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The Dark Alley is one of the many back alleys in Denerim that is frequented by bandits.

This area does not become visible on the Denerim City Map until the Warden initiates the Back Alley Justice quest.


The Warden must deal with the gang here (as well as two more in the Run-Down Back Street and Dirty Back Alley) to finish the quest Back Alley Justice.

The Warden can also find the Hooded Courier for Grease the Wheels and the door of blood mage's relative for Blood of Warning. Both of these are located at the end of 2 alleyways and are marked on the map if the relevant quests have been accepted.


Map-Dark Alley

Map of the Area


Back Alley Justice Back Alley Justice
Blood of Warning Blood of Warning
Grease the Wheels Grease the Wheels


  • Thug (3) (Critter, Archer)
  • Thug (3) (Critter, Dual-Wielder)
  • Thug (2) (Critter, Warrior)
  • Thug minion (2) (Critter, Warrior)
  • Gang Leader (Lieutenant, Heavily Armored Maul-Wielder)
Note: Enemy skills and recommended tactics can be found on the Back Alley Justice article.


  • Chest - locked; located near the archer platform.


  • The battle won't start until you have walked up to the gang, so make sure to cast as many timed AoE spells as possible (Paralysis Explosion is the best, though spells like Tempest will also be of help.), save, reload to reset the cooldowns and only then start fighting.
  • Try to go up the archers' platform at the beginning of the fight, as the only way up is a ladder that can be easily be blocked off with Glyph of Repulsion, as well as being a great spot to position traps.