Best Weapons in Dragon Age Inquisition

Whether you’re ready to rid Thedas of Red Templars or vanquish some Venatori, you are going to need some good weapons. Actually, scratch that. You’re going to need the best weapons, whether you are ready to face Corypheus or just out there fighting Demons. But which arms are really the best? Here are some of the best weapons in Dragon Age: Inquisition.


The Masterwork Archon Staff Schematic

The Seer Staff seems like one of the best weapons when it comes to Mage staves in Dragon Age: Inquisition. But if you are planning to use it with all Tier 4 Dragon components, its high Armor Penetration capabilities (+40% or more) become moot. Elemental damage is no good for armor penetration, so you are going to have to use something else — the Masterwork Archon Staff Schematic.

The staff is part of the Iron Bull quest line found in the Skyhold War Table. Become friends with Iron Bull, kill one High Dragon (or more), and meet the Chargers. In the “Demands of the Qun” quest (at the Storm Coast), you will have the Ben-Hassrath meeting with Iron Bull. There, you must sacrifice the Chargers in the middle of a fight with the Venatori. When you finish, go back to the War Table and complete missions starting with “Failed Assassination Attempt Inquiry”. After “Track Spies in Vyrantium”, you will acquire the staff.

When equipped with a Tier 4 Dragon Bone metal, the Masterwork Archon Staff has a Damage Per Second (DPS) of 115. It also has a Damage value of 71 in Tier 4, and that applies to its Cold, Fire, and Electricity elemental effects. It can only be used by Mages and it has empty Grip and Staff Blade upgrade slots. It has an empty Rune component. Its Damage slot is 22 Metal, its first Utility slot is 6 Cloth, its Offensive slot is 8 Cloth, and its second Utility slot is 6 Cloth. Its Masterwork value is 1.

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The Masterwork Spiked Longbow Schematic

A rugged choice for a Rogue’s bow weapon is the Masterwork Spiked Longbow. It is one of the best weapons for long range fighting.

In the Hissing Wastes, there’s a Dwarven Tomb near the Sand Crags Camp. Inside the tomb, there is a chest with the Longbow inside.

If you use a Tier 4 Dragon Bone metal, the Masterwork Spiked Longbow has a DPS of 172. In Tier 4, it has a Damage value of 152. Only Rogues can use this weapon, and Varric Tethras can not use it. Its Damage slot is 22 Metal, its Utility slot is 8 Leather, its first Offensive slot is 6 Leather, and its second Offensive slot is 6 Cloth. Its Masterwork value is 1.


The Prismatic Greataxe Schematic

As far as two-handed weapons go, the Prismatic Greataxe is one of the strongest. This Dragon Age: Inquisition Trespasser Downloadable Content (DLC) addition is one of the finest Maul Schematics. With its heavy-handed stats and power, it is one of the best weapons for inflicting physical damage.

The Prismatic Greataxe Schematic can be found upon completion of the “Learn More About Dragons” War Table mission, with the adviser of your choice.

This weapon’s Tier 4 DPS is 289. It has a Tier 4 Damage level of at least 256. There are no upgrade slots or default runes. Only Warriors can use this weapon. Its Damage slot is 22 Metal, its first Offensive slot is 16 Metal, its second Offensive slot is 12 Cloth, and its Utility slot is 6 Metal. It has a Masterwork value of 1. With one hit, it can deliver random elemental damage. Talk about having a Greataxe to grind!

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The Revered Defender Bulwark Schematic

Shields are technically a weapon in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and there is some debate over which is the best one. The Masterwork Sentinel Shield Schematic seems like an intuitive choice; it has one Offensive and one Utility Slot.

But wait a minute, you might say. Shields are supposed to be about defense! Don’t worry, because the Revered Defender Bulwark Schematic is just the answer. It has two defensive slots. Used correctly, you can turn this defensive shield into one of your best weapons.

This shield is available on The Descent DLC of Dragon Age: Inquisition. When you first descend into the Storm Coast Fissure, you can loot this after defeating Ogre Alpha.

The shield itself has a 64 Armor rating in Tier 4. It has one Armor slot of 8 Metal, one Defense slot of 12 Metal, one Defense slot of 5 Leather, and a Masterwork value of 1. Only Warriors can use it — sometimes the best offense is a great defense!


The Valos Atredum

Speaking of the Descent DLC, the Unique Sword that serves as one of the best weapons in Dragon Age: Inquisition is the Valos Atredum. Described as “curiously weighted” and “difficult to stop a swing in progress” the Valos Atredum suggests that the word of the Ancestors is indeed “final”. That’s quite a description to live up to! Fortunately, this sword can.

You can obtain the Valos Atredum by completing the “On Broken Knees” side quest in the Ruins of Heidrum Thaig (in the Deep Roads, in the Descent DLC).

This weapon’s value is 1385 Silver Pieces. Its Item Level is 26. Its initial DPS is 259, and its Damage level is 233. It requires a Level 21 Warrior to use (Warriors are the only class that can use it) and has no Upgrade Slots. It also is empty of Runes. Finally, this sword will give you a +10% Critical Damage Bonus, a +6% Stagger On Hit, +27 Strength, and a “Gain 5 Guard” on Hit. All told, although the Valos Atredum is rumored to speak for the Ancestors, it is perfectly capable of speaking for itself.


1. Greatest Hits Sword

The Greatest Hits sword is one of the greatest weapons in Dragon Age: Inquisition. This weapon can only be obtained by finishing a war table operation, and it’s so good that even some players without the Trespasser DLC want to get their hands on this blade.

The blade of this sword is etched with a setlist, and the hilt has been signed by several people who have terrible penmanship. One man even spells his name with an exclamation point!

The Highest Hits Sword was made specifically for those with access to The Trespasser DLC pack and comes as an award from completing “Stop the Rumors” using either Leliana or Josephine – which has caused some fans who do not have this expansion pack, but still really love DAI’s combat system like myself (not naming names), to go out of our way just try obtain such high-quality weaponry!


  • Appearances: Dragon Age- Inquisition, Trespasser
  • DPS: 195 to 203
  • Item Level: 21
  • Damage: 176 to183
  • Requirements: Level 18
  • Upgrades: Empty Grip Slot
  • Restrictions: Warrior only
  • Runes: Empty Rune Slot
  • Type: Unique sword
  • Location: Skyhold – War table

Other Stats:

  • +90 Maximum Health
  • +14 Constitution
  • On hit: opportunity to sing a defensive allies’ buff within a range of 8 meters

2. Thunderstrike mace

The massive and heavy mace, Thunderstrike mace can be found in the Caer Bronach Merchant’s shop for those who are lucky enough to grab it. However, only The Short List Inquisition perk is needed if you’re looking to use this weapon that has a unique appearance on your character as well as some powerful attributes. A weapon forged by the Dwarves, Mighty Thunderstrike has a chance to cast shockwaves that deal damage in an area of effect.

The blade of the weapon is made from a rare metal found only in nature, which appears to be black and silver but when wielded by an experienced hand changes colors with every strike. The hilt has two gems embedded into it—one red for the hatred that shines brightly whenever you find out your enemy’s location; one blue for love that pulsates at once we lose sight of our beloved; both beautiful yet terrible like their counterparts.

The Sword: For thy heart, which has wronged me. This weapon of vengeance is strongest against an enemy beyond its wielder’s power- according to the Alamarri legends that give it to the Avvar chieftain Morrighan’nan.


  • Appearances: Dragon Age- Inquisition
  • DPS: 216-223
  • Item Level: 23
  • Damage: 148 to153
  • Requirements: Level 20
  • Upgrades: Empty Haft
  • Restrictions: Warrior only
  • Runes: Empty Rune Slot
  • Type: Unique mace
  • Location: Crestwood – Caer Bronach

Other Stats:

  • +7 Strength
  • +35% Armor Penetration
  • 10% opportunity to inflict Chain-Lightning damages at only a weapon power of 50%

Value: 1286 coins

3. Savage Thorn Dagger

Savage Thorn from the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition is a dagger found two-handed or one-handed. The grip allows you to equip it with other grips and allow better control over accuracy and speed while attacking your enemy.

Savage Thorn is a dagger passed down from generation to generation. It was first given as a gift by the ancient Hakkonians, who had once roamed Thedas freely before they were hunted into extinction.

This blade has seen countless battles and lives taken, but it still remains in perfect condition because of its renowned strength against spirits and other incorporeal beings such as ghosts or shades; an attribute which makes this weapon’s flawlessness all the more admirable considering how often these types of creatures are encountered on battlefields across Thedas


  • Appearances: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon
  • DPS: 409 to 421
  • Item Level: 25
  • Damage: 159 to164
  • Requirements: Level 22
  • Upgrades: Empty Grip
  • Restrictions: Warrior only
  • Runes: Empty Rune Slot
  • Type: Unique dagger
  • Location: Frostback Basin – Endarsen Pass

Other Stats:

  • +8% Flanking Damage Bonus
  • +9 Dexterity
  • +5% Critical Chance
  • On hit: gain 5 guard

Value: 1385 coins.

4. Starfang Greatsword

Starfang Greatsword is one of the most powerful weapons in Ferelden, a meteorite sword forged from an ore found during The Crater random world map encounter. Mikhael Dryden at Soldier’s Peak will forge this item for you if asked nicely with your Meteor Metal Ore in inventory (there is only enough ore to make one weapon).

The legendary Starfang is one of the most powerful weapons in all of Ferelden, and can be obtained by defeating a High Dragon. The weapon has three rune slots for special bonuses with strong stats to boot! If you obtain ore from killing an enemy or exploring your surroundings, head over to Soldier’s Peak where the blade may be forged at no charge–potentially giving you early game domination!


  • Appearances: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Warden’s Keep
  • Material: Starmetal (Tier 8)
  • Item Level: 25
  • Damage: 18.70 on PC and 17.00 – Console).
  • Requirements: 38 strength
  • Upgrades: Empty Grip
  • Critical chance: 2.55%
  • Runes: 3
  • Armor penetration: 6.3
  • Strength modifier: 1.1
  • Location: Warden’s Keep

Other Stats:

  • +2.5 armor penetration
  • +3 strength
  • +8 attack

5. Silencer Dagger

Silencer is a dragon dagger that can be acquired in The Descent DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s a rare blade with an eerie history. It was originally crafted by the dwarves, who wielded it against their enemies to great effect in ancient times.

However, during one of these battles they had been turned on and used as weapons themselves-a fate that would befall many more generations down the line when Alamarri forces caught up with them atop Dalish Mountain’s Fissure leading into The Deep Roads below.

A blade that should be cacophonous, but is instead as silent and deadly as a whisper; the wielder never has to worry about the sound of metal clanging against stone or armor. This is because the blade’s sharpness slashes everything in its way without making any noise.


  • Appearances: Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Descent
  • DPS: 427to 442
  • Item Level: 26
  • Damage: 166 to172
  • Requirements: Level 21
  • Upgrades: None
  • Restrictions: Rogue only
  • Runes: Empty Rune Slot
  • Type: Unique dagger
  • Location: Storm Coast Fissure

Other Stats:

  • +21 Dexterity
  • +4% Critical Chance
  • +6% Armor Penetration
  • With 5 added hits, there’s a 10% opportunity to use Hidden Blades on a hit.

Value: 1385 coins

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