Ballista is a missile weapon which can be potentially used by one of the party members in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening.

Description[edit | edit source]

Loosing heavy bolts, darts and spears along a flat trajectory. They are stationary and impossible to aim, making them highly inaccurate in almost all situations they are encountered. However, they can be effective crowd control in certain positions due to high range damage and knockdown effect.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

  • During the A Noble Expedition in the Dwarf Noble Origin, two can be found when you meet the mercenaries inside the Ruined Thaig. One is loosely aimed towards the unavoidable fight (however it is not a particular threat), while the other opens up a blocked path which can return the party quickly out of the thaig. However it requires the Ballista Bolt to be loaded up in order to operate which can be found in a container around there.
  • Soldiers on the bridge can be seen using ballistae during the battle at Ostagar.
  • At Caridin's Cross a darkspawn nest will be encountered in the middle of the crossroad with three ballistae watching the roads which are manned by genlocks.
  • During the Urn of Sacred Ashes quest, there are several ballista arranged around the edges of a medium-sized room in the Ruined Temple. Each one is attached to a tripwire; breaking the tripwire causes a specific ballista which is attached to, to fire, so these have essentially been set up as a booby trap for the unwary.
  • In the final battle with the Archdemon, the ballista can be used on him (maximum 115 damage per shot). Be aware as these ballistae can jam and won't be able to be used unless a rogue unjams them.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Friendly fire is possible (physical damage and knockdown effect). Do not let those in aggressive behavior or offensive tactics close into melee range with enemies in front of a ballista.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to Oghren, ballistas are for cowards and elderly women and challenges the Warden-Commander to attack their enemies without using it. This comment is made for the ballista found in the Silverite Mine. The rest of the companions mention their usefulness.
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