Arcane Warriors can use their sustained abilities to get very high levels of defense/armor/spell resistance (at the cost of extremely heavy fatigue). This can be powerful, but limits what the Arcane Warrior can do to basically being an auto-attacking machine (decent damage, great defense).

Some people prefer more of a 'hybrid' build. Meaning to engage in melee while throwing out cones of colds and the like. However, many spells cannot be cast with a sword in your hand. If you try to do so, your character will sheathe the sword, then cast. This delays the casting and can cause a lot of trouble.

This behavior is controlled by a flag called autodraw in the ability table abi_.gda. A flag value of 1 means the character has to unsheathe their weapon and assume combat stance before the ability can be cast (for example: Berserk, War Cry). A flag value of 2 (used only by spells) means the opposite - the character has to sheathe their weapon first, unless the weapon is a staff.

Aside from directly modifying the abi_.gda file, there is a work around for this behavior: switch weapon set right before casting a spell that requires sheathing weapon. When the character switches to their alternate weapon set, the weapon will always be in sheathed state, allowing the character to immediately cast the aforementioned spell. Pausing the game is recommended for this maneuver, since switching weapon set can be done when the game is paused, and this makes sure that you can issue the cast command before the character unsheathes the alternate weapon.

For those who don't want to use this mechanic, you can build your Arcane Warrior around those spells that can be cast with a sword in hand. A potentially viable alternative is to simply punch targets, keeping a shield equipped for the defense bonus. The shield will remain on your back, leaving you free to attack and cast spells as you wish.

List of Spells Edit

(D) Means the spell can be cast with your weapon drawn
(S) Means the spell requires that your weapon be sheathed
(N/A) Means not applicable, typically because it's a passive spell

Mage Edit

Spells-ArcaneBolt Arcane Bolt (D) Spells-ArcaneShield Arcane Shield (D) Spells-StaffFocus Staff Focus (N/A) Spells-ArcaneMastery icon Arcane Mastery (N/A)
Spell fade shield icon Fade Shield* (N/A) Elmastery s Elemental Mastery* (D) Spell attunement icon Attunement* (N/A) Spell time spiral icon Time Spiral* (D)
Repulsion-field icon Repulsion Field* (D) Spell invigorate icon Invigorate* (D) Arcane Field icon Arcane Field* (D) Spell mystical negation icon Mystical Negation* (D)

*Only available in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

Primal Spells Edit

Spell-FlameBlast icon Flame Blast (S) Spell-FlamingWeapons icon Flaming Weapons (D) Spell-Fireball icon Fireball (S) Spell-Inferno icon Inferno (D)
Spell-RockArmor icon Rock Armor (D) Spell-Stonefist icon Stonefist (S) Spell-Earthquake icon Earthquake (D) Spell-Petrify icon Petrify (D)
Spell-Winter'sGrasp icon Winter's Grasp (S) Spell-FrostWeapons icon Frost Weapons (D) Spell-ConeOfCold icon Cone of Cold(S) Spell-Blizzard icon Blizzard (S)
Lightning Lightning (S) Shock icon Shock (S) Spell-Tempest icon Tempest (D) Spell-ChainLightning icon Chain Lightning (D)

Creation Spells Edit

Spell-Heal icon Heal (D) Spell-Rejuvenate icon Rejuvenate (S) Spell-Cure icon Regeneration (D) Spell-MassRejuvenation icon Mass Rejuvenation (D)
Spell-HeroicOffense icon Heroic Offense (S) Spell-HeroicAura icon Heroic Aura (D) Spell-HeroicDefense icon Heroic Defense (S) Spell-Haste icon Haste (S)
Spell-GlyphOfParalysis icon Glyph of Paralysis (D) Spell-GlyphOfWarding icon Glyph of Warding (D) Spell-GlyphOfRepulsion icon Glyph of Repulsion (D) Spell-GlyphOfNeutralization icon Glyph of Neutralization (D)
Spell-SpellWisp icon Spell Wisp (D) Spell-Grease icon Grease (D) Spell-Spellbloom icon Spellbloom (D) Spell-StingingSwarm icon Stinging Swarm (D)

Spirit Spells Edit

Spell-SpellShield icon Spell Shield (D) Spell-DispelMagic icon Dispel Magic (D) Spell-AntiMagicWard icon Anti-Magic Ward (D) Spell-AntiMagicBurst icon Anti-Magic Burst (S)
Spell-ManaDrain icon Mana Drain (D) Spell-ManaCleanse icon Mana Cleanse (D) Spell-SpellMight icon Spell Might (D) Spell-ManaClash icon Mana Clash (D)
Walking Bomb Walking Bomb (S) Death Syphon Death Syphon (D) Virulent Walking Bomb Virulent Walking Bomb(D) Animate Dead Animate Dead (D)
Mind Blast Mind Blast (S) Force Field Force Field (D) Telekinetic Weapons Telekinetic Weapons (D) Crushing prison icon Crushing Prison (D)

Entropy Spells Edit

Spell-Weakness icon Weakness (D) Spell-Paralyze icon Paralyze (S) Spell-Miasma icon Miasma (D) Spell-MassParalysis icon Mass Paralysis (S)
Spell-VulnerabilityHex icon Vulnerability Hex (S) Spell-AfflictionHex icon Affliction Hex (S) Spell-MisdirectionHex icon Misdirection Hex (D) Spell-DeathHex icon Death Hex (S)
Spell-Disorient icon Disorient (D) Spell-Horror icon Horror (S) Spell-Sleep icon Sleep(S) Spell-WakingNightmare icon Waking Nightmare (S)
Spell-DrainLife icon Drain Life (S) Spell-DeathMagic icon Death Magic (D) Spell-CurseOfMortality icon Curse of Mortality (D) Spell-DeathCloud icon Death Cloud (D)

Arcane Warrior Edit

Spell-CombatMagic Icon Combat Magic (D) Spell-AuraofMight Icon Aura of Might (N/A) Spell-ShimmeringShield Icon Shimmering Shield (D) Spell-FadeShroud Icon Fade Shroud (N/A)

Blood Mage Edit

Spell-BloodMagic Icon Blood Magic (D) Spell-BloodSacrifice Icon Blood Sacrifice (D) Spell-BloodWound Icon Blood Wound (D) Spell-BloodControl Icon Blood Control (D)

Shapeshifter Edit

Spell-SpiderShape icon Spider Shape (D) Spell-BearShape icon Bear Shape (D) Spell-FlyingSwarm icon Flying Swarm (D) Spell-MasterShapeshifter icon Master Shapeshifter (N/A)

Spirit Healer Edit

Spell-GroupHeal Icon Group Heal (D) Spell-Revival Icon Revival (D) Spell-Lifeward Icon Lifeward (D) Spell-CleansingAura Icon Cleansing Aura (D)

Power of Blood Edit

Spell-DarkSustenance icon Dark Sustenance (S) Spell-BloodyGrasp icon Bloody Grasp (S)

Battlemage (Awakening) Edit

DrainingAura Draining Aura (D) Hand of winter icon Hand of Winter (D) Stoic Stoic (N/A) Elemental chaos icon Elemental Chaos (D)

Keeper (Awakening) Edit

One With Nature One With Nature (D) Thornblades Thornblades (D) Replenishment Replenishment (N/A) Nature's Vengeance Nature's Vengeance (D)
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