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For information about the plant, see Deathroot.
For the ingredient in Dragon Age: Origins, see Deathroot (Origins).
For the crafting resource in Dragon Age II, see Deathroot (Dragon Age II).

Deathroot is a tier 2 common herb in Dragon Age: Inquisition.


Deathroot has been used in magic and potion making for centuries. It's a fragile-looking plant with a thin stalk and purple flowers, which fruits once a year developing bright red fleshy pods that cause disorientation and dizziness if ingested. There are two varieties. The more common Arcanist Deathroot was first found by Archon Hadrianus when he discovered it growing on several dead slaves. The other, Lunatic's Deathroot, is most closely associated with the story of the courtesan Melusine, who sought revenge on a powerful magister and his family. She harvested the plant, baked it into small pies for the magister's banquet, and presented them to the magister at a banquet. All the guests were seized by terrifying hallucinations after eating the pies and tore each other to pieces.

—An excerpt from The Botanical Compendium, by Ines Arancia, botanist[1]



Needed for the quest:

Way of the Assassin Way of the Assassin (rogue specialization quest)


Confusion Grenade Confusion Grenade
Lyrium Potion Lyrium Potion
Pitch Grenade Pitch Grenade
Tears of the Dead Tears of the Dead

Required to craft:

Confusion Grenade Confusion Grenade (when fully upgraded)
Pitch Grenade Pitch Grenade (when fully upgraded)
Tears of the Dead Tears of the Dead (when fully upgraded)

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Deathroot Codex entry: Deathroot
Codex entry: Waterlogged Diary Codex entry: Waterlogged Diary


  • This is one of only two herbs which does not have seeds for planting in the garden of Skyhold (the other being Crystal Grace).
  • In The Last Court, it is said that deathroot is most easily a poison, but with the correct preparation it could be used to cleanse a well which had been tainted by "some foulness of the earth" and begun to smell like brine mixed with rotting fruit. The well had caused an outbreak of disease which came with a burning fever and loosened the bowels, and in the worst cases, killed the sufferer. Deathroot was picked with gloves, and after being treated with the deathroot preparation, the well was clear and fresh again within a week.