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. This goes for 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.
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!
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.