Of all the threats from beyond the Veil, few are more insidious and deceptively deadly than the desire demon. Far more intelligent than the bestial hunger and rage demons, more ambitious than the demons of sloth, these spirits are among the most skilled at tempting mages into possession.

Desire demons use the yearnings of the victims – lust, wealth, power – to their advantage. Their abilities to affect the mind allow them to assume disguises and even alter the environment to their purposes. As a result, many who become their prey never realize it. While desire demons may resort to an outright mind control, they seem to take greater pleasure in more subtle deceit.

If overpowered, a desire demon will most likely attempt to bargain its way to freedom. These deals usually end with the demon gaining an upper hand, even when the mage believes otherwise.[1][2]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

Broken Circle Broken Circle
The Arl of Redcliffe The Arl of Redcliffe

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

Tears in the Veil Tears in the Veil

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Cone of Cold Cone of Cold
Cursed Dance Cursed Dance
Horror Horror
Scream Scream
Weakness Weakness
Winter's Grasp Winter's Grasp

While in the Fade:

Arcane Shield Arcane Shield
Drain Life Drain Life
Flame Blast Flame Blast
Glyph of Repulsion Glyph of Repulsion
Horror Horror
Misdirection Hex Misdirection Hex
Shock Shock
Spell Shield Spell Shield
Weakness Weakness

Dragon Age II[edit | edit source]

Resistances[edit | edit source]

  • Cold: Normal
  • Fire: Normal
  • Electricity: Low
  • Nature: Low
  • Spirit: Normal (Immune on Nightmare)

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Solas states in conversation that Purpose is one of the spirits that can be twisted into a Desire Demon.[3]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Desire Demon Codex entry: Desire Demon

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 170
  2. Codex entry: Desire Demon
  3. "Wisdom and Purpose are too easily twisted into Pride and Desire." - Solas Dialogue upon following the [Investigate] tree, "Tell me about yourself." The order connects Wisdom with Pride and Purpose with Desire. Likewise, Wisdom is shown in canon to be corrupted into Pride.
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