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Here Be Dragons - Dragon Age: Inquisition Dragon Locations and How to Kill Them

By Edited Dec 1, 2014 0 1

So you think you got the stuff to be a dragon slayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition, eh? Well, this isn’t Skyrim where dragons are plentiful and are mere nuisances at higher levels. There are ten dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition and each of them provide a unique challenge that should be prepared for beforehand and many of them can’t just be steam-rolled over by gear or level. Some dragons are easy to find, some are trickier, but this guide will highlight where to find the high dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition and how to beat them.

Before getting into the thick of it, it is worth noting that there’s no set party to beat any of these dragons. I ran with Mage Inquisitor, Vivienne, Varric and Blackwall, with Blackwall tanking and everyone just mashing it from afar. Most dragons hurt when up close so this mix worked well, but others are not tauntable, which makes Blackwall somewhat useless. For the dragons that can’t be taunted, I traded in Iron Bull for some hard damage. Other dragon killers out there prefer to use Vivienne and Solus as Rift Mages and Knight-Enchanters do excellent damage to dragons, but the key to making a lot of these fights easier is to have gear with the appropriate resistances and not so much what party you use.

fereleden frostback

Ferelden Frostback

High Dragon Location: The Hinterlands
Level: 14
Weak to: Cold
Resistant to: Fire

The Fereldan Frostback is likely one of the first dragons you will encounter in Dragon Age: Inquisition if you put the footwork in at The Hinterlands. She is located north of the Dusklight Campsite in Lady Shayna’s Valley and is level 14. You know you are close when you start encountering dragonlings in your path. If you go hunting her before your characters are level 12, you are going to have a bad time.

She uses fire attacks, so fire resistant armor is helpful, as is cold staves on mages and frost runes for everyone.

She has a pretty even split of ranged and melee attacks. She uses her melee attacks often, so having a tank character up there is recommended. She does a tail swipe, claws and bites at characters within range, as well as the dragon staple of flapping her wings to draw all characters in. Her ranged attacks are fireballs and fire breath. She will also bellow and stun the entire party.

At 75% health, she will take to the skies and shoot fireballs down from the air. These are easy to dodge as long as you keep one eye on her and move when she rares her head back. However, during this phase, you will also be killing her summoned dragonlings. Keep in tactical view during this phase and when she draws players in with her wings you can order back line fighters out of the way quickly. She will be easy to take down, providing you are above level 12.

vinsomer

Vinsomer

High Dragon Location: The Storm Coast
Level: 19
Weak to: Spirit
Resistant to: Electricity

You spot this dragon pretty early on in The Storm Coast, but her early appearance belittles the level you need to be to fight her. However, there are a few hoops you will need to jump through to get to her anyway. Vinsomer is first seen fighting a giant, but you can’t fight it there. It flies away leaving you with the giant to deal with and no dragon to kill. To get to this dragon, you need to go to the Emerald Grove and beat the major missions in the area. Afterwards, an operation on the war table will appear to deal with the Red Templars on the Storm Coast. Do the mission and at the end of Daerwin’s Mouth there will be a row boat. This boat takes you to the aptly named Dragon Island where Vinsomer will be waiting. Be sure to have electricity resistant gear on as well as spirit runes to weapons. Armor penetration is helpful too. You will also probably want to be around level 17 to take down this beauty.

Vinsomer is an active little dragon that can’t be taunted. So tanks are not needed here. She strongly enjoys jumping around to the ranged members, so be sure to watch out. That aside, Vinsomer has physical attacks similar to the Fereleden Frostback what with tail swipes, bites and claw attacks. She also flaps her wings to bring the party in close which is often paired with a bellow that stuns. She also spawns dragonlings from time to time.

The major difference between Vinsomer and the Ferelden Frostback is that she will shoot lightning bolts at ranged members and will electrify her neck and then in turn the ground around her. If you keep characters at a safe distance when this happens it can be dodged.

northern hunter

Northern Hunter

High Dragon Location: Crestwood
Level: 13
Weak to: Spirit
Resistant to: Electricity

This dragon is only available after draining the lake in Crestwood, but as the lowest level dragon of the bunch, it should not provide too much difficulty. It’s not necessary, but recommended to save this dragon until after conquering Vinsomer, as they have the same resistances and weaknesses, so you would not have to change gear. Plus this is one of the few dragons you can wreck with sheer level alone.

The Northern Hunter is located west of the Three Trout Farm Camp. Essentially, you will head to Judith's house where you can complete 'The Naturalist' quest, if you haven't and pick up a new one to kill the cave wyvern. Don't be fooled, the Northern Hunter and the cave wyvern are not the same thing. Anyway, behind her house, hop off the cliff, there's a big dragon sitting on a tower, it will fly down to meet you.

She fights much like previous dragons with tail swipes, claw attacks and biting, but the Northern Hunter can be tanked. She does, however, make a full circle around the area occasionally that will do damage to range and hidden rogues. The Northern Hunters primary attack is electric breath. Just be sure to keep range and melee out of in front of her face when she rares back to do it.

Abyssal High Dragon

Abyssal High Dragon

High Dragon Location: Western Approach
Level: 14
Weak to: Cold
Resistant to: Fire

While not a high level dragon, the Abyssal High Dragon can be the biggest pain in the butt. The fight is alright, but it is the number of hoops that players have to jump through to unlock it is exhausting. To unlock the dragon, players will have to complete the following side quests: Draconolgy, How to Lure A Dragon, Hunting Patterns, Sharper White Claws and A Manuscript of Some Authority. These are all optional and occasionally easy to ignore in the regular playthrough of the game, but must be done. Fire resistant armor is not as important for this dragon, unless players are having problems dodging fireballs, however cold staves and runes are essential.

This is one of the best dragons to use a tank for; she heavily favors melee swipes so having someone to keep her attention is a life saver. She will also randomly throw a fireball at the ranged; these are quick but not entirely impossible to dodge. The fireball deals massive damage, so best to try and dodge it.

The Abyssal High Dragon will eventually flap her wings and create a wind barrier that prevents range from doing damage. This can be countered by moving in close, but avoid having the characters in front of her.

Gamoran Stormrider

Gamoran Stormrider

High Dragon Location: Exalted Plains – Crow Fens
Level: 15
Weak to: Spirit
Resistant to: Electricity

Gamoran Stormrider is found in the Exalted Plains in an area called the Crow Fens. Players will need to discover the entrance then return to the war table to run an operation to clear the rubble, there will be a campsite right at the entrance.  After venturing almost all the way to the back of the area, you will see this high dragon flying overhead and will easily be able to follow her to a small island surrounded by water. Electricity resistant armor is almost a must for this fight as it can be hard to find safe footing for her AOE attack at times. Spirit runes will help things go faster, but they are optional.

She does the melee attacks of other dragons as well as flapping her wings to draw players in. However, when she flaps her wings to draw players in, she will almost always draw then in the water and electrocute it with her AOE attack. She sits on a little island so the tank can help keep her in place while avoiding the brunt of the AOE damage, but ranged will need to be moved manually, and right away.

At 50% health, she will take to the air and shoot electricity balls down at players. These are easy to dodge using tactical view, but be sure not to wander into the misty white areas. These are poisonous bogs and will only cause further damage.

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Greater Mistral

Greater Mistral

High Dragon Location: Emerald Grove
Level: 17
Weak to: Fire
Resistant to: Cold (Immune)

The Greater Mistral is located at the northernmost spot in the Emerald Grove in Twisted Tree Rise. Essentially players will want to start at Direstone Camp and just keep chugging along north to the edge of the map. This dragon can be tough if players have been playing fast and loose with using appropriate elemental-aligned gear. The Greater Mistral isn’t just resistant to cold damage, it is immune to it. So fire staves and flame runes all around.

Alongside the usual melee attacks and drawing players in with her wings, she will use an ice breath. Be sure to have cold resist armor on tanks. She will also fly up and rain down ice balls at the party, which can be difficult for the party to dodge even in tactical view. Her final move is to put up an ice shield around herself. It’s just another weaker life bar to burn through and shouldn’t be a problem. The Mark of the Rift was surprisingly quite effective on this dragon, use it frequently, but never when her shields are up.

The Hivernal

The Hivernal

High Dragon Location: Emprise Du Lion
Level: 19
Weak to: Fire
Resistant to: Cold (immune)

The Hivernal is the first of three dragons in Emprise Du Lion, which also happen to be three of the hardest and highest level dragons in the game. It’s best to leave these beasties until last or else you are going to have a bad time. To access all three dragons here, you will need to complete the area (i.e. liberate it), do the quest to scout the broken bridge, and then complete the operation to repair it at the war table. There is also a quest to clear the area of dragons at Seuladin’s Keep after capturing it. The Hivernal is located at the top of the first tower in the area after crossing Judicael’s Crossing Bridge.

The Hivernal is a lot like the Greater Mistral. She claws, tail swipes and bites like all dragons, uses a frontal ice breath, wing flaps to draw players in and flies up to rain down ice balls. Deal with all these things like with the Greater Mistral. The only attack that makes her different is that she will lay patches of ice on the ground that slow players inside of them. She enjoys doing this while raining down ice balls, so keep a close eye.

The Kaltenzahn

The Kaltenzahn

High Dragon Location: Emprise Du Lion
Level: 21
Weak to: Fire
Resistant to: Cold (immune)

This is the second dragon in the second tower after the bridge in Emprise Du Lion. Like the Hivernal, the Kaltenzhan is an ice dragon so you can pretty much use the same gear used on the previous dragon. She hits hard when you first approach her, so make sure to send a tank in first thing.

This fight is a lot like the Hivernal, but much longer. She gets an extra shield that players will have to burn through periodically through the fight, her ice breath lasts much longer so your tanks will need to be plenty tough and she has a propensity to freeze people solid. She will fly up occasionally and rain down ice balls, but she will also do a strafing run through the air while breathing ice breath. This is a tough fight to dodge, so don’t shirk healing potions, good armor or resistances.

At 50% health, she will roar (which stuns the party) and her babies are called in. Burn them down, which will help charge that focus bar, but be sure to have the tank keeping her busy.

The Highland Ravager

The Highland Ravager

High Dragon Location: Emprise Du Lion
Level: 23
Weak to: Cold
Resistant to: Fire (immune)

The Highland Ravager is the last dragon in Emprise Du Lion in the last tower and the highest level in the game. Unlike the previous two dragons, this one changes it up by being immune to fire and weak to cold. So basically, after killing the first two dragons, you will have to change your gear to fire resists and weapons and runes to cold.

Thankfully, she starts off sleeping, so you can run in with your tank and get aggro right off the bat. While she can be tanked most of the fight, she loves to jump around. When she jumps, she will immediately follow with a spin attack, so keep your party spread out. In a new move from dragons, she will put a circle of fire under players. You have around 3 seconds to move your boots out of it before it blows up.

Like the other dragons, she will use the melee attacks, wing flaps and add an extra armor bar as well as do a stunning roar to summon her babies. Her moves seem pretty basic, but with her level it is going to be a long and tough fight.

Sandy Howler

Sandy Howler

High Dragon Location: Hissing Wastes
Level: 20
Weak to: Cold
Resistant to: Fire (immune)

The Sandy Howler is the oft forgotten dragon in one of the oft forgotten areas of the game. To find her, start at the Sand Crags Camp and head east. When you start seeing wyverns, you are getting close. Look out for a small path that leads between the mountains and she will be sleeping on the other side of it.

She doesn’t wake up right away, so use that time to gain aggro with the tank and do as much damage as humanly possible. This dragon doesn’t actually do anything new, she just moves around a lot. You will need to move your range frequently to keep them out of the fire breath and melee attacks. She also spawns armor to burn through and flaps her wings to bring players in close. At 50% health, she will stun the party and call in baby dragons, but aside from all that, nothing really new to deal with.

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Comments

Dec 18, 2014 9:46am
grammartroll
Very helpful article. However, you've got some mistakes here.

First of all, there is no area in the game called "the Emerald Grove." I think you mean The Emerald Graves.

Also, you claim that to unlock Visnomer, you have to visit the Emerald Whatever and finish the major quest there. This is absolutely untrue. I unlocked that Red Templar quest long before ever setting foot in The Emerald Graves. I'm not sure what it is that DOES unlock the rowboat travel to option to Dragon Island, but it's NOT Emerald Graves. Or possibly, Emerald Graves is ONE of the things that unlocks it.
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