Dragon Age 2 Quest Guide

Epic Achievement IconAs with any game of this genre, the story is broken down into quests. These are quests have to be completed for the story to move on. However, there are many, many other quests that are optional, and not all of them can be played in one playthrough. A lot of the quests for Dragon Age 2 will only appear if you have made the right decisions. Not only do you have to make the right choices in Dragon Age 2, but some quests can be affected by choices you made in Dragon Age Origins, if you imported a save file. For this reason, I have compiled a list of all the the quests that can be played, and how you can unlock them. At a later date I will come back and add the steps necessary to complete each quest, but for now I will only discuss how to gain them.

Act 1

Story Quests

Quest Start
The Destruction of Lothering Starts automatically during the Prologue
A New Home When you regain control after entering Kirkwall, this quest will pop up.
A Friend in the Guard When you regain control after entering Kirkwall, this quest will pop up.
A Business Discussion When you regain control after entering Kirkwall, this quest will pop up.
Long Way Home Encounter Flemeth during the Prologue.
Tranquility Complete “A Business Discussion”. Speak with Varric.
Blackpowder Promise Complete “Long Way Home”
Shepharding Wolves Complete “Blackpowder Promise”. Speak to Sister Petrice in Lowtown, during the night.
Enemies Among Us Complete “Tranquility”.Speak to Macha outside the Chantry in Hightown.
Wayward Son Complete “Long Way Home”. Speak to Arianni in the Elven Alienage in Lowtown.
Act of Mercy Complete “Wayward Son” Go to Gamlen’s House and check the writing desk.
Friends in Low Places Complete 50% of all Act I quests before you invest money into the Deep Roads Expedition.
The Deep Roads Expedition Complete all Act I story quests except “Friends in Low Places”.

Secondary Quests

Quest Start
Magistrate’s Orders Complete “Birthright”. Speak to Magistrate Vanard in Hightown.
Bait and Switch Complete “A Business Discussion. Go to Gamlen’s house and check the writing desk.
The Bone Pit Complete “Birthright”. Check the writing desk in Gamlen’s House.
Get Back to Work Complete “The Bone Pit”.
Loose Ends Complete “Birthright”. Check the writing desk in Gamlen’s house.
Fools Rush In Complete “Tranquility”. Go to the Hanged Man in Lowtown.
Finders Keepers Complete “Fools Rush In”. Speak to Martin at the Hanged Man.
An Errant Letter During “The Wayward Son”, kill an Abomination and loot it’s body for “Thrask’s Letter”.
Herbalist’s Tasks Complete “Long Way Home”. Speak to Solivitus at Formari Herbalists in the Gallows Courtyard.
The Unbidden Rescue Complete “Long Way Home”. Find a poster anywhere in the city and read it.
The First Sacrifice Complete “Tranquility”. Speak to Ghyslain de Carrac in Hightown.

Companion Quests

Quest Start
The Way it Should Be Complete “A Friend in the Guard”.
Birthright Complete “A New Home”.
Family History Find “Tobrius’s Documents” in the Amell Estate Cellar during the “Birthright” quest.
Portrait of the Past Find the “Portrait of Your Mother” in the Amell Estate Cellar suring the “Birthright” quest.
Questions and Answers Compelte “Tranquility”.
Duty You must have access to the Exiled Prince DLC. Go to the Chantry board in Hightown to watch a cutscene.
Isabela’s Contact Complete “Fools Rush In”. Speak to Isabela at the Hanged Man
Nice Crime You Have Here Get one of the three ingredients and return to Solivitus to give it to him. Or, you can complete “Blackpowder Promise”, “Wayward Son” or “The Unbidden Rescue”.
Talk to Anders Complete “Tranquility”. Visit Anders in his clinic in Darktown.
Fenris Recruited Complete “Bait and Switch”. Speak to Fenris at his mansion in Hightown.
Welcome Home Complete “Long Way Home”. Visit Merrill in her home in the Lowtown Alienage.

Side Quests

Quest Start
The Conspiritors You must have imported a save from Dragon Age: Awakening in which the Silver Order was established, and you saved Vigil’s Keep.
Dark Epiphany This quest will only be available if you imported a save from Dragon Age: Awakening where you saved Avernus.
Secret Rendezvouz You will only be able to get this quest if you chose the “Martyr” background option when creating your character, or you imported a save from Dragon Age: Awakening in which you saved Amaranthine.
Terror on the Coast This quest will only appear if you imported a save from Dragon Age: Awakening in which you spared Sophia Dryden.
Last of His Line Chose the “Martyr” background option during the character creation screen, or import a save from Dragon Age: Origins where Bhelen was crowned king of Orzammar.
Changing One’s Nature Choose the “No Compromise” background option when creating your character, or import a save from Dragon Age: Origins where you sided with the werewolves.
Miracle Makers Chose the “Martyr” background option during the character creation screen, or import a save from Dragon Age: Origins where you chose not to hide the Ashes of Andraste.
Pier Pressure Kill gangs of Redwater Raiders at the Docks at night until the quest pops up.
Sharp Little Pinpricks Kill gangs of Guardsman Pretenders in Hightown at night until the quest pops up.
Night Lies Kill gangs of Sharps Highwaymen in Lowtown at night until the quest pops.

Object Quests

Quest Start
Bottled Scar 5:34 Exalted Find this item in an unlocked office in the North-West part of the map, in the Viscount’s Keep.
Shawl of Dalesdottir Find the item in a chest in the room south of Varric’s room, in the Hanged Man.
The Remains of Sister Plinth Find the item in Darktown in the South-East part of the map, during the day
The Paragon’s Toe Find the item in the Blooming Rose, inside a crate in the North-East room, beside the wardrobe
Locks of the Golden Fool Find the item in the Chantry, on a table in the North part of the map
Remains of the Outlaw “Half-Braid” Silsam Go into the Disused Passage, via the Docks at night. You will find the item on a table in the North part of the map
Map of Occupied Kirkwall Find the item in Sundermount, in a crate in the Dalish Camp, behind Ilen’s Craft Shop
The Seal of House Talwain The item is in the Sundermount Caverns, found in a crate south of the exit to the graveyard
Caste Treatise and House Accounting You can find this item in Dead Man’s Pass. Before the exit there is a short path leading up a slope. The quest item can be found up there
Remains of the Outlaw “Bearded Beast” You can find this item at The Bone Pit, just south of the entrance into this area
Eustice’s Pommel This item can be found in the Bone Pit Mines, in a sack in the third room of Dragonlings you encounter
Redblossom Special Find this item at the Wounded Coast, inside a crate in the Southernmost area of the map, next to where you find Seamus
Grimoire of the Apprentice Find the item while in the Sanctuary, during the “Enemies Among Us” quest. You will find it in a sack right next to the exit for this area.

Act 2

Story Quests

Quest Start
Finding Home Activated at the start of Act II.
Offered and Lost Complete “Blackpowder Courtesy”.
Profit and Loss You need to have accepted Dougal’s offer to help you invest in the Deep Roads Expedition for this quest to come up.
Blackpowder Courtesy Starts automatically at the start of Act II.
Prime Suspect Complete “Finding Home” and “Profit and Loss” if you took the loan in Act I. Check the writing desk at your estate.
All That Remains Complete “Offered and Lost” and “Prime Suspect”.
To Catch a Thief If you have recruited Isabela and completed “Following the Qun”, this quest will become available.
Following the Qun Complete “All That Remains” and check the writing desk at your estate.
Demands of the Qun Complete “Following the Qun” and, if possible, “To Catch a Thief”.

Secondary Quests

Quest Start
Night Terrors Go to Hawke Estate and check the writing desk.
Herbalist’s Tasks Completed “Herbalist’s Tasks” in Act I. Speak to Solivitus at Formari Herbalists in the Gallows Courtyard.
Fools Gold Will be available if you imported a save from Dragon Age: Awakening where you chose to kill Nathaniel, or did not recruit him.
Raiders on the Cliff Head to the Wounded Coast and go to the Southern part of the map to activate this quest.
Inside Job Completed “The Bone Pit” in Act I, and “Prime Suspect”. Check your writing desk at your home.
Cave Crawling Complete “Inside Job”. Speak to Jansen at the Bone Pit.
Pick Up Pickaxes Complete “Cavern of Dead”. Speak to Jansen at the Bone Pit.
Cavern of Dead Complete “Cave Crawling”. Speak to Jansen at the Bone Pit.

Companion Quests

QuestStartThe Tethras Signet RingVarric’s gift can be bought from Trinket’s Emporium in Lowtown.

Plans for the Future Speak to Varric at the Hanged Man.
Visit Anders Speak to Anders at his clinic in Darktown.
Calling on the Captain Speak to Aveline at the guards barracks in Viscount’s Keep.
Speak to Fenris Speak to Fenris at his mansion.
Isabela’s Ongoing Search Speak to Isabela at the Hanged Man.
Consoling Words Speak to Merrill at her home in Lowtown.
Repentance Completed “Duty”. Speak to Sebastian at the Chantry.
The Long Road Complete “Blackpowder Courtesy”. Speak to Aveline at the barracks in Viscount’s Keep.
Dissent Complete “Blackpwder Courtesy”. Speak to Anders in his clinic.
Mirror Image Complete “Blackpowder Courtesy”. Speak to Merrill at her house in Lowtown.
Back from Sundermount Complete “Mirror Image”. Speak to Merrill at her home in Lowtown.
An Update Complete any one of the main story quests for this act. Speak to Varric in the Hanged Man
Family Matter Complete “An Update”. Speak to Varric at the Hanged Man.
A Bitter Pill Complete “Speak to Fenris”. Travel to any destination outside of Kirkwall with Fenris in your party.
The Captain’s Condolences Complete “All That Remains”. Speak to Aveline at the barracks in Viscount’s Keep.
Questioning Beliefs You can unlock quests titled “Questioning Beliefs” for 6 of your companions, Aveline, Anders, Fenris, Isabela, Merrill and Sebastian. To unlock each of these you must complete companion quests and reach 50% friendship or rivalry with them.
A Story Being Told Complete Varric’s companion quests and reach 50% friendship or rivalry with him.
Tevinter Chantry Amulet Find Anders’ gift in a chest in the central room of the Abandoned Slaver Den, where you find the female elf.
The Shield of the Knight Herself Find Aveline’s gift in Ser Varnell’s Refuge during the “Offered and Lost” quest. You can find it just to the right of the exit is a large crate, draped in cloth. The shield is inside it.
The Book of Shartan Find Fenris’ gift, the Book of Shartan in the Lowton, in a sack next to the stairs leading down to the Alienage, night time only.
A Ship for Isabela Find Isabela’s gift at the point where the two paths meet again. After they split, you will see a chest to the left of some stairs. The gift is inside.
Wooden Halla You can buy Merrill’s gift from Ilen’s Craft shop in Sundermount.
The Starkhaven Longbow To find Sebastian’s gift, loot the body of the Flint Company Mercenary in the basement when you confront the entire Harimman family.

Side Quests

The Underground RailroadThis quest will only available if you let the Apostates go during “Act of Mercy”, and you pursuaded Cullen to let Keran keep his job in “Enemies Among Us”. If you did both of those then check the writing desk at home.

Quest Start
Forbidden Knowledge You can unlock this quest in one of two ways. If you spared Ildunna during Act I, you can find a letter in your writing desk at your estate. If you killed Ildunna, you must find one of the Evil Tomes and interact with it. It is best to find the one in the Chantry of the one in Viscount’s Keep.
Sketchy on the Details Interact with the Chantry Board in Hightown.
The Lost Patrol If you have gained some respect form the Arishok in the story so far, you can talk to the Qunari outside their compound in the Docks.
Search and Rescue This will only be available if you allowed the Apostates to escape the templars in “Act of Mercy”. Speak to Mistress Selby in the Docks to get the quest.
Honouring the Fallen While completing “Mirror Image” you will be given this quest by Keeper Marethari.
The Midnight Meeting Complete “Blackpowder Courtesy”. If you killed Ser Karras during “Act of Mercy”, you can get this quest form your writing desk.
The Fixer If you told Viscount Dumar to burn the Qunari’s body during “Offered and Lost”, you can get this quest from your writing desk.
Bounty Hunter If you returned the Apostates to the Circle during “Act of Mercy”, you can get this quest from the Chanters Board.
How to Frame a Templar If you convinced Cullen to let Keran keep his job in “Enemies Among Us”, speak to Mistress Selby to get this quest.
A Debt in the Family If you convinced Cullen that Keran should not be allowed to keep his job, speak to templar Margitte.
Elves at Large If you sent Feynriel to the Circle during “Wayward Son”, go to the Chanters Board to get the quest.
Hometown Bread Kill enough gangs of Dog Lords at night in Lowtown until the quest pops.
Ladies Lights Out get rid of gangs of Invisible Sisters in Hightown at night, until the quest pops.
The Lowdown Clear out gangs of Undercut Thrifters from the Docks at night until the quest pops.

Object Quests

The One True PantaloonsFind this item in the Gallows Dungeon, during “Dissent”, in a loot pile/

Quest Start
Lyrium-Laced Bilge Hoop You can find this item in a tiny barrel next to the treasure cache, in the Deep Roads during “Fools Gold”.
Swatch of the Jackyard You can find this item by looting the corpse of Fell Orden, at the Wounded Coast.
Wentworth’s Sixth Finger Find this item in a sack called “bag of bones”, South of the entrance to the Bone Pit Mines.
Waxler’s Hat Find this item in the Disused Passage, in a sack beside a door in the East part of the map.
Seal of the Old God Dumat This item can be found in the Disused Passage, in a crate in a small room in the Southern part of the map.
The Eyes of Azure Jones You can find this item in Sundermount. Loot it from the Crazed Loner’s corpse, at the altar in the graveyard.
“South-Song” Gerralt’s Corpse Search the Abandoned Thaig. Go to the eastern room on the map, then head down the passage leading to the central room to find the corpse.
Ream-Rot Knife Search inside a sack near the exit on the East side of the Wounded Coast.
Goosegirl Cameo Loot this item from the corpse of Heborah de Soliere during the “Bounty Hunter” quest.

Act 3

Story Quests

Quest Start
Showdown Available form the start of Act III.
Best Served Cold Complete “On the Loose” then check your writing desk at home.
On the Loose Available form your writing desk in Hawke Estate.
The Last Straw Complete “Best Served Cold”, then check your writing desk.

Secondary Quests

Quest Start
Visit Gamlen Automatically available from the start of Act III.
Gamlen’s Greatest Treasure Go to Gamlen’s house and look for a note on the table. Read the note then talk to Gamlen.
Mine Massacre If you completed the “Bone Pit” and “Inside Job” in Acts I and II, speak to Hubert in Hightown. If you didn’t, go to the Bone Pit to get the quest form there.
A Murder of Crows Import a save in which Zevran survived in Dragon Age: Origins. Note: Do this quest before “A New Path” or you will not be able to complete it.
Herbalist’s Tasks Kill the High Dragon during “Mine Massace” then loot it’s body for the Dragon’s Blood.
Finding Nathaniel Import a save from Dragon Age: Awakening in which you recruited Nathaniel and he survived, or select the “Martyr” background option during character creation at the start of the game.

Companion Quests

Quest Start
The Storm and What Came Before It Speak to Varric at the Hanged Man
Check on Anders Speak to Anders at his clinic in Darktown.
Champions and Captains Speak to Aveline at the barrack in Viscount’s Keep
Speak to Fenris Speak to Fenris At his mansion in Hightown.
A Talking To Speak to Merrill in her home in Lowtown.
Isabela’s Request Speak to Isabela in the Hanged Man.
Faith Complete “Duty” and “Repentance”.
Alone Complete “A Bitter Pill” during Act II, and “Speak to Fenris” in Act III.
Justice Complete “Check on Anders”.
Haunted Complete “A Small Problem”
A Small Problem Complete “On the Loose”
Closure Complete “Haunted”.
Favour and Fault Completed “The Way it Should Be” in Act I, and “On the Loose” in Act III.
A New Path Complete “A Talking To” and “On The Loose”.
Speak to Merrill at her home in Lowtown.
No Rest for the Wicked This uest is only available if Isabela is still an active party member and returned at the end of Act II. Complete “On the Loose”, then speak to Isabela at the Hanged Man.
Questioning Beliefs Just as you did in Act II, you can unlock several “Questioning Beliefs” quests. In Act III you can unlock 5 of them, one each for Anders, Aveline, Fenris, Isabela, and Sebastian.To do so you must reach 100% friendship or rivalry to unlock this quest.
An Anniversary Achieve 100% friendship or rivalry with Varric, then speak to him at the Hanged Man.
Merrill, Friend or Foe Achieve 100% friendship or rivalry, then speak to Merrill at her home in Lowtown.
Momento of the Dalish Loot this item form the Thief Leader’s body in Sundermount during “Murder of Crows”. The visit Merrill at her home in Lowtown.
Blade of Mercy Found in a chest in the Secret Meeting Place during “Best Served Cold”. Speak to Fenris at him home in Hightown.
A Ravaini Talisman Find this item in the Disused Passage, then go and see Isabela in the Hanged Man.

Side Quests

Quest Start
The Awiergan Scrolls: First Aspect Find the Awiergan Scroll just south of the entrance into the Wounded Coast, in a dead end.
The Awiergan Scrolls: Second Aspect This scroll can be found behind a wall in Sundermount, south of the entrance into the caverns.
The Awiergan Scrolls: Third Aspect As you enter Sundermount, search for the scroll along the path leading to the Dalish camp.
The Awiergan Scrolls: Pride Unbound Find all three aspects of the Awiergan Scrolls.
King Alistair During character creation at the start of the game, select “The Hero of Ferelden” or the “Martyr” background options. Alternatively, you could import a save from Dragon Age: Origins where Alistair became King.
The Lost Swords If you gained the Arishok’s respect, speak to Taarbus in Hightown.
A Noble Agenda If you sided with Orsino during “Showdown”, speak to Ser Marlein Selbrech in Hightown.
Kind of Want Kill gangs of enemies in Lowtown at night, until the quest pops up.
Reining it In Clear out gangs of Slave Hunters at the Docks, at night, to get the quest to pop.
Red Run Streets Get rid of gangs of Bloodrager Thrall from Hightown at night until the quest pops up.
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