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For the specialization in other games, see Assassin (Origins) and Assassin (Dragon Age II).

Assassin is a Rogue specialization in Dragon Age: Inquisition.


From "Of Granting Death: Blades and Other Means." Heir's words make one passage stand out:

You misunderstand the point of secrecy. Of course they knew that I was there—one of their number was dead. It is never the aim that they are ignorant to my purpose or presence. Death is, after all, a message, and messages are meant to be received. It is paramount that the arrival remain secret, not the result. They know what may come, but never when—until the answer is "now" and there is naught they can do but receive.

A treatise on cutting edges and other debilitating elements follows.
—From Codex entry: Way of the Assassin

Any rogue can kill a target, but assassins make death into an art form. They specialize in quick, deadly kills that let them slide back into the shadows undetected, or indirect kills that eliminate targets while the assassin is safely away.

Many of the assassin's foes are helpless to act as the assassin can employ Knockout Bomb to put them to sleep before the assassin takes their lives.


This specialization is obtainable through the quest Way of the Assassin, obtained from Heir.

Ability tree[]

Assassin Skill Set


Hidden Blades Hidden Blades
Activation: 65 stamina
Cooldown: 32s
They'll swear you leapt from the shadows like the thrown blade and hit your target with a flurry of strikes from every angle... but its obvious that you were nowhere near them at the time.

Number of Hits: 3
Damage per Hit: 300% weapon damage
Overkill Overkill
Requires: Hidden Blades
You use Hidden Blades faster and more easily, launching even more strikes on your victim.

Cooldown Reduction: 4 seconds
Additional Hits: 3
No Witnesses No Witnesses
Requires: Trespasser
Hidden Blades now also damages enemies near the primary target.
I Was Never Here I Was Never Here
Requires: Hidden Blades
You have learned to use the distraction of an enemy's death to slip silently into the shadows. Killing a target removes any cooldown on stealth.

Dexterity +3
Knife in the Shadows Knife in the Shadows
Requires: I Was Never Here
You are a deadly threat to any enemy that can't see you coming. When you attack from stealth, you automatically critical hit.

Dexterity +3
Throatcutter Throatcutter
Passive A wounded enemy is the perfect target. Your attacks are even deadlier against targets that are close to death already.

Damage Bonus: 2% damage for each 10% missing health
Dexterity +3
Knockout Bomb Knockout Bomb
Activation: 35 stamina
Duration: 10 seconds
Cooldown: 20s
Requires: Throatcutter
You hurl a grenade containing a powerful concoction that put nearby enemies to sleep. Sleeping enemies awaken after taking damage.

Duration: 10 seconds
Comatose Comatose
Requires: Knockout Bomb
Enemies affected by Knockout Bomb sleep more deeply, allowing your allies to hit them even harder with flanking damage.

Flanking Damage Bonus
Dream of Pain Dream of Pain
Requires: Trespasser
Shrapnel from Knockout Bomb now leaves enemies bleeding for a short time.
Gaps in the Armor Gaps in the Armor
Requires: Knockout Bomb
Your attacks slip past armor to find a target's hidden vulnerabilities.

Armor Penetration: 25%
Dexterity +3
Mark of Death Mark of Death
Activation: 10 stamina
Duration: 8s
Cooldown: 32s
Requires: Knife in the Shadows or Gaps in the Armor
You mark your enemy, and every hit adds part of its power to the mark's damage. Trigger your mark when you are ready, and watch your enemy fall from injuries that were never even noticed. You can manually trigger the mark early for bonus damage.

Stored Damage: 100%
Duration: 8 seconds
Mark of Doom Mark of Doom
Requires: Mark of Death
While it is active, Mark of Death leaves the target vulnerable to even more injury.

Armor Reduction: 20%
Lasting Mark Lasting Mark
Requires: Trespasser
Mark of Death lasts even longer, but can no longer be manually triggered early for bonus damage.

Duration Bonus: 4 seconds

Can't be triggered early

Cloak of Shadows Cloak of Shadows
Duration: 3-6-9s
Requires: I Was Never Here or Knockout Bomb
You go into stealth, and your allies follow your lead. The entire party remains undetected for the duration of the effect, even while attacking. This ability consumes and is powered by Focus.

Tier 1: Duration: 3 seconds
Tier 2: Duration: 6 seconds
Tier 3: Duration: 9 seconds


  • Dorian and Leliana will remark favorably if you speak to them after becoming an Assassin.
  • Despite the references to dagger, the Assassin talents are usable by archery rogues.

Known Assassins[]