!

      Reply

    • WitWolfy

      January 15, 2015 at 14:13

      Only thing I hate about this game is that there is no NEW game + though…

      Reply

      • oVg elfroot slayer

        January 15, 2015 at 14:17

        I do not know why there is not considering one cant just play the story, we are forced to grind a few power levels to progress the story.

        They could have just upped the cap or something.

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        • WitWolfy

          January 15, 2015 at 14:29

          I found this one awesome exploit, but you have to do the “power for a price” mission in the war room first. then you get a new merchant at Skyhold and buy these papers that raise your influence.. Each time you buy a paper just sell it again (which raises your influences and gives your power points at the same time).. Do this as many times as you like or until you reach level 20 you’ll see you have more than enough Power points to finish the main campaign .so screw the side missions ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Here is a a tut.

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  11. Ghost In The Rift

    January 15, 2015 at 09:23

    Just a stupid question,do the dragons respawn or are they “out” of the game if you kill them,i didnt go check cause i only have a few hours after work to play and it takes like 2 hours just to walk around Skyhold talking to all the npc’s:/

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    • Matthew Holliday

      January 15, 2015 at 09:40

      no respawns on the dragons.
      I was quite sad, but if you fight them at the correct times, they are that much of a challenge.
      the loot doesnt scale either, so the loot will be the same level as the dragon.

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 15, 2015 at 10:02

        Thats bad,was hoping for more epic battles,need a better bow schematic,still haven’t found a tier 3:-(

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        • Brady miaau

          January 15, 2015 at 10:57

          Me too. Want Cole on bow duty, but cannot find a nice one. Sold a few nice ones before I decided that Cole must be Arrow Man

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          • Matthew Holliday

            January 15, 2015 at 11:19

            cole can sit at home, stick coles specialisation on your archer inquisitor and watch how fast shit dies. late game archer breaks everything.

          • Brady miaau

            January 15, 2015 at 11:27

            I also thought Assasins stuff with ranged. And the only fights that are truly difficult are against Templars with bows. They cause so much damage and stagger and stuff. Holy crap. If it works for them, it must work for me.

            Been playing with Varric most of the time, because Varric is cool. But now I want Cole. Even with a crappy bow.

        • Matthew Holliday

          January 15, 2015 at 11:15

          bow schematics are pretty rare, i think i got one super early on and just sat with that for most of the game. there are some pretty awesome unique bows though.

          the one with massive increased attack speed and the one that explodes enemies and deals explosive damage based on the damage of the killing blow, are particularly usefull.

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          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 15, 2015 at 12:55

            I just got a bow that shoots 3 arrows on a single shot but its useless,unless the baddies get all up in your face,but wana craft 1 with the rare materials that i still have left, or try to get it at masterworks.

          • Matthew Holliday

            January 15, 2015 at 15:08

            multi projectiles are only usefull for solo grinding, not for party play, has no place in dragon age.

            masterworks bows are pretty straightforward, mega damage easy peasy.
            but unless youve got an awesome grip that gives you specials, its not gna get you much in the way of anything unique.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 15, 2015 at 15:11

            and a good rune lol,at least i got a tier 3 guard grip,helps allot.

  12. Matthew Holliday

    January 15, 2015 at 09:27

    I caught them all.

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  13. oVg elfroot slayer

    January 15, 2015 at 09:40

    For those who want to Bromance Iron Bull then Spoiler.
    But for those who will not, then you have to watch this. ROFL

    Reply

    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 15, 2015 at 10:05

      That is funny,i like Cassandras romance,such a softie lol

      Reply

      • WitWolfy

        January 15, 2015 at 14:37

        I chose to romance Josephine, WTF never even showed how we boinked…. Only how we sat infront of the fire… I was like WTF!?!? I want me PRON!!

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 15, 2015 at 14:42

          I was deciding the same thing, then i saw a Youtube video, just talking, i thought Josephine will be a freak in bed lol.

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    • BacchusZA

      January 15, 2015 at 10:30

      Heh that was funny as all hell. Cassandras’ reaction is priceless, as is Bulls’ response ๐Ÿ˜€

      Reply

    • Brady miaau

      January 15, 2015 at 10:57

      Iron Bull is so different from any other quanari in the previous games. Great character, but not sure they kept to the lore properly

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      • Matthew Holliday

        January 15, 2015 at 15:06

        kept to the lore fair enough.
        hes either ben hassrath or tal vashoth, either or, hes basically allowed to do whatever he wants and not care.
        its a massive cop out, i know, but its the only way they would get a compelling, lore friendly qunari.

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  14. MAC

    January 15, 2015 at 10:58

    Killed 2 leaving the rest until the end of the game so that I can actually appreciate and use all the masterwork gear I’ve collected and crafted.

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  15. Brady miaau

    January 15, 2015 at 10:58

    This game actually, for me, gets the scale and epicness of a dragon fight more or less right.

    My only problem is that with my Knight Enchanter I am not bothering to check what the dragon is weak against, just walk up and smack, keep barrier up forever and let the others do some stuff. Shoot arrows or spells or something. I killed at least three dragons by accident, was exploring, ran into it and killed it. Most of my part drops down, but Knight Enchanter keeps going.

    funnily, the most difficult by far was the Fereldan Frostback.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      January 15, 2015 at 15:14

      pretty much the reason i stay away from the knight enchanter, that sword and barrier thing is way OP.

      Reply

  16. Michelle

    January 15, 2015 at 11:41

    It seems it’s quite easy to kill a dragon :

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    • WitWolfy

      January 15, 2015 at 14:15

      If you got the right gear, a high level and know how to spam your spells, then yes its a walk in the park.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      January 15, 2015 at 15:12

      its not really, its just the difficulty is very much level dependent, but it would be much harder if the dragons scaled with your level.
      if you fight them when you’re at the correct levels, you’ll be in for a legit challenge.

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  17. WitWolfy

    January 15, 2015 at 14:09

    I killed the Ferelden Frostback for the trophy lol never went after the rest of them.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      January 15, 2015 at 15:11

      they drop some pretty rad unique gear, but if you’re mad overlevelled, theres not really much point.

      Reply

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