Dragon Age 2 Quest Guide

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As 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

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

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

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
Complete “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

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
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
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

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

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

The Tethras Signet Ring
Varric’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 Railroad
This 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.
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 Pantaloons
Find this item in the Gallows Dungeon, during “Dissent”, in a loot pile
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.
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

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

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

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

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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