For more information about the crossbow, see Bianca (crossbow).
For Bianca references in other Dragon Age titles, see Bianca.

This page lists Bianca Upgrades for Varric Tethras' signature crossbow Bianca. Bianca upgrades differently in each Dragon Age title.

Bianca in Inquisition without upgrades

Dragon Age II[edit | edit source]

Bianca is the only weapon Varric can use in-game and it cannot be unequipped. However, Bianca automatically levels as Varric does. So, the higher level Varric is, the stronger the crossbow becomes.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Bianca does not change color and texture when Elemental Weapons is activated. However, the spell will still work on it.
  • During Haunted in Act 3, Bianca can be upgraded to a fourth rune slot if you allow Varric to keep the shard from the lyrium idol.

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

Bianca can be physically and visually upgraded like most weapons. Unlike it's counterpart in Dragon Age II, the weapon does not improve with level, instead it upgrades with three types of unique components and an additional slot to equip a rune. Bianca is also unique in the sense that it is the only weapon in Inquisition that has four upgrade slots available.

They include: arms, grips, aiming modules and as aforementioned, runes. As runes are not specific to Bianca see rune and rune schematics for additional information.

Varric has the option to unequip Bianca and replace his primary weapons with two daggers. However, despite this Varric still remains the only one able to equip his crossbow.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Aiming modules[edit | edit source]

Name Enhancements Upgrades Acquisition
Aiming Module I
Rare Aiming Module
Item Level 7
+3% Critical Chance Bianca
Aiming Module II
Rare Aiming Module
Item Level 15
+7% Critical Chance Bianca
Aiming Module III
Rare Aiming Module
Item Level 19
+8% Critical Chance Bianca


Arms[edit | edit source]

Name Enhancements Upgrades Acquisition
Bianca Arms I
Rare Arms
Item Level 4
5-6 Damage
+6% Attack
+12% Critical Damage Bonus
Bianca
Bianca Arms II
Rare Arms
Item Level 7
15-17 Damage
+6% Attack
+12% Critical Damage Bonus
Bianca
Bianca Arms III
Rare Arms
Item Level 11
32-35 Damage
+9% Attack
+15% Critical Damage Bonus
Bianca
Bianca Arms IV
Rare Arms
Item Level 14
48-50 Damage
+14% Attack
+23% Critical Damage Bonus
Bianca
Bianca Arms V
Rare Arms
Item Level 17
68-70 Damage
+16% Attack
+27% Critical Damage Bonus
Bianca
Bianca Arms VI
Rare Arms
Item Level 20
85-90 Damage
+24% Attack
+41% Critical Damage Bonus
Bianca
Compound Crossbow Arms
Rare Arms
Item Level 24
113-118 Damage
+48% Guard Damage Bonus
+27% Sunder on Hit
Bianca
Superb Crossbow Arms
Unique Arms
Item Level 25
133-136 Damage
+36% Attack
Bianca


Grips[edit | edit source]

Name Enhancements Upgrades Acquisition
Firm Bianca Grip
Rare Grip
Item Level 19
+8 Cunning Bianca
Ornate Bianca Grip
Rare Grip
Item Level 15
+7 Cunning Bianca
Sturdy Bianca Grip
Rare Grip
Item Level 7
+3 Cunning Bianca


Crafted upgrades[edit | edit source]

There are a number of schematics that can be found throughout the game to upgrade Bianca. See crafting for general crafting information.

Aiming module schematics[edit | edit source]

Name Tier Required Materials Restriction Acquisition
Bianca Aiming I Schematic 1 Offense: 4 Metal Bianca only
Bianca Aiming I (Enhanced) Schematic 1 Offense: 5 Leather Bianca only
  • Found in a chest in an unmarked dwarven mine east of the Hessarian Camp on the Storm Coast.
Bianca Aiming II Schematic 2 Offense: 6 Leather Bianca only
Bianca Aiming II (Enhanced) Schematic 2 Offense: 8 Leather Bianca only
Bianca Aiming III Schematic 3 Offense: 9 Leather Bianca only
Bianca Aiming III (Enhanced) Schematic 3 Offense: 11 Leather Bianca only
Bianca Aiming IV Schematic 4 Offense: 14 Leather Bianca only



Arm schematics[edit | edit source]

Name Tier Required Materials Restriction Acquisition
Bianca Arms I Schematic 1 Damage: 10 Metal
Utility: 6 Leather
Bianca only
Bianca Arms I (Enhanced) Schematic 1 Damage: 12 Metal
Offense: 7 Leather
Bianca only
Bianca Arms II Schematic 2 Damage: 14 Metal
Utility: 6 Metal (2nd slot incorrectly labeled Offense)
Offense: 6 Leather
Bianca only
Bianca Arms II (Enhanced) Schematic 2 Damage: 18 Metal
Offense: 6 Metal
Offense: 7 Leather
Bianca only
Bianca Arms III Schematic 3 Damage: 20 Metal
Utility: 6 Leather
Offense: 6 Leather
Utility: 6 Leather
Bianca only
Bianca Arms III (Enhanced) Schematic 3 Damage: 22 Metal
Offense: 8 Metal
Offense: 6 Leather
Offense: 6 Leather (4th slot incorrectly labeled Utility)
Bianca only
  • Looted from a chest in the Dwarven Tomb near the Sand Crags Camp in the Hissing Wastes.
Bianca Arms IV (Enhanced) Schematic 4 Damage: 24 Metal
Offense: 8 Leather
Offense: 6 Leather
Offense: 6 Leather
Bianca only
  • Randomly acquired from chests looted in the Deep Roads. [confirmation needed]
    Note: The Descent required.
Bianca Arms VII Schematic 4 Damage: 24 Metal
Offense: 10 Metal
Offense: 8 Leather
Offense: 8 Leather (4th slot incorrectly labeled Utility)
Bianca only



Grip schematics[edit | edit source]

Name Tier Required Materials Restriction Acquisition
Sturdy Bianca Grip Schematic 1 Utility: 4 Metal Bianca only
Masterwork Sturdy Bianca Grip Schematic 1 Utility: 5 Leather Bianca only
Ornate Bianca Grip Schematic 2 Utility: 6 Leather Bianca only
Masterwork Ornate Bianca Grip Schematic 2 Utility: 8 Metal Bianca only
Firm Bianca Grip Schematic 3 Utility: 9 Leather Bianca only
Masterwork Firm Bianca Grip Schematic 3 Utility: 11 Leather Bianca only
Masterwork Gilded Bianca Grip Schematic 4 Utility: 14 Leather Bianca only


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