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For companions in other games, see Companion.

In Dragon Age: Inquisition, companions and advisors are the twelve people who join the Inquisitor, known in game as the Inner Circle. Nine companions accompany the Inquisitor in their journey whilst three advisors assist the Inquisitor in the running of the Inquisition.


Companions are the nine people who accompany the Inquisitor. All companions besides Cassandra Pentaghast, Varric Tethras, and Solas are optional.


Advisors are the three people who aid the Inquisitor in areas of military strategy, diplomacy, and espionage.

Temporary companions[]

In The Descent DLC:

First encountered[]

The following table summarizes where the Inquisitor first meets each companion.

For the advisors, Leliana is met in the opening sequence. Cullen is first met either when charging with the soldiers to reach Haven, or if the mountain path is taken, in the war room when the Inquisitor first arrives in Haven. The latter is also when the Inquisitor first meets Josephine.

Name Location Quest
Blackwall Southwest of Upper Lake Camp The Lone Warden
Cassandra Jail cell The Wrath of Heaven
Iron Bull Storm Coast beach near Storm's Solitude camp after talking to Krem in Haven The Captain of the Chargers
Cole Therinfal Redoubt if Templars are supported, Haven otherwise. The Forgotten Boy
Sera Val Royeaux A Friend of Red Jenny
Varric Frozen River between jail cell and forward camp The Wrath of Heaven
Dorian Redcliffe Village if the Inquisitor meets with the mages, Haven otherwise. In Hushed Whispers or during In Your Heart Shall Burn.
Solas Frozen River between jail cell and forward camp The Wrath of Heaven
Vivienne Val Royeaux The Imperial Enchanter

Note that aside from Cassandra, Solas, and Varric, the companions can be recruited in any order.